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3038E

Compact Utility Tractor
3-series-compact-tractors

  • Standard four-wheel drive(4WD) for maximum traction
  • Hydro transmission with Twin Touch™ pedals for ease of use
  • Category 1 3-pt hitch compatible with dozens of implements
$ 27,625.00 MSRP
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Features

Specifications


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Key Specs 3038e
Current Model
Engine power (gross)SAE J1995 rated power: 27.4 kW
36.7 hp
37.2 PS at 2500 rpm
Power take-off (PTO) power22.4 kW
30 hp
Steering hydraulics15 L/min
4 gpm
Implement hydraulics20.2 L/min
5.3 gpm
Hitch typeCategory 1
Lift capacity, 24-in. behind link arms615 kg
1356 lb
Standard transmission; forward/reverseHydrostatic transmission (HST)
Cruise controlOptional
Approximate shipping weight (open-station; cab)Open operator station (OOS): 1210 kg
2668 lb
Cab: Not applicable
Wheelbase1593 mm
62.7 in.
Engine
FamilyFYDXL1.57TDA
EYDXL1.57TDA
GYDXL1.57TDA
ManufacturerYanmar
Engine model3TNV86CT-NJT2
Engine power (gross)SAE J1995 rated power: 27.4 kW
36.7 hp
37.2 PS at 2500 rpm
Power take-off (PTO) power22.4 kW
30 hp
Rated engine speed2500 rpm
TypeDiesel
Injection pump typeHigh pressure common rail direct injection
AspirationTurbocharged
Emissions complianceFinal Tier 4
Cylinders/displacement3 / 1.57 L
3 / 95.7 cu in.
Number of cylindersThree
Cylinder linersCast-in-block
Bore and stroke86 x 90 m
3.4 x 3.54 in.
Compression ratio19.1:1
LubricationPressurized
Cooling systemWater Pump
Air cleanerDual element
Engine torque at rated speed104.7 Nm
77.2 lb-ft
Fuel tank capacity28.5 L
7.5 gal.
Electrical
Battery size500 CCA
Alternator (12-V)55 amp
Starter size1.4 kW
1.9 hp
Fuel system
TypeHigh pressure common rail direct injection
Fuel consumption
Transmission
Standard transmission; forward/reverseHydrostatic transmission (HST)
Optional transmission; forward/reverse
Left-hand reverserNo
Transmission gear ranges
Final driveSpur gear
BrakesWet disk
SteeringPower steering
Clutch, wet/dry
Clutch disk diameter wet clutch
Axle capacityFront
880 kg
1940 lb
Rear
1200 kg
2645 lb
CreeperNo
Cruise controlOptional
Differential lockYes
Drawbar maximum vertical load
Hydraulics
TypeOpen center
Pump rated outputSteering
15 L/min
4 gpm
Implement
20.2 L/min
5.3 gpm
35.2 L/min
9.3 gpm
Pump typeDual 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 arms615 kg
1356 lb
Power take-off (PTO)
StandardRear - 540 rpm
Optional
ControlIndependent
ClutchWet disk
Brake (for mid and rear PTO)Wet disk
Engagement method
Fluid capacities
Crankcase with filter4.5 L
4.8 qt
Transmission and hydraulic system20.8 L
22 qt
Final drive
TypeSpur gear
Differential lockYes
Operator station
Rollover protective structureType
Foldable
Platform - flat/straddleStraddle
Gear shift location - console/floorLeft-hand side
Cab
Compliance
Visibility
Air conditioning, temperature differential
Doors
Noise rating
Seat equipment
Dimensions
Height
Wheelbase1593 mm
62.7 in.
Front axle clearanceMinimum: 299 mm
11.8 in.
Maximum: 333 mm
13.1 in.
Turning radius with brakes
Turning radius without brakes2.9 m
9.4 ft
Limited slip differential
Approximate shipping weight (open-station; cab)OOS: 1210 kg
2668 lb
Cab: Not applicable
Tires
FrontR1 Bar: 7-14
R3 Turf: 27x8.5-15
R4 Industrial: 25x8.5-14
R4 Industrial: 27x8.5-15
RearR1 Bar: 11.2-24
R3 Turf: 41x14-20
R4 Industrial: 15-19.5
R4 Industrial: 43x16-20
Front tread range
Rear tread spacing
Miscellaneous
Toolbox
Tilt steering wheel
12-V Outlet

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Accessories and Attachments

Ballast

Ballast box shown with extensionBallast box shown with extension

The ballast box can be used to carry additional ballast for greater tractor stability.


A 9-in. high extension can be added to ballast box for even greater capacity.


A bushing kit is required for the ballast box to be used with the iMatch™ Quick Hitch.

Ballast box with extensionBallast box with extension

The ballast box can be used to carry additional ballast for greater tractor stability.

 

A 23-cm (9-in.) high extension can be added to ballast box for even greater capacity.

 

The hitch utilizes a standard Category 1 configuration for connection to the tractor Category 1 hitch.

 

A bushing kit is required for the ballast box to be used with the iMatch™ Quick-Hitch.

 

The ballast box extension is only available through Parts; it is not a factory option.

Draft Link

Drawbar

Magnetic hitch pinMagnetic hitch pin

Fits John Deere lawn and garden tow behind attachments.

