540M Loader
  • Superior strength and visibility
  • For heavy-duty chores
  • Parking stands are integrated on the loader

Features

  • Lift Height: NSL: 137-141 in. (3.482-3.571 m) MSL: 138-141 in. (3.501-3.578 m)

  • Lift Capacity: NSL: 2394-2666 lbs (1088-1212 kg) MSL: 3117.3-3309.1 lbs (1414-1501 kg)

Specifications

Key Specs - Boom breakout force:
Measured at pivot (Y)
2671 kg
Key Specs - Bucket rollback force capacity:
At ground-level line (ZZ)
3046 kg
Key Specs - Clearance at full height - bucket dumped (C):
2538 mm
100 in.
Key Specs - Dump angle, degrees (E):
-74 degree (angle)
Key Specs - Lift capacity at full height:
Measured at pivot (U)
1373 kg
3027 lb
Key Specs - Maximum lift height (A):
3578 mm
141 in.
Key Specs - Rollback angle, degrees (G):
42 degree (angle)
Loader - Base weight:
1028.2 kg
Loader - Boom breakout force:
Measured at pivot (Y)
2671 kgf
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (Z)
2325 kg
Loader - Bucket angle:
Dump angle, degrees (E)
-74 degree (angle)
Rollback angle, degrees (G)
42 degree (angle)
Dump angle, ground
-96 degree (angle)
Loader - Bucket rollback force capacity:
At maximum height (VV)
1636 kg
At 59-in. (1500-mm) lift height (XX)
2986 kg
At ground-level line (ZZ)
3046 kg
Loader - Bucket used:
Materials 1850 mm
Materials 73 in.
Loader - Bucket weight:
246 kg
542 lb
Loader - Cycle times:
Loader raise, seconds
3.4 seconds
Loader lower, seconds
2.5 seconds
Bucket dump, seconds
2.1 seconds
Bucket rollback, seconds
2.1 seconds
Loader - Digging depth (H):
47 mm
1.9 in.
Loader - Dimensions:
Maximum lift height (A)
3578 mm
141 in.
At full height - bucket level(B)
3383 mm
133 in.
At full height - bucket dumped (C)
2538 mm
100 in.
Loader - Leveling configuration:
Mechanical Self Leveling (MSL)
Loader - Lift capacity at 59 in. (1500 mm):
Measured at pivot (W)
2015 kg
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (X)
1931 kg
Loader - Lift capacity at full height:
Measured at pivot (U)
1373 kg
3027 lb
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (V)
1481 kg
Loader - Overall length (I+F), ft (m):
4.8 m
15.8 ft
Loader - Reach:
At maximum height (D)
1011 mm
39.8 in.
At ground level - bucket level (F)
2426 mm
95.5 in.
Tractor - Front axle configuration:
MFWD
Tractor - Front tire:
14.9R24
Tractor - Model:
6135E
Tractor - Pump capacity:
75.7 L/min
20 gpm
Tractor - Rated pressure:
195 bar
2828 psi
Tractor - Rear tire:
18.4R38
Tractor - Wheelbase:
2380 mm
94 in.

Loader removal (parking) made easy

Parking stands Parking stands
#

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

 

To remove or park the loader, apply slight down pressure to the loader boom with the bucket dumped at approximately a 30-degree angle. With the tractor in park, lower the parking stands and place the mast pins in the open position.

Removing or parking the loader
Parking stand in stored position Parking stand in stored position
Removing parking stand Removing parking stand
Mast pin in the closed position Mast pin in the closed position
Rotating mast pin to the open position Rotating mast pin to the open position

Utilizing the boom circuit with the tractor in neutral, rotate the mast forward until the mast has rotated past the pin location on the mounting frame by extending the lift cylinder. Now using the bucket circuit, roll back the bucket until the mast is removed from the pocket and will clear the tires.

Mast pin in the open position Mast pin in the open position
Masts rotate forward, then bucket rolled back Masts rotate forward, then bucket rolled back

With the tractor in park, shut the engine off and relieve the hydraulic pressure as indicated for the tractor (rotating the joystick). Disconnect or open the single-point hydraulic connector (or remove couplers if no single point is installed).

Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connection Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connection
Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connections Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connections

Store the loader half of the single-point connector or hoses, and back away from the loader.

Single-point hydraulics disconnected Single-point hydraulics disconnected
#
Parked loader Parked loader

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 H-Series Ag 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.

False rod bucket cylinders improve productivity

False rod cylinder False rod cylinder
#

Fast bucket cycle times are important to dump the load from the bucket as quickly as possible, 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.

 

Therefore, all MSL M- and 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.

Loader suspension system (LSS) to enhance the ride

Nitrogen-charged accumulator and electric valve Nitrogen-charged accumulator and electric valve
Operator on/off switch Operator on/off switch
LSS on H180 LSS on H180
LSS on 5E and 5M LSS on 5E and 5M

An enhancement to the loader is the suspension system. A great level of loader productivity is achieved with the LSS.

