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Antique John Deere Tractor: JD B.O. Lindeman Crawler

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This picture shows the tractor with a mounted set of cultivators. The BO crawler began production in 1939, a total of 1675 were built.

JD B.O. Lindeman Crawler Tractor

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    Jim Plummer wrote on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have a 1942 John Deere Lineman. It needs to be timed. How do you time it Is it checked from the right or from the left
    dale wrote on Sunday, May 26, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have one, not running at the moment. It was the first crawler I learned to operate.
    Jim wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 (PDT):
  • I have a 1942 Lindeman crawler, runs. Need someone to give me a price.
    Jenny White wrote on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (PST):
  • Hi I live in Dorset uk and have just bought a John Deere Lindeman BO crawler, We need to get one track chain for the pads are good so is one of the chains, She s a wonderful little crawler. and going by her serial no she was made in 1946. can anyone tell where we check the oil Many thanks Jenny
    Doug King wrote on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have a BO Lindeman in the San Francisco area that came from Lake County in Northern CA. It has good sheet metal and runs, but needs restoration. I have no idea what it s worth. Will sell to highest offer. Viewing available.
    jackj wrote on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (PDT):
  • cool
    jackj wrote on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (PDT):
  • cool
    BETSY LINDEMAN GAMMELL wrote on Friday, March 26, 2010 (PDT):
    Bruce Sniffin wrote on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a Bo Lindeman right from the rear steering clutch case,mine was broken and repaired badly. 860-280-6635 jdeerecollector at Thanks
    Don Young wrote on Sunday, February 22, 2009 (PST):
  • This was one of the first tractors I drove many years ago. I don t remember the year of the one we had, but it did have live hydraulics. We had the blade attachment, with a bolt on brush rake attachment, ditch attachment for orchard irrigation. I am from Yakima, Washington where the tractor was converted from a B model motor and transmission form John Deere, shipped to Yakima for the track system and final assembly. Remains of the foundry and production still exist, a fire destroyed most of the facility in the late 50 s. The Central Washington Ag. Museum in Union Gap, Washington, I heard that they are in possession of the original track pad equipment, and are producing this part. You can contact them 509-457-8735. They also have a video tape of called The Lindeman Story , how the brothers got started, and showcasing some of their inventions and equipment. They were very good at filming their equipment in use on local farms and ranches in the Yakima Valley. I hope that some of this may help someone that reads this.
    jim rodenberg wrote on Friday, November 28, 2008 (PST):
  • I own 2 lindemans. they are pretty neat little tractors
    Denny Falk wrote on Monday, May 12, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have a Lindenman BO with electric start I have little information on how many were made. Any information on this tractor would be appreciated.
    Jim wrote on Monday, April 28, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have a Lindeman Serial # 334614. It is in California and Runs good. The BO tracktor, sans the wheels, was sold to the Lindeman brothers in Washington St. by John Deere in 1945 and was fitted with the clasic Lindeman Brothers classic track system and sold in 1947... Just shortly before the company was purchased by John Deere. There were only about 1675 of these Lindeman track layers ever made, which makes them very sought after as collector items. In 1948 John Deere made its first ever track layer, a Lindeman design. I would be willing to sell her for 20,000. US. Let me know if anyone is interested. Thanks, Jim
    JOSH DELSMAN wrote on Sunday, December 02, 2007 (PST):
  • I have one lindeman crawler i realy like these old jd tractors! DALLAS, OR
    Dennis Wiolkinson wrote on Monday, October 22, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have several Lindeman crawlers for sale along with quite a few spare parts. I want to see them restored and shown. call 541-963-0139
    Ted Grice wrote on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have an unrestored lindeman crawler that ran good when I parked it in the shed about 20 years ago. I ll sell it to the higest bidder.
