John Deere & Company is one of the world's top producers of machinery and machinery products. The company is mostly known for its extensive line of agricultural tractors and equipment. Besides residential and commercial farm equipment, it also produces equipment for golf courses, forestry and construction. The story of John Deere began from a one-man operation that grew into a worldwide company that does business in more than 160 countries, notes the University of Miami.
John Deere & Company offers several types of tractors including utility, row-crop, four-wheel drive, track and specialty tractors. Other farm products include combines, tillers, cutters and shredders, scrapers, self-propelled sprayers, utility vehicles, sugar harvesting equipment, hay and forage equipment.
John Deere farm equipment comes in a wide range of sizes. The company's largest planter, the DB120, was introduced in February of 2009. This row-crop planter is 120 feet wide and is the most productive model, notes Deere.com. The smallest tractors are the height of a four-foot-tall pickup truck. Larger models are seven feet high (dump truck size), 8.5 feet (size of a large dump truck or feed wagon or grinder) and 11 feet (grinder or mixer size), notes the Deere Product Selector website.
It's important to perform regular maintenance inspections on John Deere farm equipment. Doing so can lower repair costs and ensure the best possible performance. Maintaining John Deere farm equipment also ensures a higher resale value.
Ensure proper lights are on all equipment and install signs for any slow-moving vehicles (SMV). Replace faded, older SMV signs and reflectors.
Inform family members and employees about safety.
It's important other drivers see you coming when transporting farm equipment. This is even more critical during bad weather, as visibility can be hindered even at a moment's notice, warns Deere.com. Local 4-H club meetings, agriculture classes and FFA functions offer information on safety tips.
John Deere, born in 1804 in Vermont, began his career as a blacksmith apprentice. He became famous, by 1825, for his figurative and literal polishing of farm equipment, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology website. He migrated to the Midwest in 1836 where he built a forge. Here he invented his Deere Self-Polishing Plow, which was first used in 1837. Deere continued to refine his designs and in 1846 he produced America's first cast-steel plow. More than 13,000 plows were sold in 1855. Besides being one of the oldest American companies, John Deere continues to be among the largest.