The Industrial 1010
Built 1960-1965

The 1010 was a mixture of new and old technology. It used older transmission parts/design with new engine. Its new engines (choice of diesel or gas) were never tested or refined to the degree of its bigger brothers the 3010 and 4010. This led to some reliability problems down the road, making some consider the 1010 and the similarly designed 2010 to be the worst Deeres ever made. There were, of course, industrial versions made, and that is what we really care about! Or maybe just me...

See pictures of 1010s, here!

There were two main industrial versions of the 1010 and they were the: (Click on the name to go directly to that tractor, if you like)
1010 Wheel
1010 Industrial Crawler

Some specialized versions included the:
1010 Turf Special
1010 Landscape Loader
1010 Sidewalk Snowplow (more info needed-ANYTHING)

See the serial numbers for the 1010-here.

1010 Wheel
The 1010 Wheel was an "exception to the rule" when compared to the rest of the industrial line regarding styling. Instead of the square nosed heavy duty look, the Wheel retained the agricultural styling of the Utility version on which it was based. This makes them relatively harder to spot.

The only major difference is that the Wheel had a heavy duty non adjustable front axle, and that the rear tread was also non adjustable. The Wheel was the only 1010 to be fitted with such a front axle. The axle was also "swept back" slightly, which would improve the turning radius.

As usual for industrials, all hydraulics and PTO could be left off the tractor, if they weren't needed. However, the 1010 was small enough to be a good loader tractor, or mower, that hydraulics or PTO may have been more common than on the other industrials.

1010 Wheel Production Totals
Model Gas Diesel Total
Wheel 2632 1151 3783

1010 Industrial Crawler
Unlike some bigger tractors there was a crawler version of the 1010. This industrial verison of the 1010 adopted the industrial styling of the rest of the line. In fact, the agricultural 1010 crawler was based on the industrial version, which seems to rarely happen in Deere designs. You may notice that green ag crawlers have the industrial style grill! To tell the difference between the ag and industrial, look at the serial tag, ags will have an "A" prefix, industrials will have an "I" prefix. Agricultural versions couldn't get the reverser as an option.

1010 Crawler Production Totals
Model Gas Diesel Total
Industrial Crawler 9094 6709 15803
Agricultural Crawler 379 127 506
TOTALS 9473 6836 16309

1010 Turf Special
The Turf Special is one of those versions that I don't know a whole lot about. It was based on the 1010 Utility and the tag is marked as a Utility. I don't know any production numbers or really what they were equipped with. However they are a unique, and strange looking tractor!

They seem to be regulary equipped with dual rear tires, and the size is only 18.4x16 (according to the parts book, from #50365 and onward). Compare this to the normal Utility size of 9x24 or 10x24 in single rear wheels or 8.3x24 or 9.5x24 in duals.

If you subtract, that means that the rims are eight inches smaller! And this means that the rear of the tractor is about four inches shorter than a normal Utility.

After looking in the parts book, the Turf could also have dual front tires. And I don't mean a tricycle front! Four front tires total, that were 6.00x10 (again, according to the parts book, from #50365 and onward). Normal Utilitys had 14 or 16 inch rims. Again this makes the front end shorter, by about two inches. However, I haven't seen any Turfs with duals-yet. To me, it seems like they would pretty hard to turn.

What does this all make? A tractor that is lower than normal, with much lower ground pressure. In other words-a tractor perfect for driving on soft grass or turf without causing damage. I wonder where they got the name "Turf Special"?

1010 Landscape Loader

Here is another of those strange 1010 variants that I've dug out of the parts books. They are designated by an "L" on the serial number tag. Equipped with a normal 1010 Utility adjustable front axle, a heavy duty grill guard, and a "landscape" loader. Other than that I don't know much at all. No production numbers, or when they started! I haven't done a part by part comparison, but they seem to be based mostly on the Utility tractors, but shares many parts with the Wheel tractors.

1010 Serial Numbers
All 1010s used the same serial number range
Year Beginning S/N
1960 10001
1961 13962
1962 23630
1963 32188
1964 43900
1965 52722

1010 Tractor specifications (agricultural version)
Cylinders- 4
Bore- 3.62 inches
Stroke- 3.50 inches
Displacement- 144 cubic inches
Rated RPM- 2500
Transmission- 5 speed
Wheel Base- 78 inches
Rear Tire Size- 12.4x28
Maximum PTO Horsepower- 36
Maximum Pull- 3657 pounds
Weight, with ballast- 5754 pounds