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Z525E ZTRAK MOWER

ZTrak™ Mower with 48- or 54-in. Deck

  • 24-hp (17.9 kW)* V-Twin engine
  • 48- or 54-in. Accel Deep™ mower deck
  • 8.5-mph ground speed
  • 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty
Starting At:$ 3,899.00
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Features



Engine, left rear view Engine, left rear view
Engine, right rear view Engine, right rear view

A V-twin engine with 44.2-cu in. (724-cc) displacement provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

  • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
  • Engine model M44 ELS
  • Electronic ignition for fast starts
  • Cast-iron sleeves for longer engine life
  • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
  • Spin-on oil filter with pressure lubrication for keeping the oil cleaner for long engine life and extended time between oil changes; pressure lubrication is also more effective when operating the tractor on an incline
  • Easy access to the no-tools oil drain valve for oil changes
  • Rear engine guard for protecting the engine and providing additional strength and integrity

The Z375R and Z525E engines have extended life series (ELS) features for enhanced performance and longer life.

 

Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube
Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter

Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter are easy to access and change to minimize service time and cost.

John Deere recommends the use of fuel stabilizer in gasoline. See Fuel-Protect for gasoline engines (8 oz [237 mL]) for more information

Z525E with 54-in. (137-cm) Mower Deck shown Z525E with 54-in. (137-cm) Mower Deck shown

The Z375R and the Z525E have a full-featured engine with extended life series (ELS) features that is engineered to deliver world-class endurance and power. A step above the competition, it is designed to be more dependable and longer lasting, saving time and money over the long run.

22-hp (16.4-kW) engine (left rear view shown) 22-hp (16.4-kW) engine (left rear view shown)
22-hp (16.4-kW) engine (right rear view shown) 22-hp (16.4-kW) engine (right rear view shown)

Built to exceed demanding needs by incorporating premium features and innovative designs:

  • Overhead valve (OHV) design for cooler operation and longer valve life
  • Contains an advanced debris management system that directs cooling air through the rotating screen to the air cleaner compartment, where large debris is pre-filtered through ejector slots
    • Keeps unfiltered air out of the engine through a large, dual-sealed, premium oval-shaped cartridge-style filter
    • Ensures maximum protection for extended engine life with the premium air cleaner, a pleated paper filter with a foam precleaner
    • Captures fine particles for maximum protection and extended maintenance
  • Provides maximum protection with full-pressure lubrication system
    • Pumps oil by a mechanical gerotor-style pump to all critical engine components
    • Enhances the system through a premium automotive-style spin-on oil filter, which removes over 95 percent of oil contaminates
  • A premium bearing package for improved durability; includes a super-finished crank pin bearing with a 50 percent smoother surface to increase load capacity by 35 percent
    • Uses a premium DU Teflon®-coated bearing
    • Helps resist wear and increases durability through self-lubricating bronze bearing
  • Wear-resistant chrome-plated valve stems for long-life valves
    • 44 percent smoother for longer life
  • Cast-iron cylinder sleeve for extended life
  • Dependable float-feed type carburetor with integral fuel pump
  • High-capacity fuel filter for dependable operation
  • 30 micron filter with 55 percent more filter area than standard filters
  • Maintenance-free electronic ignition for quick, dependable starts
    • Platinum spark plugs for extended life

Teflon is a trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.

 

Z535M ZTrak™ Mower with Accel Deep 48A Mower Z535M ZTrak™ Mower with Accel Deep 48A Mower
Accel Deep 48A Mower Accel Deep 48A Mower

The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Excellent cut quality
48A Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown) 48A Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
48A Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown) 48A Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of re-cutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal re-cutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
Productivity - getting the job done fast
Right side of Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck Right side of Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of recutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves mowers capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • The 48A Power Flow™ blower has an inlet housing with over 50 percent greater area than the 48X Power Flow blower used on previous machines.
Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator
Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck
Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck

The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without buildup of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove buildup of material from underside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even for material discharged out the chute, less recutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and the MulchControl attachment makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
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.

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
Superior durability is designed in
Spindle pocket Spindle pocket
Mower wheels are double captured Mower wheels are double captured

The 48A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
  • The 48A has a 23 percent heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 48-in. (122-cm) Mower Deck used on previous machines.

Mower wheels are double-captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on engine lower bearings and mower deck bearings for longer life.

The 48A Mower Deck features a 5/8-in. (16-mm) diameter solid-steel rod side bumper that provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes

The 48A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • With the optional MulchControl attachment installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side-discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
  • The Power Flow rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl attachment and blades installed - by simply placing the MulchControl lever in the side-discharge position.
MulchControl option

The MulchControl attachment for the 48A Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown) MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown) MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • The MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about half way down. The height is designed to balance the mulching and side-discharge modes.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MulchControl baffle closed MulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handle MulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharge or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. Now the operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharge or bagging when needed.