  • Strong magnetic grip
  • Rust resistant
  • Easy to install, secure fit
Ordering information

Customers, please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

Magnetic hitch pin

Order number: LP63768

Rear Drawbar Kit - BLV10918

Engine

Engine coolant heater kitEngine coolant heater kit

Attached to the engine cylinder block, the engine coolant heater plugs into a 120-V electrical outlet to warm the engine for fast cold-weather starts.

 

NOTE: It is recommended to install optional engine coolant heater, transmission oil heater, and battery heating pad (A22400P - ordered through A and I) if operating machine in temperatures below -18 ⁰C (0⁰F).

Radiator Clean Out Screen - BLV11022

Front Weights

Front-weight bracket-extension kitFront-weight bracket-extension kit

Allows the operator to hang up to 10 weights on the tractor and retain them securely. This kit helps maintain stability when using rear 3-point hitch implements and a loader is not installed on the tractor. Proper ballast is essential for safety and to ensure the durability of the tractor components.

Quik-Tatch Weight, 70 lb (32 kg) - LVU32113

Front Wheels And Tires

25 x 8.50 - 14 (6 PR, R4 Industrial, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - BLV10851

27x8.5-15 (6PR R4 Industrial 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - BLV10862

27x8.50-15 (6PR, R3 Turf, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - BLV10849

7-14 (6PR, R1 Bar, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - BLV10860

Hydraulics

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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.

 

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 the following:

  • 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.

 

Please note that 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. It is designed for momentary, on-demand hydraulic flow such as moving a cylinder.

The approximate installation time is 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

Power beyond linkagePower beyond linkage

The power beyond kit allows access to pressurized hydraulic oil at the rear of the tractor for operating attachments equipped with an open center control valve, such as a backhoe and log splitter.

Lighting

Rear work lightRear work light

This kit provides light to the rear of the tractor for evening work.

 

For open-station tractors only, this kit contains individual light.

 

Allow 30 minutes to install.

 

NOTE: Kit includes one rear light.

NOTE: Both the rear- and forward-work lights are compatible together and with the light-brush guard kits. The light kit contains a two-to-four pigtail that plugs into the main harness, as if only plugging one set of lights, providing two sets of plugs to use for forward and rear-work lights. The forward light is installed on top of the brush guard, and the rear light is installed inside the ROPS using the bolt holding the light and brush guard on.

NOTE: For 102E3 and 1026R Tractors – kit interference during backhoe operations (mounted inside ROPS) – use LVB25546 forward-light kit as an alternative.

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The forward-lighting kit provides extra visibility when working in dark conditions. Lights attach to the brush guards located on the rollover protective structure (ROPS). Each kit contains two lights.

 

NOTE: Requires BLV10400 warning light brush guard kit and LVB26026 light kit harness. Not compatible with LVB25547 rear work light kit (1023E).

 

NOTE: Requires BLV10400 warning light brush guard kit. Not compatible with LVB25547 rear work light kit (1025R, 2025R, 2032R, 2038R, 3025E, 3032E, 3038E, 4105, 4044M, 4052M, 4066M).

 

NOTE: Requires BLV10620 premium warning light brush guard kit. Not compatible with LVB25547 rear work light kit (3033R, 3039R, 3046R, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R).

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 Rollover protective structure (ROPS) mounted LED work lights

An optional LED work light kit is available for all open-station compact utility tractors. These lights provide extra visibility when working in dark conditions and have 180-degree rotation to face forward or backward. The kit contains two lights and the mounting hardware required for installation.

This lighting kit is mounted to the warning light brush guard kit, which is mounted to the ROPS and requires attachment BLV10400 for installation.
  
The halogen work light kit attachment is still available (LVB25546).

ROPS warning-light brush guards protect turn signal/warning lights from damage caused by low branches on trees.

Two guards are included in each kit and are for open-operator station (OOS) tractors only.

Shown on 4000 TEN Series TractorShown on 4000 TEN Series Tractor

ROPS warning-light brush guards protect turn signal/warning lights from damage caused by low branches on trees.

For open-station tractors only.

Two guards included in each kit.

Miscellaneous

Cruise Control Kit - BLV10898

Rear License Plate Kit (Includes Light) - BLV10924

Safety chain supportSafety chain support
  • Provides necessary tractor parts to accept implement safety chains
  • Attaches to tractor drawbar ahead of hitch pin
  • Order safety chain from implement section

Tractor Cover - LP95637

Open Operator's Station

CanopyCanopy

The canopy attaches to the rollover protective structure (ROPS) to protect the operator from inclement weather.

NOTE: Additional mounting brackets are required to adapt the canopy (LVB25334) to ROPS. See ordering information below.

Canopy mounting kitCanopy mounting kit

The canopy attaches to the rollover protective structure (ROPS) to protect the operator from inclement weather.

For open-station tractors only.

NOTE: Additional mounting brackets are required to adapt the canopy (LVB25334) to ROPS. See ordering information below.

Large seat coverLarge seat cover
  • Cushioned seat for extra comfort
  • Fabric coated for maximum water resistance and repellency
  • Elastic cord locks around safety sign on seat back
  • Elastic cord in bottom hem for a custom fit
  • Handy zippered storage case
Ordering information

Please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

Large seat cover
Order number: LP95233

Left Hand Mirror Kit - BLV11034

Right Hand Mirror Kit - BLV11035

UmbrellaUmbrella

Provides the operator the necessary shade and protection from the elements.

