January 29, 2023

Operators have given ergonomics high marks. The controls are intuitively obvious and do not require any searching for levers, switches, pedals or levers. Tractor design is not the only area where ergonomic considerations are present. John Deere appears to be able to find that perfect balance of comfortability and ergonomics. Also Read: Tractor Price in Pakistan

What other tasks have we completed? We have so far reconfigured an existing firepit, extended its footprint, moved a few stumps, spread topsoil for 20+ yards, moved large boulders, cleared out an out-of-control dirt-pile/compost station, and relocated several arborvitae tree. All of these tasks required a lot of backhoe and loader use.

The H165 backhoe is a good match for the John Deere 333R in terms of physical capabilities and speed of operation. Although hydraulic work is best at around 1700 rpm the hydraulics are fine from idle throughout the engine operating range. Because of the lack of visibility at the edge of the loader, it has become a friend of the level indicator. We noticed the combination of a square hood and a curved boom loader in our initial impression piece.

We wondered if this would hinder visibility. Operator experiences, including time spent with John Deere 790, 2210 and 4120 tractors, led to a common comment that loader visibility could have been better. Despite this, the task list has been completed quickly, despite the long hours. The 61″ heavy-duty bucket with reversible/replaceable cutting edge is well matched, though the hydraulics are certainly strong enough and the tractor footprint stable enough to handle a much larger bucket.

The 385A backhoe has special features. We were curious about how the 385A backhoe would cope with Northeastern clay soil, which can turn overnight into rocks. We are not sure how the results would have been with a larger bucket like 20″ or 24″, but if someone has had good results with larger buckets and similar conditions, we will be very surprised. 

This is how the 385A/18′ bucket combination works. The wider bucket was able to reach stumps and tree balls, with the boom slightly offset but still enough digging power. The process of removing a layer, like the turf for our firepit project required, was similar to slicing butter using a hot knife. It took only 18 inches. The only problem was the placement of the SMV emblem. We quickly corrected it. It’s lucky it was held together by a radiator clamp.

The Yanmar 3TNV88C/MJT powerplant has been very thrifty. It’s difficult to measure consumption for the various tasks and conditions the John Deere 3TNV88C-MJT has been subjected to, but it was certainly less than one gallon per hour. It’s difficult to adjust to keeping the throttle open during low-use periods. This is a change we are used to, but it only increases the amount of soot in our diesel particulate filter.

Our users are mostly in the “B” range. While moving from one site to another, the only area where the 3033R may be slightly underpowered is in “C” range. Although the “C” range is rated at 18.5 mph, we only saw 17.5 mph on the digital speedometer. This was despite it being downhill. Also Read: Suzuki Alto Price in Pakistan

We saw the speed drop to 8.5 mph when we went up the same hill as the “C” range. The speed of the “B” range was almost the same, going up the same hill at the same pace without any protests. The tractor is a beast, and we couldn’t imagine it stopping. The tractor’s engine power has not been used to stop it from performing any task we have given it. This is even without using the LoadMatch feature.

John Deere 3033R electronics and the eHydro Transmission our test tractor has are highly praised for their ease of adjustment via the touch-sensitive control pod located on the right fender Cowl. The eThrottle is the most popular feature. It links the engine speed and the pedal position at the touch of a button. 

This feature saves fuel, makes it easy to use, doesn’t require any operator to adjust the throttle position and is cool. MotionMatch is the second most popular feature. MotionMatch adjusts or decreases the acceleration or deaccelerate distances. This feature is useful when you need to move something fragile or tippy in the bucket.

Although they are worth mentioning, the other electronic features have not been given much attention. These features include Cruise Control (an automotive-style control with the SET/-, RES/+ and buttons), SpeedMatch which sets a maximum speed for tasks like tilling, as well as LoadMatch which helps to prevent engine stalling in heavy usage periods. Also Read: Changan Oshan X7 Price in Pakistan

Operator Presence System is a great feature that saves time and reduces operator frustration. It allows the operator to step out of their seat without setting the parking brake or putting the transmission in neutral. This feature is only available if the power take-off(PTO) is not engaged.

The seat is extremely comfortable and has received high praises from everyone. Although the fore/aft adjustment can be limited, both our smallest (5′) and largest (6’3″) operators were able find comfortable positions that weren’t cramping or stretching their legs. Overall, we are very happy with our John Deere TLB 3033R and continue to be impressed by the package. Keep checking back for our wrap-up piece in the next few weeks.

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