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one-third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired
6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow rear bagger (rear bagger not available for ZTrak Z355E or Z355R)
Optional rear bagger Optional rear bagger
Power Flow blower Power Flow blower

An optional 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger material collection system (MCS) is available. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves:

  • The Power Flow blower and chute are easy to install. The Power Flow blower swings out for easy cleanout and cleanup.
  • The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:
    • 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity
    • Easy-to-attach Power Flow blower (ordered separately)
    • Easy-to-attach chute (ordered separately)
    • Air exhaust duct
    • Convenient spring-latch
    • Airflow fill indicator
    • Quik-Tatch mounting
    • Sealed hopper top
    • Loose-knit bags available
Z525E ZTrak™ Mower with Accel Deep 54A Mower Z525E ZTrak™ Mower with Accel Deep 54A Mower
Accel Deep 54A Mower Accel Deep 54A Mower

The 54-in. (138-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Excellent cut quality
54A Mower top (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown) 54A Mower top (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)
54A Mower underside (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown) 54A Mower underside (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)

Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of recutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal recutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
Productivity - getting the job done fast
Right side of Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck Right side of Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of re-cutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves mowers capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • The 54A Power Flow™ blower has an inlet housing with over 50 percent greater area than the 48X Power Flow blower used on previous machines.
Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator
Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck
Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck Accel Deep 54A Mower Deck

The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without buildup of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove build-up of material from underside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even for material discharged out the chute, less re-cutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and the MulchControl attachment makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.
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.

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.
Superior durability is designed in
Spindle pocket Spindle pocket
Mower wheels are double captured Mower wheels are double captured

The 54A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.

Mower wheels are double captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on engine lower bearings and mower deck bearings for longer life.

The 54A Mower Deck features a 5/8-in. (16-mm) diameter solid-steel rod side bumper that provides extra strength and protection.

Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes

The 54A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • With the optional MulchControl attachment installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
  • The Power Flow rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl attachment and blades installed - by simply placing the MulchControl lever in the side discharge position.
MulchControl option

The MulchControl attachment for the 54A Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle open MulchControl baffle open
MulchControl baffle closed MulchControl baffle closed

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • The MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about half way down. The height is designed to balance the mulching and side-discharge modes.

    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.

    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MulchControl baffle closed MulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handle MulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharge or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. Now the operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharge or bagging when needed.

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired
6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger (rear bagger not available for ZTrak Z375R)
Optional rear bagger Optional rear bagger
Power Flow blower Power Flow blower

An optional 6.5-bu (230-L) rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves:

  • The Power Flow blower and chute are easy to install. The Power Flow blower swings out for easy cleanout and cleanup.
  • The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:
    • 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity
    • Easy-to-attach Power Flow blower (ordered separately)
    • Easy-to-attach chute (ordered separately)
    • Air exhaust duct
    • Convenient spring-latch
    • Airflow fill indicator
    • Quik-Tatch mounting
    • Sealed hopper top
    • Loose-knit bags available
    • Hopper kit comes with ballast bracket and (4) weights
Operator station (Z535M shown) Operator station (Z535M shown)
Color-coded controls are easy to identify Color-coded controls are easy to identify

The operator station is designed for operator comfort and convenience in operating all controls:

  • Excellent visibility forward and to the trim side of the deck makes operation easy and comfortable for the operator.
  • Controls are color coded for easy identification.
  • Twin-lever motion-control levers adjust, using cut-height pin/socket, for convenience and operator comfort.
  • Shock absorbers dampen control movements to give smooth operation.
Comfortable seat
Comfortable seat (Z525E) Comfortable seat (Z525E)
Comfortable seat (Z535M, Z540M) Comfortable seat (Z535M, Z540M)
Comfortable seat (Z535R, Z540R) Comfortable seat (Z535R, Z540R)

Comfortable seats have two suspension springs and no-tools fore-aft seat adjustment that can be used by the operator while seated:

  • Z525E – Medium-back, 15-in. (38-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 3-in. (7.6-cm) fore-aft adjustment
  • Z535M – High-back, 18-in. (45.7-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 3-in. (7.6-cm) fore-aft adjustment
  • Z540M – High-back, 18-in. (45.7-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 3-in. (7.6-cm) fore-aft adjustment
  • Z535R – High-back, 21-in. (53.3-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) fore-aft adjustment
  • Z540R – High-back, 21-in. (53.3-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) fore-aft adjustment
Seat suspension
Seat suspension springs Seat suspension springs

Two steel springs under the seat absorb shocks when traveling over rougher areas to provide a smoother ride.

Cup holder and storage compartment
Cup holder (Z525E shown) Cup holder (Z525E shown)
Open storage compartment Open storage compartment
Flip-up foot platform
Flip-up foot platform Flip-up foot platform

The commercial-style steel footrest flips up to provide easy access for servicing the mower deck:

  • Easy to clean grass off the top of the mower
  • Provides convenient access to the mower drive
Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown) Service interval decal (Z300 Series shown)
Service interval decal (Z500 Series shown) Service interval decal (Z500 Series shown)

A convenient service interval decal provides basic maintenance information. It provides a quick-reference for keeping recommended service up to date.

