S120

Ride-on Mower

  • 16.4 kW (22 hp)* V-Twin Engine
  • 107 cm (42-in.) Edge™ Mower Deck
  • Hydrostatic Transmission w/side-by-side pedals
  • Easy Change™ 30-Second Oil Change System
  • 38 cm Open-Back seat
  • Easy to read fuel gauge with low light visibility
  • 2 year/120 hour bumper-to-bumper warranty
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Features

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

16.4-kW (22-hp) engine (shown on U.S. model)16.4-kW (22-hp) engine (shown on U.S. model)

A 16.4-kW (22-hp) V-twin engine has plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing, mulching, and bagging:

  • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
  • Electronic ignition for fast starts
  • Spring-return feature to ensure the operator does not mistakenly leave the throttle lever in the choke position
  • 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
Fuel tank
Convenient fuel filler openingConvenient fuel filler opening
  • The capacity is 9.1 L (2.4 U.S. gal.).
  • The fuel filler opening is conveniently located under the seat. 
    • Filling the tank without spilling is easy.
    • A tethered fuel tank cap is more convenient.
    • The sealed fuel cap helps keep vapors inside the tank.

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 0.76 L (0.8 qt) of engine oil.

The functionality does not stop with ease of use. The Easy Change oil system has several meaningful benefits over the traditional oil filter system of the 100 Series:

  • A synthetic filter material is used for more predictable filtering and longer life.
  • Filtering capacity is greater than with a standard oil filter.
    • More filter surface area
    • More oil flow capacity
  • The system has 40 percent more oil volume.
  • The oil and engine run cooler.
  • The oil filter valve closes whenever the engine stops, so filtered particles are captured and cannot drain back into the engine.
  • The risk of spilling during oil service is greatly reduced.
  • Waste oil (and new oil production) is reduced by over 453,592.4 kg (1,000,000 lb) per tractor production year.
  • This system is not a compromise to just make oil changes easier—these engines pass the same John Deere expectations and rigorous testing as always.

Partly due to these improvements, it is not necessary to remove and dispose of all the oil in the engine during service.

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  the 30-second oil change, even people who previously would not consider changing the oil themselves can easily do it. The Easy 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.

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, 2.66-mm (0.105-in.) 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.
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, 1.9-cm (0.75-in.) diameter wheel spindles provide excellent durability.
Front bumper protects the tractor
Front bumperFront bumper
Front bumperFront bumper

The front bumper is included on the S130 and S140. It is available as an optional attachment for the S100, S110, and S120.

  • Additional front-end protection
  • Attractive, bold style
CargO Mount™ system makes installation of rear bagger and other attachments easy
Rear CargO Mount pointsRear CargO Mount points
Front CargO Mount points at the top of the dashboardFront CargO Mount points at the top of the dashboard
Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount pointsRear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points
Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount pointsRear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points

The CargO Mount system is a combination of front- and rear-mounting points providing convenient and easy installation of the sun canopy, rear bagger, and other attachments.

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 TLT200 – S100, S110, S120, S130 and S140

Kanzaki and Tuff Torq are trademarks of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.

Operator station designed for operator comfort and convenience

Comfortable operator station, S130 shownComfortable operator station, S130 shown
Comfortable operator station, S130 shownComfortable operator station, S130 shown

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 positioned to provide the most comfortable operator position.
Steering wheel and dash, S130 shownSteering wheel and dash, S130 shown
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:

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

Operator comfort is enhanced with a 38-cm (15-in.) high-back, two-piece seat with an open back:

  • The open-back seat design keeps the operator cooler
  • Especially helpful when operating the tractor for extended periods of time
  • Easily adjusted forward or rearward while in the seat
  • Seat travel of 14 cm (5.5 in.) and 10 different positions to adjust for operator height
Seat springs give a smoother rideSeat springs give a smoother ride
Seat tilted forwardSeat tilted forward

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 compartmentStorage compartment
Beverage holder (shown with optional storage compartment cover)Beverage holder (shown with optional storage compartment cover)

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 S120 and S130 Tractors and optional on the S100, S110, and S140.

Fender flaresFender flares

Fender flares included on the S130 Tractor cover the tires more completely and add style to the tractor.

