Deere & Co. went into the tractor business in 1912 and the first tractor produced by John Deere was the “Dain” tractor, referring to the engineer, Joseph Dain who had designed it. There were only 50 to 100 Dain tractors produced and sold, the reasoning behind the limited production of the “Dain” tractor was Deere Company purchased the Waterloo Engine Company also in 1912. This acquisition resulted in the purchase of a factory in which to build tractors. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any diecasts models of the Dain tractor, however a kit does exist. John Deere then continued building Waterloo Boy tractors until 1924 as they were cheaper to build than the Dain. Waterloo Boy tractors were given high praise during WWI. They were sold in the United Kingdom where they were given credit due to its contribution to producing food during the war endeavor. The next tractor produced by Deere & Co. was the Model D which was introduced in late 1923 or early 1924.
Ertl has been the leader in the farm toy business since 1945 and in 1994 Ertl produced the John Deere Overtime tractor from the Classic Vehicles line. The diecast version of the Waterloo Boy tractors were done in 1/16 scale and these models were based on the 1915 model year tractors. Another popular Ertl John Deere diecast tractor was model 5010 which was introduced in 1962. This model was the first two-wheel drive over 100-HP at the PTO and which included a drawbar. This particular diecast tractor has great detail and craftsmanship and is sought after today.
John Deere tractor diecasts continue to be much-sought items. Novices and collectors alike enjoy collecting, trading and admiring these great John Deere tractors. For collectors, these truly are a reflection of American history and farming culture which changed the way farmers worked, giving them these new, efficient tools to help provide for their families and bring food to the table of American's across the country.
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