My father bought this John Deere 730 Diesel new in 1960. It was the only tractor, in all his years of farming, that he ever bought new. I was 6 years old at the time and can remember the dealership delivering it on a cold October day in 1960. I started driving it the following spring plowing and disking. This tractor was used for many many years on our farm. I came home one day in 1992 and asked as to where the 730 was. Dad informed me that he had traded it in. I was heart broken.
In 2004 I decided I was going to try to find the 730. With serial #7323346 in hand I started my quest. After 8 years of following leads and making phone calls I finally located it. I jumped in the car and proceeded to go look and make sure it was the one. The gentleman told me it hadn’t run for 6 years as we walked to an old barn. He opened the door to an area in the bottom of the old bank barn and there she set. What an emotional moment it was. You could see she had not moved for a while. I asked if he would consider selling it. He informed me that he really didn’t want to sell it. But after 2 years of calling and talking about it the gentleman agreed that it meant more to me than him and he would sell it.
I got it home and what a mess it was in. I started doing a total nut and bolt restoration. The day I finally got her to roar back to life was just as great as the day I remember them deliving it to the farm as a child. My father was able to help me some with the restoration before becoming ill. I finished the project just 4 days before his passing. He wasn’t able to see it in person, but was able to see pictures and video of it running. He just smiled and said ” now thats the sound of pure power”. We talked and shared stories about this tractor many times while working on it. He sat down one time, with a calculator, and just smiled and looked at me and said ‘as close as I can calculate we drove this tractor from Indiana to California and back in 4th gear”. This tractor will always be a part of me, my children, and future generations to come.
This is my 1959 Minneapolis Moline 4 star. The tractor was originally my 3 great-great uncles who were bachelors and farmed all their life. In 2004, they all retired and had a huge farm auction to sell everything but a few of the tractors they still needed to mow the grass and push the snow; everything else was sold.
Among the tractors that were left was the 1959 Minneapolis, 1850 Oliver, and a John Deere A. In the years since the sale, the three brothers passed. As we were working on the Oliver about 2 years ago, I asked my Grandfather what that was he said, “It’s a Minneapolis Moline.” At that time I had never heard of the brand. He said the land renter wanted to buy it so I let my Grandpa know that I thought it looked cool because it was different then all the other tractors. I told him that I would like to restore it to keep the tractor in the family. I bought the tractor from my Grandpa in January of 2013 and took it home and started the cleaning and restoration process with the help of my Dad and Grandfather. A year later we had it completely restored and ready for paint. When it warmed up, we began the painting process and finished the restoration in August of 2014. I now take the tractor on tractor rides and to tractor shows. For as long as I live and hopefully longer, this tractor will stay in the family.
Yankton, South Dakota
My wife and I purchased a house in Northern California with 5 acres. I suggested we needed a tractor and of course she said we didn’t, well you can tell by the look on her face that she loves it !!!!! Not only can I not get her away from it but it is now her profile picture on Facebook and the main topic of most of her posts .
John G. Alexander Jr.
On Christmas morning 2011 we awoke to a beautiful “White Christmas” which is rare for West Texas. We looked out the window and the most beautiful site was our ‘Poppin Johnny”, 730 John Deere covered serenely and artistically with snow. There is seldom rest on the farm, but the tractor seemed to enjoy the rest and peace of Christmas too.
This is a 1947 Farmall Cub that was restored by my husband, every nut, bolt etc. was dismantled, sanded and painted. This is truly a labor of love and we don’t discriminate, we love all old iron and would enjoy restoring all. Thank you Steiner , your company helps to bring these guys back to life which again we truly love.
My grandson and I restored his 1947 John Deere B he told me he needed a wagon to pull behind it so we restored and old wagon to match his tractor. Was a nice day here one day a few weeks ago so we hooked up the hay wagon and went out for a hay ride was a fun afternoon.
I’m retired for two years and I have always loved to refurbish old agricol equipment. Last year I refurbished a New Holland Manner spreader, model 512 and this year it was our Ford 9n 1941. It is thanks to your site and your support that I achieved the results you can see.
Merci une fois de plus pour votre bon travail.