Easy-read fuel gauge shows fuel level on dashboard and controls are convenient to use

S120 TractorS120 Tractor
Steering wheel and controls on S120Steering wheel and controls on S120
Instruments and controls

The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling:

  • Controls are color-coded and labeled for easy identification.
  • Controls are logically placed and easy to reach.
  • The hour meter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed.
  • Functional design of the controls provides good appearance and a comfortable feel.
Easy-read fuel gauge shows fuel level on the dashboard
Easy-read fuel gaugeEasy-read fuel gauge
Convenient fuel filler openingConvenient fuel filler opening

The easy-read fuel gauge shows how much fuel is in the tank and can be seen on the dashboard:

  • Easy to check fuel level
  • Convenient location
  • Visible in cloudy or dusk conditions (is not backlit)
  • Does not slosh from bumps
  • The MowerPlus™ smartphone app can read and remember the fuel level (optional MowerPlus deluxe smart connector required)
  • The hour meter is also visible on the fuel gauge display
Side-by-side transmission control pedals
Two-pedal speed/direction controlsTwo-pedal speed/direction controls
Side-by-side foot pedalsSide-by-side foot pedals

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 (S120 and S130)
Cruise control leverCruise control lever

Cruise control is available on the S120 and S130:

  • To engage, lift the cruise lever and hold until the foot is removed from the forward pedal.
  • 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, ergonomically designed lift lever simplifies adjusting the mower cut height:

  • Increments of 0.64 cm (1/4  in.) allow fine-tuning the cut height.
  • Cut height is adjustable from 2.5 to 10.2 cm (1 to 4 in.).
  • The lift handle is shaped for easy use and is out of the way of entering or exiting operators.
Parking brake control
Brake/parking brake pedalBrake/parking brake pedal
Parking brake leverParking brake lever

The parking brake control is conveniently located on the tractor pedestal 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 the easy-to-see and easy-to-use yellow lever above 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.

Reverse implement option (RIO)
RIO switchRIO switch
Using RIO

CAUTION: Children or bystanders may be injured by rotating blades. Before traveling forward or rearward:

  • Carefully check the area around the machine.
  • Disengage the mower before backing up.

 

NOTE: Backing up while the mower is engaged is strongly discouraged. RIO should be used only when operating another attachment or when the operator deems it necessary to reposition the machine with the mower engaged.

 

  1. Stop forward travel.
  2. Look behind the machine to be sure there are no bystanders.
  3. Push and hold in the RIO switch while depressing the reverse pedal slightly.

 

NOTE: If the engine and mower or other attachment stops while repositioning the machine, return the attachment engagement lever/switch to the off position. Start the engine and engage mower or other attachment. Begin again with step 2.

 

  1. Release the RIO switch and reposition the machine as the machine begins to move rearward.
  2. Resume forward travel. The mower or other attachment should continue operating.
  3. Repeat procedure to position the machine again.

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.

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

Hood will not rust or dent and includes quality headlights
One-piece hood opens for service accessOne-piece hood opens for service access
Quality headlights for good visibilityQuality headlights for good visibility
  • Molded-in color material reduces sound and will not rust or dent.
  • Same quality hood material as on larger John Deere tractors provides good resilience and UV resistance for an extended time.
  • Openings on the side let in plenty of cooling air while keeping the sound level low.
  • Two headlights provide good lighting for nighttime operation.

The Edge™ cutting system gives superior performance

107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck
107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck

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

  • The deep-deck design lifts grass for a clean, even cut.
  • The smooth underside has no nooks and crannies, preventing grass buildup and evenly dispersing 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.
  • Flexible discharge chute minimizes property and mower deck damage.

The 107-cm (42-in.) Edge Mower Deck is a two-spindle design with heavy-duty characteristics:

  • The 13-gauge, 2.3-mm (0.09-in.) steel deck provides years of dependable mowing.
  • Included three-in-one blades work well for side-discharge, mulching, or bagging.
  • The blade-to-spindle design provides a unique mounting system for the mower blade that provides extra safety and convenience.
  • No tools are required to switch from mulching to side discharge to rear bagging.
  • mulching cover is an optional attachment that can be installed without tools to allow mulching with the standard mower blades.
  • High-performance mulching blades are available to enhance mulching performance.
  • high-performance mulching attachment  is an optional attachment that includes a mulch plug and special mulching blades for excellent performance.
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.

Optional bagger
229-L (6.5-bu) hopper and chute on an S100229-L (6.5-bu) hopper and chute on an S100

cut-and-throw, 229-L (6.5-bu) bagger is sold separately and comes with bagging blades. Special bagging blades are not required but they can enhance performance.

The bagger kit provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves. It can be set up without tools in minutes and has easy-to-empty bags.

Two-year or 120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty is included

An exclusive 2-year or 120-hour single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty* is included for all John Deere 100 Series Tractors.

  • The warranty is hassle free, with John Deere handling the service and paperwork.

*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See Agriculture and Turf equipment Warranty Statement.at JohnDeere.com.au for details.