Excel unleashes Big Dog Mowers
Excel Industries, Inc., manufacturer of Hustler Turf Equipment, recently rolled out a new line of residential and commercial zero-turn mowers — Big Dog Mowers. Big Dog Mowers will showcase 3 series of mowers: C Series (residential), R Series (upper-end homeowner/commercial) and X Series (high-quality commercial). The R Series (pictured) is available in 4 models: 22- and 24-hp. Kohler V-Twin engines with 48- and 54-inch decks, respectively, as well as 21- and 26-hp. Briggs & Stratton engines with 48- and 54-inch decks, respectively. Other R Series features include Hydro-Gear ZT-3100 transmissions, 20-inch tires and 13-inch caster tires, and 7.1-mph top speed.
Big Dog Mowers/(620) 327-4911
BOB-CAT FastCat Pro 61
BOB-CAT is poised to bring economy, utility and performance to the large-property commercial landscaper with the introduction of the FastCat Pro 61 — a 61-inch deck zero-turn riding mower that is performance-packed and full-on commercial at a fraction of the weight of larger, harder riding units. It boasts Hydro-Gear Commercial ZT-3400 transaxles (optimized 12-cc pump and motor); heavy-duty canister air filter; 23-hp. Briggs & Stratton Vanguard V-twin or 24-hp. Kawasaki FX Series V-twin engine; and triple-blade DuraDeck with extreme discharge system, 4-point adjustment and 7 anti-scalp rollers. The unit’s 49-inch stance and 23-inch drive wheels provide excellent traction, stability and handling.
BOB-CAT/Schiller Grounds Care Inc.
The Boss by Country Clipper
The Boss with 72-inch cut width and Kawasaki 37-hp. engine leads Country Clipper’s commercial zero-turn line. Now, select 60- and 72-inch Boss mowers also feature Kawasaki’s Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) for lower fuel usage and optimized engine speeds. Earlier in 2009, “Power Lift” was introduced on select Boss models, bringing push-button convenience to Country Clipper’s Stand-up Deck. The Stand-up Deck allows the operator to raise the deck to a vertical position for easy maintenance without special ramps or hoists. Combined with an adjustable suspension seat, ergonomic “front step,” and joystick steering option, the Boss brings a new level of operator convenience.
Country Clipper, div. of Shivvers Mfg., Inc./(800) 344-8237
Cub Cadet Commercial expands TANK S line
Cub Cadet Commercial is expanding its TANK S Series to give lawn care professionals more options for fuel efficiency with the TANK S D (diesel) and TANK S LP (liquid propane). Like all TANK S units, the new mowers boast patented Synchro Steer technology for intuitive zero-turn control with a steering wheel and dual foot pedal controls instead of lap bars, while giving users the choice of diesel (31.2-hp. Yanmar diesel engine) or liquid propane. Both options offer increased fuel economy, extended engine life, and durability to handle even the toughest terrain.
Cub Cadet Commercial/(866) 246-4971
Dixie Chopper Eco-Eagle
The Dixie Chopper Eco-Eagle — the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) lawn mower — began rolling off the company’s Indiana assembly line for the first time on Oct. 3. Powered by a 990-cc Generac engine, the Eco-Eagle is equipped with a 66-inch cutting deck designed to produce the “Xcaliber” quality of cut. The unit is manufactured with the same features that helped make the mower series Dixie Chopper’s most rugged and powerful zero-turn model. The CNG mower also boasts springer front forks, an electric deck lift and deluxe seat — all designed to facilitate operator ease and comfort.
Dixie Chopper/(765) 246-7737
Dixon Grizzly SE
Dixon’s new Grizzly SE is a heavy-duty zero-turn mower that offers the ideal balance of high performance and comfort for commercial users and large-property owners. It boasts Kawasaki’s FX Series commercial engines, 12-mph maximum ground speed, a 60- or 72-inch 7-gauge-steel high-performance cutting deck, a smooth hydrostatic drive system for easy maneuverability around obstacles and landscaped beds, a rugged welded tube frame and extensive use of cast-iron components. Comfort and convenience features include a form-fitting high-back seat, thick foam-padded steering levers, convenient control placement and a hands-free deck lift system.
