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John Deere B

John Deere B tractor photo
1935 - 1952   Two-Cylinder Letter Series
Model years
Row-Crop tractor
Series next:John Deere A

The John Deere model B was introduced as a smaller tractor, to fill the needs of row-crop farmers that did not need a tractor as large as the A. It had a nearly 20-year production run, and the versions of the B can be broadly divided into three groups. The original B is often referred to as "unstyled", and includes all tractors built through 1938. In 1939, with tractor number 60000, began the "early styled" model B. In mid 1947, with tractor number 201000, began the "late styled" model B. Within the first year of production, tractors number 1000 through 3042 used a four-bolt front pedestal.


Manufacturer:John Deere
Factory:Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built:55,670 (all unstyled)
 40,057 (short frame)
 15,613 (long frame)


B:tricycle front axle
BR:fixed front axle
BN:narrow row-crop
BW:wide row-crop
BI:industrial tractor
BO Lindeman:crawler

John Deere B Engine:

   John Deere 2.4L 2-cyl all fuel
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Fuel:12 gal [45.4 L]
Aux. fuel:1 gal [3.8 L]

Power Take-off (PTO):

Rear PTO:transmission
Rear RPM:540

Dimensions & Tires:

Weight:3,275 lbs [1485 kg]
Front tire:22x3.25
Rear tire:48x5.25
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B Serial Numbers:

Location:The left side of the transmission case, under the governor.
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1935: 1000
1936: 12012
1937: 27389
1938: 46175
1939: 60000
1940: 81000
1941: 96000
1942: 118721
1943: 136315
1944: 149219
1945: 167700
1946: 179788
1947: 191303
1948: 209295
1949: 230044
1950: 253025
1951: 275242
1952: 293030
Final: 310772

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John Deere B Power:

Drawbar (claimed):12 hp [8.9 kW]
Belt (claimed):16 hp [11.9 kW]
Plows:2 (10-inch)
Drawbar (tested):11.80 hp [8.8 kW]
Belt (tested):16.01 hp [11.9 kW]
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Chassis:4x2 2WD
Brakes:differential mechanical expanding shoe
Cab:Open operator station with pressed steel seat.

Belt Pulley:

Diameter:9.6875 inches [24 cm]
Width:7.25 inches [18 cm]
Speed:3110 ft/min [947.93 meters/min]



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