Agriculture in America is a $136.7 billion-dollar industry, replete with independents as well as major brand names and corporations. Perhaps, the most famous name in American agriculture is one that has managed to break into the mainstream consumer market, a name that is not only synonymous with farming but is also a pop culture icon: John Deere. John Deere is the brand name of Deere & Company, one of America’s leading manufacturers of agricultural and industrial equipment, diesel engines, drivetrain components, and lawn care and groundskeeping machinery. Life began for Deere & Company on February 7th, 1804. John Deere, a blacksmith by trade, moved to Grand Detour, Illinois to escape bankruptcy in his home state of Vermont. Using his skills as a blacksmith, Deere started anew in Grand Detour and built a following as the town’s general repairman and supplier of both large and small hand tools. In 1837, Deere invented his self-scouring steel plow and it is this device which helped make possible the migration into the American Great Plains. Throughout the 20th century, Deere & Company garnered more attention and business with brand new, innovative farming farming machines that would eventually become their trademark product. During World War II, Deere & Company manufactured military tractors and M3 tank transmissions to help bolster the American war effort. Deere & Company’s expertise in tractors, harvesters, and plows made them a powerhouse in American agriculture. Those machines made the John Deere brand what it is known as today but in the early 2000s, a partnership with Bombardier spawned the John Deere Buck ATV and John Deere Gator UTV. To date, these are the only two powersports vehicles to wear the famous green and yellow color branding, though the Gator UTV continues to live on in the present in a variety of different power ratings and configurations.
Dayco Products is a supplier of automotive, construction, and industrial parts. In 1905, Dayco (then known as Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Co.) got its start making garden hoses out of natural rubber before creating the innovative airless tire and the first whitewall tires which were popular luxury items on horse-drawn carriages in the early 1900s and on premium American full-size cars during the 1950s through to the 70s. Dayco came to be known as an innovator of rubber products and eventually pioneered the use of synthetic rubber for tires. Dayco ATV belts are manufactured with the same technologically-advanced methods that made Dayco a well-respected name in the automotive and rubber industries. Race Driven is a proud retailer of Dayco belts and we stock a wide array of Dayco drive belts for John Deere utility vehicles. Browse our online inventory and find high-performance Dayco drive belts for John Deere Buck ATV and Gator UTV.