Can You Match the John Deere Equipment to Its Function?

By: Bambi Turner

Can You Match the John Deere Equipment to Its Function?
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About This Quiz

Can you tell a tiller from a baler, or a tractor from a tedder? Think you know the difference between a draper and a harvester, or a scraper and a sprayer? Take our quiz to see if you can match this John Deere equipment to its intended function!

John Deere was just a simple blacksmith in 1837 when he got word that local farmers were having trouble using equipment designed back east to work the land in the Midwest. The idea inspired him to start producing farm equipment, and within 5 years he was manufacturing more than 100 tractors a year. Since then, the company has introduced hundreds of pieces of agricultural equipment, allowing modern farmers to work huge parcels of land in a fraction of the time it took their ancestors.

Of course, that famous green and yellow machinery has also expanded well beyond the confines of the farm, and is now used in forestry, construction, lawn care and a host of other applications. In fact, Deere has expanded so much beyond the humble tractor that it can be hard to identify some of the specialized equipment the company manufactures. Think you're up to the challenge? Take our quiz to find out!

Skidder Do you know what this equipment is designed to do?
farming
forestry
There's a reason lumberjacks are seen as strong and burly -- can you imagine moving felled trees without any heavy equipment or machinery? This John Deere Skidder is used in forestry and land clearing. It's designed to pull felled trees out of a wooded area and load them into a truck or pile.
construction
golf course maintenance

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Row Crop Tractor Match this equipment to its function.
cutting grass
cutting trees
installing fence posts
harvesting crops
This John Deere Row Crop Tractor is primarily used by farmers cultivating crops. It's used to till the land as well as during harvest, and is designed to get the job done without damaging crops.

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Scraper Special Can you guess what this equipment does?
planting seeds
knocking down trees
shucking corn
moving dirt
The John Deere Scraper Special is a specialty earth-moving machine. It's equipped with a blade that slices into the soil like a planer on wood, then sends the dirt into a hopper so it can be moved or disposed of. While frequently used in farming, it may also be used in mining or construction.

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Skid Steer What is the function of this machine?
moving heavy objects
This John Deere Skid Steer is a small yet sturdy contraption that consists of a pair of lift arms supporting a wide bucket. It may be referred to as a Bobcat -- a popular brand name for a machine like this -- and is used to move earth, bales of hay or piles of grain.
baling hay
cutting grass
cutting trees

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Flail Mower Choose the correct function for this machine.
drilling through rock
felling trees
mowing tough terrain
The John Deere Flail Mower uses spinning flails attached to a drum, which can tear through heavy brush or growth much more effectively than a standard mower. It can also be used to shred plant waste -- such as corn stalks.
wrapping hay bales

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Belt Pickup Platform Match this equipment to its function.
planting seeds
harvesting crops
A Belt Pickup Platform is placed on the front of a tractor to collect wheat and other cut grains after harvest. It features a treadmill-like belt which collects the material, conveyor style, and transports it into a hopper for further processing or storage.
digging holes
aerating soil

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Wheel Loader What would you use this machine for?
harvest
planting seeds
drilling holes
hauling
The John Deere 744K-II is a Wheel Loader -- a heavy-duty machine used for hauling. The bucket is designed to carry a load of 5.5 cubic yards, making it ideal for moving materials like rocks and gravel from stockpiles to areas where they are needed on a construction site.

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Corn Head Know what this equipment does?
planting seeds
wrapping hay bales
moving felled trees
harvesting corn
This machine is known as a Corn Head. It attaches to a tractor, and the cone fingers on this piece of equipment are then used to harvest ears of corn. This John Deere 172FC model can grab 12 ears at a time.

