Milestones In Tractor Production

From the 27hp Waterloo Boy, the first tractor built and marketed by John Deere, to an all-round champion 670hp machine, all in 100 years. Staying true to our core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation, we will take decisive steps to shape our future. We’re working full throttle so that we can continue to offer first-rate solutions to our customers around the world during the next 100 years. Because our passion lies in all things towing, tilling, ploughing and growing.

History

From the Waterloo Boy to the John Deere 6250R: 36 major models and series from the last 100 years.

  • WATERLOO BOY N

    1918

    WATERLOO BOY Model N

    Entering the world of tractor production: the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company marks the beginning of an era for John Deere.

  • LANZ HL

    1921

    LANZ HL

    The birth of the "Bulldog". Dr. Fritz Huber presents the first Lanz farm tractor at the DLG exhibition in Leipzig. The Bulldog becomes a pioneer of motorized agriculture and a synonym for tractor.

  • JOHN DEERE MODEL D

    1923

    JOHN DEERE MODEL D

    The Model D proves to be a top seller, and was manufactured for 30 years with great success. This gives it the longest production run of any John Deere tractor to this day.

  • LANZ HP 1923

    1923

    LANZ HP

    Forefather of the 9R Series. The Lanz Bulldog HP is the world’s first mass-produced tractor with articulated steering and all-wheel drive.

  • LANZ HR2

    1929

    LANZ HR2

    The legendary 10-litre hot bulb engine makes its debut. This Bulldog model also represents a breakthrough in manufacturing technology: it is the first vehicle in Germany to be produced on an assembly line.

  • LANZ HR9

    1936

    LANZ HR9

    The Lanz Bulldog Express: primarily designed to meet farmers’ transport needs, this vehicle also enjoys great popularity with hauliers and fairground workers. Closely resembling a car, the Bulldog Express’ design is to have a significant impact on subsequent generations of tractors.

  • JOHN DEERE MODEL L

    1937

    JOHN DEERE MODEL L

    Moving successfully into the compact class with the development of the Model L, John Deere brings the needs of smaller farms into focus, making this tractor an early forerunner of today’s 5 Series. As a new feature, the Model L boasts an upright inline engine rather than a horizontal one.

  • JOHN DEERE STYLED MODEL A

    1938

    JOHN DEERE STYLED MODEL A

    The first tractor to be created by an industrial designer. A simpler version of the Styled Model A is produced from as early as 1934, equipped with an adjustable axle and a hitch. American farmers nickname it the “Johnny Popper” because of the distinctive sound made by its engine.

  • JOHN DEERE MODEL M

    1947

    JOHN DEERE MODEL M

    From a new factory comes a new series. In Dubuque, Iowa, John Deere introduces the M Model. With the Touch-O-Matic, the "M" series is John Deere's first to have a standard hydraulic system. Optionally from 1949 this tractor could be ordered as a crawler vehicle.

  • JOHN DEERE MODEL R

    1949

    JOHN DEERE MODEL R

    The diesel engine arrives at John Deere, and is powered by a small petrol engine which is started with an electric motor. As part of the Marshall Plan, some of these machines make their way to Europe in the early 1950s.

  • JOHN DEERE 520

    1956

    JOHN DEERE 520

    Finally green with yellow stripes. The two tone-paint, with the to this day characteristic yellow stripes on the hood, is not the only new thing. The innovative custom Powr-Trol hydraulics allow for exact positioning and draft resistance control.

  • LANZ D 4016

    1956

    LANZ D 4016

    The beginning of a new era. In 1956, during the acquisition of Heinrich Lanz AG by Deere & Co, Lanz presented the lastest development in the long tradition of single-cylinder two-stroke engines.

  • JOHN DEERE 730

    1958

    JOHN DEERE 730

    The last series with the legendary two-cylinder engine from Waterloo. Newly shaped mudguards protect the driver from dirt, dust or contact with the wheels.

  • JOHN DEERE 3010

    1960

    JOHN DEERE 3010

    The ‘New Generation of Power’ These tractors do not have much more in common with their predecessors than the green colour. Modern, quiet-running inline engines with 4 or 6 cylinders replace the horizontal two-cylinder engine.

  • JOHN DEERE-LANZ 500

    1960

    JOHN DEERE-LANZ 500

    Simultaneously, with the discontinuation of the production of two-cylinder engines, the era of the Bulldogs with single-cylinder engines ends in Europe. With the 300 and 500 models, the Mannheim plant manufactures the European versions of the “New Generation”.

  • JOHN DEERE 4020

    1963

    JOHN DEERE 4020

    The most popular tractor of its time. In the 1960s, the country and rural life is changing. Although old values remain, the professional side of the agricultural business is increasingly coming to the foreground.

  • JOHN DEERE 110

    1963

    JOHN DEERE 110

    In 1963, the Executive Committee of John Deere moves into a new office building. Shortly after the opening, the wife of the then CEO observed a gardener with a red lawn mower- and intervenes! Without further ado, John Deere constructs a lawn tractor.

