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John Deere 3043D

Compact Tractor

  • Standard 4wd for Maximum Traction
  • Heavy duty drive train with a gear drive transmission 8F/8R
  • On-board diagnostics including Service Advisor

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Reliable gear-driven transmission provides optimum tractor performance

The 3D Tractors are available with a gear drive transmission with eight speeds in both forward and reverse directions. It includes a drivetrain built with heavy-duty components like those used in some John Deere utility tractors. These components ensure a rugged and durable machine.


  • The spiral bevel gear of the 3D machine is larger in diameter than comparable tractors.
  • Column-mounted forward and reverse lever for increased efficiency and comfort when changing directions.

  • Fender-mounted gear shift lever for more comfortable shifting

Safety features of the 3D Series Tractors include:
  • The tractor will only start with the forward/reverse, range, and gear shift levers in neutral.

  • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat unless the forward/reverse, range, and gear shift levers are in neutral.

  • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat and the power take-off (PTO) is engaged.

Ergonomic and optimized shift levers
Forward/reverse lever Forward/reverse lever
Range lever Range lever
Operator station Operator station

Key John Deere advantage - A column-mounted forward/reverse lever is a more ergonomic alternative to the floor-mounted design of the competition. Having controls at the operators fingertips allows for an effortless change in directions at any time.

Gear shift lever Gear shift lever

The 3D is much easier and more comfortable to operate when shifting between gears. The fender-mounted gear shift lever provides the ideal location and placement for the operator’s arm.

Clean and simple operator station is comfortable and convenient
Clean and simple operator's station Clean and simple operator's station

An uncluttered design gives operators of all sizes plenty of room to be comfortable. Color-coded controls are located on either side of the operator.

  • Contoured, comfortable seat enhances operator comfort.
    • Seat position adjusts fore and aft
    • Seat flips forward for protection from the elements
  • Flat operator platform provides for easy entry to/exit from the tractor.
  • Folding Roll-Gard™ rollover protective structure (ROPS) and retractable seat belt increase operator safety.


Operator presence system:

  • If the operator leaves the seat when the forward/reverse and range lever are in gear, the engine shuts down.
  • If the operator leaves the seat when the power take-off (PTO) is engaged, the engine shuts down.
Left-side step
Left-side step for easy entry/exit Left-side step for easy entry/exit
  • The left-side step allows for easy access on and off the tractor.
  • Foot platform has a non-skid surface for sure footing.
Seat Seat

The thick, soft padding on this seat provides a smooth and comfortable ride.

  • Seat flips forward for protection from the elements.
  • Adjustable using the fore and aft lever located under the seat, the seat slides on ramped rails to provide comfortable access to all controls.
Instrument panel Instrument panel

Easy-to-read instrument panel includes the following:

  • Tachometer
  • Low oil pressure indicator light
  • Battery discharge indicator light
  • PTO engagement indicator light
  • Signal/hazard lamp indicator lights
  • Multifunction liquid crystal display (LCD) display (hours, filter cleaning information, PTO speed, etc.)
  • Filter cleaning status indicator light
Fuel tank and gauge
Rear-mounted fuel tank and gauge Rear-mounted fuel tank and gauge

All 3D Series Tractors come standard with a fuel gauge that is easy to read from the operator's station to ensure operators do not run out of fuel. The fuel tank is also located on the rear of the tractor to allow for easy refill.


Operator presence switch (OPS) in seat:

  • OPS requires the operator to be in the seat to operate the transmission or PTO.
  • ROPS is designed to meet or exceed American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) safety standards.
  • Reflective ROPS strips for better tractor visibility.
  • Seat belts are in base equipment on all John Deere compact utility tractors.
  • Key switch interlock prevents bypass starting.
  • Visual PTO warning light on the instrument panel alerts the operator when the PTO is running.
  • Turn signal and flashing warning lights operate according to ASABE standards.
  • Slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign is provided for road transport.
Park brake
Park brake Park brake
  • Instrument panel has an indicator light for the park brake.

Two-post Roll-Gard ROPS
Roll-Gard ROPS Roll-Gard ROPS

3D Series Tractors are equipped with Roll-Gard ROPS. These folding ROPS meet the ASABE standards for compact utility tractors.