  • Attaches to the tractor's rollover protective structure (ROPS)
  • For open-station tractors only

Power Take-off (Pto)

Rear Wheel Weights

Attaching Hardware for Rear Wheel Weight - BM19951

Attaching Hardware for Starter Rear Wheel Weight, 60 lb for 16 in. and 19.5 in. Wheel - BM19938

Rear wheel weightRear wheel weight
  • Provide additional traction and stability
  • Starter and additional weight for 15-in. wheel, 16.5-in. wheel, 17.5-in. wheel, and 19.5-in. wheel
  • Up to three weights per wheel can be added

Rear Wheels And Tires

11.20-24 (6PR, R1 Bar, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - BLV10854

15-19.5 (6PR, R4 Industrial, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - BLV10852

41x14-20 (4PR, R3 Turf, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - BLV10850

43x16-20 (4PR, R4 Industrial, 2 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - BLV10988

Provide added traction in snowy and icy conditions.

Provide added traction in snowy and icy conditions.

Three-point Hitch

3-Point Hitch Tractor Receiver Hitch - LP25001

iMatch Quick Hitch Bushings - LVU12858

iMatch Quick-HitchiMatch Quick-Hitch
iMatch Quick-Hitch with 3-Point Hitch Disk HarrowiMatch Quick-Hitch with 3-Point Hitch Disk Harrow

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 designed to meet the ASAE 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: All implements (box blades, tillers, rear blades, landscape rakes, etc.) 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 of 0.76 in. to 0.77 in. (19 mm to 20 mm)
    • Outside diameter of 1.24 in. to 1.25 in. (31 mm to 32 mm)
  • Lower bushings
    • Inside diameter of 0.88 in. to 0.89 in. (22 mm to 23 mm)
    • Outside diameter of 1.43 in. to 1.44 in. (36 mm to 37 mm)
iMatch Quick-Hitch dimensions
iMatch dimensionsiMatch dimensions

 

Dimensions designated

Millimeters (minimum)

Millimeters (maximum)

'A' lower socket inside span

686.56

689.61

'B' lower socket width

27.94

29.46

'C' lower socket diameter

38.1

38.61

'D' upper hook vertical spacing 

375.41

377.96

iMatch Quick-Hitch implement geometry
iMatch implement dimensionsiMatch implement dimensions

 

Dimensions designated

Millimeters (minimum)

Millimeters (maximum)

'A' lower hitch pin or adapter outside diameter

36.33

36.58

'B' lower hitch pin inner shoulder spread

681.0

684.3

'C' lower hitch pin outer shoulder spread

750.83

753.88

'D' lower hitch pin inner/outer shoulder diameter 

50.55

63.75

'E' coupler mast pin diameter

31.50

31.75

'F' coupler mast pin vertical spacing

379.48

382.53

Transmission

Weights

Front-weight bracket-extension kitFront-weight bracket-extension kit

Allows the operator to hang up to 10 weights on the tractor and retain them securely. This kit helps maintain stability when using rear 3-point hitch implements and a loader is not installed on the tractor. Proper ballast is essential for safety and to ensure the durability of the tractor components.

Quik-Tatch Weight, 42 lb (19 kg) - UC13263

Reviews

4.15

48 reviews

Rating Snapshot

27
10
5
5
3
4.19
4.04
4.54

Great tractor/weak bucket

4/5

Love this tractor, maneuverable Volcano economical, only problem is the bucket could use about 50% more left power. Leaves you wanting for a better bucket & grapple capacity

Pros

Cons

Russell

From: Jay Florida

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

4
2
5

Great features

5/5

Great little tractor. Easy to operate. Drives great!

Pros

Cons

prhp

From: Adrian, O

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
2
5

SUCKS!!!

1/5

Bought new. Has 222 hrs. Been in shop 3 times. Front bucket leaks down continually. No power on lifting. Goes on and on. Very unhappy. Will never buy another Deere!!

Pros

Cons

BigJohn3

From: Alabama

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

1
2
5

Lift capacity isn’t there….

2/5

I purchased a 3038e tractor to use on are 10 acres, it’s has the power the mow, but I went and purchased a set of pallet forks for the unit it will not pick up much when using them, it should be an option for the 300e loader and 200e loader, it miss leading on the weight capacity…. If your doing any kind of farming with this tractor it’s limited, want pick up a round hay bale, sells men told me it would work fine for moving hay around,,,, this is a great lawnmower tractor that’s about it…..I when back to the dealer asking if I could return it for a bigger unit within a few days after I purchased this tractor, nope, should have a return if your purchasing another unit from them ,,,,

Pros

Cons

Cos thrnfnf

From: Lebanon TN

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

3
2
5

I use this machine for everything around my proper

5/5

I've owned this 3038E for almost 5 years now. I originally bought to plow snow since I have a great deal of driveway and roads on my property. We average over 16' of snow each season and I'm plowing every other day in winter. Snow gets piled as high as 8' around the perimeter easily with the front loader. The terrain is steep hills with almost no level ground, so 4X4 is mandatory and this machine is practically unstoppable. My driveway and roads are all gravel, so unfortunately, it gets removed with the snow. I then have to use both front loader and box blade to keep gravel spread and smooth. The only thing I wish the tractor had is a full cab as I get rather cold while working outside for 6-8 hours. This tractor has truly been a workhorse and lifesaver for me. It is extremely capable and problem free, and I couldn't manage my property without it.

