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A BIG Thank You to Terry (T-Mo) on Green Tractor Talk for taking the time to put together this 2013 John Deere Calendar.

If you use this, please put a comment on the site letting Terry know his effort is being used by many people!

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Recently on Green Tractor Talk we had a member tip over his fairly new john Deere 1026R while moving around some dirt with his bucket.  The gentleman was nice enough to completely share this event with us, including pictures.  As you can imagine, this thread went on for some time and there were many, many philosophies on why he tipped his tractor.  Removing our-self from that situation, it got me thinking about the debate of iron bolted on the rims or liquid inside the tires for ballast.  I always stood on the iron side as that is the golden rule in today’s agriculture and I grew up watching Calcium Chloride leaks and watching what it does to tractor rims.  But, in reality, with today’s liquids, what really matters is that you have one or the other.  Yes, I said it, just go out and get one or the other.  But also remember, adding weight to the rear tires does little to nothing of removing weight from your front axle.  You MUST use a ballast box or use some sort of weight hooked on the three point hitch!

Let have a little fun and look at some pictures.

The gentleman with the 1026R was using a ballast box full of large stones AND had loaded his tires with rim-guard liquid.  Things can still go wrong when you are doing everything right, so be safe!


Here is a list of what he states he did right and wrong:

Things I did wrong:

1.  I raised my bucket about 3′ high while dumping the small load and that was just enough to start the roll.

2.  I failed to foresee and avoid the situation prior to attempting the maneuver.

3.  I failed to drop the bucket as the roll over began.
Things I did right:

1.  I had the ROPS up and my seat belt on.

2.  I was driving extremely slow across the bluff with full ballast and the bucket low (no loss of stability at that point).

3.  I had lowered the ballast box until is was just 6″ above the grass.

4.  I was in 4 wheel drive, low range with no more than 2,000 RPMs.

5.  I was stopped at the moment of roll over.

6.  I stayed inside the safety zone and kept my arms inside as well during the roll over event.
Things the tractor did wrong:

1.  It rolled over very quickly leaving little time to react to even drop the bucket.

2.  It dumped a couple of the rocks out of the ballast box and they rolled down the hill.

3.  The battery became slightly dislodged.
Things the tractor did right:

1.  It protected me (I didn’t even have a bruise).

2.  It killed the engine.

3.  It stopped as soon as it was on its side – no other motion in any direction.

4.  It only leaked perhaps 8 oz of hydraulic fluid, no diesel fuel and no oil.

5.  It restarted a few hours later and now runs fine.

How many people out there wear their seat-belt each time they are on the tractor?  You need to.  Use these lessons and learn from them.  No one was hurt here, but it could have been just the opposite if his seat belt was not used.

Think about it, no matter what you use, liquid or iron, it does not matter.  Each have their down side and there is no right answer.  Pick one and use a ballast box.

Be safe!

With Ebay and Craigslist, its very easy to find used tractors and equipment for sale at great price.  But that great deal you found can quickly turn into a nightmare of problems leading to the possible loss of the purchase without the return of your cash.  We can blame it on the economy or on what people have to do to survive these days, but its a fact, people are selling these non-titled tractors, gators, implements, or equipment that have liens against them to pay on their home or car.  It is against the law for them to sell property with a lien and according to the paperwork signed at the original purchase when new, if the loan is not paid on, the lien holder can come get the equipment, no matter who has supposedly purchased it.

Many people will argue this, but if you buy something with a lien on it and the lien holder wants the equipment, there is little you can do to stop them from getting it.  Its also very expensive to retain a lawyer to fight to keep what you purchased.  Rather than going that route, lets look at what we can do to prevent ourselves from getting in that situation in the first place.  This is not meant to be a legal how to, its simply guidelines that have been suggested to me from dealers and lawyers.  Each state has different laws, so please check with people in the know in your state.

What I have learned from buying John Deere equipment is that liens are not always filed in the county they were purchased.  JD Finance will file paperwork with the state and that will not always be found with a lien search.  When looking for used equipment, do some research and ask some key questions before you purchase.

  1. Where did you buy the equipment from? Dealer name is very important in lien search!
  2. Was it new when you purchased it?
  3. Do you know about when you purchased it? Helps the dealer look up paperwork.
  4. Did or does this equipment have a lien against it? If its been paid off, can they provide proof?
  5. Write down the VIN, or ask for the VIN number.
  6. What is the sellers first and last name.

Take this information and call the original selling dealer.  If you can get to the general manager or a good salesman, tell then that you are looking to buy this equipment with the VIN and that you were told it was purchased there by (sellers name).  They should be able to look up the equipment to see if there was a lien on this when sold and also look with JD Finance to see if it currently has a lien.  The original dealer also has a responsibility to help collect on the loan when done through JD Finance.

While this will tell you a lot about smaller tractors and equipment.  Larger agricultural equipment might have had a loan through Greenstone or other government subsidised company and you might have to ask your bank to also do a search for you.  If you are going to get a loan on the equipment, you can rely on your bank to do much of this for you.

