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John Deere 3010 Tractor Review & Specification

If you’ve already formed opinions about older tractors then I’ll want you to pause a bit and let’s go for a spin in this old, but stilleffective tractor known as John Deere 3010.This tractor may have been manufactured in the mid 20th century (1961-1963) but it is in fact a new generation series tractor. It was manufactured in a John Deere factory in Waterloo, Iowa l, USA.

One of the things I’m most excited about in the JD 3010 tractor is its variability. There are so many options and types to choose from. This makes it easier for you to get a 3010 tractor model that is tailored to your particular needs. These variables vary from engine types to agricultural or industrial models. All these we’ll see in more details further down this piece.

There’s so much to love about this tractor but don’t just take my word for it. As you’ll be seeing soon, the reason why even after more than half a century later it is still going strong.

John Deere 3010 Tractor Specifications

John Deere 3010 Tractor Specifications

General Specifications

ModelJohn Deere 3010
Length3,517 mm (138.5 in)
Width
Height
Wheel base2,280 mm (90.0 in)
Weight2,950 kg (6,503 lbs)
Fuel tank capacityGas/diesel: 110.0 liters (29.0 US gal.; 24.2 Imp. gal)
LP-gas: 94.6 liters (25.0 US gal, 20.8 Imp. gal)
Battery12V, 75 Ah one for Gas/LP and two for Diesel
Cabin typeOpen operator station

Engine

Engine modelJohn Deere
Engine typeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline
Cylinders4
Fuel typeDiesel
Displacement4.2 L, 4,162 cm2, (254.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke105.0 mm X 121.0 mm (4.13 in X 4.76 in)
Compression ratio16.5:1
Horsepower60.8 PS (44.7 KW; 59.9 HP)
StarterElectric
Oil capacity7.6 liters (8.0 US.qts, 6.7 Imp. qts)
Coolant capacity:15.2 L (16.0 US. qt, 13.4 Imp. qt.)
Intake valve clearance0.46 mm (0.018 in)
Exhaust valve clearance0.46 mm (0.018 in)

Engine

Engine modelJohn Deere
Engine typeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline
Cylinders4
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement3.3 L, 3,294 cm2, (201.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke102.0 mm X 102.0 mm (4.02 in X 4.02 in)
Compression ratio7.5:1
Horsepower56.4 PS (41.5 KW; 55.7 HP)
StarterElectric
Oil capacity7.6 liters (8.0 US.qts, 6.7 Imp. qts)
Coolant capacity:15.2 L (16.0 US. qt, 13.4 Imp. qt.)
Intake valve clearance0.38 mm (0.015 in)
Exhaust valve clearance0.70 mm (0.028 in)

Engine

Engine modelJohn Deere
Engine typeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline
Cylinders4
Fuel typeLPG
Displacement3.3 L, 3,294 cm2, (201.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke102.0 mm X 102.0 mm (4.02 in X 4.02 in)
Compression ratio9.0:1
Horsepower56.2 PS (41.3 KW; 55.4 HP)
StarterElectric
Oil capacity7.6 liters (8.0 US.qts, 6.7 Imp. qts)
Coolant capacity:15.2 L (16.0 US. qt, 13.4 Imp. qt.)
Intake valve clearance0.38 mm (0.015 in)
Exhaust valve clearance0.70 mm (0.028 in)

Tires

Front tiresAg: 9.00-18, 6.00-14, 6.50-16, 7.50-16, 7.50-18
Rear tiresAg: 16.9-24, 13.6-28, 13.6-30, 18.4-30, 12.4-36, 13.9-36

Transmission and chassis

Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typePower
BrakesDifferential hydraulic wet disc
Transmission modelJohn Deere Syncro-Range
Transmission typePartially synchronized with dry disc clutch
Gears8 forward and 3 reverse
SpeedForward: 23.3 kmh (14.5 mph) 
Reverse: 13.7 (8.5 mph)

Agricultural or Industrial Model?

