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 aluminium 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.
This HST offers a range of safety features for the operator – the tractor will only start with the range lever in neutral and will shut off if the operator leaves the seat, unless the range lever is in neutral. The engine will also shut off if the operator leaves the seat and the power take-off (PTO) is engaged
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, which 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)
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, and are designed and located for maximum comfort and ease of use.
The contoured, comfortable seat enhances operator comfort, and is adjustable – it also flips forward for protection from the elements when not in use. A folding Roll-Gard™ rollover protective structure (ROPS) and retractable seat belt increase operator safety.
The easy-to-read instrument panel includes a tachometer, low oil pressure indicator light, battery discharge indicator light, PTO engagement indicator light, and signal/hazard lamp indicator lights. There is also a Multi-function liquid crystal display (LCD) display (hours, filter cleaning information, etc.)
Optional two-spool rear selective control valve for superior implement performance
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 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.
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. It 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 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.
Excellent serviceability reduces operational costs and improves productivity
Tractors are equipped with extensive onboard self-diagnostic capabilities and are fully compatible with the John Deere-exclusive Service ADVISOR™ system. 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.
The engine oil, hydraulic oil, coolant level, and the water separator can be conveniently accessed – and so can the engine, simply by raising the hood for more periodic maintenance checks.
NOTE: Always refer to the operator’s manual for complete maintenance and service recommendations.