John Deere 540B Skidder Specs


Manufacturer: John Deere
Type: Skidder
Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Welland, Ontario, Canada

John Deere 540B Engines

John Deere 4.5L 4-cyl diesel:
Fuel Tank: 42 gal (159 L)

John Deere 540B Transmission

8-Speed Full PowerShift

John Deere 540B Power

Engine (gross): 96 hp
Engine (net): 90hp


Chassis: 4×4 articulated 4WD
Final Drives: Planetary
Differential Lock: Hydraulic Front
Steering: articulated power
Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
Cab: Four-post ROPS


Type: Closed Center
Pressure: 2000 psi (137.9 bar)
Pump Flow: 33.4 gpm (126.4 lpm)

Dimensions & Tires:

Wheelbase: 106 inches (269 cm)
Weight: 18675 pounds
Front tire: 18.4×26
Rear tire: 18.4×26


Charging system: alternator
Battery volts: 12v


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Engine Details

John Deere Diesel

Displacement: 276 ci (4.5 L)
Bore/Stroke: 4.19×5.00 inches (106 x 127 mm)
Power: 96 hp (71.6 kW)
Compression Ratio: 16.7:1
Air Cleaner: dry
Rated RPM: 2200
Torque: 270 lb-ft (325.4 Nm)
Torque RPM: 1400
Starter: electric
Starter volts: 12
Oil capacity: 14 qts (13.2 L)
Coolant capacity: 42 qts (30.3 L)

Transmission: PowerShift

Type: Full Power Shift
Gears: 8 forward and 4 reverse
Clutch: hydraulic wet disc
Oil Capacity: 32 qts (30.3 l)


John Deere 540B Tires

Front:16.9×30 or 18.4×26
Rear:16.9×30 or 18.4×26


Wheelbase: 106 inches (269 cm)
Width: 103.9 in (263 cm)
Height (ROPS): 115 inches (292 cm)
Operating weight: 18675 lbs (8470 kg)

Attachment overview


Cable Capacities

1/2″ : 230 ft
5/8″ : 151 ft
3/4″ : 107 ft


Bare Drum: 24,800 lb
Full Drum: 15,300 lb

Line Speed

Bare Drum: 115 fpm
Full Drive: 187 fpm


Horizontal Roller: 6 in (15.2 cm)
Vertical Rollers: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)
Working Height: Lower: 72 in (183 cm) | Upper: 77 in (195 cm)

Optional 83″ Blade:

Manufacturer: John Deere
Style: front-mount
Width: 83 inches (211 cm)
Height: 27 in (68.6 cm) Lift: 52 inches (131 cm)
Cut: 9 inches (22.9 cm)