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    Entry level Deeres, where are they made?

    Ok guys.
    This comes up from time to time, and to me its one of the most annoying arguments Ive heard regarding Deere.
    Its the old "the L or xxxx series Deeres sold at (insert favorite big box home improvement store here) are made by MTD (or Briggs and Stratton)" and arent the same quality as what you get from your dealer!"

    Now, I know its BS, but what are the details?
    I know TMo said in a different thread about the differences in location, and that they are made in a Deere plant in TN, but wondering if anyone here has been there.
    On WFM some time back, a member there had been to the plant and saw them being made. I believe he even managed a picture or two.

    I see people claim that MTD/Briggs has a plant in Tennessee and that because Deeres entry models have a TN origin, its GOT to be because MTD made them.

    Anyway, just looking for real info from those who know so that when someone asks how I know, well, I have something other than "I just know."
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    Where the Equipment's Made: John Deere Factory Locations in the United States

    Machinefinder.com is run by Deere. All of the locations listed are Deere factories/plants.

    Greeneville, Tennessee
    - Lawn tractors
    - Mowers
    - Mower attachments
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Where the Equipment's Made: John Deere Factory Locations in the United States

    Machinefinder.com is run by Deere. All of the locations listed are Deere factories/plants.

    Greeneville, Tennessee
    - Lawn tractors
    - Mowers
    - Mower attachments
    They also list:

    Horicon, Wisconsin
    - Lawn and garden equipment

    Do they make both the E-series and X-series at both locations?

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    I had heard that the "Saber" line was a rebranded MTD line. That series did not last long, I believe it was a "big box store" line. I know the local Deere L&G dealer does the setup and warranty repairs of the ones Lowes sells locally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    They also list:

    Horicon, Wisconsin
    - Lawn and garden equipment

    Do they make both the E-series and X-series at both locations?
    I had always assumed that the "Lawn and garden equipment" meant non-tractor/mower equipment. Things like pressure washers. rototillers, walk behind snowblowers, edgers, etc...

    AFAIK, all lawn/garden tractors and mowers are made in TN with the exception of reel mowers and some specialized golf equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    . . . I know the local Deere L&G dealer does the setup and warranty repairs of the ones Lowes sells locally.
    I bought my light duty John Deere lawn tractor from Lowe’s in 2012, and its birthplace was Tennessee. It was set up by Heritage tractor, the same dealership I bought our 3025E and ZTM from. The Lowe’s mower even has a Heritage JD decal. Had I known back then what I know now, I would have bought the lawn tractor from the JD dealership. I may have even been able to get a better deal.
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    Deere’s Horicon Wisconsin plant builds the x300, X500 and X700 series tractors as well as Gators. They used to build the zero turn mowers but production of the zero turns was moved to Greenville TN a few years ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    I had heard that the "Saber" line was a rebranded MTD line. That series did not last long, I believe it was a "big box store" line. I know the local Deere L&G dealer does the setup and warranty repairs of the ones Lowes sells locally.
    The Sabre thing had a long history. Home Depot wanted their own brand of mowers and contracted Deere to build them for them under the "Sabre" brand. Deere built them under exclusive contract with Home Depot from 1995 to 2002. So HD had Sabre mowers to sell and Deere dealers had Deere mowers to sell. They were all built by Deere but Deere dealers had no obligation to service or do any warranty work on Sabre equipment. HD handled all of that.

    Then HD decided they didn't want their own brand and Scott's needed someone to build mowers for them so Deere built them under the "Scott's by John Deere" moniker and Scott's sold them to HD and Sears in 2002-2003 Scott's took over responsibility for service and warranty work.

    When Scott's decided to get out of the equipment business Deere was left with a factory and no one to build mowers for. So they came up with the L-series and sold those through the big boxes. If I remember right the L-series (2003-2005) 1XX/1XXc-series (2006) and LA-series (2007-2010) were only sold through the big box stores. The G-series (2003-2005) was sold through Deere dealers and the D-series (2011-2017) and E-series (2018- ) were sold by both dealers and the big box stores.
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    To add to what has already been mentioned, only the residential zero turns are built in the Greenville, Tennessee plant along with the entry level John Deeres. The commercial zero turns are built in Horicon, Wisconsin along with all the X-series tractors and the Gators.

    The original Scotts branded tractors were originally built by Murray, and then Scotts contracted Deere to make them. The Sabre and the Scotts brands were both built by Deere at the same time. I have brochures for both with the same year marked on them.

    MTD has never, I repeat, never built a tractor or for that matter, anything for Deere, as of yet. Don't believe anyone who tells you differently.

    One last thing, in the 90s, Honda contracted Deere to make lawn tractors for them and Honda put their engines on them. They were LX1XX tractors that were painted differently and may have a different looking grille, sorry I can't remember and I don't have any pictures of them. It's been awhile since I've seen a picture or any information about them, so my memory is a bit fuzzy on their appearance. A friend of mine had one come through his shop though a few years back.
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    The Gators for years were assembled in Janesville, WI. I forget what road it was, but they were put together at a non-descript building and parked outside in a giant parking lot. You could see them from the road. JD has moved the gator assembly to Horicon now.
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