Vintage 1976 John Deere Grader Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover by DuPage County’s Finest


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Wheaton, IL – In a remarkable display of sustainability and inter-departmental collaboration, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has completely refurbished a vintage 1976 John Deere Grader. 

The project, spearheaded by the District’s Fleet, involved meticulous restoration efforts to extend the venerable machine’s operational life. The American Lung Association’s B20 Club funded the sandblasting and repainting, emphasizing the importance of biodiesel in government machinery. Upgrades included a new seat, fan, wipers, hydraulic lines, and a transition to energy-efficient LED lighting.

Facility Management’s Sign Shop skillfully reproduced the original District logo, adding fresh decals to the equipment. The Grounds crew played a crucial role in transporting the grader across work sites, making this a comprehensive team effort. 

More than just a cosmetic makeover, this initiative guarantees additional years of service for the Roads crew, while promoting the District’s commitment to biodiesel. The refurbished grader is set to be a highlight at local Green and Touch-a-Truck events next year, showcasing the District’s eco-friendly practices.


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