• 36-inch (91-cm) floating mower deck
  • Powerful 14.5 hp (10.8 kW) V-twin engine
  • Self-propelled hydrostatic drive system
  • Easy-to-use controls for operator comfort and convenience
Features
Specifications
Details

Features

  • Starter: Electric
  • Deck: 36"
  • HP*: 14.5 hp (10.8 kW)
  • Forward Transport Speed: 0-7.5 mph

Specifications

Brakes

Type Dynamic braking with hand controls, hand lever to set parking brake
  • Compact design with a strong, welded frame for superior durability
  • Optional mulching attachment for extra convenience
  • V-twin engine delivers smooth operation and plenty of power
  • Thoughtful designs promote safe operation
  • Optional grass catcher makes collecting grass and leaves easy
  • Self-propelled drive system gives infinite mowing speeds
  • Convenient controls for operator comfort and productivity
  • A fabricated floating mower deck delivers high-quality cut
  • Serviceability features and 2-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty maximize uptime
Features

Features

  • Starter: Electric
  • Deck: 36"
  • HP*: 14.5 hp (10.8 kW)
  • Forward Transport Speed: 0-7.5 mph
Specifications

Specifications

Additional information - Date collected:
4-Feb-2019
Brakes - Type:
Dynamic braking with hand controls, hand lever to set parking brake
Buyer's note - Warranty:
24 month, single source commercial
Dimensions - Height:
44.8 in.<br/>114 cm
Dimensions - Length with deck:
76.4 in.<br/>194 cm
Dimensions - Weight:
616 lb<br/>279 kg
Dimensions - Width:
Deflector down - 50 in.<br/>127 cm<br/>Deflector up for storage - 40 in.<br/>102 cm
Drivetrain - Shift mechanism:
Ergonomic handles with spring-loaded neutral lock
Drivetrain - Transmission:
Two Hydro-Gear, 0.73-cu in. (10-cc) hydraulic pumps and Danfoss 12 cu-in. (197-cc) wheel motors and ergonomic handles with spring loaded neutral lock
Drivetrain - Wheel motors:
Danfoss 12 cu in.<br/>197 cc
Electrical System - Hourmeter:
Standard, digital
Electrical System - Ignition:
Electronic spark
Electrical System - Operator presence starting system:
PTO off, park brake engaged, speed lever in neutral
Engine - Air cleaner:
Paper element with foam precleaner
Engine - Cooling system:
Air cooled
Engine - Cylinders:
V-twin
Engine - Displacement:
36.8 cu in.<br/>603 cc
Engine - Governor:
Flyweight all speed governor
Engine - Hourmeter:
Standard, digital
Engine - Ignition/Starter:
Electronic/electric start
Engine - Lubrication:
Full pressure
Engine - Manufacturer/model:
FS481V - California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Engine - Muffler:
Low tone
Engine - Oil filter:
Standard
Engine - Operating speed:
3,600 rpm
Engine - Power:
At 3600 rpm 14.5 hp*<br/>10.8 kW
Engine - Valving:
Overhead valves
Fuel System - Fuel delivery system:
Carburetor
Fuel System - Fuel pickup:
Top draw
Fuel System - Fuel pump:
Vacuum-operated diaphragm
Fuel System - Fuel tank capacity:
5.4 U.S. gal.<br/>20.4 L
Fuel System - Fuel tank switch/Shut off valve:
No
Fuel System - Fuel type:
Gasoline
Key Specs - Blade tip speed:
Approximately 18,000 fpm<br/>5,486 m/min
Key Specs - Caster wheels:
9x3.5-4 semi-pneumatic
Key Specs - Drive wheels:
18x6.5-8
Key Specs - Engine manufacturer/model:
FS481V - California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant
Key Specs - Engine power:
At 3600 rpm 14.5 hp*<br/>10.8 kW
Key Specs - Fuel tank capacity:
5.4 U.S. gal.<br/>20.4 L
Key Specs - Mower deck Size:
36 in.<br/>91.4 cm
Key Specs - Speed range:
Forward, 0-7.5 mph<br/>0-12.1 km/h<br/>Reverse, 0-3 mph<br/>0-4.8 mph
Key Specs - Transmission:
Two Hydro-Gear&trade;, 0.73-cu in. (10-cc) hydraulic pumps and Danfoss 12 cu-in. (197-cc) wheel motors and ergonomic handles with spring loaded neutral lock
Key Specs - Warranty:
24 month, single source commercial
Mower Decks - Size:
Material<br/>10-gauge, 0.14-in. (3.42-mm) fabricated steel deck top with added 10-gauge, 0.14-in. (3.42-mm) spindle mounting plate, 7-gauge, 0.19-in. (4.8-mm) side skirts with reinforcement bar<br/>Blades<br/>Two high-lift<br/>Length - 18 in.<br/>45.7 cm<br/>Thickness - 0.25 in.<br/>0.64 cm<br/>Blade drive<br/>V-belt<br/>Blade tip speed<br/>Approximately 18,000 fpm<br/>5,486 m/min<br/>Cutting height<br/>1.5-4.5 in.<br/>3.8-11.4 cm<br/><br/>36 in.<br/>91.4 cm
Tires - Caster wheels:
9x3.5-4 semi-pneumatic
Tires - Drive wheels:
18x6.5-8
Travel Speed - Forward speeds:
Infinite
Travel Speed - Reverse speeds:
Infinite
Travel Speed - Speed range:
Forward, 0-7.5 mph<br/>0-12.1 km/h<br/>Reverse, 0-3 mph<br/>0-4.8 km/h