John Deere 3010 comes in two distinct models for you to choose from. The agricultural and industrial models. These models comprise different attributes that fit more specific uses as their names suggest. Here are how they differ from each other:

Agricultural Model

This model is also called the farm model and is specifically made for small farm/garden needs. Typically covering your lawn, and farms of small sizes. The farm model is also smaller with better handling due to its size. This model also comes in LPG, diesel, and gasoline options. The agricultural 3010 model has four other variants. They are:

  1. Row crop
  2. Row crop utility
  3. Standard
  4. Orchard

Industrial Model

As the name implies, these tractors are made for the big work in industrial sites. They are heavy-duty tractors that can handle a lot of work on several acres of land without breakdown. As such, they are typically bigger, with a cast-iron frame to protect the tank. It comes in two engine options, the gasoline and diesel engines only.

Features of John Deere 3010 Tractor

This section of this article discusses the features of the JD 3010 tractor and how it can affect your use of the tractor.

John Deere 3010 Tractor

Physical Specifications

Because of the various variants available for the John Deere 3010 tractor, the physical specifications vary across models with the agricultural models typically more compact and less heavy than the industrial model.

The tractor is also sporting an open operator cabin. This offers the operator very little protection in the event of the tractor rolling over or even protection from the elements.

Engine

John Deere 3010 tractor comes with three different engine options all powered by different fuels and delivers varying results based on your needs. The engines fitted are all John Deere engines with slight variations.

  1. Gasoline Engine

Perhaps the most prominent difference between all the engine types is their fuel. This John Deere engine uses gasoline as its fuel. It is a four-stroke, liquid-cooled 4 cylinder engine with a displacement of 3.3 L and compression ratio of 7.5:1.

It has a whopping 55.7 Horsepower rating, an electric starter, an oil capacity of 7.6 L, and a coolant capacity of 15.2 L.

  1. LPG Engine

The next engine available for the John Deere 3010 tractor is an LPG fuelled engine with a slightly lower horsepower rating of 55.4. it is also a 4 cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine.

The compression ratio is 9.0:1, displacement same as the gasoline engine at 3.3 L, and the oil capacity and coolant capacity are the same as the gasoline-powered engine.

  1. Diesel Engine

The third engine option uses diesel fuel and has almost the same attributes as the other two engine types. Its displacement is different at 4.2 L, it also has a higher bore and stroke at 4.13 in. × 4.76 in.

Transmission and Chassis

For utmost transmission of power to the tires and control, the tractor needs to be fitted with good transmission features. John Deere 3010 tractor sports a power steering for better control and handling. The transmission model is a John Deere Synchro-Range model while the transmission type is particularly synchronized with a dry disc clutch.

The maximum forward speed it can attain is 23.3 km h and the maximum reverse speed is 13.7 km h. There are eight forward and 3 reverse gears fitted to this tractor with differential hydraulic wet disc brakes.

Pros and Cons of John Deere 3010 Tractor

Are you still havingtrouble making a decision? Wereall the technical jargons and figures a little too confusing? Don’t worry, you’ll find that this section is in plain terms which will make your decision easier.

Pros

  • Enormous horsepower: with all its engine having a horsepower of over 55, this tractor packs it well. It can do a lot for you and without breakdown or heating up
  • Reliable: if nothing else shows its reliability, its relevance after over 50 years should. It has been serving and still serving its users
  • Large fuel tanks: with fuel tanks of over 100 liters, this tractor will carry a lot of fuel at once and will allow you to continue working for long

Cons

  • Open Cabin: offers little protection against the elements and accidents
  • Difficult to find parts: this doesn’t come as a surprise though considering the age of the tractor

Price

In the last year of its release, it was sold for $4,700. Today, it sells for around $1,500 which tells you its quality even after such a long time.

Verdict

If the age of this tractor is not a problem and you can get a 3010 tractor requiring little or no parts change at first, this can be a great tractor for you. Its enormous power should handle whatever you throw at it.

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