Tractors

Key Benefits and Features of the John Deere 5100E Utility Tractor

April 19, 2017

The John Deere 5100E is designed to put the “utility” back into utility tractor. With an engine that reaches up to 100 horsepower, the tractor is designed to tackle all of the tough jobs you have around the field. Whether you’re handling tillage work or transporting heavy materials, the John Deere 5100E could be the versatile machine you need.

John Deere 5100E

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this utility tractor.

What Is a Rotary Tiller and How Is It Used in Gardening?

April 18, 2017

A rotary tiller is an implement that utilizes its set of curved tines that are attached to a rotating shaft to dig into soil and turn it into a seedbed that’s ready for planting.

John Deere Rotary Tiller

A tractor-mounted rotary tiller is a great tool for breaking down soil in an existing garden or turning a piece of land into a new garden space.

Now that we understand what a rotary tiller is, let’s take a look at some of the things to learn and remember when it comes to gardening with one.

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

What Is a Rotary Cutter and How Is It Used?

April 11, 2017

A rotary cutter is a tractor-mounted implement that’s used to help control overgrowth of properties and pastures that have been inundated with brush or tall weeds.

What is a Rotary Cutter

These implements are often times confused with grooming mowers. It’s important to note that the two are not the same. Rotary cutters are typically used to cut through rough plant material (up to about one inch thick) and can be adjusted to cut at low (1 1/2 inches) or higher (9 inches) heights. After the rough material has been cut, the rotary cutter will leave the material on the ground behind.

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.

What Is a Middle Buster and How Is It Used?

April 4, 2017

A middle buster is an implement that connects to a hitch on the back of a tractor, primarily used to create furrows in areas of vegetation.

John Deere Middle Buster

Besides digging furrows for vegetables, middle busters can also be great tools for harvesting root vegetables like potatoes. To harvest potatoes with a middle buster, just run the implement deep through the area where you’ve grown potatoes, and they’ll pop right up to the surface to be collected.

Here are a few steps to take if you’re looking to build a large vegetable garden with start-to-finish assistance from a middle buster:

Heavy Equipment Inspection Steps That Lead to Safer Operation

April 3, 2017

When performing heavy equipment maintenance, basic safety inspections should never be overlooked as a part of the process. Heavy equipment inspections relating to safety will keep your crew safer during the working season and will also be beneficial to the health of your equipment fleet.

Heavy Equipment Inspection

While basic safety inspections are often overlooked by operators, they’re very easy to incorporate into the machine maintenance fold. Here’s a list of locations on heavy equipment where safety inspections should be strongly considered.

Note: The frequency of these inspections may vary depending on the operating conditions. 

15 Interesting John Deere Tractor Facts to Sharpen Your Knowledge

April 1, 2017

John Deere has been producing its iconic green and yellow tractors for nearly a century. During this time, the company has seen the success of its Waterloo Boy model evolve into a global production entity. Along the way, there have been a number of company milestones and exciting new innovations.

Waterloo Boy

While the long and rich history of Deere’s tractor production has yielded many interesting tidbits of information, we’ve taken some time to pick out 15 John Deere tractor facts that we thought would add to an enthusiast’s already expansive Deere knowledge bank. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share with your friends!

John Deere D140 vs. D160 Riding Mower Comparison

March 29, 2017

There are several John Deere riding mowers to choose from, meaning you may want to compare your options before you make a final decision. Let’s take a look at how the John Deere D140 vs. D160 riding mowers stack up in terms of features.

John Deere D140 vs. D160

V-Twin Cylinder Design

The D160 riding mower has a 25-horsepower engine, while the D140 has a 22-horsepower engine, but both have a V-twin cylinder design. This provides more torque, lower vibration and better sound quality. Thanks to electric ignition, the engines start quickly, and they have cast-iron sleeves for longer lives.

What Is a Box Blade and How Is It Used?

March 28, 2017

Primarily used for leveling, grading, backfilling, or spreading materials like gravel or soil, box blades typically attach to the back of tractors and provide operators with a versatile implement that can be used for many applications.

What is a Box Blade

A box blade looks like a 3-sided metal box and includes front and rear scraping blades that are located on the bottom of the rear panel. Box blades use scarifiers (angled metal teeth) to dig into the ground and break up the dirt or soil so it can be shaped to match the operator’s preference.