John Deere



Issue I6

John Deere Select Series™

X500 Multi-Terrain™ Series Tractors PIN(020001-)


Export Version

Litho in U.S.A.


Thank You for Purchasing a John Deere Product
Using Your Operator’s Manual
Machine Use
Special Messages

Product Identification

Record Identification Numbers

Safety Labels

Pictorial Safety Signs
Warning Hot Surface
Read Operator’s Manual
Keep Children Away From Mower
Avoid Injury From Tipping
Drawbar Load
Use Bypass Valve Lever Safely
Avoid Injury From Loaded Spring
CE Certification, Specification and Sound Label


Maintenance and Storage
Checking Mowing Area
Parking Safely
Rotating Blades are Dangerous
Protect Children
Avoid Tipping
Keep Riders Off
Stay Clear of Rotating Drivelines
Checking Wheel Hardware
Towing Loads Safely
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Practice Safe Maintenance
Avoid High Pressure Fluids
Prevent Fires
Tire Safety
Handling Fuel Safely
Handling Waste Product and Chemicals

Operating - Controls

Operator Station Controls


Daily Operating Checklist
Avoid Damage to Plastic and Painted Surfaces
Adjusting Seat
Adjusting Cutting Height
Checking and Adjusting Mower Level
Adjusting Mower Wheels
Testing Safety Systems
Testing Park Brake Switch
Testing Park Brake
Testing Mower Engagement (PTO) Switch
Testing Seat Switch
Testing Reverse Implement Option (RIO)
Using Park Brake
Using Key Switch and Headlights
Using Instrument Panel
Starting the Engine
Stopping the Engine
Using Travel Controls
Using Cruise Control
Adjusting Tilt Steering Wheel
Using the Reverse Implement Option (RIO)
Using Mower Attachment / Mower Lift
Using Mower Engagement Lever
Using Traction Assist
Moving Machine by Hand
Unplugging Mower, Bagger, or Material Collection System
Transporting Machine on Trailer
Using Weights
Using Accessories
Mowing Tips

Replacement Parts

Service Literature
Part Numbers

Service Intervals

Servicing Your Machine
Service Intervals

Service Lubrication

Lubricating Pivot Points
Lubricating Front Axle
Lubricating Lift Pedal Assembly
Lubricating Steering Cylinder Ball Joints

Service Engine

Avoid Fumes
Engine Oil
Checking Engine Oil Level
Changing Engine Oil and Filter
Cleaning Radiator Screen and Cooling Fins
Checking and Cleaning Air Cleaner Elements
Checking Spark Plug
Adjusting Carburetor
Replacing Fuel Filter
Service Cooling System Safely
Recommended Engine Coolant
Servicing Cooling System (X540)
Checking Coolant Hoses (X540)

Service Transmission

Transmission Oil
Checking Transaxle Oil Level
Changing Tranxaxle Oil and Filter

Service Mower

Removing Mower
Installing Mower
Replacing Mower Drive Belt (48 and 54 Mowers)
Checking for Bent Mower Blades
Servicing Mower Blades
Sharpening Blades
Balancing Blades

Service Electrical

Service the Battery Safely
Removing and Installing the Battery
Cleaning Battery and Terminals
Using Booster Battery
Replacing Headlight Bulb
Replacing Fuse

Service Miscellaneous

Using Proper Fuel
Filling Fuel Tank
Checking Tire Pressure
Removing and Installing Wheel Assembly (Models with E-Clip)
Removing and Installing Wheel Assembly (Models with Wheel Bolt)
Cleaning Plastic Surfaces
Cleaning and Repairing Metal Surfaces


Using Troubleshooting Chart


Storing Safety
Preparing Machine for Storage
Preparing Fuel and Engine For Storage
Removing Machine From Storage


Charge and Connect Battery
Install Steering Wheel
Install Seat Springs
Remove Shipping Support Rod (54 Mower)
Install Mower Gage Wheels
Check Tire Pressure
Adjust Mower Deck Level
Check Engine Oil Level
Check Machine Safety System


Fuel System
Electrical System
Travel Speeds at Full Engine RPM
48 Edge™ Xtra Mower
54 Edge™ Xtra Mower
Recommended Lubricants
Sound Measurements
Vibration Measurements

Declaration of Conformity

X540 Lawn Tractor

Service Statement

John Deere Parts
The Right Tools
Well-Trained Technicians
Prompt Service

Service Record

Record Service Dates