David Brown 1290

David Brown 1290 Technical Specifications

David Brown 1290 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1980 – 1983.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for David Brown 1290 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

David Brown 1290 Production

Manufacturer: David Brown (a part of J.I. Case)
Type: Utility tractor
Factory: Meltham Mills, Huddersfield, England
Original price: $20,100 (1983 )

David Brown 1290 Power

PTO (claimed): 53 hp
39.5 kW
Drawbar (tested): 44.81 hp
33.4 kW
PTO (tested): 53.73 hp
40.1 kW

David Brown 1290 Electrical

Ground: negative
Charging system: alternator
Charging amps: 26
Battery volts: 12

David Brown 1290 Mechanical

Chassis: 4×2 2WD
  4×4 MFWD 4WD
Steering: power
Brakes: mechanical drum
Cab: Two-post ROPS.
Transmission: 12-speed synchromesh


Fuel: 19 gal
71.9 L
Hydraulic system: 7.1 gal
26.9 L


Type: open center
Capacity: 7.1 gal
26.9 L
Valves: 1 or 2
Pump flow: 7.25 gpm
27.4 lpm

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type: 2/1

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO: transmission
Rear RPM: 540

David Brown 1290 Engine detail

Engine Detail
J.I. Case
Displacement: 195 ci
3.2 L
Bore/Stroke: 3.94×4.00 inches
100 x 102 mm
Air cleaner: dual dry element
Compression: 17:1
Rated RPM: 2200
Starter volts: 12
Oil capacity: 7.9 qts
7.5 L
Coolant capacity: 14.8 qts
14.0 L

David Brown 1290 Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type: synchromesh
Gears: 12 forward and 4 reverse
Clutch: dry disc
Oil capacity: 28.5 qts
27.0 L

David Brown 1290 Dimensions

Wheelbase: 83 inches
210 cm
Length: 135 inches
342 cm
Height (exhaust): 88 inches
223 cm
Shiping weight: 5,390 lbs
2444 kg
Max weight: 10,500 lbs
4762 kg
2WD Clearance (front axle): 21 inches
53 cm
4WD Clearance (front axle): 13 inches
33 cm

David Brown 1290 Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 1379

Nebraska Tractor Test 1379
Diesel 12-speed 4WD
March 18 – April 13, 1981
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 1379 file
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed: 53.73 hp
40.1 kW
Fuel use: 3.6 gal/hour
13.6 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed: 47.80 hp
35.6 kW
Fuel use: 3.1 gal/hour
11.7 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power: 44.81 hp
33.4 kW
Fuel use: 3.5 gal/hour
13.2 l/hour
Gear 4-1 used for power test.
Max pull: 8445 lbs
3830 kg
Gear 2-1 used for pull test.


Is David Brown 1290 a good tractor?

The David Brown 1290 is one of the great tractors in the David Brown (a part of J.I. Case) stable, and it has earned David Brown (a part of J.I. Case) a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a David Brown 1290 take?

Check out the David Brown 1290 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 David Brown (a part of J.I. Case) made the ?

The David Brown 1290 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1980 – 1983

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