John Deere 3038E
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  • Powerful, diesel engine delivers plenty of power under heavy loads
    3E Tractor engine 3E Tractor engine


    The 1.642-L (100.2 cu in.) displacement, liquid-cooled 3TNV88F-EPJT1 Yanmar® diesel engine provides 18. kW (24.4 hp) to the 3025E.



    Number of


    Rated rpm

    Gross engine hp*

    Gross engine ps*

    PTO hp



    1.642 L (100.2 cu in.)


    18.2 kW (24.4 hp)


    13 kW (17.4 hp)

    *Engine kW (hp), gross SAE J1995: 18.2 (24.4) at 2400 rpm, PS
    Displacement, L (cu in.): 1.642 (100.2)




    The 1.642-L (100.2 cu in.) displacement, liquid-cooled 3TNV88C-NJT Yanmar diesel engine provides 22.9 kW (30.7 hp) to the 3032E.



    Number of


    Rated rpm

    Gross engine hp*

    Gross engine ps*

    PTO hp



    1.642 L (100.2 cu in.)


    22.9 kW (30.7 hp)


    18.6 kW (25 hp)

    *Engine kW (hp), gross SAE J1995: 22.9 (30.7) at 2500 rpm, PS
    Displacement, L (cu in): 1.642 (100.2)



    The 1.568-L (95.68 cu in.) displacement, turbocharged, liquid-cooled 3TNV86T-NJT Yanmar diesel engine provides 27.4 kW (36.7 hp) to the 3038E.



    Number of


    Rated rpm

    Gross engine hp*

    Gross engine ps*

    PTO hp



    1.568 L (95.68 cu in.)


    27.4 kW (36.7 hp)


    22.4 kW (30 hp)

    *Engine kW (hp), gross SAE J1995: 27.4 (36.7) at 2500 rpm, PS
    Displacement, L (cu in.): 1.568 (95.68)

    The engine uses the latest technologies to optimize fuel economy, improve control and accuracy, and reduce environmental impact. The common rail system (CRS) optimizes fuel economy and reduces operating costs comparted to engines not using CRS technology. High-pressure injection atomizes fuel into finer particles which burn more completely. It results in improved fuel economy and a lower cost of operation.


    The electronic control unit (ECU) provides optimum fuel control and accuracy. ECU monitors and controls the engine. It continuously monitors engine conditions and adjusts the fuel delivery accordingly to ensure optimum performance and emissions.


    The engine comes with an after-treatment system. The system operates automatically. The exhaust filter consists of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) which captures particulate matter (PM) contained in the exhaust gas. Using a natural cleaning process, most of the PM trapped in the exhaust filter is eliminated by the heat of the exhaust stream generated by normal use. In situations of low temperature, engine speed, or load factor, an active cleaning cycle is initiated. In this cleaning cycle, the exhaust gas temperature is raised by injecting additional fuel during the exhaust stroke of normal vehicle operation to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC).


    After many hours of use, the exhaust filter may require an ash removal service.

    DPF cleaning

    Depending on the load that the tractor is under, as well as ambient temperature, humidity, and engine speed, the DPF may build up with particulate matter, thus requiring cleaning. Filter cleaning is determined by one of three factors:

    • A prescribed time-based estimation of needed filter cleaning
    • DOC/DPF pressure sensors
    • A particulate matter buildup estimation based on load conditions


    Once one of the three conditions has been met, filter cleaning will occur.


    There are three different types of filter cleaning processes:

    • Passive filter cleaning
    • Active filter cleaning
    • Parked filter cleaning

    Passive filter cleaning

    Passive filter cleaning occurs naturally when the engine is generating enough heat to oxidize particulate matter. This automatic process occurs continuously during normal operating conditions. No tractor icons or symbols appear on the display during passive filter cleaning.


    NOTE:  Passive filter cleaning requires no operator involvement, and there is no interruption to tractor operation.

    Active filter cleaning

    If conditions (temperature, load, or speed) for passive filter cleaning cannot be achieved, then PM is removed using active filter cleaner.


