The 17-30 Cross Motor Minneapolis

| September/October 1971

  • Cross Motor Minneapolis
    Courtesy of Leroy Quandt, Ryder, North Dakota 58779.
    Leroy Quandt, Ryder

  • Cross Motor Minneapolis

Ryder North Dakota 58779

In the Development of the Agricultural Tractor in the United States by R. B. Gray, the 17-30 Minneapolis is first shown in 1918. It does not appear in the 1919 Tractor Operating Book and Directory and was not tested in Nebraska until 1921. The Minneapolis pictured in Part I of Gray's book looks like a type B since it has spade lugs while the one in Part II looks like the type A as it has angle iron cleats for lugs.

Some of the specifications from Smith's Album of Gas Tractors are as follows: Rear drive wheels 54 inches in diameter, length 132', width 74', height 68', weight 6000 lb.; Engine: Own, 4-cylinder; vertical; valve-in-head; cast in block; 4? x 7 in.; 775 R.P.M. Pulley 15 x 7? in. Two Speeds 2 & 2? m.p.h.

In 1921 Nebraska Test 70 for the Minneapolis 17-30 Chassis No. 2038 gives the rated load belt test as 30.07 hp. and the rated load drawbar horsepower as 16.88. The tractor was equipped with angle lugs.

The type B had the bore increased to 4 7/8' and the R.P.M. to 825. This model was tested in Nebraska in 1925. This model also appears longer than the first 17-30 built. By 1929 the R.P.M. was increased to 925 and the rating changed to 27-42. I have noticed only two collectors with a 27-42 Minneapolis. Was there only a few of this model made?

A November 1920 advertisement in the American Thresherman and Farm Power reproduced in the November 1966 E. & E. shows the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. tractors as the models 40-80 and 12-25. While in 1929 four sizes are advertised by the Great Minneapolis line shown in the December 1961 E. & E. from material sent in by Ted Worrall, Loma, Montana. Would the four sizes be 17-30 B, 27-42, 39-57 and 35-70? The 39-57 was the last tractor built by the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company just before the company became part of the Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Company. The Great Minneapolis Line began in about 1887. I don't have serial number listings for the Minneapolis tractors.