Lindeman BO Crawler in Harrisonburg, VA

posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Blog

The history of the Lindeman crawlers dates back to 1922 when J. D. and H. W. Lindeman organized Lindeman Power Equipment Co. of Yakima, Washington. They realized that the standard agricultural equipment then available was inadequate to meet the problems of the western farmers. This is when the Lindeman disc-harrow was placed on the market and Lindeman became a large manufacturing company. In the 1930’s they began a business relationship with the JOHN DEERE PLOW CO.  The Lindeman Co. began selling the John Deere orchard type wheel tractor and they were very impressed with its economical and efficient horsepower but wanted to equip it with tracks. So the engine and transmission was purchased from John Deere, but the final drive, steering clutches, track assemblies and some of the attachment were designed, and assembled by the Lindeman Co. to complete the crawler tractor operating unit.  It was in 1937 that the 'BO' Crawler hit the market and was built until 1947.  On Dec. 13, 1946 John Deere & Co. Moline, Ill. announced the acquisition of most of the assets of the Lindeman Power Equipment Co. and became the second West Coast factory to join the John Deere organization