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    John Deere A

    John Deere A tractor photo
    1934 - 1952   Two-Cylinder Letter Series
    Row-Crop tractor
    Next model:John Deere 60
    Smaller:John Deere B

    The A was John Deere's first true row-crop tractor, replacing the GP. The tractors appearance was changed in 1939 with the "styled" look. In 1940, with serial number 488000, the engine was increased from 309 ci to 321 ci. In 1941, with serial number 499000, the transmission was changed from four forward speeds to six. There were several variants of the A. The A was the row-crop model. The AR was a standard (or fixed) tread model. The AO was an orchard model, with no exhaust stack and shielded fenders. There was also the AI industrial model, the AN with narrow front, the AW wide front, and the high-crop ANH and AWH. The model A was the first Deere tractor to come from the factory with rubber tires. The "slant dash" A was produced between 1939 and 1947. It was an A with the electric start option; a special hood piece was used to cover the battery. In 1947 (serial number 584000), the battery was moved under the seat.


    Manufacturer:John Deere
    Factory:Waterloo, Iowa, USA
    Total built:300,000
    Original price (USD):$2,400 (1952)


    AR:A-Regular with standard front axle
    AW:Adjustable wide-front
    AN:Single front wheel
    AWH:High-crop, adjustable wide-front
    ANH:High-crop, single-front wheel

    John Deere A Engines:

       John Deere 5.1L 2-cyl all fuel
       John Deere 5.3L 2-cyl all fuel
       John Deere 5.3L 2-cyl gasoline
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    Fuel:14 gal [53.0 L]
     18 gal [68.1 L] (gas engine)
    Aux. fuel:1 gal [3.8 L]

    Power Take-off (PTO):

    Rear PTO:transmission
    Rear RPM:540

    Dimensions & Tires:

    Weight:3783 to 5228 pounds
    Front tire:24x4
    Rear tire:50x6
    full dimensions and tires ...

    A Serial Numbers:

    1934: 410000
    1935: 412866
    1936: 424025
    1937: 442151
    1938: 466787
    1939: 477000
    1940: 488000
    1941: 499000
    1942: 514127
    1943: 523133
    1944: 528778
    1945: 548352
    1946: 558817
    1947: 578516
    1948: 594433
    1949: 620843
    1950: 646530
    1951: 667390
    1952: 689880
    Last: 703384

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    John Deere A Power:

    Drawbar (claimed):18 hp [13.4 kW] (early)
     34 hp [25.4 kW] (late)
    Belt (claimed):24 hp [17.9 kW] (early)
     38 hp [28.3 kW] (late)
    Plows:2 (14-inch)
    Drawbar (tested):34.14 hp [25.5 kW]
    PTO (tested):33.8 hp [25.2 kW]
    Belt (tested):38.02 hp [28.4 kW]
    power test details ...


    Chassis:4x2 2WD
    Brakes:differential mechanical expanding shoe
    Cab:Open operator station with steel pan seat.




    Number:1 (early)
     2 (after s/n 584000)

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