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  • CategoryHome & Ranch
  • Year2020
  • BrandJohn Deere
  • ModelZTrak™ Mower with 48-in. Deck

Key Features

  • Make: John Deere
  • Category: Home & Ranch
  • Year: 2020
  • Description:
    • 22 hp (16.4 kW)* V-twin engine
    • 48-in. Accel Deep™ Mower Deck
    • 7.0 mph mowing speed
    • 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty



Key Specs

Engine power 22 hp, 16.4 kW
Engine model number M44 Intek
Forward speed 0-7 mph, 0-11.3 km/h
Front caster tires 13x5-6
Drive tires 20x9-10
Seat back height Medium back with armrests, 15 in., 38.1 cm
Width of cut Accel Deep™ mower deck, 48 in., 122 cm
Mulching system Optional MulchControl™ attachment
U.S. warranty 2 year or 120 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.)


Power , 22 hp, 16.4 kW
Model number M44 Intek
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 Ready start, single lever
Cooling method Air
Fuel tank capacity 2.1 U.S. gal., 7.9 L
Fuel gauge Low-fuel light

Drive train

Dual hydros Hydro-Gear EZT with 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles
Hydraulic pumps
Wheel motors

Travel speed

Forward speed 0-7 mph, 0-11.3 km/h
Reverse speed 0-3.5 mph, 0-5.6 km/h
Speed and direction control Twin levers
Control adjustment 2-height/9-fore-aft, 18 positions


Frame Heavy-duty frame tubing
Primer/paint E-coat/powder
Front caster tires 13x5-6
Front caster bearings Sealed ball bearings
Drive tires 20x9-10
Hourmeter Yes
Service interval decal Yes
Storage compartment Yes
Cup holder Yes


Seat back height Medium back with armrests, 15 in., 38.1 cm
Fore-aft adjustment 2.5 in., 6.35 cm
Seat suspension Two springs

Lift system

Type Hand lever with optional foot lift
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 Accel Deep™ mower deck, 48 in., 122 cm
Type Side discharge
Mower deck material 10 gauge, 0.135 in., 3.4 mm
Mower drive system V-belt


Type Electric, 105 lb-ft, 142 Nm
Drive V-belt


Wheelbase 47.5 in., 121 cm
Overall length 72.2 in., 183.5 cm
Width without mower 44 in., 111.9 cm
Width with mower 62.6 in., 158.8 cm
Width with mower (deflector raised for storage) 54 in., 137 cm
Height 36.3 in., 92.2 cm
Weight With mower and fuel, 555 lb, 252 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 18-position adjustable motion-control levers
U.S. warranty 2 year or 120 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.)

Optional attachments

Mulching system Optional MulchControl™ attachment
Rubber floor mat Yes
Sun shade Yes
Mounted sprayer Not available
Storage cover Yes
Light kit Dual headlight kit
Material collection system Not available

Engine is smooth and powerful V-twin design

Engine, left rear view

Engine, right rear view

A V-twin engine with 44.2-cu in. (724-cc) displacement provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mulching, mowing, and bagging conditions:

  • V-twin cylinder design for greater torque, lower vibration, and improved sound quality
  • Engine model M44
  • Electronic ignition for fast starts
  • Cast-iron sleeves for longer engine life
  • Overhead valves for excellent power and fuel economy
  • Spin-on oil filter with pressure lubrication for keeping the oil cleaner for long engine life and extended time between oil changes; pressure lubrication is also more effective when operating the tractor on an incline
  • Easy access to the no-tools oil drain valve for oil changes
  • Rear engine guard for protecting the engine and providing additional strength and integrity

Engine oil check/fill tube and oil-drain tube

Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter

Replaceable fuel filter and oil filter are easy to access and change to minimize service time and cost.John Deere recommends the use of fuel stabilizer in gasoline. See Fuel-Protect for gasoline engines (8 oz [237 mL]) for more information

The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ (48A) Mower Deck cuts clean and is versatile

Z535M ZTrak™ Mower with Accel Deep 48A Mower

Accel Deep 48A Mower

The 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:

  • 4.5-in. (11.4-cm) deep throughout the entire deck shell for optimum mowing, mulching, and bagging performance
    • Optional MulchControl™ attachment provides superior mulching performance and versatility.
  • Stamped-steel design eliminates sharp edges and corners where material can build up and diminish mowing performance
  • Mower deck is suspended from the vehicle for a smooth and level cut
    • Adjustable mower wheels, positioned just above ground level, help smooth out the mowing job
Excellent cut quality

48A Mower top (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

48A Mower underside (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:

  • Reducing the amount of re-cutting enables more power to be used to cut incoming grass, which greatly improves mower capacity.
    • Helps maintain excellent cut quality at faster mowing speeds
  • Clean flow of material out of discharge area prevents cut material from interfering with cutting the incoming grass, making it possible for the blades to cut incoming material cleanly.
  • Even in mulching mode, cut evenness is improved compared to other designs because the additional depth allows for continuous circulation, optimal re-cutting, and an even distribution of clippings.
Productivity - getting the job done fast

Right side of Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck

Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of recutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:

  • Greatly improves mowers capacity to maintain excellent mowing performance in difficult mowing conditions and at higher speeds

Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:

  • Gives a smooth, even discharge of clippings at all mowing speeds
  • Reduces the chance of plugging, especially important when operating in wet, thick, or dense grass and when bagging
  • The 48A Power Flow™ blower has an inlet housing with over 50 percent greater area than the 48X Power Flow blower used on previous machines.
Cleanliness - for the mower and the operator

Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck

Accel Deep 48A Mower Deck

The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:

  • There are few places to catch and hold material on top and underneath the deck.
    • Top of deck stays cleaner, reducing time and effort needed for cleaning and service
    • Underside of deck is self-cleaning to maintain optimum performance without buildup of material to interfere with the flow of air and clippings
    • Less need to clean and remove buildup of material from underside deck
  • The depth of the Accel Deep Mower Deck minimizes the amount of material that escapes from the front of the deck
    • Limited amount of material to drift onto the operator and mower deck
    • Even for material discharged out the chute, less recutting results in larger pieces that are less likely to end up on the operator
    • Mulching prevents the discharge of material completely and the MulchControl attachment makes mulching a practical solution for most mowing situations.

Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:

  • The flat-top design reduces places for material to build up and makes material that does collect easy to remove.

Mower wash port

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.
Superior durability is designed in

Spindle pocket

Mower wheels are double captured

The 48A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:

  • Ribs in the deck shell add strength where it is needed.
  • The 48A has a 23 percent heavier overall weight than the Edge™ Xtra 48-in. (122-cm) Mower Deck used on previous machines.

Mower wheels are double-captured:

  • Provides greater strength and durability for longer, trouble-free life.
  • Single-bolt adjustment makes setting wheels to the correct height for the cutting height quick and easy.

Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on engine lower bearings and mower deck bearings for longer life.The 48A Mower Deck features a 5/8-in. (16-mm) diameter solid-steel rod side bumper that provides extra strength and protection.Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.

Versatility - easy to change between side discharge, mulch, and bagging modes

The 48A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:

  • With the optional MulchControl attachment installed (along with the special mulching blades), changing from side-discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
  • The Power Flow rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl attachment and blades installed - by simply placing the MulchControl lever in the side-discharge position.
MulchControl option

The MulchControl attachment for the 48A Mower Deck 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 (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

MulchControl baffle closed (similar mower from X700 Series Tractor shown)

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 MulchControl baffle, or divider, between the left and middle spindles is about half way down. The height is designed to balance the mulching and side-discharge modes.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is open, the divider between the left and middle spindles passes a portion of the material to the discharge opening, along with the material from the middle and right spindle areas.
    • When the MulchControl baffle is closed, the material stays within the deck and gets chopped into mulch and deposited in the turf.

MulchControl baffle closed

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.

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
6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow rear bagger (rear bagger not available for ZTrak Z355E or Z355R)

Optional rear bagger

Power Flow blower

An optional 6.5-bu (230-L) Power Flow Rear Bagger material collection system (MCS) is available. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves:

  • The Power Flow blower and chute are easy to install. The Power Flow blower swings out for easy cleanout and cleanup.
  • The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:
    • 6.5-bu (230-L) capacity
    • Easy-to-attach Power Flow blower (ordered separately)
    • Easy-to-attach chute (ordered separately)
    • Air exhaust duct
    • Convenient spring-latch
    • Airflow fill indicator
    • Quik-Tatch mounting
    • Sealed hopper top
    • Loose-knit bags available

Operator station is designed for comfort and convenience

Operator station (Z335E shown)

Color-coded controls are easy to identify

Low fuel warning light illuminated

The operator station is designed for operator comfort and convenience when 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.

  • Low-fuel warning light is easily visible in daylight.

  • Twin-lever controls adjust, using cut-height pin/socket, for convenience and operator comfort.

  • A shock absorber dampens motion control lever movement to give smooth operation.

Comfortable seat

Comfortable seat (Z335E shown)

Comfortable seat (Z355E shown)

Comfortable seats make the operator experience more pleasant. Armrests, included on the Z355E seat, can be flipped up out of the way, if desired:

  • Z335E – 15-in. (38-cm) high seat back without armrests

  • Z355E – 15-in. (38-cm) high seat back with adjustable armrests

Comfortable seat (Z345M shown)

  • Z335M and Z345M – 18-in. (46-cm) high seat back with adjustable armrests
Seat suspension

Seat suspension springs

Making seat fore-aft adjustment (Z335E)

Two steel coil suspension springs under the seat absorb shocks when traveling over rougher areas to provide a smoother ride.The seat has a 2.5-in. (6.35-cm) fore-aft adjustment. The cut-height pin/socket can be used to loosen the bolts in order to make seat adjustments.

Cup holder and storage compartments

Cup holder

The cup holder is designed to hold two common cup sizes securely.

Storage compartment with cover located under seat

Open storage on left side of vehicle

Open storage on left side of vehicle

Covered storage under the seat and open storage along the left side of the vehicle provide safe and secure places for the operator to keep safety equipment, a cell phone, etc.

Operator foot platform

Comfortable operator's platform

Large foot platform helps the operator remain comfortable and secure:

  • Volcano grips give a secure grip.
  • Raised footrests at the front of the platform provide a comfortable area for the operator's feet.

Serviceability is designed-in for convenience

Service interval decal (Z300 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 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

Footrest opens for access to mower deck

Engine service

Z335E engine

Z335E engine oil and fuel filters shown

Z535M and Z535R engine

Z540M and Z540R engine

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

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.

Instruments and controls are convenient and easy to use

Motion-control levers

Operator using motion-control levers

Adjustable motion-control levers

The motion-control levers can be adjusted to two height settings and nine fore-aft settings for a total of 18 different positions:

  • Increased operator comfort

  • Adjustable for more precise control of the machine

Shock absorber for motion-control levers

Cut-height pin doubles as tracking adjustment tool

A standard shock absorber for the motion-control levers makes maneuvering ZTrak™ Mowers easy and comfortable:

  • Shock absorber modulates the movement of control levers for smoother operation.

  • Operator can smoothly and precisely control the machine.

On-board tracking adjustment from the operator seat is quick and easy. The cut-height pin includes a 13-mm wrench and doubles as a convenient tool for adjusting tracking and the motion-control lever position.

