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Lawn & Garden Z540R

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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

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

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:

  • 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

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

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.
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

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

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

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
  •  Foot pedal provides easy lifting of the deck.



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)
Type Overhead valve
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
Drive train  
Dual hydros Tuff Torq TZ17-M with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles
Travel speed  
Forward speed 0-9 mph (0-14.5 km/h0
Reverse speed 0-4.5 mph (0-7.2 km/h0
Speed and direction control Twin premium levers
Control adjustment 3-height/18 positions
Frame Heavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Front caster tires 13x6.5-6
Front caster bearings Sealed ball bearings
Drive tires 23x10.5-12
Hourmeter Yes
Service interval decal Yes
Storage compartment Yes
Cup holder Yes
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
Lift system  
Type Foot lift and hand lever
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 48 in. (122 cm)
  54 in. (137 cm)
  60 in. (152 cm)
Type High-capacity side discharge
Mower deck material 9 gauge (0.15 in.) (3.8 mm)
Mower drive system V-belt
Type Electric, 125 lb-ft (169 Nm)
Drive V-belt
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)
Operator presence system Yes
Park brake interlock Yes
Safety video Yes
Buyer's notes  
Note 1 Mower wash port makes cleaning the deck easier
Note 2 Flip-up foot platform for easy service access
Note 3 18-position adjustable motion-control levers
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.)
Optional attachments  
Rear bagger 48 HC and 54 HC, 6.5 bu (229.1 L)
Mulching system Yes
Double light kit Yes
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)