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Two-Cylinder Buyer's Guide

John Dietz
Voyageur Press
November 15, 2006

Manufacturers: John Deere, Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company

Models: All two-cylinder ag tractors from 1914 to 1960 (840 not covered)

Data: Auction prices, general specifications, Nebraska tests, parts prices, production numbers
This latest Buyers Guide covers all John Deere two-cylinders, from the Waterloo Boy to the 30-series tractors. The book includes all the standard data tables with engine specifications, dimensions, and the like. Production tables break out models by fuel and configuration (high crop, crawler, etc) to help idenitfy how rare any particular unit may be. The inclusion of auctions prices, along with graphs showing the change is price over the past several years, is an excellent feature. Everything would would expect in a buyer's guide.

Where this volume stands out is the inclusion of parts availibity and prices for each model. For each tractor, an accompanying table lists the major parts groups, and a range of likely prices for those parts. A wide range exists, from the inexpensive and common (such as spark plug wire sets for a B) to the expensive parts that must be custom-built (like nearly everything on a Waterloo Boy). These parts guides are a valuable asset for people who are new to two-cylinders, or are looking at a different model than they've worked on before. It allows the reader to get a good idea of what repair and restoration work is going to cost on a particular model.

The guide has a wealth of antecdotes from people who collect and restore Deere tractors. These accounts give model-specific detail on what to look for and common problems. This first-hand information from experiences collectors is the kind of useful information a mere book of data tables can never provide.

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