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Jethro Lilley

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John Deere's line-up in the late 60's was meant to keep interest up in their tractors until the Gen II was announced in late '72. They were simply "keeping up with the Jonse's" aka IHC, AC, White and Case. They swapped engines, rear ends, added turbos, all of which could be done cheaply without major cash outlays in engineering, while producing "new" tractors to stay competitive with the other colors. IH came out with a 1066? Slap a turbo on a 4020 and Poof! 4320. 1486? Poof! 4620. Then the Gen II came and blew all the competition away. By then, the market for 60/70 hp tractors was waning and there were a lot of good used ones out there. Oil prices shot up in '73 and farming quickly had to become more fuel efficient, meaning all of a sudden everyone is going to 6,8 and 12 row stuff, abandoning 4rows. We traded our 4000 for a 4430 in '73 and 4020 for another one in '75. Then the 2010 for a 2640 in '76. Still have the 2510/47 loader combo and it still pulls 4-14's when asked. Cabs? in my area they were considered frivolous until Gen II. Some mounted aftermarket ones on their New Gen models. We didn't even have a cab combine until 1967, when the guys from Cogsdale Implement came to the farm and put one on the 45.

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