Deere does crawlers

  • 04-Aug-2008 08:42 EDT

John Deere is building up to 540 of its medium crawler tractors for the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. The tractors will be modified to meet military specifications and operate in a variety of extreme-duty conditions including sand, snow, and mud.

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded John Deere Construction & Forestry an estimated $125 million to build up to 540 medium crawler tractors (MCTs). The MCTs are being built for the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA, for delivery to military bases throughout the U.S. and overseas. Based on the John Deere 850J crawler dozer, these machines will be modified to meet the Marine Corps’ unique specifications. The units will be manufactured at Deere’s Dubuque Works facility in Dubuque, IA, with an initial delivery of seven MCTs targeted for completion in mid-2008 and full production starting in late 2008.

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