The latest member of the John Deere Gator family is strong, tough, and powerful and makes the jobs that are performed while using the equipment more fun. The company describes the Gator 855D as a “fun-tastic performer,” and Horticulture Week agrees with this assessment.
According to the news source, the engineers were given free reign in the designing of the John Deere Gator 855D, and it shows. The machine is held together and given a high level of stability by a new and robust steel frame. This helps to increase the user’s confidence when climbing hills, coping with high slopes, wading through water or dashing through fields.
The machine comes with double-wishbone suspension and the new sway bar on the rear axle helps to reduce the body roll – even in the most extreme conditions. Different payload sizes can be accounted for, as it is easy to adjust the suspension.
“I could sit in this for hours. It’s far superior to anything else I have tried in this class,” one user told Horticulture Week. “The seating is comfortable, it feels sturdy, handles well and it has guts.”
The power of the machine comes from the high-torque, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel Yamaha engine, and it can bring the Gator up to speeds of 32 miles per hour. This, combined with a two-range transmission, allows for ease in control, as it can reach top speeds without any shifting.
According to the news source, the machine also comes with true on-demand four-wheel drive. This allows the operator to easily switch back and forth between a turf-friendly traction-mode to a locked rear differential into four-wheel drive for maximum traction.
“You can see where we started to get stuck,” the user told the news source. “But the instant you put it into four-wheel drive it grips and gets you out of trouble. I would imagine it could cope with most situations.”
The Gator, according to Horticulture Week, drives like a car and the operator can feel more comfortable due to the stability that is provided by the suspension and inertia seat belts that are included.
According to the company website, the Gator comes with a 20-liter fuel tank, 24.9 gross horsepower and a towing capacity of 1,499 pounds. The unique combination of power, safety and maneuverability helps the model to perform any task without trouble.


The engineers at John Deere continue make the best quality machines on the market and stay true to a tradition of creating lasting value. It is very rewarding to witness tractors decades old which still perform for the farmers that rely on them. In this week’s spotlight we would like to share 23 ways in which you can get the most from your John Deere machine.
Regular care and maintenance are essential components of this process as well. John Deere owners recognize (and often pride themselves) on diligent upkeep. In this week’s spotlight, we would like to share 23 ways in which you can get the most from your John Deere machine, through regular maintenance and management.

Repair and Adjust Accordingly: Review your John Deere manual and perform scheduled maintenance.
Get to Know Your Machine & Local Dealer: Be sure to speak up and ask any and all questions you might have about your John Deere equipment.
Fluid Analysis: Make sure to check your fluid levels on a monthly basis. Be sure to change fluids that are darker than normal.
Inspect Machinery at End of Season or Harvest: Make sure to monitor your Deere equipment after heavy usage. By discovering minor issues you can save yourself time and money.
Adjust and Repair When Necessary: Do not hesitate to give your Deere equipment the care and attention it needs. The more you care for your machine, the harder it will work for you.
Oil Changes: Monitor oil levels especially during extreme weather conditions, and perform recommended oil changes during working periods.
Monitor Downtime: Hydraulic systems as well as engines should be warmed during storage periods.
Check Systems for Leaks: Keep an eye out for any running streaks of liquid. By performing a weekly walk-around you can prevent long term damage.
Mechanical Functions: Monitor the engine area and make sure the function of pulleys, pumps, and pressure caps are upheld.
Engine Temperature: Make sure your engine is neither too hot or too cool. Make sure you have the proper coolant fluid levels.
Fuel Tank Maintenance: Avoid moisture build-up in your fuel tank by filling up at the days end.
Fuel Tank During Storage Season: Make sure your fuel tank remains full when not in use. This will prevent corrosion from moisture.
Keep Caps Sealed: Do not run your machine with open valves of any kind. This will prevent the entry of dirt.
Monitor the Transmission: Give your John Deere the required lubricant it needs and follow seasonal guidelines.
Tires: Check for damage within the tire castings and repair or replace bent or damaged rims.
Ignition: Monitor the spark plug gaps and make sure your engine continues to start smoothly.
Transmission: Monitor your lubricant levels. Pay close attention during the summer.
Under the Hood: Check the wear and tear of belts and filters.
Keep You Engine Clean: Avoid dirt build-up under the hood. Flush out dirt by way of a garden hose without a pressure top.
Planned Maintenance Agreements: Ask about maintenance programs for your vehicle. Find reasonably priced plans to fit your needs.
Product Training: Spend time with your local dealer and learn about new ways which you can benefit from your John Deere equipment. Online resources are there to help as well. For example, the John Deere & Machinefinder YouTube page for tips on everything from agriculture, construction, forestry and more.

With help just a few clicks away, these John Deere resources will help you manage your heavy equipment more easily than ever.
Whether you have questions about engine maintenance or you’re searching for new maintentance agreements, you can feel confident that questions will be answered.

The farming roots in Duane E. Johnson’s family run deep, as the Fremont, Nebraska native is the sixth generation of the surname to take up harvesting crops in the Midwestern region.

According to the Fremont Tribune, the previous generations of the Johnson line used John Deere tractors on their farm, and Duane is continuing this tradition into the present day.

The family’s dedication to farming has paid off, as the the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the Johnson clan with the Farm Family Excellence Award for 2011, the news source reported.

Duane was ecstatic after hearing that his family would finally be recognized for their dedication to the craft.