Brakes

Type Dynamic braking with hand controls, hand lever to set parking brake
Details

Compact design with a strong, welded frame for superior durability

W48R showing compact design, overheadW48R showing compact design, overhead
W52R showing compact design, leftW52R showing compact design, left

From the operator's station to the mower deck, John Deere walk-behind mowers have a compact and functional design:

  • Caster wheels are set in as close to the mower as possible.
    • Shortest overall machine length to maximize maneuverability and minimize space needed on a trailer
  • The compact design of John Deere commercial walk-behind mowers allows access to operate in tight areas where larger ride-on machines cannot fit. Often, this means the area can be mowed with a walk-behind mower so it is not necessary to switch to another mower, which helps reduce the time on site.
  • With the compact design of John Deere commercial walk-behind mowers, less space is required on a truck or trailer, possibly freeing up space for an extra mower, resulting in less time on property, saving both time and money.
W61R mower deck, rightW61R mower deck, right
W48M MowerW48M Mower

Whether mowing hills or on level terrain, trimming, or mowing straight-away, the operator of a John Deere commercial walk-behind mower is able to control the machine:

  • The compact design makes the machine easier to maneuver.
  • Caster wheels are set close to the blades for most effective ground following capability.
  • Compact design takes less space for mowing tighter areas.
Heavy-duty frame
Mower frame, frontMower frame, front
R Series mower frame, rearR Series mower frame, rear

John Deere commercial walk-behind mowers are designed around a heavy-duty formed and welded steel frame for strength and reliability:

  • Welded frame consists of a combination of tubes and plate steel for a continuous frame that delivers long life
  • Yoke and caster wheel assemblies are built strong for long life
Convenient tie-down locations
Front tie down pointsFront tie down points
Rear tie down pointsRear tie down points
  • Front and rear tie down points are provided to aid in transport.
  • Allows ability to secure straps pulling in opposite directions to keep unit from rolling during transport.
Wheels and tires
Front caster wheel, W48R shownFront caster wheel, W48R shown
Rear drive wheel, W48R shownRear drive wheel, W48R shown

Large, flat-free front caster wheels and 4-ply rear drive wheels provide smoother operation:

  • Rear tires are sized for the machine and mower width to give optimum deck overhang for trimming performance.
    • Tire size
      • 18x6.5-8 (W36M, W36R)
      • 18x8.5-8 (W48M, W48R, W52R, W61R)
    • Benefits include:
      • Better slope performance
      • Easier to operate over uneven ground
      • Better traction
      • Increased ground clearance
  • Front caster wheels are designed for the best performance.
    • Large, 9x3.5-4 size for good flotation and easy steering
    • Flat-free, semi-pneumatic design for reliability
    • Positioned back close to the mower deck for most effective ground following capability

Optional mulching attachment for extra convenience

Optional mulching kit and blades (similar design shown)Optional mulching kit and blades (similar design shown)

An optional mulching attachment and special mulching blades are available:

  • The high-performance mulching attachment includes formed steel baffles to control the material for superior performance.
  • Special mulching blades can also be used when side discharging, though overall cutting performance may be slightly less than with the standard blades.
  • The mulching attachment allows for conversion of the mower deck so it can be used to perform the mulching function (grass or leaves).
Operating tips when mulching:
  • Mow when grass is dry.
  • Observe the one-third rule.
    • No more than one-third of the grass blade should be cut off at one time. This allows more efficient mulching and will promote the continued good health of the grass.
    • If the desired cut height cannot be achieved by cutting off one-third, or there is clumping of the clippings, it may be required to cut higher, wait a day, then lower the mower and make a second pass.
  • Mow at proper intervals, approximately every four to five days.
  • Always mow with sharp blades.
  • Adjust ground speed to allow the mower deck to process the clippings effectively.

