The history of the tractor is one of rapid development, from the turn of the 20th century when it was a substitute for the horse, to today’s sophisticated machines which boast a range of technologically advanced equipment. This fact-packed encyclopedia charts this exceptional history, the machines and their manufacturers. Each vehicle is illustrated with archive material or photography, together with specification boxes detailing engine capacity, power, transmission and weight. Including an international overview of farm machinery around the world, this volume forms a highly comprehensive tractor encyclopedia that all enthusiasts will want to own.
This book includes:
• Detailed specifications and over 650 photographs of historical and modern machines, from AGCO Allis to Zetor.
• The ultimate book for every tractor and agricultural machinery enthusiast – a detailed portrait in words and pictures of farm vehicles and their evolution.
• Features vintage models restored to their former glory, together with their modern-day high-tech equivalents.
• Covers every aspect of the tractor and its components, from the history of the inventors, innovators and factories, to the vehicles’ engine capacities and power.
The ultimate visual history for farm machinery enthusiasts, featuring tractors from AGCO Allis to Zetor.
Author: John Carroll
This visually stunning work blends tractors photographed in custom-built studios with concept drawings and behind-the-scenes looks at how the machines were designed and built. The beautiful book also is encyclopedic, containing examples of every model line built by John Deere since 1919.
The book includes dozens of drawings and images from the archives of the Henry Dreyfuss Archives housed at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Manhattan, many of which are from a newly-uncovered and previously unlabeled box of materials showing tractor design and development. In-person research was also done at the Theo Brown Archives kept at Wooster Polytechnic Institute. Period images from the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and other notable historic archives add visual depth to the history. Matching the strong visuals is an in-depth history that includes interviews with John Deere engineers, industrial designers, dealers, and farmers who created, sold, and used the machines, many of whom provide insight on developmental evolution and secret prototypes.
This work features more than 300 images, including many depicting one-of-a-kind machines and serial number ones. The stunningly restored 6030 you’ll find on the cover is the first example built, and you’ll also find a working 4020, which was the second built and the first power shift model. These and dozens of others in the book are some of the most valuable tractors in existence.
Author: Lee Klancher
John Deere Tractor Moldboard and Disk Plows provides technical information on all John Deere moldboard and disk plows manufactured in the New Generation Era, from 1960 to 1990. In it, you’ll find such facts as the year built, plow type, wheel types available, hitch types, as well as comments and identifying features for each plow. The book also covers information on plow attachments, painting a plow, preparing a plow for plowing and storage, and more!
Author: David Wolfe
John Deere is one of the world’s leading tractor companies and this fascinating book brings together the full account of production in both the United States and in Europe. Using modern photography and a largely chronological account of tractor development, the author provides an excellent overview of the evolution of John Deere tractors over the decades. Starting with the early two-cylinder tractors developed in the USA and moving through the creation of multi-cylinder engines after the takeover of the Lanz business in Germany, the book covers the 40 and 50 series of the late 1980s and the innovations in the 1990s when John Deere effectively re-invented the tractor with their full-frame designs. Bringing the reader right up to date with the latest designs that bristle with technological sophistication and covering the evolution of John Deere tractor development, this book will be an essential read for both John Deere enthusiasts and all those interested in the history of tractors, old and new.
Author: Jonathan Whitlam
Noted photographer Andrew Morland presents more than 650 photographs of tractors from the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, including models from the 1880's to today. Features everything from John Deere, Farmall, Ford, Case and Caterpillar to some interesting and uncommon tractors that you've never seen before.
Author: Andrew Morland
This is a model-by-model encyclopedia of John Deere tractors from their first appearance in 1892 to the latest 2009 models. Photographs showcase beautifully restored tractors as well as unique paintings and artwork from the Deere archives, rare and valuable original brochures, and studio photos of John Deere toys and models. For tractor enthusiasts, John Deere aficionados and devotees of American farm machinery at its finest, this big book is an unparalleled compendium of pictures and facts, the best look ever at the incomparable John Deere.
Author: Don Macmillan
The Complete Book of Classic John Deere Tractors explores the range of iconic “green tractors” with which Illinois-based John Deere has become one of the world's most recognizable brands.
