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Project by hunter71 posted 09-26-2009 01:08 PM 2299 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first MODERN tractor I have done. It is John Deere 2030. Built in the early 70’s it listed a 68 hp with a diesel engine. Built from red cedar it maintains a 12:1 scale like my others. These were also the largest tires I have made on my tire machine and they seem to work good. I am going back to older tractors again. The older ones [pre 1950] did not have all the dealer options and replicated the tractor more exactly. With the modern ones no 2 were ordered exactly alike and I had comments that it was not built correctly. Actually I used references that JD supplied for my main measurements with no options added. Also there is no draw bar on this. I got tired of it, and sprayed it!! The base it is sitting on are actually doors for a bath vanity I am making. The lady wanted something that no one else would have. No one would spend the time to make them, they were a pain.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 05:30 PM

That’s one great tractor Hunter

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 07:25 PM

I love your work… I immediately recognized it as a more modern JD. Regardless of options, not really complete without draw bar—3 point hitch. After the hitch might as well add some towed implement… like a manure slinger?

or, is the tractor going to be the door pull handle for the bath vanity?

again, great job… really enjoyed.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 08:22 PM

Great job Hunter. Im amazed at how real the tires look too. We have quite a few older restored tractors here in our district. I don’t know much about them, but it’s nice to see them. Most of them are American, but the other day I saw one which must have come from Russia or one of the East Block countries. It was really crude, no shock absorbers or any comfort, but it looked pretty rugged. I’m sorry, but I forgot it’s brand name.

The modern tractors they are using today are really huge, which I find strange since most of the farms here are pretty small. Farm kids are allowed to drive these big things without a drivers license, and the younger kids without a car use them to drive around town on Friday and Saturday nights.

The farmers here are making extra money by hauling fill to and from construction sites. This might explain the large sizes. They have this service organized pretty well and it is getting a little annoying to drive around with so many on the road at all hours of the day. I do think it was a smart idea though, and I don’t begrudge them the extra income.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 09:15 PM

Outstanding. To intricate for me to build. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 09-27-2009 12:57 AM

Very nice looking tractor. Well done.

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#6 posted 09-27-2009 01:01 AM

Very nice job on the tractor. My uncle had one aboout like that in the late 60’s, maybe a 2010 or 2020???

Mike I was driviing tractors and teams of horses long before I got a drivers license :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-27-2009 01:49 AM

I love your tractors! I’m a big JD fan myself and have a collection of JD steel tractors on the same scale that you build. This summer we had my niece’s 3 year old here much of the time as his mother was recovering from surgery. One day he was even more demanding than usual and I suggested we find the box of JD farm equipment and tractors. He was hooked as soon as he layed eyes on them. He says “I’m driving my tractor” as he pushes them all over the kitchen.
For christmas I’m making him a John Deere quilt with green flannel backing. There are many JD fabrics out there in the stores for some reason now. I’m hoping to get him over here while the weather is good and take him down to the park with the tractors and take pictures of him playing with them. I will download the pictures on my computer and if you flip the image and print it out on special paper it can be ironed on to cloth which I will encorporate into the quilt. If it doesn’t become the favorite blankey which is continually washed, it will be a great rememberance of him at 3 driving his tractors.

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#8 posted 09-27-2009 01:53 AM

Oh I forgot to add, speaking of kids driving tractors. My good friend’s niece got her picture in the local paper as he boyfriend showed up to drive her to the prom in his JD tractor all polished up for the occasion and with a satin cushion especially made for her to sit on. She later married him.

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#9 posted 09-27-2009 03:36 PM

Very very nice!! This is the kind of work I love doing. Very impressive…

-- Chip, Virginia

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#10 posted 10-03-2009 10:26 AM

Ah the patience for putting these detailed pieces together let alone the amount of time it takes is out of my grasp – some day when I retire maybe! Nicely done … always amazes me how cool wooden toys come out.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#11 posted 10-03-2009 11:29 AM

imagination .. and wood – miraculous combination :) !!!
Best regards,


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