Have you been grinding the hand clutch on your 2 cylinder John Deere Tractor? Good thing the specialized design of these tractors makes for accessibility and repair of the John Deere clutch.

A sharp contrast to other tractors. The clutch on the lay down John Deere tractors needs no splitting of the rear end of the tractor from the torque tube, to access the clutch components.

Built in Waterloo Iowa these tractors are known as “lay downs” by some meaning the engine has horizontally opposed cylinders. Waterloo built 2 cylinder tractors including the A, B, D, G, GP, H, R, 50, 60, 70, 80, 520, 530, 620, 630, 720, 730, 820, 830 and many associated variations.

To reach the clutch, remove the clutch cover from the tractor panel. These covers stay on with compressions and could be dented as a result of the force required to take off the clutch cover and put on a new one. If a new clutch cover is required, check out the availability at Steiner Tractor Parts (STP). Their most sought after cover is the JDS543 which works with late models A and G up through the 630 and 730 tractors.

After you take it off, you will need to take apart the clutch. For instructions, it is best to consult your manual. If you do not have one, STP can help. A replacement is likely available on their web site: Steiner Tractor Parts. Once you get it apart, take a look at the clutch facings and bonded clutch discs. These components will wear out as they absorb the friction to engage the transmission. After you inspect, examine the teeth on the slider disc(s) and the clutch driver for wear or damage. Either one or two slider discs are used, depending on the model. Replace as needed.

Next, inspect the clutch dogs, springs, T-bolts and the slotted hex nuts for damages. The belt pulley brake lining is another high wear item. Examine the lining for wear. Finally if the hand clutch has too much play then you may need to replace the clutch lever pivot bushing and also the pivot bolt.

Luckily Steiner Tractor Parts (STP) always has a wide selection of drivers, discs, clutch facings and covers, bonded linings, T-bolts, clutch dogs, springs, slotted hex nuts, pivot bolts and clutch lever pivot bushings along with the belt pulley lining.  You will find it all, along with low pricing STP is a clutch resource for John Deere tractors and even John Deere bucket teeth are available.