  • An accumulator charged with nitrogen and connected to the head-end lift cylinder hose through a T-fitting provides shock absorption
  • The cylinders move in and out to allow the boom to float 

Performance

  • Bales can be transported more efficiently from one end of the field to the other over frozen, hard-packed, or rutted terrain.

NOTE: Check bale-handling capability of tractor before use.

  • Pallets can be moved easily without sustaining cargo damage
  • Pallets of seed or fertilizer can be carried across a yard without a bag spilling and creating a costly mess
  • A properly-ballasted tractor with LSS has increased stability, creating a smoother ride for the operator

Cost of ownership

  • Extended life of loader pins and bushings
  • Less stress on tractor axle

Reasons for turning LSS off include:

  • Digging applications - with LSS on, the cylinders retract slightly, losing lifting power
  • Holding a grade when blading - with LSS on, it is difficult to hold a constant grade
  • Precise pallet and bale handling - with LSS on, the load moves up and down slightly while being positioned
  • Parking a loader - with LSS on, when down pressure is applied, the lift cylinders retract slightly, making it more difficult to park

The switch is conveniently located in the operator station to avoid having to exit the tractor seat to manually move the handle on the LSS.

LSS can also be ordered with a manual shutoff. Depending on the tractor/loader model, the accumulator is located in different places. On the 440R, the accumulator is mounted outside the bottom of the mounting frame. On the 5 Series Tractors, the accumulator is mounted near the inside of the rear right wheel. On 6 Series tractors and larger, it is mounted in between the hydraulic connection and the mounting frame.

Single-point hydraulic connection saves time

Single-point hydraulic connection on row-crop tractor (closed) Single-point hydraulic connection on row-crop tractor (closed)
Single-point hydraulic connection on utility tractor (closed) Single-point hydraulic connection on utility tractor (closed)

The 520M, 540M, H240, H260, and H310 Loaders can be ordered with a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs. To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

Concealed oil lines improve appearance and reduce damage

Concealed oil lines through boom arm Concealed oil lines through boom arm
#
Oil lines routed through the boom arm Oil lines routed through the boom arm
Oil lines routed through the torque tube Oil lines routed through the torque tube

Over 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.

  • Features

    Features

    • Lift Height: NSL: 137-141 in. (3.482-3.571 m) MSL: 138-141 in. (3.501-3.578 m)

    • Lift Capacity: NSL: 2394-2666 lbs (1088-1212 kg) MSL: 3117.3-3309.1 lbs (1414-1501 kg)

  • Specifications

    Specifications

    Key Specs - Boom breakout force:
    Measured at pivot (Y)
    2671 kg
    Key Specs - Bucket rollback force capacity:
    At ground-level line (ZZ)
    3046 kg
    Key Specs - Clearance at full height - bucket dumped (C):
    2538 mm
    100 in.
    Key Specs - Dump angle, degrees (E):
    -74 degree (angle)
    Key Specs - Lift capacity at full height:
    Measured at pivot (U)
    1373 kg
    3027 lb
    Key Specs - Maximum lift height (A):
    3578 mm
    141 in.
    Key Specs - Rollback angle, degrees (G):
    42 degree (angle)
    Loader - Base weight:
    1028.2 kg
    Loader - Boom breakout force:
    Measured at pivot (Y)
    2671 kgf
    Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (Z)
    2325 kg
    Loader - Bucket angle:
    Dump angle, degrees (E)
    -74 degree (angle)
    Rollback angle, degrees (G)
    42 degree (angle)
    Dump angle, ground
    -96 degree (angle)
    Loader - Bucket rollback force capacity:
    At maximum height (VV)
    1636 kg
    At 59-in. (1500-mm) lift height (XX)
    2986 kg
    At ground-level line (ZZ)
    3046 kg
    Loader - Bucket used:
    Materials 1850 mm
    Materials 73 in.
    Loader - Bucket weight:
    246 kg
    542 lb
    Loader - Cycle times:
    Loader raise, seconds
    3.4 seconds
    Loader lower, seconds
    2.5 seconds
    Bucket dump, seconds
    2.1 seconds
    Bucket rollback, seconds
    2.1 seconds
    Loader - Digging depth (H):
    47 mm
    1.9 in.
    Loader - Dimensions:
    Maximum lift height (A)
    3578 mm
    141 in.
    At full height - bucket level(B)
    3383 mm
    133 in.
    At full height - bucket dumped (C)
    2538 mm
    100 in.
    Loader - Leveling configuration:
    Mechanical Self Leveling (MSL)
    Loader - Lift capacity at 59 in. (1500 mm):
    Measured at pivot (W)
    2015 kg
    Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (X)
    1931 kg
    Loader - Lift capacity at full height:
    Measured at pivot (U)
    1373 kg
    3027 lb
    Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (V)
    1481 kg
    Loader - Overall length (I+F), ft (m):
    4.8 m
    15.8 ft
    Loader - Reach:
    At maximum height (D)
    1011 mm
    39.8 in.
    At ground level - bucket level (F)
    2426 mm
    95.5 in.
    Tractor - Front axle configuration:
    MFWD
    Tractor - Front tire:
    14.9R24
    Tractor - Model:
    6135E
    Tractor - Pump capacity:
    75.7 L/min
    20 gpm
    Tractor - Rated pressure:
    195 bar
    2828 psi
    Tractor - Rear tire:
    18.4R38
    Tractor - Wheelbase:
    2380 mm
    94 in.
  • Details

    Loader removal (parking) made easy

    Parking stands Parking stands
    #

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

     

    To remove or park the loader, apply slight down pressure to the loader boom with the bucket dumped at approximately a 30-degree angle. With the tractor in park, lower the parking stands and place the mast pins in the open position.

    Removing or parking the loader
    Parking stand in stored position Parking stand in stored position
    Removing parking stand Removing parking stand
    Mast pin in the closed position Mast pin in the closed position
    Rotating mast pin to the open position Rotating mast pin to the open position

    Utilizing the boom circuit with the tractor in neutral, rotate the mast forward until the mast has rotated past the pin location on the mounting frame by extending the lift cylinder. Now using the bucket circuit, roll back the bucket until the mast is removed from the pocket and will clear the tires.

    Mast pin in the open position Mast pin in the open position
    Masts rotate forward, then bucket rolled back Masts rotate forward, then bucket rolled back

    With the tractor in park, shut the engine off and relieve the hydraulic pressure as indicated for the tractor (rotating the joystick). Disconnect or open the single-point hydraulic connector (or remove couplers if no single point is installed).

    Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connection Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connection
    Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connections Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connections

    Store the loader half of the single-point connector or hoses, and back away from the loader.

    Single-point hydraulics disconnected Single-point hydraulics disconnected
    #
    Parked loader Parked loader

    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 H-Series Ag 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.

    False rod bucket cylinders improve productivity

    False rod cylinder False rod cylinder
    #

    Fast bucket cycle times are important to dump the load from the bucket as quickly as possible, 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.

     

    Therefore, all MSL M- and 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.

    Loader suspension system (LSS) to enhance the ride

    Nitrogen-charged accumulator and electric valve Nitrogen-charged accumulator and electric valve
    Operator on/off switch Operator on/off switch
    LSS on H180 LSS on H180
    LSS on 5E and 5M LSS on 5E and 5M

    An enhancement to the loader is the suspension system. A great level of loader productivity is achieved with the LSS.

    • An accumulator charged with nitrogen and connected to the head-end lift cylinder hose through a T-fitting provides shock absorption
    • The cylinders move in and out to allow the boom to float 

    Performance

    • Bales can be transported more efficiently from one end of the field to the other over frozen, hard-packed, or rutted terrain.

    NOTE: Check bale-handling capability of tractor before use.

    • Pallets can be moved easily without sustaining cargo damage
    • Pallets of seed or fertilizer can be carried across a yard without a bag spilling and creating a costly mess
    • A properly-ballasted tractor with LSS has increased stability, creating a smoother ride for the operator

    Cost of ownership

    • Extended life of loader pins and bushings
    • Less stress on tractor axle

    Reasons for turning LSS off include:

    • Digging applications - with LSS on, the cylinders retract slightly, losing lifting power
    • Holding a grade when blading - with LSS on, it is difficult to hold a constant grade
    • Precise pallet and bale handling - with LSS on, the load moves up and down slightly while being positioned
    • Parking a loader - with LSS on, when down pressure is applied, the lift cylinders retract slightly, making it more difficult to park

    The switch is conveniently located in the operator station to avoid having to exit the tractor seat to manually move the handle on the LSS.

    LSS can also be ordered with a manual shutoff. Depending on the tractor/loader model, the accumulator is located in different places. On the 440R, the accumulator is mounted outside the bottom of the mounting frame. On the 5 Series Tractors, the accumulator is mounted near the inside of the rear right wheel. On 6 Series tractors and larger, it is mounted in between the hydraulic connection and the mounting frame.

    Single-point hydraulic connection saves time

    Single-point hydraulic connection on row-crop tractor (closed) Single-point hydraulic connection on row-crop tractor (closed)
    Single-point hydraulic connection on utility tractor (closed) Single-point hydraulic connection on utility tractor (closed)

    The 520M, 540M, H240, H260, and H310 Loaders can be ordered with a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs. To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

    Concealed oil lines improve appearance and reduce damage

    Concealed oil lines through boom arm Concealed oil lines through boom arm
    #
    Oil lines routed through the boom arm Oil lines routed through the boom arm
    Oil lines routed through the torque tube Oil lines routed through the torque tube

    Over 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.

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