2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Deere Lawn Tractor Parts“My son started collecting lawn tractors and the hobby pretty much got out of control,” says Dave Kendrick of J & D Lawn Tractor. “The next thing he knew he had enough equipment to open a parts business, and here we are 10 years later, still going strong.”
Anyone needing new or used parts for Deere lawn tractors from the early 1960’s to the current models would do well to call Dave or his son, Jon. “We’ve parted out about 200 tractors, and we’ve got parts inventories for another 50 to 60 tractors from dealerships that have gone out of business,” Kendrick says.
All of J & D’s parts are inspected, tested and carefully packed for shipment to customers. Their inventory has a wide range of transaxles and parts for 110, 112, 200, 300 and 400 series Deere garden tractors. Parts for Kohler engines from 8 to 16 hp are one of their specialties, including cylinder heads, bearing plates, flywheels, starters, carburetors and complete engine blocks. They carry engine rebuild kits, new replacement starters, valve guides, gasket and seal sets, pistons, rings and connecting rods. Hoods, air cleaners, fender pans, grills, headlights and tail lights are also available, as well as hundreds of manuals for older model Deere tractors and Deere attachments. Kendrick says there always seems to be a call for manuals because most used tractors aren’t sold with a manual.
J & D locates old machines and parts inventory from a variety of sources. Kendrick says “I’m always going to auctions, estate sales and checking out dealers to see what’s available. We also buy parts inventories of dealers who’ve gone out of business and we stock new OEM parts as needed. If someone doesn’t want to pay the high price for a new replacement part, chances are good we’ve got a used part at a lower price that will fit their needs.”
J & D also has an inventory of 30 to 40 refurbished and rebuilt lawn tractors for sale. Most are used Deere models from the 1960’s that have been mechanically checked and are in good working condition. They carry a large stock of attachments including lawn mowers, snow blades, snowblowers, wheel weights and garden equipment. Kendrick says tractors and attachments are priced separately so buyers can choose the model they need, add an attachment or set of weights if they want, or buy any item individually.
Although J & D started as a business serving customers in their immediate area, their service area has grown dramatically. “We’ve got a website that gives a general listing of what we have for sale, and we get calls and e-mails from people all over who are repairing or rebuilding machines,” Kendrick says. “In the past few years we’ve shipped parts all over the U.S. and to many countries overseas.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, J & D Lawn Tractor, 1254 N. 2150th Ave., Mendon, Ill. 62351 (ph 217 440-8365; www.jndlawntractor.com).
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