The John Deere: many farmers and landscapers swear by it, refusing to purchase any other brand when the time comes for a new tractor. John Deere tractors are very important in agriculture today, and this distinctive green tractor may also be right for you and your farming or homesteading operation.
John Deere tractors are green with yellow trim. All John Deere tractors have a prominent leaping deer logo as well as the name of the company and the tractor series number written along the side of the tractor's body. The style of the leaping deer on the John Deere tractor varies, depending upon the age of your tractor; older tractors show a deer that is positioned as if it is about to land on the ground, while the yellow deer insignia on newer tractors (those manufactured during and after the year 2000) shows the dear leaping upward.
Although John Deere built his first piece of farm equipment in 1837 (the steel plow), his company didn't manufacture a tractor under the company name until nearly a century later, in 1923. According to Deere.com, this tractor (the Model D) was so successful the company continued producing it for three decades. A mere six years after introducing the Model D, John Deere began manufacturing a row-crop tractor called the GP Wide-Tread. Subsequent models include the A, B, G, H, M, L and LA letter series John Deere tractors, according to Randy Leffingwell, author of "John Deere." Following the end of World War II, the company introduced the Model R, its first diesel-powered tractor, in 1949.
The compact utility John Deere tractors, such as the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series, are designed for homesteads and small farms that have minimal power requirements for jobs such as loading, mowing and landscaping. Ranging from 45 to 140 horsepower, the utility tractors are quite versatile for both small and large farms since they come in so many sizes and models, including the 5D series and the 6030 series. John Deere also manufactures powerful row-crop tractors, 4-wheel-drive tractors and track tractors for a range of large-scale agricultural applications.
Some of the smaller models, such as the 3000 series compact utility tractors, have a 3-cylinder, Yanmar-manufactured engine. Most of the more powerful tractors have larger diesel engines that the John Deere company designs and manufactures in-house. Four-wheel-drive is standard on many models, and available safety features include an OSHA-certified Rollover Protection System (ROPS) and an automatic system that shuts the tractor off when the driver gets out of the seat. A range of attachments are available for purchase, including front-end loaders and mowers.
When preparing to purchase a John Deere, consider the types of jobs you'll use it for. If you're looking for an antique John Deere tractor, don't forget that they come with a narrow front end that makes them more likely to tip. Newer John Deere tractors have a wider front-end wheel base that makes them more secure for jobs that require a lot of lifting, turning and maneuvering. If you're purchasing a used John Deere tractor for regular work, make sure it is equipped with a Rollover Protection System (ROPS) to reduce your chances of being crushed by your tractor if it rolls over.