Posted February 27, 2012 - 09:32 AM
This is a very touchy subject for a lot of Deere collectors so to clear things up i will post a link and a quote someone from MTF :
''Deere makes their own tractors, ALL of them from big to little. Deere has factories all over the world. They do buy components from outside sources like bearings, engines, tires, lights, wire, belts, etc. Some attachments for lawn and garden tractors are made by outside firms like Beromac for snowblowers. Murray made Deere walk behind snowblowers and before them, Ariens made them. Deere's walk behind blowers are now branded Frontier, not Deere and they are made by somebody, I'm not sure exactly who since Murray is no more. Deere's plant in Tennessee was built to access cheaper non-union labor, to be able to build machines that would compete with Sears, Walmart, etc on price. I think the source of confusion is that MTD also builds in Tennessee (for the same lower cost labor). Tennessee is a right to work state that favors non-union factories. MTD offers someone like Toro an opertunity to access the economy of mass production in making lawn and garden tractors. MTD builds machines under many different brands like Bolens, White, MTD, Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and others and now Toro. Certain components are common to all saving tooling costs, but other parts are up graded as required to meet varying specifications like bearings vs. bushings. It cost a big PILE of money to make the tooling to stamp out fender decks and mower decks, so it makes economic sense to maximize that tooling's use. Different engines can be fitted onto a common platform, different bearings used, accessories like tachs, comfy seats, lights, can separate MTD's offerings much like a Caddy Escalade is distinct from a Chevy SUV, or a Lincoln SUV is different from a Ford Excursion. Tor's line of lawn and garden equipment is just a small piece of their total product line, Thye make a LOT of pro turf equipment for golf courses, parks and also irrigation equipment. They didn't want to invest the money to build new stuff from scratch to try to compete with Deere and MTD that could be sold at the box stores' price levels, so they made a deal with MTD to build 'em. I hope that clears up a little of the confusion about who builds what. ''