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John Deere Tractor & Engine

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John Deere never saw a green tractor.


From the time he revolutionized the plow in 1837, John Deere continually looked for ways to improve equipment to make life easier for farmers. While steam engine tractors began to appear in the 1880s, when Deere died in 1886, the world was still using the walking plow as its main means of turning the soil.


In 1918, after years of considering entering the tractor design and production business, the company bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in Waterloo, Iowa, for $2.25 million. The decision to enter the tractor market paved the way for Deere & Company to eventually become the world's leading provider of agricultural equipment.

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Published four times a year, The Plowshare helps collectors and enthusiasts learn about the history of John Deere and its products and stay up to date on events at the John Deere attractions. It's all in each issue of The Plowshare, and it's free.


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