John Deere GT242

John Deere GT242The John Deere GT242 is a garden lawn tractor model from the GT200 series, manufactured from 1993 to 1998 by John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in a two-wheel-drive (2WD) version.

The John Deere GT242 is equipped with a 0.4 L (25.8 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 89.0 mm (3.5 in) of the cylinder bore and 68.0 mm (2.68 in) of the piston stroke, and a belt-driven gear type transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gear.

The JD GT242 garden tractor features:

  • The Kawasaki FC420V gasoline engine which produces 14.1 PS (10.4 kW; 14.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual sector-and-pinion steering
  • Internal wet disc brakes
  • Open operator station
  • Independent front PTO with electric clutch

General specifications

General Specifications
Model John Deere GT242
Tractor type Garden tractor
Production years 1993-1998
Factory Horicon, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length 1,790 mm (70.5 in)
Width 990 mm (39 in)
Height 1,090 mm (42.9 in)
Wheel base 1,210 mm (47.6 in)
Weight 257 kg (567 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity 10.4 liters (2.7 US gal.; 2.3 Imp. gal)


Engine model Kawasaki FC420V
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled
Cylinders 1
Fuel type Gasoline
Displacement 0.4 L, 423 cm3, (25.8 cu·in)
Bore and stroke 89.0 mm X 68.0 mm (3.5 in X 2.68 in)
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Horsepower 14.1 PS (10.4 kW; 14.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Starter Electric
Air filter Dry, replaceable with foam pre-cleaner
Oil system
Lubrication system: Full pressurized
Oil type: 4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oil: SAE 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity (with filter): 1.5 L (1.6 US.qts, 1.32 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 sector-and-pinion
Brakes Internal wet disc
Transmission manufacturer or model Tuff Torq
Transmission type Belt-driven gear type
Gears 6 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 10.6 kmh (6.6 mph)
Reverse: 4.3 kmh (2.7 mph)
Transmission oil capacity 3.3 L (0.9 US. gal, 0.7 Imp. gal.)


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

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Front PTO type Independent with electric clutch
Front PTO speed

Electrical system

Electrical system
Ground Negative
Starter type Solenoid shift
Charging system Flywheel alternator
Charging amps 15A
Battery 12V, CCA: 295A, BCI Group U1

Serial numbers

John Deere GT242 serial numbers
1993 025001
1994 035001
1995 045001
1996 055001
1997 070001
1998 090001


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