A twisted road of earlier farm machinery companies leads to the Northwest Thresher Mfg. Co.
An overhead view shows the Stillwater Traction Engine. Figures 2 and 3 show the application of power to the traction wheels by the traction clutch and the reverse clutch, respectively.
Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co. had as one of its mainstay products the North West thresher, shown ready for a day’s work, probably somewhere in North Dakota, circa 1910. (Photo from the Richard Birklid Collection.)
One of Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co.’s earliest products was this Stillwater traction engine. Note the large flywheel on the other side of this No. 10 engine. The plate under the cylinder says, “Pat. March 29, 1881.”
Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co. made steam traction engines under at least three names, including Giant, New Giant and Northwest. This is a 20 HP New Giant. The X-shaped lugs on the rear wheel indicate it is a 1904 or older, as different lugs were added in 1905. (Photo from the Richard Birklid Collection.)
Early in its history, Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co. made North West threshers, which were their mainstay products.
This view of the Stillwater boiler shows how narrow the machine was. It was made to burn wood and coal, and had a large direct flue and a small return flue to give it more heating area than a direct flue of larger surface.
The New Giant traction engine (erroneously called “Minnesota Giant” in this cut) was the follow-up to Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co.’s earlier Stillwater traction engine. The engines were stubby and compact.