    Ray wrote on Sunday, August 05, 2007 (PDT):
  • There is an unrestored Lindeman for sale on Craigslist for 10,000. It is located in Dallas, Texas. The Email address for information is; sale-388079082 at
    Marc Lopez wrote on Monday, July 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • For what ever reason my e-mail won t attach to my name
    Marc Lopez wrote on Monday, July 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • If anyone has one or knows of one for sale in the great lakes area please let me know. I live in Michigan and would love to get one to restore and use on my property. I will be more than happy to pay a finders fee if the lead turns into a sale. My interest is in older JD orchard tractors. Thanks in advance.
    Lavoy wrote on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (PDT):
  • Sorry, e-mail address did not go through. Thanks
    Lavoy wrote on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PDT):
  • Kati, I would be interested in your crawler, please contact me. Thanks
    Bruce Sniffin wrote on Friday, April 06, 2007 (PDT):
  • Here is my email- jdeerecollector at Thanks Bruce
    Bruce Sniffin wrote on Thursday, April 05, 2007 (PDT):
  • I am looking for lindeman crawler to restore, please let me know if you have one for sale.
    Kati Bauer wrote on Monday, April 02, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 1946 JD Lindeman Crawler MC that my grandfather left me. It runs great. Any idea how much it is worth, or where I would go to sell it --Kati
    Keith Canham wrote on Friday, March 30, 2007 (PST):
  • I have a MC crawler can any body out there tell me or send me a list off serial numbers to dates made.Also I am interested in buying a lindeman BO crawler but can not find any price indicator can you help or if any of you have one for sale that I might import.Any info on the above ie parts books, where I can buy parts etc.etc. Thanks Keith C.
    Roman Vice wrote on Sunday, October 15, 2006 (PDT):
  • My dad says he and my grandfather had a M-38 John Deere crawler [bulldozer] back in the late fiftee's ,as our family tradition goes this machine was probably nearly an antique then. I have shown him some pictures that I have gotten off the net of what I thaught he was talking about ,all he says is "naw,, its before that one" anyone ever heard of an M-38 thanks Roman Vice
    Mark Standley wrote on Saturday, October 14, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have recently traded a tractor for a lindeman crawler. It is in fair shape, it runs but one of the stearing clutches is froze.How can I find what year it is and where is the best place to get parts?
    Julie Lindeman-MacDonald wrote on Sunday, September 24, 2006 (PDT):
  • My father is looking to buy a Lindeman Crawler to restore. Please let us know if you have one for sale. Thanks!
    Nathan Garner wrote on Sunday, April 23, 2006 (PDT):
  • These are very rare. I can not find one anywhere. Anyone who has one is very Lucky.
    STacey Stalter wrote on Sunday, April 16, 2006 (PDT):
  • My grandfather has a crawler that looks a lot like this one. It run, but I don't know how well. I need to find out what it is worth. A distant relative of mine is trying to take it from him, and I want to show my grandfather what it is worth so he does not let it go without getting a fair price for it. Thanks for any help, Stacey Stalter
    Cory Ashman wrote on Thursday, March 02, 2006 (PST):
  • This tractor is awesome. I have never seen anything like it before. My family does great business with John Deere and my dad loves john deere but i have never heard of this tractor before. I love it.
    Mike and Nick Reisenauer wrote on Monday, December 12, 2005 (PST):
  • My 8 year old son and I are looking for a small JD crawler to restore. We restored our LA that has been in our family since 56 this last year and had such fun that we are looking for a crawler. Any condition is fine. Thanks. Mike
    Michael Laukhuf wrote on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 (PDT):
  • We have a Lindeman Crawler for sale. We completely tore this crawler down to restore it. It is a great looking Lindeman, and it runs very good. If anyone is interested, send an email and I can send pictures and more information on it. We are located in NW Ohio. Contact me at mlaukhuf at
    john taylor wrote on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 (PDT):
  • I'm looking to buy a small dozer (JD 2010 variety or about that size). It must be in fairly good condition with a good engine. Contact me at; mrmsje at Thanks
    Brandon Thoennes wrote on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a Lindeman Crawler that is in need of a little restoration. If anyone has one for sale please let me know. Thanks
    Bob B wrote on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 (PDT):
    Kent wrote on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (PST):
  • Correction to above ; the spelling is actually Lindeman. I also clicked on add my comments too many times ; sorry.
    Kent wrote on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (PST):
  • I recentley bought a fairly large open end wrench with Lindman TE 789 in raised letters and numbers.Size is 1-3/8" and 1-1/8" x 11-1/4" length. Does someone have a Lindeman owner-operator manual that may list tools that came with a or were available for the Lindeman? If so, could I buy a photo copy of the page of tools ?
    Kent wrote on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (PST):
  • I recentley bought a fairly large open end wrench with Lindman TE 789 in raised letters and numbers.Size is 1-3/8" and 1-1/8" x 11-1/4" length. Does someone have a Lindeman owner-operator manual that may list tools that came with a or were available for the Lindeman? If so, could I buy a photo copy of the page of tools ?
    Kent wrote on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 (PST):
  • I recentley bought a fairly large open end wrench with Lindman TE 789 in raised letters and numbers.Size is 1-3/8" and 1-1/8" x 11-1/4" length. Does someone have a Lindeman owner-operator manual that may list tools that came with a or were available for the Lindeman? If so, could I buy a photo copy of the page of tools ?
    Ray Thornton wrote on Sunday, December 05, 2004 (PST):
  • I've had my Lindeman for over 20 years now. It's been a good little crawler for me. Took a bucket loader off an old Masey Ferguson and adapted it to my crawler. I worked in a machine shop, so I had access to all the special tools to do the job. Used it around the house any time I needed to move dirt. I don't use it much anymore. The last couple of times that I had it out, I noticed that the steering clutches are getting weak. I took it to the Buckley Steam Show this last August. Had a lot of people looking at it. No one had ever seen one with a loader. I Met a few nice folks that have Lindemans also. It was a lot of fun. When I got this, it was just an old crawler. Now they have become kind of a colector piece.
    Kyle wrote on Tuesday, November 09, 2004 (PST):
  • Len Mosher, do you still have the project BO Crawler for sale? If so, where is it located?
    Len Mosher wrote on Monday, July 26, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a BO Lindeman Crawler, about 95% complete, in "disassebled" condition. I got it several years ago. It was running and I used it to skid logs to build a log house. It has a blade with cylinders inside the push arms and cables to raise the blade, attached to hangers that stick out to the side. I'm sure the folks who've seen these tractors know what I'm talking about. One the hangers is not original, the old one having been broken or lost. The hydraulics leaked like crazy, and not having much money, I used to have to take the cylinders apart regularly, to replace the "leathers", which I fashioned by freehand, with scissors. For every hour I used the machine, I used to spend about an hour working on it, as it was old and I was probably asking a lot of it. The steering clutches were quite warn, resulting in frequent attempts to adjust them and get a little more use, without spending much money. It really was a great machine, though, and I pulled some temendous weights with it. It was a little too exciting using it in the bush, however, especially when you got going backwards down a slope, with poor steering clutches and brakes, and the seat arrangement having you as the most rearward component. It was also fun going over big humps, because when the front of the crawler went down in a hurry, you went up at the same speed, and had to hold on for dear life, to not be catapulted right over the machine and land in front of it. I got it stuck in a mud hole once, working on my water line,and after many hours came out looking like the creature from the black lagoon, covered with mud thrown up by the flywheel and clutch cylinder. It was really deep. I finally got it out by throwing rocks under the tracks, until there was enough of a base to get moving again. I have always meant to restore it, which resulted in it's current state. I had someone working on it to fix the steering clutches, but he broke something (a cast part, difficult to repair), and then his wife died unexpectedly and it has sit idle for a couple of years, in it's state of dissasemblement. Anyone interested in a project? It's mostly there, and was running before being taken apart. It's a great source for parts, if nothing else.
