In this quick-hit video interview, Neil Dahlstrom, Manager of History & Corporate Archives at John Deere, explains a view of the world of John Deere in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and decisions made, or not made, that set the manufacturer up for success long-term.

Among them were passing on a designer’s concept of a motorized cultivator steered with reins (like operating horse-drawn equipment) that other manufacturers entered into, and building tractors for other manufacturers in the early days.


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