    To achieve the required conditions, exhaust temperature management (ETM) manages the initiation and duration of active filter cleaning. ETM can adjust numerous engine parameters and/or inject a small quantity of fuel into the exhaust stream for a short duration. The fuel turns to vapor and chemically reacts with the catalysts in the DOC to create heat to oxidize the PM.


    It is important to note that at no time is the fuel in the DOC/DPF ignited, and there is no flame within the DOC/DPF.


    Like passive filter cleaning, active filter cleaning requires no operator involvement, and there is no interruption to tractor operation.

    Parked filter cleaning

    In some instances where passive and active filter cleaning have not fully cleaned the PM from the system, a parked filter cleaning may need to take place. In general, the only time a parked filter cleaning will need to occur is when automatic filter cleaning has been disabled for an extended period of time and multiple warnings to engage filter cleaning were ignored or if the tractor has been used during light load conditions. Additionally, when the automatic filter cleaning process has been deliberately interrupted multiple times, or if active filter cleaning has failed numerous times due to a failed component, a parked filter cleaning may be requested. In these rare instances the operator will have to park the tractor and start the filter cleaning process.


    The parked filter cleaning process needs to be activated based on usage and operation of the tractor. The process will take approximately 30 minutes.  See the operator's manual for more details.


    This system constantly monitors the soot level of the tractor; making sure the tractor is always in peak performance condition.  This ensures high performance at all times.


    NOTE: Number of hours since last regeneration and soot level percentage are viewable on LCD display.

    Key features of the engine are:
    • Economical cast-in-block cylinder design for good cooling and long life
    • Direct fuel injection
      • Improves starting
      • Injects fuel directly on top of pistons for more efficient combustion
      • Develops more horsepower per liter (gallon) of fuel than indirect injection engines
    • Aluminum alloy pistons are lightweight to reduce connecting rod bearing loads and provide good heat transfer characteristics
      • Design permits tighter tolerances and neutralizes expansion of the piston, which reduces blow-by and noise from piston slap
      • Top rings are higher on the piston and a thinner head gasket is used to greatly reduce the volume of unburned waste gases and increase combustion efficiency
    • Timing gears and injector drive gears have a helical profile to reduce engine noise
    • Auto-bleed fuel system
      • There is no need to prime the system if the tractor runs out of fuel
      • The system will self-prime the injection pump, lines, and injectors, providing fast fuel recovery for easier starting
    • High-capacity lubrication system provides filtered oil, under pressure, to all engine bearings for long life 
    • Key start and shutoff eliminate fuel shutoff knob
      • Electric solenoid shuts the fuel supply off immediately when key is turned off, which replaces the need to pull a fuel shutoff lever like many older tractors
    • Fuel filter with replaceable element
    • Water separator with additional replaceable filter element
    • See-through coolant recovery tank permits operator to check coolant level without removing radiator cap
    Dry-type air cleaner Dry-type air cleaner
    • Dry-type air cleaner with safety element
      • Dual element design for added engine protection
      • Easy to service
    • Hood can be easily opened without tools for full access to the engine
    • Easy access to engine check and fill points on the right-hand side of the tractor by removing the side panels.


    Yanmar is a trademark of Yanmar Company Limited.

  • Optional two-spool rear selective control valve (SCV) for superior implement performance
    Rear hydraulic remote kit Rear hydraulic remote kit

    3E 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.


     NOTE: Not compatible with the power beyond kit.


    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 3E 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.

  • Clean and simple operator station is comfortable and convenient
    Clean and simple operator's station (shown with optional selective control valve [SCV] levers) Clean and simple operator's station (shown with optional selective control valve [SCV] levers)

    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.

    • The hydrostatic transmission (HST) and brake pedals are designed and located for maximum comfort and ease of use.
    • 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 and 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 tractor is 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.
    Thick, padded seat Thick, padded 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, etc.)
    • Filter cleaning status indicator light
    Fuel gauge
    Fuel gauge Fuel gauge

    All 3E 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.


