Reverse implement option (RIO) - RIO allows operator to mow while backing up if deemed necessary - The operator who deems it necessary to keep the mower (or other implement) engaged while backing up should first bring the tractor to a stop and look behind the tractor to be sure there are no bystanders. Then actuate (push in) the RIO button. The RIO button must be held down in the reverse implement position as the shift lever is moved into reverse (reverse foot pedal is depressed on models with a hydrostatic transmission). The operator may then release the button and the mower will continue to operate while backing up and also when resuming forward operation. This procedure must be repeated the next time the operator chooses to keep the mower engaged while backing up. If the mower power take-off (PTO) is engaged and the operator shifts into reverse or depresses the reverse pedal prior to pressing the RIO button, ignition to the engine will be shut off. The engine will stop unless the operator either pushes on the RIO switch or shifts out of reverse. If the engine does stop, the operator must return the mower engagement (PTO) switch or lever to the off position, depress the brake pedal, and then turn the ignition switch to restart the engine.
Hydrostatic - 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 control ensures easy operation, The operator can change direction without lifting foot off the platform, Large pedal surface gives superior operator comfort.
Transmission - Appropriate transmissions are used in each model, depending on rear tire size and tractor performance requirements, to ensure excellent performance and reliability.
Controls - The contoured dash is functional and attractive. The hourmeter makes it easy to tell when oil changes and other maintenance should be performed. Controls are color-coded and labeled for easy identification by the operator. Controls are logically placed and easy to reach. The functional design of the controls provides a good appearance and comfortable feel.
Mower Deck Height Adjustment - A spring-assisted, low-effort lift lever simplifies setting and adjusting the mower cut height. Increments of 0.64-cm (0.25-in.) allow the operator to fine-tune the cut height The mower lift handle is shaped and located for easy use
PTO (Power Take Off) - The mower deck is engaged with the yellow lever on the dashboard. Its placement on the right side leaves left, entry side of the tractor unobstructed.
Parking Brake Control - The parking brake control is conveniently located for easy access. It holds the brake pedal securely in the locked position.
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.
Engine - A 500-cc (30.5 cu in.) engine is used in the X126. It produces 10.65 kW of power at 3150 rpm. The engine has the size and features to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions, Electronic ignition for fast starts, Cast-iron cylinder liner for longer engine life, Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy.
No-Tools Oil Drain Valve - No-tools oil-drain valve is easy to access when changing the engine oil.
Easy open 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.
Operator Station - 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 tilted back at the optimum angle to provide the most comfortable operator position.
Footrest - Wide footrest areas with non-slip, anti-vibration foot mats are provided for operator comfort and safety. Optimum operator comfort, Debris removing channels help keep the footrest area clean and dry.
Operator Seat - Operator seat can be easily adjusted forward or backward while on the seat, with seat travel of 140 mm (5.5 in.) and 10 different positions.
Seat Rasied - Seat can be tilted forward for protection from the weather and to provide easy access to the fuel tank. Seat springs give a smoother ride.
Beverage holder and storage compartment - Beverage holder and storage compartment are found on the right fender for added value and operator convenience.
Cutting Deck - The Edge cutting system has been trademarked to emphasize the advantages of the John Deere mower deck designs. They give the mower superior convenience, performance, and reliability. The 107-cm (42-in.) two-spindle, three-in-one mower is constructed of 13-gauge, 2.3-mm (0.09-in.) steel for long life.
Deck Wash Port - A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy. A hose connector can be purchased locally for connecting to the wash port.
Starlock Blade Design - The StarLock blade design keeps the blade bolt at the correct torque for easy removal.