The John Deere 855 garden tractor was a very highly regarded tractor in it’s day. In fact it’s still used widely by gardening and landscaping professionals today thanks to it’s good construction and reliability. The JD 855 was built for a full 12 years from 1986 up until 1998. During this time, there was also a smaller version of this lawn tractor produced called the John Deere 755. The engine doesn’t need to be particularly powerful and as such is fitted with a Yanmar diesel engine that gives the machine 24 hp. The engine is liquid cooled by a system requiring 3.8 liters of coolant. The 3 cylinder engine has natural aspiration and an oil capacity of 3.1 liters.
All this engine power is transferred from the engine to the wheels by a hydrostatic transmission with 2 ranges (Hi and Lo) giving the John Deere 855 infinite speeds going both forwards and in reverse. The tractor is built on a choice of 2 chassis. The first option is a 4×4 MFWD 4WD chassis. This gives the JD 855 a ground clearance of 0.25 m (9.9 inches). The other chassis choice is a 4×2 2WD chassis that gives the garden tractor a higher ground clearance of 0.32 m (12.7 inches).
You will imediately notice that the wheels of the John Deere 855 are very large and soft, much bigger than you would normally expect on a tractor of this size. This is simply so that tire threads from the wheels won’t be left in the ground after you drive over it. The fuel tank on the JD 855 can hold 16.4 liters (4.3 US gallons) of diesel. The open hydraulics system on this compact tractor has a capacity for 17 liters (4.5 US gallons) of hydraulic fluid and operates under a pressure of 2050 psi. The John Deere 855 weighs in at 857 kg (1890 lbs) and is 2.8 m (110.3 inches) long. It’s 1.17 m (46.2 inches) wide and has a seemingly large height of 1.92 m (75.6 inches) due to it’s ROPS (roll bar).
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