    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
    • Automotive hand-style park brake for easy on/off.
    • Instrument panel has an indicator light for the park brake.
    Two-post Roll-Gard ROPS
    Roll-Gard ROPS Roll-Gard ROPS

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

    • With the Roll-Gard ROPS folded down, producers can easily to get their tractor into a garage with a standard 2.1-m (7-ft) garage  door.


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


    An optional canopy (LVB25334) is available to help protect the operator from the elements.

  • Easy-to-use hydrostatic transmission (HST) increases tractor performance

    The 3E Tractors are available with a two-range hydrostatic transmission (HST) incorporated in a die-cast aluminum transmission case. Fluid under pressure transmits engine power to the drive wheels via a closed-loop pump and motor arrangement. Infinite ground speeds allow the operator to match the speed of the tractor to the job.

    • No clutching for fast and easy direction changes
    • Twin Touch™ foot pedals for quick and easy forward/reverse operation
    • Transmission oil cooler cools transmission oil for longer transmission life

    Safety features of the HST include:

    • The tractor will only start with the range lever in neutral
    • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat unless the range lever is in neutral
    • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat and the power take-off (PTO) is engaged
    Twin Touch foot controls
    Twin Touch foot controls Twin Touch foot controls

    Key John Deere advantage - John Deere's Twin Touch foot controls offer several key advantages over competitive HST models tractors.

    • Some competitive hydrostatic tractors use a treadle pedal (toe-heel) design foot control for operation of the HST
      • Requires the operator to use both toe and heel to change direction, resulting in increased operator fatigue
      • The Twin Touch configuration also makes it easier to "inch" the tractor forward or rearward (i.e., when attaching to implements)
    Optional cruise control
    Optional cruise control Optional cruise control

    The 3E Series Tractors can be outfitted with an optional cruise control switch that is installed on the right-hand control console. This gives operators the ability to keep a constant speed when in transportation, field mowing, or other applications where extended use of the transmission is needed. This kit is very quick and easy to install for those who desire this feature.

    Integrated hydrostatic pump and motor
    • Sauer-Danfoss® company provides the integrated pump and motor; this assures that the components are matched to each other, providing maximum efficiency
    • Reduces powertrain shock loads
    • Provides strength and durability needed for operating such attachments as loaders
    • One reservoir (with one check point and fill point) for the transmission, differential, and hydraulic system speeds up daily maintenance
    • Mechanically actuated by Twin Touch foot pedals allow selecting both directions of travel and speed with the touch of a toe
    Transmission reservoir fluid checkpoint
    Transmission reservoir fluid checkpoint (A) Transmission reservoir fluid checkpoint (A)
    • Easy-to-reach transmission fluid dipstick allows for frequent checks of the transmission fluid level.
    Transmission fill point
    Transmission fill point Transmission fill point
    • Easy-to-reach transmission fill point (A) is located on top of rear axles on the right-hand side.
    Integrated brake and differential lock pedal
    Integrated brake and differential lock pedal Integrated brake and differential lock pedal
    • Foot-actuated differential lock is integrated into the brake pedal to simplify operator controls; the differential lock is included as base equipment to assist traction in tough spots.
    • Press the brake pedal down half way to engage the differential lock that locks the rear axle for improved traction in tough spots.


    Sauer-Danfoss is a trademark of Sauer-Danfoss Incorporated.

  • 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.
    • Four quarter turn fasteners allow operators to easily remove the engine side panels without tools to access the engine compartment.
    Quarter turn fastener to remove engine side panels Quarter turn fastener to remove engine side panels
    • 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 at rear of tractor Fuel tank at rear of tractor
    • Gas-lift hood support eliminates the need for a mechanical prop rod.
    Gas-lift hood requires no prop rod to service engine Gas-lift hood requires no prop rod to service engine
    • 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.
    Removable side panels (previous model shown) Removable side panels (previous model shown)

    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 in order 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 bushings
      • 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.)

