John Deere 730

John Deere 730 tractor photo
1958 - 1961
Two-Cylinder 30 Series
Row-Crop tractor
Series map:
*Estimated engine power for comparison only.
ManufacturerJohn Deere
Row-Crop tractor
Built in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built24,495
 3,560 (gasoline)
 177 (all-fuel)
 3,263 (LP-gas)
 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.
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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 tank24.5 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. fuel1 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
 power (optional)
Differential mechanical drum brakes
Open operator station. Optional Float-Ride seat.
Typeopen center
Valves1 or 2
Tractor hitch
Rear TypeII OptOptional
Power Take-off (PTO)
Rear PTOindependent
Rear RPM540
Dimensions & Tires
Wheelbase93.7 inches
237 cm
Weight6790 to 7861 pounds
Front tire6.00-16
Rear tire13.6-38
Full dimensions and tires ...
730 Serial Number Location
John Deere 730 serial number location
Right side of tractor; in front of and below pulley.
730 Serial Numbers

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Belt Pulley
Diameter12.8 inches
32 cm
Width7.4 inches
18 cm
Speed3,790 ft/min
1155.19 meters/min
Groundpositive *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 systemgenerator
Batteries1 (diesel pony)
 2 (gas/LP)
 4 (diesel electric)
Battery volts6
730 references literature
The John Deere 30 Series by J.R. Hobbs
New John Deere 730 General-Purpose Tractors published in 1958
Tractors 1918-1976 published by John Deere
New 530 - 630 - 730 Tractors published in 1958, by John Deere
730 manuals literature
Operator's Manual 730 Series (General-Purpose and Standard) Gasoline (OM-R20697) 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
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