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Building a tractor

Take a look behind the scenes and see how tractors are assembled.
  • Factory tour

    Jodi Henke, the radio script writer for Living the Country Life, recently took a tour of John Deere's manufacturing and assembly facility in Augusta, Georgia. She saw a new line of sub-compact tractors, the 1 Series, being built. These small tractors are for people who need a step up from a lawn tractor.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Hands-on assembly

    Jodi says she was amazed at how hands-on the assembly process was. Rather than being put together by robots, the tractors are actually built by people.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Clean and bright

    Jodi described the factory as "clean and bright," and says it even had that nice new-vehicle smell. Here, the tractor is moved from one station to the next, where it will receive wheels and tires.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Quick work

    It only takes half a day for the factory workers to completely assemble one of these tractors. "It took me longer than that to assemble some of my kids' Christmas toys when they were little!" Jodi says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Almost done

    A few final touches and checks, and this tractor is ready to go. The future owner will be able to personalize the tractor with a number of different implements.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Deere parade

    Once the tractors are assembled, they are driven from the factory, down the road, and across the street, where they'll be shipped out.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Mowing made easy

    Here, a Deere product manager explains the Auto Connect mower deck for the 1 Series. The same type of drive-on mower deck is available for larger tractors, but this is the first for a sub-compact.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • No tools needed

    The tractor operator simply drives onto the mower deck, and it automatically connects. Jodi says she tried attaching the mower as well, and it took her a few tries to get the hang of it.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Click and go

    Once the Auto Connect mower deck is attached, the 1 Series sub-compact tractor becomes a mega mower, making quick work of large lawns.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Moving mulch

    Chore time! Jodi gets a feel for how handy a tractor like this could be on an acreage.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Backhoe 101

    The seat on the 1 Series swivels around to face backwards for operating a backhoe. Here, Jodi receives a few quick instructions before using a backhoe for the first time!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • New experience

    Jodi enjoyed seeing the tractor assembly process up close, but one of the highlights of her tour was getting to test drive the final product. Looks like she had fun!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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