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The John Deere Company

began in 1836 when thirty-two year old John Deere moved to Grand Detour, Illinois Already an established blacksmith, Deere opened a 1,378 square feet shop in Grand Detour in 1837 which allowed him to serve as a general repairman in the village, as well as a manufacturer of small tools such as pitchforks and shovels.

John Deere died in 1886, and the presidency of Deere & Company passed to Charles Deere. By now the company was manufacturing a variety of farm equipment products in addition to plows, including wagons, corn planters, and cultivators.
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The company even expanded into the bicycle business briefly during the 1890s, but the core focus of the company remained on agricultural implements. Increased competition during the early 1900s from the new International Harvester Corporation led the company to expand it's offerings in the implement business, but it was the production of gasoline tractors which would come to define Deere & Company's operations during the twentieth century.
John Deere Waterloo Boy In 1912, Deere & Company began the company's expansion into the tractor business. Deere Company briefly experimented with it's own tractor models, the most successful of which was the Dain All-Wheel-Drive

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In 1918 Deere & Company  decided to continue it's foray into the tractor business by purchasing the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company which manufactured the popular Waterloo Boy Tractor at it's facilities in Waterloo, Iowa. Deere & Company continued to sell tractors under the Waterloo Boy name until 1923, when the John Deere Model D was introduced. The company still manufactures most of its tractors in Waterloo, Iowa.

John Deere D

Despite the severe farm economy depression, Deere management decided to build a final John Deere D
prototype in 1923. The Waterloo Boy N Series was approaching serial number 30400, so the new tractor became the Model D, number 30401, the first of the fourth style—and a new era was at hand.

John Deere General Purpose

Competition in the form of International Harvester's Farmall John Deere decided there was a need for a smaller tractor that could serve this market and the row-crop farmer's requirements. In 1927 John Deere released the first of many models falling under the category of General Purpose Tractor.Included in this category is the popular John Deere A and John Deere B Tractors.

John Deere Model A

The John Deere A was the result of years of research and experimentation.
The Model A was one of the best all purpose row-crop tractors designed thus far. Its tricycle design and adjustable rear tread width contributed to making the Model A one of the greatest tractors in agricultural history. No wonder that the model A in all of its variations rolled out of the factory for almost twenty years. Steel wheels were standard equipment on all unstyled Model A row-cop tractors; however rubber tires were an option. In 1939 the new models came with rubber tires as standard equipment on the styled As, but steel wheels were maintained as an option.
Deere' s Model AN, a derivative of the modal A had the distinct advantage of having only one front wheel. This made cultivation of narrowly spaced row-crops possible. The AN used a front yoke instead of the normal pedestal found on most row-crop As. Production of the styled Model A is often separated into two major periods. The first tractors, produced from 1939 to 1947 had the pan seat and other features of the earlier unstyled tractors. The tractors of the second period of the styled production, which ran from 1947 to 1952, featured a battery box seat, improved engines and a new frame.
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John Deere 4020

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Just as the John Deere 4010 had been the most popular of the 10 Series, so the 4020 was the crown jewel of the 20 Series. It proved to be one of the classic tractors of all time, and certainly was the most popular of its decade. It accounted for 48 percent of all Deere 1966 tractor sales in North America.


 John Deere 3020 Brochure
The 20 Series, The Best Gets Better
Based on Deere's philosophy of constantly improving product, even if it is already the best available, three short years after the introduction of the 10 series tractors, the 4-cylinder 3020 and 6-cylinder 4020 replaced their predecessors. Engineers improved the original models to the extent that the John Deere 4020 became the most popular tractor of its era, and arguably one of the three or four classic tractors of all time. In the tradition of such famous tractors as the Models "D," "A' and "G," it was again another leap ahead of the competition. The 4020 became so popular that in 1966 there were 27,416 units sold in the U.S. and Canada, accounting for 48% of all John Deere tractor unit sales.With these two new 20 series tractors came Power Shift, an 8-speed-forward, 4-speed-reverse shift-on-the-go transmission


