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John Deere B

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





In June of 1938, production began on the new "styled" John Deere model B for the 1939 model year. This upgraded B featured a larger engine and new sheet metal.
 

Production:

Manufacturer:John Deere
Factory:Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built:136,863 (early-styled B)
 

Variants:

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

John Deere B Engine:

   John Deere 2.9L 2-cyl all fuel
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Capacity:

Fuel:12 gal [45.4 L]
Aux. fuel:2 gal [7.6 L]
 

Rear Hitch:

Type:Power Lift*Optional
 

Power Take-off (PTO):

Rear PTO:transmission
Rear RPM:540 (1.375)
 

Dimensions & Tires:

Wheelbase:85 inches [215 cm]
Weight:2898 to 4500 pounds
Front tire:5.00-16
Rear tire:7.50-36
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B Serial Numbers:

Location:Right side of the transmission case, on top, under the magneto.
photo of B serial number

1939: 60000
1940: 81000
1941: 96000
1942: 118721
1943: 136315
1944: 149219
1945: 167700
1946: 179788
1947: 191303
Final: 200247

how to read serial numbers...

 

John Deere B Power:

Drawbar (claimed):25 hp [18.6 kW]
Belt (claimed):28 hp [20.9 kW]
Plows:2 (14-inch)
Drawbar (tested):18.26 hp [13.6 kW]
Belt (tested):20.52 hp [15.3 kW]
power test details ...
 

Mechanical:

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

Hydraulics:

Type:Powr-Trol
Valves:1
 

Belt Pulley:

Diameter:10.625 inches [26 cm]
Width:6.2 inches [15 cm]
RPM:1150
Speed:3,200 ft/min [975.36 meters/min]
 

Electrical:

Ground:positive
Charging system:generator
 

Battery:

Number:1
Volts:6
 

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