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Z540M ZTRAK MOWER

ZTrak™ Mower with 48-, 54-, or 62-in. Deck

  • 24-hp (17.9 kW)* V-Twin engine
  • 48- or 54-in. Accel Deep™ mower deck, or 62-in. Edge™ deck
  • 8.5-mph ground speed
  • 22 x 9.5 rear tires for better traction
Starting At:$ 4,799.00
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Features



24-hp (17.9-kW) engine 24-hp (17.9-kW) engine
Overhead valve engine Overhead valve engine

Key engine features include:

  • 24 hp (17.9 kW) provides plenty of power.
  • Large 44.3 cu in. (726-cc) displacement provides plenty of torque.
  • V-twin air-cooled design is efficient.
    • Excellent power and performance
    • Smooth, quiet power
    • Easy starts
  • Engine model FS730V
  • Many quality features are included.
    • Cast-iron cylinder liners provide a long-wearing surface for longer engine life.
    • Overhead valves allow the engine to breathe easily for excellent power and fuel economy.
    • Full-pressure lubrication is more effective.
    • Replaceable oil filter keeps the oil cleaner for longer engine life.
    • Dual-stage air cleaner thoroughly cleans engine intake air.
    • Electronic ignition contributes to fast starts.
    • Solenoid-shift starter for easy starts, even in cold weather.
  • Rear engine guard protects the engine and provides additional vehicle strength and integrity.
  • A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer.
    • 20-amp capacity
    • Regulated to keep the battery at a full charge, without risk of overcharging
Air filter cover Air filter cover
Cover removed to show air filter Cover removed to show air filter

First-stage foam filter stops large dirt particles before they make contact with the filter.

The air filter is easily removed for cleaning or replacement.

Engine cooling-air screen Engine cooling-air screen
Engine oil fill, filter, and drain Engine oil fill, filter, and drain

Air screen cover provides protection for the rotating air screen. Rotating screen filters out debris and reduces the size of material that gets through so it will pass harmlessly past the engine fins.

Full-pressure lubrication system provides plenty of oil to the engines moving parts to ensure reliable operation and long life:

  • Replaceable oil filter keeps the oil cleaner for a longer engine life.
    • Extends the time between oil changes
  • Full-pressure lubrication is more effective.
  • No-tools oil drain is convenient to use.

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

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
Z540M with 62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck Z540M with 62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck
62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck on Z540M 62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck on Z540M

The 62-in. (157-cm) Mower is a deep-deck design:

  • Mower can side-discharge or mulch.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.

Features of the 62-in. (157-cm) Mower Deck include:

  • Deep-deck design does a superior job of lifting grass for a clean, even cut.
  • Smooth underside of the mower prevents grass buildup and evenly disperses grass clippings.
  • Mower deck is stamped from heavy, 10-gauge, 0.135-in. (3.4-mm) steel for superior durability and long life.
  • Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
  • Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
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.
Mulching attachment shown on X500 Tractor mower Mulching attachment shown on X500 Tractor mower
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An optional mulching attachment is available:

  • This is a high-performance mulching attachment that includes a mulch plug and special mulching blades.
  • The special mulching blades included can also be used for side discharging, though the overall cut quality may decline slightly.
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 z540m-ztrak-mower
Current Model
Engine power24 hp
17.9 kW
Engine model numberFS730V
Forward speed0-8.5 mph
0-13.7 km/h
Front caster tires13x6-6
Drive tires22x9.5-10
Seat back heightMedium back with armrests, 18 in.
45.7 cm
Width of cutAccel Deep™ mower deck, 48 in.
122 cm
Accel Deep™ mower deck, 54 in.
137 cm
Edge™ mower deck, 62 in.
157 cm
Mulching systemOptional MulchControl™ attachment, 48 in.
122 cm
Optional MulchControl™ attachment, 54 in.
137 cm
Optional mulch kit, 62 in.
157 cm
U.S. warranty4 year or 300 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 numberFS730V
Displacement44.3 cu in.
726 cc
CylindersV-twin
LubricationFull pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2.2 U.S. qt
2.1 L
TypeOverhead valve
Battery12 V
300 CCA
Choke/speed controlSeparate control 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, 18 in.
45.7 cm
Fore-aft adjustmentWhile seated, 3 in.
7.6 cm
Seat suspensionTwo springs
Lift system
Type48A and 54A, hand lever with optional foot lift
62C, hand lever and 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
Edge™ mower deck, 62 in.
157 cm
TypeSide discharge
Mower deck material10 gauge
0.135 in.
3.4 mm
Mower drive systemV-belt
PTO
TypeElectric, 125 lb-ft
169 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
62C, 75.6 in.
192 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)48A, 54 in.
137.2 cm
54A, 59.7 in.
151.6 cm
62C, 67.4 in.
171.3 cm
Height42 in.
106.7 cm
WeightWith mower and fuel, 48A, 638 lb
289 kg
With mower and fuel, 54A, 654 lb
297 kg
With mower and fuel, 62C, 687 lb
312 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. warranty4 year or 300 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, 48 in.
122 cm
Optional MulchControl™ attachment, 54 in.
137 cm
Optional mulch kit, 62 in.
157 cm
Rubber floor matYes
Sun shade
Mounted sprayer15 U.S. gal.
56.8 L
Storage coverYes
Light kitDual headlight kit
Material collection system48A and 54A, Power Flow™ rear bagger, 6.5 bu
229.1 L

