John Deere 260

John Deere 260The John Deere 260 is a lawn and garden tractor model from the Late 200 series, manufactured from 1987 to 1991 by John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in a two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 260 is equipped with a 534 cc (32.6 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 89.0 mm (3.5 in) of the cylinder bore and 86.0 mm (3.39 in) of the piston stroke, and belt-driven gear transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gear.

The JD 260 lawn tractor features:

  • The Kawasaki FC540V gasoline engine which produces 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual enclosed recirculating ball steering
  • Expanding mechanical shoe brakes
  • Open operator station
  • The rear sleeve hitch

General specifications

General Specifications
Model John Deere 260
Tractor type Lawn tractor
Production years 1987-1991
Factory Horicon, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length 1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Width 1,050 mm (41.3 in)
Height 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Wheel base 1,210 mm (47.6 in)
Weight 274 kg (604 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity 11.4 liters (3 US gal.; 2.5 Imp. gal)


Engine model Kawasaki FC540V
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled, OHV
Cylinders 1
Fuel type Gasoline
Displacement 0.5 L, 534 cm3, (32.6 cu·in)
Bore and stroke 89.0 mm X 86.0 mm (3.5 in X 3.39 in)
Compression ratio 8.3:1
Fuel system Float type carburetor with fixed main jet
Horsepower 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Starter Electric
Oil system
Lubrication system: Full pressurized
Oil type: 4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oil: SAE 10W-30
Oil capacity: 1.9 L (2.01 US.qts, 1.67 Imp. qts)
Ignition system
Spark plug: NGK BPR5ES or Champion RN11YC
Spark plug gap: 0.7-0.8 mm (0.0276-0.0315 in)
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance: 0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Exhaust valve clearance: 0.15 mm (0.006 in)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis 4×2 2WD
Steering type Manual enclosed recirculating ball
Brakes Expanding mechanical shoe
Transmission model Tuff Torq
Transmission type Belt-driven gear
Gears 6 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 11.3 kmh (7.0 mph)
Reverse: 4.7 kmh (2.9 mph)
Transmission oil capacity 3.2 L (0.8 US. gal, 0.7 Imp. gal.)
Transmission oil type 90W gear lube


Front tires Lawn/turf: 16×6.50-8
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 23×10.50-12

Rear Hitch

Rear Hitch
Category Sleeve hitch

Electrical system

Electrical system
Ground Negative
Charging system Alternator
Charging amps 16A
Battery 12V, CCA: 340A, BCI Group U1

Serial numbers

John Deere 260 serial numbers
1988 475001
1989 595001
1990 010001
1991 100001


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