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John Deere 855 Tractor Review & Specification

The John Deere 855 is a popular garden tractor launched by Deere & Company in 1986. This compact utility tractor is available in 2WD and 4WD versions. It was in production for 12 years from 1986 to 1998 in the USA. This model is a bigger version of the John Deere 755 and was replaced by the model 955.

John Deere 855 is considered very reliable for its solid construction, amazing design, great features, and useful attachments. It comes with a 24 hp Yanmar diesel engine and hydrostatic transmission. An infinite forward and reverse speed is available in the gearbox. The tractor also offers power steering for easy driving and differential hydraulic wet disc brakes.

This all-around lawn tractor provides full protection to the operator with an open operator station supported by two-post ROPS. Besides, there are many useful attachments available with this tractor. The popular tractor is widely in use even today after 23 years of the closing of its production. Here you will get all the information about this powerful and durable utility tractor. So read below the specifications, features, price details, and other facts about John Deere 855.

John Deere 855 Tractor Review

Specifications Of John Deere 855

ModelJohn Deere 855
Length110.3 inches [280 cm]
Width42.6 inches [108 cm] 51.3 inches [130 cm]
Height (hood)         52.3 inches [132 cm]
Height (ROPS)75.6 inches [192 cm]
2WD Weight1790 lbs [811 kg]
4WD Weight1870 lbs [848 kg]
Wheelbase64 inches [162 cm]
2WD Clearance (drawbar)12.68 inches [32 cm]
4WD Clearance (drawbar)9.9 inches [25 cm]
2WD turn radius  8.5 feet [2.6 m] 7.4 feet [2.3 m] (with brakes)
4WD turn radius8.8 feet [2.7 m] 8.0 feet [2.4 m] (with brakes)
Electrical groundNegative
Charging amps40
Engine          Yanmar 3TN75RJ diesel 3-cylinder liquid-cooled 60.7 ci [1.0 L]
Bore/Stroke2.95×2.95 inches [75 x 75 mm]
Power24 hp [17.9 kW]
Air cleanerDry element
Pre-heatingAir heater
Rated RPM3200
Operating RPM1400-3425
Starter volts12
Power24 hp [17.9 kW]
PTO (claimed)19 hp [14.2 kW]
Oil capacity3.8 qts [3.6 L]
Coolant capacity4 qts [3.8 L]
TransmissionSunstrand Series 17
GearsInfinite (2-range) forward and reverse
Oil capacity18 qts [17.0 L]
Fuel Capacity6.6 gal [25.0 L]
Hydraulic system4.5 gal [17.0 L]
Front axle2.25 qts [2.1 L]
3-point hitch rear typeI
ControlPosition control
Rear lift (at 24″/610mm)785 lbs [356 kg]
Hydraulics typeOpen center
Capacity4.5 gal [17.0 L]
Pressure2050 psi [141.3 bar]
Mid valves2
Total flow5.6 GPM [21.2 lpm]
Chassis4×2 2WD 4×4 MFWD 4WD
Differential lockStandard
BrakesDifferential hydraulic wet disc
CabTwo-post Roll-Gard ROPS.
Rear PTOIndependent
Rear RPM540
Engine RPM540@3200
Mid PTOIndependent
Mid RPM2100
Engine RPM2100@3200
2WD Standard tires (ag)Front: 4.00×15. Rear: 9.5×16
4WD Standard tires (ag)Front: 6-12. Rear: 9.5×16
Lawn/turf front23×8.50-12
Lawn/turf rear33×12.50-15
Attachments60″ Mower deck, 72″ Mower deck, Loader, Backhoe

Key Features Of John Deere 855

This compact utility tractor was one of the most popular models of its time. And even today it is a favorite of passionate and professional farmers. The reason behind its great popularity is the design, features, and attachments. Here are the key features of John Deere 855.


It comes with the Yanmar 3TN75RJ engine producing 24.3 PS (17.9 kW; 24.0 HP) of maximum output power. It is a three-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine of 1.0 L, 994 cm2, (60.7 cu·in) displacement. Its cylinder bore is measured at 75.0 mm (2.95 in) and the piston stroke at 75.0 mm (2.95 in). The compression ratio rating of the engine is 17.8:1. Its cooling system requires 3.8 liters of coolant. The naturally aspirated engine has an oil capacity of 3.1 liters.


