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Classic John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractors

John Dietz and Jeff Hackett
Voyageur Press
October 14, 2008

Manufacturers: John Deere, Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company

Models: All two-cylinder ag tractors from 1914 to 1960

Data: General specifications, anecdotes, photographs
Classic John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractors, by John Dietz with photos by Jeff Hackett, covers the entire range of the Deere two-cylinder series. Starting with the Waterloo Boys and carrying through the 30-series, Dietz uses a narrative style to bring the era of these classic machines to life. A backdrop of historical events describe the age into which each model was introduced, and provides a great perspective beyond just facts and figures.

The book covers the tractors as a set of family lines. Chapter Four, for example, describes the evolution of Deere's light row-crop line from the GP to the B on through the 530. The approach allows for a logical progression as these tractors were upgraded through time. Dietz does an excellent job of highlighting and explaining the variations along the way, providing great insight for those who wonder what makes a four-bolt B or a low-radiator G special. Sidebar articles on the people and places behind the tractors are a great addition in this volume.

Classic John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractors does an excellent job of compiling the history of these iconic tractors. Much more than a collection of data, the book tells the story of these tractors: the era, the people, the factories, and the machines. Hackett's provides a great collection of photos that picture these tractors in the fields and farmsteads where they have worked for decades. A great read for anyone interested in classic tractors.

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