John Deere 520

John Deere 520 Row-Crop tractor Technical Specifications

John Deere 520 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1956 – 1958.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for John Deere 520 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

John Deere 520 Production

Manufacturer John Deere
Row-Crop tractor
Built in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built 13,048 (total)
  12,040 (gasoline)
  764 (LP-gas)
  244 (all-fuel)
Original price $2,300 (1958)

John Deere 520 Power

Engine: 33.30 hp
24.8 kW
Belt (tested) 37.52 hp
28.0 kW

John Deere 520 Electrical

Ground positive
Batteries 2
Battery volts 6

John Deere 520 Mechanical

Two-wheel drive
Steering manual
  power optional
Differential mechanical expanding shoe brakes
Open operator station.


Fuel 15.5 gal (all-fuel)
58.7 L
  18 gal (gasoline)
68.1 L
  33 gal (LP gas)
124.9 L
Aux. fuel 2 gal
7.6 L
Hydraulic system 2.5 gal
9.5 L


Capacity 2.5 gal
9.5 L

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type II OptOptional

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO independent
Rear RPM 540

Title serial numbers

1956 5200000
1957 5202982
1958 5209029
Final 5213189

FAQ: How to read a serial number table.

What year is my John Deere 520? 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.

John Deere 520 Engine detail

Engine Detail
John Deere
2-cylinder 4-valve
Displacement 189.8 ci
3.1 L
Bore/Stroke 4.6875×5.50 inches
119 x 140 mm
Air cleaner oil bath
Compression 7:1
Rated RPM 1325
Firing order 1-2
Starter volts 12
Oil capacity 7 qts
6.6 L
Coolant capacity 18 qts
17.0 L
Sparkplug gap 0.030 inches
0.762 mm
Point gap 0.022 inches
0.559 mm

John Deere 520 Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Manufacturer John Deere
Type unsynchronized gear
Gears 6 forward and 1 reverse
Clutch dry disc

John Deere 520 Dimensions

Wheelbase 90 inches
228 cm
Length 132.75 inches
337 cm
Width 86.625 inches
220 cm
Height 83.325 inches
211 cm
Weight 4,960 lbs
2249 kg
Ballasted weight 6,600 lbs
2993 kg
Ground clearance 24.75 inches
62 cm

John Deere 520 Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 590

Nebraska Tractor Test 590
LP gas 6-speed 2WD
September 5 – 11, 1956
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 590 file
Belt power (max) 37.24 hp
27.8 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 3.9 gal/hour
14.8 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 33.30 hp
24.8 kW
Gear 4 used for power test.
Max pull 4,659 lbs
2113 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.

Nebraska Tractor Test 592

Nebraska Tractor Test 592
Tractor fuel 6-speed 2WD
September 13 – 17, 1956
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 592 file
Belt power (max) 25.41 hp
18.9 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 2.5 gal/hour
9.5 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 23.98 hp
17.9 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 4,660 lbs
2113 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.

Nebraska Tractor Test 597

Nebraska Tractor Test 597
Gasoline 6-speed 2WD
October 61956, – October 10, 1956
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 597 file
Belt power (max) 37.52 hp
28.0 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 3.3 gal/hour
12.5 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 33.27 hp
24.8 kW
Gear 4 used for power test.
Max pull 4,723 lbs
2142 kg
Gear 2 used for pull test.


Is John Deere 520 a good tractor?

The John Deere 520 is one of the great tractors in the John Deere stable, and it has earned John Deere a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a John Deere 520 take?

Check out the John Deere 520 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 John Deere made the 520?

The John Deere 520 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1956 – 1958

How much does a John Deere 520 tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the John Deere 520 weight ranges from 4,960 lbs
2249 kg .

How much can a John Deere 520 Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the John Deere 520 tractors starts at 4,659 lbs
2113 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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