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John Deere 6120EH High-Crop Tractor

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  •          High-crop axle maximum clearance 33 in.
  •          Creeper transmission minimum .14 mph at rated engine speed
  •          Open operating station and premium cab
  •        LED lighting package



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 6E with radial tire offering
  • Better ride quality
  • Better wear characteristics
  • Less compaction
  • More efficient converting more power to the ground
  • Heavy-duty front rims are also available that are capable of additional load and are perfect for roadside mowing or sidehill applications
Additional details

Tire combinations by model


Codes   6105E 6120E 6120EH 6135E
  2WD front        
6151 10.00-16 in. 8PR F2 bias X X --- ---
  2WD rear        
5212 460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- ---
5225 420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
5234 460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
  Mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) front        
6210 340/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
6200 320/85R24 R1W radial X X --- X
6217 320/85R32 R1W X X --- X
6218 340/85R24 R1W heavy-duty rim X X --- X
6220 380/85R24 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
6222 380/85R24 R1W heavy-duty rim X X --- X
6212 320/90R46 in 148A8 R2 radial --- --- X ---
6213 320/90R50 in 147A8 R1W radial --- --- X ---
6214 340/85R38 R2 radial --- --- X ---
6295 230/95R48 in TL R1W radial --- --- X ---
  MFWD rear        
5212 460/85R34 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
5225 420/85/R38 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
5234 460/85R38 in. 8PR R1W radial X X --- X
5460 300/95R42 TL R1, 147A8 radial X X --- X
5521 320/90R50 R1W radial X X X X
5223 320/90R46 in 148A8 R2 radial --- --- X ---
5567 340/85R38 R2 Radial --- --- X ---
5295 230/95R48 In. TL R1W Radial --- --- X ---

Loader-ready packages


To further the versatility and efficiency of the 6E Tractors and their hydraulic capabilities, the 6Es (excluding 6120EH) 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 tractor 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 can operate the loader using a joystick, increasing productivity and maneuverability

  • Available for both cab and open operator station (OOS) configurations on all 6Es (excluding 6120EH)

  • 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.

4.5L (275-cu in.) PowerTech™ engine power and specifications

Tractor models and horsepower
PowerTech engine 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.



Rated power take-off (PTO) power

2100 rpm

Rated engine power

97/68/EC standard


4.5 L (275 cu in.)

66 kW (89 hp)

77 kW (105 hp)


4.5 L (275 cu in.)

76 kW (102 hp)

88 kW (120 hp)


4.5 L (275 cu in.)

86 kW (115 hp)

99 kW (135 hp)


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.


Benefits of 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 1896 bar [27,500 psi]), precise variable injection pressure, variable timing control, multiple injections

Four-valve cylinder head

  • Crossflow head design 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

  • This is most efficient method of cooling intake air to help reduce engine emissions while maintaining low speed torque, transient response time, and peak torque. It enables the engine to meet emission requirements with better fuel economy and the lowest installed costs.

Compact size

  • 4.5 L (275 cu in.), 4 cylinders

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

  • Common wiring interface connector for vehicles or available OEM instrumentation packages; solid conduit and T-connectors to reduce wiring stress and improved durability and appearance

  • Factory-installed engine-mounted engine control unit (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(H) 6135E
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tier level Final Tier 4 (FT4) FT4 FT4
Engine model 4045H 4045H 4045H
97/68/EC at rated speed 77 kW (105 hp) 88 kW (120 hp) 99 kW (135 hp)
Rated engine speed 2200 rpm 2200 rpm 2200 rpm
PTO operating speed 2100 rpm 2100 rpm 2100 rpm
Maximum torque engine speed 1600 rpm 1600 rpm 1600 rpm
Fast idle speed 2275+10 rpm 2275+10 rpm 2275+10 rpm
Low idle speed 900+10 rpm 900+10 rpm 900+10 rpm
Torque curves
6135E torque curves graph 6135E torque curves graph
6120E(H) torque curves graph 6120E(H) torque curves graph
6105E torque curves graph 6105E torque curves graph
Engine specifications
Model 6105E 6120E(H) 6135E
Engine PowerTech PWL PowerTech PWL PowerTech PWS
Engine model 4045H 4045H 4045H