Offers and Discounts

Three-quarter view of Z540M Residential ZTrak Mower

0% APR fixed rate for 36 Months¹

on New John Deere Z500 Series ZTrak Zero-Turn Mowers

  • 0% APR fixed rate for 36 Months¹
  • Offer available 05 August 2020 through 30 October 2020

¹Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 05 August 2020 to 30 October 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. Offer available on new equipment and in the U.S. only. Prices and savings in U.S. dollars.

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

LG265 home maintenance kit
Typical home maintenance kitTypical home maintenance kit

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 LG265 home maintenance kit includes the following:

 

 Quantity

 Description

 1

 Engine oil filter

 2

 Engine oil quart

 1

 Fuel filter

 1

 Air filter element

 1

 Air filter element foam

 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

Foot lift kitFoot lift kit
#

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

  • ZTrak™ Z540M with 62-in. (157-cm) mower deck
  • 2010 and later Z465 (SN 080001-) with 62-in. (157-cm) (C/X Series) mower deck
  • 2009 Z445 (SN 060001-080000 only) with 54-in. (137-cm) (C/X Series) mower deck
  • 2009 Z465 (SN 060001-080000 only) with 62-in. (157-cm) (C/X Series) mower deck
  • Standard equipment on all high-capacity mower decks
  • 2009 and later Z465 (SN 060001-) with 62-in. (157-cm) (C/X Series) mower deck
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 EZtrak™ and ZTrak 48-, 54-, and 62-in. (122-, 137-, and 157-cm) Edge™ Mowers.
    • Not for 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) High-Capacity Mower Decks
  • The brush is very economical and functional.

Specifications

 

 Item number LP1000
 Compatible mowers EZtrak and ZTrak 48-, 54-, and 62-in. (122-, 137-, and 157-cm) Edge
 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.

 

EZtrak and ZTrak grass groomer - lawn striping kit

Order number: LP1000

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

Blowout reduction bafflesBlowout reduction baffles

Three baffles can be added to the left front corner and along the front of the mower:

  • Helps control the amount of blowout around the deck when side discharging
  • Includes mounting hardware

NOTE: Anti-blowout baffles are included as standard equipment on the 62C Mower Deck used on model year 2011 and later EZtrak Z465 (SN 080001-); anti-blowout kit is not applicable to these units.

Z525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep MowerZ525E ZTrak™ with Accel Deep 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
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
#

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
#

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)
62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck (top view)62-in. (157-cm) Edge Mower Deck (top view)

The Edge Cutting System is a mower deck with:

  • Resilient 4-point mounting system
  • Wider anti-scalp wheels
  • 0.25-in. (0.64-cm) cut-height increments
Leaf bagging kit (48C/48X Mower)Leaf bagging kit (48C/48X Mower)
Leaf bagging kit (54C/54X Mower)Leaf bagging kit (54C/54X Mower)
Leaf bagging kit (62C/62X Mower)Leaf bagging kit (62C/62X Mower)

Leaf bagging kits for the 48C, 54C, and 62C Mowers and the 48-, 54-, and 62-in. (122-, 137-, and 157-cm) EdgeTM Xtra Mowers reduce leaf blowout when using a Power Flow™ blower to collect leaves.

 

Leaf bagging kits can also be used to reduce blowout when mowing dry grass; however, they should be removed when mowing higher-moisture grass. They must be removed before a mulching attachment can be installed.

