Fordson Power Major

Fordson Power Major Technical Specifications

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

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Fordson Power Major 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 Power Major Production

Manufacturer: Fordson (a part of Ford)
Factory: Dagenham, England

Fordson Power Major Power

Drawbar (tested): 42.63 hp
31.8 kW
PTO (tested): 47.65 hp
35.5 kW

Fordson Power Major Electrical

Ground: positive
Batteries: 2 (diesel)
  1 (gasoline)
Battery CCA: 144
Battery volts: 6 (diesel)
  12 (gasoline)

Fordson Power Major Mechanical

Chassis: 4×2 2WD
Steering: power assist
Brakes: differential mechanical shoe
Cab: Open operator station.
Transmission: 6-speed unsymchronized gear


Fuel: 17.4 gal
65.9 L
Rear axle: 43.2 qts
40.9 L


Type: gear pump
Pressure: 2200 psi
151.7 bar
Pump flow: 5.65 gpm
21.4 lpm

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO: transmission
  live (optional)
Rear RPM: 540
Engine RPM: 540@1600

Title serial numbers

Location: Engine block, right side
1958: 1481091
1959: 1494448
1960: 1538065
1961: 1583906

how to read serial numbers…

What year is my Fordson Power Major? Serial Number Decoder

The serial number list shows the first tractor built in each year. The other tractors for that year will have successively higher numbers. Your serial number should be between two of the stated numbers.

The list only includes the numbers of the first tractors produced in each year. Your serial should be somewhere between two numbers.Unless you happen to be the first person to own a tractor, your number will not appear on the list.

Fordson Power Major Engine detail

Engine Detail
Displacement: 220 ci
3.6 L
Bore/Stroke: 3.937×4.524 inches
100 x 115 mm
Air cleaner: oil bath
Compression: 16.1:1
Rated RPM: 1600
Firing order: 1-2-4-3
Starter: electric
  inertia starter optional
Starter volts: 12
Oil capacity: 7.2 qts
6.8 L
Coolant capacity: 14.4 qts
13.6 L

Fordson Power Major Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type: unsymchronized gear
Gears: 6 forward and 2 reverse
Clutch: dry disc
Oil capacity: 20.4 qts
19.3 L
  21.6 qts
20.4 L (with PTO)

Fordson Power Major Dimensions

Wheelbase: 80 inches
203 cm
Length: 130.5 inches
331 cm
Width: 65 inches
165 cm
Height: 64.6 inches
164 cm
Front tread: 54 to 78 inches
137 to 198 cm
Rear tread: 58/62 inches
147/157 cm

Fordson Power Major Weight
Operating: 4,540 lbs
2059 kg (basic gas)
  5,140 lbs
2331 kg (gas PTO/hyd)
  4,600 lbs
2086 kg (basic diesel)
  5,200 lbs
2358 kg (diesel PTO/hyd)
Ballasted: 10,370 lbs
4703 kg

Fordson Power Major Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 685

Nebraska Tractor Test 685
Diesel 6-speed 2WD
February 27, 1959 – March 16, 1957
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 685 file
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed: 47.65 hp
35.5 kW
Fuel use: 3.2 gal/hour
12.1 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed: 45.39 hp
33.8 kW
Fuel use: 3.0 gal/hour
11.4 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power: 42.63 hp
31.8 kW
Fuel use: 3.2 gal/hour
12.1 l/hour
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull: 8,038 lbs
3646 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is Fordson Power Major a good tractor?

The Fordson Power Major 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 Power Major take?

Check out the Fordson Power Major 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 Power Major?

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

Where is the serial number on a Fordson Power Major?

Lookup engine block, right side

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