John Deere launched the 6000 sequence in Europe with the primary 5 of them being four-cylinder fashions.
These have been adopted a 12 months later with the bigger turbo-charged machines, the most important of which was the 6900 with 130hp on faucet.
These proved to be widespread tractors and with the ever rising demand for energy, the machine acquired its first revamp in 1988 when it turned the 6010 vary, higher recognized to John Deere followers because the ’10 sequence’.
The introduction of those tractors was one thing of a watershed second for the corporate for they have been of an all-new design that relied on a modular building inside an impartial metal body.
It was additionally the second that Deere began to maneuver away from its predominately American styling and design standards and undertake a extra European focus.
Out went the lengthy slim hoods of fashions such because the 3350 and in got here a way more compact wanting and barely chubbier look that positioned the cab additional ahead and broadened what may now be extra appropriately described as a bonnet.
The end result was a tractor that appeared shorter and extra balanced, though seems might be misleading for the 6910 had a wheelbase 6cm longer than the 3350, nevertheless it definitely didn’t appear so.
Shedding the distinctive and far cherished lengthy nostril and spherical windowed cab, perched proper on the rear of the machine, revitalised the model and boosted European gross sales.
Within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, John Deeres have been thought of one thing of an extravagance in Europe, however the 6000 sequence modified all that.
They turned far more business-like and with 4WD turning into a prerequisite, they did look as in the event that they have been constructed for it, relatively than additional traction being an afterthought.
The Nineties was additionally the final decade of tractors free from electronics and this has helped protect their worth as there may be, deservedly or not, a wariness of older machines that depend on chips to work, though it have to be mentioned that they don’t, at current, seem like giving too many issues.
Right here in Eire the 6000 sequence nonetheless has a robust following and one firm in Co. Galway is completely happy to supply and provide John Deeres from this era, when it could discover them.
Discovering John Deeres
Murphy Agri Equipment Ltd., has a robust connection to the model having been official sellers for 25 years.
It was based by John Murphy again in 1980 and is now run by his son and his nephew, Trevor and Cathal Murphy.
Over their years with John Deere, the enterprise developed a robust community with different sellers each right here and within the UK, and it’s thanks to those contacts that they’re able to discover John Deeres which is perhaps from the 1980’s and even ex-demo fashions from immediately.
One such discover is a 6910 from 2001 which was initially offered into the UK. It could have been one of many final constructed as they made method for the ’20 sequence’ which appeared the next 12 months.
Bringing it again to life
This machine was has undergone an intensive refurbishment with an engine rebuild together with a respray and normal overhaul.
In whole, €25,000 has been spent on bringing it as much as its current situation.
Though its historical past within the UK is unknown, its future lies with a contractor right here in Eire who will recognize its 50km/h highway pace, courtesy of its Auto Energy transmission, entrance axle suspension and air brakes.
What makes this tractor considerably uncommon is that the CVT sort transmission was not truly launched till its final 12 months of manufacturing, that means that there are few ‘Tens’ obtainable with this feature.
It’s this which has made it value spending cash on, and though Trevor is completely happy to refurbish any John Deere, this one, he feels, is one thing particular.