waterloo boy

A Look Back: John Deere Waterloo Boy Tractor Restoration and History

August 9, 2018

The 100th anniversary of John Deere’s venture into the tractor business is this year, and it all started with the Waterloo Boy tractor. Today, John Deere Waterloo Boy tractor restoration is still practiced by history buffs across the country, but how did the story all begin?

  • Before Deere entered the tractor business, it needed to answer two key questions: what did farmers want from a machine, and how could Deere make a product durable enough to stand up to daily farming?

100 Years of John Deere Tractors: Remembering the Waterloo Boy

March 22, 2018

For more than a century, John Deere has been at the forefront of the agricultural industry, and tractors have been one of the pillars of success.

Deere acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company back in 1918, and with this deal, it was able to create its first all-wheel-drive tractor model. Despite the accomplishment, it was an advanced concept in a limited market. Deere had to go back to the drawing board to finally find its niche in the industry.

John Deere: Nearly A Century of Progress

November 3, 2010

The Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company formed in 1893 and began making tractors. Things got off to a slow start, as they produced only four in their first three years. Not only was their output drastically low, but each of those tractors was returned by the buyer. Even so, the company eventually reorganized under a new name (Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company) and introduced the Waterloo Boy tractor in 1913. Thus, we were introduced to the two-cylinder, horizontal engine design that would see action for the next 46 years. Five years after production of the Waterloo Boy began, Deere & Company purchased Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company for $2.34 million. And though you could say their original tractor was a success, John Deere hasn’t left the brand untouched. Here’s a look at how a Waterloo Boy stacks up to a 2011 model.