Z535R Residential ZTrak™ Mower with 54-in. High Capacity Deck

Z535R Residential ZTrak™ Mower with 54-in. High Capacity Deck

Overview

  • 25 hp (18.6 kW)* V-Twin cyclonic engine
  • Cyclonic air-management system reduces filter maintenance for longer engine life
  • 54-in high-capacity mower deck
  • 9-mph ground speed
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Features

Features

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

25-hp (18.6-kW) engine in vehicle 25-hp (18.6-kW) engine in vehicle

A 25-hp (18.6-kW) V-twin engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

  • V-twin cylinder design gives greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality.
  • Engine model M44 Cyclonic™
  • Electronic ignition contributes to fast starts.
  • Cast-iron cylinder sleeves provide a long-wearing surface for longer engine life.
  • Overhead valves allow the engine to breathe easily for excellent power and fuel economy.
  • Rear engine guard protects the engine and provides additional vehicle strength and integrity.

Cyclonic air cleaner Cyclonic air cleaner
Replaceable air filter Replaceable air filter

Cyclonic air-management system removes larger particles of dirt before they reach the air filter for reduced filter maintenance and longer engine life:

  • Cyclonic design ejects large dirt particles before they make contact with the filter.
  • Large, high-quality dry-type paper element air filter thoroughly cleans engine intake air.
  • The air filter is easily removed for cleaning or replacement.
Replaceable oil filter and in-line fuel filter Replaceable oil filter and in-line fuel filter

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 when operating on an incline.
Engine oil-fill cap and oil-drain hose Engine oil-fill cap and oil-drain hose

No-tools oil-drain cap with hose and oil filter drip tray are provided for easy, no-mess maintenance.

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

Serviceability is designed-in for convenience

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.

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

MulchControl™ for 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ (48A) and 54-in. (137-cm) and 60-in. (152-cm) High-Capacity (HC) Mower Decks is convenient to use

MulchControl advantages and benefits
X730 Tractor mowing X730 Tractor mowing
X730 Tractor with 48A Mower Deck X730 Tractor with 48A Mower Deck

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

 

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

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
Compatibility

MulchControl is a field-installed attachment and compatible with the following tractors:

  • 2013 and later X700 Signature Series Tractor (SN 10,001-) 9077M 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck
  • 2015 and later X700 Signature Series Tractor 9074M 54-in. (137-cm) and 9075M 60-in. (152-cm) HC Mower Deck (SN 030,001-)

 

Operator station is designed for comfort and convenience

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 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
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

Controls are convenient and easy to use

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.

The Edge™ Cutting System high-capacity (HC) 54-in. (137-cm) Mower Deck

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, 8-gauge, 0.164-in. (4.2-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 (229-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:

Specifications

Engine

Power 25 hp
18.6 kW
Model number M44 Cyclonic
Displacement 44.2 cu in.
724 cc
Cylinders V-twin
Lubrication Full pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt
1.9 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
Hydraulic pumps
Wheel motors

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 3-height/18 positions

Chassis

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

Seat back height High back with armrests, 20 in.
50.8 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 54 in.
137 cm
Type High-capacity side discharge
Mower deck material 9 gauge
0.15 in.
3.8 mm
Mower drive system V-belt

PTO

Type Electric, 125 lb-ft
169.5 Nm
Drive V-belt

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 68.3 in.
173.5 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 59.6 in.
151.4 cm
Height 46.1 in.
117.1 cm
Weight With mower and fuel, 710 lb
322 kg

Safety

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 6.5 bu
229.1 L
Powered collection
Mulching system Yes
Single light kit
Double light kit Yes
Rubber floor mat Standard
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 bu
229.1 L

Additional information

Date collected 19-Apr-2017