John Deere R

John Deere R Standard-tread tractor Technical Specifications

John Deere R is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1949 – 1954.

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

Manufacturer John Deere
Standard-tread tractor
Built in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Total built 21,293
Original price $3650 (1954)
The model R was John Deere`s first diesel tractor. The R was the first John Deere tractor with a live PTO, which used a separate clutch.

John Deere R Power

Engine: 43.15 hp
32.2 kW
Belt (tested) 48.58 hp
36.2 kW

John Deere R Electrical

Ground positive
Battery volts 6

John Deere R Mechanical

Two-wheel drive
Steering manual
Mechanical drum brakes
Open operator station.

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO live
Rear RPM 540

John Deere R Engine detail

Engine Detail
John Deere
Displacement 415.5 ci
6.8 L
Bore/Stroke 5.75×8.00 inches
146 x 203 mm
Air cleaner oil bath
Compression 16:1
Rated RPM 1000
Firing order 1-2
Starter type 2-cylinder pony motor

John Deere R Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Type gear
Gears 5 forward and 1 reverse
Clutch dry disc
Oil capacity 9.5 qts
9.0 L
The tractor must be stopped and clutch used to shift gears.

John Deere R Dimensions

Wheelbase 85.5 inches
217 cm
Length 147 inches
373 cm
Width 79.5 inches
201 cm
Height 78.125 inches
198 cm
Shipping weight 7400 lbs
3356 kg
Operating weight 7603 lbs
3448 kg

John Deere R Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 406

Nebraska Tractor Test 406
Diesel 5-speed 2WD
April 19 – 28, 1949
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 406 file
Belt power (max) 48.58 hp
36.2 kW
Belt fuel use (max) 2.8 gal/hour
10.6 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 43.15 hp
32.2 kW
Gear 3 used for power test.
Max pull 6644 lbs
3013 kg
Gear 1 used for pull test.


Is John Deere R a good tractor?

The John Deere R 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 R take?

Check out the John Deere R 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 ?

The John Deere R was an agricultural tractor model made from 1949 – 1954

How much does a John Deere R tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the John Deere R weight ranges from 7400 to 7603 pounds .

How much can a John Deere R Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the John Deere R tractors starts at 6644 lbs
3013 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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