John Deere 285

John Deere 285The John Deere 285 is a lawn and garden tractor from 200 series of small tractors with V-twin 90° liquid-cooled 4-stroke Kawasaki FD590V vertical engine 585 cc (35.7 cu-in) and belt-driven hydrostatic transmission. The John Deere 285 garden tractor was manufactured in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA from 1987 to 1992.

The John Deere 285 tractor used a V-twin 90° liquid-cooled four-stroke Kawasaki FD590V gasoline engine with vertical PTO shaft. The FD590V has OHV (overhead valve design); cast iron cylinder liners; horizontal draft type carburetor with fixed main jet; mechanical diaphragm type fuel pump; full transistor ignition system with fixed timing; mechanical governor. The Kawasaki FD590V develops 18.0 HP (13.4 kW) at 3,600 rpm and 41.5 Nm (4.23 kg·m; 30.63 ft·lb) at 2,600 rpm of torque. A 74.0 mm (2.91 in) cylinder bore and 68.0 mm (2.68 in) piston stroke give the motor a total of 585 cc of displacement. Compression ratio rating is 8.7:1.

The John Deere 285 is equipped with Sundstrand BDU-21 belt-driven hydrostatic transmission (infinite forward and reverse gears), manual steering, expanding mechanical shoe brakes. This tractor used open operator station. The JD 285 also features an electric starter and a large 3-gallon (11.4 L) fuel tank.

Following attachments are available for The JD 285 tractor:

  • John Deere 46-inch mower deck – mid-mount 46-inch deck (1160.0 mm) deck has three blades, manual lift and adjustable cutting height between 1.5 and 4 inches. (Cutting height: 25—102 mm (1.00—4.00 in)
  • John Deere 50-inch mower deck – mid-mount 50-inch deck (1270.0 mm) deck has three blades, manual lift and adjustable cutting height between 1.5 and 4 inches. (Cutting height: 25—102 mm (1.00—4.00 in)
  • John Deere blade – front-mount 1160.0 mm (46 in) blade with manual lift;
  • John Deere snow blower – front-mount snow blower with 1060.0 mm (42 in) clearing width and manual lift;

John Deere 285 Specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere 285
Length1,810 mm (71.5 in)
Width1,050 mm (41.5 in)
Height1,110 mm (43.6 in)
Wheel base1,210 mm (47.9 in)
Weight283 kg (625 lbs) – shiping
Fuel tank capacity11.4 L (3 gal)
Engine modelKawasaki FD590V
Displacement585 cc (35.7 cu-in)
Bore x stroke74.0 x 68.0 mm (2.91 x 2.68 in)
Power output18.0 HP (13.4 kW) at 3,600 rpm
Starter typeElectric starter
Oil type10W30
Oil capacity1.7 L (1.8 US qt)
Spark plugNGK: BMR6A;
Transmission and chassis
Chassis4×2 (2WD)
Transmission typeBelt-driven hydrostatic (Sundstrand BDU-21)
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
Ground speed Forward: up to 11.3 kmh (7.0 mph)
Reverse: up to 4.7 kmh (2.9 mph)
Transmission oil capacity2.5 L (2.6 qts)
Wheels and tires
Front tiresLawn/turf: 16×6.50-8
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 23×10.50-12
Ag rear: 23×10.50-12
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