John Deere & Company has a long history of providing quality diesel engines to its customers, from its first in 1949 to today’s Tier 4 PowerTech engine. Throughout this period of time, there have been several exciting developments that have helped shape not just the evolution of diesel engines, but also John Deere history as a whole. Let’s take a look at 20 interesting facts that you may not know about John Deere diesel engines!

Fun Facts About John Deere Diesel Engines

  1. Since 1949, Deere has designed and manufactured diesel engines.
  1. The first Deere diesel engine, found in the Model R, produced 51 horsepower and was the first to offer a live power take-off (PTO) with its own clutch.

First John Deere Diesel Engine

  1. The innovative design of the John Deere Model R tractor featured two engines—the 416-cubic inch diesel-fired engine and a two-cylinder, gasoline-fired starter engine. The dual engines resolved certain difficulties often associated with starting diesel engines. Firstly, operators could start the engine with the pull of a lever, rather than manually turning the flywheel. Additionally, they had the capacity to warm-up the engine quickly in cold temperatures.
  1. In 1953, Deere launched the Model 70, the first John Deere diesel-powered row-crop tractor.

    John Deere 70

  1. In 1959, the model 8010 marked the beginning of 4- or 6-cylinder diesel engines, as Deere moved away from 2-cylinder engines at the end of 1958.
  1. In 1960, John Deere introduced the 300 and 400 Series engines—its first-in-line 4- and 6-cylinder gasoline, LP gas, and diesel engines—in the model 1010, 2010, 3010, and 4010 tractors.
  1. In 1969, Deere introduced its first turbocharged diesel engine in its 4520 row-crop tractors.
  1. In 1996, Deere rolled out a new breed of engines, called PowerTech™, to comply with Tier 1 standards. In the years since, the company has followed a building-block approach to meeting each new regulatory Tier, systematically adopting technologies for the PowerTech platform.
  1. John Deere diesel engines range from 49 to 600 HP.
  1. John Deere has produced more than 5 million diesel engines.
  1. Deere diesel engines can be serviced at any of their 4,000+ service locations worldwide.
  1. John Deere diesel engines are produced for agriculture, construction, forestry, mining, generator drives, marine equipment, and thousands of other applications around the world.

John Deere Marine engine

  1. John Deere has been producing diesel marine engines for more than 30 years.
  1. The 8010 produced a significant amount of power for its time – the 1960s – with 215 horsepower.
  1. The John Deere 300 series included the company’s first diesel-powered lawn and garden tractor.

John Deere 300 series engine


  1. Diesel engines in the John Deere 9R/9RT Series feature 560 horsepower and are among Deere’s largest pieces of equipment.
  1. John Deere engines are produced in different factories worldwide: Saran (France), Waterloo (USA), Torreon (Mexico), Pune (India), and Rosario (Argentina).
  1. John Deere engines are distributed to more than 700 OEMs worldwide for use in construction, marine, agricultural and forestry machines, air compressors, generator sets, irrigation pumps, and natural gas on-highway applications.
  1. Diesel engines designed and manufactured by John Deere aim to provide excellent torque, fuel efficiency, and durability.
  1. John Deere was one of the first engine manufacturers to certify 75-to-174-hp diesel engines as compliant with EPA Interim Tier 4, EU Stage III B, and CARB emissions regulations.

Final Tier 4 Engine

John Deere diesel engines have been instrumental in the manufacturing of thousands of products and applications around the world. The company has set high standards for providing customers with quality engines, as its impressive history demonstrates.

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