Challenger 65C

Challenger 65C Technical Specifications

Challenger 65C is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1993 – 1994.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Challenger 65C 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 65C Production

Manufacturer Challenger (a part of Caterpillar)
Agricultural Crawler tractor
Built in Peoria, Illinois, USA
Original price was $119,000 in 1994

Challenger 65C Power

Engine: 220.32 hp
164.3 kW
PTO (tested) 257.20 hp
191.8 kW

Challenger 65C Electrical

Ground negative
Charging system alternator
Charging amps 115
Batteries 2
Battery CCA 750
Battery volts 12

Challenger 65C Mechanical

Drive crawler
Power steering
Hydraulic wet disc brakes
Cab standard.


Fuel 209 gal
791.1 L
Hydraulic system 29 gal
109.8 L


Type closed center
Capacity 29 gal
109.8 L
Pressure 2550 psi
175.8 bar
Valves 4
Pump flow 27 gpm
102.2 lpm
  35 gpmOptOptional
132.5 lpm
Steering flow 61.4 gpm
232.4 lpm
Steering press. 6090 psi
419.9 bar

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type III/IV
Rear lift 11,370 lbs
5157 kg

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear RPM 1000

Challenger 65C Engine detail

Engine Detail
Caterpillar 3306 DITA
turbocharged intercooled diesel
liquid-cooled inline
Displacement 638 ci
10.5 L
Bore/Stroke 4.75×6.00 inches
121 x 152 mm
Power (gross) 285 hp
212.5 kW
Fuel system direct injection
Air cleaner dual dry elements
Pre-heating ether injection
  block heater
Compression 15:1
Rated RPM 2100
Starter electric
Starter volts 12
Oil capacity 27.5 qts
26.0 L
Coolant capacity 44 qts
41.6 L

Challenger 65C Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type full power shift
Gears 10 forward and 2 reverse
Oil capacity 60 qts
56.8 L

Challenger 65C Dimensions

Wheelbase 107.1 inches
272 cm
Length 232 inches
589 cm
Width 120 inches
304 cm
Height (cab) 128 inches
325 cm
Height (exhaust) 144 inches
365 cm
Operating weight 32875 lbs
14912 kg
Clearance (drawbar) 15 inches
38 cm
Gauge 90 inches
228 cm

Challenger 65C Tests

OCED Tractor Test 1653

OCED Tractor Test 1653
Diesel 10-speed crawler
October 2 – 11, 1991
Link: OCED Tractor Test 1653 file
PTO performance
Max power 257.20 hp
191.8 kW
Fuel use 15.3 gal/hour
57.9 l/hour
Power at rated engine speed 245.20 hp
182.8 kW
Fuel use 15.2 gal/hour
57.5 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed 250.16 hp
186.5 kW
Fuel use 15.3 gal/hour
57.9 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 220.32 hp
164.3 kW
Fuel use 15.7 gal/hour
59.4 l/hour
Gear 4 used for power test.
Max pull 32714 lbs
14839 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Challenger 65C a good tractor?

The Challenger 65C 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 65C take?

Check out the Challenger 65C 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 ?

The Challenger 65C was an agricultural tractor model made from 1993 – 1994

How much horsepower is a Challenger 65C?

The engine tested at 220.32 hp
164.3 kW drawbar and 257.20 hp
191.8 kW kW PTO horsepower.

How much does a Challenger 65C tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the Challenger 65C weight ranges from 32875 lbs
14912 kg .

How much can a Challenger 65C Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the Challenger 65C tractors starts at 32714 lbs
14839 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

How much can a John Challenger 65C Lift?

Challenger 65C tractor hitch is capable of lifting 11,370 lbs
5157 kg.

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