50 Years’ Hard La­bor

A trusty trac­tor that has done a lot of work over the years sees only light duty nowa­days.

Farm & Ranch Living - - TRACTOR TALK - NEIL BLAKEMAN

MY FA­VORITE TRAC­TOR has to be my 1964

John Deere 3020 gas Syn­cro-Range with a Roll-O-Matic front end. The 3020/4020 se­ries trac­tors were new when I went to work for John Deere right out of col­lege in Jan­u­ary 1965. I op­er­ated them as new trac­tors back then, and I still like them to­day.

I pur­chased this one from its sec­ond owner in Au­gust 1995, and I have the orig­i­nal own­ers man­ual. The paint is also orig­i­nal, in­clud­ing 50 years of mi­nor scratches. The owner I bought it from had been sold the trac­tor in April 1995 in an es­tate sale by the orig­i­nal owner, who had pur­chased it brand-new in Mi­ami County, Kansas. It was on the same farm un­til 1995.

To­day, the John Deere sees only light duty, pulling an 8-foot bush hog in sum­mer and an 8-foot, three-point blade for clear­ing snow in win­ter.

Neil Blakeman en­joys tak­ing his grand­daugh­ter Ava for rides on this spe­cial trac­tor.

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