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
Model John Deere 208
Tractor type Garden tractor
Production years 1977-1978
Factory Horicon, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Width 1,050 mm (41.3 in)
Height 1,060 mm (41.7 in)
Wheel base 1,160 mm (45.7 in)
Weight 305 kg (672 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity 13.2 liters (3.5 US gal.; 2.9 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine model Kohler K181QS
Engine type 4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement 305 cm3, (18.6 cu·in)
Bore and stroke 74.62 mm X 69.85 mm (2.95 in X 2.75 in)
Max. horsepower 8.2 PS (6.0 kW; 8.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling system Forced air
Lubricating system Splash type
Fuel system Carburetor
Fuel used Unleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting system Electric 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
Chassis 4×2 2WD
Steering type Manual
Transmission manufacturer or model Peerless 2300
Transmission type Gear type
Gears 4 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 11.3 kmh (7 mph)
Reverse: 6.0 kmh (3.7 mph)
Transmission oil capacity 1.7 L (0.4 US. gal, 0.4 Imp. gal.)


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

Electrical system

Electrical system
Ground Negative
Charging system
Charging amps
Battery 12V, CCA: 135A Group U1


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