The great tractor debate – John Deere or Case IH?

by Peyton Johnson, Reporter

Recently, Lancer Media created a poll to determine which tractor Case IH or John Deere is the best. This debate may seem unusual for those who don’t know much about either, but for those in the FFA or just interested in agriculture, may say that this is the greatest debate of all time.

Despite the debate between both teams, the victory was clear. The poll shows John Deere was the clear favorite with 86% of the winning votes and Case lost with only 14% of the votes. It pays to be a trustworthy brand, especially if you’re well known for the overall efficiency of the tractors you sell.

When looking for a tractor, it can be confusing to find the right one for the job because they are all so different.Because tractor’s are expensive, it is important to be sure they are not only the one for the job, but also come from a trustworthy company. Case IH and John Deere are trustworthy brands but there are more differences between the color of the tractors (red and green).

It’s all about the preference. The debate has gone on for so long because they are both very efficient. However, why does the Twitter poll lean toward John Deere? John Deere was established in 1837 and Case was founded in 1842. Even still, John Deere is a more well known brand. This is why it is preferred. Because of its popularity, more people trust it.

For instance, Patrick Applegate is a tractor enthusiast and loves everything John Deere. Applegate is in the Maryland Two Cylinder club and knows a lot about tractors. Applegate said the two different brands are about the same, but he says he wouldn’t switch tractors. “I grew up with John Deere tractors and learned to like them.”

Patrick Applegate
Patrick Applegate’s John Deere tractors.

Applegate thinks that the efficiency is much more important than the brand of the tractor. “What’s important is the horsepower, tires, and fuel efficiency. You need one with a variety of uses.” Tractor efficiency is determined by how well the tractor runs, how much work you can do on a tank of fuel, and the tractor’s amount of maintenance.

Applegate said, “If you’re a farmer, you need efficiency to save money.” A farmer has no use for a tractor that costs a lot to fix.

You have heard from both the poll results and the Tractor lover that it is clear that Case IH has taken a loss in this tractor debate. John Deere is the winner for now, but who knows that may change in the near future.