John Deere 730
1958 - 1961 Two-Cylinder 30 Series Row-Crop tractor
*Estimated engine power for comparison only.
Production Manufacturer John Deere
Built in Waterloo, Iowa, USA Total built 24,495
17,032 (diesel, 3,703 used pony engine)
Original price $3700 (1960)
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.
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 Fuel tank 24.5 gal (all-fuel) 92.7 L
26.5 gal (gasoline) 100.3 L
33 gal (LP gas) 124.9 L
20 gal (diesel) 75.7 L
Aux. fuel 1 gal (all-fuel) 3.8 L
0.25 gal (diesel pony) 0.9 L
Engine details ...
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
Performance test details ...
Two-wheel drive Steering manual
Differential mechanical drum brakes
Open operator station. Optional Float-Ride seat.
Hydraulics Type open center
Valves 1 or 2
Tractor hitch Rear Type II
Power Take-off (PTO) Rear PTO independent
Rear RPM 540
730 Serial Location
Right side of tractor; in front of and below pulley.
Belt Pulley Diameter 12.8 inches 32 cm
Width 7.4 inches 18 cm
Speed 3,790 ft/min 1155.19 meters/min
Electrical 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
Batteries 1 (diesel pony)
4 (diesel electric)
Battery volts 6
The John Deere 30 Series by J.R. Hobbs
New John Deere 730 General-Purpose Tractors published in 1958
Operator's Manual 730 Series (General-Purpose and Standard) Diesel (OM-R20699) published in 1958
Operator's Manual 730 Series (General-Purpose and Standard) Diesel with Electric Starting (OM-R20700) published in 1958
Tractors 1918-1976 published by John Deere
New 530 - 630 - 730 Tractors published in 1958, by John Deere
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