The Encore X-treme line offers speed, maneuverability, precision cutting, easy maintenance and a top-notch warranty (2-year warranty with 10-year deck shell warranty). These commercial riding mowers also deliver power to spare and are priced right. Available with a 48-, 52- and 60-inch deck, the Encore X-treme does the job, day in and day out, year after year.
Encore Power Equipment/(800) 267-4255
Ariens new EverRide Fury mulching mower
Ariens Company recently unveiled the newest mulching mower in the EverRide lineup — the EverRide Fury. This fierce zero-turn rider is ideal for acreage owners who want a high quality of cut for a lower price. Available with a 48-, 52- or 61-inch deck, the Fury comes with a flat deck for mulching, easy-to-use controls and a low center of gravity for improved hillside performance. Other features include an adjustable full suspension seat, heavy-duty remote air canister and foot-assist deck lift. All models cut at a speed up to 9 mph and have 12-volt, 340-amp batteries with a 90-minute reserve capacity.
EverRide, an Ariens Co./(920) 756-2141
Vantage, which is Exmark’s first stand-on mower, provides users with comfort, increased productivity and a quality cut. Combined with the ergonomically designed controls, including a variable-speed bar, Vantage’s self-compensating suspension system reduces operator fatigue and increases job quality. The unit’s compact size offers operators increased maneuverability; standing tall over the front of the machine provides operators with exceptional visibility to keep a better watch on the deck and any upcoming obstacles. Vantage’s excellent traction and handling allow operators to mow changing landscapes effortlessly. Its durable 1.5-inch by 3-inch steel frame is available with a 48- or 52-inch Exmark UltraCut deck.
Exmark Mfg./(402) 223-6300
Ferris IS 2500Z diesel
With smaller-frame zero-turn units powered by diesel fuel gaining popularity in both the United States and Europe, Ferris recently introduced the IS 2500Z diesel to meet the needs of its commercial and municipal customers. It boasts a 20- or 24-hp. Yanmar 3-cylinder in-line diesel engine with cast-iron block, a 52- or 61-inch iCD deck with long-lasting greaseable aluminum or cast-iron spindles, and coil-over-shock 4-wheel suspension. Other features include a 2-stage industrial air cleaner, hydro pumps with top-mounted fans, cutting heights of 1.75 to 5 inches in 1/4-inch increments, easy-to-use deck lift, rubber discharge chute and folding ROPS with retractable seatbelt.
Ferris – a Briggs & Stratton Yard Power Products Group brand/(800) 933-6175
Grasshopper MaxTorque diesel models
Grasshopper’s clean-running MaxTorque diesel units are Tier 4-I-compliant and B5-ready, with reserve torque for superior performance in the toughest mowing conditions. MaxTorque diesel engines are fuel efficient — saving at least 700 gallons of fuel over 1,000 hours of use (compared to similar-sized gasoline units) — and versatile to replace 2-cycle engine equipment, further decreasing fuel use and labor for increased productivity year-round. Add Grasshopper’s exclusive PowerFold effortless deck lift option — now standard on 72-inch decks — to any MaxTorque FrontMount model for simplified maintenance and mulching package installation, as well as space-saving portability and storage.
The Grasshopper Co./(620) 345-8621
Ariens new Gravely Pro-Turn 200 Series
Ariens recently introduced the Gravely Pro-Turn 200 Series of commercial zero-turn mowers. With 20-percent fewer parts and 89-percent fewer leak points than previous Gravely 200 models, these new mowers have a simplified design that minimizes maintenance, downtime and input costs. Suggested list pricing for these models starts at $8,699. “This is the machine for contractors who have been putting off buying new equipment in this economy,” said Dan Ariens, president of Ariens Company. “The Pro-Turn 200 is one of the best investments a commercial operator could make from the standpoint of both initial cost and long-term durability and uptime.”
Gravely, an Ariens Co./(800) 472-8359
Husqvarna PZ Series
Husqvarna recently launched a professional series of zero-turn mowers for the commercial landscape professional seeking increased productivity and a higher quality of cut. The new PZ Series couples leading-edge design and engineering with the landscape contractor’s wish list for a unit that exceeds expectations. Focal areas for the design and engineering team included 5 components that commercial landscapers consider paramount to operating a successful, productive and profitable business. The results are a zero-turn series that produces a high level of productivity, high quality of cut, maximum durability, unsurpassed comfort and simplified serviceability.
Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc./(800) 487-5958
The Hustler Z4 merges the maneuverability and efficiency of a compact mower with the productivity of high horsepower and a fine cut. The Z4 also addresses other needs of the lawncare professional by delivering comfort and ergonomic support throughout the long days on the job. It is available with a 23-, 25- or 27-hp. Kawasaki engine and a 48-, 54- or 60-inch deck, respectively. Fuel capacity is 10 gallons, and forward ground speed tops out at 10 mph. The Hustler Z4 is also available with a complete lineup of accessories.
Hustler Turf Equipment/(620) 327-4911
John Deere’s new ZTrak PRO 900 Series
John Deere is so confident in its new ZTrak PRO 900 Series that it is offering it with a “Work it for a Week” program, allowing operators to buy, drive, and return a mower for full refund or exchange within 10 days of purchase. John Deere is also backing this series with a 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty with unlimited hours. All 7 Z900s feature the durable 7-Iron Pro deck, a new ground-drive transmission, a Comfort & Convenience package with ergonomic control levers, a dial-in height-of-cut adjustment on the control panel, on-board self-diagnostics, run-flat tires and John Deere’s exclusive Brake & Go system.
John Deere/(800) 537-8233
Kubota’s 23-hp. diesel-powered ZD323 features a 60-inch mower with a 6.5-inch-deep design, allowing for efficient cutting in the heaviest of conditions. With close to 45-pounds-per-foot of torque, the high power-to-weight ratio translates into true savings. When compared to competitive gasoline machines, Kubota’s diesel goes beyond merely offsetting the price of diesel, but can significantly reduce overall fuel operating costs as well. Operator comfort is ensured with a user-friendly instrument panel and deluxe suspension seat. An oscillating front axle further increases operator comfort, and an integral lift allows quick and simple maintenance of the deck without removal.
Kubota Tractor Corp./(310) 370-3370
The Scag Wildcat features an ideal blend of compact maneuverability and full-size performance. Equipped with the Velocity Plus cutter deck, this mower delivers a quality cut. The Wildcat’s heavy-duty drive system and powerful air- and liquid-cooled engine options (25-27 hp.) ensure maximum productivity. In addition to its reliability and strength, the Wildcat provides comfortable operation with its “Soft-Ride” seat and “Quick-Fit” control levers. Scag mowers carry a strong machine warranty with a 3-year limited cutter deck and spindle warranty.
Scag Power Equipment/(920) 387-0100
Snapper Pro’s new S75x
Snapper Pro’s new S75x compact zero-turn mower places the operator in the most ideal ergonomic position for mowing. Its overall compact low stance provides the operator with excellent visibility and allows for mowing in tight places and highly landscaped areas. Available with a 20- or 26-hp. Kawasaki engine and an industrial 2-stage air cleaner, the S75x has individual Hydro-Gear pumps and wheel motors for improved performance and less downtime. Its iCD cutting system with 52-inch deck allows for better airflow discharge and a high quality of cut. With a 10-mph ground speed, the S75x can mow up to 4.3 acres/hour.
Snapper Pro – a Briggs & Stratton Yard Power Products brand/(800) 933-6175
Swisher’s BIG-MOW ZT2766
Swisher’s BIG-MOW ZT2766 zero-turn mower boasts a 66-inch deck and a 27-hp. Briggs & Stratton ELS engine with full-pressure lubrication and spin-on oil filter. A dual Eaton commercial-grade hydrostatic transmission delivers speeds up to 8.5 mph. Heavy-duty 2-inch by 2-inch tube steel welded frame construction and a 7-gauge fabricated welded deck provide strength and durability. Other features include 3 Gator Mulcher blades; maintenance-free, long-life machined steel blade spindles and high-speed precision bearings; 20x10x8 rear tires; dual 2-gallon fuel tanks, comfortable 4-point high-back seat; pivoting front axle, rubber, non-slip floor; rubber, non-slip floor; ergonomic steering handles; and 3-year bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.
Toro Z Master G3
Toro designed its Z Master G3 commercial zero-turn mowers based on feedback from hundreds of landscape contractors and tens of thousands of hours testing in the field. The result is enhanced traction and hillside stability, plus improved operator comfort and control, in a mower that includes Toro’s 7-gauge TURBO FORCE deck. The 10 models in the Z Master G3 Series have been designed with a lower center of gravity, greatly enhancing stability and traction for better control and less “crabbing.” The G3 design also incorporates unitized hydros for exceptional performance and reliability. An all-new custom seat design enhances operator comfort.
