In this 2.5-minute video interview, Neil Dahlstrom, Manager of History & Corporate Archives at John Deere, talks context about what the manufacturing world looked like in 1912.

That was the year the plowmaker’s board of directors decided to enter the tractor business – when fewer than 1,000 gas- or kerosene-fuel tractors existed nationally.

Citing the acquisition of the Waterloo Gas Company and later its new design of the All-Wheel Drive Tractor, Dahlstrom provides a quick summary of the landscape of tractor manufacturers as the horse-drawn implement would be replaced and redesigned by the tractor.


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