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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!

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.