| March/April 1994

  • L Model Tractor

  • L Model Tractor

6750 Rattalee Lake Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348

Pictured is the son of the original owner of this unstyled 'L'. In the background is the shed where the tractor resided since 1938. Included in the sale of this tractor was the original bill of sale, owners manual and a parts book. The tractor is in 100% perfect condition mechanically and probably will get a first class paint job soon.

An interesting note, the old fellow took off the swinging drawbar assembly and used only the U shaped bracket to pull his implements. As a result, the drawbar pinhole has never been used and is perfectly round, an unusual sight since all I've ever seen have been elongated, welded and worn again. The son told me his dad adapted the 'L' plow to a Farmall Cub because the Cub had hydraulic lift and was much easier to get on and off. The last point I will personally attest to now is that my joints don't bend like they did a few years back. I know I should switch to the Model 'H' for ease of operation, but I've become a magnet for Model 'L' tractors and can't seem to get it turned off. Like homeless animals they find their way to my shop in boxes and baskets, with transplanted engines, truck wheels, lawn mower seats and some have been butchered by cutting torch or welded-on enhancements. So it's been a real pleasure to find this tractor that's been sheltered and used, not abused. And the good news of course is that there are still John Deere tractors out there waiting for us all to have the fun of finding and enjoying.