John Deere 3043D
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  • 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.

  • 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.)
  • 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.

  • 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.

3-point hitch

Type Category 1
Lift capacity, 24-in. behind link arms 944 kg
2081.2 lb


5 Reviews
Jul 21, 2020

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.


  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Beginner
Dec 11, 2020

BouGht this to replace my JD 750


I now have 100 hours on it since I purchased it it has performed flawless I could not ask for a better compact tractor

  • From: Lake charles, louisiana
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Jun 12, 2020

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.


  • From: hessmer,LA
  • Usage Frequency: Monthly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 21, 2020

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!


  • From: oKLAHOMA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Aug 06, 2020

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.


  • From: Lowell, AR
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate