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540R LOADER

Loader

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




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Features



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.

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.

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
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.

False rod cylinderFalse rod cylinder
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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.

LSSLSS
LSS on H180LSS on H180
LSS on 5E and 5MLSS 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
  • 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 operator station 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 H180 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.

Specifications


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Key Specs 540r-loader
Current Model
Maximum lift height (A)3595 mm
141.53 in.
Lift capacity at full heightMeasured at pivot (U)
1926 kg
4246 lb
Boom breakout forceMeasured at pivot (Y)
2243 kgf
4945 lbf
Bucket rollback force capacityAt ground-level line (ZZ)
2609 kgf
5752 lbf
Clearance at full height - bucket dumped (C)2564 mm
100.94 in.
Dump angle, degrees (E)63.75 degree (angle)
Rollback angle, degrees (G)47 degree (angle)
Tractor
Model5M Tractor Series
Front tire13.6R24
Rear tire16.9R34
Front axle configurationMFWD
Wheelbase2350 mm
92.52 in.
Pump capacity70 L/min
18.49 gpm
Rated pressure195 bar
2828.24 psi
Loader
Base weight1215.1 kg
Leveling configurationNon-Self Leveling (NSL)
Bucket used1850 mm
73 in.
Bucket weight281 kg
619 lb
Lift capacity at full heightMeasured at pivot (U)
1926 kg
4246 lb
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (V)
1290 kg
2844 lb
Lift capacity at 59 in. (1500 mm)Measured at pivot (W)
2101 kg
4632 lb
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (X)
1576 kg
3474 lb
Boom breakout forceMeasured at pivot (Y)
2243 kgf
4945 lbf
Measured at 800 mm ahead of pivot (Z)
1567 kgf
3455 lbf
Bucket rollback force capacityAt maximum height (VV)
1673 kgf
3688 lbf
At 59-in. (1500-mm) lift height (XX)
2712 kgf
5979 lbf
At ground-level line (ZZ)
2609 kgf
5752 lbf
DimensionsMaximum lift height (A)
3595 mm
141.53 in.
At full height - bucket level(B)
3355 mm
132.07 in.
At full height - bucket dumped (C)
2564 mm
100.94 in.
Overall length (I+F), ft (m)
Overall height in carry position (J)
Digging depth (H)139 mm
5.47 in.
ReachAt maximum height (D)
794 mm
31.26 in.
At ground level - bucket level (F)
2385 mm
93.88 in.
Bucket angleDump angle, degrees (E)
63.75 degree (angle)
Rollback angle, degrees (G)
47 degree (angle)
Cycle timesLoader raise, seconds
4.25 seconds
Loader lower, seconds
3.18 seconds
Bucket dump, seconds
3.32 seconds
Bucket rollback, seconds
2.23 seconds

Accessories and Attachments

Buckets

Heavy-duty bucket (shown with grapple)Heavy-duty bucket (shown with grapple)
Materials bucketMaterials bucket
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Materials buckets may be used for loading dirt, gravel, feed, and light materials as well as scraping, digging, and other general-purpose tasks.

 

NOTE: Materials buckets are not compatible with replaceable cutting edges or digging teeth.

This general-purpose bucket can be used in numerous applications.

The high-volume bucket is intended for use with lighter-density high-volume materials. The bucket capacity makes this an effective tool for handling snow, wood shavings, and other loose materials.

Materials bucketMaterials bucket
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Materials buckets may be used for loading dirt, gravel, feed, and light materials as well as scraping, digging, and other general-purpose tasks.

 

NOTE: Materials buckets are not compatible with replaceable cutting edges or digging teeth.

Carriers

Global Carrier - BW16915

John Deere 500 Style Carrier - BW17037

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.

Cutting Edges

Replaceable wear edgeReplaceable wear edge
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For those who frequently scrape on concrete, a replaceable cutting edge will greatly extend the life of the bucket:

  • 1850-mm (73-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2150-mm (85-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2450-mm (96-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2750-mm (108-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
Schematic of digging toothSchematic of digging tooth

Digging teeth can be added to heavy-duty buckets for easier digging in hard ground or for breaking loose hard-packed materials such as manure or silage. Digging teeth are not compatible with replaceable cutting edges.

Front Loader Packages

Stationary fender (H480 shown)Stationary fender (H480 shown)
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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.

Grapples

Five-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucketFive-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket
Five-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket on H-Series LoaderFive-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket on H-Series Loader

All of the H-Series Loaders use the same five-tine pin-on grapple. The advantages of this grapple are:

  • The pin-on method puts the least amount of stress possible on the bucket.
  • The grapple has a wide stance, making it more difficult to twist.

