John Deere 3043D Compact Utility Tractor


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Simplicity and power. All in a compact size.

That’s the mighty 3D. The simplicity starts with a heavy-duty drivetrain, 8F/8R, gear drive transmission. Very easy to learn and use with column- and fender-mounted shifters. Then there’s the muscle with 25 horsepower (18 kW), 35 horsepower (26 kW), or 43 horsepower (31 kW) options and a powerful, standard 4,490 pound (2,000 kg) hauling capacity. That standard doubles what other comparable small tractors can do.

Add the compact size and you have a heavy hauling, small tractor designed to pull through narrow tracts for you. It can go places easily its bigger brothers cannot. This small tractor is perfect for large properties, tree nurseries, vineyards, orchards, almond farms, and spinach farms, or any other property that needs to move heavy crop materials from here to there.

  • Standard Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) for Maximum Traction
  • Heavy-Duty Drivetrain with Gear Drive Transmission (8F/8R)
  • On-Board Diagnostics including Service ADVISOR™
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Reliable gear-driven transmission provides optimum tractor performance

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

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

Safety features of the 3D Series Tractors include:

  • The tractor will only start with the forward/reverse, range, and gear shift levers in neutral.
  • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat unless the forward/reverse, range, and gear shift levers are in neutral.
  • The engine will shut off if the operator leaves the seat and the power take-off (PTO) switch is engaged.

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

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

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.
    • The thick, soft padding on this seat provides a smooth and comfortable ride.
    • Adjustable using the fore and aft lever located under the seat, the seat slides on ramped rails to provide comfortable access to all controls.
    • Seat flips forward for protection from the elements.
  • Flat operator platform provides for easy entry to/exit from the tractor.
    • The left-side step allows for easy access on and off the tractor.
    • Foot platform has a non-skid surface for sure footing.
  • Folding Roll-Gard™ rollover protective structure (ROPS) and retractable seat belt increase operator safety.
    • 3D Series Tractors are equipped with Roll-Gard™ ROPS. These folding ROPS meet the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standards for compact utility tractors.
  • All 3D Series Tractors come standard with a fuel gauge that is easy to read from the operator 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.

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) Displays Hours, Filter Cleaning Information, & PTO Speed
  • Park Brake Indicator Light
  • Filter Cleaning Status Indicator Light

Safety features include:

  • Operator presence system (OPS) requires the operator to be in the seat to operate the transmission or the PTO.
    • If the operator leaves the seat when the forward/reverse and range levers 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.
  • ROPS includes reflective 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.

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

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

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

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 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. The approximate installation time is 1 to 1.5 hours.

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.

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

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.
  • 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 – 0.89 in.)
    • Outside diameter: 3.63 – 3.66 cm (1.43 – 1.44 in.)

NOTE: 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.

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 1,200 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.
  • Four quarter-turn fasteners allow operators to easily remove the engine side panels to access the 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.

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.

Key Specs

Engine Power (Gross): SAE J1995 Rated Power – 41.6 hp (31 kW)

Power Take-Off (PTO) Power: 36.3 hp (27.1 kW)

Steering Hydraulics: 4.4 gpm (16.8 L/min)

Implement Hydraulics: 5.9 gpm (22.4 L/min)

Hitch Type: Category 1

Lift Capacity (24 In. Behind Link Arms): 2,081.2 Lb (944 kg)

Standard Transmission: 8F/8R Synchromesh Shuttle Shift Gear Transmission

Cruise Control: No

Approximate Shipping Weight:

  • Open Operator Station: 2,840 Lb (1,288 kg)
  • Cab: Not Applicable

Wheelbase: 62 In. (1,574 mm)


Manufacturer: Yanmar®

Engine Model: 3TNV86CT-KJPT

Engine Power (Gross): SAE J1995 Rated Power – 41.6 hp (31 kW)

Power Take-Off (PTO) Power: 36.3 hp (27.1 kW)

Rated Engine Speed: 2,800 rpm

Injection Pump Type: High Pressure Common Rail Direct Injection

Aspiration: Turbocharged

Emissions Compliance: Final Tier 4

Cylinders/Displacement: Three, 95.8 Cu In. (1.57 L)

Number of Cylinders: Three

Cylinder Liners: Cast-in-Block

Bore and Stroke: 3.39 x 3.54 In. (86 x 90 mm)

Compression Ratio: 19.1:1

Lubrication: Pressurized

Cooling System: Liquid

Air Cleaner: Dual Element

Engine Torque at Rated Speed: 78 Lb-Ft (105.7 Nm)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.7 U.S. Gal (36.7 L)


Battery Size: 600 CCA

Alternator (12-V): 55 Amp

Starter Size: 1.9 hp (1.4 kW)

Fuel System

Type: High Pressure Common Rail Direct Injection


Standard Transmission: 8F/8R Synchromesh Shuttle Shift Gear Transmission

Left-Hand Reverser: Yes

Transmission Gear Ranges: Four Gears, Two Ranges

Final Drive: Spur Gear

Brakes: Wet Disk

Steering: Power Steering

Axle Capacity:

  • Front: 1,940 Lb (880 kg)
  • Rear: 3,527 Lb (1,600 kg)

Creeper: No

Cruise Control: No

Differential Lock: Yes


Type: Open Center

Pump Rated Output:

  • Steering: 4.4 gpm (16.8 L/min)
  • Implement: 5.9 gpm (22.4 L/min)
  • Total: 10.3 gpm (39.2 L/min)

Pump Type: Single Gear

Maximum Operating Pressure: 2,495 psi (172 bar)

Draft Control Sensing: Position Control

Remote Control Valves: Up to Two (Optional)

3-Point Hitch

Type: Category 1

Lift Capacity (24-In. Behind Link Arms): 2,081.2 Lb (944 kg)

Power Take-Off (PTO)

Standard: At 2,400 rpm – 540 rpm

Control: Mechanical

Clutch: Transmission

Brake (for Mid and Rear PTO): Wet Disk

Fluid Capacities

Crankcase with Filter: 4.8 qt (4.5 L)

Transmission and Hydraulic System: 34.8 qt (33 L)

Final Drive

Type: Spur Gear

Operator Station

Rollover Protective Structure: Foldable (ASABE S478)

Platform: Straddle

Gear Shift Location: Right-Hand Side


Wheelbase: 62 In. (1,574 mm)

Front Axle Clearance:

  • Minimum: 13 In. (331 mm)
  • Maximum: 13.9 In. (353 mm)

Turning Radius with Brakes: 5.3 Ft (1.63 m)

Approximate Shipping Weight:

  • Open Operator Station: 2,840 Lb (1,288 kg)
  • Cab: Not Applicable



  • R1 Bar: 7-14
  • R3 Turf: 27×8.5-15
  • R4 Industrial: 15-19.5


  • R1 Bar: 11.2-24
  • R3 Turf: 41×14-20
  • R4 Industrial: 15-19.5


Toolbox: Yes

Tilt Steering Wheel: No

12-V Outlet: No

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