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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 offering6E with radial tire offering


  • Better ride quality
  • Better wear characteristics
  • Less compaction
  • More efficient converting more power to the ground
Tire combinations by model
Codes 6105E6120E6135E
 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
5221420/85/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
 MFWD rear   
5234460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radialIn baseIn baseIn base
5212460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radialOptionalOptionalOptional
5221420/85/R38 in. 8PR 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 tractorJoystick 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.



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
Tractor models and horsepower
PowerTech enginePowerTech 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 graph6135E torque curves graph
6120E torque curves graph6120E torque curves graph
6105E torque curves graph6105E 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 change

250 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 change

5 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

4.5 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 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 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 buttons24F/12R high/low buttons
24F/12R high/low buttons24F/12R high/low buttons
Gear and range levers in cabGear and range levers in cab
Gear lever in open operator station (OOS)Gear lever in open operator station (OOS)
Range lever in OOSRange 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


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

In 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
Tractor-Baler Automation simplifies baling experience
A single manual action; system manages the restA single manual action; system manages the rest
TBA awardsTBA 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.

ISOBUS certified balers
Plug in and bale with ISOBUSPlug in and bale with ISOBUS
ISOBUS certified = compatibility guaranteeISOBUS 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.

User friendly interface
Main page with simple and clear pictogramsMain page with simple and clear pictograms
Bale or soft core density adjustmentsBale 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
Greenstar™2 1800 has the ideal display for baling application
Greenstar2 1800 Display ordered with the balerGreenstar2 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.

All ISOBUS display will fit the 900 Series
GreenStar3 2630 fits the most demanding user needsGreenStar3 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 6120e-utility-tractor
Current Model
Engine descriptionJohn Deere PowerTech™ PWL (B20 Diesel Compatible)
Engine displacement4.5 L
275 cu in.
Rated engine power97/68EC: 88 kW
120 engine hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)76 kW
102 PTO hp
Transmission typeStandard: 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 output36.5 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
DescriptionJohn Deere PowerTech™ PWL (B20 Diesel Compatible)
Engine typeDiesel, in-line, 4-cylinder, wet-sleeve cylinder liners with 4 valves-in-head
Engine familyHJDXL04.5315
Rated speed2200 rpm
AspirationTurbocharge, wastegate turbocharger with air-to-air aftercooling and cooled exhaust gas recirculation
Cylinders liners
Emission levelFinal Tier 4
After treatment typeDOC/DPF/SCR
Displacement4.5 L
275 cu in.
Engine performance
Rated power97/68EC: 88 kW
120 engine hp
Rated PTO power (hp SAE)76 kW
102 PTO hp
Power boost
Engine peak torqueAt 1,600 rpm: 494 Nm
364 lb-ft
PTO torque rise30 percent
Intelligent Power Management (available in transport and/or mobile PTO applications)
Maximum PTO power
Maximum engine power
TypeStandard: 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 output36.5 cc pump: 75.7 L/min
20 gpm
Available flow at a single rear SCV75.7 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 controlMechanical
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 pointsStandard: Category 2 with heavy duty lift: 3318 kg
7300 lb
Sensing typeOptional
Rear axle differential lock
Lift capacity at standard frame
Drawbar categoryStandard: Category 2
Optional: Category 2 heavy duty
Maximum vertical loadStandard: 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 typeInboard planetary
Differential controls
Axle type
Brakes, type and control
Rear differential lockFull-locking mechanical
Load rating
Front axle
TypeStandard: MFWD
Optional: 2WD
Front axle differential lock2WD: None
MFWD: limited slip
Load rating
Wheel tread range2WD: 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 size90 amp
Battery options12 V
Total cold cranking amps925 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

SeatStandard: Mechanical suspension cloth seat
Optional: Air suspension
Cab suspension
Instructional seatOptional
DisplayLCD instrument cluster
Inner cab volume
dB(A) rating
Cab glass area
Front visibility
Safety glass rating
Wheelbase2WD: 2456 mm
96.7 in.
MFWD: 2450 mm
96.5 in.
Overall length
Drawbar clearance
Front axle center
Approximate shipping weight, Open;Cab2WD Open: 4064 kg
8960 lb
MFWD: Open: 4268 kg
9410 lb
Cab: 4645 kg
10,240 lb
Overall height
Base machine weight

Maximum ballast level6464 kg
14,250 lb
Maximum permissible weight
Crankcase oil volume15 L
4 U.S. gal.
Fuel tank168 L
44.4 U.S. gal.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank
Cooling systemOpen station: 18.6 L
4.7 U.S. gal.
Cab: 19.1 L
5 U.S. gal.
Transmission-hydraulic system58 L
15.3 U.S. gal.
Interval for engine oil change500 hours
Interval for hydraulic/transmission oil change1,000 hours
Interval for engine coolant change5,000 hours
Lift capacity at full height
Maximum lift height
Precision AG
Remote diagnostics
Country of manufactureMexico
Side slope rating
Uphill/downhill slope rating
Drive type
Track width
Tread spacing