Control panel

Control panel (Z335E shown)

Low fuel warning light illuminated

The operator control panel is conveniently located and easy to use. The following instruments and controls are included:

  • Hourmeter
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Ignition switch
  • Power take-off (PTO) control
  • Engine speed/choke control
    • A choke position is built into the engine speed control.
Park brake

Park brake

The park brake is conveniently located:

  • Large lever is easy to use.
  • Lever is color-coded for easy identification.
  • 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

Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment

Mower deck lift/cut-height adjustment in place

  • 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 excellent cut quality and performance.
  • Mower deck adjustment has built-in memory so the operator can easily return to the desired cutting height after raising the deck.
Steering is easy with large diameter front caster wheels

Motion-control levers shown on Z335E

Shock absorber dampens movement of control levers

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.

Front caster wheel (Z335E)

Front 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
Controls are designed to promote safe operation

Park brake (Z535E shown)

Motion-control levers (Z525E shown)

  • 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.

Interlock switch is located under the seat (Z540R shown)

  • 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.

Design includes a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame

ZTrak™ Z335E 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
Styling is both functional and attractive

ZTrak™ Z335E

ZTrak Z525E

The styling of ZTrak Mowers is functional and attractive to appeal to residential owners who value product appearance and the easy, comfortable operation that comes with thoughtful control designs:

  • Color-coded controls are not only attractive, but easy to find and use.

  • Large foot platform, surrounded by frame rails, has a safe and inviting appearance and provides easy access for the operator.

  • Contoured shape of the fenders provides improved visibility to the drive tires, minimizes storage space required, and adds to the stylish appearance of the vehicle.

Heavy-duty welded steel frame for reliability and long life

Heavy-duty frame tubing

ZTrak™ mower frame

The ZTrak frame includes 1- x 1.5-in. (2.5- x 3.8-cm) steel tubing for long-term durability:

  • Heavy-duty frame tubing provides a solid support.

  • Reinforced frame offers additional strength where needed.

Loosening bolt to remove platform for access to mower deck

Footrest opens for access to mower deck

The footrest area is easily removed, utilizing the on-board tool, for access to the mower deck.

Electric power take-off (PTO) clutch is reliable and easy to use

Electric PTO switch

A heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is controlled by a convenient, dash-mounted control.

Heavy-duty PTO clutch

PTO clutch

The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.

Dual transmissions are efficient and have large, 1-in. (2.5-cm) diameter axles for durability

Hydrostatic transmissions set low in vehicle

Hydro-Gear transmissions

Dual transmissions efficiently power the ZTrak™ mower forward and reverse and give steering capability:

  • Transmissions are set low in the vehicle for excellent hillside stability.
  • Hydro-Gear® transmissions are reliable and durable.
    • Beefed-up 1-in. (2.5-cm) axles for greater strength
  • Maintenance-free unitized transmissions are sealed and have no hose connections to leak hydraulic fluid.

Hydro-Gear EZT transmission

Tow-valve control (left side shown)

Four-bolt hubs provide a reliable and convenient wheel-mounting system.Tow-valve controls are provided for each transmission and located above the vehicle frame on either side of the engine:

  • Easy to reach and use
  • Allow the vehicle to be moved without the engine running

Hydro-Gear is a trademark of Hydro-Gear, a joint venture of Sauer-Danfoss and Agri-Fab. Sauer-Danfoss is a trademark of Sauer-Danfoss Incorporated. Agri-Fab is a trademark of Agri-Fab Incorporated.

Fuel tank is conveniently located for easy refueling

Fuel tank location

Fuel-fill cap

The fuel tank holds 2.1 U.S. gal. (8 L) of fuel. It is located low on the left side of the machine:

  • Fuel-fill opening is located low and angled for easy refueling.
  • Large, 2-in. (5.1-cm) fuel-fill opening reduces the chance of spilling when adding fuel.
  • Cap is tethered to the fuel tank.
  • Less chance of fuel cap getting lost

Low fuel warning light

Low fuel warning light illuminated

The low fuel warning light is clearly visible in daylight.

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