2016 John Deere Z540R with 54-inch High Capacity Deck

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Z540R with 54-inch High Capacity Deck



The Z540R offers unmatched quality, performance, and comfort, along with exceptional maneuverability and trimming capability. This mower is designed to efficiently tackle a wide variety of your mowing jobs.

The Z540R is equipped with the Edge™ Cutting System high-capacity mower deck that can side discharge, mulch, or collect with a 6.5-bu Power Flow™ material collection system. It is powered by a smooth-running V-twin engine with long-life features for years of reliable service.

The mower deck is stamped from heavy, 9-gauge, 0.150-in. steel for durability and has a deep-deck design to handle larger volumes of grass. The Z540R's heavy-duty frame, large tires, and convenient controls provide reliability and an enjoyable mowing experience.

  • 24 hp (17.9 kW)* V-Twin engine
  • Exclusive 48-, 54-, or 60-in. high-capacity mower deck
  • 9-mph ground speed
  • 23 x 10.5 rear tires for superior traction
  • 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: OHV
  • Battery: 12 V 340 CCA
  • Choke/speed control: Separate control levers
  • Cooling method: Air
  • Fuel tank capacity, U.S. gallon: 4.5 U.S. gal. (17 L)
  • Fuel gauge: Fuel level sight line
Drive Train
  • Dual hydros
Travel Speed
  • Forward speed, mph (km/h): 0-9 mph (0-14.5 km/h)
  • Reverse speed, mph (km/h): 0-4.5 mph (0-7.2 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: 13x6.5-6
  • Front caster bearings: Sealed ball bearings
  • Drive tires: 23x10.50-12
  • Hourmeter: Yes
  • Service interval decal: Yes
  • Storage compartment: Yes
  • Cup holder: Yes
  • 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 0.150 in. (3.8 mm)
  • Mower drive system: V-belt
  • Type: Electric, 125 lb-ft (169.5 Nm)
  • Drive: Belt
  • Wheelbase: 48.7 in. (123.7 cm)
  • Overall length: 46.7 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. (173.5 cm)
  • Height: 46.1 in. (117.1 cm)
  • Weight: 717 lb (325 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: 15-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)
  • Mulching system: Yes
  • Double light kit: Yes
  • Rubber floor mat: Standard equipment
  • 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)
Engine hp is provided by engine mfr. for comparison purposes. Actual operating hp will be less.



Horse Power
24 hp (17.9 kW)
Engine Type
44.3 cu in. (726 cc)


Dual hydros
Wheel Size
Front: 13x6.5-6; Drive: 23x10.50-12
Fuel Capacity
4.5 U.S. gal. (17 L)


Deck Size
54 in. (137 cm)
Discharge Type
Side; Optional: Bag, Mulch

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