Roundup: Zero-turn mowers

Kubota’s ZD-300 series features energy-efficient engines
Kubota introduces the ZD-300 series of zero-turn commercial mowers featuring five models, all equipped with Kubota diesel engines designed to produce higher torque for mowing tough terrain. These engines use 30-percent less fuel than gasoline engines, have fewer emissions and operate more quietly. The 21-horsepower ZD321, 26-horsepower ZD 326 and 31-horsepower ZD331 mowers include high-capacity transmission systems and deep mower decks. Three deck sizes are available – the 60- and 72-inch decks are extra deep at 61/2 inches, while the 54-inch deck is six inches deep. The mowers can be equipped with a variety of accessories and options like a new mulching system and 12.2-bushel grass catcher.

The Walker Super B front-cut
Walker Manufacturing introduces the Super B, a front-cut mower designed with standard Walker features like a tilt-up deck and body. The mower is powered by a 27-horsepower Kohler Command engine with remote air filtration. Together, the dual, independent Hydro-Gear transaxles and lever-actuated, mechanical clutch/brake give the Super B a top speed of 9 miles per hour and great performance even in tall grass. The Super B comes standard with a 60-inch side discharge deck that is five inches deep and uses maintenance-free blade spindles with ball bearings for adjustment. Other features include suspension seat with armrests, dual fuel tanks and split tail wheels.

Woods’ Mow’n Machine offers stability and traction
Woods Equipment’s MZ3372G mid-mount, zero-turn, ride-on Mow’n Machine features a low center of gravity for greater stability and traction on slopes. The seat and footrest flip up, allowing easy access to belts, spindles, hydraulics and electrical components. Cutting height ranges from 11/2 to 41/2 inches, and the Mow’n Machine is available with a 12-gallon fuel capacity or 91/2 gallons on the diesel model. The deck, which features two layers of 10-gauge steel with seven-gauge reinforcement and seven-gauge skirt, comes standard with front and rear anti-scalp rollers.

Exmark works to save fuel with Lazer Z EFI
The Lazer Z EFI combines Exmark’s leading mower, the Lazer Z, with Kohler’s 28-horsepower Command SP Electronic Fuel Injection V-Twin engine. This engine is designed to reduce carbon monoxide emissions – in some circumstances – by 90 percent. In addition, the Lazer Z EFI saves 25 percent on fuel compared with carbureted engines. Other features on this zero-turn mower include easy start, fast throttle response, Triton 60-inch cutting deck and LS full suspension seat. The automotive-style electronic control unit and twin fuel injectors also allow for reliable performance regardless of weather or altitude.

Grasshopper adds new model to 300 series
Grasshopper’s MidMount Model 335 is the latest addition to their 300 series lawn mower line. Featuring an air-cooled 35-horsepower horizontal crankshaft OHV Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Big Block engine, the 335 has a G2 hydrostatic drive suitable for smooth zero-turn maneuverability. Model 335s are equipped with DuraMax decks that come in 61- or 72-inch widths and are easily converted from side discharge to mulching or vacuum collection.

Mow up to 2.9 acres an hour
With an 8-mile-per-hour ground speed, the compact IS 500Z from Ferris mows up to 2.9 acres an hour. It is also available with accessories like a Fast-Vac double bagger collection system, stripe kit, hitch kit, mulch kit and flat-free tires to make you even more productive. The IS 500Z is powered by a 24- or 26-horsepower Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series engine and comes with a 44- or 52-inch cutting deck. The deck, made from 10-gauge steel with over-lap welded corners, is adjustable from 11/2 to 41/2 inches.

Gain flexibility with Wright’s Stander RH
Wright’s Stander RH is equipped with its proprietary rapid height adjustment and operator balance control, adding flexibility to mowing. The rapid height adjustment lets you move a single lever to change cutting height from one to five inches. Operator balance control allows you to shift weight instantly, improving flexibility on slopes and uneven terrain. The Stander RH is available with cutting widths of 36, 48 and 52 inches and includes a rubber chute deflector, oil cooler and easy-to reach battery box.

New John Deere designs influenced by consumers
John Deere says its Z-Trak Pro 800 Series comprises five models with a variety of deck sizes and was inspired primarily by customer feedback. The series features four models with air-cooled Kawasaki engines while the Z840A has a liquid-cooled engine. The Z850A has a 31-horsepower engine offering 14-percent larger displacement and a 40-percent larger hydraulic pump, equaling a mowing speed up to 12 miles per hour. Three models feature Deere’s Mulch-on-Demand deck as a factory-installed option, available in 48-, 54- and 60-inch widths. This deck transitions from side discharge to mulching with the flip of a lever.

Cub Cadet unveils new zero-turn mower series
Designed for medium to large businesses, mowers in Cab Cadet’s new Recon series zero-turn mowers come standard with a Kohler Command engine from 23 to 25 horsepower. Engines are air-cooled and feature heavy-duty air cleaners. Also standard is the floating Command Cut Deck available in 48- and 60-inch cutting widths. The Recon series features forward speeds up to 91/2 miles per hour and reverse speeds up to 5 miles per hour. The single-pedal deck lift allows one pedal to lift, lock or lower.

Walk or ride with the Convertible Mower
Rich Manufacturing continues to update its Convertible Mower model walk-behind or ride-on lawn mower. Using a patented swing arm control involving no tools, the Convertible can go from a hydro walk-behind mower to a zero-turn rider in a few seconds. The mower can maneuver on steep hills, ditches and low-hanging branches one minute, then, by simply moving a lever, you can hop on and sit down to complete the rest of the job. The Convertible Mower comes equipped with a Kohler or Kawasaki engine, ranging from 17 horsepower to 25 horsepower. Mower decks are available in 48, 52 and 61 inches.

Mow more acres per hour with Xcaliber
Dixie Chopper’s Xcaliber series features models with 74-inch cutting decks. According to the manufacturer, combining that size deck with a 33- or 38-horsepower engine enables an operator to mow 9.2 acres per hour. Models have ground speeds between 12 and 15 miles per hour and are equipped with 14-gallon fuel capacity. The Xcaliber includes springer forks and electric deck lift. A 12-volt adapter comes standard so you can mow while talking on your cell phone or listening to your iPod.

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