|Hi! My name is Alice Chalmers. I'll be your substitute teacher whenever a John Deere question comes up that requires a completely "unbiased" answer! As you'll soon see, you're going to have to answer THIS question YOURSELF after I have presented you with all of the pertinent information.|
QUESTION: What was the first John Deere tractor?
That question has THREE possible answers! In 1912, Deere & Co.
began to develop prototypes for their own tractor. The only one that
ever went into production (in 1918) is now known as the "Dain" tractor.
It is named after Joseph Dain, the engineer who designed it. Only 50 to 100 or so "Dain" tractors were built and sold, BECAUSE.... That same year the Deere Company bought the Waterloo Engine Company, in order to obtain a factory in which to build tractors.
So.... take your choice:
The "Dain" was the first tractor with the John Deere name on it, but very few were produced. It was not a commercial success.
The Waterloo Boy tractors were produced by the THOUSANDS by Deere & Co. between 1918 and 1924.
The Model D was the first MASS PRODUCED tractor with the John Deere name on it. It was made until 1953!!!
|This is one of the first 50 John Deere Model D's.|
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