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Deere Grain Binder

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Old 07-12-2012, 06:20:46 PM
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Brought home this 10' Deere PTO grain binder a few days ago:

It had been sitting outside for about 3 years after being removed from a shed and I couldn't stand to see it just rot. So far I've cleaned up and repainted the transport rims since it was needed before mounting usable tires. I've also confirmed that almost no parts were stuck, and the few that were (an idler pulley and some adjustment levers) have been freed up. It has 2 of the canvases that were in another shed, but couldn't find the upper feed canvas. I'll probably just order a complete set as the ones I have will need some repair (a few holes and bad buckles) to be usable, and so I'll just keep the old ones as spares. After putting some new wood in the reel and getting new canvases, this binder should be ready to work. I'll try hooking it up soon and gently run it through a few cycles after turning it through once by hand to check for problems. Afterward I'll coat the unpainted wood parts with linseed oil to help preserve them.

Can anyone shed some light on then this one was made? How about some measurements for the 2-piece linkage that connects the windshield to the end reel support? Mine is broken with pieces missing. Should be easy to fabricate once I have those. I do already have the parts manual from Deere's website, but that only helps so much since things are not drawn to scale.

Has anyone ever used one of these to cut soybeans? I'm trying to think of a way to demonstrate it this fall and beans are about the only option. Having to wait until next year's wheat before being able to play with it will kinda stink.

Thanks for any help you all can provide.

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After this drought is over there probably won't even be any soybeans or corn to cut. Most of the corn around here has already given up as lost and the beans won't go on much longer. F.J.W.
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We have the same one but on steel wheels. It was imported back in 1946 through the Marshall Plan and spent its working life in a small village nearby. Don't know whether it was new then? We do not have the windshield and the device to keep the bushels together. The sheet under the binder has the words 'New John Deere' stamped in. Where do you order the new canvas? We could do with a set. These are good working machines, thanks for saving another one!

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So far I've found these places that claim to have them. I'm waiting for email replies on prices.

Macknair and Balster's

I'm sure there's other suppliers as well. If you have the dimensions or an old set for pattern, a good tarp maker/shop could make you the bare canvas with buckles and you just add the wood slats yourself.

If anyone needs close-up photos or measurements of any of the parts of this binder, just ask and I'll do what I can.

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Hello. I have run one 8 ft PTO JD ower binder same as this as a young guy in the late 1960s on our farm in Alberta Canada. This summer I was the one responsible for a Centenial threshing demo in our local town. We used another unit I had earlie bought but have since sold. Iam in the process of restoring another same JD Binder as we speak. Wish we had your transport wheels or could build one and we would not have to haul it on a trailor. If you want to ask anything email me at if you need to ask anything. I have pics of the one we were using and we done several loads of bundles. Takes a bit of a tinker to watch the knotter while working but it is a very simple machine and I think most knotter parts were the same even from some older ones for most parts.
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