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
Make an Enquiry on This Machine
Features
Find the latest features, specs and pricing on the John Deere S120 Ride-on Mower with 107 cm Deck. This ride-on mower also includes the John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system that makes changing the engine oil easy, quick, and clean.
Expand All
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 opening Convenient 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 system 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 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 spindle Front 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 bumper Front bumper
Front bumper Front 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 points Rear CargO Mount points
Front CargO Mount points at the top of the dashboard Front CargO Mount points at the top of the dashboard
Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points
Rear bagger is mounted with CargO Mount points Rear 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 controls Two-pedal speed/direction controls
Forward speed control pedal in use Forward 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 transmission Hydrostatic 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 shown) Comfortable operator station (S130 shown)
Comfortable operator station (S130 shown) Comfortable 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 shown) Steering wheel and dash (S130 shown)
Wide footrest with debris-removal channels Wide 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 seat Comfortable seat
Easily adjusted seat Easily 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 ride Seat springs give a smoother ride
Seat tilted forward Seat 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 compartment Storage 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 flares Fender 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 Tractor S120 Tractor
Steering wheel and controls on S120 Steering 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 gauge Easy-read fuel gauge
Convenient fuel filler opening Convenient 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 controls Two-pedal speed/direction controls
Side-by-side foot pedals Side-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 lever Cruise 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 lever Mower 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 pedal Brake/parking brake pedal
Parking brake lever Parking 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 lever PTO 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 switch RIO 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 open One-piece hood is easy to open
Service interval decal located under hood Service 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 system John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
Seat tilted up for easy access to fuel-fill opening Seat 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 access One-piece hood opens for service access
Quality headlights for good visibility Quality 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 Deck 107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck
107-cm (42-in.) Mower Deck 107-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 port Mower wash port
Mower wash port with hose connector Mower 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 design StarLock 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 S100 229-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.

Specifications
Expand All
Key Specs
Engine power
22 hp
16.4 kW
Oil change
John Deere Easy Change™ 30-second oil change system
Engine manufacturer/model
44N677 (M44)
Transaxle type
TLT200 hydrostatic, two-wheel drive
Transaxle control
Side-by-side pedals
Rear tires
20x8-8
Lift system type
Spring-assisted hand-grip lever
Cutting width
Edge™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 cm
U.S. 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.)
Engine
Power
22 hp
16.4 kW
Displacement
44.2 cu in.
724 cm
Manufacturer/model
44N677 (M44)
Type
Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter
Cylinders
V-twin
Governor
Mechanical
Choke/speed control
Single lever with spring-return on choke
Cooling method
Air
Air cleaner
Cartridge
Oil change
John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system
Fuel System
Type
Gasoline
Fuel delivery
Pulse pump and carburetor
Fuel gauge
Easy-read on dash
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, 8 amp
Engine starter
Bendix type
Hour meter
Yes
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
Side-by-side pedals
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
0-5.2 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
Molded-in color material reduces sound, will not rust or dent
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
Maximum towing capacity
Steering
Type
Sector and pinion with single drag link and tie rod
Four-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
Two piece with open-back
Seat back height
15 in.
38 cm
Armrests
No
Fore-aft adjustment
While seated, 5.5 in.
14 cm
Seat suspension
Tilt, two coil springs
Lift System
Type
Spring-assisted hand-grip lever
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
Edge™ mower deck, 42 in.
107 cm
Construction
Stamped steel deck shell
Mower deck material
Steel, 13 gauge
0.090 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
Molded-in color material reduces sound, will not rust or dent
Durable primer and powder paint finish
Full-length welded steel frame
John Deere Easy Change 30-second oil change system
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
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
Styled front bumper
Brush guard
Weather protection
Weather enclosure
Sun canopy
Sun canopy
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 in.
112 cm
Overall length
69.7 in.
177 cm
Wheelbase
48.9 in.
124.2 cm
Width with mower
55.2 in.
140.2 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)
46.5 in.
118.1 cm
Width without mower
Weight
Mower, no fuel, 444 lb
201 kg
Additional Information
Manufacturing location
Greeneville, Tennessee, USA
Date collected
24-Jul-2020
We want to make owning and operating your equipment simple and affordable. 
We have a range of finance options to suit any customer.  Contact your local Emmetts branch, or visit these sites for more information and a free quote.
John Deere FinancialEmmetts Finance
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram