John Deere WG48A Commercial Walk-Behind Mower

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


+ Powerful air-cooled engine delivers power and reliability

+ Pistol-grip controls within comfortable reach

+ Five-speed gearbox for operating flexibility

+ 7-gauge, 0.179-in. (4.6-mm), floating mower deck delivers high-quality cut

+ Flat-free front caster wheels eliminate downtime

+ Exclusive two-year bumper-to-bumper warranty


Model numberFS481V
Horsepower14.5 hp
10.8 kW
Displacement36.8 cu in.
603 cc
Crankcase capacity1.8 U.S. qt
1.7 L
Operating speed3,600 rpm
Idle Speed1,500 rpm
Ignition/StarterElectronic/recoil start
ValvingOverhead valves
Oil filterStandard
LubricationFull pressure
GovernorFlyweight all speed governor
HourmeterStandard, digital
Cooling systemAir cooled
Air cleanerDual element
MufflerLow tone

Fuel System

Fuel typeGasoline
Fuel tank capacity5.8 U.S. gal.
21.9 L
Fuel pumpPulse
Fuel delivery systemCarburetor
Fuel tank switch/Shut off valveShut off valve
Filler neck opening
Fuel pickupTop draw

Electrical System

IgnitionElectronic spark
HourmeterStandard, digital
Operator presence starting systemStandard

Drive Train

TransmissionFive-speed gear
Wheel motors
Shift mechanismManual


Drive wheels13x6.5-6
Outside to outside tire measurement
Caster wheels9x3.5-4, flat free
Shift mechanismManual

Travel Speed

Forward speedsFive
Reverse speedsOne
Speed rangeForward, 0-5.4 mph
0-8.7 km/h
Reverse, 0-2.7 mph
0-4.3 km/h


TypeMechanical lever to engage brake


Height43 in.
109.2 cm
Length with deck77 in.
195.5 cm
Width60.8 in.
154 cm
Weight558 lb
253.1 kg

Mower Decks

36-in. Deck

48-in. DeckMaterial
Fabricated steel, 7 gauge
0.18 in.
4.6 mm
Blade drive
Blade tip speed
Approximately 18,000 fpm
5,486 m/min
Cutting height
1.5-4.75 in.
3.8-12.1 cm

Floating style, 48 in.
122 cm
54-in. Deck

Miscellaneous Information

Warranty24 month, single source commercial

Additional information

Date collected20-Apr-2017