Unlock the Hidden Secrets Of a John Deere Precision Classic
By Tom Seest
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John Deere offers rewarding careers to graduates and experienced professionals alike, and our diverse teams encourage innovation while supporting you every step of the way.
The new Key Precision Series adds an eye-catching feature to its packaging by including an exact copy of its original sales literature.
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Precision Ag technology allows you to manage your operation more effectively, whether it be tilling, planting, spraying, or harvesting. From machine performance monitoring and field management to data analysis and sharing 24/7 via the John Deere Operations Center. Accurate application rates, fuel economy improvements, and land stewardship help your bottom line grow as the John Deere Operations Center allows you to access everything that matters in agribusiness management – saving time and money with every operation!
Ertl has expanded their Precision Classic series that launched 14 years ago to include other specialty lines of precision replicas: the John Deere Construction line, Landscape line, and Key Precisions series, which included modern classics like John Deere 4430 in their Precision line for sale. Furthermore, these Key Precisions come packaged in unique boxes featuring images of each model inside rather than simply showing pictures of its details on the package’s front.
ERTL’s 1/16 scale John Deere A with Cultivators from their Precision Classics series features a flywheel, throttle lever, spring seat, swivel rear hitch, and highly detailed engine. Also included with this model is a Model 70 Historical Booklet and Collector’s Gold Medallion for added authenticity and collector value. For best results, use with children aged 14 years and above. Recommended age limit.
Everybody has their own favorite way of passing the time, whether that means painting, cooking, crocheting motorcycles, or other hobbies like photography; however, there is one gentleman who spends his leisurely hours hand-carving miniature farm equipment! Jim DeBoer of Orange City, Iowa, is an accomplished craftsman whose intricately hand-carved pieces stand as testaments to both his dedication and skill. A retired farmer himself, DeBoer enjoys hand-carving original works that serve both practical and collectible functions – and now shares this hobby with other avid crafters across Iowa. He has been hand-carving miniature farm equipment for more than 80 years, and his talent shines through each piece he crafts. His joy in showing them off to fellow farmers, friends, and family members makes each creation even more impressive.
John Deere tractors have become iconic symbols of farming since their introduction decades ago, and their fame continues to spread. John Deere was recently listed at number 84 on the Fortune 500 list of US Corporations; their headquarters can be found in Moline, Illinois, with the slogan: “Nothing Runs Like a Deere,” a logo featuring a leaping deer with the words John Deere underneath them, and the slogan: “Nothing Runs Like a Deere.”
John Deere is at the forefront of using technology to increase farm efficiency and productivity. They have an entire team dedicated to developing innovative new solutions for their industry – like recently opening a test farm near Austin, Texas, to take advantage of its tech boom and capable labor pool.
This new location will enable them to test out the latest innovations, helping them better understand how they can support farmers. An example is StarFire(tm) receivers, which monitor field data to provide more precise agronomic insights that can improve machine performance, application rates, fuel economy, input placement, and land stewardship.
Telematics systems that integrate with machines to increase yields are another great example. Using GPS to locate fields and send instructions directly to the tractor controller allows a farmer to remain within field boundaries while making every bit of yield possible from each field he works in – as well as reducing fuel usage and environmental impact.
This comprehensive encyclopedia-style guide to John Deere tractors features images and information from their entire line – from the two-cylinder Waterloo Boy that first made waves through New Generation and Gen II models to more contemporary offerings like Gen VI models. Selected texts written by acclaimed John Deere historian Don Macmillan and concise charts detailing key specifications make this book essential reading for collectors or admirers of Big Green machines alike.
This book presents an abundance of images, from exclusive shots of one-off prototypes and serial number 1 tractors to detailed pictures of each model from the 1892 two-cylinder series through four and six-cylinder models, as well as rare and exotic tractors. Interviews with engineers, industrial designers, dealers, and farmers who worked on John Deere tractors provide insights into their development as well as unique characteristics; furthermore, the author has provided a chronology that charts John Deere from its humble origins to its current standing at the pinnacle of world tractor industry.
Gen II tractors were distinguished from earlier generations by having bodies designed like cars with cockpits for drivers to sit in – these new models were known as Sound-Gard bodies and included refined posture seats, control islands housing instruments such as power steering, brake mechanisms, and PYO controls; four post-ROPS (Rollover Protection Systems) to prevent rollover from large trucks or equipment.
The original Precision Classic series featured an ice cream-style box but has since been updated with conforming plastic. This plastic features pictures and text reminiscent of its sales brochure; each model also comes equipped with a silver collector’s medallion as an added feature. Cab doors open, 3-point hitches move, gear shift levers can be moved independently, hydraulic ports are authentically painted while engine wiring can also be seen; this die-cast metal model measures 8″L x 5.5″H x 4.75″W; recommended for ages 14+.
This particular model was released as part of ERTL’s Precision Classics Series #3 in 1992 and comes complete with its historical booklet and collector’s coin. This die-cast metal tractor features rubber tires on metal rims with a detailed engine, roll-o-matic narrow front, 3-point hitch, roll-o-matic narrow front rollover device, and roll-o-matic narrow front, as well as roll-o-matic narrow front for roll-omatic narrow front operation and roll-o-matic narrow front, gold medallion and booklet; unfortunately top styro foam was taken off prior to photos being taken!
ERTL Precision Classic lines represent some of the highest-quality, most detailed replicas of farm machinery ever created. Most buyers purchase one out of sentimental attachment to an actual vehicle they owned or drove as children; collectors often acquire models due to special features they appreciate or to add another model to their collection. Over 14 years since introducing Precision Classic, Ertl has offered various special editions and variations.
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