John Deere A

John Deere A Two-Cylinder Letter Series Technical Specifications

John Deere A is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1934 – 1952.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for John Deere A 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 A Production

Manufacturer John Deere
Row-Crop tractor
Built in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built 300,000
The A was John Deere`s first true row-crop tractor, replacing the GP. There were several variants of the A. The A was the row-crop model. The AR was a standard (or fixed) tread model. The AO was an orchard model, with no exhaust stack and shielded fenders. There was also the AI industrial model, the AN with narrow front, the AW wide front, and the high-crop ANH and AWH. The model A was the first Deere tractor to come from the factory with rubber tires.

John Deere A Power

Engine: 18.72 hp
14.0 kW
PTO (tested) 23.63 hp
17.6 kW
Belt (tested) 24.71 hp
18.4 kW

John Deere A Mechanical

Two-wheel drive
Steering manual
Differential mechanical expanding shoe brakes
Open operator station with steel pan seat.

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO transmission
Rear RPM 540

Title serial numbers

1934 410000
1935 412866
1936 424025
1937 442151
1938 466787
1939 477000
1940 488000
1941 499000
1942 510239
1943 520004
1944 524423
1945 542700
1946 555334
1947 569610
1948 587349
1949 611921
1950 640246
1951 666307
1952 682602
Final 703384

FAQ: How to read a serial number table.

What year is my John Deere A? 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 A Engine detail

Engine Detail
John Deere
all fuel
2-cylinder 4-valve
liquid-cooled horizontal
Displacement 309 ci
5.1 L
Bore/Stroke 5.50×6.50 inches
140 x 165 mm
Air cleaner oil bath
Compression 4.45:1
Rated RPM 975
Firing order 1-2
Starter type manual *Hand-crank of tractor flywheel.
Oil capacity 9.25 qts
8.8 L
Coolant capacity 38 qts
36.0 L
Sparkplug gap .030 inches
0.762 mm
Point gap 0.021 inches
0.533 mm
Intake valve clearance 0.020 inches*Hot
0.508 mm
Exhaust valve clearance 0.020 inches*Hot
0.508 mm

John Deere A Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Manufacturer John Deere
Type unsynchronized gear
Gears 4 forward and 1 reverse
Clutch dry disc

John Deere A Dimensions

Length 124 inches
314 cm
Width 83 inches
210 cm
  86.325 inches
219 cm
Height 60 inches
152 cm
  63.875 inches
162 cm
Weight 3783 lbs
1715 kg

John Deere A Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 222

Nebraska Tractor Test 222
Distillate 4-speed 2WD
April 19 – 27, 1934
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 222 file
Belt power (max) 24.71 hp
18.4 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 2.4 gal/hour
9.1 l/hour
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed 23.63 hp
17.6 kW
Fuel use 2.3 gal/hour
8.7 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 18.72 hp
14.0 kW
Gear 1 used for power test.
Max pull 2,923 lbs
1325 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is John Deere A a good tractor?

The John Deere A 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 A take?

Check out the John Deere A 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 A?

The John Deere A was an agricultural tractor model made from 1934 – 1952

How much horsepower is a John Deere A?

The A engine tested at 18.72 hp
14.0 kW drawbar and 23.63 hp
17.6 kW kW PTO horsepower.

How much does a John Deere A tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the John Deere A weight ranges from 3783 lbs
1715 kg .

How much can a John Deere A Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the John Deere A tractors starts at 2,923 lbs
1325 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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