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wg32a mower

Commercial Walk-Behind Mower

  • Powerful air-cooled engine
  • Pistol-grip controls
  • Five-speed gearbox
  • 7-gauge fabricated fixed mower deck
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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
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.
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
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
WG Series front caster wheelWG Series front caster wheel

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

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.


Key Specs wg32a-mower
Current Model
Engine manufacturer/modelFS481V
Engine power14.5 hp
10.8 kW
Fuel tank capacity5.8 U.S. gal.
21.9 L
Mower deck SizeFloating style: 32 in.
81 cm
Blade tip speedApproximately 18,000 fpm
5,486 m/min
TransmissionFive-speed gear
Speed rangeForward, 0-5.4 mph
0-8.7 km/h
Reverse, 0-2.7 mph
0-4.3 km/h
Drive wheels13x5-6
Caster wheels9x3.5-4, flat free
Warranty24 month, single source commercial
Power14.5 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
TransmissionFive-speed gear
Wheel motors
Shift mechanismManual
Drive wheels13x5-6
Outside to outside tire measurement33 in.
83.8 cm
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
Height43 in.
109.2 cm
Length with deck74 in.
188 cm
Width45.7 in.
116 cm
Weight475 lb
215.5 kg
Mower Decks
Buyer's note



2 reviews

Rating Snapshot


great mower, High quality, ReLIABLE, and easy to use


Bought this property to use in and around the pool, through small gates, and around trees/tight quarters. Starts on the first pull, easy to use, and mows great. Have a Scag too and this mower gives the Scag a run for the money. Highly recommend




From: Hockley, TX

Length of Ownership: 1yearOrLonger

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert


Avoid purchase


Bought this mower mainly to cut down on the time it takes to mow backyards since the 32" deck will fit through any gate. I will admit I was skeptical because of price when I ordered the mower, but was told by a salesman at my John Deere dealer that it was worth it. After taking delivery of the mower, I noticed that the belt tension spring on the deck was weak and rattled when the deck was engaged. In addition to the deck belt, the deck itself has never been level and the right spindle mows lower than the left spindle. I have spent hours adjusting the deck trying to get it to mow evenly and have been unsuccessful so far. I also installed the 32" mulch kit, and it leaves a trail of uncut grass right down the center of the deck no matter the grass height. Everything is installed correctly and even tried replacing the blades with no luck. I can say without a doubt this mower has been the biggest waste of time and money. What should be a piece of equipment that I can depend on, is nothing more than something that takes up space in my shop. I have tried to address these issues with my dealer but it is obvious they could care less. With that being said, I would not recommend that anyone buy this mower.


  • flat-free front tires
  • engine has plenty of power
  • large fuel tank


  • reverse gear is weak in hilly terrain
  • narrow tires leave ruts
  • gears jump when changed


From: Oklahoma, USA

Length of Ownership: 6months

Usage Frequency: Weekly

Level of Expertise: Expert