This John Deere is a dependable farm hand for the Ruehling family.
My father, Erwin Ruehling, bought this used 1959 John Deere 530 in 1962 for our family farm near Bancroft, Nebraska. At the time, the four-cylinder John Deeres were in production, but Dad wanted to buy a two-cylinder model before they were discontinued. I was 11 years old and driving a John Deere 50 for all manner of fieldwork. When Dad bought the 530, it was a dream. I immediately latched on to that tractor and made it my own. My grandfather, Alfred, also drove the 530 occasionally. The 530 was state-of-the-art for its time. It had power steering, live hydraulics, a live rockshaft and a live power takeoff shaft. We used the 530 for many types of farm operations. In the spring, it was used for both discing and plowing. During the summer, it had a hay sweep mounted for stacking hay, it pulled a windrower for harvesting oats, and we attached a baler for baling hay and straw. When fall came around, the 530 was found wearing a John Deere 227 corn picker. In winter, it was used with a manure loader and snowplow. It was one of the most dependable tractors we ever had, and it was a workhorse on our farm from 1962 until 2014.
I started restoring the tractor in 2015. It was difficult to find quality aftermarket ignition and wiring parts, so mechanical issues ensued. Steiny’s Farm Repair of Bancroft, Nebraska, helped get it up and running with the addition of an electronic ignition. Family friends Kevin and Chris Koliha completed the major restoration work, and their paint job is excellent.
The 530’s future will likely include shows, parades and putting around the neighborhood. Five generations of Ruehlings have driven the 530, and hopefully it will be around for generation No. 6.
BEFORE Three generations of Ruehlings pose with the trusty 530. From left: Lotus, Scott, Liam, Riley, Reese and Dale.