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John Deere Z500 Series Model Year 2021 Changes

For discerning property owners, mowing is no longer a chore. It's a worth while experience. An escape from the day-to-day rush and time to enjoy your property. With improved comfort, ease of operation, second-to-none cut quality and new styling – the model year 2021 Z500s define premium zero-turn mowing. Available in 3 trim models: E, M and R. John Deere has introduced 4 models this year:

  • Z515E
  • Z520M
  • Z530R
  • Z545R


With 48-in, 54-in and 60-in Accel Deep mower decks and 54-in and 60-in High-Capacity mower decks, there's a mower deck size for every yard. The E and M models come with the Accel Deep deck that people have come to love on John Deere residential mowers. Want to step it up? The R models come standard with the High-Capacity deck that provides greater airflow for an even better looking cut. Both decks have the option to add the MulchControl Kit.

Z500 Series Cut Height Selector

2021 also brings a better cut height selector. The numbers and pin holes now face the operator for ease of selection and a magnetic pin so it will never jar out on rough terrain.


Z500 Series Seats

John Deere made a big upgrade to their seats this year. They've added the ComfortGlide system to the M and R series which was once reserved for commercial mowers only. What is ComfortGlide? The ComfortGlide seat suspension from John Deere is a system for zero-turn mowers that allows forward and backwards movement in the seat when driving over uneven terrain. It allows front to rear movement of 1-in to be absorbed, allowing the seat to move with you, not against you. The suspension reduces horizontal vibrations and jarring, making a huge improvement to comfort.

  • E: 18-in back
  • M: 20-in back with ComfortGlide
  • R: 22.5-in back with ComfortGlide

Digital Gauges

MowerPlus Easy-Read Fuel Gauge Easy-Read Fuel Gauge found on the E and M Series

Advanced LCD Screen found on the R Series Advanced LCD Screen found on the R Series

The Z500 Series has an easy access 4.5-gallon fuel tank with a wide opening for mess-free filling, allowing you to refuel less often. And with its LCD Easy to Read Fuel Gauge on the Z515E and Z530M models and Advanced LCD on Z530R or Z545R models, one glance is all it takes to stay in control.

LED Lighting

Z545R LED Lighting

LED lighting helps you keep an eye on where you're going, even in low-light conditions. This feature comes standard on the R machines and comes in an easy install kit for the E and M models.

Smooth Ride

The Z500 Series comes with standard isolated deck, floor mat and foot rests. This reduces vibration and noise providing you with all day comfort. Pair it with a ComfortGlide seat for the ultimate experience in comfort.


New to the Z500 lineup is the roll over protection system. The foldable ROPS system has 4 points that are easy to adjust with a spring-loaded pull pin.

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