David Brown 30D
David Brown 30D of 1955 reg TVO 19 at Newark VTH 08 - IMG 3572
Model history
Model introduced 1953
Model discontinued 1957
Model status Discontinued
No. produced Unknown
Preceded by David Brown VAK1
Superseded by David Brown 900
Engine Specification
Engine make David Brown
Fuel type Diesel
Power hp 34
Power kW 25
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
Displacement cu in /(litre) 2.71 litre
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3 5/8 inches
Stroke in (mm) 4 inches (114 mm)
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type Manual
Clutch Dry plate Borg & Beck
Gearbox make David Brown
Forward 6
Reverse 2
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category Cat I
Lift capacity (lb/kg) 590 kg
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 6.0 x 19
Rear 13.4 x 28 11.25 x 28
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 2960 mm
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 1770 kg
Wheelbase 1900 mm
Other info
Factories Meltham Mills, West Yorkshire, UK
Plow rating Unknown
Approximate Cost new in (year) ?
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The David Brown 30D was built by David Brown from 1953 to 1957 in Meltham Mills, West Yorkshire, England. It featured a 34 hp (25 kW) David Brown engine.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: David Brown

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Factory locations Edit

  • Meltham Mills, West Yorkshire, England

Specification Edit

See Infobox for basic details

Variations and Options Edit

  • Petrol & TVO(Kerosene) versions available - see David Brown 30C
  • 1954 - the new series 30C and 30D models were equipped with TCU - Traction Control Unit the first controllable weight transfer system to assist traction.
  • 1955 - special hitch to give the advantage of TCU in hauling heavy trailers was introduced. A TCU is still the most efficient method of obtaining controlled weight transfer to assist traction.

Serial Numbers Information Edit

  • 1953-1954 30D Diesel (Series I) VAD1C - sn PD18500-20797
  • 1954-1957 30D Diesel (Series II) VAD1D/30 - sn PD/30 10001-19452

Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture data[1]
Year Serial run Number Built Notes (Total built 2296 SI, 9451 SII).
1953 PD18500 - First built
1954  ? - Last built SI S/No. PD20797
1954 PD/30 10001- - Series II introduced
1955  ? -
1956  ? -
1957  ? - Last built S/No.PD/30 19452
year serial no Number built Notes

Preservation Edit

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List of Preserved David Brown 30D tractors
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
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Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
David Brown 30D UBH 594 PD30/11136 1954 Diesel J. Searl of David Brown 30D s/n PD30/11136 reg UBH 594 at Stoke Goldington 09 - IMG 9808 at Stoke Goldington Steam Rally 2009
David Brown 30D TVO 19 s/n ? 1955 Diesel E. Ducksbury of Newark Notts. David Brown 30D of 1955 reg TVO 19 at Newark VTH 08 - IMG 3572 at Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show 2009
David Brown 30D UTT 517+ S/n ? year engine owner ? David Brown 30D sn? - UTT 517 in Cornwall - IMG 0371 Seen parked in Cornwall Possibly featured in T&M November issue
David Brown 30D Reg no. ? S/n ? year engine owner ? Image needed LHB

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