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Zara Phillips helps John Deere celebrate 50 Years

Grassclippings - John Deere - Zara PhillipsHere’s something you don’t see every day – a bona fide member of the royal family sitting proudly astride a John Deere.

Ok so it’s not a tractor, but Zara Phillips hopped on a John Deere lawnmower at the Chelsea Flower Show to help the company celebrate 50 years of manufacturing lawn and turf equipment.

The company, already well established as a tractor manufacturer, entered the new lawn care market in 1963 in the US.

John Deere celebrates its 50th anniversary as a lawn and turf equipment manufacturer in 2013. The company entered this new market in 1963 in the US, with the production of its first lawn tractor at the Horicon Works factory in Wisconsin. 

That model 110’s four-stroke petrol engine produced 7hp. Since then, the product range has grown steadily and now includes a comprehensive choice of domestic lawn and professional turf equipment for homeowners, commercial customers, groundsmen and greenkeepers.

An original 110 can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. A fully restored, working example of this pioneering lawn tractor is also on display in the foyer of John Deere’s UK headquarters at Langar in Nottinghamshire, and is featured on the company’s stand at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London in May.

In 2013, built on 50 years of experience and innovation in the lawn equipment business and the strength of its dedicated servicing dealer network, John Deere’s comprehensive product range includes lawnmowers, compact and large utility tractors, commercial golf and turf equipment and Gators for private gardeners, professional landscapers and local authorities as well as greenkeepers and groundsmen at all levels.

Our very own Managing Editor was in a John Deere 4520 Tractor himself only yesterday whilst using a really big sprotsfield aerator called a Verti -Drain 7416.  Great bits of kit, large and small enjoyed by many a turf professional daily across the globe.

Happy Birthday John Deere.  Read more on the John Deere web site.

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