John Deere W36M
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  • 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 shown
    Engine service points, W48R engine shown
    Engine cleanout port covers and air filter removed, W61R shown
    Engine 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 ends
    Control rods with adjustable ends
    Plated and adjustable control rods and ends
    Plated 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 equipment
    Control 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 shown
    Transmission oil reservoir, W36M shown
    Replaceable transmission oil filter, W52R shown
    Replaceable 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 design
    Transmission tow-release, M Series design
    Hydraulic bypass valve, R Series design
    Hydraulic bypass valve, R Series design

    Transmission tow valves are easy to find and use.

    CONVENIENT TIE-DOWN LOCATIONS
    Front tie-down points
    Front tie-down points
    Rear tie-down points
    Rear 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 position
    Steering control locked in neutral position
    Steering levers control speed and direction in use
    Steering 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 use
    Operator presence control handle in use
    • Low actuation force is required for operator comfort.
    • The neutral lock is spring-loaded for easy release.
    Electric PTO switch
    Electric PTO switch
    Electric PTO clutch
    Electric 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 shown
    Parking 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 control
    Left brake pawl and color-coded parking brake control
    Right brake pawl, W48R shown
    Right 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 deck
    W36M mower deck
    W36R mower deck
    W36R 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 deflector
    Flexible mower-discharge deflector
    Caster wheels
    Caster 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 adjustments
    Mower cut-height adjustments
    Mower cut-height adjustment clip
    Mower 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 place
    Mower shields in place
    Easy-to-remove mower deck shields
    Easy-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 door
    Grass catcher door
    Grass catcher installed
    Grass 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.

  • V-twin engine delivers smooth operation and plenty of power
    Air-cooled engine, right front view
    Air-cooled engine, right front view
    Air-cooled engine, left side
    Air-cooled engine, left side

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

    • 14.5 hp (10.8 kW)
    • 36.8 cu in. (603 cc)
    • Recoil start
    • 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 access
    Air cleaner and fin cleanout port access
    Engine air filter and cleanout ports, W52R engine shown
    Engine air filter and cleanout ports, W52R engine shown
    • Dual-stage air cleaner for extended engine life and efficient operation
    • Rotating grass chopper screen
    • Cylinder head cleanout ports to ease maintenance
    • Air filter and engine cooling fin cleanout ports are easy to access
    • Complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards
    FUEL TANK
    Fuel tank and in-line fuel filter
    Fuel tank and in-line fuel filter

    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

Brakes

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