John Deere 540R
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  • False rod bucket cylinders improve productivity
    False rod cylinderFalse rod cylinder

    Fast bucket cycle times are important to dump the load from the bucket as quickly as possible, (quite often) in order to be as productive as possible, while completing loading operations. The bucket cylinder design can have a major impact on this cycle time, especially for the mechanical self-leveling (MSL) loaders.


    All MSL H-Series Loaders utilize false rod bucket cylinders. A false rod cylinder has a smaller displacement of oil requirement on the head end of the cylinder, which allows this cylinder to dump much faster than a normal cylinder.

  • Boom lockout for easy service
    Hydraulic shut-off valve (open position)Hydraulic shut-off valve (open position)
    Hydraulic shut-off valve (closed position)Hydraulic shut-off valve (closed position)

    A hydraulic shut-off valve is included with the R-Series Loaders to ensure the loader does not lower suddenly. For example, this allows the boom to be locked out when someone is required to be located under the loader boom for service work on the tractor. It should not be used for extended periods of time unless an appropriate support stand is also utilized.

  • Concealed oil lines improve appearance and reduce damage
    Concealed oil lines through boom arm (picture shown is from H-Series Loader)Concealed oil lines through boom arm (picture shown is from H-Series Loader)
    Oil lines routed through the boom armOil lines routed through the boom arm
    Oil lines routed through the torque tubeOil lines routed through the torque tube

    Through time, increased width in tractor hoods have caused issues with available space for running traditional oil lines of a loader along the boom, making them more susceptible to damage.


    To improve this situation, the oil lines have been routed through the boom arm and the torque tube, improving line protection and the appearance of the loader.

  • Single-point hydraulic connection saves time
    Single-point hydraulic connection on 5RSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R
    Single-point hydraulic connection on 5RSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R

    The 540R Loaders comes base equipped with single-point hydraulic connector. This feature saves time and effort when installing and removing the loader.


    To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

  • Loader removal (parking) made easy
    Parking standsParking stands
    Parking standsParking stands
    Only leave the operator station once to disconnect the loader

    John Deere loaders are easily removed and reinstalled on tractors without tools. The automatic mast latch (AML) parking system allows removing or attaching the loader to the tractor in minutes without the need for tools.


    Easy and quick steps to disconnect the loader:

    1. Lower the loader to ground, turn tractor off and release hydraulic pressure from joystick
    2. Exit operator station
    3. Open / lower parking stands (both left and right)
    4. Turn the boom cylinder valve lever to the unlocked position
    5. Remove loader hydraulics
    6. Unlock the mast pins (both left and right) and then able to back away
    Removing or parking the loader

    To disconnect the loader, the bucket has to be flat on a stable ground (1). The operator has to place the bucket flat on the ground, turn off tractor and release hydraulic pressure from joystick. (2) Exit the operator station and (3) lower the self-adjustable parking stands on both sides of the loader. The self-adjustable parking stands allow the driver to park the loader on irregular terrain and still keep a good position relative to the mounting frame, to attach the loader correctly later on. The parking stands can be set without tools. (4) After lowering the parking stands, the hydraulic couplers on the right-hand side of the loader have to be removed and (5) the loader must be unlocked from the tractor mounting frames (both right and left side).


    After these easy steps, the operator is ready to move the tractor.

    Loader placed on the ground with the bucket leveled (1)Loader placed on the ground with the bucket leveled (1)
    Open the parking stands (3)Open the parking stands (3)
    Remove loader hydraulics (4)Remove loader hydraulics (4)
    Loader hydraulicsLoader hydraulics
    Unlock the loader mast (5)Unlock the loader mast (5)
    From operator station, locking pins indicatorsFrom operator station, locking pins indicators
    Connecting the loader

    Connecting the loader is fast and convenient thanks to the ramp design on the mounting frames and the AML equipped with a floating device. Only drive the tractor to bring the mounting frames inside the mast until the latching indicators are in lock position (visible from operator's station). Then the driver can lift up the parking stands, connect the hydraulic coupler for hydraulic and electric loader power to the tractor. Fast, intuitive and maintenance-free design, the loader connection and disconnection brings the tractor ready for any tasks.

    Mounting frame approach into AMLMounting frame approach into AML
    Two latched indicators from the operator's stationTwo latched indicators from the operator's station


Leveling configuration Mechanical Self Leveling (MSL)
Bucket weight 281 kg
619 lb
Lift capacity at full height Measured at pivot (U)
1545 kg
3406 lbMeasured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (V)
1659 kg
3647 lb
Lift capacity at 59 in. (1500 mm) Measured at pivot (W)
1951 kg
4301 lbMeasured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (X)
1804 kg
3977 lb
Boom breakout force Measured at pivot (Y)
2400 kgf
5291 lbfMeasured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (Z)
1950 kgf
4299 lbf
Bucket rollback force capacity At maximum height (VV)
1690 kgf
3725 lbfAt 59-in. (1500-mm) lift height (XX)
2668 kgf
5882 lbfAt ground-level line (ZZ)
2521 kgf
5558 lbf
Dimensions Maximum lift height (A)
3604 mm
141.85 in.At full height - bucket level(B)
3364 mm
132.44 in.At full height - bucket dumped (C)
2570 mm
101.18 in.
Digging depth (H) 111 mm
4.37 in.
Reach At maximum height (D)
884 mm
34.08 in.At ground level - bucket level (F)
2427 mm
95.55 in.
Bucket angle Dump angle, degrees (E)
64.64 degree (angle)Rollback angle, degrees (G)
46.8 degree (angle)
Cycle times Loader raise, seconds
3.72 secondsLoader lower, seconds
2.79 secondsBucket dump, seconds
2.13 secondsBucket rollback, seconds
2.13 seconds