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John Deere 730

John Deere 730 tractor photo
1958 - 1961   Two-Cylinder 30 Series
Row-Crop tractor
Previous model:John Deere 720
Series next:John Deere 830
Series back:John Deere 630

The John Deere model 730 replaced the 720, offering cosmetic upgrades. A notable option were the deluxe flat-top fenders with headlights. Front-end options on the row-crop 730 were single wheel, conventional or Roll-O-Matic dual front, or adjustable wide front. The John Deere 730 diesel (along with the 720) held a 27-year fuel economy record for most efficient diesel tractor at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory.


Manufacturer:John Deere
Factory:Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built:24,495
 3,560 (gasoline)
 177 (all-fuel)
 3,263 (LP-gas)
 17,032 (diesel, 3,703 used pony engine)
Original price (USD):$3700 (1960)


730 General-Purpose:row-crop tractor
730 Standard:wheatland-style tractor
730 Hi-Crop:high-crop tractor

John Deere 730 Engines:

   John Deere 5.9L 2-cyl gasoline
   John Deere 5.9L 2-cyl all-fuel
   John Deere 5.9L 2-cyl LP gas
   John Deere 6.2L 2-cyl diesel
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Fuel:24.5 gal [92.7 L] (all-fuel)
 26.5 gal [100.3 L] (gasoline)
 33 gal [124.9 L] (LP gas)
 20 gal [75.7 L] (diesel)
Aux. fuel:1 gal [3.8 L] (all-fuel)
 0.25 gal [0.9 L] (diesel pony)

3-Point Hitch:

Rear Type:II (optional)

Power Take-off (PTO):

Rear PTO:independent
Rear RPM:540

Dimensions & Tires:

Wheelbase:93.7 inches [237 cm]
Weight:6790 to 7861 pounds
Front tire:6.00-16
Rear tire:13.6-38
full dimensions and tires ...

John Deere 730 attachments:

 front-end loader
all 730 attachments ...

730 Serial Numbers:

Location:Right side of tractor
 in front of and below pulley.
photo of 730 serial number

1958: 7300000
1959: 7303761
1960: 7322075
1961: 7328801
Final: 7330358

how to read serial numbers...


John Deere 730 Power:

Drawbar (claimed):53 hp [39.5 kW]
PTO (claimed):59 hp [44.0 kW]
Drawbar (tested):53.41 hp [39.8 kW]
Belt (tested):57.77 hp [43.1 kW]
power test details ...


Chassis:4x2 2WD
 power (optional)
Brakes:differential mechanical drum
Cab:Open operator station. Optional Float-Ride seat.


Type:open center
Valves:1 or 2

Belt Pulley:

Diameter:12.8 inches [32 cm]
Width:7.4 inches [18 cm]
Speed:3,790 ft/min [1155.19 meters/min]


Ground:positive*Positive ground for the 6V and 12V systems.
 floating ((The 24V electric-start diesel is not chassis grounded, with both sides of the battery system connected to the starter. The lights and gauges are split on two 12V systems.)
Charging system:generator


Number:1 (diesel pony)
 2 (gas/LP)
 4 (diesel electric)

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