NOTE: The use of seat belts is recommended at all times when operating the 3D Series Tractor with the folding ROPS upright.


An optional canopy is available to help protect the operator from the elements.

Optional two-spool rear selective control valve (SCV) for superior implement performance
Optional rear SCVs Optional rear SCVs

3D Series Tractors can be equipped with a field-installed rear hydraulic remote kit, providing two additional hydraulic spools on the back of the tractor. This kit can be field installed on a tractor with a loader or without a loader.


The functions are completely separate from the loader. These rear remotes can be hooked up to a wide variety of implements and attachments such as follows:

  • Hydraulically angled blade
  • Hydraulically controlled chute/spout on a 3-point hitch-mounted snow blower
  • Hydraulic scarifiers on a box blade
  • Many other hydraulic rear attachments

This versatile kit gives 3D Series Tractor operators the options they desire for putting their tractors into a wide range of tasks.


The first spool is equipped with a float position, giving the operator the ability to contour the landscape and improve the final grade with certain implements.


NOTE: Neither of the spools in this kit are equipped with a detent position; therefore, they should not be hooked up to anything with a motor, as the valve was not designed to be run open. The kit is designed for momentary, on-demand hydraulic flow such as moving a cylinder.


The approximate installation time is 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

Optional iMatch™ Quick-Hitch feature allows for easy implement hookup
iMatch Quick-Hitch (LVB25976) iMatch Quick-Hitch (LVB25976)

One of the greatest operator concerns involves difficulty in attaching tractor implements. John Deere has addressed this issue with the iMatch Quick-Hitch.

The iMatch Quick-Hitch provides easy hookup and a guaranteed fit for all Category 1 implements that are designed to meet the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Category 1 Standard S278.6 for quick-attach hitches.

  • All implements require a set of bushings for the attachment to fit and work properly with the iMatch Quick-Hitch. One set of bushings comes with the iMatch Quick-Hitch.

NOTE: The bushing set can be seen in the picture above. These bushings allow the hooks on the iMatch and the pins on the implement to fit together properly. All other implements (box blades, tillers, rear blades, etc.) will require a set of bushings to enlarge the pin to fit with the iMatch hooks. Bushings of different lengths can be found in the parts system or through a bushing supplier (see dimensions below).

  • Upper bushing
    • Inside diameter: 1.93-1.95 cm (0.76-0.77 in.)
    • Outside diameter: 3.15-3.18 cm (1.24-1.25 in.)
  • Lower bushing
    • Inside diameter: 2.24-2.26 cm (0.88 to 0.89 in.)
    • Outside diameter: 3.63-3.66 cm (1.43 to 1.44 in.)
Excellent serviceability reduces operational costs and improves productivity

Regular service and maintenance are essential to the performance, productivity, and longevity of the tractor.

  • Easy access to most regular service points minimizes service time.

  • Tractors are equipped with extensive onboard self-diagnostic capabilities and are fully compatible with the John Deere-exclusive Service ADVISOR™ system.

  • Hydraulic oil service interval increased to 1200 hours when using Hy-Gard™ products. Hydraulic oil filter will need to be changed every 400 hours.

  • Fuel tank is located on the rear of the tractor to allow for easy access when fueling.

Fuel tank on rear of the tractor Fuel tank on rear of the tractor
  • Four quarter turn fasteners allow operators to easily remove the engine side panels to access the engine compartment
Easy access to engine compartment Easy access to engine compartment
  • Daily service requirements are minimal and simple to accomplish. Most service interval requirements can be performed with a basic understanding of procedures and common tools.


Daily service is quick and easy Daily service is quick and easy

All items in the daily service schedule can be performed without the use of tools:

  • Engine oil, hydraulic oil, coolant level, and the water separator can be conveniently accessed.

  • The engine can be easily accessed by simply raising the hood for more periodic maintenance checks.

NOTE: Always refer to the operator’s manual for complete maintenance and service recommendations.

