John Deere 55

John Deere 55 (1970-1972) riding lawn mower specifications and reviews

John Deere 55The John Deere 55 is a riding lawn mower with small single cylinder Tecumseh V50 engine (199 cc, 12.17 cu-in) and belt-driven gear transmission with two forward and one reverse gear. The John Deere 55 lawn mower was produced from 1970 to 1972.

The John Deere 55 used an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke gasoline engine with vertical PTO shaft and recoil starter. The engine has a 66.7 mm (2.62 in) of the cylinder bore and 57.0 mm (2.25 in) of the piston stroke. The Tecumseh V50 engine produces 5.0 PS (3.7 KW; 5.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm. The oil type is 10W-30, and the oil capacity is 0.81 L. The spark plug is the Champion RJ8C.

The chassis is 4×2 (2WD) and has a belt-driven gear transmission with two forward and one reverse gears. The mower deck is mid-mount and has one blade, with a deck size of 66 mm (26 in.).

The JD 55 is equipped with manual steering, disc brakes on trasmission, open operator station, 1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal) fuel tank and mid-mount John Deere 26 inches (660 mm) mower deck with 1-blade.

General Specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 55
Tractor typeRiding lawn mower
Production years1970-1972
ManufacturerJohn Deere
Dimensions and weight
Length1,370 mm (53.9 in)
Width875 mm (34.4 in)
Height927 mm (36.5 in)
Wheelbase1,015 mm (40 in)
Weight121 kg (267 lbs)
Fluid capacity
Fuel tank capacity1.9 liters (0.5 US gal.; 0.4 Imp. gal)
Oil capacity0.81 liters (0.86 US.qts, 0.71 Imp. qts)
Electric system
Cabin type
Cabin typeOpen operator station


Engine modelTecumseh V50
Type4-stroke, L-head, single cylinder
Displacement199.4 cm3 (12.18 cu-in)
Cylinder bore66.67 mm (2.62 in)
Piston stroke57.15 mm (2.25 in)
Compression ratio5.67:1
Max. horsepower5.0 PS (3.7 KW; 5.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemMagneto ignition system
Lubricating systemPressurized lubrication
Starting systemRecoil starter
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance0.203 mm (0.008 in)
Exhaust valve clearance0.305 mm (0.012 in)
Oil system
Oil typeAPI SF, SJ
Recommended oilSAE 30, 10-W30
Oil capacity0.81 liters (0.86 US.qts, 0.71 Imp. qts)
Ignition system
Spark plugChampion RJ8C
Spark plug gap0.763 mm (0.030 in)

Transmission and chassis

Transmission and chassis
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDisc brakes on transmission
Transmission 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)


Front tires Lawn/turf: –
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 4.80×4.00-8

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

PTO (Power take-off shaft)
Middle PTO typeIndependent with mechanical clutch
Middle PTO speed

Serial numbers

Serial numbers (On rear of mower on right side, behind tire)

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