John Deere Prototypes

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

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    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 Token Colonial Patron

    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 Very Senior Member

    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 Token Colonial Patron

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

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    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 Very Senior Member

    Here's a 1940 Model A for ref:

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