 

Each kit includes a left front, right front, and left side baffle and attaching hardware.

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 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 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 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
Mulching attachment for 62C/62D/62X MowerMulching attachment for 62C/62D/62X Mower

The mulching attachment controls the flow of grass clippings during the mulching process to provide excellent performance. 

The mulch plug is made up of two halves. Most side discharge and material collection jobs can be done by only removing the right half, leaving the left half in place.

NOTE: BM21890 mulching attachment is used on the 62C/62X Mowers as well as the 62D Drive-Over Deck for compact utility tractors.

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

4.83

6 reviews

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4.5

Great Mower

5/5

I have owned several zero turns and the 540M is by far the best mower that I have ever bought would highly recommend

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Steve66

From: Kansas

Length of Ownership: 1week

Usage Frequency: Daily

Level of Expertise: Expert

5
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540m zero turn

5/5

Just love it easy to handle easy to get on and off and really catch good wish I would have got one sooner

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Russell22

From: Gainesville Florida

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
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Great mower for the money.

5/5

I've run this mower two years. I like the quality cut I get from it. Service is easy enough. Blades are easy to replace with an air wrench which doesn't require blocking the blades.

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Blueghost17

From: North Carolina

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Intermediate

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great mower

5/5

i finally got to use my new mower.it did a great job .This is my first zero turn mower. takes some practice learning the controls .Cut mowing time in half. its a bit hard mowing along fence line but i will get it. Cant wait till next time yard needs mowed. LOL

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leroyg1960

From: wch ohio

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Beginner

5
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Z540M ZTRAK WITH 54" ACCEL DEEP.

4/5

I have owned this machine for a little over 2 years now and have roughly 60 hours on it, I wanted to give this unit a proper review. First impressions; the z540m equipped with a 54" accel deep deck and powered by a Kawasaki power plant mows anything you throw at it and your lawn looks awesome! mowing speeds are very good and hydros are smooth, making "zero" turns flawless. I installed a Deere grooming brush to get the lawn strips like professional mowers lay down, the instructions we're less then desirable and had to drill holes to make it fit. I also installed a rear bumper that fit right and tight. The only thing I dislike about this mower is the amount of dust and grass that get blown up from the front of the deck is absolutely horrible, especially when transitioning from grass to gravel or over a dirt patch. Even when mowing through normal grass clippings fly out of the front of this mower terribly. I WOULD GIVE THIS MOWER 5 STARS IF THE DUST AND GRASS CLIPPINGS ISSUE WAS RESOLVED.

Pros

  • fast easy turning
  • generous horsepower
  • easy deck adjustment
  • easy to service
  • easy on fuel

Cons

  • grass and dust will cover you

MOWERRON

From:

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

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Excellent Machine

5/5

First off. If you don't care to get dirty while you are mowing a Z-Turn mower is not for you. And all Z-Turns throw a lot of dust. Not just the John Deeres. This is my first Z-Turn mower and my 2nd JD riding mower. The first was a LA165 and after nearly 350 hours had exceeded its expected work life by 50%. It still worked but there were lots of worn out parts that were about to go. There was no doubt I was going to replace it with a JD machine after having less than satisfactory results with several other brands of machines. I've got about 10 hours on the Z540M now. I mow my barnyard & lawn with it. About 1 acre of open ground total. It's a fast cutting machine. My mow time has been cut nearly in half. The blades are tough as well. no balling or stripping yet after 6 mowing's through Bahia & Bermuda grass as well as some pretty nasty Texas Gulf Coast weeds. Steering is very responsive. The deck adjustment is easy & quick. This machine has a more comfortable seat than both of my JD tractors! It's got the pretty legendary Kawasaki motor as well. I looked hard at the 48" deck but stepped up to the 54" due to the amount of trees in my yard & barnyard. The 48" deck does not protrude much past the rear tires and looked to be a headache maneuvering the deck close to trees. The 54" deck has no such issues. The 400 hr/4yr warranty ain't bad either. 4.9% APR financing iced the deal for me.

Pros

  • comfortable seat & ride
  • fast cutting machine
  • heavy duty blades that last
  • easy cleaning & maintenance
  • jd financing at a reasonable apr
  • 4yr/400 hr warranty
  • kawasaki engine & pumps
  • handles tough cutting with ease

Cons

  • dirty ride & i mean dirty

gman1772

From:

Length of Ownership: 1month

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert

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