Understand our garden walk behind mower range

There's meaning behind the madness of our model codes for our walk behind mower ranges from John Deere and Viking.

In this blog we'll help you better understand the meaning of the letters and numbers on walk behind mower models. The meanings behind the letters and numbers on the models vary quite significantly between manufacturers and we know it can get quite confusing, but we are here to help!

Our in depth, helpful guide below will make things clear and more obvious when choosing the right mower for you, so let's get started...

Walk behind mower

 

We'll start with our John Deere walk behind mowers...

Collector boxThe John Deere range starts with the RUN series, there are three machines in the range and they are all pretty similar. They all have a steel deck, automatic choke and are self propelled at a single speed of 3.6km/h. They only differ in the size of the engine they have and the size of the deck width which is identified by their name. The RUN41 has a 41cm cutting width, the RUN46 has a 46cm cutting width and the RUN51 has a 51cm cutting width.

Moving on from the RUN series, John Deere has the R series which comes in 4 different widths and many variable features. The widths are as before identified by the numbers in the model name, for example the R40 has a cutting width of 40cm and the R54S has a cutting width of 54cm. The letters at the end of model name are used to identify the main feature of that particular mower, for example the R54S is self propelled at a single speed which is identified by the letter ‘S’ after the numbers.

The R series also has three different types of mower within the different sizes, these are petrol operated, electric operated and battery operated. The petrol operated range is the largest, there are only two mowers in the electric and battery operated ranges currently.

Robotic mower

 

John Deere also has a small mulching range which is only made up of two mowers, the JS63V and the JS63VC. This range breaks the rules, their model numbers don't equal the cutting width (we like to keep you on your toes), both of these mowers have a cutting width of 53cm but we let them off for not following suit as  they have a deep dome steel mulching deck for a really great mulching finish. The only real big difference between these two mowers is that the JS63VC has caster wheels on the front of the deck to allow for much greater manoeuvrability. Take a look at the full range of John Deere mowers by clicking here.

Our final mower available in the domestic/homeowner range is quite special indeed, It;s not a walk behind mower in the traditional sense as it is John Deere’s robot mower. The John Deere Tango E5 series 2 doesn’t conform to the same number and lettering system as the walk behind mowers as it is its own unique range and has features which are very different to the walk behind mowers.

 

The table below explains the letters and their meanings as well as when there’s a combination of letters.

Letter(s) Meaning Explination
S Single speed These mowers have a drive system that will propel the mower forward without you having to push it.
V Variable speed These mowers have a drive system that will propel the mower forward at various different speeds, allowing you to choose what speed to mow.
VE Variable speed, Electric These mowers not only have a variable drive system, it also has an electric start function whereby the mower can be started by the use of a key.
RS Rear roller, Single speed These mowers have a single speed drive system as well as a steel reel roller for cutting around garden edges, creating the perfect striped finish.
RVE Rear roller, Variable speed, Electric These mowers have steel rear roller, a variable drive system and an electric start function.
KB Clutch brake fitted These mowers have a blade brake clutch fitted. This allows the mowers engine to continue running whilst the blades have stopped, saving you from having to restart the mower everytime you empty the box.
RKB Reel roller, Clutch brake fitted These mowers have a steel reel roller, a blade brake clutch as well as a variable speed drive system and currently is only available on the R54 range.
VC Variable speed, Caster wheels This combination is only applicable to the mulching range and means the mower has a variable speed drive system as well as front caster wheels for increased manoeuvrability. 
B Battery These mowers are battery mowers and come with a 40V lithium-Ion battery and charger
EL Electric These mowers are electric mowers and come with an electric cable to plus into a standard UK plug socket.

Now let's talk about our Viking mowers...

Viking mowerViking have a very similar size range of mowers to John Deere however their system is quite different in that they have 6 different series within the range with slightly varying features all the way through.

