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The John Deere 3010: a smashing success

The 3010 is an incredibly durable tractor

IN THE SHOP with Rachel

By Rachel Gingell

Looking for a good value on a John Deere tractor? Then the 3010 might be just your ticket.

The John Deere 3010 was one of the first tractors in the New Generation series. The tractor was a smashing success, with roughly 30,000 produced between 1961 and 1963. The 3010 is rated for 50+ horsepower. It comes with all the modern amenities you’d expect from a tractor of this era, including power steering, differential brakes, closed center hydraulics and an independent PTO.

John Deere improved upon this tractor in 1964, when it launched the John Deere 3020. The 3020 is the same basic tractor but with a few added features: differential lock, PowerShift transmission and around 10 more horsepower. The John Deere 3020 is an excellent tractor that quickly eclipsed the 3010 in popularity.


What does the 3010 have that the 3020 doesn’t? A lower price tag. In my region, the 3010 sells for around US$2,000 less than the newer model. If you’re hunting for a bargain in the 50 horsepower range but don’t want to sacrifice reliability and ease of service, then the 3010 is for you!

When it comes to reliability, the 3010 is rock-solid. It’s an incredibly durable tractor that is still going strong in farm fields across North America. Your local John Deere dealer can easily get you the parts you need to service this tractor yourself. The diesel version of this tractor is incredibly fuel efficient.

If you’re in the market, be sure to check the transmission thoroughly on the 3010. While there are no design flaws to speak of in this tractor, the transmission is typically where we see the most trouble in this model. If the tractor you’re looking at has been abused, the transmission will be the most obvious sign. 

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Stay away from gas models
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