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John Deere Country Part 3 DVD How Tractors are Made 5 of 5 (1)

John Deere Country Part 3 DVD How Tractors are Made TM Books and Video JDTRACTOR 780484635744
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Our cameras were allowed in the John Deere Waterloo Works Tractor Cab and Assembly Operations in Waterloo, Iowa for an exclusive look at how John Deere makes their 7000, 8000, and 9000 series tractors. We follow the manufacturing process starting with pre-assembly, then the new, multi-million dollar robotic paint installation, cab assembly, final assembly and testing. We show the tread being installed on a track tractor plus tractors working in the field using the latest technology and pulling the newest implements.

Plus exclusive archival footage showing how John Deere factories operated in the 30s, 60s and 90s.
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Runtime:2 Hours, 00 Mins
Producer:TM Books and Video
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:780484635744
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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In this 2009 Program, TM cameras made a visit to the John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo, Iowa. but before we go inside the factory, we have a little history to go through beginning in 1837, and introduced the very first tractor named: the Waterloo Boy in 1918, plus over the years, they Introduced the model D, assembled the Classic A's & B's, to the very first all-diesel powered tractor the Model R, and up to the very first 4-wheel-drive tractor in 1959, using various vintage company films. Plus an educational segment on the Gigantic 9000 Series Tractors. Not only do the monsters work well on farms, they also played a big role in road construction, a short interview with factory manager Anthony Thelen is also included. According to the charts, the first 9000 series tractor starts with model number 9230. which has only 325 horsepower. Up to date, the highest number in the 9000 series tractors is model number 9630, which powers up to 530 horsepower. Plus we learn what is different between the construction only frame, and the agriculture only parts. Next, we learn that 9000 series tractors are made in other parts of the world. Such as Russia, Australia, and Western Europe. And now the moment you've been waiting for: going inside the Waterloo Shops. A short interview with Engineering Supervisor Jacob Velde is also included. Engines come from Southwest Waterloo. And the 18 speed Powershift transmission was built and came all the way from the Coffeyville Kansas shops. All of the parts came from various points all around the world. A Short interview with 9000 series unit manager Tom Johnson is included, as well as tour guide Ronald Bearbower. A sheet listing with options that have been ordered and encoded on a barcode stays on the tractor Stays on a tractor from start to finish is called a build sheet. All of these things is accomplished by a series of Highly-integrated computer systems, to make sure that the delivery of each material is at the right time. Before we learn from the starting point at the factory, we took a quick look at one of the Legends known as the Model AO which were built between 1936 and 1953. Now onto assembling the 9000 series tractor. Step 1: Start with a Chassis sub-assembly. A Gudgeon is a sand cast part that acts as a pivot between the front and rear halves of the tractor. once assembled, they head for the painting process, which includes a recently installed Multi-million dollar robotic paint system. The process starts when the unpainted chassis is pulled to the painting section by a tugger. Then it connects to the conveyor system in the floor. The vision system sends the picture of the unpainted 9000 series chassis to the computer, then it'll read the image and sends the data to the robots to start painting. Remember, the negative side is the Rust Preventative, and the positive side is the Chassis. Next the green painted chassis, moves to the Drying and Baking Cycle which in that case, all 4 heaters heat up the chassis up to 231 degrees. When Cooled off, it reattaches to the tugger, and it is taken to the final assembly line. Despite they're new to the JD family, it reduces the paint cycle by 45 minutes only. Having to take a break from the factory, there's an educational segment on various rumors where their yellow and green paint always means. The Answer? Green is Spring, and Yellow is harvesting season. Next we look at another quickie this time is on the 730 series built between 1958-1961. Back in the Factory, Here's Step 2: assembling the cab. The cab starts taking shape at the laser cutting station. Next, manual welding is done before they are placed in a special welding fixure. Various Components of the cab frame, known as Roll-Over Protection Structure or ROPS for short, are assembled where the tubes are welded by a special robot. Once welded together, they are moved to another station where electrical components are attatched, and the robots are done with the welding. After adding black paint, they head to the assembly line, where all of the things are installed. At various points, electronic tests are run to ensure all systems are working well. After a final check, the cab has an OK tag, and is ready for the final assembly. Next a quickie is shown which includes the model BO (No it not our armpits) which were built between 1936-1947. After that, we took a look at some vintage company films from what happened during the great depression of the transition of the 20s to the 30s as Anthony explains various fields where they were never made due to the disasters. Back then, it was Election year '32. All of the American People who lost their lives, jobs, homes, food, and of course the money, are really turning their angry faces and demand president Herbert Hoover to Resign. Thanks to Frank Roosevelt, New eras begun booming, and also going into WWII. Back to the tractors however, JD employees are always loyal as their customers. A short interview with 2nd tour guide Theodore Abkes is also included. Meanwhile the all-green chassis is ready for the final assembly. Here Pumps, Lines, Hoses, Fans, & Alternators are installed in the chassis. Various axles are filled with Hydraulic Fluid. Farming equipment have been growing big in recent years. New GreenStar System is used for Automated Precision Navigation Control. How did they get the Signal? Well they have to communicate with the GPS System in space to locate each tractor in a field. A Quickie on the Model H Built in 1939-1947 is also included. Back in the Factory, the Rear Fenders are secured, and we moved to the hood assembly section, where decals are installed, Hoisted up by a crane, and it is lowered and secured onto the main body. As we are almost done with the assembly, they have to get new tires, examine the test runs, and if passed, they are loaded onto flatbeds whether its a semi-truck or a mainline freight train. A 9000 series tractor can have as many up to 12 wheels. Plus we learn what is different between a tire tractor and a track tractor. Back in the Factory, we see how a track tractor gets its treads. A Quickie on the Model 630 Built between 1958-1960 is also included. Next we look at some vintage films that back when the program was released, they were celebrating its 50th anniversary of their 4-wheel-drive articulated tractors. Their first tractor: 8010 was built in 1959. A year earlier, JD introduced their tractors for a new generation. With Permission from CBS, TM is finally allowed to put a vintage CBS News Report on the Tractor with The late Walter Cronkite Narrating. Some modern sound effects of the tractors are added as Walter Narrates. Only 100 8010's were made. At the transition of the 50s to the 60s, the model was changed to 8020. Nowadays only 62 out of 100 of these survive with us today. Also its been overhauled over the years from 215 horsepower to 530 horsepower, and Originals were at one time 16,000 pounds, and now the newcomers weigh in at 50,000 pounds.
Multiple details and add-on accessories have also been improved over the years. A quickie on the Model B Built between 1935-1952 is shown, and we are back in the factory where all of the tractors go for a final inspection. A final Drive test is made on the Test Track outside the Building. A quickie on the Model 8010/8020 built in the Early 1960s are also included. Finally we learned what happens when John Deere Plays a big role in making all types of food. Back in the factory, All of the tractors are ready to go to their new homes. But first a test run was made with a Gold Key Customer. About 33,000 Folks take a plant tour every year. A quickie on the model 3020 built between 1964-1972 is included. When all of the tractors are ready to leave the factory for their homes in other parts of the world have to be moved by rail. Other Dealers in North America Only have to be moved by Semi Trucks only.

While the Main Program on the DVD and the Amazon on the Go video version is only 60 minutes, the DVD version contains an additional hour of vintage Company films.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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