John Deere 855 has Sundstrand series 17 model hydrostatic transmission system. It provides a gearbox of infinite (2-range) forward and reverse speeds. With power steering, you can enjoy an effortless drive. These features make the tractor easy to operate in tough and upward land. The hydrostatic transmission is controlled by two right-side foot pedals. Also, a standard cruise control enables mowing a large area at a constant speed. You need not control the speed and can concentrate on mowing your lawn.

This tractor is built on a 4×4 MFWD 4WD chassis. There is a 3-point hitch that can lift 435 kg on the rear. The oil capacity of the transmission is 18 qts [17.0 L] 16 qts.

Other Features

This popular farm tractor offers differential hydraulic wet disc brakes. It has an open operator station with two-post ROPS that provides safety to the operator. There is an optional Canopy and high ROPS with spacious headroom. The tractor contains a 25.0 liters (6.6 US gal.; 5.5 Imp. gal) fuel tank.


What makes this tractor a super hit farm asset is the useful attachments available with it. John Deere 855 comes with a 60” and 72 “ mid-mount John Deere mower deck with 3-blades and a hydraulic lift. It also offers a John Deere 70A loader and John Deere 7 backhoe.

Pros Of John Deere 855

  • It is a Well designed, durable, and nice-looking tractor offering lots of options.
  • Its solid construction and well-thought features make it a reliable tractor.
  • It is a powerful and versatile tractor with a 24HP engine, hydrostatic transmission, and an open center hydraulic system.
  • The tractor is easy to operate with power steering and infinite forward and reverse gears.
  • It is economic in terms of fuel consumption and a bundle of useful attachments makes it an all-around tractor.

Cons Of John Deere 855

  • It becomes unstable in ascending land or when there is weight in the loader.
  • The fuel tank is comparatively smaller.

Price Of John Deere 855

The original Price of 1998 built John Deere 855 tractor is $16,000. But the price of a used tractor has a huge difference depending on its condition and location.

Manufacturing Date

You will get the manufacturing year of the  John Deere 855 from its serial number. The serial number plate is found on the backside of the tractor or below the PTO shaft.

1986: M00855A360001 (2WD)

1987: M00855A420001 (2WD)

1988: M00855A475001 (2WD)

1989: M00855A595001 (2WD)

1990: M00855A010001 (2WD)

1991: M00855A100001 (2WD)

1992: LV0855A100700 (2WD)

1993: LV0855A130000 (2WD)

1994: LV0855A165001 (2WD)

1995: LV0855165211 (2WD)

1986: M00855B360001 (2WD SCV)

1987: M00855B420001 (2WD SCV)

1988: M00855B475001 (2WD SCV)

1989: M00855B595001 (2WD SCV)

1990: M00855B010001 (2WD SCV)

1991: M00855B105001 (2WD SCV)

1992: LV0855B105700 (2WD SCV)

1993: LV0855B135000 (2WD SCV)

1994: LV0855B170001 (2WD SCV)

1995: LV0855B170123 (2WD SCV)

1986: M00855C360001 (4WD)

1987: M00855C420001 (4WD)

1988: M00855C475001 (4WD)

1989: M00855C595001 (4WD)

1990: M00855C010001 (4WD)

1991: M00855C120001 (4WD)

1992: LV0855C120700 (4WD)

1993: LV0855C150000 (4WD)

1994: LV0855C175001 (4WD)

1995: LV0855C175141 (4WD)

1986: M00855D360001 (4WD SCV)

1987: M00855D420001 (4WD SCV)

1988: M00855D475001 (4WD SCV)

1989: M00855D010001 (4WD SCV)

1990: M00855D010001 (4WD SCV)

1991: M00855D125001 (4WD SCV)

1992: LV0855D125700 (4WD SCV)

1993: LV0855D160000 (4WD SCV)

1994: LV0855D180001 (4WD SCV)

1995: LV0855D181952 (4WD SCV)

1996: LV0855E190001

1997: LV0855E200001

1998: LV0855E300001


John Deere 855 Tractor

John Deere 855 is a compact utility tractor available in 2WD or 4WD versions. It is regarded as one of the best tractors for providing great features and attachments. With a 24hp Yanmar 3TN75RJ engine and Sundstrand series 17 model hydrostatic transmission, it is a powerful and easy-to-operate tractor. This article provides detailed information that will help you to know this popular tractor in a better way.

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