The Grasshopper Company, a manufacturer of zero-turning radius mower technology, was presented with a Partnership Award for Excellence in Pioneering Innovation on October 25 from Parker-Hannifin Corporation.
Jeff Osterman, marketing manager for the Parker hydraulic pump and motor division presented the award at the GIE+EXPO in Louisville. Kentucky.
“The award is in recognition for The Grasshopper Company’s extraordinary collaborative design and test efforts in the co-development of a new innovative hydrostatic drive system,” Osterman says.
The system, dubbed T2 by Grasshopper, is incorporated into a new antivibe power
platform in certain 2008 models.
Grasshopper President Stan Guyer received the award, and then reaffirmed his company’s commitment to raising the bar in commercial mower technology.
“The outstanding support provided by Parker-Hannifin has enabled our hydrostatic research facility to co-develop some important innovations. The emerging revolutionary drive system has led to, among other benefits, ergonomic handling never before felt in commercial mowing equipment.”
The T2 hydrostatic system features tandem pumps-in-reservoir design with integral filter, direct-driven from the engine crankshaft, which eliminates many moving parts and increases power transfer efficiency.