Challenger 85D

Challenger 85D Technical Specifications

Challenger 85D is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1996 – 1997.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Challenger 85D 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 85D Production

Manufacturer Challenger (a part of Caterpillar)
Agricultural Crawler tractor
Original price was $155,200 in 1997

Challenger 85D Power

Engine: 271.64 hp
202.6 kW
PTO (tested) 334.95 hp
249.8 kW

Challenger 85D Mechanical

Drive crawler
Steering hydrostatic differential steering
Hydraulic wet disc brakes
Cab standard with air-conditioning.


Fuel 203 gal
768.4 L
Hydraulic system 29 gal
109.8 L


Type closed-center pressure-compensated
Capacity 29 gal
109.8 L
Pressure 2750 psi
189.6 bar
Valves 4
Pump flow 27 gpm
102.2 lpm
  35 gpmOptOptional
132.5 lpm

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO independent OptOptional
Rear RPM 1000 (1.75)
Engine RPM 1000@2050

Challenger 85D Engine detail

Engine Detail
Caterpillar 3196 ATAAC
turbocharged intercooled diesel
Displacement 729 ci
11.9 L
Bore/Stroke 5.118×5.906 inches
130 x 150 mm
Power (gross) 370 hp
275.9 kW
Air cleaner dual paper elements with aspirator
Pre-heating ether injection
  block heater
Rated RPM 2100
Starter volts 12
Oil capacity 32 qts
30.3 L
Coolant capacity 80 qts
75.7 L

Challenger 85D Transmission overview

Engine Oil

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

Challenger 85D Dimensions

Wheelbase 107 inches
271 cm
Length 232 inches
589 cm
Width 120 inches*Width with 30-inch tracks.
304 cm
Height (cab) 128 inches
325 cm
Height (exhaust) 144 inches
365 cm
Operating weight 34234 lbs
15528 kg
Gauge 90 inches
228 cm

Challenger 85D Tests

OCED Tractor Test 1723

OCED Tractor Test 1723
Diesel 10-speed crawler
April 9 – 16, 1997
Link: OCED Tractor Test 1723 file
PTO performance
Max power 334.95 hp
249.8 kW
Fuel use 17.1 gal/hour
64.7 l/hour
Power at rated engine speed 312.46 hp
233.0 kW
Fuel use 16.5 gal/hour
62.5 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed 318.59 hp
237.6 kW
Fuel use 16.6 gal/hour
62.8 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 271.64 hp
202.6 kW
Fuel use 16.3 gal/hour
61.7 l/hour
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 35,299 lbs
16011 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Challenger 85D a good tractor?

The Challenger 85D 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 85D take?

Check out the Challenger 85D 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 85D?

The Challenger 85D was an agricultural tractor model made from 1996 – 1997

How much horsepower is a Challenger 85D?

The 85D engine tested at 271.64 hp
202.6 kW drawbar and 334.95 hp
249.8 kW kW PTO horsepower.

How much does a Challenger 85D tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the Challenger 85D weight ranges from 34234 lbs
15528 kg .

How much can a Challenger 85D Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the Challenger 85D tractors starts at 35,299 lbs
16011 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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