John Deere 430 Garden Tractor


John Deere 430

The John Deere 430 garden tractor was Deere's first attempt at combining power steering with a diesel engine and hydrostatic drive. The attempt was a huge success, resulting in one of the most durable, strong and dependable garden tractors ever built. The 430 was first built in 1984, sporting a Yanmar 3 cylinder water cooled diesel engine. At the time, the Deere 430 was the strongest and heaviest garden tractor ever built, sitting at 1170 pounds. Even today the John Deere 430 is highly sought after. After eight strong years, the 430 ceased production in 1992, replaced by the 425 series. Eighteen years later, the John Deere 430 is still considered to be one of the best in the industry.

Hydrostatic power steering was a recent addition to John Deere's tractors, the utmost comfort for garden tractor operators. A heavy duty front axle is designed to provide more front weight bearing capacity. With an impressive 60 inch deck, the 430 can mow down an acre of grass in around 30 minutes. The Yanmar diesel engine helped fill the gap between farm and garden tractor lines, and is one of the main reasons why the 430 is hailed as such an amazing tractor. A tight turning radius of 26 inches (same as the Deere 318), allows operators to make turns never before possible with a larger tractor such as this. Operators working at night appreciate the annunciator lights in the dash panel.



The John Deere 430 tractor can accept a variety of attachments:

  • Mower deck w/ shaft drive (50 or 60 inch)
  • Rear grooming mower (50 or 60 inch)
  • Rotary tiller (48 inch)
  • Front blade (54 inch)
  • Front snow thrower (46 inch)
  • Two stage snowblower (47-inch)
  • Number 20 plow
  • Number 44 front loader
  • Three spools of remote hydraulics support the attachments.


The Deere 430 is equipped with a Yanmar 3 cylinder water cooled diesel engine. The quality and power of this engine sits somewhere between farm tractors and garden tractors, closing the gap between the two lines.

Operator Comfort:

Annunciator lights were first used in the 430's predecessor, the 420. These lights illuminate the dash panel so operators can see clearly when working at night. The 420 also introduced a more squared off cabin with more comfort and operator protection. True hydrostatic power steering allows for comfortable steering even on rough terrain.


The John Deere 430's fuel tank is located in the rear, capable of holding up to 6.5 gallons of diesel fuel. A convenient reserve fuel tank can provide an extra 15 to 30 minutes of operating time.


The newly redesigned front axle was first used in the 420 series and carried over to the 430. It is capable of supporting larger loads and is stronger than previous axles. At 1170 pounds, this tractor needs a strong axle to support its weight and any attachments or loads. The trans axle is made by Tecumseh and has a hydraulic oil cooler with differential lock and two speeds.

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