Challenger 65

Challenger 65 Technical Specifications

Challenger 65 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1987 – 1990.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Challenger 65 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

Challenger 65 Production

Manufacturer: Challenger (a part of Caterpillar)
Type: Agricultural Crawler tractor

Challenger 65 Power

Engine (gross): 270 hp
201.3 kW
Engine (net): 256 hp
190.9 kW
Drawbar (claimed): 202 hp
150.6 kW
PTO (claimed): 235 hp
175.2 kW
Drawbar (tested): 213.73 hp
159.4 kW
PTO (tested): 237.91 hp
177.4 kW

Challenger 65 Electrical

Ground: negative
Charging system: alternator
Charging amps: 105
Batteries: 2
Battery volts: 12

Challenger 65 Mechanical

Chassis: crawler
Steering: hydrostatic differential steering
Brakes: hydraulic caliper disc
Cab: Cab standard with air-conditioning.
Transmission: 10-speed full power shift


Fuel: 186 gal
704.0 L
Hydraulic system: 16 gal
60.6 L


Type: closed center
Capacity: 16 gal
60.6 L
Pressure: 2500 psi
172.4 bar
Valves: 4
Pump flow: 27.2 gpm
103.0 lpm

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type: III
Rear lift: 12300 lbs
5579 kg

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO: independent
Rear RPM: 1000

Challenger 65 Engine detail

Engine Detail
Caterpillar 3306 DITA
turbocharged diesel
Displacement: 638 ci
10.5 L
Bore/Stroke: 4.75×6.00 inches
121 x 152 mm
Power (gross): 270 hp
201.3 kW
Fuel system: direct injection
Air cleaner: dual paper elements with aspirator
Compression: 15:1
Rated RPM: 2100
Starter volts: 12
Oil capacity: 28 qts
26.5 L
Coolant capacity: 44 qts
41.6 L

Challenger 65 Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type: full power shift
Gears: 10 forward and 2 reverse
Oil capacity: 72 qts
68.1 L

Challenger 65 Dimensions

Wheelbase: 106 inches
269 cm
Length: 225 inches
571 cm
Width: 113 inches
287 cm
Height (cab): 127 inches
322 cm
Height (exhaust): 135 inches
342 cm
Operating weight: 33200 lbs
15059 kg
Ground clearance: 14.9 inches
37 cm
Gauge: 84.6 inches
214 cm

Challenger 65 Tests

OCED Tractor Test 1613

OCED Tractor Test 1613
Diesel 10-speed crawler
September 1 – 30, 1988
Link: OCED Tractor Test 1613 file
PTO performance
Max power: 237.91 hp
177.4 kW
Fuel use: 14.0 gal/hour
53.0 l/hour
Power at rated engine speed: 232.29 hp
173.2 kW
Fuel use: 14.4 gal/hour
54.5 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed: 236.30 hp
176.2 kW
Fuel use: 14.4 gal/hour
54.5 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power: 213.73 hp
159.4 kW
Fuel use: 14.0 gal/hour
53.0 l/hour
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull: 32,684 lbs
14825 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Challenger 65 a good tractor?

The Challenger 65 is one of the great tractors in the Challenger (a part of Caterpillar) stable, and it has earned Challenger (a part of Caterpillar) a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a Challenger 65 take?

Check out the Challenger 65 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 Challenger (a part of Caterpillar) made the 65?

The Challenger 65 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1987 – 1990

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