John Deere Z540R

Feature Overview
John Deere Z540R
  • Reliable and efficient 24 hp (17.9 kW)* V-Twin engine
  • Exclusive 48-, 54-, or 60-in. high-capacity mower deck
  • High-back, 21-in. seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. fore-aft adjustment
  • 9-mph ground speed
  • 23 x 10.5 rear tires for superior traction
Engine power 24 hp / 17.9 kW
Engine model number FS730V
U.S. warranty 4 year/500 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.)
$5,499.00 MSRP*

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Feature Overview
John Deere Z540R
  • Reliable and efficient 24 hp (17.9 kW)* V-Twin engine
  • Exclusive 48-, 54-, or 60-in. high-capacity mower deck
  • High-back, 21-in. seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. fore-aft adjustment
  • 9-mph ground speed
  • 23 x 10.5 rear tires for superior traction
Engine power 24 hp / 17.9 kW
Engine model number FS730V
U.S. warranty 4 year/500 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.)
$5,499.00 MSRP*

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Features

Design includes a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame

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.

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.


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

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
  • Can adjust for the most precise control of the machine
Shock absorber for motion-control levers Shock absorber for motion-control levers

A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes it easy and comfortable to maneuver the ZTrak© Mowers:

  • Shock absorber modulates the movement of the 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

Tracking adjustment from the operator seat is quick and easy. A cut-height pin provides an easy method to adjust the motion-control levers:

  • The socket included on the cut-height pin can be used for the operator to use when making a tracking adjustment.
Control panel
Control panel Control panel

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

The instruments and controls are as follows:

  • Hour meter
  • Ignition switch
  • Power take-off (PTO) control
  • Engine speed control
  • Engine choke control
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
Cut-height adjustment Cut-height adjustment
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment

The Z535R and Z540R include a foot-lift pedal along with the hand-lift lever to make raising the mower deck easier. The foot-lift pedal also provides a convenient way to temporarily raise the mower deck over an obstruction while mowing:

  • 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 optimum cut quality and performance.
  • Mower deck adjustment has built-in memory so the operator can easily return to the desired cutting height.
Mower deck lift pedal Mower deck lift pedal
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  •  Foot pedal provides easy lifting of 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.

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.


48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck 48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck

The 48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck has a deep-deck design to handle higher volumes of grass. It is stamped from heavy-gauge steel and has additional durability features to stand up to challenging mowing conditions.

48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R 48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R
Left side of 48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck Left side of 48-in. (122-cm) HC Mower Deck

The 48-in. (122-cm) HC Deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.15-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (14 cm) delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.
  • 1-in. (2.5-cm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and are supported by ball bearings.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (4 cm), nearly 0.8 in. (2 cm) greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
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.
Rear angle of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow© Rear Bagger shown on Z525E Rear angle of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow© Rear Bagger shown on Z525E
Side view of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger shown on Z525E Side view of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger shown on Z525E

An optional rear bagger is available:

  • Mower is designed to fill the 6.5-bu (230-L) rear hopper using the Power Flow blower.
  • Standard or mulch blades may be used with the Power Flow collection system.
Power Flow blower Power Flow blower
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The Power Flow blower is mounted on a sturdy swing arm that allows easy installation and cleanout.

Mulching attachment components Mulching attachment components
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An optional mulching attachment is available:

  • This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware-count that allows for easy removal of the mulch components.
  • The high-performance mulching attachment includes formed steel baffles to control the material and special mulching blades for superior performance.
  • The special mulching blades that are included can also be used for side discharging or with a material collection system, though the overall cut quality may be slightly less than with the standard mower blades.

54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck

The 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck has a deep-deck design.

54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R
Reinforced mower edge for durability Reinforced mower edge for durability

The 54-in. (137-cm) HC Deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.150-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (14 cm) delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.
  • 1-in. (25.4-mm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and are supported by ball bearings.
  • Standard front roller and two double-captured anti-scalp wheels give a more even mowing job and reduce the chance of scalping.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (40 mm), nearly 0.8 in. (20 mm) greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
  • Mower can side-discharge or mulch.
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.
Rear angle of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow© Rear Bagger shown on Z525E Rear angle of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow© Rear Bagger shown on Z525E
Side view of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger shown on Z525E Side view of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger shown on Z525E

An optional rear bagger is available:

  • Mower is designed to fill the 6.5-bu (230-L) rear hopper using the Power Flow blower.
  • Standard or mulch blades may be used with the Power Flow collection system.
Power Flow blower Power Flow blower
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 The Power Flow blower is mounted on a sturdy swing arm that allows easy installation and cleanout.