Pros

Cons

alex the dog

From: Mancos, CO

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Super easy to operate!! My wife is comfortable on

5/5

Had a 3038E for 1 week and it is awesome! Performs task easily, highly recommended!

Pros

Cons

Coxfarming

From: East Tennessee

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
2
5

Gets the job done...

5/5

I waited a year to post a review of my new 3038e. I wanted to experience it in a full year long spectrum to give it a grade. I can't be more pleased with the choice I made buying it. It's not too big and it's not too small. I've yet to find a job that it won't do for me. I mostly mow, till, use the front loader for all sorts of chores, and move things with the forks. I have the ballast box and that helps tremendously when I don't have another implement on back and want to do some heavier lifting. The iMatch system makes hooking and unhooking implements a breeze. Maintaining it has been easy and have had zero breakdowns. I love my John Deere 3038e and highly recommend it.

Pros

Cons

Jeff S

From: Bay City, MI

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Overheats

2/5

I’ve had this tractor about 3 years, I’m a small hobby farm in Kentucky. Heres my experience. My top hole that the center link connects to broke off, the top left corner while drilling fence post. The dealer said warranty wouldn’t cover. Less than a year old!. Second issue it could barely lift a large hay roll after the salesman said it will. Third issue is it OVERHEATS. The radiator gets clogged so easy, even when clean won’t last a work day mid summer, dealer said there’s no fixing it. And I think the hydraulics need to be stronger. Be nice to be able to pull out fence posts

Pros

  • looks nice

Cons

  • to many to list

MILLSAP49

From: kentucky

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

2
2
5

Excellent Tractor

5/5

The JD 3038 2011,I owned was flawless and ran like no tomorrow for me !! This machine did everything I could ask and more, so much more ,to my amazement!!! I am going to purchase another in the next month or so! All I can say futher is for me it will always be, GO GREEN !!!!!!!!!!

Pros

  • excellent tractor

Cons

BOB61hm

From:

Length of Ownership:

Usage Frequency:

Level of Expertise:

1
2
5

big Time operator

5/5

I was handed down this sweet piece of machinery over a year ago, and oh boy! It’s a good time. I’ve operated larger JD equipment before, so I wasn’t a 100% sure on this cat when I got it, but after a few uses of mowing, tilling, grading my drive, and endless pushing of snow over the winter, this thing is most definitely a big time operator. 30hp at the pto is more then enough to get me in trouble doing things around log style home. The loader is definitely best and my most us option on the tractor. I’ve dug driveways, snow, hauled fire wood, dirt, and used it as a pool for my son. The forks are also a must have. They make life hay, moving small bails, and other heavy thing you wife expects you lift but you aren’t a giant power lifter or Arnold in his prime. I might also use the forks to make platform for bow target practice, I don’t think JD will endorse that, and that’s all at your own risk.If you got some acres and know need a small tractor, stop being chump and buy this. You’ll like it, I promise.

Pros

  • ease of use
  • 4wd
  • bucket
  • power
  • too many things i could go on and on

Cons

  • i have found any major ones yet

Kdog

From: Outside Washington, Kansas

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

Great Tractor

5/5

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.

Pros

Cons

Danny79

From: Toccoa, GA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

great little tractor for the price

5/5

no problems at all, has been a great little tractor. I use it for mowing mostly, I have a 7 ft finish mower on it and also have use a 6 ft brush hog and a 7 ft rototiller, no problems at all Only thing I don't like is there is no 4wd indicator. sometimes I forget its in 4wd.

Pros

Cons

pastor

From:

Length of Ownership:

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5
2
5

Great Tractor

5/5

I have owned this tractor for just over a month and cannot say enough good things about it. I have used every attachment on my 10 acres with ease, front loader, rotary cutter, box blade. The ease of use on this tractor is unbelievable. Within a few minutes after taking it off the trailer, I had the feel for every part. I also love the way that JD set everything up for maintenance. Everything is easy to get to and check and if something seems to be difficult, the side panels around the engine come off with no tools required. I have already put about 30 hours on the tractor. Only regret was not purchasing this tractor a year ago when I bought the property.

Pros

  • ease of use
  • sevicability
  • power

Cons

  • havent found one yet

Chris88

From: Oak Hill, FL, USA

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Excellent small farm do-all tractor

5/5

I have put more than 100 hours on this tractor so far. It has performed flawlessly while running the Frontier R2060 rough cutter, Bush hog 60" tiller, and a Howse 5' angle frame disc. The bucket has taken all the abuse I could throw at it too clearing out rocks and digging up stumps from old trees near the house. Next up this winter I will be setting hundreds of new fence posts while I replace or build new nearly 4,000 feet of field fence. It worked all day at our church fall festival pulling the hay ride this year. I have no doubt this tractor will handle the auger with ease. It's an excellent tractor for just about anything you can throw at it on a small farm.

Pros

Cons

SuperD1125

From: High Springs, FL, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Great all around tractor

5/5

Over my years of aquaculture we used many John Deere tractors both large and small, ranging in horsepower from 40 to 140 horse. Now retired and with small acreage (ten) this tractor has plenty of horse power to do most anything I ask of it. The front end loader only expanded it's many duties around our home. We have owned this tractor and loader now for about six months and as with all the other John Deere products I have owned over the years this one is without a flaw. My local dealer always has any service related parts in stock and always has answers for any questions with any of my other John Deere equipment or attachments for this tractor. We use this tractor to do anything from moving gravel and stone for the drive. We also use this tractor with a rear mounted three point hitch drag blade to keep our driveway in tip top shape. A six foot three point hitch mounted tiller is no problem for this tractor with plenty of power to spare. I should know as I tilled our whole front yard which is well over an acre with no problems. It does everything and anything I ask of it of course within reason of it's size and horsepower. The four wheel drive makes all chores easy even in moist to wet conditions. As always there is no better or no equal to my John Deere equipment. Even my wife enjoys using this tractor and before this she had never operated a tractor.

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Cons

Stephen307

From: Linden, Alabama

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

The 3038E is a Great tractor at a great price!!!

5/5

Bought the tractor a couple of months ago. So far only 25 hrs but it has been awesome. The little turbocharged engine will not bog down I use a 6 foot finish mower 6 foot box blade and 5 foot tiller Wish I could afford the 7 foot tiller and mower because this tractor has plenty power to spare!!!! The loader is good but not too strong. It does a great job but it's just not stout like a commercial machine but with a little hunching and persuasion it will load a heaping bucket and lift it Now for the bad the differential lock is engaged with the same foot pedal as the rear brakes. I despise this. You have to find the "sweet spot "to keep from engaging the brakes too. John Deere should have NEVER done this. I hate it. With that said everything else about this tractor is awesome. My first green machine and it won't be my last!!! Can't wait till I can afford to have my woodsmaxx 9 foot backhoe delivered

Pros

  • horsepower to spare
  • tight turning radius

Cons

  • i hate the diff lock is on rear brake pedal

Ernest

From: Steele, KY 41566, USA

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

6 years old and only 390 hrs . weekend hrs

4/5

I'm not a farmer but we do have a pc of Bama to escape to. At 200 hrs the 3 pt hitch froze up and had to be lubricated....It would not let you have full range of motion...Which brings me to last week...390 hrs. noticed front seal leaking on left side. I'm calling deere today to get advise.....hope its not too $$ . After reading other reviews maybe we... she turned the wheel too much in 4wd with loader full?

Pros

Cons

bigjim20

From: Samson, AL 36477, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

For size and price, hard to beat

5/5

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.

Pros

  • hydrostatic tranny
  • easy on fuel
  • tight turning radius

Cons

  • one coolant drain plug hard to access
  • rops can't be lowered
  • noisy; earplugs a must

Bob847

From: Jefferson County, MO, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

A little dissapointed

3/5

I have a 3038e that I have had for 1.5 years and overall it is ok. It has been in the shop 3 times other than scheduled maintenance and it seems to take 3-4 weeks each repair. The first repair was the lift arm broke completely off, the second was both back wheels needed to be replaced (one fell off), and here recently, the lift arms again while mowing. I am not here to bash JD, because overall it is easy to use and has good power for its size. What I would like to say, is if you have any doubt about the size and quality of this tractor, I recommend moving up to the utility series tractor. This one is a bit light and has some cheap features (gas gauge/tool box). Mine should be repaired by this Friday, but I have a feeling I am going to come home with a different (larger) one.

Pros

  • powerful
  • easy to use

Cons

  • light weight
  • cheap features
  • slow service

Blake

From: Edgewood, TX 75117, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

3
2
5

Great Tractor for the money!

4/5

I purchased this tractor back in August of 2010 and have had only one major issue with the machine. The front Hub seals went south on me twice. I checked the front axle oil and removed the dip stick plug and it almost popped off under psi every time during the summer months after putting a few hours on the tractor. Three years ago I made my own dip stick cap and vented it with a small hole, this alleviated the seal leaking again. I have had this home made vented cap now for three years and my front hubs don't pressurize anymore, the weak link in the front hub when under PSI is the seals. I now have approx 500 hours on this machine and so far it has been flawless after this additional plug I made to the front axle. The tractor has been very impressive other than this one issue for me. I did wear out my cutting edge on my 305 Loader so I replaced the cutting edge with a double sided new cutting edge through John Deere, the 305 loader has to be drilled out to take the new cutting edge but it was well worth the addition. Saved me from having to buy a new Loader. Real happy with this tractor!!

Pros

  • horsepower
  • easy using capabilities
  • cost

Cons

  • front hub axle seals

Ken103

From: Scarborough, ME, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Solid

5/5

Just went through "Snowzilla" in Virginia. Snowblower wouldn't start and run reliably. Generator - one worked, the other one didn't. But 18 degrees, 35 MPH winds, 32 inches of snow, and the Deere started up every time, worked many hours with the FEL and a rear snow blade, bottom line, when I needed it, it ran flawlessly. That's true value. I own three Deere tractors, 7220, 5100M, and my little 3038E for my house, and wouldn't buy another tractor brand for anything.

