John Deere 212

John Deere 212The John Deere 212 is a garden tractor model from the 200 series, manufactured from 1975 to 1987 by John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in a two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 212 is equipped with a 476 L (29.0 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 86.0 mm (3.39 in) of the cylinder bore and 83.0 mm (3.27 in) of the piston stroke, and a gear type transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse gear.

The John Deere 212 garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler K301AQS gasoline engine which produces 12.1 PS (8.9 kW; 12.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Band brakes
  • Open operator station
  • Independent middle PTO with manual clutch

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 212
Tractor typeGarden tractor
Production years1975-1987
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)
Weight320 kg (705 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity13.2 liters (3.5 US gal.; 2.9 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine modelKohler K301AQS
Engine type4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement476 cm3, (29.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke85.7 mm X 82.6 mm (3.37 in X 3.25 in)
Compression ratio6.0:1
Max. horsepower12.2 PS (9.0 kW; 12.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemSplash type
Fuel systemCarburetor
Starting systemElectirc starter
Compression pressure
Normal:7.7-8.4 kg/cm2 (7.6-8.3 bar, 110-120 psi) / 1,000 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.20-0.25 mm (0.0079-0.0098 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:1.9 L (2 US. qt, 1.7 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RH10
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: 16×6.50-8
Rear tiresLawn/turf: 23×10.50-12

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Middle PTO typeIndependent with manual clutch
Middle PTO speed

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging systemAlternator
Charging amps15A

Serial numbers

John Deere 212 serial numbers


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Cut height30-80 mm (1.5-3.5 in)
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