Mower deck access
Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown) Footrest easily removed for access to mower (Z335E shown)
Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown) Footrest removal bolt and hand grip (Z335E shown)

The footrest area is hinged and easily raised for service to mower deck:

  • It is necessary to remove just one bolt that can be conveniently removed with the lift-height pin.
  • Easy to clean grass off the top of the mower
  • Provides convenient access to the mower drive
Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck
Footrest opens for access to mower deck Footrest opens for access to mower deck
Engine service
Z335E engine Z335E engine
Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shown Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shown
Z535M and Z535R engine Z535M and Z535R engine
Z540M and Z540R engine Z540M and Z540R engine
Easy-to-access oil filter, fill/check oil tube, and oil drain Easy-to-access oil filter, fill/check oil tube, and oil drain

The engines are easy to service, including changing the oil and the oil filter and servicing the air filter.

 

Accel Deep Mower Deck Accel Deep Mower Deck
Tie-down locations Tie-down locations

Accel Deep™ Mower Decks have several features that make them easy to service:

  • Flat-top design minimizes places for debris to collect.
  • Spring-loaded, flip-up belt guards make removing debris easy.
  • Provision is provided for a standard, 3/8-in. (9.5-mm) ratchet wrench to be used for releasing belt tension when removing the drive belt.

Tie-down locations are provided for convenience and safety when trailering the machine.

Motion-control levers
Adjustable motion-control levers Adjustable motion-control levers
Motion control lever positions Motion control lever positions

The motion-control levers can be adjusted to three different height settings and fifteen different fore-aft settings:

  • Increased operator comfort
  • Adjustable for most precise control of the machine
  • Adjustment of the control lever can be done with the cut-height pin
Shock absorber for motion-control levers Shock absorber for motion-control levers

A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes maneuvering ZTrak™ Mowers easy and comfortable:

  • Shock absorber modulates the movement of control levers for smoother operation.
  • Operator can smoothly and precisely control the machine.
Tracking adjustment
Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool
Adjusting tracking with cut-height pin Adjusting tracking with cut-height pin

On-board tracking adjustment from the operator seat is quick and easy. The cut-height pin includes a 13-mm wrench and doubles as a convenient tool for adjusting tracking and the motion-control lever position:

  • The red arrow indicates the socket included on the cut-height pin that can be used for the operator to use when making a tracking adjustment.
Control panel
Control panel (Z525E shown) Control panel (Z525E shown)

The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use.

The following instruments and controls are included:

  • Hourmeter
  • Ignition switch
  • Power take-off (PTO) control
  • Engine speed/choke control
    • A choke position is built into the engine speed control (525E, Z535M).
    • A separate lever is provided for operating the choke (Z540M)
Park brake
Park brake Park brake

The park brake is conveniently located:

  • Large lever is easy to use.
  • Park brake effectively holds the machine in the parked position.
  • Park brake must be engaged (in the upper position) to start the engine.
  • Once the engine is started, the park brake must be disengaged before operating the motion-control levers.
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
  • Mower deck cutting height adjusts from 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 4 in. (10.2 cm) in 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) increments for excellent cut quality and performance.
  • Mower-deck adjustment has built-in memory so the operator can easily return to the desired cutting height after raising the deck.
Steering is easy with large diameter front caster wheels
Motion-control levers shown on Z335E Motion-control levers shown on Z335E
Shock absorber dampens movement of control levers Shock absorber dampens movement of control levers

Motion-control levers are designed for comfortable and easy operation.

A shock absorber is included to dampen the movement of the control levers so any operator can make smooth, controlled turns.

Front caster wheel (Z335E) Front caster wheel (Z335E)
Front caster wheel (Z525E) Front caster wheel (Z525E)

Pneumatic caster wheels give a smoother ride and easier steering:

  • Large diameter front caster wheels provide extra ride comfort and better steering control.
  • Caster wheels have sealed bearings for long life and easy steering.
  • Tires are sized for the size and weight of the vehicle.
ZTrak™ model Caster wheel tire size
Z335E, Z335M, Z345M, Z345R 11x4.0-5
Z355E, Z355R, Z375R, Z525E, Z535M, Z540M 13x5.0-6
Z535R, Z540R 13x6.50-6

 

Conveniently located fuel-sight window allows operator to see fuel level
Easy to view fuel level (fuel-sight window) Easy to view fuel level (fuel-sight window)
Easy-to-fill fuel tank Easy-to-fill fuel tank

A convenient fuel-sight window is located where it is easy for the operator to see:

  • Semi-clear material makes seeing how much fuel is in the tank quick and easy.
  • Large, 3-in. (7.6-cm) fuel-fill opening reduces the chance of spilling when adding fuel.
    • Fuel-fill opening is low and angled to make adding fuel easy.
  • Cap is tethered to the fuel tank.
    • Less chance of fuel cap getting lost
Controls are designed to promote safe operation
Park brake (Z535E shown) Park brake (Z535E shown)
Motion-control levers (Z525E shown) Motion-control levers (Z525E shown)
  • Park brake must be engaged for the engine to crank.
  • Motion-control levers must be in the outward position for the engine to crank.
  • Park brake must be disengaged before operating the motion-control levers or the engine will stall.
Interlock switch is located under the seat (Z540R shown) Interlock switch is located under the seat (Z540R shown)
  • Seat interlock switch disengages the mower when the operator leaves the seat.
  • Engine will stall if the operator leaves the seat without the motion-control levers in the outward position and the park brake set.
ZTrak™ Z335E shown ZTrak™ Z335E shown
ZTrak Z535M shown ZTrak Z535M shown

ZTrak Mowers are designed around a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame for strength and reliability.