Specs & Compare


Key Specs

Current Model
Engine power (gross)SAE J1995 rated power: 31 kW
41.6 hp
42.2 PS at 2800 rpm
Power take-off (PTO) power27.1 kW
36.3 hp
Steering hydraulics16.8 L/min
4.4 gpm
Implement hydraulics22.4 L/min
5.9 gpm
Hitch typeCategory 1
Lift capacity, 24-in. behind link arms944 kg
2081.2 lb
Standard transmission; forward/reverse8F/8R synchromesh shuttle shift gear transmission
Cruise controlNo
Approximate shipping weight (open-station; cab)Open operator station (OOS): 1288 kg
2840 lb
Cab: Not applicable
Wheelbase1574 mm
62 in.


Engine model3TNV86CT-KJPT
Engine power (gross)SAE J1995 rated power: 31 kW
41.6 hp
42.2 PS at 2800 rpm
Power take-off (PTO) power27.1 kW
36.3 hp
Rated engine speed2800 rpm
Injection pump typeHigh pressure common rail direct injection
Emissions complianceFinal Tier 4
Cylinders/displacement3 / 1.57 L
3 / 95.8 cu in.
Number of cylindersThree
Cylinder linersCast-in-block
Bore and stroke86 x 90 mm
3.39 x 3.54 in.
Compression ratio19.1:1
Cooling systemLiquid
Air cleanerDual element
Engine torque at rated speed105.7 Nm
78 lb-ft
Fuel tank capacity36.7 L
9.7 U.S. gal.


Battery size600 CCA
Alternator (12-V)55 amp
Starter size1.4 kW
1.9 hp

Fuel system

TypeHigh pressure common rail direct injection
Fuel consumption


Standard transmission; forward/reverse8F/8R synchromesh shuttle shift gear transmission
Optional transmission; forward/reverse
Left-hand reverserYes
Transmission gear rangesFour gears and two ranges
Final driveSpur gear
BrakesWet disk
SteeringPower steering
Clutch, wet/dry
Clutch disk diameter wet clutch
Axle capacityFront
880 kg
1940 lb
1600 kg
3527 lb
Cruise controlNo
Differential lockYes
Drawbar maximum vertical load


TypeOpen center
Pump rated outputSteering
16.8 L/min
4.4 gpm
22.4 L/min
5.9 gpm
39.2 L/min
10.3 gpm
Pump typeSingle gear
Maximum operating pressure172 bar
2495 psi
Draft control sensingPosition control
Remote control valves availableUp to two (optional)

3-point hitch

TypeCategory 1
Lift capacity, 24-in. behind link arms944 kg
2081.2 lb

Power take-off (PTO)

StandardAt 2400 rpm: 540 rpm
Brake (for mid and rear PTO)Wet disk
Engagement method

Fluid capacities

Crankcase with filter4.5 L
4.8 qt
Transmission and hydraulic system33 L
34.8 qt

Final drive

TypeSpur gear
Differential lock

Operator station

Rollover protective structureType
Platform - flat/straddleStraddle
Gear shift location - console/floorRight-hand side


Air conditioning, temperature differential
Noise rating
Seat equipment


Wheelbase1574 mm
62 in.
Front axle clearanceMinimum: 331 mm
13 in.
Maximum: 353 mm
13.9 in.
Turning radius with brakes1.63 m
5.3 ft
Turning radius without brakes
Limited slip differential
Approximate shipping weight (open-station; cab)OOS: 1288 kg
2840 lb
Cab: Not applicable


FrontR1 Bar: 7-14
R3 Turf: 27x8.5-15
R4 Industrial: 25x8.5-14
RearR1 Bar: 11.2-24
R3 Turf: 41x14-20
R4 Industrial: 15-19.5
Front tread range
Rear tread spacing


Tilt steering wheelNo
12-V OutletNo

Additional information

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Location: Waynesboro, VA
Length of Ownership: 3months
Usage: Daily
Tough Do-it-All Compact Tractor

Excellent compact tractor. After 30 hours of operation, I am fully satisfied with this tractor. After 30 years of farming with a JD2020D, we have retired and downsized our 100 acre farm operations. Now a rental property. For our small retirement farmette, we needed a smaller tractor for home and rental property management: mowing stream buffer areas, roadside mowing, small horse pasture mowing, driveway maintenance, snow removal, weed spraying, and small horse barn manure handling. This tractor is just the ticket. I added a iMatch quick hitch, that has greatly improved mower hookup process. I added new quick hitch bushings for our old carryall used for a sprayer rig, and old scraper blade. Delighted with super tough traditional drivetrain. Ergonomics are spot on. Kudos to the design team. Build quality is excellent - well done Augusta manufacturing plant!

