The Ultimate Guide to the John Deere 955 Tractor

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John Deere 955 Compact Utility TractorThe John Deere 955 is a beast of a tractor, packing a 33 horsepower, 3 cylinder Yanmar diesel engine. Intended for use in the agricultural and farm industries, the 955 has the power to get the job done.

History of the 955 by John Deere

The 955 had a nine-year production run from 1989 to 1998.

Unlike many other JohnDeere tractors which were made in the USA, this one was made in a factory located overseas in Japan.

It’s a compact utility tractor.

At the end of its run, the 955 sold at retail for $18,000.

This tractor is a real powerhouse, not to be compared with consumer garden tractors. The 955 is used in professional applications such as farming and load running.

If you’re looking to buy one of these bad-boys, used models are frequently available at auctions for under $10,000.

A good working 955 will sell for around $7000 today.

Just a few of the attachments include:

  • Flail hedge cutters
  • Plows
  • Front Loaders

John Deere 955

The John Deere 955 Engine

The John Deere 955 tractor is equipped with a powerful Yanmar diesel engine. The engine sports three cylinders and has 33 horsepower.

The power on the drawbar ranks at 23 HP, and the PTO at 27. (These figures were not tested at an independent testing site and may vary slightly from working values).

  • The engine is liquid cooled and holds 2.4 quarts of coolant in the system.
  • Displacement is 87.3 ci. A 6.6-gallon fuel tank keeps you running until the job is done.


The 955 John Deere transmission is a four-wheel drive. One of the main reasons for using a four-wheel drive system is to maintain wheel traction even with heavy front or rear loads.

Traversing over uneven terrain becomes an easy task with this transmission. The transmission is hydrostatic and has unlimited forward and reverse adjustment capability.

This can really come in handy if you’re using the tractor after wet-weather, moving logs or trees in rural country land.


The 955 is equipped with an open hydraulic system with a 4.5-gallon capacity and 7.2 gallon-per-minute valve flow. The hydraulics power tractor attachments.


The John Deere 955 has a 3-point hitch with a 957 pound rear lift.

PTO (Power Take-Off):

Power take-off is designed to provide mechanical power to your attachments. The 955 has a live rear PTO with 540 RPMs.

Additional Information:

An unaltered 955 weighs and has a wheelbase of 64 inches.

  • Front tire:   7.00-12
  • Rear Tire:    11.2-16

History of the John Deere Brand

With a history dating back to the 1830s, the John Deere brand is incredibly reputable.

Why?  Because John Deere has consistently brought the kind of quality products to market that speak for themselves.

And how?

The leadership of John Deere has primarily been family.  Which gives the nod to the pass-down of family values like integrity and a commitment to innovation.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that between 1910 and 1913, John Deere Sales grew from $5.2 million to $30.7 million?!

That’s more than 590%!

In nearly 200 years of history, John Deere has had eight great leaders that have shaped (or maintained) the brand quality we all expect.

What do YOU think of, when you think of John Deere?

Other John Deere Tractors

List of John Deere Tractors
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John Deere 400 Tractor
John Deere 420 Tractor
John Deere 425 Tractor
John Deere 430 Tractor
John Deere 455 Tractor
John Deere 650 Tractor
John Deere 955 Tractor
John Deere 2305 Tractor
John Deere 4440 Tractor
John Deere 3010 Tractor

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