This tractor carries a 001 serial number and is the first 8R machine as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of John Deere selling tractors. The Purvis Family of Naples, Fla., are the new owners. From left, Wade, Karen and Kyle Purvis, and Matt Lavendar, Everglades Equipment, their dealer.
The hood goes onto the 8245R tractor that's being completed on the line at the John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo, Iowa. This machine goes to the Purvis Family from Naples, Fla.
At this stop, the wheels and tires go onto the tractor that will eventually go to the Purvis farm in Florida. John Deere used proprietary equipment to attach wheels to their machines.
READY TO RECEIVE
The Purvis family got a trip to Waterloo to see their tractor get finished, and even take the first ride in the new machine. Their Gold Key experience included plant tours and a look inside the John Deere operation.
Kyle Purvis got a chance to finish tightening bolts on the wheels of the family's new John Deere 8245R machine during a special visit to the John Deere Tractor Works.
TAKING A RIDE
At a Gold Key event the receiving farmer gets to be one of the first to ride in the new tractor. In this case, Kyle Purvis, son of Wade and Karen Purvis, got that first ride off the line with is parents looking on.
A 100TH BADGE
John Deere has several commemorative events planned for celebrating its 100 years marketing tractors. This 100 Years badge is just one sign the tractor is part of the celebration.
DON'T MISS IT
Even the rear window calls out that the company has been making tractors 100 years, with this special notation.
A Gold Key delivery is always special with farmers taking possession of their tractors at the plant - transportation is still handled by John Deere. Part of the presentation includes not only the gold key (upper right), but also this plaque that shows the serial number (see 001 at the end) and the certificate signed by every John Deere team member that worked on the tractor.