John Deere D


The John Deere D is a very famous classic tractor. It was manufactured between 1923 and 1939, a period during which more than 155, 000 units were built. It is also interesting to note that modified versions continued to be made until 1953, so some people like to argue that the production period for the “D” was actually 30 years and not 16. The JD D was also known as JohnDeere 1527 and replaced the curiously named “Waterloo Boy”. Why was he called Waterloo Boy? John Deere had bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, which had previously made the Waterloo Boy. So John Deere used this acquired technology to build the John Deere D.

Many of the early JD ‘D’ tractors did not have rubber wheels, but rather metal spoked wheels. These were soon replaced and all John Deere tractors eventually came with rubber wheels.

The John Deere model came standard with 1 of 2 different engines:

  • A 7. 6 liter, 2 cylinder, all fuel engine
  • An 8. 2-litre, 2-cylinder, all-fuel engine

The Model D was a big tractor in its day, but it’s obviously not big at all now, especially when compared to tractors like the JD 8530. Its production weight steadily increased as it was modified and changed by John Deere engineers.(but kept his name despite everything). The D model initially weighed 4, 090 pounds (or 1, 855 kg if in Europe), but has grown to 5, 880 pounds (or 2, 667 kg) coming off the production line in recent years.

The same goes for its length and width. It was initially 109 inches (276 cm) long, but with modifications and changes, it grew to 130 inches (330 cm). Its width went from 142 cm (56 in) to 168 cm (66. 5 in).

Because there are many different, unmodified John Deere Model Ds, many people collect these particular John Deere models and repair or restore them. If you have a ‘D’ and would like to add a review, it would be greatly appreciated, and please mention the year it was built and any modifications. Write your opinion below.

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