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Commercial Zero-turn Mowers

Ariens introduces new Gravely XDZ LP


Ariens Company introduce the new Gravely XDZ LP, a propane-powered zero-turn mower available in 60-inch and 66-inch cutting widths. The mower features a 28-hp. Generac air-cooled vertical twin engine with heavy duty-air cleaner and uses twin 33-pound LP tanks (not included). It also features a welded 7-gauge steel frame with .25 spindle reinforcement, maintenance-free spindles with cast-iron housings and 250-foot-pound Ogura electric clutch, 1- to 5-inch cutting widths in .34 increments and a high-back seat with full suspension. Visit www.ariens.com for more information.




Bad Boy Lightning Z


The Lightning Z blends Bad Boy mower’s highest horsepower-to-weight ratio with the ruggedness found in every Bad Boy mower. From the liquid-cooled Kawasaki to the big block vanguard — both incorporating Bad Boy’s patented EZ-Ride system — every Lightning is built for speed and power cutting. Bad Boy combines this with its direct-to-dealer pricing. Bad Boy Mowers are manufactured, assembled and stored in multiple facilities comprising more than 600,000 square feet in Batesville, Ark., and are sold in more than 1,000 retail outlets across the nation. For more information about Bad Boy mowers, visit www.badboymowers.com


 


BOB-CAT 2009 mower line  


BOB-CAT will launch new zero-turning ride-on units and add new features to existing models in 2009. New mower units in the BOB-CAT FastCat RZ line include Model #942311F 22 hp. B&S ELS engine with 42-inch side-discharge deck, and model #942313F 26 hp. B&S ELS engine with 52-inch side-discharge deck. New features on the BOB-CAT FastCat Pro line include a new heavy-duty canister filtration system and new EZ suspension seat. On the BOB-CAT ProCat and Predator-Pro Model lines feature new adjustable dampeners; increased height of cut, from 1-1/2-inch to 5 inches in 1/4-inch increments; new on-the-fly adjustable tracking controls — Precision Straight Line Control (optional on ProCat DX models); new Versa-FLO adjustable deck opening — cut all grass types and conditions (optional on ProCat DX models); and larger control levers and thicker cushion grips for more comfort and less vibration. For additional information on BOB-CAT mowers, visit www.bobcatturf.com


 


Bush Hog Commercial Series zero-turn mowers


Bush Hog Commercial Series zero-turn mowers deliver excellent performance at infinitely variable speeds up to 10 mph and even cut tall and wet grass without windrowing. They are available with 21- to 25-hp. Kawasaki and Kohler engines, as well as 49-, 55- and 61-inch cutting widths. The decks boast blade tip speeds of 18,500 fpm and cutting heights from 1.5 to 5 inches. Other features include fold-down ROPS standard, high-back or full-suspension seat, and 12.5-gallon fuel capacity. For more information, visit www.bushhog.com


 


Country Clipper BOSS SR-1205


With a mowing speed of 11 mph and cutting width of up to 6 feet, the Country Clipper BOSS SR-1205 will make quick work of an otherwise all-day project. It boasts a 37-hp. Kawasaki engine and 60- or 72-inch steel welded deck, as well as point-and-go joystick or dual-lever steering options. Like all Country Clipper mowers, the BOSS SR-1205 also comes standard with a patented stand-up deck feature for easy cleaning and blade maintenance. For more information, visit www.countryclipper.com


 


Cub Cadet Commercial Tank S


For 2009, Cub Cadet Commercial introduced the Tank S with patented Synchro-Steer technology that offers intuitive zero-turn control, replacing traditional lap bars with a steering wheel and offering dual foot pedal operation. The Tank S Synchro-Steer technology gives the operator full directional control of the front wheels, unlike free-rotating front casters on standard zero-turns. Operators have full stability on hillsides, even steep areas that previously required a walk-behind. The Tank S makes true zero-degree turns and tight maneuvers around any obstacle, while virtually eliminating the potential for turf damage. For more information, visit www.cubcadetcommercial.com


 


Encore X-Treme


When it comes to mowing, speed, maneuverability, precision cutting, easier maintenance and a great warranty make a huge difference at the end of the day. The Encore X-treme line offers machines that are priced right and deliver power to spare. With available deck sizes of 48, 52 and 60 inches, it doesn’t matter what size you choose, the X-treme will do the job, day in and day out, year after year. For more information about Encore Power Equipment, visit www.seriousred.com


 