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Cons

TimB

From: Virginia, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Was good for the first 150 hours????

3/5

Will as advised by dealer to service at 100 hours. I did complete service and filters(oil, Hydraulics). Runs great and transmission good for Hydrostatic. The 3 point lift failed 3 days out of the 2 year warranty. The dealer wouldn't help or look at, they gave me advise to change hydraulic fluid and filters. I did all this and still no 3 point lift. I've have found numerous people online with same problem which was complete replacement of pump. This why I gave low Quality and no recommend.

Pros

Cons

HVACMAN

From: Troy, TX, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

2
2
5

More than I expected.

5/5

I bought this tractor to help with cutting firewood and doing landscaping around my property. My land is hilly and the tractor has amazed me with it's power and performance. I carved roads into the woods with no problems. I haul a trailer and loader full of wood out up hills with the tractor wanting more. It is just the right size for tight areas. I had the dealer add rear Hydros to make this tractor be able to run a front grapple and a rear log splitter. I get a lot more done than I ever thought possble. No issues in my first year. Put at least 600 lbs on the 3 point for max traction and lifting.

Pros

  • power to spare
  • easy to get on and off

Cons

BadgerDan

From: Wisconsin, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Good tractor at a Great price

4/5

I've waited until I had 100 hours to write a review.. Its been completely problem free.. After having 3 different Kubota's over the last 20 years I decided to try green and I've been very happy with the power, performance, lifting capacity and handling of this tractor.. It would be nice if they came out with a option to switch the loader to a skid steer style quick hitch though.. Its a good by

Pros

  • great value

Cons

  • needs skid steer bucket attachment

SLAFD

From: St Louis, MI, USA

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

Reduced Lifting power

3/5

after having this tractor for 8 months, Im very unhappy on its lifting capacities on the front loader.

Pros

  • engine runs smooth
  • very easy to steer

Cons

  • front loader doesn't lift very much

Rodney1955

From: Lafayette Oregon

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

3
2
5

LOVE IT

5/5

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.

Pros

Cons

  • wish i would have added rear hydrolics

GregWI

From: Waupaca, WI 54981, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

3038E Review- 4 stars!

4/5

I've had my 3038E for 3 years now and am quite happy with it. It is a quality JD product, and you're getting good value for the money. I've put over 600 hours on my tractor and have used it extensively for loader work, brush mower work, manure spreading and back blade work. I've used the loader on plain dirt and have used it to move blast rock and other heavy loads. Custom features since I purchased was: welding chain hooks on the bucket, adding a back up light, installing a block heater. The only truouble I've had was when a part in the hydraulic pedal failed, and JD replaced at no cost. The dash developed a leak and allowed moisture in after about 400 hours and this made the tach stop working. I had to pay for that to be fixed at $600. Other than those two issues, which really are minor in the grand scheme of things I've had no other issues. The tractor is a hard-working tough machine that is more capable than you'd think. The four wheel drive feature is excellent, and where I live with all the mud etc, the tractor has never gotten stuck. I wish it came with some of the features I've installed, however it was quite easy to add the backup light as the wiring is already there behind the seat to add a light and already pre-wired at the factory to the existing light switch. Adding a back up light cost me $20. The block heater is tricky to install but for $90, I was able to install this as well in under an hour. It improves the warming of the engine on cold days, reducing idling and saving on fuel and wear on the engine. Overall, I'd say I'm very happy and if you buy this tractor, you will be too.

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Cons

oldbuzzard

From: Ladysmith, BC, Canada

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Really well built and user friendly machine.

4/5

I purchased a 3038e in March of 2014 so far I have put about 100 hours on the machine. I have been very pleased with performance and durability. Front loader capacity is good, I can dig holes and move dirt and materials easily, three point is smooth and precise, 4WD pretty much makes this tractor go anywhere, twin pedals make loader work easy, and the PTO/Engine has plenty of power. Maintenance is easy and machine has performed flawless thus far. Good purchase for the price.

Pros

  • power
  • easy to use
  • durable

Cons

  • light weight
  • no mid pto option

MattinGA

From: Newnan, GA, USA

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Bucket keeps dumping

3/5

Bought this 3038E over a Kubota, but now I wish I had bought a Kubota. The bucket will become loose and you must continuely keep bumping the controller to keep it upright and from spilling what is in it. I have carried it back to the dealer while under warranty and John Deere says there is nothing wrong. I have owned several tractors in the past and this is the only one that has hydraulics that leak down while in operation. Overall the tractor is fine but this is very annoying and John Deere does not seem interested in trying to fix it. Their service in Montgomery, Alabama is very very poor.

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del52

From: montgomery, al

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

4
2
5

Tough Little Tractor

5/5

I am a retired power plant maintenance mechanic, I live on a sloping/rocky 2-acres in western NC Smoky Mountains area. I purchased my JD 3038E Nov 2012, it now has 275HRS. It’s been a work horse. I have mowed, tilled, dug ditches with loader and/or rear blade, excavated, dug up and/or moved rocks, pulled fallen trees / hauled firewood, cleared snow. My implements consist of the JD 305 loader, 72” fully hydraulic front and rear blade, 58” tiller, 5’ shredder. I included at purchase the additional 2-valve hydraulic controls, tow bar and the rear work light. I have put this little tractor to the test, running it to its max and at times beyond specs. I have not experienced any mechanical issues with my JD 3038E to this point, hope this continues. After reading some of the reviews I will pay close attention to those issues (thanks to all for the info). Due to the extremes I have operated this tractor I am going to complete the 400HR service at 300HRS. I do all my own maintenance and will do my own repairs if and when the need arises.

