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I have read quite a few threads on here where people mention the John Deere badge on the grill of many machines....... what's the actual issue here?

Do they have a tendency to fall off? get stolen? evaporate?.... what??
 

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I believe it's an indicator (one of many others) of whether the owner cared for the machine - i.e. attention to detail and upkeep.

It's taken on a life of it's own in the threads. :)

I'm sure the usual happens - i.e. they get stolen, or someone runs into something and damages it so it falls off. If you find a 20-40 year old machine with all the parts intact, down to the grill emblem then it's probably been taken care of - but that's certainly not the only thing to look for.

My 41 year old 112 has it's emblem. :Tractor2:

Maybe KATT will happen by this thread and the horse himself will provide the skinny. :trink40:
 

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The Deere grill emblem, especially on the older machines was more than a decoration, it was the handle to be used for removing the grill. But since it was up front near the muffler, the plastic would get brittle (wasn't the best design in the first place) and break off, or just break off from impact. It's become sort of an inside "joke" here on the site, that a restoration wouldn't be complete without that emblem, and that (as mentioned above) a tractor with it's original emblem was owned by a person that cared and loved the machine. I've bought a couple of 'em and I imagine Deere sells a bunch every year.
 

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Guys I'm not on my home machine or I'd send him the the required pic! Suffice it to say that it's both, an inside joke on the forum and an indicator the other members have stated. If it's missing does it mean anything.....not really. There are some machines that are in good shape without them, and some that are in poor shape with them. But stick around and you'll get the full effect of the inside joke!
 

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Why I have no idea WHO started such a thing !!?? :Stop::lalala::bananapow:bannana::00000060: :sidelaugh:ROF :woohoo1::dogrun::00000033:

GLOCKEM has a mint 318 but refuses to put it on cause of someone called KATT :banghead3
 

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I own 3 200 series tractors but I don't own a single grille badge!:fing32:
 

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Why I have no idea WHO started such a thing !!?? :Stop::lalala::bananapow:bannana::00000060: :sidelaugh:ROF :woohoo1::dogrun::00000033:

GLOCKEM has a mint 318 but refuses to put it on cause of someone called KATT :banghead3
I don't know either, but look at this date on this Post.

10-25-2009, 09:14 AM #6 KATT
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Re: Come on PA guys
Did you look at the picture?? It's missing the grill emblem...... I'm out.......:dogrun:
 

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Hmmmm.......might be getting close to pinning down who the Forum Member is that keeps checking whether Deere logo's are on tractors!
 

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Hmmmm.......might be getting close to pinning down who the Forum Member is that keeps checking whether Deere logo's are on tractors!
And now he's joined the taillight police too
 

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Yep, here is a quality JD with its emblem intact.
 

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Might as well cough up the bucks for the emblem for K--- and get it over with.
 

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Yep, here is a quality JD with its emblem intact.
Nice seat!! and I bet it runs great AND I bet it would sell in a heartbeat cause of the emblem. :lalala:
 

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Nice seat!! and I bet it runs great AND I bet it would sell in a heartbeat cause of the emblem. :lalala:
Hey that's it buy a rare grille emblem and get a fairly used up 318 thrown in for free! :thThumbsU
 
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