Exmark unveils redesign of its most popular mower


Exmark introduced the new Next Lazer Z. Three years in the making, the Next Lazer Z is an evolution of Exmark’s premier product, the Lazer Z, and includes dozens of enhancements. The new UltraCut Series 6 cutting deck was created by combining the best features of the UltraCut Series 4 and Triton cutting decks. To lessen operator fatigue, Exmark created an entirely new seating system with a three-dimensional motion isolation layout that reduces vibrations, bumps and jarring. Exmark designed a custom Hydro Drive System with no hoses, a serviceable pump and motor, tougher bearings, and an improved cooling system for better productivity and increased oil capacity. The ROPS’ new rear-sloping position allows it to shed low-hanging limbs away from the operator. Its fold points are lower so it won’t hit objects when in the folded position. The Next Lazer Z’s unibody frame sits close to the ground, allowing for the optimum placement of the mower’s heaviest components, and helping to improve center of gravity. Detailed information about all of the new Next Lazer Z features is available at www.nextlazer.com


 


Ferris Evolution


Ferris unveiled its newest species of mower. Called the Evolution, it is a new compact zero-turn (CZT) mower. Featuring Ferris’ exclusive, patented suspension technology, this mower places the operator in the most ideal ergonomic position for mowing. With its overall compact low stance, the Evolution provides the operator with excellent visibility and allows for mowing in tight places or highly landscaped areas. The footprint of the Evolution is smaller than a commercial walk-behind of similar deck width. The operator is ideally positioned for getting on and off the mower quickly and easily to remove debris from the job site or move on to the next one. Controls are easy to use and placed right at the operator’s fingertips. Operator presence control is built into the seat for convenience. Integrated suspension technology heightens the riding experience and delivers supreme comfort. Powered by a 19-hp. Kawasaki KAI engine, the Evolution has individual Hydro-Gear pumps and wheel motors for improved performance and less downtime. Available in 36- and 48-inch cutting widths, a hand-operated deck lift provides the operator with variable cutting heights from 1.5 inches to 4.5 inches. For more information about the Ferris Evolution, visit www.mowingevolution.com


 


Grasshopper Models 729BT and 735BT FrontMount mowers


New for 2009, Grasshopper FrontMount Models 729BT and 735BT — gas-powered mowers with zero-turn maneuverability — provide exceptionally smooth operation with increased fuel efficiency and power. The direct-coupled design simplifies maintenance with fewer moving parts. At the heart of models 729BT and 735BT is an AntiVibe Power Platform that isolates the engine and T-Drive train from the operator platform, providing a vibration-free experience for the operator. The direct-coupled design of the T-Drive simplifies maintenance with fewer moving parts. The mowers also feature powerful air-cooled 29- and 35-hp, horizontal crankshaft Vanguard Big Block gasoline engines. Front-mounted DuraMax decks in 48-, 52- or 61-inch widths let you trim while you mow under and around obstacles and provide superior airflow for even dispersal of clippings and easy conversion from side-discharge to optional mulching or PowerVac collection. These high-performance units are equipped with Grasshopper’s Ultimate Operator Station featuring an Inframe suspension and Cordura ComfortZone seat for all-day comfort, even at faster mowing speeds. For more information about Grasshopper’s full-line of zero-turn mowers, visit www.grasshoppermower.com


 


Great Dane Brutus


The Great Dane Brutus is a powerful zero-turn mower with a comfortable ride. Designed to be lower, lighter and faster, the Brutus is available with either a 25-hp. Kawasaki engine or 27-hp. Kohler engine, and a 52- or 61-inch cutting deck. The machine comes with twin 12-cc hydraulic pumps and a full-suspension high-back seat ensuring a smooth drive. The cushioned full-suspension seat, coupled with twin-lever between-the-legs transmission controls, allows you to comfortably mow for hours. The machine’s low center of gravity provides excellent traction and stability on rolling terrain. The Brutus also features a 12-mph forward speed to get the job done faster, improved longer-life spindles, and heavy-duty remote air filter. Visit www.greatdanemowers.com for more details.


 


Husqvarna iZ5223


In the professional series of Husqvarna’s zero turns, the iZ Series is the smallest, ideal for professionals that need enhanced productivity in smaller, more challenging areas. The Husqvarna iZ5223 features many of the strengths of the larger frame mowers including “uni-frame” construction, vertical engine arrangement and heavy-duty casters, but incorporates them into a more compact chassis. Equipped with the TUNNELRAM cutting deck and a choice of Kohler V-Twin or Briggs & Stratton 23-hp engines, these cost-effective, agile workhorses are tailored to fit any commercial cutter’s needs. For more information, visit www.husqvarna.com


 


Hustler Turf Equipment FasTrak Super Duty


Hustler Turf Equipment’s FasTrak Super Duty compact commercial-duty Z-rider was designed to traverse the gates, fences, and obstacles of the suburban landscape. This is a true, commercial-duty unit in a compact package. It features the latest technology in hydrostatic transmissions; commercial-duty ZT 2800 transmissions with relief valve, charge pump, and spin-on oil filter; full-floating decks that produce an immaculate lawn with over 18,400 fpm blade tip speed; SmoothTrak steering with patented automatic park brake system; simple maintenance; commercial-duty engines with remote air cleaner; and comfortable, foot-operated deck lift system. Options and attachments include mulch kit, catcher, steering extension kit, Flex Forks (42-inch model only), jack kit, hitch kit, light kit, and rear-mounted catcher. For more information visit www.hustlerturf.com


 


John Deere Z-Trak Pro 800 Series


Available in five models — Z810A, Z820A, Z830A, Z840A, and Z850A — the John Deere Z-Trak Pro 800 Series offers 7-Iron Pro decks ranging from 48 inches to 72 inches wide. A hydraulic ground drive transmission eliminates leak points and handles the toughest cutting jobs. The air-cooled Kawasaki engines (22-hp. to 31-hp.) start as easily as your truck with Deere’s exclusive Turn Key +1 system. For operator comfort, the Pro Series offers a foot-engaged parking brake, convenient central controls and adjustable motion control levers.  For durability, offset caster wheels, heavy-duty caster wheel arms and run-flat tires are standard. For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com


 


Kubota’s new ZD221 and ZD323


Kubota’s new ZD221 offers a 21-hp. Kubota diesel engine in a compact zero-turn frame. Supplying virtually 40 pounds-per-foot of torque, the high torque-to-horsepower 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. Featuring Kubota’s Pro-Commercial decks, the ZD221 offers 48- and 54- inch options, flexible discharge chute, anti-overflow system, and Kubota unique baffle design for optimum performance in the toughest of conditions. An optional front lift allows quick and simple maintenance, without removing the mower deck. Kubota’s new 23-hp. ZD323 (pictured) features a 60-inch mower with industry leading 6.5-inch-deep design, allowing for efficient cutting in the heaviest of conditions. The ZD323 offers close to 45-pounds-per-foot of torque. Operator comfort is ensured with a user-friendly instrument panel and industry-leading deluxe suspension seat. An oscillating front axle further increases operator comfort and an integral lift allows quick and simple maintenance of the deck without timely removal. For more information, visit www.kubota.com


 


Land Pride ZXT pro series zero turn mower


Land Pride ZXT pro series zero turn mowers offer a choice of 54- or 60-inch deck. The mowers feature 1- to 5-inch cutting height in 1/4-inch increments; four anti-scalp rollers; two independent hydraulic reservoirs; and a choice of Honda, Kawasaki or Briggs & Stratton engine. Hydrostatic Twin lever steering provides independent control of each drive wheel. Ground speed is 0-11 mph. Electric logic-control system governs blade engagement, forward and reverse motion, engine starting and running, and parking brake functions. Land Pride is a division of Great Plains Mfg., Inc. For more information, visit www.greatplainsmfg.com


 


Rich Manufacturing’s Convertible mower


Rich Manufacturing’s Convertible mower is a zero-turn rider that can be converted into a hydro walk-behind in a matter of seconds. This two-in-one machine has the productivity of commercial rider yet has the maneuverability of a walk-behind. The Convertible is manufactured with Kawasaki and Kohler engines, and decks range from 48 to 52 to 61 inches. Several front-mount attachments are also available. For more information, visit www.convertiblemower.com


 


Scag dual-fuel Turf Tiger


The 2009 Scag Turf Tiger will soon be available in a dual-fuel model. A high-powered Kubota engine will allow the operator to run the machine on gasoline or liquid-propane (LP). The model’s amazing flexibility allows it to be switched from one fuel source to another with the flip of a switch, even while mowing. Like all Turf Tiger models, this mower will feature a strong double-tube steel frame, big engine power (31hp gas, 29hp LP), along with the awesome cutting performance of the Turf Tiger featuring the shaft-driven Velocity Plus cutter deck. For more information or to find a dealer, visit www.scag.com


 


