March 2, 2021

INSIDE MaxYield – Let’s Roll: Tim and Taylor Glawe Restore a Vintage John Deere

Tim & Taylor GlaweFor a guy like Tim Glawe, fixing things and solving challenges are second nature. These skills came in handy when Glawe, MaxYield Cooperative’s East Region shop team leader in Britt, worked with his daughter, Taylor, 17, to restore a 1959 two-cylinder John Deere 730 tractor for her FFA project.

Here are five things the Glawes discovered during the process:

1. You learn by doing. As a kid, Tim Glawe wasn’t content with just playing with toys. “I was always tearing things apart to see how they worked,” said Tim, who worked at his parents’ ag retail/fertilizer business for 15 years after graduating from Corwith-Wesley High School in 1982. These experiences proved useful when Glawe took a job with the co-op in Britt 15 years ago. They’ve also come in handy as Tim has fixed and repainted many classic tractors through the years. When he proposed the idea of working on the John Deere 730, Taylor was interested. “It seemed like a pretty cool FFA project we could do,” said Taylor, who started working with her dad in February of 2012.

2. There’s just something about old iron. The John Deere 730 has been part of the Glawe farm near Corwith for decades. Tim’s father, Cecil, purchased it used in the early 1960s. “The 730 was one of the bigger tractors of the era when it was new, but when I got a John Deere 4010 in the mid-1960s, I liked that tractor better,” said Cecil, who appreciated the 4010’s more powerful engine. The 730 never left the farm, although it was used less and less. After it had been sitting for about five years, the tractor’s motor was stuck.Tim fixed the tractor so it could run again. “I like the older stuff, because its simple to work on. Sometimes about all you need is a set of wrenches,” said Tim, who noted that computer technology has transformed farm equipment through the years.

3. Farming is all about family. The Glawes have farmed in north-central Iowa for years and enjoy working together. “My older brother, Scott, has done a lot with my dad, and I was interested in doing more, too,” said Taylor, who worked on the John Deere with Tim on nights and weekends. Sometimes farming came first, said Tim, who helps his father with the fieldwork when he has time away from MaxYield. Taylor learned a lot, said Tim, who noted that his daughter helped clean, scrape, and paint the rims and hubs for the back tires. “We were glad to get special tractor-ride tires that Titan International supplies free to FFA members,” added Tim, who has painted 150 tractors through the years.

4. Success takes a team. It took Tim and Taylor about a year and a half to restore the tractor, which they worked on at Cecil’s farm shop. “I definitely learned a lot,” said Taylor, who will be a senior this fall at West Hancock High School. “I know what .045 bigs are and how difficult it is to find these expensive pistons for a John Deere 730 gas tractor.” Teamwork is also important to get jobs done at MaxYield, where Tim works with Tracy Smith, John Weiland, and Ken Bird to maintain trucks, applicators, and other MaxYield equipment. “The four of us have worked together as long as I’ve been here,” said Tim, who also operates one of MaxYield’s applicators in the spring and the fall. “There’s never a dull moment. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s something different that comes along.”

5. Carrying on traditions is important. Not only did Taylor learn how to restore the John Deere 730, but she learned how to drive it, too. “Sixth gear goes pretty fast,” said Taylor. The 60-horsepower tractor can pull a four-bottom plow, added Tim, who noted that the Glawes bring out the 730 when their neighbor, Ivan Frey, hosts a cornstalk plowing event in the fall in his 160-acre field. “People have a lot of questions about the tractor,” added Taylor, who exhibited the John Deere at the 2013 Hancock County Fair and whose story was featured in the Garner Leader newspaper earlier this year. “I’m going to make a photo book to show this project from start to finish.”

Will Taylor tackle another tractor restoration project with her dad? It’s not out of the question, she said. “I might do a John Deere 60 or 4010 next.”

Editor’s note: In addition to her role as FFA chapter reporter, Taylor participates in cross country, track, drama, speech competitions, and National Honor Society. She is thinking about studying animal science at North Iowa Area Community College after high school graduation in May of 2014.



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