Looking for Dad’s Tractor

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Ben Donovan, of Illinois, reached out to Machinery Pete for help in finding a special tractor

“Pete, can you help?”

I got quite an interesting message from a follower of our Machinery Pete Facebook page recently. Ben Donovan, from central Illinois, reached out wondering if I could possibly help him find the 1971 JD 4620 tractor his grandfather Jim Donovan of Heyworth, IL bought new from Arends John Deere dealership in Melvin, IL 42 years ago (see picture above). Here was Ben’s note to me:

1963 John Deere 3010 Sold for $15,500 on Ohio Auction

I’ve seen a lot of John Deere 3010 tractors sold at auction over the years.

So quite the happening last Saturday, June 15, 2013, on a collector auction in Johnstown, OH when a restored 1963 JD 3010 diesel tractor went for $15,500. That is the 2nd highest auction sale price I’ve seen the past 17+ years on a JD 3010.

The only JD 3010 tractor I’ve seen sold for more $$ was the 1963 LP Standard 3010 (repainted, Syncro, front weights) sold for $22,750 on another collector auction June 18, 2011 in southwest Minnesota. That was the same auction where the 1969 JD 4020 diesel tractor with front-wheel assist sold for a record auction price of $50,000.

10 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About John Deere

In previous posts we have discussed the rich 175 year history of John Deere and Company, but today we are going to dig deeper and explore some details about John Deere that aren’t as well known. Over the course of nearly two centuries, a lot has changed; new technologies have been invented, societal needs have transitioned, and the face of the agriculture industry has evolved. During every day of these passing years the Deere name has made strides to keep pace with the changing times and, today, the company continues to provide top of the line equipment.

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5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

Wow, what a sale!

April 27, 2013, up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a farm auction for two brothers. An absolutely beautiful line of farm equipment. Beautiful may be too pale an adjective. This stuff was immaculate. Sale prices ran very high, including these (5) new record high auction sale prices:

* 2006 JD 8330 tractor with 694 hours, sold: $167,500

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* 1994 JD 7200 tractor with 3,135 hours, sold: $67,000

JD7200 SK 67K 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

* JD 725 loader, sold: $10,000

JD725 SK 10K 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

* 1984 JD 4250 2WD tractor with 3,849 hours, sold: $48,500

JD4250 SK 48500 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

History of the John Deere Golf Classic Tournament

With spring in the air, the John Deere Classic is just on the horizon. In 2012, the PGA Tour-sanctioned event included 156 Tour players and a $4.6 million purse. However, the tournament has evolved considerably since its inception in 1971.

The following is a history of the John Deere Golf Classic Tournament.

Tournament Beginnings

The John Deere Golf Classic began as the Quad Cities Open (QCO), an event sanctioned by the Chicago District Golf Association at the Crow Valley Country Club in Davenport, Iowa. Local tournament godfather Whitey Barnard and Bob Fry, former Davenport, Iowa municipal head professional, put the wheels in motion for what would become the 1971 Quad Cities Open.

John Deere Model R: Cutting-Edge Innovation in 1949

The John Deere Model R tractor was the breakout star of its time. It was bigger, better, and stronger than anything that had come before and it offered features exclusive to the Deere line. As the first John Deere diesel-powered tractor, the Model R changed the face of John Deere agricultural machinery forever.

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For more than 10 years, the engineers at Deere researched and developed the John Deere Model R until it was released in 1949 at a selling price of $3,700. Throughout the duration of its five-year production, the Model R was known for its power and performance on large farms, with an ability to haul up to 6,644 pounds in low gear and reach a road speed of 11.5 mph in fifth.

A History of The John Deere Model A General Purpose Tractor

The John Deere Model A Tractor was the first true row-crop tractor and is one of the most beloved tractors in John Deere’s 175 year history. The first Model A was manufactured in April of 1934 and came equipped with an impressive 25 horsepower engine and a 4-speed transmission.

The John Deere Model A Tractor was the first tractor that had adjustable wheel treads, which gave it a wider range of utility and adaptability than other models on the market at that time. Having the ability to change the space between rear wheels gave the operator more control, ultimately making it easier to steer the tractor.

10 Antique John Deere Tractors: Image Gallery

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.

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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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Dain All Wheel Drive

A Brief History of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Abraham Lincoln November 1863 A Brief History of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

In the spring of 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress that established the early beginnings of the history of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). This 150-year-old section of government laid the foundation for how our modern agriculture industry would advance in the realm of land cultivation, conservation, and economic development.

Lincoln was born on a poor farm in Kentucky in the midst of pioneer farming on the western frontier of America. His work as a farm hand gave him the understanding and experience for what it meant to cultivate land and produce successful harvests. Once he left his farming life to pursue politics, Lincoln expressed his passion for developing better education and government recognition of agriculture and engineering.

1971 JD 4000 Tractor Sold for $35,000 on Iowa Auction

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This rare 1971 John Deere 4000 diesel, Power Shift tractor with 5,562 hours sold for $35,000 on a December 18, 2012 farm retirement auction in Indepedence, IA.

It wasn’t the prettiest. It was missing a few parts. But it’s rare and it was a Deere, so it sold for big $$.

I’m talking about a 1971 John Deere 4000 tractor with 5,562 hours sold on a farm retirement auction December 18, 2012 in the northeast Iowa town of Independece. Deere made the 4000 model tractor from 1969 – 1972, but what made this particular 4000 rare was its configuration…a diesel, power shift.

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