High-performance operators will choose the five-tine grapple for its increased durability and load-carrying capacity. Advantages include:

  • The ability to handle two large round bales instead of one (where loader capacity allows).
  • Strong grapple arms allow the bucket capacity to be increased by almost twice the amount of normal bucket capacity in materials such as silage.

The grapple is equipped with twin cylinders to provide excellent clamping force. 

NOTE: The center tine of the five-tine grapple is slightly off center to avoid contact with the placement of optional digging teeth.

NOTE: The grapple is not compatible with materials or high-volume buckets.

73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)
73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)
Five-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucketFive-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket
Five-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket on H-Series LoaderFive-tine bale grapple with screen installed on 85–in. (2150 mm) bucket on H-Series Loader

All of the H-Series Loaders use the same five-tine pin-on grapple. The advantages of this grapple are:

  • The pin-on method puts the least amount of stress possible on the bucket.
  • The grapple has a wide stance, making it more difficult to twist.

High-performance operators will choose the five-tine grapple for its increased durability and load-carrying capacity. Advantages include:

  • The ability to handle two large round bales instead of one (where loader capacity allows).
  • Strong grapple arms allow the bucket capacity to be increased by almost twice the amount of normal bucket capacity in materials such as silage.

The grapple is equipped with twin cylinders to provide excellent clamping force. 

NOTE: The center tine of the five-tine grapple is slightly off center to avoid contact with the placement of optional digging teeth.

NOTE: The grapple is not compatible with materials or high-volume buckets.

73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)
73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)73–in. (1850 mm) grapple bucket BW15358 shown (all one piece)

Hood Guards

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

Hoses And Parts

2-Function Hoses and Parts - AXX10186

The loader hoses are connected to the mid-tractor selective control valves (SCVs).

3-Function Hoses and Parts - AXX10187

The loader hoses are connected to the mid-tractor selective control valves (SCVs).

Hydraulic Connection

2 - Function Single Point Hydraulic Connection, Loader Half - BXX10065

Single-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configurationSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configuration

The 540R loader features a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs as well. To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

2-Function Single Point Hydraulic Connection - BXX10075

Single-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configurationSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configuration

The 540R loader features a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs as well. To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

3 - Function Single Point Hydraulic Connection, Loader Half - BXX10066

Single-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configurationSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configuration

The 540R loader features a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs as well. To disconnect the hydraulic connection between the loader and the tractor, it is necessary to relieve the hydraulic system oil pressure on the tractor.

3-Function Single Point Hydraulic Connection - BXX10076

Single-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configurationSingle-point hydraulic connection on 5R Tractor with third-function configuration

The 540R loader features a single-point hydraulic connection that also incorporates the connection point for any electrical needs as well. 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 Lights

600R Loader with light-emitting diode (LED) lights600R Loader with light-emitting diode (LED) lights

To further enhance visibility, the 600R Loader has the option to include LED lights. With LED lights mounted onto each side of the loader boom, performing loader applications in variable operating conditions is made easier. Pairing the loader LED light option with an LED light package on the 6110M or 6120M Tractor will provide unmatched visibility to enhance operator experience during any task.

Loader Suspension System

LSSLSS
LSS on H180LSS on H180
LSS on 5E and 5MLSS 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
  • 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 operator station 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 H180 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.

Miscellaneous

Replaceable wear edgeReplaceable wear edge
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For those who frequently scrape on concrete, a replaceable cutting edge will greatly extend the life of the bucket:

  • 1850-mm (73-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2150-mm (85-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2450-mm (96-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
  • 2750-mm (108-in.) width replaceable cutting edge
#
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Large ballast box is available to carry additional ballast for greater tractor stability.

 

Capacities

Weight

Sand (Dry)

Concrete

Portland Cement

BW15852 Large ballast box:

Volume

13.3 ft3 = 377L

Material

581 kg (1277 lb)

871 kg (1915 lb)

1089 kg (2395 lb)

Empty box

155 kg (342 lb)

155 kg (342 lb)

155 kg (342 lb)

Total

736 kg (1619 lb)

1026 kg (2257 lb)

1244 kg (2737 lb)


BW15852 Large ballast box is compatible with Category 2 Quik-Couplers and Category 2 or 3 hitches.

See ''Rear Ballast Requirements'' for proper ballasting of the tractor.

Miscellaneous

Hydraulic Remote Implement Latch - BW17036

This kit includes the common tractor and loader wiring harness and hardware needed to install loader lights, hydraulic remote implement latch, and loader suspension system. When installing multiple options, only one wiring harness prep package is required.

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