John Deere E120
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  • Cast-iron front axle will not bend
    Front axle and wheel spindleFront axle and wheel spindle

    The front axle is constructed of solid cast iron that will not bend:

    • Automotive-like steering system with sector and pinion steering gears and single drag link with a tie rod provides a very strong, low-effort, and tight-turning system.
    • Three grease fittings, on both steering spindles and center pivot, allow for regular lubrication to help maintain easy steering and minimize wear.
    • Large, 0.75-in. (1.9-cm) diameter wheel spindles provide excellent durability.
  • Powerful V-twin engine features full-pressure lubrication for dependability and long life
    20-hp (14.9-kW) engine20-hp (14.9-kW) engine

    A 20-hp (14.9-kW) V-twin engine has plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing, mulching, and bagging conditions:

    • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
    • Spring-return feature to ensure the operator will not mistakenly leave the throttle lever in the choke position
    • Electronic ignition for fast starts
    • Cast-iron cylinder liners for longer engine life
    • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
    • Full-pressure lubrication and oil filter for cleaner oil, prolonging engine life and extending the time between oil changes
      • More effective when operating the tractor on an incline
    • John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean.
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as removing the old oil-filled filter and twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine. The removed filter contains the captured contaminants and a portion of the engine oil. Easy Change is standard equipment on the E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180.

  • Two-year or 120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard

    An exclusive 2-year or 120-hour (whichever comes first), single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is standard for all John Deere 100 Series Tractors.

    • The warranty is hassle free, with one company handling all of the paperwork.
    • Premium features of 100 Series Tractors allow for this longer warranty period, with more coverage than comparable tractors.

    *Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.

  • Frame made of full-length welded steel for reliability
    Solid one-piece frame Solid one-piece frame
    Solid one-piece frame Solid one-piece frame

    The solid one-piece frame is constructed of 12-gauge, 0.105-in. (2.66-mm) steel:

    • Full-length, robotically-welded frame design has high-strength steel rails for added strength and long life.
    • One-piece, steel fender deck is bolted to the frame.
  • The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance
    Mowing with 42-in. (107-cm) mower deckMowing with 42-in. (107-cm) mower deck
    42-in. (107-cm) mower deck42-in. (107-cm) mower deck

    The Edge cutting system has been trademarked to emphasize the advantages of the John Deere mower deck designs. They give the mower superior convenience, performance, and reliability.

    The 42-in. (107-cm) two-spindle, three-in-one mower is constructed of 13-gauge, 0.090-in. (2.3-mm) steel for long life:

    • The mower deck has a rolled lip to provide greater strength and protection.
    • The deep-deck mower design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.
    • The smooth underside of the mower prevents grass buildup and evenly disperses grass clippings.
    • The rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
    • Dual-stage E-coat and powder paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
    • No tools are required to go from mulching to side discharge to rear bagging.
    • The blade-to-spindle design provides a unique mounting system for the mower blade that provides extra safety and convenience.
    • A mulch cover is an optional attachment that can be installed without tools to allow mulching with the standard mower blades.   
    • A high-performance mulch plug is an optional attachment that includes a mulch plug and special mulching blades for excellent performance.
    • cut-and-throw, 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger is sold separately.
    Mower wash port
    Mower wash portMower wash port
    Mower wash port with hose connectorMower wash port with hose connector

    A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy:

    • A hose connector is included with mower deck.
    StarLock™ blade design
    StarLock blade designStarLock blade design

    The StarLock blade design keeps the blade bolt at the correct torque for easy removal.

    Optional blades for difficult mulching or bagging conditions are available.

    Mower deck height adjustment
    Mower deck height adjustment leverMower deck height adjustment lever

    A spring-assisted, low-effort, ergonomically-designed lift lever simplifies setting and adjusting the mower cut height:

    • Increments of 0.25 in. (0.64 cm) allow the operator to fine-tune the cut height from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm). 
    • The lift handle is shaped and located for easy use, and is out of the way of entering or exiting operators.
  • Instruments and controls are easy to find and convenient to use
    E120 Tractor mowingE120 Tractor mowing
    Steering wheel and controlsSteering wheel and controls
    Instruments and controls

    The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling:

    • Controls are color-coded and labeled for easy identification by the operator.
    • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
    • The hourmeter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
      • The service reminder feature will indicate that a general lubrication or mower/engine service interval has been reached.
      • When service is required, arrows will periodically flash for two hours.
    • Functional design of the controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.
    Side-by-side transmission control pedals
    Hydro/automatic two-pedal speed/direction controlsHydro/automatic two-pedal speed/direction controls
    Side-by-side foot pedals and cruise control leverSide-by-side foot pedals and cruise control lever

    Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:

    • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
    • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
    • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
    Cruise control (E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180)
    Cruise control leverCruise control lever

    Cruise control is available on the E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180:

    • To engage, lift up on the cruise lever and hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
    • For emergency stop, the cruise control can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or the forward pedal.
    Mower deck height adjustment
    Mower deck height-adjustment leverMower deck height-adjustment lever

    A spring-assisted, low-effort lift lever simplifies setting and adjusting the mower cut height:

    • Increments of 0.25 in. (0.64 cm) allow for fine-tuning the cut height.
    • Cut height is adjustable from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm).
    Parking brake control
    Parking brake leverParking brake lever
    Brake/parking pedalBrake/parking pedal

    The parking brake control is conveniently located for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.

    Manual power take-off (PTO)
    PTO engagement leverPTO engagement lever

    The mower deck is engaged with an easy-to-see and easy-to-use yellow lever on the dashboard. Its placement on the right side leaves a lot of room on the left, the entry side of the tractor, for the operator to get on and off the tractor.

