John Deere TS 4x2
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  • Precision-engineered drive system
    Gator™ TS 4X2/Gator TX 4X2Gator™ TS 4X2/Gator TX 4X2

    Power is transmitted from the engine, through a continuously variable clutch system, to a transaxle. Power is transmitted from the transaxle directly 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 32 km/h [0 mph to 20 mph])
    • No shifting necessary as operator increases speed
    • Adjusts speed to the load to avoid bogging down when going up a hill or through challenging conditions because the wrong gear was selected
    Variable-speed driveVariable-speed drive

    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.


    Helical gears are used for quiet operation.


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


    Traction assist (differential lock) is built into the transaxle:

    • Allows locking the rear drive wheels together
    • Provides increased traction in tough spots

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

    Heavy-duty rear axle housings


    Gator TS 4X2

    Bolt-on cast-aluminum rear-axle housings provide an extremely strong supporting structure.

    • Large, sealed bearings are located inside the housing for better protection
    • Forged-splined shaft for increased torsional strength

    Gator TX 4X2

    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


    NOTE: The TS 4X2 is not sold in Australia/New Zealand.

  • Large, durable cargo box for heavy hauling
    Large 16-gauge cargo box (Gator TH 6X4 shown)Large 16-gauge cargo box (Gator TH 6X4 shown)

    The strong, 16-gauge cargo box allows hauling heavy and bulky cargo.


    The load of the box is placed directly over the rear wheels, where the load is in the most stable position. The 25-in. load height for the Gator™ TS allows easy loading and unloading of material.

    Box capacity

    Gator TS


    286 cu L
    (10.1 cu ft)


    227 kg (500 lb)

    Manual-tilt cargo box (Gator TS shown)Manual-tilt cargo box (Gator TS shown)

    The cargo box can be manually tilted up to allow access to the drive system or to assist in cleaning out the box.

    • A prop rod is provided to hold the box in the upright position for operator convenience.



    Box dump angles (degrees)




     Gator TS

    Manual dump

    48.5 degrees

    Power dump

    47.5 degrees


    The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items.


    The box design includes tie-downs on load guard and box sides.

    CAUTION: Carrying extra-long cargo that extends beyond the box can adversely affect stability.

  • Features operating conveniences such as cushioned bucket seating, cup holders, 12-V outlet, glove box, and fuel gauge
    Side-by-side bucket seatingSide-by-side bucket seating

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

    • Side-by-side bucket seating provides room for one operator and one passenger
    • Hip restraints serve as a handhold and help 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
    • 12-V outlet is located on the instrument panel
    Convenient walk-through operator stationConvenient walk-through operator station

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

    • All models feature a park brake indicator light, hour-meter, and tank-mounted fuel gauge as standard equipment
    • Traction assist (differential lock) is hand operated and conveniently located between the operator and passenger seats
    • Traction assist indicator light (Gator™ TH 6X4 only)
    • Glove box is located in the dash to provide a convenient storage area for small tools and 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


2 Reviews
Oct 10, 2014

Very good for the money


This is an amazing product. I does any job without even flexing.It is soo fun to drive too.


  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Oct 28, 2014



I have had my TS Gator 9 yrs. bought brand new in 2005.I have done everything with this little buggy...clean horse stalls, haul wood, hay, loam, kids on hay ride and just all around an excellent machine!!!! I added the floor mat & bed liner when new..all the metal parts are rusting and paint falling off...I wish JD would do a make over on my machine!!!! all the work & fun and has 740 hrs which is nothing........original tires which are dry rotting now SO..pull out the compressor...I LOVE MY GATOR....Happy Trails John Deere......Nancy J.Loudon


  • From: Townsend Ma
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert