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John Deere 3038E

Compact Utility Tractor

  • 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

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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.)

Specs & Compare


Key Specs

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 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
Injection pump typeHigh pressure common rail direct injection
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
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.


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


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
1200 kg
2645 lb
Cruise controlOptional
Differential lockYes
Drawbar maximum vertical load


TypeOpen center
Pump rated outputSteering
15 L/min
4 gpm
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
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
Platform - flat/straddleStraddle
Gear shift location - console/floorLeft-hand side


Air conditioning, temperature differential
Noise rating
Seat equipment


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


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


Tilt steering wheel
12-V Outlet

Additional information

Offers & Discounts

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Accessories & Attachments


Chain Box - 148ALV5WS812470
Chainsaw Holder - 148ALV5WS812460
Clamp Kit - 148ALV5WS812485
Handheld Leaf Blower Holder - 148ALV5WS812466
Long Tool Holder (2) - 148ALV5WS812450
Long Tool Holder (4) - 148ALV5WS812455
Mini Clamp Kit - 148ALV5WS812480
ROPS Rack - 148ALV5WS812430
String Trimmer Holder - 148ALV5WS812475
Super Clamp Kit - 148ALV5WS812490
Universal Mount Kit - 148ALV5WS812435


16 In. Bucket (0.90 Cu. Ft.) - 148ALVBLV10026
8 In. Bucket (0.42 Cu. Ft.) - 148ALVBLV10024
Hydraulic Thumb - 148ALVBXX10248
Mechanical Thumb - 148ALVBLV10750
Ripper - 148ALVBXX10247
Rubber Street Pad Kit - 148ALVBLV10986
Subframe Mounting Kit (For 3025E, 3032E, 3038E Tractors with 370B Backhoe) - 148ALVBLV11015
Trenching Bucket - 148ALVBXX10246

Front Weights

Front Weight Bracket Extension Kit - 148ALVLVB24952
Front Weight Bracket Extension Kit - 148ALVBLV10443
Quik-Tatch Weight, 42 lb (19 kg) - 148ALVUC13263
Quik-Tatch Weight, 70 lb (32 kg) - 148ALVLVU32113

Front Wheels and Tires

25 x 8.50 - 14 (6 PR, R4 Industrial, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10851
27x8.5-15 (6PR R4 Industrial 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10862
27x8.50-15 (6PR, R3 Turf, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10849
7-14 (6PR, R1 Bar, 2 Position) Front Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10860


3rd Function Selective Control Valve - 148ALVBXX10808
Dual Rear Selective Control Valve - 148ALVBXX10863
Power Beyond Kit - 148ALVBXX10820


Dual Light Forward Lighting Kit - 148ALVLVB25546
LED Work Light Kit - 148ALVBLV10497
Open Station Work Light Brush Guard Kit - 148ALVBLV10399
ROPS Lights Brush Guard Kit - 148ALVBLV10400
Single Rear Auxiliary Rear Work Light Kit - 148ALVLVB25547

Open Operator's Station

Canopy - Standard - 148ALVLVB25334
Canopy Mounting Bracket and Hardware Kit - 148ALVLVB25332
Rear License Plate Kit (Includes Light) - 148ALVBLV10924
ShadePro Designed Canopy - 148ALVBXX10590
Tractor Cover - 148ALVLP95637
Weather Protection Umbrella - 148ALVTY25324

Operator's Station

133.4-mm (5.2-in.) tie-rod assembly - 148ALVRE561251
38-mm (1.5–in.) ball with model year 2010 stud - 148ALVRE576490
38.1-mm (1.5–in.) ball mount and socket arm - 148ALVRE574454
76.2-mm (3-in.) tie-rod assembly - 148ALVRE558819
Bracket, Arm, RAM Double Socket - 148ALVPF80459
Mount - RAM U-Bolt - 148ALVPF80460
Mounting Ball Stud - 148ALVRE558821
Mounting Parts - Display Mount RAM - 148ALVAL212683
RAM Mount Vesa Bracket 1.5 - 148ALVUC17356

Rear Power Take-Off (PTO)

John Deere Quik Knect™ PTO receiver - 148ALVBLV10953
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11178
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11203
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11202
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11200
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11199
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11177
John Deere Quik-Knect Driveline Yoke Bundle - 148ALVBLV11201

Rear Wheels and Tires

11.20-24 (6PR, R1 Bar, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10854
15-19.5 (6PR, R4 Industrial, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10852
41x14-20 (4PR, R3 Turf, 1 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10850
43x16-20 (4PR, R4 Industrial, 2 Position) Rear Wheels & Tires - 148ALVBLV10988
Tire Chains - 148ALVTY4457
Tire Chains - 148ALVTY4453

Three-Point Hitch

3-Point Hitch Tractor Receiver Hitch - 148ALVLP25001
Magnetic hitch pin - 148ALVLP63768
iMatch™ Quick Hitch Bushings - 148ALVLVU12858
iMatch™ Quick-Hitch Category 1 with adjustable top hook - 148ALVLVB25976


Location: Jay Florida
Length of Ownership: 6months
Usage: Daily
Great tractor/weak bucket

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

Location: Adrian, O
Length of Ownership: 1month
Usage: Weekly
Great features

Great little tractor. Easy to operate. Drives great!

Location: Alabama
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Weekly

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!!

Cos thrnfnf
Location: Lebanon TN
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Daily
Lift capacity isn’t there….

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 ,,,,

alex the dog
Location: Mancos, CO
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Daily
I use this machine for everything around my proper

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.

Location: East Tennessee
Length of Ownership: 1week
Usage: Daily
Super easy to operate!! My wife is comfortable on

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

Jeff S
Location: Bay City, MI
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Weekly
Gets the job done...

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.

Location: kentucky
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Weekly

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


  • looks nice

  • to many to list

Length of Ownership:
Excellent Tractor

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 !!!!!!!!!!


  • excellent tractor

Location: Outside Washington, Kansas
Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger
Usage: Weekly
big Time operator

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.


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

  • i have found any major ones yet