John Deere E120

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Features

John 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 removed filter contains the captured contaminants and a portion of the engine oil.

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 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 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.

The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance

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.
A cut-and-throw, 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger is sold separately.

Instruments and controls are easy to find and convenient to use

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 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 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.

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).

Powerful V-twin engine features full-pressure lubrication for dependability and long life.

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.

Cast-iron front axle will not bend

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.

Specifications

ENGINE  
Power 20 hp 14.9 kW
Displacement 40 cu in. 656 cm
Manufacturer/model 40N877 (M40)
Type Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter
Cylinders V-twin
Governor Mechanical
Choke/speed control One lever, ReadyStart®
Cooling method Air
Air cleaner Cartridge
Oil drain No tools
FUEL SYSTEM  
Type Gasoline
Fuel delivery Pulse pump and carburetor
Fuel gauge Mechanical, viewable from seat
Fuel tank location Rear
Fuel fill opening Center, 1.75 in.4.45 cm
Fuel tank capacity 2.4 U.S. gal. 9.1 L
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Battery 12 V 300 CCA
Charging system Regulated, 9 amp
Engine starter Bendix type
Hourmeter Yes, with service reminder
Headlights Two standard, incandescent
Taillights or reflector No
Backup lights No
Rear work lights No
12-V outlet No
TRANSAXLE  
Type Hydrostatic, 2-wheel drive
Control Two-pedal foot-controlled hydrostatic
Cruise control Standard
Oil cooler Fins and fan on transaxle
Oil filter Yes, not serviceable
Differential lock No
Forward speed 0-5.5 mph 0-8.9 km/h
Reverse speed 0-3.2 mph 0-5.1 km/h
Brakes Internal wet disk
CHASSIS  
Frame Full-length welded steel
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Weight bracket Optional rear
Receiver hitch No
Front axle Cast-iron front axle, powdered-metal front wheel bushings
Spindle bushings No
Front tires 15x6-6
Rear tires 20x8-8
Hood material JD Loy, UV resistant
Fender deck material Stamped steel
Floor mats Yes, with debris removing channels
Storage Storage tray with cover
Service interval decal Yes
Fender handles/grips No
Cup holder Yes
Equipment mounting CargO Mount™ system
STEERING  
Type Sector and pinion with single drag link and tie rod
All-wheel steer Not available on this model
Steering wheel Standard, diameter - 12 in. 30.5 cm
Tilt steering wheel No
Turning radius 18 in. 45.7 cm
Uncut circle radius 25 in. 63.5 cm
SEAT  
Type One piece
Seat back height 15 in. 38.1 cm
Armrests No
Fore-aft adjustment While seated, 5.5 in. 14 cm
Seat suspension Tilt, two coil springs
LIFT SYSTEM  
Type Lever on fender deck
Hydraulic outlets No
Mower cut height 13 positions, 1-4 in. 2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments 0.25 in. 0.64 cm
Preset cut height No
MOWER DECK  
Type Side discharge
Cutting width 42 in. 107 cm
Construction Stamped steel deck shell
Mower deck material Steel, 13 gauge 0.09 in. 2.3 mm
Mower wash port Yes
Mower drive system Manual power take-off (PTO)
Mower wheels Two
Mower wheel adjustment One bolt
Mower level adjustment Easy-level deck
MOWER ATTACHABILITY  
Type Slide under tractor
Front draft arms One spring clip
Rear draft arms Two spring clips
Mower wheels rotate No
Drive system Single belt
SAFETY  
Meets ANSI standard Yes
Meets OPEI standard Yes
Backup protection Reverse Implement Option (RIO)
Safety video Yes
BUYER'S NOTES  
Notes JD Loy hood resists fading, won't rust or dent Durable primer and powder paint finish 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.)
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT  
Mowers Standard, 42 in. 107 cm
Rear bagger 2-bag, 6.5 bu 229 L
Powered material collection  
Mulching system Mulch cover or high-performance plug
Front thatcher  
Front blade 46 in. 116.8 cm
Mid-mount blade  
Snow blower Two-stage, 44 in. 111.8 cm
Rotary broom  
Rotary tiller  
Sleeve hitch  
3-point hitch  
Rear power take-off (PTO)  
Plow, moldboard  
Box scraper  
Cultivator  
Rear blade  
Disk harrow  
Landscape rake  
Sprayer Tow-behind, 15 U.S. gal. 56.8 L Mounted, 15 U.S. gal. Tow-behind only, 25 U.S. gal. 94.6 L
Spreader Tow-behind only, 125-175 lb 57.7-80 kg
Front bumper Two-bar styled front bumper
Brush guard  
Weather protection Snow cab
Sun canopy Yes
Rear receiver hitch  
Bucket holder Yes, single bucket
Grass striping Lawn striping kit
Tractor shovel  
Front loader  
Other equipment  
Tow-behind tools 16
DIMENSIONS  
Height 44.5 in. 113 cm
Overall length 68.8 in. 174.8 cm
Wheelbase 48.9 in. 124.2 cm
Width with mower 54.9 in. 139 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 44.8 in. 114 cm
Width without mower  
Weight Mower, no fuel, 420 lb 191 kg