Firstly Viking’s number and lettering system differs quite significantly to John Deere’s so it is important not to mix the two. The letters at the start of a model number are the first identifying factor for Viking as there are 3 variations which identify the type of mower. Firstly there is MB which means the mower is petrol operated, for example the MB248. Next there is ME which means the mower is electric operated, for example the ME235. Finally there is MA which means the mower is battery operated, for example the MA235.

Now we've got the letter understood you can then start to look through the Viking range with a bit more confidence as to how the mowers are powered. Viking cleverly separate their mowers into different series which is identified by the first number after the initial 2 letters (which tell us how it is powered), for example the MB248 is a 2 series mower, the MB448 is a 4 series mower and the MB650 is a 6 series mower.

VikingThe next 2 numbers in the model number signify the width of the cutting deck, for example the MB248 has a 48cm cutting deck. However it is important to remember this is not the cutting width but the width of the deck, the actual cutting with is 2cm narrower than this. For example the MB248 has a 48cm wide deck and a 46cm wide cutting width - got it?.

Okay so, the final part of the model number does work the same way as the John Deere system in that it identifies the significant features of that machine, however they do use different letters and meanings. For example T stands for self propelled single speed so the MB248T would be a petrol mower in the 2 series with a 48cm wide deck that is self propelled at a single speed.

Each of the series have several different variations with different features so as before we have provided you with a handy table to help explain these features according to the model number. As far as the differences between series go there are many, it works on a scale so the 2 series is the lowest/cheapest with the smallest amount of features, for example steel decks and small collection boxes. On the opposite end of the scale, the 6/7 series, which are the most expensive, have more features such as aluminium decks and larger collection boxes. Take a look at our full range of Viking mowers by clicking here.

The table below explains the various letters and their meanings as well as when there’s a combination of letters.

Letter(s) Meaning Explanation
T Single speed These mowers have a drive system that will propel the mower forward without you having to push it.
V Variable speed These mowers have a drive system that will propel the mower forward at various different speeds, allowing you to choose what speed to mow.
C mono-Comfort handlebars These mowers have a mono-comfort handle bar fitted for easy grass box emptying
TC Single speed, mono-Comfort handlebars These mowers have both a single speed drive system as well as a mono-comfort handlebar fitted for easy grass box emptying
VC Variable speed, mono-Comfort handlebars These mowers have both a variable speed drive system as well as a mono-comfort handlebar fitted for easy grass box emptying
VM Variable speed, Mulching These mowers have a variable speed drive system as well as a mulching kit as standard
VR Variable speed, Roller These mowers have a variable speed drive system as well as a rear roller for achieving the perfect striped finish
S Blade brake clutch These mowers have a blade brake clutch fitted. This allows the mowers engine to continue running whilst the blades have stopped, saving you having to re-start the mower everytime you empty the box
VS Variable speed, Blade brake clutch These mowers have a variable speed drive system as well as a blade brake clutch fitted. This allows the mowers engine to continue running whilst the blades have stopped, saving you having to re-start the mower everytime you empty the box
G 3 speed drive These mowers have a 3 speed drive system meaning you have a choice of three different speeds to operate the mower at
GS 3 speed drive, Blade brake clutch These mowers have both a 3 speed drive system as well as a blade brake clutch fitted
YC Hydrostatic drive system, mono-Comfort handlebars These mowers have a hydrostatic drive system allowing you to choose from an infinite number of mowing speeds as well as having the mono-comfort handlebar for easy grass box emptying
RT Mulching, Single speed These mowers are for mulching so cannot collect the grass and is also fitted with a single speed drive system
RTP Mulching, Single speed, Professional use These mowers are for mulching with a single speed drive system and is for professional use with features such as increased anti-vibration elements, skirt protection and a more powerful engine

This year Viking have made some exciting changes to their 6 series mowers so that they all now come with a mono-comfort handlebar as standard. The model numbers have not been changed so do not include a C to signify this but do all now come with the easy to use, robust mono-comfort handlebar.

Contact us for more information or take a look at our full range of John Deere mowers by clicking here and our full range of Viking mowers by clicking here.