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Wheeled Harvester What does this machine do?
place seeds
aerate
forestry
A wheeled harvester -- like this 1070G by John Deere -- is a machine used to fell, delimb and cut trees. Forestry workers use it when thinning out wooded areas or clearing the land. A boom arm on the equipment has a built-in chain saw, and can be used to grasp, measure, cut and move felled trees or logs.
harvest corn

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Wheel Rake Think you know what this equipment is used for?
snow removal
paving
raking
The WR12 Wheel Rake is a machine that is used to rake a large area with ease. It can capture cut grass after clearing to prepare the ground for planting or other needs.
cutting down trees

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Knuckleboom Loader Can you guess what this equipment is meant to be used for?
agriculture
forestry
The John Deere 337E Knuckleboom Loader is a forestry machine with a large swing boom used to move logs. It can be used anywhere from a forest to a lumberyard, and has an arm that rotates to position a log correctly for piling, loading or unloading.
paving
roofing

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baling hay
harvesting
This John Deere Auger Platform is used in conjunction with a tractor. The 20-foot-wide platform has a cutting bar that can be used to cut grains like wheat or rye for harvest.
snow removal
painting

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Baler Match this equipment to what it is used for.
baling hay
This 440E Baler forms loose hay into compact round bales once the hay has been properly dried. This makes it easier to stack and store the hay, and also makes it easy to transport on or off the farm.
planting seeds
piling gravel
cutting drywall

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Hay Tedder What does this John Deere equipment do?
aerates hay
A Hay Tedder is used to aerate hay, helping it to dry more quickly and effectively than it would if left untended. It does this by picking the hay up and spreading it around so moisture can escape. Without tedding, hay would not only take longer to dry, but the finished product would be at greater risk of mildew or discoloration.
mows grass
melts ice
cleans water

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Forwarder Match this machine to its main function.
farming
forestry
A forwarder is a forestry machine that takes over where a harvester leaves off. After the harvester has been used to fell and stack the trees, the forwarder uses a boom to grab the logs and transport them to the road or another location.
construction
golf course maintenance

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Combine Pick the correct function for the equipment shown here.
forestry
construction
roofing
harvest
A combine is a piece of agricultural equipment that combines several different harvest functions into one machine. This S790, for instance, cuts and cleans grain, then stores it in a tank with a 14,100 L capacity. It is used to quickly harvest wheat, rye or other grains and grasses.

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Grooming Mower Know what this equipment is used to do?
harvest wheat
remove ice
cut grass
This GM1060 Grooming Mower is designed to cut a wide swath of grass at once. This makes it useful for sports fields, golf courses and even larger private homes.
aerate soil

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Bale Wrapper Can you guess what this machine is for?
spraying
wrapping
This piece of equipment is a bale wrapper. By wrapping bales of hay in plastic, farmers create a moist, fermented hay called silage, which can then be used as animal feed.
aerating
mowing

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Draper platform Do you know what this machine is used for?
placing seeds
roofing
harvest
A draper platform is one type of machine used to cut and harvest wheat. Unlike a traditional auger platform, the draper platform is easier to use when the grains are wet, resulting in fewer clogs and less downtime.
site clearing

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Swing Machine Know what this equipment does?
framing a house
removing snow
roofing
forestry
The 2154G Swing Machine is a heavy-duty piece of forestry equipment. It looks somewhat like a backhoe, but has a powerful claw-like attachment for grasping and moving logs. It rides on tracks rather than wheels, which means it can handle rugged terrain.

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John Deere Planter What is the primary function of this equipment?
planting
This John Deere 12Row30 planter is a piece of equipment designed to plant seeds as it's pulled behind a tractor. This specific model places 12 rows of seeds at 30-inch intervals -- hence its name.
harvest
forestry
demolition

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Air Disk Drill What would you use this machine for?
spraying
breaking up thick ice
roof repair
planting seeds
This 730 Air Disk Drill is designed to be towed behind a tractor on the farm. It turns and breaks up the soil as it seeds -- way more effective than poking a hole with your finger and dropping a seed in.

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Sprayer Can you guess what this equipment is meant to be used for?
painting
spraying
A backpack-style sprayer is a great choice for applying pesticides or weed killer in your garden, but what if you have to tend to an entire farm? The R4023 and similar sprayers attach to a tractor to spray large areas with ease.
baling hay
cutting grain

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Tillage Think you know what this equipment is used for?
tilling
This machine may look like a medieval torture device, but it's actually a field cultivator used for tilling the earth. By breaking up the soil, this machine encourages seeds to grow and helps to maximize the harvest.
wrapping hay
felling trees
paving

