John Deere 208

John Deere 208The John Deere 208 is a garden tractor model from the 200 series, manufactured from 1977 to 1978 by John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in a two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 208 is equipped with a 305 cc (18.6 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 74.62 mm (2.94 in) of the cylinder bore and 69.85 mm (2.75 in) of the piston stroke, and a gear type transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse gear.

The John Deere 208 garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler K181S gasoline engine which produces 8.2 PS (6.0 kW; 8.0 HP) at 3,500 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Open operator station

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 208
Tractor typeGarden tractor
Production years1977-1978
FactoryHoricon, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Width1,050 mm (41.3 in)
Height1,060 mm (41.7 in)
Wheel base1,160 mm (45.7 in)
Weight305 kg (672 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity13.2 liters (3.5 US gal.; 2.9 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine modelKohler K181QS
Engine type4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement305 cm3, (18.6 cu·in)
Bore and stroke74.62 mm X 69.85 mm (2.95 in X 2.75 in)
Max. horsepower8.2 PS (6.0 kW; 8.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemSplash type
Fuel systemCarburetor
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemElectric starter
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.15-0.20 mm (0.0059-0.0079 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.43-0.48 mm (0.0169-0.0189 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system:Splash type
Oil type:API SF or SG
Recommended oil: Summer: SAE 30W
Winter: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Oil capacity:1.2 L (1.3 US. qt, 1.1 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RJ8C, J-8, XJ8
Spark plug gap:0.65 mm (0.0256 in)
Spark plug torque:27 N·m (2.8 kg·m, 19.9 ft·lb)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
Transmission manufacturer or modelPeerless 2300
Transmission typeGear type
Gears4 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 11.3 kmh (7 mph)
Reverse: 6.0 kmh (3.7 mph)
Transmission oil capacity1.7 L (0.4 US. gal, 0.4 Imp. gal.)


Front tiresLawn/turf: 4.80×4.00-8
Rear tiresLawn/turf: 23×8.50-12

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging system
Charging amps
Battery12V, CCA: 135A Group U1


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