I thought it was time that the newer John Deere tractors
got a little attention. This page will concentrate on the 3010 and
4010 models only. The 1010 and 2010 models were basically 2 cylinder
tractors with new engines, while the 3010 and 4010 were entirely new.
The 4010 tractor is the first
production model. It is approaching 40 years old, and is about the
same age as my "antique" John Deere A was when I bought it in
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The decision was made in early 1953 to replace the aging
two-cylinder tractors. Originally the new tractors were to be introduced
in 1958, but the deadline was not met. This is why the 30 series
two-cylinder tractor were introduced. Deere thought a new line of
tractors was needed at the time, but they were basically 20 series tractors
with different styling.
The "New Generation of Power", as the 10 series
was to be known, was introduced to dealers and the public on August 30,
1960 in Dallas, Texas at a huge show with around 6000 people in attendance.
The show itself took two years to plan. The 3010 with it's 4-cylinder
engine, and the 4010 with a 6-cylinder engine made quite an impression
on the dealers attending.
Some people thought this was a terrible mistake by Deere
and it would be the end of the company, but within three years these tractors
sent John Deere past International Harvester in sales for the first time.
This was a goal set by Deere president William Hewitt in 1955 soon after
his election to the position.
These tractors are now legendary, and are still in everyday
use on thousands of farms, a credit to their reliability and longevity.