Tractors For Sale In Iowa: John Deere Antique Dealers Follows Passion
If you go asking for directions to the intersection of Highway 141 and Highway 183 in Ute, Iowa, local residents will forgo talking about street signs and mile markers, and will instead direct you to the bright green and yellow John Deere sign found next to the road.
According to Southwest Iowa News, the iconic building is the property of resident Larry Folk, who runs Folk and Sons Antique Tractors, a store dedicated to selling only vintage and antique John Deere tractors.
The media outlet states that Folk first fell in love with the old green-and-yellow machines 25 years ago, and for the last nine years he's made it his full-time job to sell the collector’s items. The business was moved from its original store in Dunlap last year, relocating to Ute in what Folk said was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
“We unexpectedly sold the acreage the old shop was on and found this shop. We thought the location would be awesome,” Folk said. “Highway 141 is a major route from Sioux City to Des Moines, and we get a lot of stop-in traffic I didn’t have in Dunlap.”
Folk teamed up with business partner Otto Kunze and their sons to buy, sell, and trade John Deere tractors from across the ages, purchased in states all over the country and even a few in Canada. In the first 11 days of September 2012, the team identified and purchased tractors in Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Oklahoma, then turned around and sold those machines to buyers in ohio, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Indiana.