Snapper Pro introduces a new compact zero-turn


Snapper Pro is introducing a new commercial compact zero-turn to the line, the S50x series. Powered by your choice of a 26-hp. Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series engine or 19-hp. Kawasaki, the S50x has dual heavy-duty Hydro Gear ZT 2800 hydraulic transmissions that are self-contained to provide increased performance and less downtime. Available in 36-inch and 48-inch cutting widths, a foot-operated deck lift provides the operator with height adjustments ranging from 1.5- to 4.5-inches in 1/4-inch increments. The mowing deck is made from 10-gauge steel, featuring over-lap welded corners, double thick top and double reinforced side skirts. There are several accessories available for the S50x series to make you even more productive: collection system, stripe kit, hitch kit, mulch kit, arm-rests, and the S50x is pre-wired for an optional light kit. For more information, visit www.yardpower.com


 


Swisher Model ZT2766


Swisher’s zero-turn mowers are built with a mid-deck design providing a true 360-degree turning radius, and the low center of gravity and profile provide excellent maneuverability and stability. This easy handling makes mowing around trees, shrubs and other obstacles a breeze. Swisher’s Model ZT2766 features a 66-inch cutting deck, and a 27-hp. ELS Briggs & Stratton engine with full pressure lubrication and spin on oil filter. The dual Eaton commercial-grade hydrostatic transmission provides speeds up to 8.5 mph. Heavy-duty two-inch by two-inch tube steel welded frame construction and 7-gauge fabricated welded deck provide superior strength and durability. Three Gator Mulcher blades cut grass into fine clippings, providing a clean look without grass clumps. 20x10x8 rear tires provide greater traction, smoother ride and greater stability. Instant deck lift electronic actuator adjusts to precision cutting heights from 1-1/2 inches to 5-1/2 inches. Dual two-gallon fuel tanks provide a longer time span between fill ups. The ZT2766 also features a deluxe 4-point high back seat with automotive-style slide adjustment and arm rests; rubber, non-slip floor that absorbs noise, bumps and shocks of everyday mowing; ergonomic steering handles for more comfort; and a convenient removable storage compartment. Swisher’s three-year bumper-to-bumper limited warranty ensures years of continuous dependability. For more information, visit www.swisherinc.com


 


Toro Introduces Next Generation of Z Master Riding Mowers


The Toro Company designed its next generation of commercial mowers the Z Master G3 models — 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 Turbo Force cutting deck. The 10 models in the Z Master G3 series have been designed with a lower center — this results from a vertical shaft engine that sits lower in the chassis, a lower operator position, and the 12-gallon fuel tank that is now located under the operator’s seat. The G3 design also incorporates unitized hydros for exceptional performance and reliability. The unitized pump and wheel motor design uses proven, commercial hydraulic components, eliminating hoses and other potential leak points. This design offers a smoother, more powerful response for operators while maintaining torque and speed. An all-new custom seat design enhances operator comfort. The G3’s new ROPS features a lower fold point, a rearward angle to deflect branches, and integrated spring pins to quickly release or secure the system. A foot-operated, spring-assisted deck lift comes standard on all G3 models. For more information, visit www.toro.com


 


Walker Super B with EFI


The Walker Super B will soon be available with an electronic fuel injection (EFI) option from Kohler. Walker is using Kohler’s 26-hp. Command engine (equipped with a Kohler EFI package) that has been used and well proven as an engine option in the Walker Model MT for years. This engine package also offers easy starting over a wide temperature range, less maintenance, and improved throttle response. Troubleshooting is made easy with built-in, automotive-type diagnostics. The Super B now comes standard with Kohler’s 27-hp Command and has been well-received in the market as a strong competitor to the mid-mount style of tractor. Other notable strengths of the Super B include a tilt-up body and a tilt-up 60-inch deck, high-quality cut, and Walker’s comfortable steering configuration. For more information, visit www.walkermowers.com


 


Wright Stander ZK


Wright’s Stander ZK offers all the benefits of Wright’s traditional Stander such as low center of gravity for hillside stability, shorter overall length for added maneuverability, and a spring-suspended stand-on platform. The ZK also boasts deeper decks, larger wheels and greater fuel capacity greater than the traditional Stander. Plus, with engine options up to 31 hp., it can mow up to 13.5 mph, which is faster than any mid-mount zero-turn mower. Other features include a 52- or 61-inch deck, as well as Wright’s Rapid Height Adjustment, which lets the operator quickly raise or lower cutting height without getting off the mower. For more information, visit www.wrightmfg.com


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