  • Operator station designed for comfortable operation
    Comfortable operator station, right sideComfortable operator station, right side
    Comfortable operator station, left sideComfortable operator station, left side

    The operator station is designed for operator comfort and easy operation:

    • Controls are positioned where they are easy to reach and use to control the tractor.
    • The steering wheel is positioned and angled to give the operator plenty of room and steering comfort.
    • The seat is tilted back at the optimum angle to provide the most comfortable operator position.
    Steering wheel and dashSteering wheel and dash
    Wide footrest with debris-removal channelsWide footrest with debris-removal channels

    Controls are easy to see and use:

    • Large, three-spoke steering wheel for greater operator comfort and control
    • Ignition switch is on the dash for starting ease

    Wide footrest areas with non-slip, anti-vibration floor mats are provided for operator comfort:

    • Debris removing channels help keep the footrest area clean and dry
    • The wide footrest makes it easier to step over the mower deck while entering or exiting the seat.
    Comfortable seatComfortable seat
    Easily-adjusted seatEasily-adjusted seat

    The operator seat has a 15-in. (38.1-cm) back height for good support. It is especially helpful when operating the tractor for extended periods of time. It can be easily adjusted forward or rearward while in the seat, with seat travel of 5.5 in. (14 cm) and 10 different positions.

    Seat springs give a smoother rideSeat springs give a smoother ride
    Seat tilted forward (shown on E180 Tractor)Seat tilted forward (shown on E180 Tractor)

    Two long seat springs give plenty of seat travel to smooth out the ride, keeping the operator comfortable while operating the tractor.

    The seat can be tilted forward for protection from the elements and to provide easy access to the fuel tank.

    Storage compartment with coverStorage compartment with cover
    Beverage holderBeverage holder

    A storage compartment and beverage holder, located on the right-side fender, are conveniently located and easy to use.

    NOTE: A storage compartment cover is standard on E120, E130, E150, E160, E170 and E180 Tractors and optional on the E110 and E140.

  • Serviceability is convenient with easy-open hood
    One-piece hood is easy to openOne-piece hood is easy to open
    Service interval decal located under hoodService interval decal located under hood

    The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine:

    • Important service points are located within easy reach.
    • A service-interval decal is provided inside the tractor hood for convenience when servicing the tractor.
    John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
    Seat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill openingSeat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill opening

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as removing the old oil-filled filter and twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine. The removed filter contains the captured contaminants and a portion of the engine oil.

    The seat tilts up and out of the way to make adding fuel easy.

    The 100 Series Tractors are covered by a 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty*:

    • Premium features of 100 Series Tractors allow for this long warranty period.

    *Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.

  • Hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of ground speeds
    Two-pedal speed/direction controlsTwo-pedal speed/direction controls
    Forward speed control pedal in useForward speed control pedal in use

    A Kanzaki® Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transmission gives an infinite choice of speeds and makes changing the direction of travel easy. Side-by-side foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:

    • Automotive-type accelerator controls ensure easy operation.
    • Operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform.
    • Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
    Hydrostatic transmissionHydrostatic transmission

    Appropriate transmissions are used in each model, depending on rear tire size and tractor performance requirements, to ensure excellent performance and reliability:

    • Tuff Torq TLT200A - E110, E120, E130
    • Tuff Torq TLT200B - E140, E150, E160
    • Tuff Torq K46AC - E170, E180
    Standard cruise control (E120, E130, E150, E160, E170, and E180)
    Cruise control leverCruise control lever

    An easy-to-use cruise control option maintains the tractor's speed for mowing larger areas:

    • To engage, lift up on the cruise lever and hold it until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
    • To disengage, lightly press and then release the forward pedal.
    • For emergency stops, cruise can be released by pushing on the brake pedal or pushing down on the cruise control lever.

    NOTE: Cruise control is available on all models except the E100, E110, and E140.

    Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Manufacturing Company.

  • John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
    John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change systemJohn Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system

    The John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean. Changing the oil is as easy as twisting on a new oil-filled filter. Oil does not need to be drained from the engine.

    The John Deere Easy Change filter is an additional engine oil reservoir. Changing the filter removes the captured contaminants and replaces about 0.8 qt (0.76 L) of the engine oil.

    Compared to the 100 Series traditional oil filter, the Easy Change oil system uses a synthetic filter media material, has more filtering capacity, and has more oil flow capacity, — and the engine system has 40 percent more oil volume.

    Everyone who uses the John Deere Easy Change system saves time and avoids the mess of a traditional oil change. In the past, many 100 Series Lawn Tractor owners rarely or never got around to changing their engine oil. With John Deere Easy Change, even owners who previously would not consider changing the oil themselves can easily do it now. The Easy Change 30-second oil change system is a no-mess, no-fuss solution the competition cannot match.

    Installation instructions are in the Operator’s Manual and in the John Deere Easy Change service part box.

    Please recycle. Many local government recycling programs, authorized retailers, auto-service centers, and auto-parts stores will puncture and recycle used oil filters and oil.

Buyer's notes

Notes JD Loy hood resists fading, won't rust or dent<br/>Durable primer and powder paint finish<br/>Full-length welded steel frame
Warranty 2 year/120 hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)

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Oct 13, 2018

New E120

2/5

I just had one deliverer from the Home Depot, fill it with fuel and it started. Great.. until i lowered the rpms and it started a very bad ROUGH IDLE. Called the Dealer rep and he asked if I purchased the Extended Warranty. I told him it was just delivered and Brand New. The Rep told me to Take it Back to the place I purchased it from...(Now this is the group that put the E120 together and first service it..) Well I let it run for a while and when I turned it off it Back-Fired, That's not Good. I emailed John Deere and hopefully for there part they reply quickly, or it's going Back and not for a JD replacement..

Wingz

  • From: Hampton, VA, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Monthly
  • Level of Experience: Beginner
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