Exmark says its new Radius line of zero-turn mowers was designed for professional landscapers but developed with “a new value-oriented design” to lower the total cost of ownership. Consequently, the manufacturer is also hoping to sell into the consumer market, at least among homeowners willing to invest in high-end performance.
Exmark says the new Radius line delivers the durability and cut quality landscape professionals demand at a price lower than other commercial mowers.
“We took the lessons learned from the evolution of our industry-leading Lazer Z, combined with the feedback we’ve received from our customers and dealers, and applied them to the new Radius machines,” said Daryn Walters, Exmark’s director of marketing.
The Radius is available in three models: E-Series, S-Series and X-Series. Each features a heavy-duty unibody frame that’s fully welded of 2-inch by 3-inch rectangular steel frame tubes. The frame design places the heaviest components, including the engine, fuel tank and hydro drive system, lower in the frame, Exmark says, improving weight balance, stability, traction and maneuverability.
Large front caster tires and rear drive tires offer increased traction with reduced ground pressure to minimize turf compaction.
Walters said Exmark’s design team worked hard to raise the bar on operator ergonomics and comfort on Radius models, with features including an isolated floor pan that reduces noise as well as vibration felt by the operator compared with standard flip-up foot rests.
The design positions the operator in a more ergonomic position to reduce fatigue during long periods of continuous operation, Exmark says, while new controls improve handling and operator control.
Radius S-Series models feature operator seats equipped with Exmark’s adjustable isolation technology, while Radius X-Series machines are equipped with the company’s full-suspension seat, which suspends the operator atop three inches of travel that’s easy to adjust for operator weight or ride quality preferences. Both seats use patented Elastomeric Vibration Control material to reduce bumps and vibration felt by the operator.
Side-discharge Radius E-Series and Radius S-Series models use Exmark’s 5-inch deep UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck. Radius X-Series models upgrade to a 5.5-inch deep UltraCut Series 4 deck for increased capacity at higher cutting speeds. Both decks are available in 48-, 52- or 60-inch cutting widths.
Exmark also offers the Radius S-Series model with a 60-inch UltraCut Rear Discharge cutting deck. The high-capacity 5.5-inch deep, rear-discharge deck features a baffled deck and counter-rotating blade design to maximize cut quality and ensure even clipping distribution in a wide range of cutting conditions.
Exmark’s integrated hydro transmissions and maintenance-free sealed bearing blade spindle assemblies further reduce maintenance requirements and increase the commercial durability of Radius models, the company says.
The machine has only four grease points, and the manufacturer says belts are easy to access without tools. Engines are equipped with oil drain hoses for clean and easy oil changes. An integrated jack receiver is welded to the Radius frame to ease access to the underside of the Radius deck and chassis when equipped with Exmark’s jack accessory.
Radius X-Series models are powered by a Kawasaki FX engine with a high-capacity hydro drive system to achieve forward speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Radius S-Series machines feature Kohler ZT Confidant engines, with ground speeds of up to 9 miles per hour. Both models feature heavy-duty canister-style air filtration systems.
Radius E-Series machines are powered by the Exmark 708cc V-Twin engine and integrated Hydro-Gear transmission, for speeds of up to 8 miles per hour.
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