You may have seen the stunt where a BMW motorcycle pulls a tablecloth out from under a long table with a set of fancy dinnerware. Well, this is the version of that trick made especially for the country folk out there. That BMW motorcycle has been replaced with a John Deere 5510N tractor; and instead of that fancy dinner setting, this table setting has more of that laid-back classic country charm. Milty and Clem have it all set up and are ready to make history. All I can say is BMW better get ready to move over and make way for the new champion of the tablecloth trick. Before we see the results, though, let’s find out a little more about where this was filmed and then take a closer look at the 5510N tractor.
More about Stemilt Farms in Washington
This “virus” video as Milty calls it, comes to you from the Stemilt World Famous Fruit farm in Wenatchee, Washington. Stemilt has been a family-owned company since it was established in 1964 and has become a leading apple supplier in the state. The company is known for its Golden Delicious apples, and you’ll see some of these beautiful apples on display. Along with those apples from Stemilt Farm, the table has a nice vase with flowers and some classy plates and glasses. It’s the perfect country setting and the good news is the apples will still be fine if the trick doesn’t work out. The dinnerware and vase on the other hand? Not so much.
Can the John Deere 5510N Farm Tractor Pull Off The Trick?
Clem is driving the tractor for this stunt, and he definitely looks like a guy who knows his way around a tractor. And as you already know, nothing runs like a Deere, so you would think if anyone could pull it off, it would be this combination of man and machine. With this John Deere 5510N, Clem will have these capabilities and dimensions at his command:
- 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine
- 227 lb.-ft. of torque
- 89 horsepower
- 9 forward and 3 reverse gears
- 2-wheel drive with available 4WD
- Around 7,000 pounds
- 11.5 feet long
- Cab height of 8.3 feet
- About 19 inches of clearance
OK, so the acceleration isn’t going to be as good here if you’re comparing it to a BMW motorcycle, but this tractor has it where it counts and can get moving pretty fast for how big it is.
Before the 5510N: A Little John Deere History
John Deere has been around since 1837. It came about after blacksmith John Deere created a polished-steel plow. By 1849, Deere had 16 employees and built 2,136 plows that year. The company avoided bankruptcy during the financial panic of 1858 and continued to grow, selling 50,000 plows in 1874. However, just 2 years later they were in trouble again due to skyrocketing bad debts. They cut employee wages by 10% which led to a strike, but the strike was resolved and the company managed to stay in business.
By 1900, the business exceeded $2 million. Bad times would come again though during The Great Depression, leading to massive layoffs. Again, the company survived and continued to produce new agriculture equipment, including their first diesel-powered tractor, the Model “R”, in 1949. In 1963, they became the biggest producer and seller of industrial and farm tractors in the world.
John Deere was able to survive during the difficult times to become one of the most admired companies in the world. They accomplished this by constantly innovating new equipment and refusing to give up. They have produced a wide range of tractors over the years, including this 5510N that Clem operates here. This tractor debuted in 1998 and was produced until 2001.
Rosy’s Favorite Dishes
So does this trick have any shot at success? One thing they have right here is that the ropes attached to the edge of the tablecloth are fairly low. This is important because one of the keys to pulling this trick off is to pull the tablecloth off in a downward motion. Of course, even a failure in this case could make you laugh, so this could be a success even if the trick isn’t. Whatever happens, you’ll probably agree that this stunt is a clever spoof on the original. After a few seconds, you’ll probably realize that the main goal isn’t to pull off this trick successfully. Take a look and comment on your reaction.