The Toro Co./(800) 348-2424
The Ventrac 4231TD compact tractor allows operators to venture onto slopes. When equipped with a 31-hp. Vanguard turbo diesel engine and dual wheels, this unit is approved at 30 degrees continuous operation to help mow hills, ditches or other sloped areas. Features include an articulating and oscillating frame, all-wheel drive, power steering, heavy-duty hydrostatic drive, weight transfer system, Ventrac’s patented SLDA (speed, lift, direction and auxiliary) control, and Ventrac’s Minute Mount System. The Ventrac 4231TD is available with a 60- or 72-inch flip-up deck for easy cleaning and rear roller for maximum lawn striping. More than 30 attachments are available.
Ventrac by Venture Products, Inc./(866) 836-8722
Walker updates Model B
The Walker Model MB has been updated for 2010. For starters, it will be available with 18-hp. Kohler Command (Model MBK) or 18-hp. Briggs & Stratton Vanguard (Model MBV) engine options. Heavier transaxles, a new belt tightener clutch/band brake and a full-size garden tractor battery will also help improve the performance of these units. Model MBK also offers a splined PTO coupler. The Walker Model MB boasts a simple, clean design and uses the same principles as the original Walker Mower — tilt-up body, zero-turn maneuverability, low center of gravity and operator comfort — in a more compact configuration.
Walker Mfg. Co./(800) 279-8537
Walker Super B updated
Updated for 2010, the Walker Super B is now available with larger transmissions, a newly redesigned mechanical clutch/brake, and a manually tensioned deck drive belt. The 27-hp. air-cooled Kohler Command (or optional 26-hp. EFI) is at the heart of the design. Walker’s proven, comfortable steering configuration, high-quality cut and a tilt-up deck and body make the Super B ideal for landscape professionals, municipalities, and acreage owners. Other highlights of the design include the front-mounted deck (improved reach and better field of vision), a fully adjustable suspension seat with armrests, dual fuel tanks (with fuel selector valve), split tail wheels (smooth operation), a 9-mph ground speed, and a custom-made zero backlash coupler for positive, quiet driveline function.
Walker Mfg. Co./(800) 279-8537
Wright’s 2010 Stander
Wright, which invented the stand-on mower, recently released its newly improved Stander for 2010. It incorporates a suspension platform, which provides an even smoother ride; a full-length thigh-to-knee pad, which improves comfort and reduces fatigue; and a new spindle designed for low maintenance and longevity with its labyrinth-style seal, ball bearings, and 1-inch through-bolt shaft. The latest 48-, 52- and 61-inch Stander has cut speeds up to 9.5 mph, while maintaining the control and traction to tackle all terrain. The Stander’s short overall length makes it extremely maneuverable, and its low center of gravity and large wheels provide excellent hillside stability.
Wright Mfg./(301) 360-9810
Yard Shark commercial zero-turn mowers
Yard Shark commercial zero-turn mowers have an extremely low center of gravity for excellent stability. They are designed with a “less-is-more” approach, with clean lines and a low-profile fender design. They are equipped with a deluxe suspension seat as standard equipment, reinforced 7-gauge welded steel deck, flexible discharge guard, and large-volume cool-running hydraulics. New features include a heavy-gauge rear bumper and protective grill, as well as front and rear tie-down eyelets.
Yard Shark/Tilton Equipment Co./(800) 447-1152
www.yardsharkmowers.com or www.tiltonequipment.com
Yazoo/Kees Max III Series
Available in 54- and 60-inch models, the Yazoo/Kees Max III Series combines performance, durability and value. The high-performance fan-cooled 16-cc pump drive system (with synthetic oil) is capable of 12-mph ground speeds. The deck is tuned for high cut quality and excellent clipping dispersal, even in heavy cutting conditions. Plus, the deck is constructed of 7-gauge steel with double-supported scalp rollers and cast-iron spindles, maintenance-free deck idler arms, heavy-duty foot-activated deck lift system with extensive use of cast-iron components and heavy-duty front casters with tapered roller bearings. Other features include multi-adjustable steering levers and dampeners, high-comfort seat and ergonomically placed controls.