New 540R Loader

Utility Loaders
Key Features
  • Increased lift capacity
  • Seat-mounted loader joystick for optimum control, visibility and comfort
  • Remote Implement Unlatch
  • Automatic mast latch to easily attach/detach loader

More Info


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
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.


Model 5R Tractor Series
Front tire 13.6R24
Rear tire 16.9R34
Front axle configuration MFWD
Wheelbase 2250 mm
88.58 in.
Pump capacity 73 L/min
19.28 gpm
Rated pressure 200 bar
2900.75 psi
Leveling configuration Mechanical Self Leveling (MSL)
Bucket used
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.
Overall length (I+F), ft (m)
Overall height in carry position (J)
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

Accessories and Attachments


Skid Steer Style Carrier - BW17015
Skid steer carrier shown on 5E TractorsSkid steer carrier shown on 5E Tractors

The skid steer attachment carrier allows the use of skid steer-type attachments. One person can quickly change attachments without the use of tools by simply rolling the attachment back, lifting the levers, and then rolling the attachment forward and lowering to the ground.


Hood Guard - BW16765
Hood guard for 5M Series TractorsHood guard for 5M Series Tractors

The heavy-duty hood guard is compatible with 5R Tractor series.

The basic function of a hood guard is to:

  • Help protect the tractor grille and hood from falling debris or stationary objects such as a wagon or mixer
  • Allow for lighting at night

The hood guard:

  • Can be used with or without the tractor front weight bracket but not with the actual front weights while using the loader (this would overload the front axle)

It is highly recommended to purchase a front weight bracket when using a loader. The hood guard is designed to be slightly rearward of the front weight bracket. This is so the front weight bracket is the first point of contact against lower stationary objects.

The features of the hood guard include:

  • Allow the hood to open and provide access to the battery and filter
  • Extra steel behind the mainframe to increase strength
  • High height to better protect the top of the hood

Hydraulic Connections

2 Function Single Point Hydraulic Connector Bundle - BW16986
2 Function Single Point Hydraulic Connector, Loader Half - BW16976
3 Function Single Point Hydraulic Connector, Loader Half - BW16808
3 Function Single Point Hydrauylic Connector Bundle - BW16987


Loader Frame Mounted Fenders (Stationary) - BW17042
Stationary fender (H480 shown)Stationary fender (H480 shown)

The loader stationary fenders still provide coverage for debris from the tire, but they do not protrude to become damaged in operation. The fenders can be removed to enable better access for servicing as well.


Loader Lights - BW16942


Hydraulic Remote Implement Latch - BW17038

Tractor Mounting Frames

Mounting Frame - BW16537
Mounting frames: R-SeriesMounting frames: R-Series
Mounting frames: R-SeriesMounting frames: R-Series

The mounting frames, integrated on the tractor frame, have been field tested with heavy-duty operations to ensure a durable connection between the tractor and the loader. The robust and durable mounting frames are made of modular cast iron. This results in tested, reliable longevity. The shape of the mounting frames is aligned with the tractor frame and enables the operator to easily connect the loader while still providing good access to the service points of the tractor.


The weight distribution on the tractor frame is optimized thanks to the shape and position of the mounting frame on the tractor. This guarantees great stability during loader work. The John Deere mounting frames allow optimized fender clearance, full maneuverability, and front axle oscillation with sufficient steering capability. Good visibility is provided for all working tasks with or without loaders due to the mounting frame location. Additional holes on the mounting frames allow the toolbox assembly and the installation of stationary fender brackets.

Wiring Harness

Lights, Suspension System, and Remote Latch Prep Package - BW16969