4.5 L (275 cu in.)

4.5 L (275 cu in.) 4.5 L (275 cu in.)
Number of 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 2200 rpm 2200 rpm 2200 rpm
PTO operating speed 2100 rpm 2100 rpm 2100 rpm
Maximum torque operating speed 1600 rpm 1600 rpm 1600 rpm
Fast idle speed 2275 rpm 2275 rpm 2275 rpm
Low idle speed 900 rpm 900 rpm 900 rpm
Rated PTO power

66 kW (89 hp) at 2100 rpm

76 kW (102 hp) at 2100 rpm

86 kW (115 hp) at 2100 rpm

Rated engine power 77 kW (105 hp) at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC] 88 kW (120 hp) at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC] 99 kW (135 hp) at 2200 rpm [97/68/EC]
Power bulge 3 percent at 2000 rpm 3 percent at 2000 rpm 3 percent at 2000 rpm
Peak torque 432 Nm (318 lb-ft) at 1600 rpm 494 Nm (364 lb-ft) at 1600 rpm 538 Nm (397 lb-ft) at 1600 rpm
Torque rise 29 percent at 2200 29 percent at 2200 25 percent at 2200
Compression 16.8:1 16.8:1 16.8:1
Bore x stroke 11.9 x 12.7 cm (4.7 x 5 in.) 11.9 x 12.7 cm (4.7 x 5 in.) 11.9 x 12.7 cm (4.7 x 5 in.)


12 forward/12 reverse (12F/12R), 12F/12R with creeper, and 24F/12R PowrReverser™ transmissions


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.


Producers who operate power take-off (PTO) implements like a rotary cutter or baler will appreciate the additional working speeds with the 24F/12R PowrReverser transmission. High and low buttons are used to make fine adjustments in speed without needing to use the clutch, delivering improved productivity. 


The PowrReverser transmission provides 12 forward and 12 reverse 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 24F/12R PowrReverser transmission delivers 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
Right-side controls Right-side controls
Left-side controls Left-side controls

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
  3. Electrohydraulic left-hand reverser allows for quick and convenient shuttle shifting between forward and reverse at any
  4. High and low buttons are located on the gear shifter for the 24F/12R PowrReverser
  5. 12F/12R creeper transmission speed control (left-hand side)



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 PowrReverser transmission lineup also consists of a 12F/12R transmission with creeper. The creeper transmission functionality provides an ultra-low speed to match ground speed during tasks such as harvesting high-value crops, particularly vegetables, that are hand harvested.


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.

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Maintaining your equipment is easy with Maintenance in John Deere Operations Center web.

  • View current and past due maintenance with Maintenance in Operations Center web or in JDLink Mobile
  • Use factory plans or create a custom plan for each machine
  • View parts required for each interval
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When you buy John Deere equipment, you expect reliability. You also know that problems can happen, and a product is only as good as the support behind it. That’s why John Deere equipment is prepared with technology that senses potential issues and can alert you and your dealer promptly—in the cab or anywhere you are.

John Deere Connected Support is a revolutionary change to support that leverages technology and the connectivity of JDLink™ telematics to prevent downtime and resolve problems faster. These tools decrease downtime by an average of 20 percent, enabling faster responses to unexpected problems and reducing technician trips to your machine. For some issues, unplanned downtime can even be prevented altogether through prediction of the issue.

With your permission, John Deere Connected Support:

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  • Saves time by remotely viewing in-cab displays, reducing trips to the machine
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With more than a decade of experience leveraging connectivity to solve problems, no one else has the experience, tools, and knowledge to keep you running as John Deere and your John Deere dealer can. Connected Support is an in-base feature on all John Deere products with factory- or field-installed JDLink.

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