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Design includes a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame

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


Engine is smooth and powerful V-twin design with features for reliability and long life

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


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.

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) for more information.


Operator station is designed for comfort and convenience

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 seats with 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, 20-in. (50.8-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) fore-aft adjustment
  • Z540R – High-back, 20-in. (50.8-cm) seat with adjustable armrests and 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) fore-aft adjustment

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

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


Conveniently located fuel-sight window allows operator to see fuel level

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


Serviceability is designed-in for convenience

The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ (48A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

The 54-in. (138-cm) Accel Deep™ (54A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

The Edge™ Cutting System 62-in. (157-cm) Mower Deck can take on the biggest mowing jobs



Model number John Deere Z540M ZTrak™ Mower with 48-, 54-, or 62-in. Deck
Power 24 hp17.9 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. qt2.1 L
Type OHV
Battery 12 V340 CCA
Choke/speed control Separate control levers
Cooling method Air
Fuel tank capacity 3.5 U.S. gal.13.2 L
Fuel gauge Fuel level sight line
Hydraulic pumps  
Wheel motors  
Dual hydros  
Forward speed 0-8.5 mph0-13.7 km/h
Reverse speed 0-4 mph0-6.4 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin levers
Control adjustment 3-height/18 positions
Frame Heavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Front caster tires 13x5.0-6
Front caster bearings Sealed ball bearings
Drive tires 22x9.50-10
Hourmeter Yes
Service interval decal Yes
Storage compartment Yes
Cup holder Yes
Seat back height Medium-back with armrests, 18 in.45.7 cm
Fore-aft adjustment While seated, 3 in.7.6 cm
Seat suspension Two springs
Type Hand lever, optional foot lift
Mower cut height 1-4 in.2.5-10.2 cm
Cut height increments 0.25 in.0.64 cm
Preset cut height Yes
Width of cut 48 in.122 cm
Type Side discharge
Mower deck material 11 gauge0.12 in.3 mm
Mower drive system V-belt
Type Electric, 125 lb-ft169 Nm
Drive Belt
Wheelbase 48.7 in.123.7 cm
Overall length 76.7 in.194.8 cm
Width without mower 47.4 in.120.4 cm
Width with mower 62.6 in.159 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 54 in.137.2 cm
Height 42 in.106.7 cm
Weight 638 lb289 kg
Operator presence system Yes
Park brake interlock Yes
Safety video Yes
Note 1 Mower wash port makes cleaning the deck easier
Note 2 Flip-up foot platform for easy service access
Note 3 15-position adjustable motion-control levers
Rear bagger 6.5 bu229.1 L
Mulching system Yes
Single light kit  
Double light kit Yes
Rubber floor mat Standard equipment
Sun shade  
Mounted sprayer 15 U.S. gal.56.8 L
Storage cover Yes
Light kit Dual headlight kit
Material collection system Power Flow™ rear bagger, 6.5 bu229.1 L