Two-Cylinder Buyer's Guide
November 15, 2006
||John Deere, Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company
||All two-cylinder ag tractors from 1914 to 1960 (840 not covered)
||Auction prices, general specifications, Nebraska tests, parts prices, production numbers
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.