V-twin engine delivers smooth operation and plenty of power

Air-cooled engine, right front viewAir-cooled engine, right front view
Air-cooled engine, left sideAir-cooled engine, left side

Powered by an air-cooled, vertical-shaft engine:

  • 14.5 hp (10.8 kW) - W36R
  • 18.5 hp (13.8 kW) - W48R, W52R, W61R
  • 36.8 cu in. (603 cc)
  • Electric start with a large 300 cold-cranking amp (CCA) battery for fast, convenient starts
  • V-twin design for smooth operation and fast starts
    • Consistently strong torque at low- or high-speed operation
  • Aluminum engine block with cast-iron cylinder liners
    • Effectively dissipates heat
  • Lightweight and strong construction
  • Overhead valve design
    • More horsepower and torque per cubic inch 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
Air cleaner and fin cleanout port accessAir cleaner and fin cleanout port access
Cover removed to access engine air filter and cleanout portsCover removed to access engine air filter and cleanout ports
  • Dual-stage air cleaner for extended engine life and efficient operation
  • Rotating grass chopper screen
  • Cylinder head cleanout ports to ease maintenance
  • Dual element air filter and engine cooling fin cleanout ports are easy to access
  • Complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards
Fuel tank and battery
Fuel tank and in-line fuel filterFuel tank and in-line fuel filter
BatteryBattery

Large, 5.4-gal. (20.4-L) top draw fuel tank is easy to fill with large filler opening in an easy-to-reach location.

  • Fuel pump for dependable, consistent operation
  • Top-draw system to reduce the chance for fuel leakage
  • A replaceable in-line fuel filter for trouble-free operation

A powerful, 300-CCA battery is secured and protected from damage in an easy-to-access location.

Thoughtful designs promote safe operation

Operator presence systemOperator presence system
Right speed control lever and neutral lockRight speed control lever and neutral lock

Safety features are designed into M and R Series commercial walk-behind mowers:

  • Before the engine will start, the transmission speed control lever must be locked in neutral, the parking brake set, the power take-off (PTO) disengaged, and the key switch turned to the on position.
  • Left- and right-hand speed/direction control levers are locked in neutral by spring-loaded knobs on the end of control handles.
    • The knob has a finger lever, making it easy to move to the locked position while holding the control lever in the neutral position.
    • The locking knob is spring loaded for easy release of the control levers.
  • Separate choke and throttle – this takes the guesswork out of choke operation, and there is less chance of fouling the spark plugs.
    • The W61R has electronic fuel injection (EFI) and does not require a choke control.
  • Color-coded and clearly marked switches and buttons are easy to find.
Parking brake lever (W48R shown)Parking brake lever (W48R shown)
Key switchKey switch
  • Convenient parking brake location
  • The key switch interlock prevents bypass starting
Mower deck shieldsMower deck shields
Control panelControl panel
  • Shields are easy to remove and reinstall so they are more likely to be put back on after removal
  • Safety labels
  • Bilingual decals in English and Spanish

Optional grass catcher makes collecting grass and leaves easy

Grass catcher doorGrass catcher door
Grass catcher installedGrass catcher installed

The grass catcher is designed to work with 36-in. (91-cm), 48-in. (122-cm), and 52-in. (132-cm) Mower Decks on John Deere Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers:

  • Large, 4.4-cu ft (125-L) capacity for less stops to empty catcher.
  • No mower faceplate is needed. The catcher connects directly to standard mower deck features.
  • Stainless steel and aluminum construction is both durable for long life and lightweight for easy handing.
  • Convenient sliding door latch enables easy emptying.
  • Two large grab handles provide for easy handling.
  • Catcher weighs about 30 lb (13.6 kg) empty.

Self-propelled drive system gives infinite mowing speeds

R Series drive systemR Series drive system
M and R Series tracking adjustment knobM and R Series tracking adjustment knob

W36R, W48R, W52R, and W61R Mowers are equipped with an infinitely variable hydrostatic drive system with reverse, which does the following:

  • Provides infinite ground-speed adjustments from 0 mph to 7.5 mph (0 km/h to 12.1 km/h) to meet the mowing application
  • Enables a smoother transition from one speed to another 
  • Gives a reverse speed of 3 mph (4.8 km/h), enabling the operator to back out of tight mowing areas and increase productivity
Wheel motor and steel oil tubesWheel motor and steel oil tubes
Transmission oil reservoirTransmission oil reservoir

Wheel motors power the rear drive wheels. Steel oil tubes between the pumps and wheel motors are used for maximum reliability.

