Fordson Dexta

Fordson Dexta Technical Specifications

Fordson Dexta is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1958 – 1961.

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

Fordson Dexta Production

Manufacturer: Fordson (a part of Ford)
Type: Utility tractor
Factory: Dagenham, England
The gasoline version of the Dexta was produced in much smaller numbers than the diesel verion. The Dexta was sold in the United States as the Diesel 2000. A narrow model (52-inch width) as well as an industrial model, and a Dexta Special (Germany) were made.

Fordson Dexta Power

Engine: 32 hp
23.9 kW
Drawbar (claimed): 23.0 hp
17.2 kW
PTO (claimed): 31.41 hp
23.4 kW
Plows: 3
Drawbar (tested): 27.03 hp
20.2 kW
PTO (tested): 31.41 hp
23.4 kW

Fordson Dexta Electrical

Ground: positive
Battery volts: 12

Fordson Dexta Mechanical

Chassis: 4×2 2WD
Steering: manual
Brakes: differential mechanical expanding shoe
Cab: Open operator station.
Transmission: 6-speed


Pump flow: 4.42 gpm
16.7 lpm

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type: I

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO: transmission
  live (2-stage clutch) optional
Rear RPM: 540

Fordson Dexta Engine detail

Engine Detail
Ford-Perkins F3.144
Displacement: 144 ci
2.4 L
Bore/Stroke: 3.50×5.00 inches
89 x 127 mm
Power: 32 hp
23.9 kW
Air cleaner: oil bath
Compression: 16.5:1
Rated RPM: 2000
Torque: 93 lb-ft
126.1 Nm
Torque RPM: 1200
Firing order: 1-2-3
Starter volts: 12
Oil capacity: 7.66 qts
7.2 L
Oil change: 100 h

Coolant capacity: 9 qts
8.5 L
Intake valve clearance: 0.010 inches
0.254 mm *Hot
Exhaust valve clearance: 0.010 inches
0.254 mm *Hot

Fordson Dexta Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Gears: 6 forward and 2 reverse
Clutch: dry disc

Fordson Dexta Dimensions

Wheelbase: 71 inches
180 cm
Length: 118.5 inches
300 cm (diesel)
  121 inches
307 cm (gasoline)
Width: 64.5 inches
163 cm
Height (steering wheel): 54 inches
137 cm
Height (hood): 46.5 inches
118 cm
Clearance (front axle): 21 inches
53 cm
Clearance (rear axle): 12 inches
30 cm

Fordson Dexta Weight
Shipping: 2980 lbs
1351 kg
Operating: 3300 lbs
1496 kg
Ballasted: 6000 lbs
2721 kg

Fordson Dexta Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 684

Nebraska Tractor Test 684
Diesel 6-speed 2WD
February 28 – March 16, 1959
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 684 file
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed: 31.41 hp
23.4 kW
Fuel use: 2.0 gal/hour
7.6 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed: 26.07 hp
19.4 kW
Fuel use: 1.6 gal/hour
6.1 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power: 27.03 hp
20.2 kW
Fuel use: 2.0 gal/hour
7.6 l/hour
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull: 4,362 lbs
1978 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Fordson Dexta a good tractor?

The Fordson Dexta is one of the great tractors in the Fordson (a part of Ford) stable, and it has earned Fordson (a part of Ford) a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a Fordson Dexta take?

Check out the Fordson Dexta 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 Fordson (a part of Ford) made the ?

The Fordson Dexta was an agricultural tractor model made from 1958 – 1961

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