History

Out of the Vault: Historical John Deere Events & Milestones

April 14, 2016

One of the things we enjoy most about John Deere fans is their admiration and appreciation for the rich history of the brand. But, can you really blame them? The history of John Deere is a captivating story.

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For this reason, we’ve put together a video gallery highlighting some of the most memorable and historical John Deere events and milestones. Let’s jump back in time to August 20, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Out of the Vault: Army Navy E Award

John Deere Hay Equipment History: Key Events that Formed a Foundation

February 8, 2016

Today’s John Deere hay equipment includes revolutionary design, futuristic technological capabilities and a host of features that are meant to simplify processes in the field. However, tractor-baler automation, advanced net systems and bale unrollers were not always available to customers. These advancements were built upon early roots and a foundation that was set more than a century ago.

Early Hay Equipment Factory

A deep-rooted history is one of the things that has made John Deere one of the “best global brands.” With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the early events that shaped John Deere’s hay equipment history.

Notable Moments in John Deere Construction Equipment History

December 9, 2015

Successful construction projects typically start with a thoroughly drawn out plan and a solid foundation. Well, the same can be said for the evolution of construction machinery, a process that began for John Deere about six decades ago.

Construction Equipment History

From Deere’s first industrial equipment investment back in the 1950s, to today’s modern equipment, the company has a rich construction equipment history. Let’s take a look at some of the key moments in Deere’s construction equipment production journey.

Classic John Deere Combines Doing Harvest 2015 Work

November 20, 2015

This has been a fun 2015 harvest season for me as I’ve been inundated with awesome pictures of classic John Deere combines still getting the job done out in the fields across America. Pics like the one below, a John Deere 55 that did 20 acres of western Minnesota fields on Saturday, November 14, 2015. What a great pic.

John Deere 55 Combine in Minnesota

Or this picture (below), sent to our Machinery Pete Facebook page by one of our followers, John H. from Carlisle, MN. His grandfather with his John Deere 45EB combine in the pic and John with his slightly newer John Deere 9870 STS combine:

Parts and Attachments to Keep Your Old John Deere Tractor Running Like New

November 18, 2015

For many John Deere tractor owners, their equipment is far more than a piece of machinery. Often passed down from generations before, a John Deere tractor can act as a companion, or even further, a part of the family.

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The special bond is hard to break and in order for it to be passed on to future generations, it’s important to upgrade parts and attachments to keep it running just like it did for those on higher branches of the family tree. Here are some parts and attachments that old John Deere tractor owners should keep in mind to ensure their equipment gets better with age.

Recent Examples of John Deere Dealers Giving Back

November 3, 2015

Good people doing good things in their local communities. That describes what I see when I look at implement dealers around the country.

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Yes, they sell new and used farm machinery. Yes, they provide the much needed around the clock service their farmer customers need and rely on. Yes, they have become trusted advisors to their farm customers on all the latest technological advances in equipment.

But dealers do more.

John Deere 4450 Tractor Sells for Record Price at South Dakota Auction

October 6, 2015

Wow.

I’ve been compiling auction sale price data on all types of used farm and construction equipment for nearly 26 years. Usually when a new record high sale price is set, the new record just ekes past the former record. Not this time.

1988 John Deere 4450

On an August 27, 2015 auction in southeast South Dakota, the 1988 model John Deere 4450 Tractor pictured above, with only 1,136 hours, sold for $77,500. This smashed the previous high auction sale price I’d ever seen on a 4450, $70,750 for a 1988 model with 2,612 hours on a March 9, 2013 farm estate auction I covered in southwest Minnesota. Here’s Youtube video I shot of that 4450 selling…on a cold, wet, windy day two and a half years ago:

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

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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.

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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: