6120E Utility Tractor

  • Engine HP: 122 Max | 120 Rated
  • John Deere FT4 PowerTech™ engine combines performance and fluid economy
  • 12/12 or 24/12 hi-lo PowrReverser™ transmission
  • Cab, open station, 2WD or MFWD
  • 15 degrees of seat swivel with optional air-ride seat

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Front and rear radial tire offerings are available on all models, except for the front tires on the open-operator station (OOS) configurations.

6E with radial tire offering


  • Better ride quality
  • Better wear characteristics
  • Less compaction
  • More efficient converting more power to the ground
  • Heavy-duty front rims are also available that are capable of additional load and are perfect for roadside mowing or sidehill applications

Additional details

Tire combinations by model

Two-wheel drive (2WD) front
615110.00-16 in. 8PR F2 biasIn baseIn baseN/A
2WD rear
5234460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radialIn baseIn baseN/A
5212460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalN/A
5225420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalN/A
Mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) front
6220380/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radialIn baseIn baseIn base
6210340/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalOptional
6217320/85R32 R1WOptionalOptionalOptional
6218340/85R24 R1W heavy-duty rimOptionalOptionalOptional
6222380/85R24 R1W heavy-duty rimOptionalOptionalOptional
MFWD rear
5234460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radialIn baseIn baseIn base
5212460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalOptional
5225420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalOptional
5521320/90R50 R1W radialOptionalOptionalOptional

To further the versatility and efficiency of the 6E Tractors and their hydraulic capabilities, the 6Es can be ordered loader ready. Being able to add a loader to a 6E Tractor makes it an even more capable solution to the various tasks a utility tractor is challenged with.

Mechanical joystick with dual-function mid-mount valve

Joystick installed in cab tractor


For the operator wanting to install a loader on a tractor, two-function and three-function hydraulic mid-mount valves with mechanical joystick are available.


  • The operator will be able to operate the loader using a joystick, increasing productivity and maneuverability
  • Available for both cab and OOS configurations on all 6Es
  • Quick installation of a loader once the tractor is received
  • Improved resale value

NOTE: To field install the single-function lever controls (both two and three function) please refer to the Loader Sales Manual and Price Pages.


8910Loader-ready package, two function mid-mount valve with mechanical joystick

Includes: two-function mechanical joystick, four hydraulic hoses from mid-mount tractor valve to loader mounting frame, individual quick couplers, H-Series Loader mounting frames and hood guard.

NOTE: Loader component of quick couplers are ordered with loader.

All 6E Series Tractors
8911Loader-ready package, three function mid-mount valve with mechanical joystick

Includes: three-function mechanical joystick, six hydraulic hoses from mid-mount tractor valve to loader mounting frame, individual quick couplers, H-series loader mounting frames and hood guard.

NOTE: Loader component of quick couplers are ordered with loader.

All 6E Series Tractors
Tractor models and horsepower

PowerTech engine


All John Deere 6E Series Tractors feature the reliable and proven 4.5L (275-cu in.) engines. These engines deliver constant power over a wide range of rpm with a power bulge above rated power and excellent torque characteristics.

The 6E Series, while being value-featured and competitively priced, are built with John Deere’s long-standing reputation for reliability, durability, and maintainability.

Model and horsepower outputs
liters (cu in.)
Rated power take-off (PTO) hp
2100 rpm
Rated engine hp
97/68/EC standard
6105E4.5 (276)89105
6120E4.5 (276)102120
6135E4.5 (276)115135

Rated engine horsepower ratings are included for reference to competitor’s gross or engine-only power ratings. There are several ratings systems used by other manufacturers. John Deere uses the horsepower-rating standard 97/68/EC, which is widely used in Europe for various regulations.

How is engine-only rated and maximum power determined?

John Deere engineering uses a precise procedure to measure engine-only power levels. The 97/68/EC standard is required in the European Union (EU) as an emission test, so there is some relation to the power a tractor has as a whole functioning unit; however, the procedure requires only that a production engine and radiator are used on a dynamometer test. Use the 97/68/EC horsepower ratings in the above chart to compare to competitor claims of engine-only power.


PTO power and power bulge

The John Deere exclusive single-injector control, electronic fuel injection system, and other key engine parts, work together to sense engine load and instantly respond as needed to pull through tough spots. This reduces engine rpm fluctuation resulting in the reduced need to downshift the transmission. Fewer shifts result in fewer ground variations, providing more overall tractor productivity.

To match the engine power characteristics and improve economy of operation, the rated engine speed is 2200 rpm.

Feature and benefit overview

High-pressure common rail fuel system

  • Higher injection pressures, up to 27,500 psi, precise variable injection pressure, variable timing control, multiple injections

Four-valve cylinder head

  • Cross-flow head design that provides excellent breathing from a lower-cost four-valve cylinder head


  • In turbocharged engines, the air is pre-compressed. Due to the higher pressure, more air is supplied into the combustion chamber allowing a corresponding increase in fuel injection which results in greater engine output.


  • Precisely matched to the power level and application, the 6Es are equipped with a wastegate (to divert exhaust gases) turbo.

Air-to-air intercooling

  • Most efficient method of cooling intake air to help reduce engine emissions while maintaining low speed torque, transient response time and peak torque. Enables the engine to meet emission requirements with better fuel economy and the lowest installed costs.

Compact size

  • 4.5 L (276 cu in.) 4-cylinder.

Engine performance

  • Power bulge feature
  • Increased low-speed torque
  • Multiple rated speeds to further reduce noise and improve fuel economy
  • Higher peak torque ratings
  • Faster torque rise

John Deere electronic engine controls

  • Monitors critical engine functions providing warning and/or shutdown to prevent costly engine repairs; eliminates need for add-on governing components; all lowering total installed costs.
  • Snapshot diagnostic data that can be retrieved using commonly available diagnostic service tools
  • New common wiring interface connector for vehicles or available OEM instrumentation packages; new solid conduit and T-connectors to reduce wiring stress, greater durability and improved appearance
  • Factory-installed engine-mounted ECU, wiring harness and associated components; industry standard SAE J1939 interface which communicates with other vehicle systems, eliminating redundant sensors and reducing vehicle total installed cost.

Additional features

  • Self-adjusting poly-v-fan drive
  • Forged-steel connecting rods
  • Replaceable wet-type cylinder liners
  • 500-hour oil change


Engine performance

EPA tier levelFT4FT4FT4
Engine model4045H4045H4045H
97/68/EC at rated speed kW (hp)77 (105)88 (120)99 (135)
Rated engine speed (rpm)220022002200
PTO operating speed (rpm)210021002100
Maximum torque engine speed (rpm)160016001600
Fast idle speed (rpm)2275+102275+102275+10
Low idle speed (rpm)900+10900+10900+10
Torque curves

6135E torque curves graph

6120E torque curves graph

6105E torque curves graph

Service intervals

John Deere engines are designed and manufactured to deliver excellent reliability. The recommended service intervals of the engine should be coordinated with the tractor service intervals.

Engine break-in service500 hours maximum with factory ship away oil and filter change
Engine oil & filter change250 hours – oil and filter change
500 hours with John Deere Plus-50™ II and John Deere oil filter
Engine oil filter changeWith oil change
Engine fuel filter changeAs required, 500 hours, or yearly
Drain water separatorCheck and drain daily or every 10 hours
Engine coolant change5 years or 5000 hours with John Deere COOL-GARD™ II and annual coolant tests
Engine coolant conditionerAs required every 500 hours
Diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning intervalAs required
DPF and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) replacementAs required
Open crankcase ventilation (OCV)
Filter service
1500 hours
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) filter replacementEvery 3 years or 4500 hours
Engine specifications
EnginePowerTech PWLPowerTech PWLPowerTech PWS
Engine model4045H4045H4045H
Size4.5 L (276 cu in.)4.5 L (276 cu in.)4.5 L (276 cu in.)
No. cylinders444
Valves per cylinder444
AspirationTurbo and aftercooledTurbo and aftercooledTurbo and aftercooled
Engine managementElectronicElectronicElectronic
Fuel deliveryHigh-pressure common rail (HPCR)HPCRHPCR
Rated engine speed, rpm220022002200
PTO operating speed, rpm210021002100
Maximum torque operating speed, rpm160016001600
Fast idle speed, rpm227522752275
Low idle speed, rpm900900900
Rated PTO power89 PTO horsepower
(66 kW) at 2100 rpm
102 PTO horsepower
(76 kW) at 2100 rpm
115 PTO horsepower
(86 kW) at 2100 rpm
Rated engine power105 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC]120 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC]135 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC]
Power bulge3% at 2000 rpm3% at 2000 rpm3% at 2000 rpm
Peak torque318 lb-ft (432 N.m.) at 1600 rpm364 lb-ft (494 N.m.) at 1600 rpm397 lb-ft (539 N.m.) at 1600 rpm
Torque rise29% at 220029% at 220025% at 2200
Bore x stroke4.7 x 5.0 in.4.7 x 5.0 in.4.7 x 5.0 in.

The 6E Series PowrReverser transmissions deliver unmatched performance. This transmission is ideal for working in tight areas where forward to reverse shifting is a primary occurrence such as in barns, feedlots and loader applications.

Customers who are operating power take-off (PTO) implements like a rotary cutter or baler will appreciate the additional working speeds with the 24F/12R speeds PowrReverser transmission. High and low buttons are used to make fine adjustments in speed without the need to use the clutch delivering improved productivity.

The PowrReverser transmission is base equipment providing 12F/12R speeds. Six well-spaced ground speeds place the operator in the important haying or rotary cutter range of 8 km/h to 20.9 km/h (5 mph to 13 mph). With this transmission, the operator can reach a top speed of 31.5 km/h (19.6 mph). The optional PowrReverser transmission 24F/12R will deliver 11 well-spaced ground speeds to match the correct speed for a haying or rotary cutter application with a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph).

A dash-mounted PowrReverser modulation kit (LVB25727) is available to set the aggressiveness of the forward and reverse shuttle modulation that best fits the application or the operator’s comfort level.

Operator controls

24F/12R high/low buttons

24F/12R high/low buttons

Gear and range levers in cab

Gear lever in open operator station (OOS)

Range lever in OOS

Two levers, one for speed and one for range, with the addition of an electrohydraulic left-hand reverser, provide operators optimum control and maneuverability.

  1. Range lever (right-hand side [cab], left-hand side [OOS]) selects four ranges (A, B, C, D).
  2. Gear selection (right-hand side) selects speeds (1, 2, or 3) in the forward or reverse direction.
  3. Electrohydraulic left-hand reverser allows for quick and convenient shuttle shifting between forward and reverse at any speed.
  4. High and low buttons are located on the gear shifter for the 24F/12R PowrReverser transmission.


Forward and reverse speeds

All speed gears (1, 2, 3) are fully synchronized for shifting-on-the-go capabilities, putting less wear on the operator and saving time in the field. In the 12F/12R PowrReverser transmission, gears are synchronized for low shifting effort while the operator is doing field or loader work and during transport.

The high and low speeds on the 24F/12R PowrReverser transmission can be shifted without clutching while the tractor is under load. This makes for quick speed changes when operating a rotary cutter or baler.

To further enhance awareness of reverse tractor motion, a backup alarm can be field-installed (BSJ10026).

The ranges (A, B) are not synchronized. This means the tractor must be stopped for the operator to select the range. However, with operator input, the speeds have been well spaced out to minimize the need to change ranges within applications. The ranges (B to C, C to D, and D to C) are synchronized. That allows the operator to shift ranges on the go in transport and high speed applications like operating a mower-conditioner.

Wet clutch

John Deere has led the industry in the innovation of wet clutches. In this wet-clutch design, five 17-cm (6.7-in.) diameter clutch disks provide optimum clutch modulation for smooth operation; the disks are oil-cooled for a lifetime of service.

The biggest advantage of a wet clutch is its ease of use as the required force to depress the pedal is minimal. Also, with a wet clutch, the need for frequent adjustment and clutch mechanism changeover is eliminated.


Ground speed chart 12F/12R and 24F/12R

138212F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, two-wheel drive (2WD) front axleIn base price for 2WD configurationsXX
138312F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) axleIn base priceXXX
138624F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, MFWD axleOptionXXX

Operators looking to remotely access critical machine data and manage their fleet in one place can with JDLink. JDLink is the telematics system from John Deere that connects all machines in the field with office and mobile devices. The technology is based on a Modular Telematics Gateway (MTG) controller that collects and transmits data via a cellular network using selective data points in near-real time. With JDLink, operators can:

  • Remotely view information from a computer, phone, or tablet
  • Access machine data like engine hours and fuel level
  • Track machine location and history
  • Set up and manage geofence and curfews
  • Manage maintenance plans and alerts

Connected Support technology

When you buy John Deere equipment, you expect reliability. You also know that problems can happen, and a product is only as good as the support behind it. That’s why John Deere equipment is prepared with technology that senses potential issues and can alert you and your dealer promptly—in the cab or anywhere you are.

John Deere Connected Support is a revolutionary change to support that leverages technology and the connectivity of JDLink™ telematics to prevent downtime and resolve problems faster. These tools decrease downtime by an average of 20 percent, enabling faster responses to unexpected problems and reducing technician trips to your machine. For some issues, unplanned downtime can even be prevented altogether through prediction of the issue.

With your permission, John Deere Connected Support:

  • Keeps you running by monitoring machine health and promptly alerting you and your dealer of issues
  • Saves time by remotely viewing in-cab displays, reducing trips to the machine
  • Reduces or even eliminates technician trips to a machine through remote diagnostic and remote software reprogramming capabilities
  • Connects experts with the information needed to respond to downtime faster and prevent it altogether

With more than a decade of experience leveraging connectivity to solve problems, no one else has the experience, tools, and knowledge to keep you running as John Deere and your John Deere dealer can. Connected Support is an in-base feature on all John Deere products with factory- or field-installed JDLink.

  • Engine HP: 122 Max | 120 Rated
  • John Deere FT4 PowerTech™ engine combines performance and fluid economy
  • 12/12 or 24/12 hi-lo PowrReverser™ transmission
  • Cab, open station, 2WD or MFWD
  • 15 degrees of seat swivel with optional air-ride seat

Key Specs

Engine description
John Deere PowerTech™ PWL (B20 Diesel Compatible)
Engine displacement
4.5 L
275 cu in.
Rated engine power
97/68EC: 88 kW
120 engine hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)
76 kW
102 PTO hp
Transmission type
Standard: John Deere 12F/12R PowrReverser™ Transmission: 30 km/h
19 mph
Optional: John Deere 24F/12R PowrReverser Transmission: 40 km/h
25 mph
Hydraulic pump rated output
36.5 cc pump: 75.7 L/min
20 gpm
Rear hitch category (SAE designation)
Standard: Category 2: 2500 kg (5500 lb) standard lift at 610 mm behind hitchpoint
Optional: Category 2: 3318 kg (7300) heavy duty lift at 610 mm behind hitchpoint
Base machine weight
Maximum PTO power
Maximum engine power

Engine specifications

John Deere PowerTech™ PWL (B20 Diesel Compatible)
Engine type
Diesel, in-line, 4-cylinder, wet-sleeve cylinder liners with 4 valves-in-head
Engine family
Rated speed
2200 rpm
Turbocharge, wastegate turbocharger with air-to-air aftercooling and cooled exhaust gas recirculation
Cylinders liners
Emission level
Final Tier 4
After treatment type
4.5 L
275 cu in.

Engine performance

Rated power
97/68EC: 88 kW
120 engine hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)
76 kW
102 PTO hp
Power boost
Engine peak torque
At 1,600 rpm: 494 Nm
364 lb-ft
PTO torque rise
30 percent
Intelligent Power Management (available in transport and/or mobile PTO applications)
Maximum PTO power
Maximum engine power


Standard: John Deere 12F/12R PowrReverser™ Transmission: 30 km/h
19 mph
Optional: John Deere 24F/12R PowrReverser Transmission: 40 km/h
25 mph
Clutch; wet/dry

Hydraulic system

Gear Driven
Pump rated output
36.5 cc pump: 75.7 L/min
20 gpm
Available flow at a single rear SCV
75.7 L/min
20 gpm
Available flow at front SCVs
Number of rear selective control valves (SCVs)
Standard: ISO Couplers: 2
Optional: ISO Couplers 3
Number of mid selective control valves (SCVs)
Number of front selective control valves (SCVs)
Joystick SCV control
SCV control

Rear hitch

Hitch draft control load sense type
Remote control valves available
Hitch category (SAE designation)
Standard: Category 2: 2500 kg (5500 lb) standard lift at 610 mm behind hitchpoint
Optional: Category 2: 3318 kg (7300) heavy duty lift at 610 mm behind hitchpoint
Maximum lift capacity behind lift points
Standard: Category 2 with heavy duty lift: 3318 kg
7300 lb
Sensing type
Rear axle differential lock
Lift capacity at standard frame


Drawbar category
Standard: Category 2
Optional: Category 2 heavy duty
Maximum vertical load
Standard: Category 2 1000-1250 kg
2205-2756 lb
Optional: Category 2 heavy-duty: 1200-1900 kg
2645-4189 lb
Maximum vertical load dependent on drawbar position

Rear power take-off (PTO)

35 mm (1.375 in.) 540 rpm/1000 rpm reversible shaft
Engine rpm (at rated PTO speeds)
2085 engine rpm at 540 rpm PTO
2067 engine rpm at 1000 rpm PTO
PTO actuation
Ground speed PTO option availability
Multispeed PTO option availability

Front hitch

Electric power
Standard lift capacity
Front power take-off (PTO)
PTO speed

Rear axle

Final drive type
Inboard planetary
Differential controls
Axle type
Brakes, type and control
Rear differential lock
Full-locking mechanical
Load rating

Front axle

Standard: MFWD
Optional: 2WD
Front axle differential lock
2WD: None
MFWD: limited slip
Load rating


Wheel tread range
2WD: 1533-2043 mm
60.4-80.4 in.
MFWD: 1516-2016 mm
59.7-79.4 in.
Turning radius with brakes
Turning radius without brakes

Electrical system

Alternator size
90 amp
Battery options
12 V
Total cold cranking amps
925 CCA
Type of bulb in beacon (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Type of bulb in headlight (Halogen, Zenon, LED)
Working lights
dB(A) rating for backup alarm

Operator station

Rollover protective structure, OOS
Standard: Mechanical suspension cloth seat
Optional: Air suspension
Cab suspension
Instructional seat
LCD instrument cluster
Inner cab volume
dB(A) rating
Cab glass area
Front visibility
Safety glass rating


2WD: 2456 mm
96.7 in.
MFWD: 2450 mm
96.5 in.
Overall length
Drawbar clearance
Front axle center
Approximate shipping weight, Open;Cab
2WD Open: 4064 kg
8960 lb
MFWD: Open: 4268 kg
9410 lb
Cab: 4645 kg
10,240 lb
Overall height


Base machine weight
Maximum ballast level
6464 kg
14,250 lb
Maximum permissible weight


Crankcase oil volume
15 L
4 U.S. gal.
Fuel tank
168 L
44.4 U.S. gal.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank
Cooling system
Open station: 18.6 L
4.7 U.S. gal.
Cab: 19.1 L
5 U.S. gal.
Transmission-hydraulic system
58 L
15.3 U.S. gal.


Interval for engine oil change
500 hours
Interval for hydraulic/transmission oil change
1,000 hours
Interval for engine coolant change
5,000 hours


Lift capacity at full height
Maximum lift height

Precision AG

Remote diagnostics


Country of manufacture
Side slope rating
Uphill/downhill slope rating


Drive type
Track width
Tread spacing


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