John Deere E120 Garden and Lawn Tractor Review & Specs

John Deere E120 prides itself as a comfortable garden and lawn tractor made with ease in mind. It was made by John Deere and released in 2018 in Greenville, Tennessee, USA. This two-wheel drive tractor is a member of the John Deere E100 series.

When John Deere released the E120 model, it knew exactly what it wanted to achieve with it – ease and comfort for its users while remaining an affordable and dependable garden and lawn tractor. It is perfect for gardens and lawn areas and would help you keep your lawn in the best shape possible. Even though this is a relatively new garden tractor, it has quickly become so popular for so many reasons. Don’t worry; you’ll see why this has gained prominence in such a short time as we go through this guide.

This new generation tractor may not be a zero turn model but it is easy to operate and has an 18” turning radius which allows for smooth tight turns without leaving marks in your field or producing uneven cuts. Here is a comprehensive guide to the E120 garden and lawn tractor.

John Deere E120 Specs

ModelJohn Deere E120
TypeLawn Tractor
ManufacturerJohn Deere
General Specifications
Length1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Width1,380 mm (54.3 in)
Height1,130 mm (44.5 in)
Wheel base1,240 mm (48.8 in)
Weight198 kg (436 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity9.0 liters (2.4 US gal.; 2 Imp. gal)
Battery12V, BCI Group U1
Cabin typeOpen operator station
Engine modelBriggs & Stratton 40N877
Engine typeFour-stroke, air-cooled, V-twin
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement0.7 L, 656 cm2, (40.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke75.0 mm X 73.0 mm (2.95 in X 2.87 in)
Horsepower20.3 PS (14.9 kW; 20.0 HP)
Oil typeSAE 10W-30; API: SG or SF
Oil capacityWith Easy Change 30-Second Oil Change System:
2.6 L (2.7 US. qt, 2.3 Imp. qt.)
Spark plug gap0.76 mm (0.030 in)
Fuel tank capacity2.4 US gal/9.1 L
Fuel tank locationRear
Battery12 V 300 CCA
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesWet disc
Transmission modelTuff Torq TL200
Transmission typeBelt-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
SpeedForward: 8.9 km h (5.5 mph) Reverse: 5.2 (3.2 mph)
FrameFull-length welded steel
Mower deckMid-mount John Deere 42” with two blade and manual lift
BladeFront-mount John Deere 46”
Snow blowerFront-mount John Deere 44”
Front tiresLawn/turf: 15×6-6
Rear tiresLawn/turf: 20×8-8

Features of The John Deere E120 Tractor

John Deere E120 Tractor Specification

The popularity of the E120 tractor is based on the features it provides its users. These features are based on the specifications above, but this time, they have more context to help you understand what this tractor can bring to your lawn and garden. Without further ado, here are the most vital features of the E120 tractor:

Physical Specifications

The John Deere E120 is a tractor for lawns and gardens weighing 198kg or 436lbs. It is 1750 mm (68.9 in) long, 1380 mm (54.3 in) wide, and 1130 mm (44.5 in) high. It also has a wheelbase of 1240 mm (48.8 in) for a wider cut which will save you time while mowing your lawn.

JD E120 sports an open operator station, which provides little to no protection against the elements like rain and sun or an accidental turnover of the tractor, resulting in injuries. The manufacturers try to make up for this by providing a beverage holder to keep your drinks for hydration while you work.

Its seat provides comfort as it is positioned higher than regular seats for better back support. The suspension-type seat features two coil springs for added comfort.


john deere e120 tractor Engine

It uses a Briggs & Stratton 40N877 engine model and a four-stroke, air-cooled, v-twin engine type. The E120 tractor uses a 2-cylinder gasoline-powered engine with a mechanical fuel gauge that is viewable from the operator seat. This way, you know when you’re running out of fuel which doesn’t often happen since it has a decent 2.4 US gal/ 9.1 L fuel capacity. The two-cylinder engine allows it to work in silence. You’ll no longer have neighbors complaining about the noise when you’re working.

It uses an electric starter that does not need acceleration before it starts the engine. Turn the ignition, and it comes on, just like you would a car. Its displacement is 0.7 L, 656 cm², (40, while its bore and stroke are 750 mm × 730 mm (295 in × 287 in).

The engine is 20 HP powered, which is great for a lawn and garden tractor, typically working fields less than an acre in size. It’ll do all your small garden needs without issues. The 20 HP power also allows you to do so much more with your tractor aside from the regular mowing and clearing.

The soil type it uses is SAE 10W-30; API: SG or SF with an easy to change oil process. Now, you no longer have to take it to a professional to change its oil. Its 30-seconds oil change system is a huge plus.

Transmission and Chassis

john deere tractor e120 Transmission and Chassis

For the E120 tractor to work effectively, it has to convert its 20 HP engine power to usable energy across its parts, and this is what the transmission seeks to do. It helps to move the power to the parts of the tractor that need it. The transmission model in use here is Tuff Torq TL200.

It uses a belt-driven hydrostatic transmission type with Infinite forward and reverse gears. It has a maximum forward speed of 8.9 km h (5.5 mph) and a maximum reverse speed of 5.2 km h (3.2 mph).
It spos a 4×2 two-wheel-drive chassis with a full-length welded steel frame for extra protection and an e-coat/primer that is resistant to ultraviolet rays, which prevents fading of paint after a while.

The E120 uses a wet disc brake located at the left side of the tractor instead of the right side, as it is with many other tractors. This may take some getting used to when you start using the tractor. It also sports manual steering, which may not be the most comfortable to operate. The manufacturers compensate for this with an 18” turn that helps you turn right corners quickly.


john deere tractor e120 Attachments

John Deere E120 garden and lawn tractor had the option of additional attachments that you can use with your tractor to achieve other tasks. It has a 42” mower deck attachment option that is mid-mounted and can be adjusted using a level by the side of the seating area.

There’s also a 46” front-mounted blade, 44” front-mounted snow blower for snow removal during the winter. That’s not all; you have the option of using an aerator, excavator, or knife.

There are other accessories like vents for noise controls, speed controls, and a flush port so you can use a hose to clear debris from below the deck.

Pros and Cons of John Deere E120 Tractor


  • Powerful V-twin engine with 20 HP
  • Small turning radius of 18” for tight turns
  • Vents for noise control
  • Comfortable high seat with a good backrest
  • Easy to start
  • Easy to operate
  • Great cut
  • 30-seconds oil change system
  • Durable


  • Short warranty of two years or 120 hours
  • No armrest
  • Mower deck adjustment level is limited


The price of a new John Deere E120 tractor at the year of its inception in 2018 is $1899. This is an excellent price for a new model tractor with so much to give.


Lawn and garden tractors are usually filled with small, low-standard parts since the tractor is not expected to do so much work. The E120 garden and lawn tractor is doing something different by incorporating fantastic specifications and features.

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