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John Deere Tractor Works Factory Tour

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Address: 3500 East Donald Street, IA 50704
Phone Number: (800)765-9588
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Interesting tour

It was so interesting to see how a tractor is put together from start to finish. The tour guides were very knowledgeable (former employees) and could answer any questions people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Burlington, Iowa
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Burlington, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

It was so interesting to see how a tractor is put together from start to finish. The tour guides were very knowledgeable (former employees) and could answer any questions people had. Interesting to hear some of the differences in equipment requirements for overseas products as opposed to those sold in the USA. Riding the tram and having headphones to hear... More 

Thank Kent1725
Waterloo, Ia
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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 

3 Thank JDWLOO
St. Louis, MO
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231 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 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 

5 Thank ThomasTCat
Grant, Michigan
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476 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 480 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 

5 Thank Impala guy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

4 Thank SDCathy
Beulaville, North Carolina
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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!

3 Thank mehoust2
St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 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 

7 Thank Iluv2travel059
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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

4 Thank workingman6516
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 

5 Thank Gill68

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