When you get face to face with the seller, ask a lot of questions.  If the person is selling something because they need cash for their home or to stop an item from being repo’ed, (run) or you could ask them to see the original bill of sale or paperwork showing they do not have a loan on the equipment.  If you buy it, on the bill of sale, have the seller write out that they can legally sell this equipment and it does not have any liens on it.  Have them print their name, address, phone number, date and then sign it.  Keep that with a copy of the cancelled check.  If something happened and it did have a lien, that is your only defense.

What if you are buying equipment from someone who did not buy the machine new?  There might not be a direct way to trace it back to a dealer, or for your dealer to check for liens.  In this case, there is little chance they are with a national finance company  unless it was purchased from a dealer, so a county lien search done at your bank would be your main option.  Running it by your dealer is also a very good idea.

While you will pay more to buy used from a dealer, you also have the protection that a lien cannot be pursued past them.  In Michigan, my understanding is, if a dealer sells something with a lien on it, they are responsible.  Dealers will have to pay the lien holder rather than the lien holder coming after the current owner.

Can we protect our-self in every situation?  Probably not, but a little caution and research can save a lot of headaches later.  If you have anything to ad to this, please comment or contact us.

If you are looking for help in buying or researching used equipment, stop by GreenTractor Talk and ask any questions you have.

JD 318 cut awayThe John Deere Lawn and Garden Tractors built from the 1960’s through the 1990’s have become very cool restoration projects for many enthusiasts.  Not only were they well built machines, they also performed very well.  Some are still looked at as some of the best performing lawn and garden tractors John Deere ever built.  The round fender John Deere 110’s are becoming very hard to find and the prices on these units, in any condition, has rose significantly over the past few years.  As enthusiasts, we hope this trend of restoration continues and we would like to do anything we can to help people with finishing a collection of material or information on these projects.

The following links are all PDF files.  We hope that they will help complete your collection or allow you a view of the Lawn and garden tractors of the time.  Some of the files are 30 to 40 meg and are full color.


1963_John Deere 110 Flier

1964 John Deere 110 Brochure

Weekend Freedom Machines 110 (A-1703-66-1)

1968 John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors

1975 Full John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor Brochure

1975 John Deere Attachment Literature

1979 Full Line of John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors

1980 John Deere Lawn Tractors & Rear Engine Riders

1982 John Deere GT Brochure

1982 John Deere Accessories

1985 John Deere Lawn Tractors & Rear Engine Riders

1986 John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors

1987 John Deere 100 Series Lawn Tractors

1990’s John Deere GT 300 & 400

Also, back in the day, when you purchased a new John Deere lawn and/or garden tractor, i.e. a 110 or a 140,  from your John Deere Dealer,  they also offered you a Snowco trailer to tow it home.  Today, these trailers are worth a lot of money and are very scarce.  If you find one in good condition, buy it! Here is a brochure from October 1968.

Snowco Trailer Brochure

If anyone has any other literature they would like to add, we would like to post it up here and share it.

We also encourage you to visit Green Tractor Talk as they are a John Deere only forum full of people who live and breathe John Deere.



John Deere 2520Here is a topic I have seen some complaining about on other sites; MMM (mid mount mower) independent lifts on the 2000 series machines. The complaint is “My deck won’t stay up unless I keep bumping the up lever”.

Let’s explore the reason you would actually need the independent lift option. The original intent of the design is to use the standard “mechanical lift”. This mechanism is power slaved off the 3pt hitch and does exactly the same thing as the independent lift “it raises the deck” so that you can set the proper cutting height or lock it in the full up position. Now, there may be an application where you want use the 3pt hitch function yet control the deck lift separately. I have just the example. In the fall I attach a trailer vacuum to my 2305’s 3pt hitch that is fed directly from the deck. Well I don’t want the blower and trailer hitch going up and down when I raise and lower the deck. So I added an independent lift to the 2305 and now can raise and lower the deck separately while leaving the 3pt in the full up position. It works great.

There are a couple of issues here that need clarifying.

First off, hydraulic cylinders are not designed to hold applying forces for extended periods of time. The piston seals are not capable of not leaking. In a hydraulic cylinder the seal will always have some kind of leakage or seepage. And with use will get worse and eventually get to the point it will need replacing. Just read the numerous threads out there complaining about their loaders leaking down. The MMM lifts are the same way. To expect the cylinder to hold the deck up for extended lengths of time is unreasonable. Now don’t get me wrong, there are things that Deere can design in to make this happen. The problem is it is not cost effective or practical. The point is the cylinder does exactly as designed; it lifts the deck so that it can be set to the proper height.

Secondly, on the 2305 and the 2320 Deere has designed a very nice device right into the platform of the tractor for controlling the deck cutting height and locking it in the full up position. The 2520 and 2720 have add-on options to set cutting height and full up lock out. When used properly the items work flawlessly. So, enjoy your tractor and always think safety.

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