This 1937 model “B” John Deere was Jim Birk’s first tractor. At 8 years old, he couldn’t start it himself so he always had to get his dad or someone older to throw the flywheel over. Today it’s still a tractor he uses often as is evidenced by the paint worn off the axle and the platform.
Jim bought this “R” diesel for $500 and paid $750 to have it painted. He commented, “I have such a love affair with these 2-cylinder tractors. I just have to find a pair of matched rear tires, and then I’ll be real happy with it.”
Jim won the Minnesota State Plowing Contest in 1982 with this 1934 model “A” on steel, pulling a two-bottom John Deere plow. He’s also won many trophies with this tractor for which his dad paid only $125.
Mike Suchomel, Brownton, Minn., proudly displays Jim Birk’s 1940 “D” John Deere. This JD has no dents and received a body shop paint job. The tires are 15-by-28.
No matter where one looks on Jim Birk’s farm, John Deere equipment appears. This 1940 “D” JD is one of Jim’s favorites. Hooked to it is his 1940 28-inch separator.
Jim uses this ’47 Dodge to haul his tractors. Before he bought it, it had been parked for 20 years. Every license plate from 1957 was in the cab in its wrapper. Before that, it was used to haul livestock, but had only 20,000 miles on it.