A Walk Down Memory Lane: Looking at the History of John Deere Leaders

March 10, 2014

From the moment John Deere and Company was founded in 1868 and John Deere himself said “I will never put my name on a product that doesn’t have in it the best that is in me,” the company has stuck to its core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation, led by just a handful of captains.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at a brief history of John Deere leaders, what eras they led, and some of the John Deere products that were born during their tenure.

John Deere
Founder and President

Interview with Bill McKeel, East Coast Equipment: John Deere Dealer Spotlight

March 5, 2014

Dealerships are one of the key components behind what makes John Deere one of the most successful agricultural equipment producers in the world. Without these dealerships (and their employees), equipment or product purchases and servicing would be made next to impossible, crippling the agriculture industry.

Last week, we featured an interview with Dale VanSlyke of Heritage Tractor. This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Bill McKeel, CCE sales representative of the Nashville, North Carolina, East Coast Equipment location to better understand what elements comprise a successful John Deere dealership.

Nashville ECE

1972 JD 4020 Tractor Sold for $30,000 on Indiana Auction

March 3, 2014

How many JD 4020 tractors have I seen sold at auction over the past 18+ years? 1,684.

So it was kind of an eye opener when I run across a 4020 selling for the 4th highest sale price ever. Such was the case on a February 22, 2014 consignment auction in northeast Indiana where the 1972 JD 4020 diesel tractor pictured above sold for $30,000. It was the “originalness” of this tractor that made it pop with bidders. 4,180 actual hours. One owner. Shedded. Folks knew who the owner was, knew the history of care.

This 1972 JD 4020 diesel tractor with 4,180 original "1 owner" hours sold for $30,000 on a February 22, 2014 consignment auction in northeast Indiana

Three Record Auction Prices on JD 4650 Tractors in 2013

November 26, 2013

Statistically speaking, it’s quite amazing.

Over the past 18 years I’ve seen over 300 John Deere model 4650 tractors sold at auction. Deere made the 4650 model (165 HP) from 1983-1988, so they are now 25-30 years old. So what’s so amazing?

The (3) highest auction sale prices I’ve ever seen on 4650’s have all come this year. So, getting older, but the nice ones are worth more money than ever. Coming into this year the highest auction price I’d seen was $54,500…all the way back on a 3/27/97 auction in northwest Iowa for a then 10-year old 1987 model JD 4650 with only 1,621 hours. That 16 year old record price has been smashed (3) times already this year…the facts:

Pair of 1972 JD 4320 Tractors Set Records

November 18, 2013

This restored 1972 JD 4320 diesel tractor with 7,000 hours sold for $31,250 on a November 2, 2013 farm auction in Springville, IA

November 2, 2013 was a record-setting day for auction sale prices on tractors, in particular, John Deere 4320 tractors.

The 1972 JD 4320 pictured above (restored, diesel, canopy, 7,000 hours) sold for $31,250 on a farm retirement auction by Hoge Auctioneering in Springville, IA. This sale feature a TON of late-model farm equipment, which all sold on the high side by the way, yet auctioneer Andy Hoge told the one item he fielded the most the calls on leading up to auction day?

Yep, this beautiful 1972 JD 4320.

3 Deere Tractors Sell High on Saskatchewan Auction

October 21, 2013

The trifecta.That was my thought when I saw pictures of the (3) beautiful John Deere tractors sold for very strong sale prices on an October 10, 2013 farm retirement auction in south-central Saskatchewan. Pictured above are the (2) following tractors and what they went for:

* 1982 JD 4440, 6,655 hours, sold: $33,000
* 1982 JD 8440, 4WD, 5,191 hours, sold: $31,000

JD 4440 (left) and 8440 tractors sold very well on an October 10, 2013 farm retirement auction in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada

The JD 4440 (left) and 8440 tractors seen above sold very well on an October 10, 2013 farm retirement auction in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada.

Looking for Dad’s Tractor

September 26, 2013

Ben Donovan's Dad's 4620

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

June 27, 2013

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

June 19, 2013

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.

timeline of john deere

5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

June 4, 2013

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

JD 8330-SK sale price $167500

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

JD 7200 Tractor

* JD 725 loader, sold: $10,000

JD 725 Loader

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

JD 4250 2WD Tractor