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Tracked Feller Buncher Do you know the main function of this equipment?
snow removal
forestry
This monster machine is a the 803M Tracked Feller Buncher. Used in the forestry industry, it has a boom designed to reach as far as 30 feet. The boom not only grabs trees or logs, but can also cut and stack them for transport.
window installation
harvesting corn

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Tractor Loader What is the primary function of this equipment?
cutting grass
planting seeds
hauling
This Tractor Loader is essentially a scaled-down loader mounted on a tractor. The bucket you see is used to cart heavy loads of dirt, sand and gravel -- much easier than using a shovel, right?
chopping wood

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Bunker and Field Rake Do you know what this equipment is designed to do?
trim trees
cut grass
Golf courses and pro sports fields have a reputation for some of the greenest and best-maintained lawns in the business. This 1200A Bunker and Field Rake is a small, ride on machine that looks like a lawn mower, yet is designed for precise grass clipping and grooming.
pick fruit
clean gutters

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Aercore Match this equipment to what it is used for.
aeration
This John Deere Aercore 800 is a walk-behind aeration machine. By loosening and aerating the soil, you allow air, water and nutrients to reach the roots of grass and other plants.
collecting cut grass
snow removal
chopping wood

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Cut Hybrid Mower Do you know the main function of this equipment?
moving large rocks
felling trees
drying firewood
cutting grass
John Deere may be known for heavy equipment, but the company also makes some machines that are useful for homeowners. This Cut Hybrid Mower is a walk-behind lawnmower designed for easy, smooth lawn maintenance.

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Dump Truck Match this machine to its main function.
roofing
planting
painting
hauling
This articulating dump truck is designed to haul heavy loads over rough terrain. Unlike traditional dump trucks, it hinges behind the cab, giving it a much tighter turning radius than other dump trucks you may have seen.

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Backhoe What is the function of this machine?
planting
snow removal
earthwork
John Deere makes some equipment, like this backhoe, that can be used on construction sites. It uses a hinged boom to draw a bucket toward the cab, making it effective at digging, hauling dirt or moving large rocks.
harvest

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Low Profile Tractor What does this John Deere equipment do?
harvest
This John Deere tractor has a special low-profile design. That makes it a solid option for fruit and nut orchards, where a standard tractor might damage crops or pose a safety risk.
break up ice
haul dirt
break up rocks

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Tracked Harvester Pick the correct function for the equipment shown here.
setting fence posts
forestry
This 803MH Tracked Harvester is a heavy-duty forestry machine. Like other harvesters, it can be used to fell, delimb and cut trees. Because it's on tracks rather than wheels, it can travel over some pretty tough terrain without getting stuck.
hauling dirt
aeration

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Crawler Dozer Know what this equipment is used to do?
planting seeds
aeration
earthwork
This 450K Crawler Dozer is an earthmoving machine built on heavy tracks for rough terrain. It uses a shovel at the front to push soil, sand, rocks and debris, and may be used in construction, mining or farming.
baling hay

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5100 Tractor Do you know what this machine is designed to do?
construction
forestry
mining
agriculture
This John Deere 5100MH may look like just any tractor, but it's got one special feature -- its high clearance. By riding higher than other tractors, it avoids damage to valuable crops like tobacco and berries while still getting important tasks done.

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Folding Grain Drill Can you guess what this machine is for?
seeding
This John Deere 455 Folding Grain Drill is used in the seeding process. It uses a spring and weight system to place seeds at the correct depth, then a dragging chain pulls dirt to cover each seed.
snow removal
spraying
moving dirt

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Excavator Choose the correct function for this machine.
harvest
painting
framing a house
digging
The 17G Excavator is a heavy-duty digging machine. Built on tracks for stability, it has a large bucket for digging into the soil and moving dirt or rocks.

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Motor Grader Can you guess what this equipment does?
chopping wood
painting
grading
The 620G Motor Grader has a long, flat blade used to flatten out various surfaces. It's used on the farm to smooth the earth, or used to create a level finished grade on construction sites or even golf courses and sports fields.
aeration

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Wheeled Feller Buncher Do you know what this machine is used for?
forestry
This 643L Wheeled Feller Buncher is used in the logging and forestry industries. It's designed to grab, measure, cut and stack wood out in the forest to prepare the logs for transport.
picking apples
cutting hay
baling hay

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