John Deere Gator™ TX Turf
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  • Precision-engineered drive system
    Variable-speed driveVariable-speed drive

    On the Gator™ TX Turf, power is transmitted from the engine through a continuously variable clutch system to a transaxle and finally to the rear axle.


    Key elements of the drive system are as follows:

    Variable speed drive


    The variable-speed drive consists of two clutches connected by a drive belt:

    • Drive clutch is attached to and rotated by the engine.
    • Driven clutch is attached to and drives the transaxle.

    Features include:

    • Infinite selection of speeds (0 km/h to 25 km/h [0 mph to 15.5 mph])
    • No shifting necessary as operator increases speed
    • Easy operation

    Adjusts speed to the load to avoid bogging down when going up a hill or through challenging conditions because the wrong gear was selected.

    Clutches are tuned to provide engine braking when going downhill if the throttle remains engaged.

    Variable-speed drive functionalityVariable-speed drive functionality

    Here is how the variable-speed drive works:

    1. As the engine speed increases, the spring-loaded drive clutch is closed by weights being forced out by centrifugal force.
    2. As the drive clutch closes, the belt rides up to the largest diameter of the drive clutch and forces open the driven clutch.
    3. With the belt running in the smallest diameter of the driven clutch, the speed being transferred to the transaxle is increased.
    4. The driven clutch is designed to sense varying loads (inclines, mud, etc.) and constantly adjusts the drive speed upward or downward, so the engine rpm remains constant at constant throttle position.



    The transaxle is fully enclosed and runs in oil for reliability.


    The differential design reduces scuffing of the turf during turns because the inside wheels turn slower than the outside wheels (other vehicles that have a solid axle shaft must skid the inside wheel when making a turn).


    Helical gears are used to reduce transmission noise.


    The neutral start safety interlock is provided for the engine ignition system.


    Heavy-duty rear-axle housings


    Large, sealed bearings are located inside the housing for better protection. One-piece forged axles are splined for maximum strength:

    • Large sealed bearings for better protection and load-carrying capabilities
    • Forged-splined shaft for increased torsional strength
    • Nodular cast-iron housing for increased durability
  • Powered by 13.5-hp*, 401-cc, single-cylinder, four-cycle gas engine
    Engine (shield removed for illustration)Engine (shield removed for illustration)

    The Gator™ TX Turf is powered by a 13.5-hp*, 401-cc, single-cylinder, four-cycle gas engine.

    *The engine horsepower information is provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. The actual operating horsepower will be less.

    • Overhead valve design for greater efficiency and fuel economy
    • Full-pressure lubrication system with a replaceable filter
    • Replaceable single-element air cleaner with remote intake
    • Large-capacity muffler for low sound levels
    • Pedal start, which provides the ultimate in operator convenience
    • Electronic ignition switch, which allows pedal start and provides reliable starts and less servicing
    • Low fuel consumption and a large 18.9 L (5 U.S. gallon) fuel tank reduce fueling frequency; consumption at half load and average speed is 1.3 Lph (0.35 U.S. gph)
  • Flotation tires minimize ground compaction to save turf and prevent ruts in soft ground
    (A) Turf tires(A) Turf tires

    One type of flotation tire is available for the Gator™ TX Turf:

    • (A) Turf tires


    Product attributes:

    • The turf tire is four-ply rated, and has an enhanced blend of material and more content that yields significantly more useful life
    • This tread pattern gives all traditional series models a more aggressive showroom appeal
    • Each tire combines superb puncture resistance with a tread designed for maximum traction and performance

    All tires offer a wide profile and are designed to be inflated at a low psi.

    • Provides good flotation and traction in mud, sand, and other wet or soft areas
    • Flexes over bumps and ruts for a smoother, more comfortable ride
    • Minimizes ground compaction to save turf and prevent ruts in soft ground




    TX Turf

    Turf, front pair (two 22x9.50-10 4PR)
    Turf, rear pair (two 24x12.00-10 4PR)



    NOTE: John Deere recommends that all four or six (6x4 Gator™ models) tires be the same. Although the wheel and tire sizes remain the same, current tires should not be mixed with existing tires. The existing tires will remain available to service existing Gators.

  • Features operating conveniences such as professional high-back seats, cup holders, 12-V outlet, and fuel gauge
    Comfortable and convenient operator stationComfortable and convenient operator station

    Numerous features offer the operator and passenger a smooth, comfortable ride and provide many operating conveniences.

    NOTE: Shown with the optional front bumper, brush guard, front fender guard, and floor mat.

    • Side-by-side bucket seating provides room for one operator and one passenger
    • Hip restraints serve as a handhold and help to keep the operator and passenger in their seats over rough terrain
    • Both seats tilt forward for dry storage and ease of service
    • Choice of adjustable or non-adjustable driver's seat
    • Hour-meter is standard to assist in maintaining regular service intervals
    • Integrated cup holders

    A 12-V outlet is located on the instrument panel.


    The control location and walk-through platform provide easy entry/exit for the operator and passenger.

    • Park brake indicator light, hour-meter, and in-tank fuel gauge are standard equipment
    • Glove box is located in the dash to provide a convenient storage area for small tools and the operator's manual
    • Grab bar is provided for the passenger
    • Center-mounted key switch
    • Additional storage is provided between the seats


Type Wet disk in transaxle
Park brake Wet disk, hand operated