John Deere Model B
John Deere model B at Lincoln P8170570
Model B with the single pneumatic front wheel at the Lincoln Steam Rally in 2008
Model history
Model introduced 1935
Model discontinued 1952
Model status Discontinued
No. produced circa 300,000
Superseded by John Deere 50
Engine Specification
Engine make John Deere
Fuel type Diesel
Power hp 16
No. of Cylinders 2
Cooling system Water
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Drive 2WD
General Data
Linkage Category none
Plow rating Unknown
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The John Deere model B was built from 1935 to 1952 when it was replaced with the new version John Deere 50

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See also: John Deere

Model history 1935-1952Edit

The John Deere model B was introduced as a smaller tractor, to fill the needs of row-crop farmers that did not need a tractor as large as the A. It had a nearly 20-year production run, and the versions of the B can be broadly divided into three groups. The original B is often referred to as "unstyled", and includes all tractors built through 1938. In 1939, with tractor number 60000, began the "early styled" model B. In mid 1947, with tractor number 201000, began the "late styled" model B.



Manufacturer: John Deere
Series: Two-Cylinder Letter Series
Factory: Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built: 300,000
Original price (USD): $1,900 (1952)


BR: B-Regular with standard front axle
BO: Orchard
BI: industrial tractor

John Deere B Engine:Edit

John Deere 2-cyl all fuel
John Deere 2-cyl gasoline
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Fuel: 12 gal [45.4 L]
Aux. fuel: 1 gal [3.8 L]

2 gal [7.6 L] (late styled)

Power Take-off (PTO):Edit

Rear PTO: transmission
Rear RPMs: 540

Dimensions & Tires:Edit

Wheelbase: -unknown-
Weight: 3275 to 4400 pounds
Front tire: 22x3.25
Rear tire: 48x5.25
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Serial numbersEdit

  • On the unstyled B (prior to 1939) it is on the left side of the transmission case, under the governor.
  • On the styled B, it is on the right side of the transmission case, on top, under the magneto.

John Deere B Power:Edit

Drawbar (claimed): 12 hp [8.9 kW] (original)

25 hp [18.6 kW] (late gas engine)

Belt (claimed): 16 hp [11.9 kW] (original)

28 hp [20.9 kW] (late gas engine)

Plows: 2 (12-inch)
Drawbar (tested): 24.62 hp [18.4 kW]
PTO (tested): 22.2 hp [16.6 kW]
Belt (tested): 27.58 hp [20.6 kW]
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Chassis: 4x2 2WD
Steering: manual
Brakes: differential mechanical expanding shoe

Options and VariationsEdit

  • Model BO - Orchard version with shaped body work.
  • Model BI - Industrial
  • Lindeman Crawler version.

Known tractors in preservationEdit

List of known examples (please list with s/n or reg number to identify them).

List of Preserved John Deere Model B tractors
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
Model B Reg no. ? sn 20286 1936 JD J. Sinkinson, Hants John Deere B sn 20286 at Netley Marsh 11 - IMG 7176 At Netley Marsh Steam Show 2011 Fitted with mid mounted cultivator and row crop wheels
John Deere Model B Reg no. ? sn 63191 JD 1939 G&S Smith, Coventry John Deere Model B sn 63191 at Birdingbury 2016 - IMG 1264 Seen at Birdingbury Country Show 2016 Restored tricycle example from Ontario Canada in 2012
John Deere Model B Reg no. ? sn 129466 engine year ? owner John Deere Model B sn 129466 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1256 Seen at Woolpit Steam 2009 Restored example
John Deere Model B ANH 331S+ sn ? JD year ? owner John Deere B - ANH 331S (167) at Hollowell 2010 - IMG 4263 (167) Seen at Hollowell Steam Rally notes
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