3-point hitch

Type Category 1
Lift capacity, 24-in. behind link arms 615 kg
1356 lb


48 Reviews
Apr 07, 2015



Was the best thing I have purchased. I compared it to the competition and it was the best value I could find. A back up light is needed in my opinion. Loader works great have moved a lot of rocks that would still be sitting there because I could not have moved them with out it. Use it to disc a couple acres and it works great.


  • From: Waupaca, WI 54981, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate
Jan 29, 2017

For size and price, hard to beat


I’ve had my 3030e since August 2013 and just rolled over 500 hours. It’s a good time to take stock. Main uses: blading a half mile of mostly steep gravel road (snow in winter, gravel otherwise); spreading about 100 tons of rock (2”) on hard-to-access wagon roads with the loader; yanking out smaller stumps with a subsoiler; disking garden areas and fields I’ve cleared for sowing grass or cover crops; hauling tons and tons of firewood up steep wooded hillsides ( 5’ x 10’ trailer); mowing in summer (60” bush hog); tilling garden plots (60” tiller); moving rock and/or firewood with front loader; moving utility poles (and a few tree-length logs) with tongs or log chain attached to a boom that mounts on the 3 point. I haven’t had it to the shop for anything or required any repair. I’ve changed oil well ahead of schedule. At 400 hours I did all the required service (engine oil and filter, fuel filters, air filter, hydraulic oil and filters). It runs cool (i.e., doesn’t overheat) in hot weather. It has started in the coldest weather we’ve had (-7 a couple years back). It’s in an unheated garage. With a lot of steep ground and a dangerous road when icy, tire chains all around are non-negotiable. Front is no problem (I keep them on year-round). Rear: well, despite dealer and factory claims, rear chains would not clear the 3 pt. linkage. And there was no way I was going to start down that hill on ice without rear chains. Solution: 2 ½ inch wheel spacers. I bought them from a company out in Nevada. Now I can run rear chains with no clearance problems. The added width doesn’t hurt stability on hillsides, either. I can’t imagine that engine powering out; when under load it just hunkers down and pulls harder. A larger tractor would be nice. But I can get in and out of places with this one that my neighbor’s 100 horse can’t. Plus my 3038e has a lot lighter footprint and with R-4 tires doesn’t tear up ground so bad when off road.


  • From: Jefferson County, MO, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Dec 20, 2012

cheap tactor bottom of the barrel.


the tractor is so cheap i wish i would have bought the next quality up. it is made so cheap it wont accept a backhoe (Aluminum rear axle housing).


  • From: Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 03, 2019

Great Tractor


I've had this tractor going on 4 years. Honestly, I'm shocked at some of the things my 3038 can do! I own about 10 acres of land - this tractor does the job to keep my place looking great. I've used it for everything; Graded the plot for my house, dug up roots and stumps, landscaping, bush hog - you name it, I've done it. I've only had 1 issue with the tractor that required JD to figure out, and turns out it wasn't something JD couldn't control (mouse ate a wire). Overall, I've been impressed! Just a note for new buyers - I wish I would've bought mine with rear remotes and set up for a grapple. Spend the money now, even if you think you don't need it. I was one of those (save the money) guys - currently doing research to add hydraulic top links / tilt and a grapple to mine (costly). I've run into countless situations where I wish I had both, even though I thought I never would when I bought the tractor.


  • From: Toccoa, GA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate
May 27, 2013

Mostly happy, just three minor complaints


Bought my 3038e two years ago, and have been very happy with the choice. I have only three minor complaints thus far. As others have mentioned, the front axle seals are an issue. Had to have one replaced after one year. Fortunately it was still under warranty. As someone else mentioned, the RPM gauge doesn't work until the tractor has been running for a while. Not a huge deal, as I can pretty much guess RPM by the sound of it, but it's still annoying. Also, the fuel cap/fuel gauge design collects water and isn't ideal for viewing fuel levels. There have been times where wished I bought one model size larger, but that's not the tractor's fault. So aside from three minor issues, no complaints at all.


  • From: Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Intermediate