New 520M Loader

Key Features
  • Diverter kit allows for a 3rd function loader, eliminating additional cost of purchasing kit elsewhere
  • Available single-point hydraulic connection saves time
  • Hydraulics that improve cycle times and productivity
  • Integrated parking stands for easy attachment and removal

More Info


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 M- and 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.

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, H240, 540M, H260, and H310 Loaders can be configured 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.

False rod bucket cylinders improve productivity
False rod cylinderFalse rod cylinder

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.


Therefore, all MSL 520M 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 removal (parking) made easy
Parking standsParking 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.


To watch a video of parking and attaching an M- or H-Series loader click here.

Removing or parking the loader
Parking stand in stored positionParking stand in stored position
Removing parking standRemoving parking stand
Mast pin in the closed positionMast pin in the closed position
Rotating mast pin to the open positionRotating 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. 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 positionMast pin in the open position
Masts rotate forward, then bucket rolled backMasts 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 connectionDisconnect/open single-point hydraulic connection
Disconnect/open single-point hydraulic connectionsDisconnect/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 disconnectedSingle-point hydraulics disconnected
Parked loaderParked loader