Gary L
Length of Ownership: 1month
let down

FINALLY received this tractor after 7 months. When I ordered it the papers stated that I would get $2,000 of for paying cash. Well, I did not. I wanted turf tires and it come with regular tires. I will never buy another John Deere. When you buy JD all you are buying is the name, and paying extra for that. I wish I would have looked into different brands before I bought this.

Location: Lowell, AR
Length of Ownership: 3months
Usage: Daily
Great Little Tractor (3043D)

I just bought 15 acres of land with some pasture, quite a few trees, and even some uncleared land. We have several good hills too. This thing has plenty of power. In the lower gears it will burn the tires off before it kills the engine. I don't know how many times I have accidentally left the parking brake on and took off without even knowing the parking brake was still engaged, OOPS! But that speaks to the power this thing has. Just be careful, I have been pulling logs more than once and when they get in a bind it can start to tilt your tractor. I haven't rolled it yet, but it would be easy for it to get away from you. It will freak you out a little when the back or front tires start to come off the ground in a significant way! This is definitely a no-frills machine. The higher-end tractors have some nice features but, to be honest, I don't think they are that big of a deal, at least for me. I don't have any attachments that need a 3rd function or rear remotes so not an issue there. No cruise control, but I prefer the gear drive since I can set my speed with the gears I don't need any sort of cruise control when brush hogging. I don't lose power to the PTO like a hydrostat does. If there is a repair, gear drives are traditionally MUCH cheaper and easier to work on. Using the clutch with the shuttle shift is seriously not a big deal to change directions. The seat could be better to absorb shock but just take it easy and that's not too big of a deal. There is no mid-mount pto, but this ain't a lawn tractor so not a big deal. Lots of people are concerned about the plastic hood and fenders. Well if I had metal I would already have some dents. The plastic holds up well and you don't have to paint it.


  • tough as nails

  • seat could have more suspension

Length of Ownership: 1week
Usage: Daily
Love it so far

Bought this tractor 4 days ago new in Arkansas and so far I love it. It is a John Deere , what is not to love.

Location: hessmer,LA
Length of Ownership: 6months
Usage: Monthly
Storng trac

This is a strong & rugged little tractor. I would give 5 stars but my biggest complaint is that it doesn’t have a live pto.


  • mechanical shift
  • easy to transport
  • good on fuel
  • turbo charge

  • independent pto
  • very rough

Location: oKLAHOMA
Length of Ownership: 3months
Usage: Daily
Tough little Tractor

This is my first new tractor and I did a lot of research before buying it. First of all I wanted power, I got that with the 3043D ! As a matter of fact in my first 50 hours i have worked it extremely hard and have yet to bogg it down. I have plans on getting some weights for it. I think that'll help get traction, The R4 tires don't get near enough of a bite. Its almost 600 pounds heavier than the hydrostat "E" models and with the horsepower its still a pulling machine! The cast iron casing was definitely a selling point for me. I didn't like the idea of a cast aluminum case on a tractor. Also I wanted a geared tractor , not a hydrostat. You lose way to much power to the PTO with a hydrostatic transmission. Call me old fashion but a tractor should be geared. My 3043D runs smooth, is comfortable to drive and so far appears to be a tough little machine. The things that could be improved on- , Make a cab for the "D" model! I'd like to have more lift power on the 300E loader and it's the only loader available for a "D" model. The 1600 on the 3 point is pretty decent and its a lot better than the aluminum case Hydro E models. Also you cant get a backhoe for it, The custom (better) grill guard don't fit it. I guess being a new model there is some things to work on. All in all i've been very happy with my 3043D . Would definitely buy it again!


  • cast iron powerful geared

  • more lift on the loader