Deere's Lettered Horses
MODEL D: 1924 to 1953
Model D: 1924-1953
The D was not only the first tractor built in Waterloo, Iowa to bear the John Deere name but was also the most venerable as it was in production longer than any tractor model of any manufacturer.
MODEL GP: 1928 to 1935
Model GP: 1928-1935
The move to general purpose tractors capable of both driving a stationary thresher, pulling a plow and then hosting a row cultivator inspired John Deere to introduce the Model GP. The initials stood for General Purpose.
MODEL A: 1934-1952
Model A: 1934-1952
The Model A goes down in history as the most popular Deere tractor model ever built. During its 19-year production run, over 319,000 Models As (in various versions) were sold, establishing the machine as one of the top five most popular tractor models of all time.
MODEL B: 1935 to 1952
Model B: 1935-1952
Small farms clamoring for a tractor found their demands answered with the lithe Mode3l B. Turning out 141/4 belt horsepower, the B offered all the advantages of other Deere models – adjustable wheel tread, crop clearance, and individually controlled rear wheel.
MODEL G: 1938 to 1953
Model G: 1938-1953
When the Model G was introduced it stood as Deere’s most powerful tractor turning out nearly 21 drawbar horsepower thanks to its two-cylinders’ 413 cubic inches of displacement. This attracted the attention of broad-based acre farms, particularly in the High Plains.
MODEL Y: 1936
Model Y: 1936
The birth of John Deere’s utility tractors began with this rare Model Y. Only 24 Model Y’s were built in 1936 at John Deere’s Wagon Works in Moline, Illinois. Rated to pull a one-bottom plow, the 1,340-pound Y was powered by a two-cylinder engine.
MODEL L: 1937 to 1946
Model L: 1937-1946
John Deere recognized the need for lithe tractors to serve the needs of truck-garden farms, factories looking for a “tug” tractor or municipalties wanting power for mowers. From this demand came the birth of the “utility tractor”.
MODEL H: 1939 to 1947
Model H: 1939-1947
Strategically positioned to serve operations which were larger than truck farms but smaller than many Midwest farm, the Model H appealed to such producers as it was lightweight yet still offered many features of its big brother.
MODEL LA: 1941 to 1946
Model LA: 1941-1946
Produced the same time as the Model L, the LA boasted a large engine offering 40% more power and a bit more crop clearance. The 2,200-pound LA also featured a solid-bar frame compared to the Model L’s tubular steel design.
MODEL M: 1947 to 1952
Model M: 1947-1952
The first tractor to be manufactured in Deere’s new factory in Dubuque, Iowa, was the Model M. Considered a general-purpose utility tractor, the 18 horsepower (at the belt pulley) Model M offered the innovative “Touch-O-Matic” hydraulic control system.
MODEL MC: 1949 to 1952
Model MC: 1949-1952
The Model M was offered in many variations including a crawler tractor, the Model MC. This was the first crawler built entirely by John Deere. Previous to the MC, Model BO tractors were shipped by Deere to Lindeman Manufacturing in Yakima, Washington.
MODEL R: 1949 to 1954
Model R: 1949-1954
Deere engineers set about to find a replacement to the venerable Model D and started to experiment with diesel engines in the process. The results of their work can be seen in the Model R which featured the first diesel in Deere history.
John Deere approach to designating their early series of tractors was as simplistic as the tractor line’s design.