Specifications for a John Deere 955 Compact Utility Tractor

Updated February 21, 2017

John Deere has partnered with Japanese manufacturer Yanmar on quite a few garden tractor and utility tractor engines. Yanmar also produced some complete tractors carrying the John Deere badge and colours, including the 955, produced from 1989 until 1998.


The 955 is powered by a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine. It is rated at 33 engine horsepower with 23 horsepower at the drawbar and 27 horsepower at the PTO .


The 955 is fully hydrostatic, with infinitely adjustable forward and rearward speed. It has four-wheel drive with a differential lock for the rear axle. The rear PTO is live, with standard 540rpm and a spline shaft.


The 955 hydraulic system delivers 434kg. of lift capacity to the standard Category 1 three-point hitch. Forward hydraulics for the optional loader are controlled by a joystick. The hydraulic pump delivers 1134kg. per square inch of pressure at a flow of 7.2 gallons per minute.

Fluids and Capacities

The 955 has an engine oil capacity of 4.4 qts. John Deere recommends its Plus 50 or Torq-Gard oil. The hydraulic system capacity is 4.5 gallons with low viscosity Hy-Gard hydraulic oil recommended. The engine uses 4.8 qts. of coolant, with Cool-Gard recommended. The front wheel drive transaxle requires 3.5 qts. of gear lubricant, with John Deere GL-5 recommended. The fuel tank holds 6.6 gallons of diesel.

Physical Specifications

The 955 weighs 907 Kilogram and has a wheel base of 64 inches. Tire sizes are 7.00 to 12 for the front and 11.2 to 16 for the rear.

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