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John Deer Compact Tractor Engines

Understanding small tractor engines and drivetrains is often very difficult and confusing, so if you're feeling lost once you see these words as you are researching used tractors for sale, know you aren't alone. We've created this blog to assist you've got a far better understanding of those terms and what they mean in practice.

Does John Deere Make the engines in their John Deere Compact Tractors?

Yanmar Tractors make the engines in John Deere compact tractors. John Deere's agreement with Yanmar tractors dates back to the 1970s. These diesel engines are compact, efficient, and top quality. Yanmar trail blazed the tiny diesel industry, releasing the primary commercial compact diesel in 1933.

How much horsepower does a John Deere compact tractor have?

Depending on the series and model you're viewing, you'll get a compact tractor with up to 65.9 horsepower (hp).

  • The one series tractors range from 22.5 - 23.9 hp

  • The two series tractors range from 24.2 - 36.7 hp

  • The three series tractors range from 24.7 - 35.3 hp

  • The four series tractors range from 43.1 - 65.9 hp


Servicing the engines on the small tractors is extremely simple. All you've got to attempt to do is take away the quarter fasteners on the engine panels and take away the panels to access the engine.


When an engine of a small tractor is Final Tier 4-compliant, it meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tier 4 emission guidelines. The Tier 4 guidelines are currently the foremost strict emission guidelines for off-road diesel engines. These guidelines specify what proportion of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides are released into the environment by the engine.


Simply put, the drivetrain is what transfers power from the engine to the wheels making the tractor move. The drivetrain isn't one specific part, and it includes the transmission, driveshaft, differential, and axles. The facility from the engine is transferred into the transmission, where the torque and horsepower rotate the drive shaft. The facility is then transferred through the differential, into the axles then on to the wheels. Once the torque reaches the wheels, it makes the tractor move.

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