A transmission oil reservoir is located next to the fuel tank for easy checking.

Sight glass for checking oil level without opening hydraulic system minimizes risk of contamination entering the system.

Replaceable transmission oil filterReplaceable transmission oil filter

The transmission oil filter is a replaceable spin-on type for easy service.

Convenient controls for operator comfort and productivity

Operator station (R Series shown)Operator station (R Series shown)
Compact control console (R Series shown)Compact control console (R Series shown)

All of the controls are located within comfortable reach of the operator. Simplified operation of each control offers superior convenience, productivity, and safety:

  • Color-coded and clearly marked levers, switches, and buttons enable simplified operation.
  • Bilingual decals in English and Spanish are provided.
  • The operator presence system requires that one of 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.
    • Operator presence control levers are recessed into control handle when engaged, provides a smooth contour and comfortable handle to hold during operation.
  • Separate choke and throttle – This takes the guesswork out of choke operation, with less chance of fowling the spark plugs.
    • The W61R model with electronic fuel injection (EFI) does not require a choke.
  • Electric PTO clutch on the engine powers the mower deck. The PTO switch on the dash is easy to see and use.
Steering control locked in neutral positionSteering control locked in neutral position
Steering levers control speed and direction in useSteering levers control speed and direction in use
  • Speed and steering controls are designed for ease of operation.
  • Ergonomically designed control configuration on all units gives good operator comfort and leverage while driving.
  • A speed-control lever is conveniently located in the center of the console and used to set maximum desired speed.
Operator presence control handle in useOperator presence control handle in use
  • Low actuation force is required for operator comfort.
  • The neutral lock is spring-loaded for easy release.
Electric PTO switchElectric PTO switch
Electric PTO clutchElectric PTO clutch

A convenient and easy-to-operate switch is located on the console to operate the electric clutch, which powers the mower deck.

Parking brake (W36M, W48M)
Parking brake lever, W48M shownParking brake lever, W48M shown

W36M and W48M parking brake control lever:

  • Color coded and located above the console, within easy reach of the operator
  • Actuates internal braking mechanism of the transmissions
Parking brake (W36R, W48R, W52R, W61R)
Left brake pawl and color-coded parking brake controlLeft brake pawl and color-coded parking brake control
Right brake pawl, W48R shownRight brake pawl, W48R shown

W36R, W48R, W52R, and W61R parking brake control lever:

  • Color coded and located above the console, within easy reach of the operator
  • Actuates arm that creates a mechanical locking interference on both drive tires
  • Brake pawl located near top of tire to eliminate contact with curbs

A fabricated floating mower deck delivers high-quality cut

W36M mower deckW36M mower deck
W36R mower deckW36R mower deck

John Deere commercial mower decks have always demonstrated quality, performance, and durability. Each commercial walk-behind mower is equipped with a high-quality fabricated mower deck:

  • 10-gauge, 0.135-in. (3.42-mm) fabricated steel deck top with added 10-gauge, 0.135-in. (3.42-mm) spindle mounting plate
  • 7-gauge, 0.19-in. (4.8-mm) side skirts with reinforcement bar

The fabricated, floating mower deck delivers an extremely high-quality cut in diverse conditions:

  • Floating suspension enables the best possible cut
  • Reinforced front lower edge gives strength and durability
  • Deep-deck design for superior capacity
Mower deck underside (W36R mower shown)Mower deck underside (W36R mower shown)
Rear mower wheel (W48R, W52R, W61R only)Rear mower wheel (W48R, W52R, W61R only)
  • Hardened high lift steel blades extend cutting time and increase durability.
  • High blade-tip speed of 18,000 fpm (5,486 m/min).
  • R Series mower decks (except 36-in. [91-cm]) include a rear wheel for additional anti-scalp and curb climbing protection.
    • Adjustable to three height positions to suit the cut height
Flexible mower-discharge deflectorFlexible mower-discharge deflector
Caster wheelsCaster wheels

A high-quality polyethylene deflector gives an excellent finished appearance:              

  • Wide, formed discharge deflector gives even clipping distribution.
  • Large discharge deflector evenly disperses expelled clippings.  