Optional high-performance mulching attachment
Mulching attachment components (48 HC shown) Mulching attachment components (48 HC shown)
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An optional mulching attachment is available:

  • This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware-count, that allows for easy removal of the mulch components.
  • The high-performance mulching attachment includes formed steel baffles to control the material and special mulching blades for superior performance.
  • The special mulching blades that are included can also be used for side discharging or with a material collection system, though the overall cut quality may be slightly less than with the standard mower blades.
  • Order: BM23977, 54 HC mulching attachment
Optional MulchControl© attachment
MulchControl with baffle closed MulchControl with baffle closed
MulchControl handle MulchControl handle

The MulchControl attachment 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

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 left mower blade area is completely enclosed and optimized for mulching, thus will mulch even when the mower is in the side-discharge mode.
  • Baffles around the center and right blades are optimized for mulching when the discharge baffle is closed.
  • 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.

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 compatibility

MulchControl is a field-installed attachment. Mulching blades are included:

  • MulchControl is available for 2015 and later EZtrak© Z625 and Z655 (SN 170,001-).

Order:

  • BM25215 MulchControl attachment (54 HC)

60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck
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The 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck has a deep-deck design.

60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R
Reinforced mower edge for durability Reinforced mower edge for durability

The 60-in. (152-cm) HC Deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.15-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.
  • 1-in. (25.4-mm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and are supported by ball bearings.
  • Standard front roller and two double-captured anti-scalp wheels give a more even mowing job and reduce the chance of scalping.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
  • Mower can side-discharge or mulch.
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.

 

 

Optional high-performance mulching attachment
Mulching attachment components (48 HC shown) Mulching attachment components (48 HC shown)
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An optional mulching attachment is available:

  • This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware-count that allows for easy removal of the mulch components.
  • The high-performance mulching attachment that includes formed steel baffles to control the material and special mulching blades for superior performance.
  • The special mulching blades that are included can also be used for side discharging, though overall performance may be slightly less than with the standard mower blades.
  • Order: BM23978, 60 HC mulching attachment

 

 

Optional MulchControl© attachment
MulchControl with baffle closed MulchControl with baffle closed
MulchControl handle MulchControl handle

The MulchControl attachment 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 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

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 left mower blade area is completely enclosed and optimized for mulching, thus will mulch even when the mower is in the side-discharge mode.
  • Baffles around the center and right blades are optimized for mulching when the discharge baffle is closed.
  • 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

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 the side-discharge mode 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, 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 lawn clean-up is desired

MulchControl compatibility

MulchControl is a field-installed attachment. Mulching blades are included:

  • MulchControl is for 2015 and later EZtrak© Z665 Mower (SN 170,001-) and ZTrak© Z540R Mower.

Order:

  • BM25258 MulchControl attachment (60 HC)

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-M transmissions are reliable and durable.
    • Beefed-up 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles for greater strength
    • Have heavier-duty components to stand up to the higher loads from the larger tires and greater weight of Z500R Series ZTrak Mowers
  • 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 trademark of Tuff Torq Corporation.


Specs
Key Specs
Engine power 24 hp
17.9 kW
Engine model number FS730V
U.S. warranty 4 year/500 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.)
Chassis
Front caster tires 13x6.5-6
Drive tires 23x10.5-12
Frame Heavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Front caster bearings Sealed ball bearings
Hourmeter Yes
Service interval decal Yes
Storage compartment Yes
Cup holder Yes
Dimensions
Wheelbase 48.7 in.
123.7 cm
Overall length 76.7 in.
194.8 cm
Width without mower 47.8 in.
121.4 cm
Width with mower 48 HC, 62.4 in.
158.5 cm
54 HC, 68.3 in.
173.5 cm
60 HC, 73.5 in.
186.7 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 48 HC, 53.6 in.
136.1 cm
54 HC, 59.6 in.
173.5 cm
60 HC, 65.6 in.
166.6 cm
Height 46.1 in.
117.1 cm
Weight With mower and fuel, 48 HC, 697 lb
316 kg
With mower and fuel, 54 HC, 717 lb
325 kg
With mower and fuel, 60 HC, 738 lb
335 kg
Drive train
Dual hydros Tuff Torq TZ17-M with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles
Engine
Power
24 hp
17.9 kW
Model number FS730V
Displacement 44.3 cu in.
726 cc
Cylinders V-twin
Lubrication Full pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2.2 U.S. qt
2.1 L
Battery 12 V
300 CCA
Choke/speed control Separate control levers
Cooling method Air
Fuel tank capacity 4.5 U.S. gal.
17 L
Fuel gauge Fuel level sight line
Lift system
Mower cut height 1-4 in.
2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments 0.25 in.
0.64 cm
Preset cut height Yes
Mower deck
Width of cut High capacity mower deck, 48 in.
122 cm
High capacity mower deck, 54 in.
137 cm
High capacity mower deck, 60 in.
152 cm
Mower deck material 9 gauge
0.15 in.
3.8 mm
Mower drive system V-belt
Optional attachments
Mulching system Optional MulchControl™ attachment
Rubber floor mat Standard
Mounted sprayer 15 U.S. gal.
56.8 L
Storage cover Yes
Light kit Dual headlight kit
Material collection system 48 HC and 54 HC, Power Flow™ rear bagger, 6.5 bu
229.1 L
PTO
Type Electric, 125 lb-ft
169 Nm
Drive V-belt
Safety
Operator presence system Yes
Park brake interlock Yes
Safety video Yes
Seat
Seat back height High back with armrests, 21 in.
53 cm
Fore-aft adjustment While seated, 4.5 in.
11.4 cm
Seat suspension Two springs
Travel speed
Forward speed 0-9 mph
0-14.5 km/h
Reverse speed 0-4.5 mph
0-7.2 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin premium levers
Control adjustment 2-height/9-fore-aft, 18 positions
Accessories and Attachments
Mcs Power Flow Blowers
48 HC Power Flow blower 48 HC Power Flow blower
48 HC blower in cleanout position 48 HC blower in cleanout position

The 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity (HC) Power Flow blower can be used with the ZTrak Z540R. It, along with the hopper and chute, will provide 6.5-bu (229-L) material collection system capability for the Z540R, giving added versatility and value.


54 HC Power Flow blower 54 HC Power Flow blower
54 HC blower in cleanout position 54 HC blower in cleanout position

The 54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity (HC) Power Flow blower can be used with the ZTrak Z535R and Z540R. It, along with the hopper and chute, will provide 6-5-bu (229-L) material collection system capability for the Z535R and Z540R, giving added versatility and value.


Miscellaneous
Rear bumper Rear bumper

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

  • Provides protection for the rear of the ZTrak mower

Boarding step Boarding 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


Footrest extensions Footrest 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 brush Striping kit brush
Brush adjusts to varying ground conditions Brush adjusts to varying ground conditions

Features and benefits:

  • Homeowners can now achieve results just like the professionals.
  • The attachment works extremely well with the suspended mower design.
  • The attachments are easy to adjust for varying mower cutting height.
  • 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-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mowers.
  • The brush is very economical and functional.

Specifications

 

 Item number  LP36265
 Compatible mowers  EZtrak and ZTrak 48-in. (122-cm) and 54-in. (137-cm) HC
 Installation time  30 minutes
 Warranty  Two-year consumer warranty
Ordering information

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

 

Grass striping kit for 48-in. (122-cm)  and 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Decks
Order number: LP36265


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

 


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
48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck
48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck shown on a Z540R 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck shown on a Z540R
Left side of 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck Left side of 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity mower deck

The 48-in. (122-cm) high-capacity deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.150-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (140 mm) delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides an even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required. 
  • 1-in. (25-mm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and supported by ball bearings.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (40 mm), nearly 0.8 in. (20 mm) greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
  • Mower can side-discharge, mulch (optional), or use a Power Flow™ collection system (optional).
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.

54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity mower deck 54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity mower deck
54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity mower deck shown on a Z540R 54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity mower deck shown on a Z540R
Reinforced mower edge for durability Reinforced mower edge for durability

The 54-in. (137-cm) high-capacity deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.150-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design of 5.5 in. (140 mm) delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides an even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required. 
  • 1-in. (25-mm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and supported by ball bearings.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is 1.6 in. (40 mm), nearly 0.8 in. (20 mm) greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
  • Mower can side-discharge, mulch (optional), or use a Power Flow™ collection system (optional).
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.

60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity mower deck 60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity mower deck
60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity mower deck 60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity mower deck

The 60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity mower deck has a deep-deck design.

Reinforced mower edge for durability Reinforced mower edge for durability

The 60-in. (152-cm) high-capacity deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.150-in. (3.8-mm) steel to minimize the number of welds and provide a smooth underside for reduced material buildup:

  • Deep-deck design delivers excellent airflow, so material can be processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Wider and higher discharge opening provides even clipping dispersal for an excellent finished appearance in all conditions.
  • Durable plastic deflector spreads grass clippings evenly across the lawn, is hinged, and can be raised to minimize the storage space required.
  • 1-in. (25.4-cm) cold-forged spindles are heat-treated for strength and are supported by ball bearings.
  • Front edge is raised above the blade plane to allow even cutting of tall grass.
  • Blade overlap is greater than many conventional decks, for a clean cut.
  • Mower can side-discharge or mulch.
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 components (48 HC shown) Mulching attachment components (48 HC shown)
#

An optional mulching attachment is available:

  • This is a high-performance mulching attachment that includes formed steel baffles to control the material and special mulching blades for superior performance. 

