Challenger 85E

Challenger 85E Technical Specifications

Challenger 85E is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1998 – 2001.

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

Manufacturer Challenger (a part of Caterpillar)
Agricultural Crawler tractor
Original price $224,000

Challenger 85E Power

Engine: 296.50 hp
221.1 kW
PTO (tested) 335.70 hp
250.3 kW

Challenger 85E Mechanical

Drive crawler
Steering hydrostatic differential steering
Hydraulic caliper disc brakes
Cab standard.


Type closed
Valves 4
Pump flow 40 gpm
151.4 lpm

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear RPM 1000

Challenger 85E Engine detail

Engine Detail
turbocharged intercooled diesel
Displacement 729 ci
11.9 L
Bore/Stroke 5.118×5.906 inches
130 x 150 mm
Power 375 hp
279.6 kW
Air cleaner dual paper elements with aspirator
Compression 16:1
Rated RPM 2100
Starter volts 12
Coolant capacity 80 qts
75.7 L

Challenger 85E Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type full power shift
Gears 10 forward and 2 reverse

Challenger 85E Dimensions

Wheelbase 107 inches
271 cm
Operating weight 34,895 lbs
15828 kg

Challenger 85E Tests

OCED Tractor Test 1750

OCED Tractor Test 1750
Diesel 10-speed crawler
May 13 – June 2, 1998
Link: OCED Tractor Test 1750 file
PTO performance
Max power 335.70 hp
250.3 kW
Fuel use 16.6 gal/hour
62.8 l/hour
Power at rated engine speed 303.25 hp
226.1 kW
Fuel use 16.1 gal/hour
60.9 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed 305.58 hp
227.9 kW
Fuel use 16.0 gal/hour
60.6 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 296.50 hp
221.1 kW
Fuel use 17.6 gal/hour
66.6 l/hour
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 34,070 lbs
15454 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Challenger 85E a good tractor?

The Challenger 85E 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 85E take?

Check out the Challenger 85E 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 85E?

The Challenger 85E was an agricultural tractor model made from 1998 – 2001

How much horsepower is a Challenger 85E?

The 85E engine tested at 296.50 hp
221.1 kW drawbar and 335.70 hp
250.3 kW kW PTO horsepower.

How much does a Challenger 85E tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the Challenger 85E weight ranges from 34,895 lbs
15828 kg .

How much can a Challenger 85E Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the Challenger 85E tractors starts at 34,070 lbs
15454 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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