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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD 420H

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This picture shows a 1958 version of the John Deere 420H. The tractor was produced from 1956 to 1958. The "20 Series" came out in six basic models, the 320, 420, 520, 620, 720 and 820. The 420H is the high-crop version of the 420.

JD 420H Tractor


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Dennis Rager wrote on Thursday, August 01, 2013 (PDT):
  • Question; What are the part names and numbers that hold a rear, spin out rim in place on a 1956 420 John Deere row crop tractor
    Ernie Moore wrote on Saturday, January 22, 2011 (PST):
  • I Have A 430-W.New Tires 3PT Hitch,PTO,Tractor Runs Good. 4.000 FIRM.Dorchester S.C....ONE HOUR FROM CHARLESTON OR COLUMBIA S.C.. 803-347-2518 THANKS.
    Larry Thompson wrote on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have a 420-u series with a frontend loader needs tires and restoring asking 2000.00 mayflower ar. 501 454-7223
    larry thompson wrote on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (PDT):
  • i have a 420-u series with a front end loader needs tires needs restored asking 2000.00 mayflower ar.
    DAN BOWEN wrote on Monday, June 07, 2010 (PDT):
  • I JUST RECENTLY PURCHASED A 420T IN CULLMAN AL. IT S SERIAL # IS 110990 AND RUNS PERFECT WITH CULTIVATORS SOME GUY TRADED IT FOR A GOLF CART AND GAVE SOME BOOT MY GOOD FORTUNE
    allen harrison wrote on Sunday, February 07, 2010 (PST):
  • I own a 420W, has no yellow paint on hood or radiator panels. It has john deere,written in chrome letters on the front of radiator. I read in a book that 420 was built in the last three months of 1955. How can I find out when it was in fact built Thanks for your help.
    Joe Anderson wrote on Thursday, July 23, 2009 (PDT):
  • I would like to contact Tony Menendez about his 420H thats forsale. Or have Tony contact my email Thanks Joe Phone is 602 692 0111
    cobb wrote on Sunday, May 31, 2009 (PDT):
  • i have a 1960 ford tractor 3000 and just changed the fuel filters, and cannot get fuel to them. HELP!!!
    jason willey wrote on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have several 425 hay cubers running.
    Tony Menendez wrote on Saturday, May 02, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have a John Deere 420H with power steering for sale.....open for offers.
    Larry Sebranek wrote on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 (PST):
  • I have a 420 John Deere for sale. call 608-386-1448
    Dave wrote on Friday, December 07, 2007 (PST):
  • Have several of the old 420/430 Tractors. Enjoy restoring and using them. Always looking for a new project tractor to restore, Especially the standards, and tall high crop tractors. Feel free to call me at 330 416-4613 if you have a tractor youd like to sell. Thanks!
    Ed Carroll wrote on Saturday, May 19, 2007 (PDT):
  • 56 JD420 Nebraska Test, 28 HP.
    Jason Luke wrote on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PDT):
  • I own a 1956 JD 420-T. Would like to know horsepower for this 2 cy. engine. Also am looking for a hydroulic pump for same model.
    Richard King wrote on Thursday, May 10, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 420W JD i dont want to sell it but would like to know what it is worth it is in good running shape
    philip riley wrote on Sunday, March 26, 2006 (PST):
  • ***ATTENTION 420 COLLECTORS*** I have a regular 420 for sale in waco kentucky if anyone is interested please email me for pics and info on tractor. This is an excellent canidate for a show tractor all that is needed is a little paint and some minor other stuff!!!859-358-0476
    Leonard Henderson wrote on Thursday, January 19, 2006 (PST):
  • www.toytractortimes.com/tttsubscribe/workmay04.htm Scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures and even the front cover of the JD sales brochure. I have been around these quite a bit. I heard that JD only built 65 altogether. At one time, I knew where 17 of them were.