This fact-packed volume takes you through dozens of John Deere farm models, beginning with the 1892 Waterloo Boy and ending with the game-changing New Generation and Generation II lines. With selected text from The Bigger Book of John Deere by late legendary Deere historian Don Macmillan, this book details year-to-year model changes within each series and offers comprehensive specs charts compiled by Deere authority John Dietz.
In addition to the Waterloo Boy, you'll witness the entire run of two-cylinder “Johnny Poppers” (from the 1924 Model D through the 830 Series models in 1960) and the styled tractors of the prewar and postwar years. Also featured heavily are the groundbreaking New Generation tractors, launched to much fanfare in 1960, and their successors, the New Generation II lineup (with their Sound-Gard cabs). Standard, row-crop, orchard, and even a selection of experimental models … they're all here. In addition, you'll find coverage of John Deere’s rich international heritage, with tractors produced in Spain, Germany, and Australia.
Illustrated with incredible color photography and period advertising, The Complete Book of Classic John Deere Tractors is an essential edition for the library of any Deere fanatic.
Author: Don Macmillan
This convenient, easy-to-use field guide puts a wealth of information right into your hands! You'll find brief histories, model runs, specification details, and eye-catching color photographs of more than 500 models of John Deere tractors, from the 2-cylinder series of 1892 to modern multicylinder models. The late Don Macmillan is considered one of the world's most respected John Deere historians. Inside, he breaks down John Deere's rich heritage into distinct eras:
•The Pioneering Years, 1892–1924
•The Unstyled Years, 1923–1938
•The Styled Years, 1938–1960
•The Numbered Series, 1952–1960
•The New Generation of Power, 1959–1972
• Generation II, 1972–1987
• The Modern Years, 1982–1991
A wealth of photos of every John Deere tractor (from the legendary 2-cylinder Waterloo Boy that started it all to 6-cylinder, 200-horsepower machines of the 1980s) are accompanied by detail-rich descriptions of the tractors' features and backstories, as well as concise charts presenting key specifications. For fans of old iron, there's no better quick reference. It's equally useful at swap meets and in the armchair!
Author: Don Macmillan
In The John Deere Century, acclaimed author and photographer Randy Leffingwell uses his unique brand of storytelling to chronicle the company and the tractors that have carried the distinctive green and yellow livery for the past century.
Iconic John Deere tractors ranging from the spartan Waterloo Boy to the Model AOS, and from German and Argentine models to the acclaimed New Generation tractors are featured in this celebration of industrial tractor design. Loaded with photographs, both modern and vintage, and excellently written info, this book will have John Deere fans salivating.
Author: Randy Leffingwell
The John Deere Moldboard Tractor Plow is filled with technical information on all John Deere Moldboard Tractor plows built in the Two-Cylinder Era, 1914 to 1960. The book covers information on each plow: the model, plow type, frame type, number of bottoms, bottom widths available, years built, frame or beam identification, lift type available, parts catalog number, operator manual number, wheel types available, identifying features, and more!
Author: David Wolfe
This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with pencil drawings and welders.
The book’s stories range from the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of four- and six-cylinder tractors to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of high-technology innovations (such as smart farms and auto-guidance) that are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies that emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.
Author: Lee Klancher
Discover the untold story of the “tractor wars,” the twenty-year period that introduced power farming - the most fundamental change in world agriculture in hundreds of years.
A researcher, historian, and writer, Neil Dahlstrom has spent decades in the corporate archives at John Deere. In Tractor Wars, Dahlstrom offers an insider’s view of a story that entwines a myriad of brands and characters, stakes and plots: the Reverend Daniel Hartsough, a pastor turned tractor designer; Alexander Legge, the eventual president of International Harvester, a former cowboy who took on Henry Ford; William Butterworth and the oft-at-odds leadership team at John Deere that partnered with the enigmatic Ford but planned for his ultimate failure.
With all the bitterness and drama of the race between Ford, Dodge, and General Motors, Tractor Wars is the untold story of industry stalwarts and disruptors, inventors, and administrators racing to invent modern agriculture—a power farming revolution that would usher in a whole new world.
Author: Neil Dahlstrom