New WG48A Commercial Walk-Behind Mower

Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers

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Starting at: $4,199.00

Key Features
  • Powerful air-cooled engine
  • Pistol-grip controls
  • Five-speed gearbox
  • 7-gauge fabricated fixed mower deck

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Powerful air-cooled engine delivers power and reliability
Air-cooled engineAir-cooled engine
Engines have clean-out ports (SN 070001-)Engines have clean-out ports (SN 070001-)

WG Series Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers are powered by 14.5-hp (10.8-kW) air-cooled, vertical-shaft engines.

Engine features:

  • Overhead valve design
    • More horsepower and torque per cubic inch (cubic meter) of displacement
    • Better fuel efficiency
    • Less oil consumption
    • Cooler operating temperature
  • Full-pressure lubrication with full-flow filter
    • Reduces engine wear by ensuring proper lubrication, even when operating on hillsides or uneven terrain
    • Helps keep oil clean for increased engine life
  • V-twin design
  • Air-cooled engine design
  • Vertical shaft
  • Dual-stage air cleaner for extended engine life and efficient operation
  • Cylinder head clean-out ports to ease maintenance
  • Recoil start
  • Fuel pump
  • Complies with strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission standards without loss of horsepower or torque
  • Consistently strong torque at low- or high-speed operation
  • Aluminum block engines
    • Effectively dissipate heat
    • Are of lightweight and strong construction
    • Extend engine life due to elimination of debilitating engine temperatures
Pistol-grip controls within comfortable reach
WG Series operator controls (WG32A shown)WG Series operator controls (WG32A shown)


All of the controls on a WG Series Mower are within comfortable reach of the operator.
The location and operation of the following controls on all models offer greater convenience, improved productivity, and increased safety:

  • Operator presence system – the bails must be depressed to operate the unit; the machine must be in neutral and the power take-off (PTO) must be disengaged to start.
  • Separate choke and throttle – this takes the guesswork out of choke operation and there is less fouling of plugs.
  • Pistol-grip controls – these controls are familiar to most operators and offer simplicity and reliability.
  • Color-coded and clearly marked switches and buttons – these simplify operation.
  • Bilingual decals – decals are provided in English and Spanish.
Five-speed gearbox for operating flexibility
WG Series drive system (WG32A shown)WG Series drive system (WG32A shown)

The WG Series Mowers are equipped with a 5-speed, gear-drive system with reverse, which does the following:

  • Provides superior ground-speed adjustments to meet mowing application needs
  • Allows easy, smooth shifting with a padded lever
  • Can be shifted on the go
7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm), floating mower deck delivers high-quality cut
WG32 Mower DeckWG32 Mower Deck
WG Series Mower Deck (WG48A shown)WG Series Mower Deck (WG48A shown)

John Deere commercial mower decks have always demonstrated quality, performance, and durability. The 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm), floating fabricated deck for WG Series Mowers delivers an extremely high-quality cut in diverse conditions.

  • High blade-tip speed of 18,000 fpm (5,486 m/min) for more blade strikes per inch (millimeter) mowed
  • Fully-floating, fabricated deck provides maximum contour following
  • Wide, raised discharge chute for more even clipping distribution
  • Reinforced front lower edge for strength and durability
  • Easy height-of-cut changes
  • Easy-attach belt shields to allow quick access for service 
  • Wide, reinforced lips for additional structural strength
  • Greaseable spindles with easy access for simplified servicing
  • Two-coat paint covering to protect and resist corrosion
  • Hardened steel blades that extend cutting time and increase durability
  • Large discharge to evenly disperse expelled clippings
Flat-free front caster wheels eliminate downtime
WG Series front caster wheelWG Series front caster wheel

Rubber, wide-profile, flat-free front caster wheels provide a smooth cut.

Exclusive two-year bumper-to-bumper warranty

An exclusive, two-year, single-source, bumper-to-bumper warranty is for all John Deere commercial mowing equipment. The warranty is best in class and places John Deere at the forefront of commercial mowing. It is hassle free, with one company handling all of the paperwork.


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John DeereWG48A Commercial Walk-Behind Mower
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Model number FS481V
Horsepower 14.5 hp
10.8 kW
Displacement 36.8 cu in.
603 cc
Cylinders Two
Crankcase capacity 1.8 U.S. qt
1.7 L
Operating speed 3,600 rpm
Idle Speed 1,500 rpm
Ignition/Starter Electronic/recoil start
Valving Overhead valves
Oil filter Standard
Lubrication Full pressure
Governor Flyweight all speed governor
Hourmeter Standard, digital
Cooling system Air cooled
Air cleaner Dual element
Muffler Low tone
Fuel System
Fuel type Gasoline
Fuel tank capacity 5.8 U.S. gal.
21.9 L
Fuel pump Pulse
Fuel delivery system Carburetor
Fuel tank switch/Shut off valve Shut off valve
Filler neck opening
Fuel pickup Top draw
Electrical System
Ignition Electronic spark
Hourmeter Standard, digital
Operator presence starting system Standard
Drive Train
Transmission Five-speed gear
Wheel motors
Shift mechanism Manual
Drive wheels 13x6.5-6
Outside to outside tire measurement
Caster wheels 9x3.5-4, flat free
Shift mechanism Manual
Travel Speed
Forward speeds Five
Reverse speeds One
Speed range Forward, 0-5.4 mph
0-8.7 km/h
Reverse, 0-2.7 mph
0-4.3 km/h
Type Mechanical lever to engage brake
Height 43 in.
109.2 cm
Length with deck 77 in.
195.5 cm
Width 60.8 in.
154 cm
Weight 558 lb
253.1 kg
Mower Decks
36-in. Deck
48-in. Deck Material
Fabricated steel, 7 gauge
0.18 in.
4.6 mmBlades
ThreeBlade drive
BeltBlade tip speed
Approximately 18,000 fpm
5,486 m/minCutting height
1.5-4.75 in.
3.8-12.1 cm
Floating style, 48 in.
122 cm
54-in. Deck
Miscellaneous Information
Warranty 24 month, single source commercial
Additional information
Date collected 20-Apr-2017

Accessories and Attachments


Grass Collector, 0.0283168 m³ (3 cu ft) - BTC10643
Grass collectorGrass collector
Grass collector mounted on mowerGrass collector mounted on mower

Mulch Kits

1219.2-mm (48-in.) Mulch Kit - TCB11740

Mulching kits for walk-behind mowers.


The mulching attachment converts the mower deck from side discharge to a mulching deck by installing baffles that chamber off each spindle pocket. The attachment consist of mulching blades, mulch baffles, a discharge closure and hardware.