In pictures: 175 years of John Deere

John Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion Power Farming is visiting the firm’s birthplace in the American Midwest this week.The tour starts at John Deere’s original blacksmith shop where he built the first self-scouring plough before moving on to the firm’s Harvester Works in Moline, Illinois, it’s Des Moines cotton harvester and self-propelled sprayer factory, finishing at its tractor assembly plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

John Deere through the ages

This fully-automated Gator buggy can drive itself, navigate independently and avoid obstacles. It can also be driven via remote control. Deere says the technology can be transferred to almost any machine.

S-Series combines leaving the firm’s Harvester Works in Moline, Illinois.

John Deere’s original foundry in Grand Detour, Illinois.

S670 combine with Machine Sync technology.

John Deere 9400 cultivating near Des Moines, Iowa.

One of the machines on show at Deere’s world headquarters in Moline, Illinois.

Machine Sync allows combine drivers to control the tractor and trailer during unloading.

Built between 1934 and 1952, the model A was the first tractor to feature hydraulic lift.

The John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Illinois.

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