    Linda Coombs wrote on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 (PST):
  • my husband is looking for a photo of a John Deere 425 hay cuber, they were built around 1960-1975 mainly in the west, didnt work well in high humidity areas. can anyone help us? any information would be helpful. thank you linda
    chris george wrote on Monday, October 10, 2005 (PDT):
  • my wifes uncle has an old 420 john deere that needs the transmission put back together my father-in-law thinks it is around 1960.can anyone help me with diagrams for this tractor.the person who took it apart has since passed on before he could put it back together again.he was replacing a gear in it.
    Jon Anderson wrote on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a JD model 820, serial 4048. It is a yellow track layer with "2010" decals, a 4 cyl diesel and 4-1 doitt loader, only a home made counter weight on the back. I will soon be offering it for sale in San Diego, any one interedted??
    Bill McNeece wrote on Monday, July 18, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a very nice JD 420 that I would like to sell. Need someone to give me some idea what it is worth. Call me toll free 1-866-548-7142
    james smith wrote on Sunday, June 12, 2005 (PDT):
  • i am looking for a 1980 -1990 ford truck body just a shell i have new motor & transmission i just need a good body please help if you can.
    G.Miller wrote on Thursday, February 17, 2005 (PST):
  • I am looking for a 420W in running order for restoration.Preferably in Great Lakes area.Please e/mail info and or photos if possible.
    R.J.Smith wrote on Saturday, October 30, 2004 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a 40-H 320-v 420-H 420-V 430-H 430-V Phone 804-6392701 at night or 804-6400864 day.
    Ed C wrote on Sunday, September 26, 2004 (PDT):
  • Bought a 1956 JD 420W in Feb 70, have used it continuosly since. Sure beats a comparable sized Ford or MF for ease of operation. Has given good service, biggest complaint I have is the tires. I THINK the original tires were still on it in 1970, right rear blew in Apr 70 then the other three went bad in 2003. They just don't build them like they used to! ;-)
    Ed C wrote on Sunday, September 26, 2004 (PDT):
  • Bought a 1956 JD 420W in Feb 70, have used it continuosly since. Sure beats a comparable sized Ford or MF for ease of operation. Has given good service, biggest complaint I have is the tires. I
    Jack West wrote on Saturday, August 28, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a 420w row crop utility tractor and am trying to replace the rear oil seals in the three point hitch lift arms but am unable to get the arms to slide off the rock shaft.Do I need a bigger hammer or is there a secret?
    gerald branton wrote on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST):
  • A frind of mine let me use a 420 in the 70's and I have been tring to get one . but until now i have never been able to get one. I realy love that tractor and hope to get one someday
    red people wrote on Sunday, November 16, 2003 (PST):
  • ann denn the green tractor got rain over by a farmall 1206 turbo with the crome strat pipe no ann denn
    Mark Hardy wrote on Friday, July 18, 2003 (PDT):
  • I traded a 1963 chevy truck body with no motor for a 420 the tag is gone,could someone tell me how would i go about finding what year and model 420 i have. Thanks
    RON THOM wrote on Thursday, April 17, 2003 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A 420T,58 MODEL WITH SLANT STEERING AND OLD STYLE DASH.ITS GAS.I HAVEN'T RAN IT IN 4 OR 5 YRS BECAUSE THE CARB IS SHOT. I HAVE A NEW/REBUILT ONE BUT HAVEN'T PUT IT ON.WHEN I DID RUN IT THE MOTOR WAS STRONG WITH NO SMOKE AND THE LIFT WAS STOUT.THE BACK TIRES & TUBES ARE NEW(BUT THEY'RE TOO BIG 12-28's)THE FRONT HOLD AIR & THATS IT.THE SHEET METAL IS PRETTY GOOD.I HAVE 1400$ IN IT & 175.00 IN THE NEW CARB. IT'S IN DENISON,TX.
    justin kubesh wrote on Sunday, March 16, 2003 (PST):
  • great looking tractor. Great investment
    Ray Hughes wrote on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 (PST):
  • My Dad bought one of these high clearance 420 John Deere in Cullman Co. Alabama back in the 60s. We used it for years and never had a mintues problem with it. My Dad sold it in the 70s to someone in North Al. but he doesn't remember who the person was. I would love to track it down. It had a sticker on it from the John Deere dealer in Cullman Al. I have no record of the serial number but would recognize it. My Dad had to weld a spot on the rear axle. Any help would be appreciated.
