John Deere TS 4x2
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  • 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 64 cm (25-in.) load height for the Gator™ TS allows easy loading and unloading of material.

    Box capacity

    Gator TS


    286 L3
    (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.

  • Precision-engineered drive system
    Gator™ TS 4X2/Gator TX 4X2 Gator™ 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 kph to 32 kph [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 drive Variable-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
  • Features operating conveniences such as cushioned bucket seating, cup holders, 12-V outlet, glove box, and fuel gauge
    Side-by-side bucket seating Side-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 driver's seat attachment
    • Hour-meter is standard to assist in maintaining regular service intervals
    • Integrated cupholders
    • 12-V outlet is located on the instrument panel
    Convenient walk-through operator station Convenient 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


6 Reviews
Jan 24, 2019

2003 4by2


bought our gator new in 2003,and it has been 100% reliable ever since, i have also restored 6 abused gators i find @ auctions , hedge rows, ypu name it! they are easy to work on, i have always enjoyed working on them,and they are always easy to sell. its a great retirement hobby! thanks jeff r.


Oct 31, 2020



We bought a John Deere Gator in 1995. We are still driving it. We have nearly 100 acres and this old friend has been over every inch of it. We had cows for many years and it helped us feed and care for them. We still use it to harvest the garden and bring to the house. It still drives hubby around to check all the water sprinklers and get the mail every day. We've replaced most of the exterior parts more than once and they could use it again. We are getting older and so is the gator. Currently the starter is acting up but it's expected after 25 years. We frequently comment we would never have done all this without our gator. By the way, we were the 1st on our road to have a gator. Now everyone as something similar.


  • From: Ennis, Tx
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Feb 18, 2019

It even Plows Snow!


I bought a used Gator 4x2 with 1400 hours on it and used it all summer with my business without any trouble. I put a UTV plow on the front with a winch to raise and lower. My Gator just keeps on working. I live north of the Twin Cities and have a huge drive and parking area. All I have to do is lock the differential and away we go. No need for chains just put some weight in the back and your good to go. My Gator sits in the unheated pole barn and the gas engine starts every time. This is a great machine.


  • From: Minnesota
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 23, 2018

Ignore this review if you take yours to the dealer for service


After burning up every other brand of utility vehicle, I have bought at least 6 of these Gators in a row, and have used them all over 5,000 hours with very little maintenance other than regular schedule. With this many hours they need service at least monthly, so i can't have them down long enough to take to dealer. But the one i bought last year is awful. The oil filter is almost impossible to get to. ( I have tried 5 different oil filter tools and none of them work. i would love to know what tool the deere mechanics use. I have looked into a relocating kit because it is so bad. The oil filler neck is tucked under behind the seat in a place that is hard to get to even with a long funnel. The fuel filter is behind the oil filter, making it literally impossible to change without taking apart the entire cowling. On top of all that, this specific machine never idles quite right. I will research other utility machines before i buy another Gator.


  • From: orlando, fl
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 14, 2019

Great looking machine


I purchased this product in early April 2019. I needed this gator for my small farm and I purchased from my friends at Ag Pro in Carnescille Ga. I am looking forward to many years with my gator and Ibfeel it will serve me well in the years to come. John Deere makes a great product and I enjoy their tractors and gator products as well.


  • From: Gainesville Ga