IN A PREVIOUS POST SOMEONE MENTIONED A JOHN DEERE V-8 DIESEL. DOES ANYONE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THEM? EN John Deere 8850-955 CUBES. DID DEERE MAKE THIS ENGINE FOR THE 8850 ONLY? IS IT STILL USED ON ANY SITE? DOES DEERE STILL MAKE A V-9 DIESEL?
WHAT I’M ASKING IS “DID JOHN DEERE EVER MAKE HIS OWN V-8 DIESEL AND PUT IT ON THEIR OWN TRACTORS? DID THEY USE ANY OTHER BRANDS ON THEIR TRACTORS? I’M BALLING THAT THIS DOESN’T SOUND GOOD … LOL I KNOW THEY USED DETRIOT WHEN THEY STARTED MAKING A 4X4 A “TWO TIMES JIMMY JOKE”
Yes, they make their own 12.5L engine for their 4x4s today. That engine came out of the Detroit joint venture and Deere were in the back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. And yes, they used their own 955 V-8 in the 8850 4×4 tractor.
I know JD is using a Mercedes engine in their new large articulated trucks used to haul dirt / rock around construction sites. It looks like it is a V8 or V12.
I had to laugh years ago, the neighbor was a person who shopped or programmed at JD Harvester for a while. She called Chevrolet to inquire about the delivery of several hundred 292 gas engines for use in the 4400 combines. She wanted to schedule as many a day for several weeks to meet the production schedule and to make sure Chevy could keep up. day with JD. The Chevy guy said “Well WHAT day do you want them, we will build them ALL at the same time since they are so different than our normal 292s, it should take about FOUR hours to make them all”.
JD has never had a problem buying HP from others. Not everything could fit JD’s old 2-cylinder technology.
I’d be wary of hitting JD’s 2-cylinder, the little in-line OHV used in the 300 and 400 series machines.
All my neighbors used either a ford 640 or an IH Super A or 140 when I was a kid and I drove them all at one point or another.
The 430 was the last model with that engine, with the exception of being difficult to start cold it was an excellent machine within its capabilities.
It was not terribly loud or difficult to handle.
It was more powerful than the IH or Ford models I drove and L A S T E D.
The man I know who got the new 430 in ’59 still had it in 2008; it is still a usable machine.