Caster wheels with flat-free tires contribute to a smooth, even cutting job:

  • Large, flat-free caster wheels carry the mower deck smoothly over the lawn.
  • Caster wheels are close to the mower deck to reduce vehicle footprint and turning radius.
    • With the wheels less exposed, there is less chance they will get snagged by immovable obstacles, thus improving maneuverability and reducing chance of damage.
Mower cut-height adjustment
Mower cut-height adjustmentsMower cut-height adjustments
Mower cut-height adjustment clipMower cut-height adjustment clip

A floating mower deck has several advantages over a fixed mower deck design:

  • Follows ground contour more effectively for a more even cut
  • Travels smoothly above the ground with minimal chance of scalping
  • Easier to adjust the cutting height

Mower cutting height can be set from 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 4.5 in. (11.4 cm) in 0.5-in. (1.3-cm) increments:

  • The free-floating deck gives a smoother, more level cut.
  • Height-of-cut changes can be made without tools.
  • Large handles are provided to facilitate lifting the mower deck for setting the cut height.
  • Cut-height adjustment pins have 90-degree bend for easy removal and reinstallation.
Mower shields in placeMower shields in place
Easy-to-remove mower deck shieldsEasy-to-remove mower deck shields

Mower deck shields are easily removed with hand knobs for access to the drive belt and other service points:

  • Easy-attach belt shields allow quick access for service.
  • Hand knobs allow removal of both mower shields, no tools required.
  • Greaseable spindles with easy, top access for simplified servicing.
  • Spindle grease fittings can be greased with shields in place.
Optional grass catcher
Grass catcher doorGrass catcher door
Grass catcher installedGrass catcher installed

The grass catcher is designed to work with 36-in. (91-cm), 48-in. (122-cm), and 52-in. (132-cm) Mower Decks on John Deere Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers:

  • Large, 4.4-cu ft (3.5-bu) capacity allows for less stops to empty catcher.
  • No mower faceplate is needed. The catcher connects directly to standard mower deck features.
  • Stainless steel and aluminum construction is both durable for long life and lightweight for easy handing.
  • Convenient sliding door latch enables easy emptying.
  • Two large grab handles allow for easy handling.
  • Catcher weighs about 30 lb (13.6 kg) empty.

NOTE: The optional mulch and grass catcher attachments are not included in base equipment for the commercial walk-behind mower and must be ordered separately.

Serviceability features and 2-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty maximize uptime

2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty

John Deere warranty includes:

  • Single source
  • 24-month coverage
  • Unlimited hours of use
  • Commercial application

All parts, except tires and batteries (which are warranted under separate documents provided with each product), are warranted

Engine service
Engine service points, W48R engine shownEngine service points, W48R engine shown
Engine cleanout port covers and air filter removed, W61R shownEngine cleanout port covers and air filter removed, W61R shown

Engine service points are easy to reach:

  • Oil drain tubes are provided to reduce oil spills and mess.
  • Cleanout ports make inspecting and cleaning engine cooling fins easy.
Durable and adjustable control linkage
Control rods with adjustable endsControl rods with adjustable ends
Plated and adjustable control rods and endsPlated and adjustable control rods and ends

Control rods and ends are plated to stop rust and corrosion:

  • Large pivot points for minimal wear and long life
  • Grease fittings to lubricate for continued smooth operation
  • Adjustable rod ends for easy and accurate adjustments
Control linkage protected when nesting equipmentControl linkage protected when nesting equipment

Control linkages are positioned tightly to the main frame structure to protect them from damage, such as being bent that could impact the speed and tracking of the unit.

Transmission service
Transmission oil reservoir, W36M shownTransmission oil reservoir, W36M shown
Replaceable transmission oil filter, W52R shownReplaceable transmission oil filter, W52R shown

Transmission oil reservoirs are easy to access and fill.

The transmission oil filter is a replaceable spin-on type for easy service.

Tow release
Transmission tow-release, M Series designTransmission tow-release, M Series design
Hydraulic bypass valve, R Series designHydraulic bypass valve, R Series design

Transmission tow valves are easy to find and use.

Convenient tie-down locations
Front tie-down pointsFront tie-down points
Rear tie-down pointsRear tie-down points
  • Front and rear tie-down points are provided to aid in transport.
  • More-rounded corners contribute to a clean, attractive appearance.
  • Greater strength results from eliminating sharp angles where peak loads can cause failure.
  • Compact design with a strong, welded frame for superior durability
  • Optional mulching attachment for extra convenience
  • V-twin engine delivers smooth operation and plenty of power
  • Thoughtful designs promote safe operation
  • Optional grass catcher makes collecting grass and leaves easy
  • Self-propelled drive system gives infinite mowing speeds
  • Convenient controls for operator comfort and productivity
  • A fabricated floating mower deck delivers high-quality cut
  • Serviceability features and 2-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty maximize uptime
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