John Deere 56

John Deere 56 (1970-1974) riding lawn mower specifications: engine and transmission, dimensions and weight, oil type and capacity, spank plug type, tyres size, serial numbers

John Deere 56The John Deere 56 is a riding lawn mower with small single cylinder Tecumseh V60 engine (221 cc, 13.5 cu-in) and belt-driven gear transmission with two or three forward and one reverse gear. The John Deere 56 lawn mower was produced from 1970 to 1974.

The John Deere 56 used an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke gasoline engine with vertical PTO shaft and electric or recoil starter. The engine has a 66.7 mm (2.62 in) of the cylinder bore and 63.5 mm (2.5 in) of the piston stroke. The Tecumseh V60 engine produces 6.1 PS (4.5 KW; 6.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm.

The lawn tractor has 11×4.0-5 front tires and 4.8×4.0-8 rear tires. It has a 4×2 (2WD) chassis and a manual steering system. The transmission type is belt-driven gear transmission with two forward and one reverse gear (T2041) or three forward and one reverse gear (T2042).

The PTO is an independent middle PTO type with a mechanical clutch. The mower deck is a mid-mount type with one blade, and the deck size is 710 mm (28 in). The mower deck height can be adjusted from 20 to 70 mm (1 to 3 in.). This lawn tractor also comes with a front-mount blade that has a width of 960 mm (38 in) and is manually lifted and angled.

General Specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 56
Tractor typeRiding lawn mower
Production years1970-1974
ManufacturerJohn Deere
Dimensions and weight
Length1,370 mm (54.0 in)
Width927 mm (36.5 in)
Height952 mm (37.5 in)
Wheelbase1,015 mm (40.0 in)
Dry weight122 kg (269 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 V60
Type4-stroke, L-head, single cylinder
Displacement221.7 cm3 (13.53 cu-in)
Bore66.7 mm (2.62 in)
Stroke63.5 mm (2.50 in)
Compression ratio6.19:1
Max. horsepower6.1 PS (4.5 KW; 6.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemMagneto ignition system
Lubricating systemPressurized lubrication
Starting systemRecoil or electric 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
Final driveChain
Transmission model (1970-1972)T2041
Transmission typeBelt-driven gear transmission
GearsTwo forward and one reverse
Ground speed Forward: 6.4 kmh (4.0 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)
Transmission model (1973 and later)T2042
Transmission typeBelt-driven gear transmission
GearsTree forward and one reverse
Ground speed Forward: 6.4 kmh (4.0 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)


Tires size
Front tires11×4.0-5
Rear tires4.8×4.0-8

Power take-off shaft

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


Mower deck
Deck typeMid-mount mower deck with one blade
Deck size710 mm (28 in.)
Height range20-70 mm (1 to 3 in.)
Front-mount blade
Width960 mm (38 in)
Lift typeManual
Angle typeManual

Serial numbers

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