History

Vintage John Deere Tractors: History & Media Gallery

March 11, 2021

Vintage tractors in the U.S. have significantly risen in terms of popularity, likely stemming from the nostalgia of those in the agricultural industry. The collection of these vintage agricultural machines is a popular hobby amongst farmers and people who enjoy the purr of an old engine. Brands, such as John Deere, have been bought, used, sold, and collected for decades, but where did this all start?

Developing Innovative Tractors for Over 175 Years

For more than 175 years, John Deere has researched and developed innovative, new farming equipment which strives to improve agricultural productivity. Since entering the business of tractors in 1918, John Deere has prioritized innovation, as well as quality, for its customers. 

An Inside Look at the John Deere Harvester Works Combine Factory in East Moline, IL

February 10, 2021

John Deere is a leading manufacturer in advanced products and services in the agriculture, lawn and turf care, forestry, and construction industries. Since it was founded in 1837, John Deere has continued to extend its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation worldwide.

John Deere Harvester Works, which has approximately 2,400 employees, exports their vehicles to over 35 countries. Currently they manufacture four models in its 70 series lineup, in addition to a complete line of front-end equipment.. Let’s take a look at more information on John Deere Harvester Works, and what it provides to its visitors.   

Taking a Look Through Time: Exploring John Deere Logo History

January 22, 2021

Though John Deere fashioned his first polished-steel plow in Grand Detour, Illinois in 1837, the evolution of his company took years and remained a small operation for quite some time. By the time he had employed 16 people, the operation was still without a name and a logo. However, in 1868, more than 31 years after John Deere’s operation started as a partnership or single proprietorship, it was incorporated under the name Deere & Company.

John Deere Logos Throughout the Years

The company existed for several years and after a brief spell of success – and then failure – the operations began to solidify and consolidate in Illinois. In 1876, after some deliberation, John Deere registered a logo: The “leaping deer” trademark.

John Deere Skidder History: Exploring the Legacy

June 8, 2020

More than 50 years ago, John Deere manufactured its first skidder, which was added to its lineup of logging equipment. Skidders are used to drag material from wooded areas to a landing, or roadside. This is called “skidding.” Ever since the first John Deere skidder was introduced, the company has continued to create innovative pieces of forestry equipment that provide loggers with increased levels of safety, reliability, and productivity.

John Deere Skidder 50 Years

What Makes the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum Stand Out

January 8, 2020

Whether you’re a general fan of agriculture or you love John Deere, there’s no better place to visit than the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. This facility was recently named the best museum in Iowa by BudgetTravel.com, and for good reason. It has something to offer for the whole family, meaning no one leaves disappointed.

The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum initially opened in December 2014. Located in Waterloo, Iowa, there are several exhibits designed to educate visitors of all ages about the history of the tractor, as well as how its engine has evolved over time. The building that houses the museum dates back to 1941, and it is situated on the site of the company’s first John Deere tractor factory.

Understanding the Importance of Kansas City in John Deere History

October 23, 2019

When customers think of John Deere, Illinois might immediately come to mind, but many people are unaware that the company had a strong presence in Kansas – specifically Kansas City – around the time of its humble beginnings. From early on in John Deere’s history, this city was recognized as playing an important role in the development of the company.

The Decision to Go West

John Deere always had his sights set on territories beyond Illinois. Before the turn of the 20th century, the company had employed a network of travelers, or salesmen, who trekked across the country to make arrangements with dealers to carry Deere products. As the company grew, so did its fleet of traveling salesmen. During this time, business had started to evolve, as well.

John Deere History: A Timeline of How We Got Here

February 18, 2019

Today, John Deere is known for its award-winning innovations, but have you ever really thought about how we got here? The most critical moments in John Deere history date back to 1837 when the man himself, John Deere, was a blacksmith in Grand Detour, IL who wanted to make farmers’ jobs a bit easier. Fast forward over 180 years, and this company is still manufacturing equipment with the same purpose in mind – helping customers be as productive as possible. While Deere is widely known for its various tractor models, these machines were not being produced until 1918 – this is when the company purchased the Waterloo Engine Gas Company.

Exploring Tradition and Family with John Deere Customers

February 12, 2019

John Deere customers are always put first, a major factor in what has made Deere successful. Over the past century, factory employees have taken a large amount of pride in the work they churn out, knowing that John Deere customers will cherish this machinery for years to come.

These values have been passed down from generation to generation at the company, and John Deere’s dedication has never wavered. Watch the video below to take a closer look at one family of John Deere customers who have relied on this machinery through the years.

Employees Follow Customer from Combine Order to Harvest

Facts About the John Deere Model 110 Lawn and Garden Tractor

December 26, 2018

There are several lawn and garden tractors to choose from at John Deere, but have you ever stopped to think about the history of these machines? The Model 110 Lawn and Garden Tractor is one machine that has a storied past, and it’s one of the many lawn and garden tractors that has a history worth examining.

Lawn and Garden Tractors: The Early Beginnings

John Deere has introduced hundreds of models of riding mowers throughout its more than 50-year history in the industry. The company first broke into the lawn tractor market in 1963 when it created the Model 110 – it had a four-stroke petrol-fueled engine with seven horsepower back in the day.

Understanding Moments in John Deere History Through Film

December 12, 2018

Key moments in John Deere history have all led up to what this company is today. Throughout time, various components have worked in Deere’s favor to consistently keep this business up to speed along the way. The invention of film was one of them, and there were several reasons for this. Film gave Deere the opportunity to showcase its products and highlight their features. In turn, this was another selling opportunity, giving the company a leg up on its competitors.