“Any time you get recognized for something it’s a wonderful self-esteem booster and makes you feel good about what you’ve been doing,” Duane Johnson told the Tribune. “You realize that people do respect you for the way you’ve treated other people or the way you’ve done your business, and that’s really nice.”

Fremont was founded in 1856 and was initially an agribusiness community that has now expanded into a city of more than 26,000, according to the city’s website.

A majority of the farmers in Kansas have used John Deere tractors and farm equipment, but the annual Topeka Farm Show provided these individuals with a chance to learn much more about advances in the agricultural industry, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The news source reported that more than 420 companies and 690 booths are present at the 2012 farm show, as the more than 37,000 expected attendees will have plenty of exhibits and demonstrations to view upon arrival.

“You see a lot of people you know, a lot of local businesses,” one visitor told the news source after arriving. He noted that despite the size of the event, it is still easy to speak with representatives from the major companies.

According to the Capital-Journal, along with the plethora of company booths and exhibits, local farmers will provide food and refreshments, direct from their farms.

WIBW News Topeka reported that admission and parking are free to the event, and visitors can take rides on tractors, interact with the new technology and receive free memorabilia from the companies that attend.

Although the company is better known for tractors and used farm equipment that is vital to the agricultural industry, John Deere also remains a significant charitable organization. According to the Aledo Times Record, the company recently set a new world record with its can sculpture project.

The news source reported that John Deere’s “Project Can Do” created a full-sized combine that was made entirely from food – 308,448 cans of food and 11,268 bags of food to be exact. The effort is by far the largest sculpture to ever be built from canned food, when compared with the other entries into the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to the Times-Record, the world-record canned-food sculpture was built during November 2011, and required a team of more than 450 John Deere workers and volunteers.

“Project ‘Can Do’ gave our employees, retirees and their families a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in being part of this good-will effort,” Nicole Schneider, project co-leader/copywriter for John Deere Ag & Turf Division, said in a company release. “We all are thrilled with the success of this project and that all the food was donated to help those in need during this past holiday season.”

The Pennsylvania Farm Show was filled with a variety of events and exhibitions, but none were as thrilling as the 2012 Youth Pedal Tractor Pull, according to the Reading Eagle.

The news source reported that a majority of the contestants used John Deere tractors, or rather the miniature version of these machines. Families came from all over the state, and the variety of events for all ages led to the success of the event.

“We have a lot of fun at the Farm Show,” Michelle Meyer of Bernville, told the news source of the enjoyment her family got from the event. “We come every year.”

The 2012 Farm Show featured more than 100 children for the youth tractor pull, an improvement on recent years and a potential sign of increasing popularity for years to come. Adults cheered on each participant, as there were no losers among the kids who took their turn behind the wheel.

According to the event’s website, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country

Richard Vaughan of Rich and Rich Auctioneers said he fielded a phone call from a group of Liberian farmers interested in this 1984 Deere 4420 combine on a January 28, 2012 auction in Stoney Creek, VA.

Another view of the Deere combine collection of Bob Cooper of South Wayne, WI.

(3) generations of used Deere combines owned by Bob Cooper of South Wayne, WI captured last Fall in the field together. From L-R, Deere 9660 STS, Deere 3300, Deere 42 pull type.
The Deere combine collection of Bob Cooper of South Wayne, WI. From L-R, Deere 42 pull type, Deere 3300 and Deere 9660 STS.
Couple interesting items regarding old Deere combines came across my desk this week.
First came a package in the mail from Bob Cooper, President of the Wiota John Deere Collectors Club in southern Wisconsin. Bob is from South Wayne, WI. I met Bob at a farm retirement auction November 12th that we were shooting for the “Machinery Show” on RFD-TV (Thursday 8PM CST, Sunday 9PM CST). Bob mentioned his collection of antique Deere combines. I asked him to send me some pics. He sent some beauties, see the (3) pics above showing his old Deere 42 pull type combine in the field at the same time with his Deere 3300 and newer Deere 9660 STS combines.
Bob also has an extensive collection of Deere pull type combines including a Model 25.
Now you might wonder how much the old to antique Deere combines are worth. More than you might imagine. I check our “auction results” database at and found some interesting data on Deere 42 pull type combines. Back on a March 13, 2003 auction in northwest Pennsylvania, a Deere 42 combine in “good” condition sold for $350. Zoom ahead to a May 26, 2010 auction in east-central South Dakota where a Deere 42, also in “good” condition, sold for $1,900.
The same day I got Bob’s old Deere combine pics in the mail I happened to be talking with Richard Vaughan with Rich and Rich Auctioneers in Rich Square, North Carolina. Richard mentioned he just got a phone call from a man representing a group of farmers from Liberia (west coast of Africa) regarding the 1984 JD 4420 combine on the January 28th farm auction Rich and Rich Auctioneers is having in Stoney Creek, VA.
Southern Virginia is a LONG way from Liberia.
Richard relayed that the caller from Liberia said his group of local farmers have pooled their money and are looking for good Deere 55, 3300, 4400 and 4420 combines. Light and easy to ship.
So who knows, maybe we’ll see a run up in values on these old Deere combines with folks here at home beginning to think about collecting them and small farmers around the world coming here to acquire them.
About Machinery Pete: Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson has been working in the agricultural industry for 21 years and details agricultural equipment prices and trends at his website, Greg also writes columns for Successful Farming magazine, Implement & Tractor magazine, web site and also appears on the Machinery Show on RFD-TV.