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John Deere Tractor Works Factory Tour

Address: 3500 East Donald Street, IA 50704
Phone Number: (800)765-9588
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Ranked #74 of 226 Activities in Iowa
Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Waterloo, Ia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I spent 36 years, working for the diesel engine facility of John Deere, but had never toured the tractor assembly factory. It was very well done. The introductory movie was good and the tour guide and driver showed us exactly how they put those huge tractors together. It's amazing how many different versions they build, based on the country and... More

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St. Louis, MO
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63 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were going to be passing through Ottumwa, Iowa and decided to call John Deere that morning to see if a tour could be arranged. They graciously called us back and agreed to allow us to come for the late morning tour. It worked out great and the tour was given by a very nice newly retired former employee of... More

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Grant, Michigan
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302 reviews 302 reviews
35 attraction reviews
458 helpful votes 458 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This tour has been on our radar for years and we finally made it. No disappointments here from the huge free parking lot to the clean, beautiful facility. Nice people work here to make the tour enjoyable. There is so much to see and they have it really well thought out from start to finish. I am glad we went... More

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SD
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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Tours are given by John Deere retirees, so they know the product and the company well. The introductory film gives a good overview of the company history, and the role John Deere had in developing agriculture across the frontier that was the Great Plains. We had a Gold Key tour, which is more detailed and longer than the regular tour.... More

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Beulaville, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband (a farmer) and I had a fantastic time on this tour! There is a short video presentation beforehand, then everyone boards a small "tram" for a ride-along tour of the factory. For anyone who is interested in or works with tractors, this tour is a must! I would totally recommend this tour!

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St. Louis, MO
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34 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Factory was easy to find...in a more rural type area. Tours are free (and parking is free), but one must make an advance reservation (google their web site for toll free number to call). Following a short educational film, a small amount of walking to get to the actual factory area and then the factory tour is given via a... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

What a great guided tour of the factory that makes th BIG green machices. from start to finish you will be amazed. and the price is right FREE

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
475 helpful votes 475 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I must start by saying that although farming is in my blood I think this would be a neat attraction for non farming folks to visit. It would interest many people from those into engineering to those who study processes and workflow management. The tours are well organised and started with a bit of background to some of the items... More

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