History

Preserving A Legacy: The John Deere 570 Motor Grader

June 1, 2017

In 1967, John Deere started producing the JD570, the industry’s first articulated motor grader. During its time, this machine offered groundbreaking innovations to the construction industry.

JD570 Motor Grader

Brief History of the JD570

Prior to the introduction of this machine, graders were straight-framed with solid rear axles; however, the JD570‘s articulated frame offered operators more efficiency than ever before.

With key features like the PowerShift transmission, articulated frame steering, hydraulic front-wheel lean and roll-over protection, both increased control and versatility were made available to operators. Not only did this motor grader allow operators to place the blade of the machine into a 90-degree bank in less than one minute, but improvements were made to the saddle so it was secured to the mainframe with a tapered pin design.

Key Dates That Drove John Deere Worldwide Expansion

May 29, 2017

Since its inception more than 175 years ago, John Deere has become a globally recognizable brand that now has facilities and offices in more than 30 countries across the world. The wide-spanning presence allows the company to be present where their customers are located so they can meet their needs and requirements.

John Deere Worldwide

While it might seem as if John Deere has been a worldwide brand from the start, there were a number of key events that helped it expand beyond the American shores.

Let’s take a look at some of the key years responsible for some of John Deere’s worldwide growth.

The History of John Deere Riding Mowers: 1960s to 2000s

May 8, 2017

With more than 50 years of history in producing riding mowers, John Deere has introduced hundreds of models that have played a significant role in the evolution of our lawn and garden equipment today. When looking at a John Deere riding mower, many questions arise like – What year was it produced? How did the technology evolve? Is there a larger model available? Which one is right for me?

john deere riding mower

It would certainly be difficult to address all of these questions for every riding mower model that has ever existed. However, we wanted to put together this series to help you get a better understanding of the history behind John Deere riding mowers.

6 John Deere DVDs to Educate Children on Construction and Farming

April 17, 2017

From the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum to John Deere coloring books, the company offers a number of different fun and interactive ways for kids to learn more about Deere and its equipment.

John Deere Kids Learning

For those that are looking for yet another way to educate children about the green and yellow, there are a number of John Deere DVDs available. To help narrow down the selection process, we’ve assembled a brief list. Enjoy!

All About John Deere for Kids

All About John Deere for Kids DVD

Two Decades of John Deere Row-Crop Tractor History That Shaped the Future

April 10, 2017

Each year, John Deere seems to provide bigger, stronger, and more efficient row-crop tractor models than the years before. This powerful innovation began in the late 1950s and during a two-decade long stretch, the company made significant strides in power and performance that built a foundation for the future.

John Deere Tractor History

Join us as we take a trip back in time, looking at some of the early John Deere row-crop tractors and innovations of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

1958

The Model 730 was introduced. This tractor offered 59 horsepower and was John Deere’s largest row-crop tractor ever at the time of its release.

A Historic Milestone: The John Deere Steel Plow in 1837

February 16, 2017

Looking back at the John Deere timeline and history of inventions, the first steel plow was certainly an iconic moment. It’s wild to think that, in 1837, John Deere was just another blacksmith working on hayforks, horseshoes, and other prairie essentials.

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Today, John Deere is recognized among the leading manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment, forestry machinery, diesel engines for heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment.

To celebrate how far John Deere has come from the first steel plow, we thought it was worth jumping back in time to explore how the iconic moment came about.

Image Gallery: 10 Antique John Deere Tractors

February 14, 2017

For more than 175 years, the John Deere Company has been researching and developing innovative farm equipment that strives to improve agricultural productivity. These 10 antique John Deere tractors highlight the original model designs that paved the way for the modern equipment we rely on today.

John Deere waterloo boy

Waterloo Boy

The first Waterloo Boy tractor was first released in 1914 in  a variety of models and engine sizes. In 1918, the John Deere Company purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and continued to sell tractors under the Waterloo Boy name until 1923.

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The History of John Deere Sprayer Production: 1930 to 2016

February 2, 2017

For more than 80 years, John Deere has been providing spraying equipment to American farmers looking to efficiently provide nutrients to their crops. While the technology has advanced significantly, the premise has remained unchanged; keep up with customer demands and stay on the cutting-edge.

john deere sprayer

So, how did we get to where we are today? In this video, you’ll have a chance to look back in time and revisit some of the most monumental moments of John Deere sprayer innovation.

John Deere Sprayer Timeline

With this timeline of John Deere sprayer development, you’ll see how far we’ve come. Enjoy!

A Brief History of the John Deere Model 55 Combine

February 1, 2017

Used John Deere equipment from decades back can be found on farms and ranches across the United States. The spattering of green and yellow from coast to coast speaks to the longevity of the equipment and customers’ loyalty to the brand.

The John Deere model 55 combine was the company’s first self-propelled combine and is still a favorite within the antique equipment community.

The introduction of self-propelled combines dates back to shortly after World War II. At the time, the War Production Board regulated the production and allocation of materials across the United States, including agricultural equipment.

How the John Deere 980 Field Cultivator Tackled Soil Work

January 11, 2017

The John Deere 980 Field Cultivator was originally designed to handle a wide variety of conditions with a tough frame and excellent residue handling capabilities. Its S-tine standards also produced vibrating action for optimal soil and chemical mixing.

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But, what are some of the other features it offered? Let’s take a look at what made the John Deere 980 Field Cultivator a must-have for agricultural professionals.

Strong Frame

This cultivator had a five-bar frame design with a roomy coil-tine harrow. Its level-lift design helped operators with seedbed preparation and chemical incorporation, providing consistency.