Properly maintaining your John Deere Hydrostatic Tractor will help to ensure that it will last a very long time. Failure to keep up with the maintenance of any machine will only mean more mechanical issues down the road.

The first thing you will want to do is check the engine components, like the air intake system, fuel, lubrication and ignition systems.

1) Do a thorough clean of the air intake and engine.
2) Do a compression check.
3) Check the valve-to-tappet clearance while the engine is cold.
4) Make sure the cylinder heads are free from carbon and cleaned.
5) Check the break points and adjust as needed.
6) Check and adjust the timing.
7) Make sure the spark plug is clean and okay.
8) Adjust carburetor, then adjust it to the governor rod.
9) Check and adjust governor linkage.
10) Check the air cleaner.
11) Check engine oil pressure.
12) Adjust the PTO.
13) Change the oil and the oil filter.
14) Check the battery and battery connections.

john deere hydrostatic tractorThen to make sure the tractor will run optimally, do the following adjustments as needed.

1) Make sure the brakes are adjusted properly.
2) Check and change/refill transmission fluid as needed.
3) Lube grease fittings.
4) Adjust the hydrostatic linkage.
5) Test the hydraulic system.
6) Adjust steering as needed.
7) Make sure the wiring looks clean and is all connected properly.
8) Check all the belts and make sure all fittings are tightened as needed.
9) Make sure the tire pressure is correct.

Take care of your John Deere and it will take care of you and your property for years, maybe a lifetime!

Inclinometers, or as they’re also called clinometers, will measure the angle of tilt, depression or elevation of a tractor. Tractors do not typically come with them installed as a standard piece of equipment. Many tractor drivers prefer to use their own senses when it comes to determining how they will do on a slope or hill while operating their equipment.

Many variables also come into play that an inclinometer will not factor in to its equation:
* Amount of fuel in the tank.
* Tire air pressure
* Number of implements being used
* Location of implements being used
* Bar uphill or downhill on a mower
* Fluid in tires
* Holes or divots in the ground
* Ground wet or dry
* Wind
* If you are pulling anything
* And many more….

inclinometer tractorHowever adding an inclinometer to your tractor can be a good safety measure. As you drive your tractor more and more, eventually you will get a better feel for how it operates on sloping ground. Adding that inclinometer can help you to gauge at what slope or tilt seems too much, you can eventually rely on your meter more and more to help you stay upright. There are varying opinions on what’s best, be sure you start by learning more about the tractor you drive, its weight, understand the center of gravity per the manufacturers specifications and do extra measures to make sure you stay safe operating it. Every tractor, operator and land conditions will be different. So take the time to learn more about your surroundings and what you’re driving!

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3032 E John DeereThe John Deere 3032 E Compact Tractor is specifically designed for property owners who want a quality hard working tractor without the hassles of owning one. Excellent service rating making the operational costs low thus improving productivity. The Easy-to-use hydrostatic transmission (HST) increases the tractor’s performance for those tougher to deal with jobs. Next the Optional iMatch™ Quick-Hitch makes it so easy implement hookups saving you time and hassle switching from one job to another.

The extremely powerful diesel engine gives plenty of power when doing heavier loads. The operating area for the driver is easy to use and not over complicated. Comfortable and clean makes it easy on the body when working all day. A great option is the two-spool rear selective control valve which gives superior implement performance when needed.

John Deere 3032 E Compact Tractor Specs.

Engine Manufacturer: : Yanmar 3TNV88
Engine power 97/68/EC rated power (gross), hp (kW): 31.2 (23) @ 2500 rpm, PS
PTO power – Hydrostatic transmission, hp (kW): 25.0 per SAE hp —- 18.6 kW
Rated engine speed: 2500 rpm
Operating range: 950 (2800)
Aspiration: Natural
Cylinders/displacement, cu in. (L): 3 / 97.6 cu in. — 1.6 L
Cylinder liners : Cast-in-block
Bore and stroke, mm (in.): 88×90 mm — 3.4×3.54 in.
Compression ratio: 19:01
Lubrication: Pressurized
Cooling system: Water pump
Air cleaner: Dry-type with safety element
Engine shutoff : Key switch
Engine torque @ rated speed, lb-ft (N/m): 62.7 (85.0) lb-ft
Fuel tank capacity (open-station; cab), U.S. gal. (L): 6.4 gal. —- 24.2 L

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John Deere has some interesting changes coming to their equipment in 2014.

First up is the Series 7R tractors. No new changes since 2011, new up for 2014 will be 5 new models ranging from 210 to 290 engine horsepower. Also:

* Final Tier 4 emission requirements.
* More Power
* Will have 323 power shift tranny
* Better Control

Next will be the new wireless technology. This will basically enable the data to transmit between the GreenStar 3 2630 display, the farmers account and their farm system.

“More of our customers are collecting data from machinery operating in the field,” says Kathy Michael, product manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. “They analyze the data to improve overall operations and share the data with trusted advisors to help make better decisions. With the introduction of Wireless Data Transfer and data sharing on, overall data collection, transfer, and management will be much easier.”

8R series tractorThe 8R series tractors will also continue in 2014 and have many changes:

* 6 new wheel models
* 3 new track models
* Final Tier 4 engines with 270 – 390 horses
* 16-speed Power Shift or an IVT transmission

“We’ve increased the engine horsepower ratings of all the new 8R models and boosted the max hydraulic flow capacity by 41% to 85 gallons per minute. This 8R option allows customers to operate at reduced engine speed while handling larger implements such as planters that require high, constant flow rates,” McGinnis says. “And all tractors have the opportunity to be equipped with Intelligent Power Management, which increases power and torque to maximize performance. In fact, with Intelligent Power Management on the 8370R Tractor, customers can boost engine performance to 405 horsepower.”

So look for big things from John Deere, they are making changes across the board on tractors, combines, sprayers and applicators.

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Many people have complained about Floppy Bucket Syndrome (FBS) or Droopy Bucket Syndrome (DBS) but sometimes the two are getting confused.  One of the issues is working on being corrected at John Deere Corporate and the other is part of the regeneration function.  So do you know what one is part of the design?

Floppy Bucket Syndrome is the byproduct of the regen function. This is normally noticed when trying to grade or back-drag with the cutting edge of the bucket.  The bucket will move, almost like there is air in the hydraulics. This can be cured by operation the joystick left or right until the bucket stops moving, then holding it there for a few more seconds. This is not really a warranty issue as there is nothing really wrong. Some dealers have added a “kit” to correct this issue per a DTAC, but its only a restrictor to slow the fluid down as is escapes the cylinders.

Now Droopy Bucket Syndrome is when you move the joystick left to curl the bucket up and it drops first before moving up.  This is absolutely a warranty and safety problem, and this is why JD is working on a new valve for these machines since the “load checks” are apparently not working in the current design.  The DTAC solution number for the bucket fade when you try to feather the curl: DTAC 92992.  Here is a picture of the technical reference.



You can learn more about this issue and how to correct it in the Sub-Compact Tractor section at

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