John Deere Z535R with 137 cm (54 in.) High Capacity Deck

5551GX

Lawn and Garden

Residential Zero Turn

Z500 Series

  • High-Capacity side-discharge deck
  • V-twin, air-cooled cyclonic engine
  • Speeds up to 15 km/h
  • 4 year/500 hour limited warranty

Machine Features

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 deckLoosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck
Footrest opens for access to mower deckFootrest opens for access to mower deck
Engine service
Z335E engineZ335E engine
Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shownZ335E engine oil and fuel filters shown
Z535M and Z535R engineZ535M and Z535R engine
Z540M and Z540R engineZ540M and Z540R engine
Easy-to-access oil filter, fill/check oil tube, and oil drainEasy-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 DeckAccel Deep Mower Deck
Tie-down locationsTie-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.

Operator station is designed for comfort and convenience

Operator station (Z535M shown)Operator station (Z535M shown)
Color-coded controls are easy to identifyColor-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 springsSeat 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 compartmentOpen storage compartment
Flip-up foot platform
Flip-up foot platformFlip-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

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

54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck54-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 Z540R54-in. (137-cm) HC Mower Deck shown on a Z540R
Reinforced mower edge for durabilityReinforced 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 portMower wash port
Mower wash port with hose connectorMower 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 Z525ERear 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 Z525ESide 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 blowerPower 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 closedMulchControl with baffle closed
MulchControl handleMulchControl 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:

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

25-hp (18.6-kW) engine in vehicle25-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 cleanerCyclonic air cleaner
Replaceable air filterReplaceable 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 filterReplaceable 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 hoseEngine 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.

Controls are convenient and easy to use

Motion-control levers
Adjustable motion-control leversAdjustable motion-control levers
Motion control lever positionsMotion 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 leversShock 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 toolCut-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 panelControl 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 brakePark 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 adjustmentCut-height adjustment
Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustmentMower 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 pedalMower deck lift pedal
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  •  Foot pedal provides easy lifting of the deck.

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 mowingX730 Tractor mowing
X730 Tractor with 48A Mower DeckX730 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 openMulchControl baffle open
MulchControl baffle closedMulchControl 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 closedMulchControl baffle closed
MulchControl handleMulchControl 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-)

 

Design includes a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame

ZTrak™ Z335E shownZTrak™ Z335E shown
ZTrak Z535M shownZTrak 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

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