    Lavoy wrote on Saturday, July 03, 2004 (PDT):
  • We have parts for the old Deere crawlers. Visit our website at
    Russ wrote on Sunday, April 18, 2004 (PDT):
  • Crawler collection; I did not get the email address for Jason Benesch msg. dated Sat. Feb 21, 2004(PST). In the remote chance that Jason or someone knows his Email address please forward it to me. I was wondering if his family has shed storage to protect all 35 of those B.O. Lindemann crawlers, etc. Would like to have one of the running rigs. We used to work with a 1957 JD 420 Crawler with a dozer blade, winch and Gafner hydraulic pulp/log loader. The quick forward/reverser feature in any gear was real nice. Also the dozer blade float feature was nice to use. We always knew where the JD was working within a mile or two by the unique John Deere vertical twin sound. It could make some wicked high snow banks in the yard with the heavy snows we got in the 60's in Upper Michigan.
    Dale Nelson wrote on Thursday, April 01, 2004 (PST):
  • Trying to restore a B O Lindeman and was wondering if any parts are available?
    Jason Benesch wrote on Saturday, February 21, 2004 (PST):
  • I just found this web site. My father has owned a BO Lindeman for years. We start it up and run it around every couple of years. It is in good condition for its age and a joy to drive around. After reading the comments, I didn't know that these machines came with fenders? Do they. Our collection at the moment (all runners, not restored)is sitting at around 35 deere crawlers, starting from the BO Lindeman, with 2 to 4 of each model thereafter up until the 350 and 450 series. I am presently fixing up a 2010 dozer with a winch from the last bolt.
    george wrote on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST):
  • I need some fenders for my crawler please call me.507-279-2126
    george wrote on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST):
  • I need some fenders for my crawler please call me.507-279-2126
    Mart Pero wrote on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 (PST):
  • I have located a lindeman crawler in pretty poor condition and wondered what it is worth.
    marty pero wrote on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 (PST):
  • I have located a lindeman crawler in pretty poor condition and wondered what it is worth.
    Eric Ebling wrote on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PDT):
  • I diddent even know they made sutch a thing.
    jimmy desh wrote on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 (PDT):
  • I recently purchase a john deere crawler loader. Seems to be in real nice condition. I dont know what model it is.First one I ever owned. I was told it was a 430?? I can email pictures of it to anyone that is knowledgeable about john deere crawler loaders, could tell me what model and year it is . And what it is worth. It is a gas engine. Dont know what horse power. Would appreciate any information on this.
    Charles Hall wrote on Monday, October 28, 2002 (PST):
  • I Have a 440 dozer that is in real good condition would like to know what it is worth.also need a govenor for another 440 if anyone has any infromation woould appreciate hearing from you.
    will ziesmer wrote on Sunday, June 30, 2002 (PDT):
  • just bought a 40 a crawler in peices and a model tractorthat ireal rough and incomplete. i do not know if i want to sell or try to restore. is there any information out there on 40 crawlers, parts, and collectors?
    Phil Silva wrote on Tuesday, June 11, 2002 (PDT):
  • Have 1947 lenderman for sale. 100% restored. Rails, rollers, sprockets, pads etc. 98%. Electric start. Will send pictures. o
    Jeff Biberdorf wrote on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 (PDT):
  • When was this tractor invented and please add more info. about tractor.
    Bob Robel wrote on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 (PDT):
  • I was raised on a Lindeman crawler that my dad had. He bought it new and we still us it today. We have all the attachments, cultivator, ditcher, Lindeman disk and blade. Everything still works. They are the greatest tractor ever made. Nothing like the sound a Johnny-pop.
    Craig Holmer wrote on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 (PST):
  • My Grandfather owns a 1942 Lindeman crawler it's in very good shape for not being restored. We have just recently fully restored a 1937 BO. Craig Holmer Attica, Oh
    Andy wrote on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 (PST):
  • looking for a lindeman==have all parts for MC and 420 crawlers for sale
    Steve Mizar wrote on Saturday, February 02, 2002 (PST):
  • I am looking for a lindeman crawler if anyone has one for sale please let me know
    William Harpold wrote on Monday, January 28, 2002 (PST):
  • I am looking for a lindeman crawler that is complet but in need of restoration. Would also consider a MC.
    elwood dominique wrote on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 (PDT):
  • I am looking a drive sproket for a bo lindeman crawler that is in good condition and at a fair price
    JIM FRANZ wrote on Friday, September 07, 2001 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a 420c jd or a 430c jd
    J. Tedesco wrote on Monday, August 20, 2001 (PDT):
  • anyone that would like to see a great looking BO Lindeman crawler (restored) check out my pics of our 25th Annual Camp Creek Machinery/Thresher Show on my community site at and select the Camp Creek Show album and you will see it.
