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Farm life inspires Iowa man to build his own replica John Deere tractors

Posted by Green Fun Store on 12/15/2010 to Current News/Events of John Deere
You're never too old to enjoy John Deere toys, according to Jim DeBoer of Orange City, Iowa. Now in his 80s, DeBoer has been collecting and building replica John Deere tractors and other farm equipment since he was a child.

The retired farmer asserts that his love of all things John Deere was cultivated as a young boy back in 1944 when his family bought "a brand new B John Deere." He does not remember whether it was "the color or the pop-pop of them," but something attracted him to the simplicity and beauty of John Deere products, he tells KMEG News.

To build a toy from scratch, DeBoer first finds "a real piece and then I take pictures of it and measurements." Once he's settled on a model, he then spends about a month at his workbench in his basement, spending either 100 hours or 150 hours working, depending on how intricate the model tractor is.

DeBoer affirms that he will keep building the toy tractors as long as his dexterity allows: "Oh I kind of got my next project in mind already: I want to try and make a couple more new tractors yet."