John Deere 265

John Deere 265The John Deere 265 is a lawn and garden tractor model from the Late 200 series, manufactured from 1987 to 1994 by John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in a two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 265 is equipped with a 0.5 L (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 a belt-driven hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse gears.

The JD 265 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
ModelJohn Deere 265
Tractor typeLawn tractor
Production years1987-1994
FactoryHoricon, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Width1,050 mm (41.3 in)
Height1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Wheel base1,210 mm (47.6 in)
Weight285 kg (628 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity11.4 liters (3 US gal.; 2.5 Imp. gal)


Engine modelKawasaki FC540V
Engine typeFour-stroke, air-cooled, OHV
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement0.5 L, 534 cm3, (32.6 cu·in)
Bore and stroke89.0 mm X 86.0 mm (3.5 in X 3.39 in)
Compression ratio8.3:1
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor with fixed main jet
Horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Oil system
Lubrication system:Full pressurized
Oil type:4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oil:SAE 10W-30
Oil capacity:1.8 L (1.9 US. qt, 1.6 Imp. qt.)
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
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual enclosed recirculating ball
BrakesExpanding mechanical shoe
Transmission manufacturer or modelSundstrand BDU-21
Transmission typeBelt-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
Speed Forward: 11.3 kmh (7.0 mph)
Reverse: 4.7 kmh (2.9 mph)
Transmission oil capacity2.5 L (0.7 US. gal, 0.5 Imp. gal.)


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

Rear Hitch

Reart Hitch
CategorySleeve hitch

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging systemAlternator
Charging amps16A
Battery12V, CCA: 335A, BCI Group 22F

Serial numbers

John Deere 265 serial numbers


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