The John Deere Dream
A panoramic image of two classic John Deere tractors in a field at sunset. The tractor on the left is a John Deere 1938 Model B and the one on the right is a 1950 John Deere Model R.
The John Deere model B was introduced as a smaller tractor, to fill the needs of row-crop farmers that did not need a tractor as large as the A. It had a nearly 20-year production run, and the versions of the B can be broadly divided into three groups. The original B is often referred to as "unstyled", and includes all tractors built through 1938. In 1939, with tractor number 60000, began the "early styled" model B. In mid 1947, with tractor number 201000, began the "late styled" model B.
The model R was John Deere's first diesel tractor. The R was the first John Deere tractor with a live PTO, which used a separate clutch.
May 24th, 2013
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