Models D, DI

d76021-RP-1The "D" was the first Waterloo tractor to bear the John Deere name. And the most venerable, staying in the line from its introduction in 1923 until the last "D" rolled off the assembly line and into history three decades later, in 1953. Many factors contributed to the "D"'s popularity: It operated on almost any low-cost fuel, owners frequently claiming it would burn "anything that could be poured into its tank." Parts were simple and easy to reach; repairs could be made standing up.A low initial cost put the "D" within reach of many farmers who were strapped by the post-World War I depression.It could pull three 14-inch bottoms in most soils.

The "D", like all succeeding John Deere tractors until 1960, had a rugged, dependable 2-cylinder engine. That engine, plus big, rugged gears; one- piece transmission case; and pressure lubrication to main and connecting-rod bearings and piston pins made the "D" an extremely durable machine.

Over the years, the "D" was improved with rubber tires, electric starter and lights, a powershaft, and other features as those innovations were incorporated into other John Deere tractors.

The "D" was originally rated at 27 belt-pulley hp and 15 drawbar hp.
Production Year & Serial Number

D D continued D continued
1924...30401 1934...116273 1944...155029
1925...31413 1935...119100 1945...158454
1926...35309 1936...125430 1946...161701
1927...43410 1937...130700 1947...164987
1928...54554 1938...138413 1948...171955
1929...71561 1939...143800 1949...180812
1930...NA 1940...146500 1950...187703
1931...109944 1941...148872 1951...189578
1932...115509 1942...151887 1952...191178
1933...115665 1943...154470 1953...191450

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