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Combines & Harvesters Discussion Forum

John Deere Combine History

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Rick

01-26-2004 15:17:39
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Would like to know where I could find the historical sequence of JD self-propelled combines. What was the first, when were they launced, what were the next numbers released and when and so on.

Would appreciate any direction you guys could give.

Thanks!




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Rev JJ

01-30-2004 06:28:52
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 Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Rick, 01-26-2004 15:17:39  
Don't forget the 45, introduced in 1954. Carried JD's first corn head.



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Panhandle Randall

01-31-2004 05:41:43
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 Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Rev JJ, 01-30-2004 06:28:52  
Yes, there was a model 45 and also a model 65 (1949-1966). There were also R (rice) and H (hillside) versions of several models.

Here in the basically flat wheat-growing areas of the Oklahoma Panhandle, about the only early self-propelled models I have seen are the 55, 95 and 105.



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big norm

01-31-2004 18:29:33
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 Re: Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Panhandle Randall, 01-31-2004 05:41:43  
MY GRANDPA HAD 55 JD IHAVE A PICTURE OF DAD ON IT IN1957 GRANDPA AND DAD ARE BOTH PAST ON THE PICTURE IS PRICELESS TO ME



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Panhandle Randall

01-28-2004 07:00:15
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 Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Rick, 01-26-2004 15:17:39  
The first self-propelled John Deere combine was the model 55 introduced in 1947. The model 95 was introduced in 1958. Both the 55 and 95 were produced through 1969. The "new generation" or "00" series combines were introduced in 1970. These were the 3300, 4400, 6600 and 7700. Later the "20" series was introduced (such as 6620, 7720, etc.) but I don't have the dates for them. Someone else may fill in the gaps. I hope this helps, though. I own a 1973 mdel 6600 John Deere combine. It is a good machine.

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BIG NORM

02-02-2004 09:47:00
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 Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Panhandle Randall, 01-28-2004 07:00:15  
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A 55 ROUND BACK IN GOOD CONDITION IFANY BODY IS INTERESTED IN A 105 ROUND BACK I KNOW WHERE ONE IS IN THE BOOTHEEL OF MISSOURI INGOOD CONDITION IN A SHED



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Rick

01-29-2004 06:00:05
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 Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Panhandle Randall, 01-28-2004 07:00:15  
Thank you so much for the info. I know there were a couple of others that came into play, but not sure of the dates on them either. For instance the 40 and the 105. The first combine I remember we had growing up was a 95R, which I think denoted a rice machine. I think there was a 55r too. I would love to find a book on the old combines, or a website, but haven't been able to find any. There are thousand about tractors, but haven't found any about threshing machines and combines. Anybody got a suggestion?

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Panhandle Randall

01-30-2004 04:59:39
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 Re: Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Rick, 01-29-2004 06:00:05  
The John Deere model 40 combine was produced from 1960 through 1966. My sourcebooks also say that the 105 was produced from 1961 to 1969. So the 40, 55, 95 and 105 were all produced in the 1960s before the "new generation" or "00" series came out in the 1970s.

A good book is "Combines and Harvesters" by Jeff Creighton. Another good book is "The Grain Harvesters" by Graeme R. Quick. Either or both may be available at internet booksellers, bookstores or libraries. I found the Creighton book on amazon.com and the Quick book in my local library. I'm out in the deserted Oklahoma Panhandle, so it is just a little more challenging to get resources here. The computer age has equalized things somewhat, however.

Good luck in your study of combines. They are very interesting machines to study and even more fun to use!

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A different Rick

01-29-2004 09:39:08
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 Re: Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to Rick, 01-29-2004 06:00:05  
hmm, sounds like a good book project. Aside from the obvisous of whhat models were produced when, what else would folks on this forum like to read about? For example details on the technology that allowed combines to get bigger? such as changes in walkers, concaves, drives? Or is that too dull?

Might be nice to assemble all this info before the sources disappear on us.

Rick in Calgar



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Original Rick

01-31-2004 07:31:14
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: John Deere Combine History in reply to A different Rick, 01-29-2004 09:39:08  
I think this would be a great project, especially if it could include some pictures of the machines. There is not enough info out there on the history of these threshing machines and combines. While we talk about the tractors, there is little doubt that the advancements in harvesting machines allowed for farms with larger acreage which thuse required larger tractors. almost a chicken and the egg scenario. The harvesting machines and tractors were equally important for agriculture to progress. I for one would love to see a detailed book along this historical front. I just got a JD 55 out of Texas that I am restoring, and I can't wait to take it to a show when I am done.

The reality is that most folks don't mess with the combines because they are large, have a ton of moving parts, take up a lot of room, and are difficult to take to shows. That's a shame, because I think there are a lot of folks who would enjoy seeing them. I remember when I was a kid, we liked playing on the combines a lot more than the tractors. Anyway, I am also looking for a couple of old threshing machines. Any help would be appreciated.

How about those of you with pictures available of old combines posting them in the photo galleries here. Perhaps in the vintage photos? I think it would be great, and would love to see them.

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