100 years of John Deere trac­tors

A 100-year-old Water­loo Boy trac­tor was the cen­tre of attention of a re­cent event mark­ing 100 years of John Deere trac­tors, Har­ri­son Hunkin re­ports

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Cervus Equipment re­cently cel­e­brated 100 years of John Deere trac­tors by host­ing a trac­tor train­ing day.

The day con­sisted of John Deere 5R, 6M/6R 7R and 8R trac­tor test drives, the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in­for­ma­tion ses­sions and ser­vic­ing ques­tions.

Be­sides the gi­ant John Deere green cake, the star of the show was the 100-year-old Water­loo Boy trac­tor on dis­play.

Pur­chased by machin­ery en­thu­si­ast John Kirk­patrick four years ago, the cen­tury-old Water­loo Boy is a part of Kirk­patrick’s ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of an­tique machin­ery.

Kirk­patrick’s Water­loo Boy rolled off the pro­duc­tion line very soon af­ter John Deere bought the fac­tory in 1918, in a time when farmers were tran­si­tion­ing from horses to trac­tors.

“This par­tic­u­lar trac­tor was put on a train on April 2, 1918, headed to Win­nipeg Canada where it com­menced its ca­reer on a farm,” he says. “It re­turned to the USA some­time later to be re­stored – to which I then pur­chased around four years ago.

“It’s now on dis­play with my an­tique machin­ery at the Lake Gold­smith steam rally west of Bal­larat.”

The Lake Gold­smith steam rally is held ev­ery six months – the first week­end of May (this year is May 5-6) and the first week­end of Novem­ber.

“I’ve al­ways had a soft spot for Water­loo Boy trac­tors,” Kirk­patrick says. “So I de­cided it would make a good birth­day pre­sent,” he jokes.

The Water­loo Boy packs a two-cylin­der en­gine, a whop­ping 12hp at the draw bar and runs off kerosene. Kirk­patrick ad­mits he doesn’t drive it very of­ten but thanks the seat for com­fort.

“It’s right up there with my favourites,” Kirk­patrick says.

Top left. The 100-year-old Water­loo Boy trac­tor on dis­play Left. John Deere trac­tors 100 years on Above. The gi­ant John Deere green cake

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