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John Deere Forestry partners with LEGO

August 25, 2023  By John Deere

The 948L-II is John Deere’s biggest, baddest skidder ever. Now loggers, Deere fans, and LEGO enthusiast can build and explore a replica version of this mighty machine with the LEGO Technic John Deere 948L-II Skidder model toy set. This building kit recreates the skidder in authentic detail, featuring functional yet intricate working parts.

Mechanical functions inspired by the real John Deere 948L-II Skidder include steering, four-wheel drive, and a working engine. Like a real skidder, there’s also a range of pneumatic functions that operate the grapple, the blade, and the rotating seat. Builders can use the LEGO Builder app to zoom in and rotate models in 3D, track their progress, and save sets.

John Deere Forestry engineering and marketing worked together on the design and development of the skidder over several months. “The 948L-II Skidder LEGO Technic model set is a great way to crate general awareness about the forestry industry,” says Matthew Flood, Product Marketing Manager – Precision Forestry & Skidders, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division. “And it’s a great introduction to engineering for kids. It features realistic movement and mechanisms that help them learn about the subject in an approachable and realistic way.”

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The company’s name is delivered from the Danish word LEg GOdt, which mean “play well.” The company was founded in 1932 in Billund, Denmark, and remains a family-owned company still headquartered there. LEGO’s products are sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.


Customers interested in purchasing the LEGO John Deere 948L-II Skidder model can purchase the toy set through the LEGO website or contact their local John Deere dealer.

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