Tractor Rollover Protection Structure Displayed at Museum

The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum showcases a new display featuring the rollover protective structure (ROPS).

Early tractor brochures highlighted the importance of ROPS.

In June of 1966, John Deere announced the release of Roll-Gard™. This equipment, known to the wider industry as rollover protective structure (ROPS), marked a giant step forward in our commitment to the safety of our customers.

To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of this historic event, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, recently opened a new exhibit.

The exhibit, A Leader in Safety: John Deere and the Rollover Protective Structure, will explore the years of development behind Roll-Gard. The display shows how John Deere shared this information with the industry, ensuring that safety was a priority for future generations.


Stress Testing

Following each rollover test, engineers took dozens of pictures to ensure the welds and bolts could withstand the stress. This photo was taken in September, 1963.


Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)

A Model 4020 Diesel Tractor displaying the new ROPS safety protection guard.


On Display at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

Location: 500 Westfield Avenue | Waterloo, Iowa 50701

Phone: (319) 292-6126

Operating Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission $8 Adult (ages 13 to 61)
$4 Seniors, John Deere employees and retirees, and active duty military
Children 12 and under are free (accompanied by an adult).



Tractor Rollover Protection Structure Displayed at Museum


  • CJ1979

    John Deere was the first to develop and release ROPS structures 50 years ago. This event marked a giant step forward in John Deere’s commitment to the safety of the industry. But current ROPS design has demonstrated not to be enough as foldable structures are kept folded all of the time and fixed structures are removed because they interfere during low clearance operations. As they did 50 years ago, we would like John Deere leading the next step towards safety operation introducing automatically deployed ROPS.

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