This year at AGrowQuip we're proud to be celebrating 100 Years of John Deere Tractors!
Take a look back in time with us, as we celebrate a few of the key horsepower milestones, and begin a new century where we started the last one – in close partnership with farmers around the world.
John Deere has been producing innovations in farm machinery for nearly two centuries, helping customers feed the world. But for the past 100 years, John Deere tractors have been the machines that best portrayed agricultural productivity.
It all started with ‘The Waterloo Boy’, John Deere’s first tractor as a result of the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in March 1918. However, it wasn’t until June 1918 with the production of the ‘All-Wheel-Drive’ tractor that a tractor was designed, built and sold by John Deere with the John Deere Name on it.
( The Model "D" Tractor)
The famous green body and yellow wheels weren’t on the scene until 1924 with the production of the ‘Model D’ which also included the leaping deer logo for the first time. The ‘Model D’ remained in production for the following 30years seeing John Deere’s two-cylinder tractor production nearly to its conclusion in 1960.
It was, however, the ‘Model B’ that was (and still is) the best-selling tractor, by units sold, in John Deere history. Over 300,000 units were sold from 1935 through to 1953, in a variety of configurations. The first models were advertised as “General Purpose” row crop tractors up until 1952 when the ‘Model B’ was replaced with the model “50” line of tractors.
(The Model "B" Tractor)
In 1960 the New Generation Power was introduced. Industry firsts in the line-up include hydraulic power brakes, closed-centred hydraulics for instant power and the industry’s first wheel tractor with over 100 PTO and drawbar horsepower. With these industry firsts and John Deere-Lanz manufacture in Germany it’s no surprise that in 1963 John Deere surpassed International Harvester for the first time in total sales of farm and light industrial equipment with $762million in worldwide sales compared to $665.4million of International Harvest.
John Deere may have been leading the way in sales but it didn’t stop there. In 1966 Roll-Guardtm , also known as ROPS (roll-over protective structure), is introduced as a safety feature and later released for adoption by the entire industry. Again in 1973, the models 4030, 4230, 4430 and 4630 tractors offered an optional Sound-Guard cab, an industry first dust-free, temperature-controlled operator station that provided “freedom from the elements”.
Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.
Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity and in 1987 John Deere celebrated 150 years of John Deere engineering. The 1990’s continued to move forward with the launch of the Gator Utility Vehicle in 1992, the debut of the 800 series with patented chassis design in 1994 and The GreenStar™ sytem in 1996; the first fully integrated yield-mapping package.
2009 – John Deere introduce the first cotton picker that builds round cotton modules on the go. The innovative machine offers non-stop harvesting and higher quality cotton.
As we move forward John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group further advances productivity by integrating technology with equipment. At 100 years of John Deere Tractors Deere & Company still celebrate their commitment to those linked to the land.