Expo II Exhibitor Photos
The John Deere Model “80” Tractor
The John Deere Styled Model “AR” Tractor
The John Deere Unstyled Model “B” Tractor — Part I
The John Deere Unstyled Model “B” Tractor — Part II
Tractor Identification —Part I
EXPO II: Over one-third of this Special Edition of Two-Cylinder is devoted to the exhibitors at Expo II. Two-Cylinder Club members are a special breed of people that are willing to stack up the results of their hobby with those of anyone else, and this Special Edition features some of their accomplishments.
MODEL “80”: The Model “80” was somewhat unique in a number of ways. Take its introduction date, for example. Mid-1955. The “50” and “60” Tractors had already been in production for three years. But when it came time to introduce the “20” Series in 1956, the “820” made its appearance right along with the rest of them and brought an end to “80” production. The late start and timely end to Model “80” production put just 3500 of these two-cylinder tractors in the field.
STYLED MODEL “AR” TRACTOR: Of all the tractors in the John Deere line, the standard-tread “AR” and its orchard companion “AO” were the last to receive styling treatment. Officially called the “New Improved ‘AR’ and ‘AO’ Tractors” in letters and bulletins, they went into production in June of 1949, and continued until May of 1953. They were replaced by the Model “60” Standard and Model “60” Orchard, respectively.
UNSTYLED MODEL “B” TRACTOR — PART I: With more than 300,000 built, the Model “B” ranks number one in the production of John Deere Tractors. The article features many rare photographs which have never before been published. To assist in understanding and identifying the models within the series and the evolutionary changes that took place, various dates and serial number groupings are provided and are linked with key photographs.
UNSTYLED MODEL “B” TRACTOR — PART II: Almost immediately after the Model “B” went into production in October 1934, the first of what would eventually be seven normally recognized variations was introduced. The 4-bolt pedestal “BN”, initially known as the “B” Garden Tractor, made its debut later that same month.
The “Garden Tractor” term comes from early advertising literature that pictures the 4-bolt “BN” (single front wheel), and specifically refers to it as the John Deere Model “B” Garden Tractor.
TRACTOR IDENTIFICATION: This article attempts to provide enough information to at least assist the reader in identifying a tractor model at a glance by providing some of the more obvious points of recognition. However, while these points might be common to and preferred by some people, others may choose to develop their own. Basic tractor identification could be considered a subject too general for some, but that brings to mind the story of the experienced collector who scrapped out a rough “GP” some years ago — only to discover later that it was one of the few Model “Cs” in existence.
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