  • JOHN DEERE 717

    1965

    JOHN DEERE 717

    Europe-wide division of labour. With the models 310, 510 and 710 a new line of models is presented at the John Deere Factory in Mannheim. The all-new diesel engines are supplied by the John Deere factory in Saran, France, which only recently started operating.

  • JOHN DEERE 3120

    1969

    JOHN DEERE 3120

    The first "Mannheimer" with a six-cylinder engine. With the introduction of the 20 Series in 1967, the LANZ logo finally disappears from the tractors from Mannheim. The John Deere model 3120 meets the growing needs of German agriculture.

  • JOHN DEERE 7020

    1971

    JOHN DEERE 7020

    The structural changes in North America make it necessary to process even larger areas in a short time. A constant race against the seasons. John Deere's new tractors can be used for large areas.

  • JOHN DEERE 4630

    1972

    JOHN DEERE 4630

    The new tractors of Generation II: developed in the Waterloo factory, this series wins customers over with features like the Sound-Gard cab, which has been the yardstick for comfort and soundproofing for many years.

  • JOHN DEERE 1630VU

    1975

    JOHN DEERE 1630VU

    Generation II conquers Europe. The new design is also adopted for machines produced in Europe, such as this speciality tractor for vineyard use manufactured in the Getafe factory.

  • JOHN DEERE 4240S

    1981

    JOHN DEERE 4240S

    This machine cuts a fine figure, even on difficult terrain. Models 4040S and 4240S feature the new mechanical all-wheel-drive axle with a 13-degree caster angle and the new Sound-Gard 2 cab from Bruchsal.

  • JOHN DEERE 3640

    1984

    JOHN DEERE 3640

    Reliability meets endurance in the 3640, which is introduced in 1984 and delivers 112 HP. This model is also equipped with the new 16/8 Power Synchron transmission. From 1985, this tractor is available from the factory with a front hitch, providing even greater efficiency at work.

  • JOHN DEERE 2850

    1986

    JOHN DEERE 2850

    The 50 Series from Mannheim. As the largest tractor with a four-cylinder engine, the 2850 is particularly popular. Among the many improvements are new economical engines with a large range of constant power and increased lifting power.

  • JOHN DEERE 4955

    1989

    JOHN DEERE 4955

    The Berlin Wall falls. With its large tractors such as the 4955, John Deere not only meets the needs of American farmers, but also provides the right machines for the newly emerging markets as Eastern Europe opens up.

  • JOHN DEERE 6400

    1992

    JOHN DEERE 6400

    A fundamentally new concept in the tractor industry is introduced with the 6000 Series, from the John Deere factory in Mannheim. The machine’s innovative modular frame design makes it lighter yet more stable, and allows for an almost unlimited number of configuration options.

  • JOHN DEERE 8400

    1994

    JOHN DEERE 8400

    Pioneering technology: with its 8000 Series, John Deere sets new standards for the large tractor sector.

  • JOHN DEERE 7810

    1996

    JOHN DEERE 7810

    The very effective frame design introduced in the 6000 Series is adopted for the larger 7000 Series produced in Waterloo. To this day, the 7810 remains one of the most successful and well-known John Deere models.

  • JOHN DEERE 6910

    1997

    JOHN DEERE 6910

    The tractor becomes a cruiser. For the first time TLS front axle suspension is introduced which not only brings comfort to the ride but also improves traction by up to 8 percent.

  • JOHN DEERE 9400T

    2000

    JOHN DEERE 9400T

    Less compression per cm². The innovative track concept introduced in 1997 with the new 8000T Series proves very successful. At the request of customers, the concept is also introduced in higher performance classes.

  • JOHN DEERE 8345R

    2009

    JOHN DEERE 8345R

    Bringing economy to a new level. The John Deere factory in Waterloo began manufacturing the 8R Series in 2009. These tractors go on to set new fuel efficiency records in official tests.

  • JOHN DEERE 6150R

    2012

    JOHN DEERE 6150R

    The versatile workhorse of the 6R Series, the 6150R quickly becomes a bestseller thanks to its optimal combination of performance and manoeuvrability.

  • JOHN DEERE 9620RX

    2016

    JOHN DEERE 9620RX

    The most powerful machine in its class. To meet its customers’ needs for high efficiency while also keeping soil compaction to a minimum, in 2016 John Deere presented the 9RX Series tractor with articulated steering and four rubber tracks, which delivers up to 670 HP.

  • JOHN DEERE 5125R

    2017

    JOHN DEERE 5125R

    This agile and powerful tractor can move mountains. The new 5R introduces optional premium equipment packages to the mid-range, which were previously reserved for much larger models.

  • JOHN DEERE 6250R

    2017

    JOHN DEERE 6250R

    A blend of powerful performance and endless versatility: with the 6230R and 6250R, John Deere offers two light but powerful machines that are designed to meet contractors’ demanding transport needs. They are also equipped with the innovative new CommandPRO joystick.

"Nothing runs like a Deere"

Explanation of the symbols on the 36 cards in the John Deere collector set

(based on maximum spec values in each case):

Engine performance in HP/kW

Number of cylinders

Maximum speed in km/h

Engine size in litres

Number of forward/

reverse gears