Pavilion Displays Historic Industrial Tractor

Built 81 years ago, the "DI" was John Deere's first production-build industrial tractor.

If you recently visited the John Deere Pavilion, you probably noticed a new addition to the exhibition floor, a restored 1935 Model “DI” Tractor.

Though much smaller than contemporary industrial equipment, few tractors have left a greater mark on John Deere than this model. Manufactured in the summer of 1935, the “DI” was the first production tractor sold to the public. John Deere tractors are utilized in many industries outside of the agricultural market and for years, customers requested specialized options to fit their unique needs.

Prior to 1935, John Deere provided specialty options making agricultural tractors better suited for the construction industry. After years of increased demand for these specialized products, John Deere created the Industrial Equipment Division in 1956. This decision eventually led to what is known today as the Construction and Forestry Division.

You can come see this and many other pieces of equipment from across the company’s history at the John Deere Pavilion.


Early Road Work

A John Deere Model "DI" Tractor grading a rugged, dusty road.


On Display at the John Deere Pavilion

Location: 1400 River Drive | Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 765-1000

Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun. Noon to 4 p.m.



Pavilion Displays Historic Industrial Tractor


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