John Deere 730FD

Feature Overview
John Deere 730FD
  • Industry-exclusive HydraFlex™ Draper technology
  • 30-foot operating width
  • Available steel reel tine for working in tougher crops
  • Available dual knife drive
Cutterbar length 9.14 m / 30 ft
Pickup reel operating speeds 6-70 rpm
Draper belts speed control Hydraulic from cab (side belts only)
Feature Overview
John Deere 730FD
  • Industry-exclusive HydraFlex™ Draper technology
  • 30-foot operating width
  • Available steel reel tine for working in tougher crops
  • Available dual knife drive
Cutterbar length 9.14 m / 30 ft
Pickup reel operating speeds 6-70 rpm
Draper belts speed control Hydraulic from cab (side belts only)

Industry-exclusive HydraFlex™ technology on 700FD

The 700FD Series HydraFlex Draper Platform features HydraFlex, an industry-exclusive hydraulic float system allowing for superior ground following capabilities over a wide range of crops and conditions.


Feature benefit:

  • The HydraFlex system hydraulically controls the float of the cutterbar by the turn of a knob in the cab for ease of operation
  • Provides exceptional cutterbar flexibility throughout the entire working pressure range for increased machine performance
  • Unique cutterbar float arms offer a dual purpose, allowing for superior ground-following capabilities plus support to the cutterbar and draper belts for increased productivity
Hydraulic cylinder in the float arm Hydraulic cylinder in the float arm
Float arm on 700FD Float arm on 700FD

From the cab, the operator can simply adjust the armrest encoder knob which varies the hydraulic pressure in the float arm hydraulic cylinders. This controls the cutterbar ground pressure depending upon conditions.


With the HydraFlex float system, the operator varies the cutterbar ground pressure but does not affect the cutting height of the crop, even at high ground speeds. The hydraulic float system features a 19-cm (7.5-in.) float range, allowing for optimum float pressure. To lock out the HydraFlex draper into rigid mode, the operator increases the float pressure to maximum.

Dual knife drive Dual knife drive

Dual knife drive is standard on 700FD HydraFlex© Draper Platform for harvesting rice, tough crop, and wet or green crop conditions.   This unique dual knife drive system is timed, creating the smoothest possible reciprocating knife drive system currently in the industry.


Positive, reliable, power take-off (PTO) shaft and driven, dual epicyclical in-line knife drives with built-in driveline protection provides producers with the strongest knife drive system in the industry.


NOTE: Single-knife drive is available on the 730FD, but increased cutterbar vibration may occur.

40.64-cm (16-in.) feed drum 40.64-cm (16-in.) feed drum
Make adjustments to raise or lower drum Make adjustments to raise or lower drum

The 700FD now comes standard with a dual-position drum. This allows the operator to select an upper or lower setting, equivalent to a 40.6-cm (16-in.) drum and 35.6-cm (14-in.) drum, respectively. All 700FD Draper Platforms will ship from the factory with the drum in the 40.6-cm (16-in.) position, which is the standard position. For bushy crops, such as canola, putting the drum in the upper position will allow a greater throughput.

Feed drum retractable auger finger Feed drum retractable auger finger

A feature for 700FD Draper Platforms is a feed drum retractable auger finger to improve crop feeding at the corners of the feed drum. In some crop conditions, the crop can hesitate at the corners of the feed drum, and the retractable drum fingers keep the crop moving into the combine. This results in smoother feeding and better performance of the combine.

The speed of the side draper belts can be controlled by an adjustment on the CommandARM© controls from within the cab. Combine software gives operators the option to slow down the side belts to a fixed speed with a push of a button on the CommandARM. Additionally, a draper belt protection system is integrated into the 700FD HydraFlex© Draper Platform family to minimize side belt damage should slippage occur.


Feature benefit:

  • Optimal performance in varying crops and conditions through side draper belt speed that ranges from 22.6 m/min to 228 m/min (74 fpm to 748 fpm) and shows on the display in the cab
  • The center draper belt speed is fixed at 288 m/min (944.9 fpm) for optimal feeding to the combine feederhouse
  • Speed sensors monitor the speed of the idler rollers and should major slippage be experienced, the belts will shut off and an operator warning is shown on the 4600 CommandCenter© display
  • Side belt speed reduction is designed to improve draper performance when the operator is not harvesting the full platform width or when coming out of a headland
  • Increased uptime as the side belt speed reduction feature is engaged/disengaged from the CommandARM controls
CommandARM controls for S700 Series Combines CommandARM controls for S700 Series Combines

The 700FD HydraFlex© Drapers offer an optional 45.7-cm (18-in.) top-crop conveying auger extending the full width of the draper to help bushy crops, especially heavy canola, feed evenly into the feederhouse.

Feature benefit:

  • Maximum productivity due to smooth feeding of bushy crops such as canola that stall over the side draper belts
  • Minimum time and effort required to install for bushy crops or remove for traditional crops for optimal performance in both conditions
  • Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the draper feeding option with the center section seal kit for maximum performance in canola
Top-crop conveying auger Top-crop conveying auger


This optional 45.7-cm (18-in.) hydraulically driven top auger has an easy speed adjustment at the right side of the platform.


It is recommended for operation in bushy or high-volume harvesting conditions such as canola.

Key Specs
Cutterbar length 9.14 m
30 ft
Pickup reel operating speeds 6-70 rpm
Draper belts speed control Hydraulic from cab (side belts only)
Auxiliary top auger
Knife drive Base: dual knife
Optional: single
Knife speed 490 cycles/min
Length 9.14 m
30 ft
Cutterbar tilt Base: hydraulic, maximum tilt 9 degree (angle)
Platform length 9.9 m
32.4 ft
Overall operating depth With dividers: 2.74 m
9 ft
Transport width, field position 10.27 m
33.7 ft
Draper belts
Speed control Hydraulic from cab (side belts only)
Width Cross belt: 101.6 cm
40 in.
Center belt: 177.8 cm
70 in.
Clean height Cross belt cleat height: 19.05 mm
0.75 in.
Center belt reverse Base
Feed drum
Diameter 414 mm
16 in.
Operating speed 234 rpm
Feed drum fingers Heavy-duty and round with breakaway notch and retainer
Diameter: 16 mm
0.625 in.
Number of fingers 20
Auger finger platform Dual chevron, retracting
Finger reach 152 mm
6 in.
Drum/auger reverse Base
Center clean out door Base
Header height sensing
Header height sensing off the ground Optional: three sensors
Type Electrohydraulic
Header height sensing on the ground Base
Pickup reel
Number of slats Six bat poly base, steel tine option
Fingers Base: nylon
Optional: steel
Height control Hydraulic
Reel lift Cylinder range: 185 mm
7.3 in.
Total range: 251 mm
9.9 in.
Reel fore and aft Cylinder range: 359 mm
14.1 in.
Total range: 616 mm
24.3 in.
Reel resume Base
Reel reverse Base
Operating speeds 6-70 rpm
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Approximate weight (pickup reel) Single knife drive: 3,206 kg
7,609 lb
Dual knife drive: 3,344 kg
7,373 lb
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