Large front caster wheels and large rear drive wheels provide several operator benefits:

  • Smoother ride
  • Better slope performance
  • More operator comfort over uneven ground
  • Better traction

The operator platform is roomy and uncluttered for maximum comfort, and the controls are convenient to use:

  • Easy to get on and off the mower
  • Ample legroom for comfortable operation
  • Adjustable motion-control levers for height and position, enabling the operator to stay comfortable while using them
  • Color-coded and logically placed controls
Styling is both functional and attractive
ZTrak™ Z335E ZTrak™ Z335E
ZTrak Z525E ZTrak Z525E

The styling of ZTrak Mowers is functional and attractive to appeal to residential owners who value product appearance and the easy, comfortable operation that comes with thoughtful control designs:

  • Color-coded controls are not only attractive, but easy to find and use.
  • Large foot platform, surrounded by frame rails, has a safe and inviting appearance and provides easy access for the operator.
  • Contoured shape of the fenders provides improved visibility to the drive tires, minimizes storage space required, and adds to the stylish appearance of the vehicle.
Frame includes durable 1.5- x 2-in. (3.8- x 5.1-cm) steel tubing for long life
ZTrak™ model Z540R ZTrak™ model Z540R
Heavy-duty frame tubing Heavy-duty frame tubing

The ZTrak Z500 Series frame includes 1.5- x 2-in. (3.8- x 5.1-cm) steel tubing for long-term durability:

  • Heavy-duty frame tubing provides a solid support.
  • Reinforced frame offers additional strength where needed.
Footrest opens for access to mower deck Footrest opens for access to mower deck
The footrest area is hinged and easily raised for easy access to the mower deck.
  • It is necessary to remove just one bolt that can be conveniently removed with the 13-mm wrench that is designed into the lift-height pin.
Electric PTO switch Electric PTO switch

A heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is controlled by a convenient, dash-mounted control.

Heavy-duty PTO clutch
PTO clutch PTO clutch

The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.

Unitized transmissions set low in vehicle (right side shown) Unitized transmissions set low in vehicle (right side shown)
Unitized hydrostatic transmission Unitized hydrostatic transmission

Dual unitized transmissions efficiently power the ZTrak™ forward and reverse and give steering capability:

  • Transmissions are set low in the vehicle for excellent hillside stability.
  • Tuff Torq® TZT7-D transmissions are reliable and durable.
    • Beefed-up 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles for greater strength
  • Maintenance-free, unitized transmissions are sealed and have no hose connections to leak hydraulic fluid.
  • Four-bolt hubs provide a reliable and convenient wheel-mounting system.

 

 

 

Transmission expansion tank and tow-valve lever Transmission expansion tank and tow-valve lever
Tow valve control lever Tow valve control lever

Tow-valve controls are provided for each transmission and located on the transmissions near the expansion tanks:

  • Easy to reach and use
  • Allow the vehicle to be moved without the engine running

Tuff Torq is a registered trademark of Tuff Torq Corporation.

Specifications


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Key Specs z525e-ztrak-mower
Current Model
Engine power24 hp
17.9 kW
Engine model numberM44 Extended Life Series (ELS)
Forward speed0-8.5 mph
0-13.7 km/h
Front caster tires13x5-6
Drive tires22x9.5-10
Seat back heightMedium back with armrests, 15 in.
38.1 cm
Width of cutAccel Deep™ mower deck, 48 in.
122 cm
Accel Deep™ mower deck, 54 in.
137 cm
Mulching systemOptional MulchControl™ attachment
U.S. warranty2 year or 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
24 hp
17.9 kW
Model numberM44 Extended Life Series (ELS)
Displacement44.2 cu in.
724 cc
CylindersV-twin
LubricationFull pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt
1.9 L
TypeOverhead valve
Battery12 V
300 CCA
Choke/speed controlSeparate levers
Cooling methodAir
Fuel tank capacity4.5 U.S. gal.
17 L
Fuel gaugeFuel level sight line
Drive train
Dual hydrosTuff Torq TZ17-D with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles
Hydraulic pumps
Wheel motors
Travel speed
Forward speed0-8.5 mph
0-13.7 km/h
Reverse speed0-4 mph
0-6.4 km/h
Speed and direction controlTwin levers
Control adjustment2-height/9-fore-aft, 18 positions
Chassis
FrameHeavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paintE-coat/powder
Front caster tires13x5-6
Front caster bearingsSealed ball bearings
Drive tires22x9.5-10
HourmeterYes
Service interval decalYes
Storage compartmentYes
Cup holderYes
Seat
Seat back heightMedium back with armrests, 15 in.
38.1 cm
Fore-aft adjustmentWhile seated, 3 in.
7.6 cm
Seat suspensionTwo springs
Lift system
TypeHand lever with optional foot lift
Mower cut height1-4 in.
2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Preset cut heightYes
Mower deck
Width of cutAccel Deep™ mower deck, 48 in.
122 cm
Accel Deep™ mower deck, 54 in.
137 cm
TypeSide discharge
Mower deck material10 gauge
0.135 in.
3.4 mm
Mower drive systemV-belt
PTO
TypeElectric, 125 lb-ft
169.5 Nm
DriveV-belt
Dimensions
Wheelbase48.7 in.
123.7 cm
Overall length76.7 in.
194.8 cm
Width without mower47.4 in.
120.4 cm
Width with mower48A - 62.6 in.
159 cm
54A - 68.8 in.
174.8 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)48A - 54 in.
137.2 cm
54A - 59.7 in.
151.6 cm
Height39.4 in.
100.1 cm
WeightWith mower and fuel, 48A, 615 lb
279 kg
With mower and fuel, 54A, 631 lb
286 kg
Safety
Operator presence systemYes
Park brake interlockYes
Safety videoYes
Buyer's notes
Note 1Mower wash port makes cleaning the deck easier
Note 2Flip-up foot platform for easy service access
Note 318-position adjustable motion-control levers
U.S. warranty2 year or 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 attachments
Mulching systemOptional MulchControl™ attachment
Rubber floor matYes
Sun shade
Mounted sprayer15 U.S. gal.
56.8 L
Storage coverYes
Light kitDual headlight kit
Material collection systemPower Flow rear bagger, 6.5 bu
229.1 L

Offers and Discounts

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  • Save $200¹
  • Offers available 01 May 2020 through 06 July 2020

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  • 0% APR fixed rate for 36 Months¹
  • Offer available 01 May 2020 through 06 July 2020

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¹Offer available from 01 May 2020 and 06 July 2020. $200 off the purchase of a new Z500 Series ZTrak Zero-Turn Mower from a participating John Deere dealer between 01 May 2020 and 06 July 2020. Available at participating John Deere dealers in the U.S. Dollars off will be deducted from the agreed upon purchase price. Some restrictions apply, see your participating John Deere dealer for complete details.

¹Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 01 May 2020 to 06 July 2020. Subject to approved credit on a Revolving Plan account, a service of John Deere Financial, f.s.b. For consumer use only. No down payment required. 0% APR is for 36 months only, regular Revolving Plan rates will apply after that. The regular Revolving Plan rate, which varies over time, is currently 18.25% APR. Available at participating U.S. dealers. Prices and models may vary by dealer.

Accessories and Attachments

Drawbar

Magnetic hitch pinMagnetic hitch pin

Fits John Deere lawn and garden tow behind attachments.

  • Strong magnetic grip
  • Rust resistant
  • Easy to install, secure fit
Ordering information

Customers, please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

Magnetic hitch pin

Order number: LP63768

Home Maintenance Kits

LG268 home maintenance kit
Typical home maintenance kitTypical home maintenance kit
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Home maintenance kits are a handy and convenient way for dealers to supply a customer with the maintenance-interval parts as specified in their operator's manual.

 

The LG268 home maintenance kit includes the following:

 

Quantity

 Description

 1

 Engine oil filter

 2

 Engine oil, quart

 1

 Fuel filter

 1

 Air filter cartridge

 1

 Precleaner

 2

 Spark plug

Mcs Chutes

Power Flow chute and blowerPower Flow chute and blower
Hopper, chute, and blowerHopper, chute, and blower

The Power Flow chute is required, along with the high-performance Power Flow blower, to use the 2-bag Power Flow material collection system. The chute includes a convenient handle and a fill indicator that tells the operator when the bags are getting full.

One chute works with several vehicle applications. Trim lines on the chute are referenced in the instructions so the chute can be cut to the proper length for the vehicle/mower application.

Mcs Hoppers

Hopper and included weight bracket and weightsHopper and included weight bracket and weights
Weight bracket and weightsWeight bracket and weights
6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger, chute, and blower6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger, chute, and blower

The 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger efficiently collects material from the mower deck:

  • A Power Flow™ blower (ordered separately) on the end of the mower deck moves material up the chute (ordered separately) and into the hopper.
  • A weight bracket and four 18-lb (8.2-kg) weights are included for installation on the front of the vehicle to help counterbalance the weight of the hopper.
Removing bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopperRemoving bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper
Removing bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopperRemoving bag from 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper

The hopper design provides efficient bagging performance, clean operation, and easy-to-empty bags:

  • Two durable bags give a generous, 6.5-bu (229-L) capacity.
  • The bags lift out for easy emptying.
  • Efficient chute provides a smooth flow of material to reduce the chance of plugging.
    • The chute and Power Flow blower must be ordered separately.
  • Standard mower blades are used for bagging.
  • Air exhaust duct directs air from the hopper back and toward the ground for clean operation.
  • Convenient latch makes opening and closing the hopper easy.

NOTE: Appropriate Power Flow blower, chute, and attachment bar are required (ordered separately).

NOTE: The 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper is not compatible with 60-in. (152-cm) and 62-in. (157-cm) Mower Decks because their larger size and ability to fill the hopper more quickly reduces the usefulness of the bagging system.

 

Mcs Power Flow Blowers

HP Power Flow blower assemblyHP Power Flow blower assembly

The high-performance (HP) Power Flow blower assembly for the 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower is used with the hopper and chute to provide a very effective material collection system. A 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper and chute must be ordered separately to complete this material collection system.

