For a reason I am not sure of, for years, and a lot of them, I had ill feeling towards John Deere, even though one grand-father had one you started by hand with a fly wheel.
Oliver and Minneapolis Moline were the ones whose site at the State Fair I really looked forward to visiting then White bought them and killed them.
Here are the biggest MM and Oliver tractors before white turned them totally into brand engineering.
BUT when I went to the State fair in the early sixties and saw my first John Deere 5020 , my jaw dropped at what was then the biggest tractor I ever saw and I believe the biggest tractor available at the time.
Then came the 100 HP race and every one was bring out a tractor with at least 100 hp and more,
Nowadays 100 HP is a medium size tractor, Kobuta who used to be one of those little foreign jobs has a 170HP model.
When I go to a fair, state or county, machinery hill is the highlight for me, IF it has one.
John Deere and Kubota are the only two with company displays at the Minn. State Fair.
Now John Deere is the only U.S. tractor company that is not part of merger, though they have bought up a fair number of foreign makes, so my grudge against them faded away.
I do go to a lot of the tractor sites on line and try to get to farm threshing and vintage tractor shows, though now that dad is gone, not like I used to.
The biggest current offerings and vintage shows are in Illinois and I am going to get to them sooner rather than later.
The boys, who collect tractors from the sixties to eighties want one with out cabs. They have a term for it I cannot remember.
Same goes for no Front Wheel Assist, those are the more desirable, oddly John Deere was the last one to make FWA an option on their biggest tractors.