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John Deere's walking forest machine highlights innovative nature of company

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The John Deere company has relied on a business model that celebrates both quality and innovation, as the brand grew from a single blacksmith shop in 1837 to an international agricultural firm.
The John Deere company has relied on a business model that celebrates both quality and innovation, as the brand grew from a single blacksmith shop in 1837 to an international agricultural firm.

The John Deere company has relied on a business model that celebrates both quality and innovation, as the brand grew from a single blacksmith shop in 1837 to an international agricultural firm.

Despite the success of tractors like the Model A, the company looked to improve on each John Deere product, and this led to constant improvements being included in a new series over the years.

According to the company's website, in 1957, the company released six-row planters and cultivators, which helped to greatly improve the planting and cultivating capacity for farmers around the world.

This is the type of innovative approach that led to the development of the "Walking Harvester," a product that was able to complete logging tasks while walking over the many obstacles that exist in a forest, according to 4-Traders.

"Although the walking harvester never reached full production, innovations such as these demonstrate John Deere's forward thinking and commitment to developing solutions for the types of challenges loggers are facing out in the woods - not only here in the United States, but all around the world," said Cliff Caudill, Manager of Forestry Product Marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

Despite never entering production, the prototypes for the walking harvester helped to pave the way for future developments in the sector, and have helped to modernize the company's harvesters and ease the job for people who have used John Deere equipment for logging.

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