    Jason Pressley wrote on Saturday, October 12, 2002 (PDT):
  • My father and myself have a 420w and we use it on our farm.It has been in our family for about 40 years.It is in near perfect shape.We have a belly mower(cycel)with it,even though it has a three point hitch.Would like to hear from someone.Thanks JP
    Art wrote on Friday, October 04, 2002 (PDT):
  • I'm looking for a John Deere M-430 unrestored and preferably with a wf. 3 pt. thank-you
    r.meyer wrote on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 (PDT):
  • I like your 420H. I have one myself. Restored it and it sure looks good. I would like to find a 420S. This would complete the 420 series. Thanks
    Brandon Smith wrote on Thursday, July 25, 2002 (PDT):
  • I am also interested in purchasing a 420 and I would also like to know if the hydraulics and the PTO are live? So if anyone can help I would sure appreciate it. Thanks from Iowa.
    Paul Grant wrote on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 (PDT):
  • I bought a Orange Grove and small ranch, I bought a 420U with the property, had a disk, Plow, tiller, and fresno(rear scaper). Today I will replace the frt tires, and my starter went out some sort of short, think it may be the swicth, Does anyone know if the starter is Delco/Remy? Can I still get a new starter?Anyone have Parts for sale? I need a steering shaft, and good steering Wheel, left rear brake pedal, allso any ifo on restoration , maybe an workshop Manual. Please feel free to cal me I am in Riverside CA 909-785-0610
    gene wrote on Sunday, May 19, 2002 (PDT):
  • question i have a jd 420 tricycle and would like to know if it can be changed to a utility version by changing the front and puting in a wide front axel..
    Vern Sager wrote on Friday, March 01, 2002 (PST):
  • Love those 420's, I have a 1957 420W. Hope to retore it. 420 Gas engine had 27.1hp at draw bar and 29.2 at PTO. I am sure this was new, because mine tested out at 18hp. Mine also needs the timing adjusted.
    Jerry Hall wrote on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 1956 all green 420 john deere for sale tractor is in good condition. $2800.00 firm. 580 889-6498 Atoka Okla.
    charlie o'neill wrote on Monday, February 04, 2002 (PST):
  • i have been told that the 420's had 19hp but not shure, thanks
    Stan Johnson wrote on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 420 and also would like to know the horse power so I can buy the correct implements. Thanks, Stan sjohnson at shimadzusum.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    stan wrote on Sunday, January 13, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 420 and also would like to know the horse power so I can buy the correct implements. Thanks, Stan
    RITA KRAGULSKI wrote on Monday, October 15, 2001 (PDT):
  • I'M LOOKING FOR A JOHN DEERE 420 TO RESTORE.
    charlie o'neill wrote on Friday, October 12, 2001 (PDT):
  • the tractor pictured has strait steering wheel.1956 and 1957 had a strait wheel where the 1958 had a slant wheel. i hav a 1958 my dad bought new in the fall of 57. he passed away in 89 and willed it to me. i have restored it and take it to a lot of shows. i have got a lots of blue ribbons with it. the tractor can not,i repeat, can not be bought. thanks for your time.
    Donald Gray wrote on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a 420U for sale, SN 103693 $2250. Border of NH and Me.
    GARRETT WIRTH wrote on Friday, April 20, 2001 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A 420T AND IT IS A NARROW FRONT IT IS THE BEST TRACTOR IN THE WORLD I WOLD NOT GIVE IT UP FOR NOTHING!
    R Wisseman wrote on Saturday, November 25, 2000 (PST):
  • To David Humphrey; I also own a 420. My lift quit working too. I would appreciate any info. you recieved from your inquiry. Thankj you.
    Marc wrote on Thursday, November 09, 2000 (PST):
  • Can anyone give me an estimated value on a 1958 John Deere 420 row crop,original owner bought new in 58. Used daily,new tires,rebuilt engine,good condition.
