Allis Chalmers WD45

Allis Chalmers WD45 Technical Specifications

Allis Chalmers WD45 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1953 – 1957.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Allis Chalmers WD45 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

Allis Chalmers WD45 Production

Manufacturer Allis Chalmers
Row-Crop tractor
Built in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA
Total built 90,382 (total)
  83,536 (gasoline)
  6,509 (diesel)
Original price was $2,400 in 1956
The WD45 was the first Allis-Chalmers tractor available with power steering. The diesel engine became available after Allis-Chalmers acquired Buda, and put the 6BD-230 engine in the tractor. The WD45 is considered by many to be one of the most important tractors built by Allis-Chalmers. At the time, it was the most powerful tractor for its size.

Allis Chalmers WD45 Power

Engine: 39.50 hp
29.5 kW
Belt (tested) 44.13 hp
32.9 kW

Allis Chalmers WD45 Electrical

Ground positive
Gas Batteries 1
Diesel Batteries 2
Battery volts 6
Battery AH 115

Allis Chalmers WD45 Mechanical

Two-wheel drive
Steering mechanical
  power *Power steering became available in 1956.
Mechanical band brakes
Open operator station. Optional Allis-Chalmers Half Cab with windshield and vinyl sides.


Fuel 15 gal
56.8 L
Hydraulic system 1.5 gal
5.7 L


Capacity 1.5 gal
5.7 L
Oil type

45oF [7oC]^ : SAE20W
45oF [7oC]v : SAE10W

Tracktor Hitch

Type Snap-Coupler

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO live
Clutch 254mm dry disc
Rear RPM 540 (1.375)
Engine RPM 548@1400

Allis Chalmers WD45 Engine detail

Engine Detail
liquid-cooled vertical I-head
Displacement 226 ci
3.7 L
Bore/Stroke 4.00×4.50 inches
102 x 114 mm
Compression 6.45:1
Rated RPM 1400
Torque 288 lb-ft
390.5 Nm
Torque RPM 867
Firing order 1-2-4-3
Starter volts 6
Sparkplug gap 0.030 inches
0.762 mm
Point gap 0.020 inches
0.508 mm
Intake valve clearance 0.012 inches*Hot
0.305 mm
Exhaust valve clearance 0.012 inches*Hot
0.305 mm

Engine Oil
Oil capacity 7 qts
6.6 L

Allis Chalmers WD45 Engine

Allis Chalmers WD45 Transmission overview

Type sliding gear
Gears 4 forward and 1 reverse
Clutch 178mm wet disc
Oil capacity 17 qts
16.1 L
Oil type

Allis Chalmers WD45 Dimensions

Wheelbase 88 inches
223 cm
Length 128 inches
325 cm
Height (steering wheel) 68 inches
172 cm
Height (exhaust) 81.5 inches
207 cm
Gas Weight 3995 lbs
1812 kg
Diesel Weight 4285 lbs
1943 kg
Ground clearance 29 inches
73 cm
Rear tread 55.6 to 90.1 inches
141 to 228 cm

Allis Chalmers WD45 Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 499

Nebraska Tractor Test 499
Gasoline 4-speed 2WD
July 29 – August 10, 1953
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 499 file
Belt power (max) 43.21 hp
32.2 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 3.8 gal/hour
14.4 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 37.8 hp
28.2 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 5,441 lbs
2468 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.

Nebraska Tractor Test 511

Nebraska Tractor Test 511
Distillate 4-speed 2WD
October 26 – 31, 1953
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 511 file
Belt power (max) 33.01 hp
24.6 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 3.3 gal/hour
12.5 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 29.49 hp
22.0 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 4,634 lbs
2101 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.

Nebraska Tractor Test 512

Nebraska Tractor Test 512
LP gas 4-speed 2WD
October 26 – November 4, 1953
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 512 file
Belt power (max) 44.13 hp
32.9 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 5.0 gal/hour
18.9 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 38.53 hp
28.7 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 5,421 lbs
2458 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.

Nebraska Tractor Test 563

Nebraska Tractor Test 563
Diesel 4-speed 2WD
October 4 – 11, 1955
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 563 file
Belt power (max) 43.29 hp
32.3 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 3.1 gal/hour
11.7 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 39.50 hp
29.5 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 5908 lbs
2679 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Allis Chalmers WD45 a good tractor?

The Allis Chalmers WD45 is one of the great tractors in the Allis Chalmers stable, and it has earned Allis Chalmers a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a Allis Chalmers WD45 take?

Check out the Allis Chalmers WD45 oil capacity and oil type in the engine specs section as it may vary across the engines. Keep in mind, that older models might have their oil capacity increased over time. You may compare between the early and late oil capacity.

Do tractors have VIN numbers?

Every tractor has a VIN number. The number is usually engraved below the driver’s seat. Tractor manufacturers put the number in different places on the tractor body.

What was the last year Allis Chalmers made the ?

The Allis Chalmers WD45 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1953 – 1957

How much does a Allis Chalmers WD45 tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the Allis Chalmers WD45 weight ranges from 3995 to 4285 pounds .

How much can a Allis Chalmers WD45 Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the Allis Chalmers WD45 tractors starts at 5,441 lbs
2468 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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