Home Depot and John Deere announce agreement

Deere & Co. and The Home Depot announced an agreement to sell a new line of John Deere-branded lawn and garden tractors in the retailer’s more than 1,400 home improvement stores beginning early next spring.


The agreement places John Deere-branded riding mowing equipment for sale in the mass channel for the first time in John Deere’s history. Models of the new John Deere 100-series lawn tractors will be sold at The Home Depot and at John Deere dealers. The dealers will continue to sell John Deere’s broad range of lawn and garden equipment. Additionally, John Deere dealers will provide support and service for lawn tractors sold both at the dealers and at The Home Depot.


Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but the companies said the new 100-series by John Deere replaces Scotts tractors, which have been built for Home Depot by John Deere since 1998. The new 100-series lawn tractors will be offered in cutting widths from 42 to 54 inches with various horsepower ratings. As part of the agreement, Deere said it would discontinue manufacturing the Scotts brand and also eliminate the Sabre brand of lawn tractors sold through John Deere dealers. Deere said the new 100-series will be available at Home Depot stores and John Deere dealers for the 2003 selling season and will be manufactured at an existing facility in Greenville, Tenn.

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