    Tom wrote on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 (PDT):
  • Looking for a lindeman crawler b....i'm in Florida...but I'll travel. Email info.
    Joe Wolfort wrote on Friday, May 25, 2001 (PDT):
  • Iwould like to purchase a BO,MC or 420 crawler with a blade or loader in the area of western N.C.,North Georgia,Western So. Carolina or East tenn.I prefer a running machine in decent shape.An oliver oc3,orHG would also be considered.
    Andrew wrote on Saturday, May 05, 2001 (PDT):
  • i am looking for a little crawler that does not run. I want a summer project completly restoring it
    Andrew wrote on Saturday, May 05, 2001 (PDT):
  • i am looking for a little crawler that does not run. I want a summer project completly restoring it
    bob haynes wrote on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 (PDT):
  • how much should a decent lindeman sell for
    Tom Neal wrote on Thursday, November 23, 2000 (PST):
  • Looking to buy a 420 or 430 crawler in decent shape, email details. Thanks
    Robert Baird wrote on Monday, November 13, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 57'420C.My problem is with the left turn Clutch.If anyone can help me please e-mail me.Thank you in advance!!
    Felix Cincotta wrote on Monday, November 06, 2000 (PST):
  • sorry to write again but i didn't think e-mail spaces mattered but apparently it does my e-mail address is felixdacat1 at
    Felix Cincotta wrote on Monday, November 06, 2000 (PST):
  • i am looking for a bo lindeman crawler in any condition as long as it is complete i don't care where in the u.s. cause i can always arrange for trucking i am only 18 and like tractors with reasonable pricing(nobody that's married to the tractor and wants as much as a 450 crawler with a 4 cylinder diesel)
    Stan Sandman wrote on Saturday, October 14, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a 1941 BO Lindeman serial# 332335. Iwould like to know what is the lowest serial # that is still in exsistance?
    R . Fultz wrote on Wednesday, October 04, 2000 (PDT):
  • This is a very nice bo lindeman. Is it for sale? I am looking for a late model with lights. Must be in very good condition.E mail any commets or replys.
    Dale L. Smith wrote on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a 1952 MC crawler. I have used it quite a bit and enjoy it very.
    Ted E. Adams wrote on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 (PDT):
  • I may have forgot to put my e-mail address. I have a lot of information if anyone has any questions.
    Ted E, Adams wrote on Monday, June 19, 2000 (PDT):
  • The first chassis of a BO tractor was sent to the Lindeman Bro. in 1935. The Lindeman in your photo belongs to Jacob Rens.
    rob nickel wrote on Friday, June 16, 2000 (PDT):
  • My Dad has restored other old JD's,but never one of the crawlers? Any of em for sale in mid to western canada?
    Lavoy Wilcox wrote on Thursday, May 11, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a set of track chains(no pads) to fit a Lindeman, MC, or 3-roller 40C.
    Gordon Vincent wrote on Sunday, February 13, 2000 (PST):
  • I am looking for a Lindeman to restore any body know of one in the western USA ?
    Clayton Snyder wrote on Wednesday, December 08, 1999 (PST):
  • I currently have six of the Lindemans, I just sold two this week. They are great little crawlers and have an interesting history.
    Dale Dumont and Bill the tractor fan wrote on Friday, September 03, 1999 (PDT):
  • My stepfather would like to know how many of these beasts are in captivity. I myself know nothing about these such beasts, but Bill has restored a 1944 AR John Deer and lives in a small town in Saskatchewan. He is visiting me and I'm showing him the internet. Is there any crawlers like this close to Calgary Alberta Canada. Please email me and let me know so I can inform him. He has found the internet facinating. The things you can find about tractors is amazing.

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