HP Power Flow blower assemblyHP Power Flow blower assembly

The high-performance (HP) Power Flow blower assembly for the 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower is used with the hopper and chute to provide a very effective material collection system. A 6.5-bu (229-L) hopper and chute must be ordered separately to complete this material collection system.

Miscellaneous

Rear bumperRear bumper

The optional rear bumper bolts to the ZTrakTM tubular frame for solid support:

  • Provides protection for the rear of the ZTrak mower
Battery chargerBattery charger

This fully automatic 1.5-amp battery charger and maintainer safely charges lawn and garden, RV, deep-cycle, and most batteries that require long storage periods. It is particularly useful during winter months when the vehicle is not being used regularly, to ensure the battery stays charged:

  • Automatically determines if the battery is 6- or 12-V and adjusts accordingly
  • Helps maintain battery in good condition and ensures it is fully charged
  • Powers on to charge battery and powers off when fully charged
  • 'Onboard' feature allows mounting next to the battery on collector, street rods, and other occasional-use vehicles
  • 1.5-amp trickle charges small batteries in 2 to 12 hours
  • Maintains large battery charges
  • Hookup protection guards battery and charger from damage 

 

Includes a choice of battery connection methods:

  • Standard color-coded clips to connect to any battery
  • Cable with quick-disconnect plug and end loops that can be bolted to battery terminals and easily unplugged from charger when not in use
Boarding stepBoarding step

Compatible with EZTrak™ Z400-series, Z600-series and ZTrak Z500-series mowers, the ZTrak Z5 boarding step allows for easier mounting and dismounting of a zero-turn mower. A complete bolt-on solution, this kit attaches to the left side of the mower frame for convenient access.

Ordering information

Please contact a local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

ZTrak Z5 Boarding Step
Order number: LP66655

Floor mat kit installedFloor mat kit installed

The floor mat kit provides extra comfort and traction to the foot platform.

Footrest extensionsFootrest extensions

The optional foot rest extension kit includes bolt-on left and right footrests for EZtrakTM and ZTrak™ Mowers:

  • Makes operating the mower more comfortable for the operator
Striping kit brushStriping kit brush
Before mowingBefore mowing
After mowingAfter mowing
Features and benefits
  • Homeowners can now achieve results just like the professionals.
  • The attachment works extremely well with the suspended mower design.
  • The attachment is easy to adjust for varying mower cutting heights.
  • The brush adjusts to varying ground conditions and allows the operator to freely maneuver the vehicle without damaging the turf.
  • The brush fits ZTrak 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower Decks
  • The brush is very economical and functional.

Specifications

 Item number LP63764
 Compatible mowers ZTrak 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep Mower Decks
 Installation time 15 minutes
 Shipping weight 15 lb (7 kg)
 Warranty Two-year consumer warranty
Ordering information

Customers, please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

ZTrak grass groomer - lawn striping kit

Order number: LP63764

Kit includes headlights and required components to provide additional lighting when needed.

 

Foot lift kitFoot lift kit

The premium foot lift kit makes raising, lowering, or changing the mower-deck height easier for ZTrak™ mowers. It is compatible with:

  • Z525E, Z535M and Z540M with 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower Deck
  • Z525E, Z535M and Z540M with 54-in. (137-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck
Z535M shown with standard control armsZ535M shown with standard control arms
Z375R shown with premium control armsZ375R shown with premium control arms

 

Protective cover (partially removed)Protective cover (partially removed)
Protective cover (vehicle fully covered)Protective cover (vehicle fully covered)

This cover provides heavy-duty protection for EZtrak™ and ZTrak riding mowers. It protects against sun damage, rain, dust, birds, and tree sap.

Dual reinforced air vents let air circulate and help prevent ballooning in winds. Elastic cord in bottom hem gives a quick and custom fit. Side handles are included for easy fitting and removal.

Ordering information

Please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

EZtrak and ZTrak protective cover

Order number: LP64430

Mower Decks

Z525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep Mower
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The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
Z525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep Mower
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The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
Z525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep Mower
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The 54-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Mower top (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)Mower top (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)
Mower underside (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)Mower underside (similar mower from X500 Series Tractor shown)
Mower deck leveling gaugeMower deck leveling gauge

Leveling gauge allows quick and accurate mower deck leveling and cutting height adjustment.

Can be used for:

  • Lawn tractors
  • Lawn and garden tractors
  • Riding mowers
  • Front mowers
  • Commercial walk-behind mowers
  • Zero-turn-radius mowers

Mulch Kits

MulchControl advantages and benefits
Z535M ZTrak™ with Accel Deep 48A MowerZ535M ZTrak™ with Accel Deep 48A Mower
X730 Tractor with 48A Mower DeckX730 Tractor with 48A Mower Deck

The MulchControl attachment for the 48A Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • The MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about half way down. The height is designed to balance the mulching and side-discharge modes.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, this material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MulchControl limitations

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handleMulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharging or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags
    • With 48A and 54A Mower Decks, the MulchControl baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow blower will run without material when the baffle is closed.

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. The operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharge or bagging when needed.

