John Deere G (1948-1953)

John Deere G (1948-1953)The John Deere G is a 2WD row-crop tractor from the Two-Cylinder Letter series. The third generation was manufactured by John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, USA from 1948 to 1953. The John Deere G is equipped with a 6.8 L (412.5 cu·in) two-cylinder all-fuel engine and a gear type transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears.

The John Deere G row-crop tractor used the John Deere engine. It is a 6.8 L, 6,759 cm2, (412.5 cu·in) two-cylinder natural aspirated all-fuel engine with 156.0 mm (6.14 in) of the cylinder bore and 178.0 mm (7.01 in) of the piston stroke. The compression ratio rating is 4.2:1. This engine produced 36.6 PS (26.9 kW; 36.1 HP) of output power.

The John Deere G is equipped with manual steering, an open operator station, and 64.3 liters (17 US gal.; 14.1 Imp. gal) fuel tank.

John Deere G variants:

  • G – row-crop
  • GN – single-front
  • GW – wide-front
  • GH – high-crop

John Deere G Specifications

General Specifications
ModelJohn Deere G
Length3,490 mm (137.4 in)
Width1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Height2,150 mm (84.6 in)
Wheel base
Weight (operating)2,400 kg (5,291 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity64.3 liters (17 US gal.; 14.1 Imp. gal)
BatteryTwo 6V
Cabin typeOpen operator station
Engine modelJohn Deere
Engine typeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline
Fuel typeAll-fuel
Displacement6.8 L, 6,759 cm2, (412.5 cu·in)
Bore and stroke156.0 mm X 178.0 mm (6.14 in X 7.01 in)
Compression ratio4.2:1
Horsepower (drawbar)36.6 PS (26.9 kW; 36.1 HP)
Oil capacity:10.4 L (11 US. qt, 9.2 Imp. qt.)
Coolant capacity:41.6 L (44 US. qt, 36.6 Imp. qt.)
Transmission and chassis
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
Transmission modelJohn Deere
Transmission typeGear type with dry disc clutch
Gears6 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 20.1 kmh (12.5 mph) Reverse: 5.6 kmh (3.5 mph)
Front tires Ag: 6.00-16, 7.50-16
Rear tires Ag: 12-38, 13-38
PTO (Power take-off shaft)
Rear PTO typeTransmission
Rear PTO speed540 rpm
Hydraulic system
Hydraulic typeOpen center
Hydraulic capacity4.7 L (1.2 US. gal, 1 Imp. gal.)
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  1. When I was freshly graduated from high school, (1951), in New York State, my dad helped me to order a green and yellow, 9 horsepower, small tractor with a small plow and a short sickle bar for mowing hay. I’m trying to find out who made this tractor. I’m 89 yrs. old, now, and would like to know more about this great little tractor. We ordered it out of the Midwest states, somewhere, I believe. seems we paid around $800.00 for it. Would you be interested to help my daughter and I find this information? We love our John Deere tractor/riding mower! Thank you. 👍 🤔🤔

    • Did John Deere sell anything like I described back in 1952? If so, do you have any pictures of it? Small. About 9 1/2 horsepower. Plow and sickle bar attachments. Seems it was green and yellow. Any such thing around 1952 era?

  2. It sounds like you are referring to a Deere model L or perhaps its slightly bigger brother, the LA. Dad had the smaller one. I remember it but he had traded it before I was big enough to drive

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