The special mulching blades that are included can also be used for side discharging, though overall performance may be slightly less than with the standard blades.


Mower deck leveling gauge Mower 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
48 HC mulching attachment 48 HC mulching attachment
#

These mulching attachments are designed for the high-capacity mower decks. This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware count for easy removal of the mulching components.

 

Steel baffles control material and close off the discharge area. Special mulching blades are included to optimize mulching performance. These blades can also be used for side-discharging or material collection (if a material collection system is available), though performance may be reduced in some conditions.

 

NOTE: A material collection system is not available for the EZtrak™ Z665 Mower.


MulchControl advantages and benefits
X730 Tractor mowing X730 Tractor mowing
EZtrak™ Z655 mowing EZtrak™ Z655 mowing

The MulchControl attachment for the 54-in. (137-cm) HC 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 left mower blade area is completely enclosed and optimized for mulching, thus will mulch even when the mower is in the side-discharge mode.
    • Baffles around the center and right blades are optimized for mulching when the discharge baffle is closed.
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
    • 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.

Hydraulic MulchControl actuator option (X700 Series Tractors)

For model year 2019 and newer 54 HC and 60 HC Mower Decks (serial number 070,001-), an extra-cost, optional X700 hydraulic MulchControl actuator attachment (BUC10536) is available to replace the standard hand-control lever to allow control of the MulchControl baffle from the seat using the tractor’s hydraulic control lever:

  • The hydraulic MulchControl actuator is the control only and also requires a MulchControl attachment.
  • It is operated with the tractor’s hydraulic control lever.
  • The mower deck can be converted from wide-open side-discharge mode to fully-chambered mulch mode.
  • The hydraulic MulchControl attachment is field-installed.
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
Compatibility

MulchControl for 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Decks is a field-installed attachment and compatible with the following:

  • Model year 2015 and newer X700 Signature Series Tractor 9074M or 9078M 54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck (serial number 030,001-)
  • Model year 2015 and newer EZtrak Z625 and Z655 (serial number 170,001-)
  • Model year 2016 ZTrak™ Z535R and Z540R

48 HC mulching attachment 48 HC mulching attachment
#

These mulching attachments are designed for the high-capacity mower decks. This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware count for easy removal of the mulching components.

 

Steel baffles control material and close off the discharge area. Special mulching blades are included to optimize mulching performance. These blades can also be used for side-discharging or material collection (if a material collection system is available), though performance may be reduced in some conditions.

 

NOTE: A material collection system is not available for the EZtrak™ Z665 Mower.


MulchControl advantages and benefits
X730 Tractor mowing X730 Tractor mowing
EZtrak™ Z665 mowing EZtrak™ Z665 mowing

The MulchControl attachment for the 60-in. (152-cm) HC 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 left mower blade area is completely enclosed and optimized for mulching, thus will mulch even when the mower is in the side-discharge mode.
    • Baffles around the center and right blades are optimized for mulching when the discharge baffle is closed.
MulchControl handle
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
    • 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.

Hydraulic MulchControl actuator option (X700 Series Tractors)

For model year 2019 and newer 54 HC and 60 HC Mower Decks (serial number 070,001-), an extra-cost, optional X700 hydraulic MulchControl actuator attachment (BUC10536) is available to replace the standard hand-control lever to allow control of the MulchControl baffle from the seat using the tractor’s hydraulic control lever:

  • The hydraulic MulchControl actuator is the control only and also requires a MulchControl attachment.
  • It is operated with the tractor’s hydraulic control lever.
  • The mower deck can be converted from wide-open side-discharge mode to fully-chambered mulch mode.
  • The hydraulic MulchControl attachment is field-installed.
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
Compatibility

MulchControl for 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Decks is a field-installed attachment and compatible with the following:

  • Model year 2015 and newer X700 Signature Series Tractor 9075M or 9079M 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck (serial number 030,001-)
  • Model year 2015 and newer EZtrak Z665 (serial number 170,001-)
  • Model year 2016 and newer ZTrak™ Z540R

48 HC mulching attachment 48 HC mulching attachment
#

These mulching attachments are designed for the high-capacity mower decks. This design requires no drilling for initial mounting, less installation time, and reduced hardware count for easy removal of the mulching components.

 

Steel baffles control material and close off the discharge area. Special mulching blades are included to optimize mulching performance. These blades can also be used for side-discharging or material collection (if a material collection system is available), though performance may be reduced in some conditions.

 

NOTE: A material collection system is not available for the EZtrak™ Z665 Mower.


Specials

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Offer Duration
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