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Re: Just got a book on New Gen and GenII tractors - disappoi

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12-22-2013 10:33:58

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I have this book. With 128 pages I didn't expect it to be the bible of New Gen and Gen II tractors. In defense of the book it does offer some interesting background about the company and its management. Chapter 3 is excellent in this regard. One paragraph in there describes that Hewitt achieved his vision in 1963 of making John Deere #1 in the industry. I was thrilled to my bone marrow when reading this.
Do you have McMillan's Volume Two 1960-1990?

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12-22-2013 14:11:11

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 Re: Just got a book on New Gen and GenII tractors - disappoi in reply to JD Dave, 12-22-2013 10:33:58  
I have both I and II.
I remember reading a book back in the late 90's that told story of the seats in the New Gen's Sound-gard cab and how the farmers were complaining of the poor seats in the 30 series versus the 20 series. It was the same seat. Turns out the cab was so quiet that the seat felt less comfortable and deere made the seat better at the end of the series. I can't find that book. I wanted stories like that. i was hoping to learn more about wheel weights and see pics of rejected cab designs (there's a pic of a sound-gard like cab in Macmillon's book). The write-up on the 30 series was basic at best. The entire write-up on the 8430 only talked about how the 466 was in 19 different tractor models.

This book showed a pic of a 4010 with a 30 series wide front and aftermarket cab with a paint job and called it "restored". Worse, it showed another pic of the same tractor's wide front and talked of how adjustable the wide front was on these tractors. I'm no correct police, but I think he could have put 10 seconds more effort to find a 4010 in stock form... They had an 830 pic that was captioned explaining how the tractor had a shipping weight of 12,000 pounds.
Little, easily caught things like that just make me wonder if anything is accurate in the book.

How about this book? Looks good, but so did John's -
John Deere: A History of the Tractor. Randy Leffingwell, 2004.
This post was edited by rockyridgefarm at 14:21:49 12/22/13.

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