Revisiting Four Notable John Deere Manufacturing Milestones

September 8, 2015

For more than 175 years, John Deere has been manufacturing agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, along with diesel engines, drivetrains used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment. Over the course of nearly 200 years, you could imagine that their factories have hit some interesting manufacturing milestones.

John Deere Manufacturing

In this post, we’ve highlighted four of these John Deere manufacturing milestones that we believe stand out from the pack. Enjoy!

John Deere Turf Care Manufacturing Milestone


A Look Back at the Foundation of John Deere Planter History

July 27, 2015

Today’s John Deere planters allow producers to plant corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets, and popcorn accurately at 10 mph thanks to top-notch technological features. But, where did it all begin?

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To better understand how planting equipment got to where it is today, we’ve put together a list of some of the most critical moments of John Deere planter history, enjoy!

The Early Beginnings

Driven by the industry’s need for an accurate corn planter, Charles Deere (John Deere’s son) and Alvah Mansur (a Deere family business partner) formed the Deere & Mansur Company to manufacture planters. At the time, the planter company was operated separately from the Deere plow company in a small two-story building in Moline.

Machinery Pete: 30+ Year Old Deere Tractors With Low Hours are Hot

July 21, 2015

John Deere made the 40 Series tractor models from 1978-1982. 30+ years down the road now, show me a nice condition one with low hours and I’ll guarantee you one thing…intense buyer interest.

This tractor sold for $32,000 on a 6/13/15 farm auction in

Proof rolls in every week here during the summer of 2015. The picture above is of a nifty John Deere 4240 with 3,880 hours that sold on a June 13, 2015 farm auction in Wooster, Ohio. The sale was by my friends at Kiko Auctions. It sold for $32,000…more than it was worth brand new! Here’s a YouTube video of this tractor selling with my comments dropped in along the way:

4 World-Class Courses Upheld by John Deere Golf Course Maintenance Equipment

July 6, 2015

The margin of error when maintaining a reputation as one of the top golf courses in the country (or world) is minuscule. Less than pristine turf conditions could harm a course’s standing in the public eye, resulting in a ripple effect on business.


Some of the greatest and most well-respected golf courses in the world are manicured on a daily basis with John Deere golf course maintenance equipment, helping them maintain their status year after year. Let’s take a closer look at some of these top-notch courses and hear what turf professionals at each location have to say about their experiences with John Deere equipment.

Ten Notable John Deere News Stories from the First Half of 2015

June 22, 2015

It might be hard to believe, but we are approaching the end of the first half of 2015. Over the course of these six months, John Deere’s name has been entrenched in the news as it continues to offer products and services that simplify jobs in the field, yard, or on the farm.


As we soon turn the calendar to July (and the second half of the year), we wanted to take a look back at the first half of the year and recap some of the most notable John Deere news stories to be featured on MachineFinder.com. Enjoy!

John Deere Skidder History: More than a Half-Century in the Woods

June 8, 2015

More than 50 years ago, John Deere manufactured its first skidder. Ever since, the company has continued to create innovative pieces of forestry equipment that provide loggers with increased levels of safety, reliability and productivity.

John Deere Skidder 50 Years

The recent introduction of the L-Series Skidder marked 50 years of the company’s manufacturing and designing of skidders. Built on 178 years of innovation, backed by more than a half-century in the woods and designed with proven components to withstand the toughest environments, these machines are a true representation of John Deere as a manufacturer.

Machinery Pete: 100 HP Tractors Holding Value in Used Tractor Market

May 29, 2015

The hottest segment of the used tractor market the past two years? That would be smaller horsepower models.

The mountain of auction sale prices I’ve been compiling for nearly 26 years supports this trend. A recent example came from a nice farm auction in east-central Wisconsin on April 23, 2015.

Sold for $23,000 on April 23, 2015 farm auction in eastern Wisconsin

On this sale was a John Deere 6603 2WD tractor with 803 hours on it (pictured above). It was a “one owner” tractor in very good condition. It sold for $23,000. Pretty strong price for a 2WD model I thought.

Exploring the John Deere Emissions Journey

May 18, 2015

When the John Deere engineering team gets to work, they strive towards production with integrity. Deere’s machines are built from the ground up as a complete solution for their intended use, which is why they design their machines as a complete vehicle. Many of their machines feature their own engine, drivetrain, hydraulics, cooling system, and more, allowing components to work together because they were designed together.

John Deere Emissions

With decades of experience in the off-highway diesel engine business, Deere is always researching and developing construction and forestry engines that meet strict emissions standards.

John Deere Timeline: Early Equipment Safety and Environmental Protection Milestones

April 29, 2015

John Deere equipment is internationally known for its quality and commitment to customers, following their founder’s famous “I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the best that is in me” mantra. However, the company focuses on more than just quality equipment. Community, safety, health, and the environment are all critical cogs in the wheels that make Deere run.

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To better illustrate the company’s roots and continued commitment to these values, we’ve put together a John Deere timeline filled with 20th century equipment safety and environmental protection milestones. Enjoy!

John Deere 7810 Tractors are Hot at Today’s Auctions

February 10, 2015

Deere made the 150 horsepower 7810 model tractor from 1997-2003, making today’s tractors 12-18 years old now. Yet, they are proving to be worth more money as they age.

From 1996 through 2007, the highest auction sale price I saw on a John Deere 7810 tractor was $78,000…on a January 21, 2005 farm auction in northwest Illinois where a 2000 model with only 590 hours hit the $78K mark.

Since 2008 how many JD 7810’s have I seen sold over $80,000? Try a whopping 29. Wow.