History of John Deere Tractors

History of John Deere Tractors
History of John Deere Tractors

As the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, John Deere garners a lot of respect internationally from people in the farming industry. Quality design has pushed John Deere tractors to the top of their field – nothing runs better and lasts longer than a Deere. If you’re looking for a good piece of machinery for your farm, there’s no other company to go with.

It’s because of innovations and improvements on older designs that John Deere tractors are some of the best in the world. The company never stops trying to better the products that they make and this effort is obviously reflected in the company’s popularity.

When John Deere first started designing and manufacturing tractors in 1876, it was obvious that there was a strong future ahead of them.

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Waterloo Boy and the beginning of an era

Perhaps the best known of the early Deere tractor models, the Waterloo Boy was actually made by Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1892. Purchased by John Deere in 1918, the acquisition was part of the decision to continue the company’s expansion into the tractor business. Waterloo Boys continued to be sold for five years until the Model D was designed in 1923.

The Deere Model D was an iconic machine and its production continued until 1953. These thirty years made the Model D the two-cylinder tractor with the longest production span of any made by the company, although it was in 1925 that rubber tyres were fitted to meet customer demands.

1928 saw the production of the GP (general purpose) tractor that boasted more horsepower, weight and a 3-speed transmission. Five different versions of the GP were on the market by 1931 with different tread sizes and to suit orchard work as well.

1938 and a change of style

Henry Dreyfuss joined the company in 1938 in an attempt to change the overall look of the tractors that were being produced. Dreyfuss helped to streamline the tractors to better compete with Farmall’s upcoming Letter series – the largest competition at the time.

Diesel engines in the 1950s

John Deere released its first diesel tractor in 1949. This Model R also included live hydraulics that gave the operator the ability to lift equipment with levers in the cab. The Model R tractor was also the most fuel-efficient machine available at the time. It was during the 1950s that the 80, 820 and 830 upgrades to the Model R were also released.