The Bobcat Company recently held a live launch event to debut its new line of zero turn mowers: the ZT2000 and ZT3000 residential models and the ZT3500, ZS4000, ZT6000, ZT6100 and ZT7000 commercial models.
With 21 machines including both zero turn (ZT) sit-on and zero turn stand-on mowers (ZS), the company says both commercial and residential customers can benefit from these options.
The company says the addition of mowers allows Bobcat to expand upon its established presence in the landscape industry and capture additional opportunities in the turf and lawn care markets.
Bobcat says the zero turn mowers join compact track loaders, compact excavators, skid-steer loaders, compact tractors, utility products, small articulated loaders and mini track loaders in the bundle of Bobcat products focused on helping customers accomplish more in landscaping, grounds maintenance and turf applications.
“We have an opportunity to bring high-performance, high-quality equipment that Bobcat is known for to the world of turf with zero turn mowers,” says Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Company. “Our customers in commercial landscaping already know Bobcat equipment, now they can round out their fleet with Bobcat zero turn mowers. And because we know that residential turf customers are just as enthusiastic, introducing mowers is an opportunity to welcome a new audience.”
The company says these zero turns will be manufactured in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, and will be distributed through select Bobcat dealerships in the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Bobcat says it offers an extensive lineup of zero turns to best meet customer needs, and models vary in engine, horsepower, deck width and fuel capacity.
Bobcat says these mowers are packed with innovative elements that help give customers a professional edge, with solid engineering to last longer and work harder.
From its mower decks to its even clipping dispersal and deck cleanliness, Bobcat says the mowers are engineered with the final results in mind.
Available on the ZS4000 through ZT7000 zero turn mowers is the AirFX cutting system, which the company says is designed to help customers deliver a cut above the rest. Bobcat says its deep profile and bullnose design lift the grass to the blade, and it creates a powerful vacuum for a razor-sharp, uniform cut and pristine finish.
“The ZT7000 is the top of line commercial mower that we have, and the deck range is between 52 inches and 72 inches in deck width,” says Scheffler. “We’re in this business to make tall grass short, and we do that with our AirFX cutting system. Bobcat bleeds durability and this mower is no exception. It’s a dual tube frame, and the outer tubes themselves run from the front of the machine all the way to the back.”
Whether in residential or commercial applications, Bobcat says the engine provides major strength for professional mowing operations, as the mowers come with a powerful, high performance Kawasaki or Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine.
With the heavy-duty Hydro-Gear transmission, Bobcat says customers can take on the most challenging turf conditions. The company says the transmission features hydrostatic transaxles to quickly and efficiently power through the most challenging turf conditions. The company adds that the pump and motor are housed together in a single sealed housing for better durability and reduced maintenance.
Bobcat says fewer refills on the job means more productive mowing for customers. The company says the residential zero turn models – ZT2000 and ZT3000 – have a roto-molded and impact-resistant fuel tank that holds up to 3.8 gallons.
The company says customers will also appreciate roto-molded dual fuel tanks on the commercial models – ZT3500 through ZT7000 – which hold up to 15 gallons.
“The ZS4000 comes in four different deck sizes, ranging from 36 inches all the way up to 61 inches,” says Scheffler. “The ZS4000 stand-on mower is one of the best-kept secrets in the stand-on mower market. It’s nice and easy to operate. It has comfortable controls for comfortable operation. Stand up on the antivibration platform, lean into the rider pad and get comfortable for all-day, comfortable use.”
Bobcat says these mowers are equipped with an ergonomic design and placement of controls, pedals and gauges to ensure operation is easy and intuitive. On the right-hand side, the company says customers can find the “comfort command center,” as well as a high-back suspension seat, almond-shaped handles, anti-vibration footplate and responsive controls that provide intuitive operation.
“When designing these mowers, user experience was top of the list,” says Scheffler. “All the controls that are up front, high, able to read, able to use, nice comfortable controls. The seat itself is extra high back with lower lumbar support, padded armrests with dual high-density foam in the front for extra wear. And there’s a weight dial seat adjustment.”
Bobcat adds that a swing-away bumper also gives operators fast access to internal components, so tune-ups are more efficient, and there’s also an additional hitch system.
Bobcat says its machines are known for durability, but warranty options provide even more protection. The company says these zero turn mowers come with a 36-month warranty that covers everything – bumper to bumper – for up to 2,000 hours. With the Bobcat Protection Plus Extended Warranty, the company says customers can get extended warranty options up to 60 months or up to 2,500 hours.
Whether customers are working on a residential or commercial property, Bobcat says the mowers can be equipped with high quality parts and accessories that fit the job, such as:
- Mulching baffle kit
- ECO plate
- Grass catcher: Poly-dump, 3.75 or 5.0 bushel
- Weight kit
- BOSS-Vac pro 12-bushel collection system
- BOSS- Vac 8-bushel collection system
- Deck striping kit
- ZT hitch kit
- No-flat caster wheel options
- Magnetic light kit, 12V
- Light kit, footplate
- ROPS kit
- Canopy kit