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

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

  • 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
  • 14 km/h ground speed

946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shown
Engine is smooth and powerful V-twin design with features for reliability and long life

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-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.

946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shownCyclonic air cleaner
946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shownReplaceable air filter
946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shown 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.
946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shownEngine 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 [237 mL]) for more information.
946.4-L (250-gal.) tank shownThe Edge™ Cutting System high-capacity (HC) 54-in. (137-cm) Mower Deck
54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck

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

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.
Coulter gang sizing residue54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R
Coulter gang sizing residueReinforced mower edge for durability

A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy:

  • Hose connector is included with the mower deck.

Coulter gang sizing residueMower wash port
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Mower wash port with hose connector

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.
Coulter gang sizing residueRear angle of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow™ Rear Bagger shown on Z525E
Coulter gang sizing residueSide view of 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger shown on Z525E
Coulter gang sizing residuePower Flow blower
 The Power Flow blower is mounted on a sturdy swing arm that allows easy installation and cleanout.
Coulter gang sizing residueOptional high-performance mulching attachment

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

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-).


  • BM25215 MulchControl attachment (54 HC)
Coulter gang sizing residueMulchControl with baffle closed
Coulter gang sizing residueMulchControl handle
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.

Spindle pocketOperator station (Z535M shown)
Spindle pocketColor-coded controls are easy to identify
Comfortable seat

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
Spindle pocketComfortable seat (Z525E)
Spindle pocketComfortable seat (Z535M, Z540M)
Spindle pocketComfortable seat (Z535R, Z540R)
Spindle pocketSeat suspension
Two steel springs under the seat absorb shocks when traveling over rougher areas to provide a smoother ride.Cup holder and storage compartment
Spindle pocketCup holder and storage compartment
Cup holder (Z525E shown)
  Spindle pocketOpen storage compartment
Spindle pocketFlip-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

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
Spindle pocketAdjustable motion-control levers
Spindle pocketMotion control lever positions

Spindle pocketA 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.
Spindle pocketTracking adjustment
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.

Spindle pocketControl 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

Spindle pocketPark 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.

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.
Spindle pocketCut-height adjustment
Spindle pocketMower deck lift/cut-height adjustment
Steering is easy with large diameter front caster wheels
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.
Spindle pocketFront caster wheel (Z335E)
Spindle pocketFront 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

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

Spindle pocketEasy to view fuel level (fuel-sight window)
Spindle pocketEasy-to-fill fuel tank
Controls are designed to promote safe operation
  • 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.
Spindle pocketPark brake (Z535E shown)
Spindle pocketMotion-control levers (Z525E shown)

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  • 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.


Z535R ZTrak™ Mower with 54-in. High Capacity Deck
Sale Type
John Deere
Overhead valve
25 hp 18.6 kW
12 V 300 CCA
Fuel Gauge
Fuel level sight line
Drive Tires
Full pressure with replaceable filter, capacity, 2 U.S. qt 1.9 L
44.2 cu in. 724 cc
Engine Power
25 hp 18.6 kW
Model Number
M44 Extended Life Series (ELS)
Width Of Cut
High capacity mower deck, 54 in. 137 cm
Forward Speed
0-9 mph 0-14.5 km/h
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 or for details.)
Cooling Method
Mulching System
Optional MulchControl™ attachment
Seat Back Height
High back with armrests, 21 in. 53 cm
Front Caster Tires
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.5 U.S. gal. 17 L
Choke/speed Control
Separate control levers
Engine Model Number
M44 Cyclonic™