John Deere 56

John Deere 56The John Deere 56 is a riding lawn mower model manufactured from 1970 to 1974 by John Deere. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere 56 is equipped with a 221 cc (13.5 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 63.5 mm (2.50 in) of the cylinder bore and 57.15 mm (2.25 in) of the piston stroke, and one of two belt-driven gear type transmissions with 2 forward and 1 reverse gears or 3 forward and 1 reverse gears.

The John Deere 56 riding mower features:

  • The Tecumseh V60 gasoline engine which produces 6.1 PS (4.5 KW; 6.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Disc brakes on transmission
  • Open operator station
  • Independent middle PTO with mechanical clutch
  • 1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal)

John Deere 56 serial numbers:

  • 1970: 001001
  • 1971: 020001
  • 1972: 035786
  • 1973: 044001
  • 1974: 061500
  • Final: 080000

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 56
Tractor typeRiding lawn mower
Production years1970-1974
Dimensions and weight
Length1,370 mm (54.0 in)
Width927 mm (36.5 in)
Height952 mm (37.5 in)
Wheel base1,015 mm (40.0 in)
Weight122 kg (269 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal)


Engine modelTecumseh V60
Engine type4-stroke, L-head, single-cylinder
Displacement221 cm3, (13.5 cu·in)
Compression ratio:6.19:1
Cylinder bore:66.67 mm (2.62 in)
Piston stroke:63.5 mm (2.50 in)
Max. horsepower6.1 PS (4.5 KW; 6.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemPressurized
Ignition systemMagneto ignition
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor
Fuel usedGasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemRecoil or electric (optional) starter
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.203 mm (0.008 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.305 mm (0.012 in)
Oil system
Oil type:API SF or SE
Recommended oil: Summer 30 or 10W-30,
Winter 5W-30, 10W
Oil capacity:0.81 liters (0.86 US.qts, 0.71 Imp. qts)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RJ8C
Spark plug gap:0.7-0.8 mm (0.0276-0.0315 in)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDisc brakes on transmission
Transmission (1970-1972)
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typeBelt-driven gear type
Gears2 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 6.4 kmh (4.0 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)
Transmission (After 1973)
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typeBelt-driven gear type
Gears3 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 8.7 kmh (5.4 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)


Front tiresLawn/turf: 11×4.00-5
Rear tiresLawn/turf: 4.80×4.00-8

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Middle PTO typeIndependent with mechanical clutch
Middle PTO speed

Electrical system

Electrical system


John Deere 28″ mid-mount mower deck with 1-blade with manual lift
Cutting width710 mm (28.0 in)
Cut height20-70 mm (1.0-3.0 in)
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Cutting width960 mm (38.0 in)
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