MulchControl advantages and benefits
ZTrak™ Z525E mowingZTrak™ Z525E mowing

The MulchControl attachment for the 54A Mower Deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:

  • A beautiful looking lawn
  • Grass clippings not blown onto the operator, driveways, or flower beds
  • Less fertilizer use
  • Elimination of the effort needed to dispose of clippings
How MulchControl works
MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)MulchControl baffle open (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)
MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:

  • The MulchControl attachment includes baffles to control the flow of material under the deck.
    • The MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about half way down. The height is designed to balance the mulching and side-discharge modes.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, this material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handleMulchControl handle
  • The MulchControl handle is located on top of the mower deck and used to open and close the discharge baffle.
    • The operator is required to get off of the machine in order to engage or disengage mulch mode.
  • Changing from mulching to side discharging or vice versa takes only a few seconds.

MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:

  • Usually mulch, but side discharge when grass gets too long
  • Usually side-discharge, but would like to be able to close the chute to control clippings
  • Always mulch a main lawn, but often side discharge secondary lawns
  • Bag clippings, but want to go farther before emptying bags
    • With 48A and 54A Mower Decks, the MulchControl baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow blower will run without material when the baffle is closed.

MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. The operator can have all the benefits of mulching with the ability to easily change to side discharging or bagging when needed.

MulchControl limitations

While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:

  • When cutting strong southern grasses, such as Zoysia and Bermuda
  • When cutting in wet, high-growth conditions, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest United States
  • When optimum bagging and lawn clean-up is desired

Rear Hitch

Rear hitchRear hitch

The rear hitch provides towing capability for ZTrakTM Mowers:

  • Bolts to tubular frame for solid support

Spark Arrester

Spark arrester screenSpark arrester screen

Allows tractor to meet restrictions imposed by certain areas.

Sprayers

15-gal. (57-L) sprayer15-gal. (57-L) sprayer

Features and benefits:

  • 100-psi (689- kPa) SHURflo® pump
  • 60-in. (152.4-cm) spray width
  • Spraying systems spray wand with brass tip
  • Custom brackets secure the sprayer to existing bagger mounts
  • Stability because weight is positioned forward
    • A minimum of two 15-lb (7-kg) weights, for a total of 30 lb (13.6 kg), are needed at the front of the machine.
  • Easy no-tools mounting

Specifications

 Item number LP53284
 Tank capacity 15 gal. (57 L)
 Spray wand reach 30 ft (9.1 m)
 Hose length 19 ft (6 m)
 Shipping weight 84 lb (38 kg) - including the four 18-lb (8.2-kg) front bar weights
 Warranty Two-year consumer warranty
Ordering information

Please contact your local John Deere dealer for availability and pricing information.

15-gal. (57-L) sprayer

Order number: LP53284

SHURflo is a trademark of SHURflo, LLC.

Weights

Weight kitWeight kit

The weight kit includes a weight bracket and four 18-lb (8.2-kg) weights for installation on the front of a Z500 Series ZTrak™ Mower. Quick-pull pins hold the weights securely in place while providing easy installation and removal.

NOTE: The weight kit components are also included in the 6.5-bu (229-L) rear bagger attachment.

Reviews

3.56

9 reviews

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4.75

Great value

4/5

I Have had a Z525 with a 54 inch deck for 3 seasons and have been very satisfied with it's performance. I can get my 3 acres mowed quickly and it does a very good job of mowing evenly.

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v4bob

From: New glarus WI

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise:

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5

FIRST TIME, SHAME ON YOU…SECOND TIME, SHAME ON ME!

2/5

First of all, the features I love on this zero turn are the five gallon gas tank (no gauge though), the 8.5 mph speed, and the hour meter. John Deere has the worst warranty in the consumer industry...120 hours or two years, whichever comes first!!! My biggest complaint has been the quality of the cut. I've bought the necessary gauges and adjusted and re-adjusted to get the best cut. I still get uneven cutting. We have five acres of various weeds and grass, but my Toro always gave excellent results with an even, level cut. The John Deere has more of a bush hog blade, maybe twice as thick as the Toro, and it's great when cutting wild brush in the pasture behind our acreage. But don't expect a nice, even cut on a lawn. Our John dealer has been nice and courteous, but after one year of operation, the starter and solenoid needed to be changed. They did the repairs under warranty, only to call us about one month after the repairs were done to let us know that John Deere was not honoring the claim. The dealership thought the warranty was 150 hours and 2 years, whichever came first. John Deere says 120 hours. Now the dealership expects us to pay the $500 repair bill...we've only owned the equipment one year! In addition, I had them do an oil change at the same time...it cost over $100! I think I'm going to sell my Deere (if I can) and go back to my Toro S5000 zero turn. I should have never betrayed my dependable red zero turn that gave me a beautiful cut every time! I don't trust this green monster! Note: When I purchased this John Deere from Home Depot, the manager from the lawn department sold me on John Deere's outstanding warranty of three years, no questions asked return policy. He gave me an owners manual and key that went to a John Deere lawn tractor. I had to return to the store to get the correct key and manual...they only had the key. The department manager had no idea what he was selling. He was just into "branding"..."nothing runs like a Deere". Yeah, nothing!