Pros

  • fuel usage is good
  • performs well

Cons

  • jd website lacks info
  • jd authorized sales centers lack knowledge
  • not made in usa

Pappa52

From: Waynesville, NC, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Still Going After Five Years

5/5

We have about 4 acres and bought our 3038E roughly 5 years ago. This is one tough little tractor! I use the loader more than the finishing mower we bought with it. Lately, I've been building a 56' x 36' house pad and have pushed or pulled about 40 dump-truck loads of clay soil and river sand. I haven't got stuck once and have had no trouble at all. I have even dug up grass-covered ground with the loader with no trouble. Keep it clean and greased and the engine maintained and you'll never have any problems with it. Be sure to put Armor-All on the seat periodically to keep it from cracking.

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Cons

Vikki

From: Buras-Triumph, LA, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Great Tractor

5/5

I've operated this specific tractor for 30 hours. Moved a lot of dirt with the loader, disced 2 acres, set two 1625 gallon tanks (empty), box-bladed, and generally have hauled and pulled stuff around. Most of the negative comments I see are not the tractor's fault. If you use the loader extensively without the proper rear ballast you will wear out the front seals. Don't be surprised. Stay within the limits of what the tractor was designed for and you will be pleasantly surprised. If you want to run it like a larger tractor then buy a larger tractor. Concerning not accepting a backhoe. Correct, it will not accept a backhoe and if you would have done your research you would have known this. This is an economy tractor, it will not have all the whistles and bells that a 33xx series tractor of the same class will have. Don't blame the tractor if you operate it outside the parameters of its specs. This tractor is a great value for the money. Hydrostat drive is easy to drive, FWD, one-piece ROPS #that fits in a garage without folding), good fuel usage, easy to use controls, lots of attachments available. Tank mounted fuel gauge is adequate for the job.

Pros

  • good value
  • dual pedal hydrostat drive
  • nimble - perfect manueverability on a small farm

Cons

  • wish it had a tool box

Troglodyte

From: Anton, TX

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Bought the tractor thinking it would be good quality.

1/5

I have 10 acres and do not need a heavy duty tractor, figured this tractor would do most of what I need, grading, moving dirt, hauling small loads. I have struggled with this tractor ever since I bought it, it is poor quality, I had problems with the loader dumping unless you keep pulling the handle, it won't hold the pressure and dumps on it's own if you aren't paying close attention to it. Bolts and nuts have fallen off of it, multiple times bolts would fall off and parts would be come detached. I've only used this for 40 hrs and left front knucle seal leaking and John Deere wants $400.00 to fix. Never will I buy a John Deere tractor after this one, it is underwhelming. John Deere shouldn't be proud of this tractor. Warranty ran out a year ago so I gotta foot the bill for all of the problems.

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Cons

MarkyMark

From: Oklahoma, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Monthly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

1
2
5

good tractor good price

5/5

have had the tractor for just over 4 months/105 hours and has not had any issues. would definently buy again.

Pros

  • fuel economy
  • price
  • power

Cons

  • a little light on the rear

cloud

From: derby kansas

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Good Value for the money

4/5

I bought this tractor for a 40+ acre cattle farm. It does really well, bush hogging, digging with loader, post holes etc. I too have a bucket that leaks forward, although I may have overloaded the hydraulics at one point. No issues with the RPM gauge or axle as some have said. It is a bit unstable on sloping ground, I have also had the rear wheels off the ground hauling round bales on the loader. I wish they made rear wheel weight for this model. Front to back and left to right the wheel base is small, thats good for tight spaces, bad for stability on slopes. Didn't think I'd need rear hydraulics, wish I had them on this model. Overall, great little tractor.

Pros

  • gets into tight areas trees gates etc.

Cons

  • unstable on slopes when loaded

Sawman1969

From: Buffalo, SC, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

excellent value for the money

5/5

Lots of power, bucket easy to use,best value, I did lots of comparison and felt that the 3038E was best buy

Pros

Cons

Gary42

From: Southeast Kansas

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

Easy to operate on level ground dangerous on slopes. Really like the hydrostatic transmission.

3/5

You have to remember this is an "economy tractor", and that you get what you pay for. Generally it works very well for what I use it for, grading driveway, plowing snow, plowing garden, brush hogging, however it has it's limits. I have had a rear wheel off the ground on three different occasions, and one was not on really steep ground. I live in WV, and don't have a lot of flat ground. The biggest issue I have had is that the loader bucket constantly goes forward no matter what you are doing. I have taken it back to the dealer, who said it was fixed, but when I got it home, it was the same as before. Every thirty seconds or so when you are using the loader bucket you have to keep tapping the control to keep the bucket from dumping whatever it is you are carrying. I lost a good 20' chain because of it.

