A second clipping will be required later, with cutter-bar tilted well upward.
It had open guard fingers, a knife made of triangular sections, reciprocating in the guard, and a cutter-bar on a hinged frame.
When the cutter-bar of the mower is tilted upward, the danger of smothering is reduced.
The basic idea in the reaper, the cutter-bar, is the whole of the mower, and the machine developed with the reaper.
This machine does not cut the wheat close to the ground, but the cutter-bar, over twenty-five feet in length, takes off the heads.