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pmike

From: Lafayette, la

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

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2 years no problem, year 3, engine keeps stalling

2/5

Really liked this mower for 2 years. It has about 72 hours on it. Had it serviced over the winter and second time out this spring and it now keeps stalling every few minutes when the blades are engaged. So now can't mow the lawn. 2 year warranty and at the beginning of year 3, problems.

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Delaware

From: Delaware

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

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Its a lawn mowing sports car

5/5

Only have 10 hours on it so far. This is the most awesome machine I have ever owned. Its like mowing you lawn with a high performance ATV. In fact, now that I have this, I am selling my RZR Turbo. Don’t need it anymore. I have 5 acres to mow. With the super high top speed, and the way it corners like its on rails, I get it done in no time! And, its fun cause it hauls butt. I feel like I am racing motocross! Except its lawnocross. And, yes full reverse, slam it forward, and you have an impressive wheelie going on. Whats even more cool, is when you start it cold, it idles like a Harley for about a minute. The chicks dig me on this thing with my huge 54” deck. I actually stare at the grass waiting for it to grow so I can go racing around the yard. One thing, buy it from a dealer, you get the same or better price, more thoroughly set up, options installed for free, much better service than Lowes. Just saying.

Pros

  • fast
  • powerful

Cons

  • none

CousinEddy

From: TN

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

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DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

1/5

Perhaps I am just the unlucky person that got a lemon, but...purchased this mower from Home Depot while my home was still under construction, consequently it wasn't used much during the first two years of ownership. Ten days past the two year warranty the hydro static transmission on one side quit working, with only 37 hours on the machine. After being told by John Deere Customer Service that there was nothing John Deere could/would do since it was ten days out of warranty, my husband purchased parts to the tune of $400 and made the repair. We happily started mowing for about 30 minutes...guess what? The other side went out!!! Now this machine has 37 hours on it and needs another $400.00 dollars in parts to make it go. We have a John Deere tractor that we love, so I was thrilled to purchase this machine. Now I am just so frustrated with this machine and with John Deere as a whole!!!

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UnhappyCustomer

From: North Little Rock, AR

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Monthly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

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Great machine, if it is assembled properly

4/5

Purchased this mower special order from Lowes. It arrived (late) with 3!! scheduled deliveries that did not happen. It was supposed to be ready to mow. It would not run, just kept stalling as the carb and idle were not adjusted properly. Once adjusted, I started mowing. The FWD/REV arms were way off so those also needed adjusted to go straight. With everything set up, I was off... and man, this mower is fast!! Then everything started falling off. Every bolt, nut, fastener was loose. Spent some time tightening everything and then I was back in business. Until the deck fell off. The U bracket fell off and went thru the blades. I must have missed the fact that apparently those nuts were also loose. Contacted Lowes about 10 times and they won't do anything about the mangled U bracket or damaged blades. Sent an email to John Deere, no response. So, I am giving this mower a good rating with some caveats. Buy from a reputable dealer who will set this mower up properly, or set it up yourself if you want to be sure. Everything about the actual machine is awesome if it is assembled and maintained correctly. So far, I am giving the warranty a negative. I have spent a lot of time trying to get the damaged repaired on a 3k dollar machine with only a few hours on it with no luck.

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tigershark97

From: Ohio, USA

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency:

Level of Expertise: Expert

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Z525E Love it!

5/5

I've been wanting a zero turn for 3 or 4 years. If you have several trees or a not so smooth yard get the Z525. The bigger tires and heavier frame can handle the terrain. It used to take 3 to 4 hours to cut about 3/4 of an acre, now it is about 1 to 2 hours. If you have a lot of trees like I do, get the mulch kit. A bit of a task to install, but it turns leaves into confetti in no time. Highly recommend.

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mikeG

From: Eads, Memphis, TN 38028, USA

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

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Nothing Beats a Deere!

5/5

I opted for the 54" deck as I have the room for it and am not disappointed. I have had zero problems with it and mow more ground in less time. What used to take 4+ hours is down to just over 2 and with 50 new trees it would take even longer with my old mower. The Z525E zips around with ease. If I ever decide to upgrade it will definitely be another John Deere.

Pros

  • ease of use
  • comfort
  • preinstalled cleaning port
  • size of fuel tank

Cons

  • none

JasonNE

From: Fort Calhoun, NE 68023, USA

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

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Really Quick Mower

4/5

I sold my 11 year old X300 and got this 525 with the 48" deck, mostly I was looking to save time mowing about an acre of grass. The 300 was taking just over an hour, with this it's about 40-45 minutes. What I like: With over an 8mph ground speed this thing is quick! The transmissions are great - very smooth. The mower height lever works great - no pedal needed. Other than the rough ride the operator position is good. What I don't: I generally have no issues with Briggs engines but I'm not in love with this M44 briggs engine over the Kawasaki in my 2006 X300, it's loud, idles rough when started, and smells like it's a dirty engine emissions wise. For this much they should charge $100 more and just put a Kawasaki in it. Also I have a 3 year old lawn, this thing is a *rough* rider over anything but the smoothest lawn. I can't imagine riding on it for more than 1.5 hrs. It also cuts grass terribly at full speed which I kind of figured.

Pros

  • fast
  • good price

Cons

  • engine is just ok
  • doesn't have as much traction as i expected

matt04

From:

Length of Ownership: 3months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

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