Pros

  • easy to operate

Cons

  • loader bucket continually drops forward

Bert

From: WV

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

3
2
5

Awesome tractor

5/5

I have owned several older model Ford tractors. I decided to buy a JD 3038E. It is everything that I need: plenty of power, very easy to operate, spacious seating area, goes anywhere and does anything. I can't believe what a great machine I now have. My wife who has never driven a tractor was plowing the road. Amazingly simple to operate and safe to use. It's hard to believe such a compact machine can do so much. Great piece of equipment. Thanks JD!!!

Pros

  • powerful
  • easy to operate
  • goes anywhere

Cons

  • small fuel tank

TractorlDevil

From: Minnesota, USA

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

3038

5/5

I have a 7 acre property - horses, arena and rest grass. 3038 and 7 foot groomer is a great matched pair. Front end loader is a bit small and I hate the PTO drive attachment (difficult to use - quick hitch was supposed to help but doesn't mate with groomer or sprayer)

Pros

  • power at pto

Cons

dapTQ

From:

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Great Product for Our Applications

5/5

There is no doubt that our 3038E has more than paid for itself in the initial 200 engine hours. Not being a mechanic, the 3038E is very easy to maintain and well thought through for ease-of-use. Since most of our work is on hillsides, our 3038E has shown itself to be very stable especially operating with a box grader as a counter weight on slopes up to 28 degrees. Our typical workday includes a mix of bucket and fork lift (never realized how flexible the fork attachment would be on the 3038E) applications. The ability to very quickly and safely reconfigure makes working with the 3038E a joy. I recommend John Deere all the time!

Pros

Cons

Mike70

From: Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Monthly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
2
5

Mostly happy, just three minor complaints

4/5

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.

Pros

  • reasonable price
  • plenty of power for most jobs
  • no major mechanical issues

Cons

  • front axle seals are a weak point
  • rpm gauge sticks
  • poor fuel cap/fuel gauge design

RobNS

From: Nova Scotia, Canada

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

3
2
5

Great Tractor

4/5

I've owned this tractor for almost 3 years. I use this unit for grading my driveway, snow removal, moving dirt and to brushhog my property. This tractor has met all of my expectations except for one. At around 130 hours I had the front axle seals replaced because they were leaking. Now with less than 200 hours on the unit they are leaking again. I would like a solution for this.

Pros

  • powerful
  • reliable
  • easy to use

Cons

  • front axle seals leaking

Jeff

From: Belding, MI 48809, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Great machine for the price!

4/5

I have 250 hours on this tractor in 2.5 years and love it so far; the only issue with the tractor is the front hubs leak, this is my second go around with the tractor being returned for the same issue. I know there is an engineering flaw and this needs to be corrected somehow without a seal change every year. I love the horsepower and the capabilities of the 3038E, I snow blow, road grade, mow and have pushed many yards of dirt/gravel with ease. Please fix this issue JD!!

Pros

  • h.p.

Cons

  • seal leak front hubs

Ken78

From: Scarborough, ME, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Great tractor for utility purposes.

5/5

Tractor works great for food plots, plowing and grading work. Ease of use is a big plus teenage boys and even my wife can use it with out worries. Don't buy it if you're looking for a backhoe or excavator......not what it's made for.

Pros

  • ease of use
  • decent power
  • good value

Cons

  • a liitle light in the front end

DeereHarvestor

From: Lakeview, MI 48850, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Ok tractor for the price

2/5

I have had my tractor in the shop 3 times for the same thing. Leaking Fluid out of the front wheel assist steering area. The seals seem to not be holding up. Only 400 hours and been in the shop for 1 week at a time. Disappointing for a Deere. It is still leaking, however I am tired of it in the shop. I just keep adding fluid.

Pros

Cons

Ron321

From: Belding, MI 48809, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

2
2
5

Get what you pay for

5/5

The 3038E is a great product. Very solidly built and has worked flawlessly so far. The only issue thus far is that I popped a tire on a large deer antler. Not exactly the tractor's fault. Also have an intermittent problem with the RPM Meter going out in cold weather. After running for a few minutes it always kicks back in though. Ive owned the tractor for about a year and used it to clear brush with the frontier brush hog, discing, and general material moving with the bucket. Although it is a smaller tractor I have run into very few situations where I couldn't get the job done with the 3038E. The one complaint I see alot is that the fuel gauge is not on the dash. Its located on the fuel cap. It works fine. Although not a lot of fancy options this tractor is built to last and perform.

Pros

  • quality and utility

Cons

  • pricey

Andrew

From: Adams Wi

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Monthly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

5
2
5

Just right for my 31 a. cow farm

5/5

Just right to move round bails, added back spear to offset weight and balance. When clearing the hay field you can't even see me between the 2 hay bails. Quick attach loader is a whiz. 5' shreader fits the size of this tractor and murders goat weeds with no problems. Drive is easy, fast, and even my wife can do it. Took a couple days to get used to no split brakes, but now I don't even miss 'em. 123.5 hrs without a hitch.

Pros

  • yanmar engine starts every time
  • hydro drive is as easy as pie

Cons

  • none yet

Armpitt

From: Texarkana, AR, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
2
5

cheap tactor bottom of the barrel.

1/5

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).

Pros

  • cheap in price

Cons

  • price reflects quality

howie1377

From: Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

1
2
5