John Deere Prototypes

Discussion in 'Armoured' started by Dave55, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Looks like something from WWI, not WWII. Still pretty neat.
    Glad they decided not to put them into production!

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  2. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Jury rigged to be sure. I assume that John Deere did switch to military manufacturing during the war? Just not their own designs!
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    That's a good question, Tim. I assumed they stuck with tractors due to the big farm mechanization push but I was wrong.
    Says they were the primary manufacturer of Sherman final drives, among other things

    John Deere in World War Two
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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Funny, Tweeted on these a week or two back.
    Two different variants tested. Weird wheels introduced after trouble steering.
    At 4000kg, and 60 HP, with blokes blacking out in the turrets from MG fumes, they were not deemed a success.


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    This chap seemed to have some solid gen on them:
    John Deere Model "A" Armored Tractor

    The 'restorations', I think were more recreations.
    Sure there was one at Beltring a few years back. No idea if the same ones, as I think they're in the states.

    Case did some work on tractor-based extemporisations too.
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  5. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Those designs could make a come back with grow-op farmers!
  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    The narrow front end is for a row crop tractor, also known as a cultivator tractor. Makes no sense that they even tried it for this application. They are fairly treacherous to drive on anything but a flat field and tip over on even mild hills.
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  7. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Here's a 1940 Model A for ref:

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    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    We have a mixture of John Deere and Kubota equipment at work. Very reliable and adaptable.

  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ohhhh nice - can I borrow it next week??

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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member


    I will check back with the Director and found out our hourly rate.
  12. canuck

    canuck Closed Account


    If the rates are too high the Canadian army may offer you a cheaper alternative and maintaining that attractive green/yellow colour pattern.

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  13. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    This is why we can't have nice things!
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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Saw this today that I thought was interesting.

    Things changed when herbicidal weed control gained popularity. Farmers no longer needed to cultivate their crops in the traditional manner – instead, they demanded more power.

    Mysteries Revealed - Farmall v. International Tractors - Antique Tractor Blog
  15. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    A number of US tractor companies came up with ideas for converting tractors into AFVs. I think the idea was to sell them to poorer nations. The Afghan government bought a number of Disston tractor tanks one of which still survives

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