Exmark debuted its new Lazer Z Diesel commercial zero-turn riding mower yesterday at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky, along with several other innovations.
The new diesel model was built from the ground up and, according to product manager Lloyd van Scheliha, has been four years in the making.
Designed to increase landscapers’ productivity, the Lazer Z Diesel can mow an excess of 10-acres per hour with the 96-inch deck model.
“As a result, the Lazer Z Diesel is the ideal choice for municipalities, universities, landscape contractors and others that need a highly productive, versatile, efficient and durable mower to maintain vast expanses of turf,” said Daryn Walters, director of marketing for Exmark.
The 96-inch model features the UltraCut Flex Wing that has a rear-discharge design with a 48-inch center deck and two 24-inch wing decks. Unlike some other large mower decks that are only able to fold up for trailering, the Lazer Z Diesel’s wing decks can flex up 20 degrees and down 15 degrees. This allows it to minimize scalping and improve cut quality on uneven terrain.
With the wing decks raised, the Lazer Z Diesel is designed to fit on any trailer that can handle a 72-inch ZTR.
The Lazer Z Diesel also comes in 60-inch and 72-inch deck sizes. The new mower is powered by a liquid-cooled Yanmar diesel engine. While the Lazer Z Diesel runs quiet, van Scheliha says that it still has a ton of power to get the job done.
Exmark’s new mower features RED Technology and works with the Yanmar engine to reduce governor lag and increase responsiveness at more fuel-efficient RPM levels. The company also introduced the next generation of its RED Technology during the tradeshow, which is designed to give users more control and efficiency.
A new LCD monitor screen is available on both gasoline- and diesel-powered Lazer Z models. It provides an easy-to-use interface where users can see operating stats, such as gallons of fuel used, to calculate efficiency and fault codes are now listed as text so technicians know immediately what the problem is.
Service history, error codes and maintenance reminders are all tracked with the RED Technology. Users can also select from three defined operating modes with different RPMs on the control module.
Another new mower that Exmark highlighted during the tradeshow is its new suspended platform version of the Radius S-Series zero-turn mower.
This model was developed to reduce operator fatigue thanks to three independent coil-over dampers that isolate the operator platform from the chassis. This helps minimize bumps and vibrations for the operator. The platform can be adjusted for individual preferences with no tool required. The Radius S-Series also has a 20-inch high back seat. It comes in deck sizes 48-, 52- and 60-inch.
Exmark also debuted its 24-inch stand-on aerator, which is based on the 30-inch model but is designed to be compact and productive.
“We designed the 24-inch aerator to make quick work of small or gated properties,” van Scheliha said. “Because it fits through 36-inch gates, the new machine brings stand-on productivity to properties that used to require a walk-behind machine.”
The model also features electronic tine depth control for tool-less adjustment of tine engagement and will run efficiently as possible if a particular tine depth is unachievable on certain soils, depending on conditions.
The aerator has a top speed of 6.8 mph and landscapers also have the option of bolting on a spreader attachment if they wish to overseed as well. The hopper can hold up to 80 pounds of seed and comes with a cover to keep material dry and in the hopper during transport.
“The Exmark aerator spreader attachment is a response to our customers’ requests asking for a way to increase the versatility and revenue opportunities of the highly productive stand-on aerator,” van Scheliha said. “By combining two important operations into one piece of equipment, operators will be able to do more in less time, leading to the increased profit potential of each program.”
Keep in mind this aerator attachment is not designed for spreading fertilizer, as the aerator is not stainless steel.
For more information on Exmark’s products, click here.