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  • Powerful air-cooled engine
  • Pistol-grip controls
  • Five-speed gearbox
  • Floating mower deck

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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



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      
Fuel pickup Top draw      

Electrical System

Ignition Electronic spark      
Hourmeter Standard, digital      
Operator presence starting system Standard      

Drive Train

Transmission Five-speed gear      
Shift mechanism Manual      


Drive wheels 13x6.5-6      
Outside to outside tire measurement 36.5 in.
92.7 cm
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 75 in.
191 cm
Width 48.4 in.
123 cm
Weight 475 lb
215.5 kg

Mower Decks

36-in. Deck Material
Fabricated steel, 7 gauge
0.18 in.
4.6 mmBlades
TwoBlade drive
BeltBlade tip speed
Approximately 18,000 fpm
5,486 m/minCutting height
1.5-4.75 in.
3.8-12.1 cmWidth (chute up)
36 in.
91.4 cm
Floating style, 36 in.
91 cm

Miscellaneous Information

Warranty 24 month, single source commercial      

Additional information

Date collected 20-Apr-2017