    David L. Humphrey wrote on Saturday, October 14, 2000 (PDT):
  • 420T John Deere; I own a working 420T which is the last purchase my father made before he died in 1976, so it is very special to me. The the 3pt lift has stopped working, though, so I could use some advice on troubleshooting it. I am not the greatest mechanic. Also, what is the correct paint for the 420 made in 1956? I am told there is more than one version of JD "green" Thanks, David.
    Jeff Ellis wrote on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a John Deere 420T. It has a serial number of 125423. I would like to know what year it is. Also if anyone has parts for sale please email. I have looked on yesterdaystractors.com but can't match the serial number with what they have. jeffnkim at bully.net, Tomnolen, MS
    Ralph Magill wrote on Friday, August 18, 2000 (PDT):
  • '57 John Deere High Crop Tractor for sale; foot clutch; dual hydraulic;4 new tires and tubes; new head job; rebuilt generator. $7,000 obo Spring Creek,PA Mtn.Matters at juno.com
    Tom Willy wrote on Friday, July 28, 2000 (PDT):
  • For sale John Deere 420T single front wheel vary rare tractor needs restored located in LOGANSPORT IN Ph. 219-753-3836
    Vern Weber wrote on Sunday, May 14, 2000 (PDT):
  • For Sale Johd Deere 420 W , Tractor is in Very Good Condition, Have owned it for three years , need room and cannot store any longer. Located in Huntsville , Oh. (northwest central Ohio. Ph. 937-686-6666. $4000.00.
    Vern Weber wrote on Wednesday, May 10, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a john deere 420 w for sale , recent new paint ,runs good, has turf tires on rear. this tractor was used on a golf coarse.
    brian byrd wrote on Sunday, January 23, 2000 (PST):
  • a few yrs back i saw a tractor which i thought it said 435 what was strange it had a detoit deisel in it i would love to have it
    ERNIE ALLEN wrote on Thursday, November 25, 1999 (PST):
  • I OWN 420H RESTORED IT MY SELF. WOULD LIKE MORE INFO.
    Bob Braden wrote on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 (PST):
  • I put in the wrong e-mail address. This is the correct one. Thank you very much. This is a great site!
    Bob Braden wrote on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 (PST):
  • My father has a 420w John Deere, I believe it's a 1956 model. does anyone have org pictures, or restored pictures of this model tractor? Thanks.
    Weiyue wrote on Tuesday, November 09, 1999 (PST):
  • This is a Chinese company needing some tractors of 120HP(horse power) urgently.I read your models and pictures just now.But I don't understand what they mean.Such as model 80,model 420H? It's different from ours when describing a tractor. If I say model120,it mean the tractor is 120HP. So could you tell me what your models mean? Thank you.
    SMITHS EQUIPMENT/POPNMAMA at BELLSOUTH.NET wrote on Saturday, October 23, 1999 (PDT):
  • WE ARE FROM MCDANIELS KY WE OWN A 420T W/ORIGINAL WIDE FRONT WITH 1600 ORIGINAL HOURS. WE OFTEN DEAL WITH 2 CYLINDER TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT
    Mark Rowe wrote on Wednesday, October 06, 1999 (PDT):
  • Being a son of a cornish farmer i have dealt and driven tractors all my life. I have pictures, vidoes,newspaper cuttings. Of course the `john deere` is my favourite. Please please feel free to email me pictures of addresses of fellow tractor lovers. Thanks so much. MR
    Steve Murtha wrote on Thursday, September 30, 1999 (PDT):
  • I would like to buy a 420. Anybody know of one for sale? I live in eastern Oklahoma so it would be nice if it would be found close to home.
    Kenneth L. Camp wrote on Wednesday, May 05, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have a 420S John Deere early model. I would like some information to restore it. It has been garaged kept since 1956.
    susan pierson wrote on Wednesday, April 28, 1999 (PDT):
  • i was just wondering how much a 420 is worth as a collectors item if it is still in working condition. thanks


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