John Deere 3020 4020

The John Deere 3010 and John Deere 4010 were updated in 1963 to become the 3020 and 4020. Increased in power, but most importantly given the Power-Shift transmission option and a hydraulic power differential lock, the performance of these tractors was dramatically improved. With a 6-PTO-hp increase from 59.44 to 65.28 as tested at Nebraska, the 3020 was available in row-crop (four versions of front-wheel equipment), standard, orchard, and Hi-Crop form. The standard transmission was the successful Synchro-Range with eight forward and three reverse speeds. The new Power-Shift transmission meant that you could move from any of its eight forward or four reverse speeds without use of the clutch. An inching pedal was provided for attachment of implements.

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John Deere Equipment The simplicity of the John Deere two-cylinder tractor is, in itself, an assurance of longer life and more dependable service. But this is only half of the story. By greatly reducing the total number of parts, John Deere engineers have been able to make each remaining part heavier and stronger. In the John Deere Model "D", for instance, the 155-pound crankshaft is of 3-1/2-inch chrome nickel steel, drop forged. The assembly of crankshaft, flywheel, and belt pulley weighs 526 pounds. The two main bearings are 5 inches long and have a bearing surface of 94 square inches. These larger parts have more wear in them; they last much longer. This sturdy, heavy construction follows right on through the entire tractor--gears, splines, bearings, connecting rods, axles all parts are built strong to give you a tractor that will deliver years of trouble-free service.
Simple as only a two-cylinder tractor can be
By its very nature, John Deere' s two-cylinder engine is simple. There are only two cylinders, two pistons, and two connecting rods, instead of four or six; four valves, in place of eight or twelve; ten rings, as against sixteen or twenty-four. Such simplicity is inherent in any two-cylinder engine, but John Deere engineers have gone a step further and carried this simplicity right on through the entire tractor, eliminating hundreds of parts that would otherwise require adjustment, wear out, and eventually have to be replaced. The heavy, one-piece casting that serves as a crank case also contains the entire final drive and transmission. The cylinder block is bolted to the front end of this case. The belt pulley is right on the end of the crankshaft. The clutch is located inside the belt pulley. The flywheel is mounted on the other end of the crankshaft, and serves as a starting crank. Frankly, could any tractor be simpler, more easily understood, more easily taken care of, or give greater assurance of long, dependable, low-cost service?

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Only to large cylinders As against 4 smaller cylinders As against 6 smaller cylinders
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only 4 valves and 4 valve springs  As against 8 smaller valves and 8 smaller springs  As against 24 extra small valves and 24 extra small springs
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only 10 piston rings As against sixteen smaller piston rings As against twentyfour extra small piston rings 
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John Deere 1876 Trademark

Since 1876, The leaping deer has appeared in the primary trademark for Deere and Company
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John Deere 1912 Trademark

The Trademark John Deere registered in 1912 included a message that stated "THE TRADE MARK OF QUALITY MADE FAMOUS BY GOOD IMPLEMENTS"
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John Deere 1936 Trademark

hield became John Deere's third registered trademark
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John Deere 1937 Trademark

Just a year later in 1937,an easier to stencil trademark was adopted
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John Deere 1956 Trademark

Although this design came into use about 1956 John Deere didnt register it in the U.S. until 1962
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John Deere 1968 Trademark

This second to last John Deere trademark was registered in 1969
John Deere R
After years of testing John Deere relaesed its first diesel farm tractor in 1949. The John Deere R was also the first Deere tractor with a live independent PTO with its own clutch, and it in turn drove the hydraulic pump. It was also the company's first to be offered with an all-steel cab option.

Total tractor sales reached 21,294.


In 1947 John Deere opened a new tractor factory in Dubuque, Iowa, built to produce The John Deere M. The John Deere M tractor was created to address the increasing demand for small tractors and to compete with the increasingly popular Ford and Ferguson Tractor.

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The demand arose for a tractor smaller than the John Deere A The result for the 1935 season was the introduction of the John Deere B it was initially introduced with a shorter main frame, but from No. 42,200 on this was lengthened so that integral equipment could be interchanged between the two models.

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