Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Deere Tractor Is a Dear Machine Shop's Advertisement Brings out a Fleet of the Vintage Models

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Deere Tractor Is a Dear Machine Shop's Advertisement Brings out a Fleet of the Vintage Models

Article excerpt

A simple flier offering cheap repairs for two-cylinder John Deere tractors has brought out old sod-busters that had sat in sheds for years.

And it set off a computer search in the United States and Canada to locate spare parts to replace the products of old-fashioned farmer ingenuity - like plastic milk cartons used as gaskets to keep an engine running.

Cross Implement Inc. of Minier, in central Illinois, is accustomed to having a shop full of Deere tractors and combines. It is a Deere & Co. dealership, after all.

But it's unusual to have nearly two dozen models dating back to the 1930s.

"We had done some (work) for a couple of customers with two-cylinder tractors, and we'd gotten a few inquiries," said John Schmalshof, service technician at Cross Implement. "So we decided . . . to provide a service special to two-cylinder tractor owners."

Cross Implement hoped its offer of lower service rates and free trucking would pick up the pace in the repair shop during the typical late summer lull.

But Schmalshof and fellow technician Mike Park got a big surprise: The flier brought in 22 ailing two-cylinder Deere tractor models ranging from the late 1930s to the late '50s.

Some had been idle for years, accumulating dust in farm sheds.

Others remain in service, grinding feed or baling hay. …

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