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6120E Tractor

6120E Tractor

Utility Tractor

  • FT4 John Deere PowerTech™ engine
  • 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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Tire combinations; two-wheel-drive (2WD), mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) and rear axle – radial tires


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


Codes 6105E 6120E 6135E
Two-wheel drive (2WD) front
6151 10.00-16 in. 8PR F2 bias In base In base N/A
2WD rear
5234 460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radial In base In base N/A
5212 460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radial Optional Optional N/A
5221 420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radial Optional Optional N/A
Mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) front
6220 380/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radial In base In base In base
6210 340/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radial Optional Optional Optional
MFWD rear
5234 460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radial In base In base In base
5212 460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radial Optional Optional Optional
5221 420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radial Optional Optional Optional
Loader-ready packages


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.


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.


Code Description Availability

Loader-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

Loader-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
Engine, 4.5L PowerTech™ power and specifications


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 Displacement,
liters (cu in.)
Rated power take-off (PTO) hp
2100 rpm
Rated engine hp
97/68/EC standard
6105E 4.5 (276) 89 105
6120E 4.5 (276) 102 120
6135E 4.5 (276) 115 135

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.


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
  • Turbocharged

  • 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.
  • Turbochargers

  • 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

    Model 6105E 6120E 6135E
    EPA tier level FT4 FT4 FT4
    Engine model 4045H 4045H 4045H
    97/68/EC at rated speed kW (hp) 77 (105) 88 (120) 99 (135)
    Rated engine speed (rpm) 2200 2200 2200
    PTO operating speed (rpm) 2100 2100 2100
    Maximum torque engine speed (rpm) 1600 1600 1600
    Fast idle speed (rpm) 2275+10 2275+10 2275+10
    Low idle speed (rpm) 900+10 900+10 900+10


    6135E torque curves graph

    6120E torque curves graph

    6105E torque curves graph


    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 service 500 hours maximum with factory ship away oil and filter change
    Engine oil & filter change

    250 hours – oil and filter change
    500 hours with John Deere Plus-50™ II and John Deere oil filter

    Engine oil filter change With oil change
    Engine fuel filter change As required, 500 hours, or yearly
    Drain water separator Check and drain daily or every 10 hours
    Engine coolant change

    5 years or 5000 hours with John Deere COOL-GARD™ II and annual coolant tests

    Engine coolant conditioner As required every 500 hours
    Diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning interval As required
    DPF and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) replacement As required

    Open crankcase ventilation (OCV)
    Filter service

    1500 hours
    Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) filter replacement Every 3 years or 4500 hours


    Model 6105E 6120E 6135E
    Engine PowerTech PWL PowerTech PWL PowerTech PWS
    Engine model 4045H 4045H 4045H

    4.5 L (276 cu in.)

    4.5 L (276 cu in.) 4.5 L (276 cu in.)
    No. cylinders 4 4 4
    Valves per cylinder 4 4 4
    Aspiration Turbo and aftercooled Turbo and aftercooled Turbo and aftercooled
    Engine management Electronic Electronic Electronic
    Fuel delivery High-pressure common rail (HPCR) HPCR HPCR
    Rated engine speed, rpm 2200 2200 2200
    PTO operating speed, rpm 2100 2100 2100
    Maximum torque operating speed, rpm 1600 1600 1600
    Fast idle speed, rpm 2275 2275 2275
    Low idle speed, rpm 900 900 900
    Rated PTO power

    89 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 power 105 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC] 120 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC] 135 hp at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC]
    Power bulge 3% at 2000 rpm 3% at 2000 rpm 3% at 2000 rpm
    Peak torque 318 lb-ft (432 N.m.) at 1600 rpm 364 lb-ft (494 N.m.) at 1600 rpm 397 lb-ft (539 N.m.) at 1600 rpm
    Torque rise 29% at 2200 29% at 2200 25% at 2200
    Compression 16.8:1 16.8:1 16.8:1
    Bore x stroke 4.7 x 5.0 in. 4.7 x 5.0 in. 4.7 x 5.0 in.
    12 forward/12 reverse (12F/12R) and 24F/12R, PowrReverser™ transmission


    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.


    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.



    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.


    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

    Code Description Information 6105E 6120E 6135E

    12F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, two-wheel drive (2WD) front axle

    In base price for 2WD configurations X X  
    1383 12F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) axle In base price X X X
    1386 24F/12R PowrReverser wet-clutch transmission, MFWD axle Option X X X
    ISOBUS and tractor-baler automation offer new baling experience


    A single manual action; system manages the rest

    TBA awards

    The optional Tractor-Baler Automation (TBA) makes baling easy. This exclusive system manages most of the baling process and gives the customer the following advantages:

    • High baling comfort a single action to bale instead of four.
    • Error proof baling – even after 10 working hours, the system does not forget any action; a true advantage for an inexperienced driver.
    • Constant bale quality – same diameter bale after bale
    • Constant productivity – no reduced efficiency due to operators fatigue.

    When used with a John Deere ISOBUS tractor, electric selective control valve (E-SCV), and (IVT™) transmission, the system will be able to:

    • Stop the tractor when bale size is reached
    • Wrap the bale
    • Open the gate
    • Close the gate when bale is unloaded

    The only action remaining is to forward reverser and manage the steering.

    If the John Deere tractor is not equipped with IVT but has E-SCV and ISOBUS, opening and closing can be automated.

    A single touch on SCV, brakes, or reverser will disengage the automation. In the same way, automated open/close can be momentarily stopped when unloading in hilly conditions.

    Tractor-Implement Automation is an exclusive green on green advantage. This advanced technology option has won awards at SIMA and Agritechnica farm equipment show in Europe, a true cost/value guarantee.

    NOTE: to run through fully automated mode, a John Deere Isobus tractor with E-SCV and IVT is required. A baler activation key and a tractor activation key (different) have to be ordered.


    Plug in and bale with ISOBUS

    ISOBUS certified = compatibility guarantee
    ISOBUS certified = compatibility guarantee

    The 990 and 960 Balers offer ISOBUS compatibility as base equipment. This standardized communication not only allows the use of John Deere Greenstar2 1800, 2600, or 2630 Displays, but also the use of other ISOBUS conform competitive monitors.

    Adapter harnesses for non-ISOBUS tractors are available.


    Main page with simple and clear pictograms
    Main page with simple and clear pictograms

    Bale or soft core density adjustments

    The Baler interface displays information that is needed. The 900 Series monitors provide all required information:

    • Bale shape and diameter
    • Drop floor and knives position
    • Variable core activation
    • Tying process status
    • Gate position
    • Maintenance status

    Adjustments can also be managed from the operators station:

    • Bale size and density
    • Variable core diameter and density
    • Net and twine tying parameters
    • Knife selection
    • Automated lubrication
    • Tractor-Baler Automation status
    • Bale counter resets


    Greenstar2 1800 Display ordered with the baler
    Greenstar2 1800 Display ordered with the baler

    The 900 Series Balers can be teamed with all ISOBUS certified displays. The Greenstar2 1800 monitor can be ordered with the baler to match traditional baling requirements. When not baling this display can be used for other functions such as guidance and spraying applications when connected to an appropriate receiver and implement.


    GreenStar3 2630 fits the most demanding user needs

    The 960 and 990 Balers can be ordered without a monitor for customers who already have an ISOBUS display, or for those who search more advanced application (field management). Displays other than John Deere Greenstar2 1800 can be purchased through Ag Management Solutions (AMS) pages.

    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 system typer Open-center Gear Driven
    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

    Engine specifications

    Description 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 HJDXL04.5315
    Rated speed 2200 rpm
    Aspiration Turbocharge, wastegate turbocharger with air-to-air aftercooling and cooled exhaust gas recirculation
    Emission level Final Tier 4
    After treatment type DOC/DPF/SCR
    Displacement 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
    Engine peak torque At 1,600 rpm: 494 Nm 364 lb-ft
    PTO torque rise 30 percent

    Power Take-Off (PTO)

    Standard Independent 540/1000
    PTO Actuation Mechanical


    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 system

    Type Open-center

    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
    Number of rear selective control valves (SCVs) Standard: ISO Couplers: 2

    Optional: ISO Couplers 3
    SCV control Mechanical

    Rear hitch

    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 Optional


    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)

    Type Standard: Category 2

    Independent 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 PTOb

    Rear axle

    Type Flange
    Final drive type Inboard planetary
    Rear differential lock Full-locking mechanical

    Front axle

    Type Standard: MFWD

    Optional: 2WD
    Front axle differential lock 2WD: None

    MFWD: limited slip

    Standard Tires

    Wheel tread range 2WD: 1533-2043 mm

    60.4-80.4 in.

    MFWD: 1516-2016 mm

    59.7-79.4 in.


    Type Standard: Hydrostatic power

    Electrical system

    Alternator size 90 amp
    Battery options 12 V
    Total cold cranking amps 925 CCA

    Operator station

    Seat Standard: Mechanical suspension cloth seat
    Instructional seat Optional: Air suspension

    Display LCD instrument cluster


    Wheelbase 2WD: 2456 mm

    96.7 in.

    MFWD: 2450 mm

    96.5 in.
    Approximate shipping wheight, Open;Cab 2WD Open: 4064 kg

    8960 lb

    MFWD: Open: 4268 kg

    9410 lb

    Cab: 4645 kg

    10,240 lb


    Maximum ballast level 6464 kg 14,250 lb


    Crankcase oil volume 15 L 4 U.S. gal.
    Fuel tank 168 L 44.4 U.S. gal.
    Cooling system Open station: 18.6 L 4.7 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


    Additional information

    Country of manufacture Mexico
    Date collected 9-Feb-17