John Deere 55

John Deere 55The John Deere 55 is a riding lawn mower model manufactured from 1970 to 1972 by John Deere. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 55 is equipped with a 200 cc (12.2 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 66.67 mm (2.62 in) of the cylinder bore and 57.15 mm (2.25 in) of the piston stroke, and a belt-driven gear transmission with 2 forward and 1 reverse gears.

The John Deere 55 riding mower features:

  • The Tecumseh V50 gasoline engine which produces 5.0 PS (3.7 KW; 5.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Disc brakes on transmission
  • Open operator station
  • Independent middle PTO with mechanical clutch
  • 1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal)

John Deere 55 serial numbers:

  • 1970: 001001
  • 1971: 020001
  • 1972: 025151

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 55
Tractor typeRiding lawn mower
Production years1970-1972
Dimensions and weight
Length1,370 mm (54.0 in)
Width875 mm (34.5 in)
Height927 mm (36.5 in)
Wheel base1,015 mm (40 in)
Weight120 kg (266 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal)


Engine modelTecumseh V50
Engine type4-stroke, OHV, single-cylinder
Displacement200 cm3, (12.18 cu·in)
Compression ratio:5.67:1
Cylinder bore:66.67 mm (2.62 in)
Piston stroke:57.15 mm (2.25 in)
Max. horsepower5.0 PS (3.7 KW; 5.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemPressurized
Ignition systemMagneto ignition
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor
Fuel usedGasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemRecoil starter
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.203 mm (0.008 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.305 mm (0.012 in)
Oil system
Oil type:API SF or SE
Recommended oil: Summer 30 or 10W-30,
Winter 5W-30, 10W
Oil capacity:0.81 liters (0.86 US.qts, 0.71 Imp. qts)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RJ8C
Spark plug gap:0.7-0.8 mm (0.0276-0.0315 in)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDisc brakes on transmission
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typebelt-driven gear
Gears2 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 6.4 kmh (4 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)


Front tiresLawn/turf: –
Rear tiresLawn/turf: 4.80×4.00-8

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Middle PTO typeIndependent with mechanical clutch
Middle PTO speed

Electrical system

Electrical system


John Deere 26″ mid-mount mower deck with 1-blade
Cutting width660 mm (26.0 in)
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