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Parts for John Deere H
The JD Model H was manufactured to "meet the demands of small-acreage farmers everywhere for a tractor that will handle all power jobs at rock-bottom cost, and meet the demands of the large-acreage farmers who have always wanted and needed economical auxiliary power to handle lighter farm jobs, John Deere offers the new one-two plow Model H". Quoted from a 1939 sales brochure introducing the new tractor.
The main goals of the Model H design were to lower the operating costs by the use of low-cost distillate fuels, lower the purchase price through simplified design, and improve the usability via a 3-speed transmission and adjustable wheel spacing. The Model H is unique among the General Purpose tractors because power was taken off the camshaft instead of the crankshaft. This reduced the output speed of the engine, and the usual bull gears at each axle were no longer required.
Four versions of the Model H were produced: The Model H (a dual narrow-front row crop), the Model HN (same as
the Model H but with a single front wheel), the Model HWH (same as the Model H but had 8-38 rear tires and an adjustable
wide front axle), and the Model HNH (same as the HWH except with a single front wheel).
The JD Model H Today
Like all of the old John Deere tractors, the Model H is very collectible. The Model HWH and HNH are the most collectible due to their rareness. Only about 125 of the HWH were built, and a small number of the HNH's were built as well.
Quite a few of these tractors are still being used on the farm as a backup tractor or for everyday chores. With the large number of John Deere collectors and enthusiasts, I would venture to say that the largest number are being collected, and either restored or kept in original condition under cover for showing or admiration.
Air Cleaner: Donaldson, oil washed.
Nebraska Tractor Test Results
TEST NO. 312
John Deere Tractor Co., Waterloo, Iowa
DATE TESTED: October 31 to November 10, 1938
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