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Exmark Employee Profile: Trevor Porter

June 18th, 2015
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Exmark Engineering Manager, Trevor Porter

Where are you from?

I’m from all over, really. I grew up in Florida and then went to school in Florida, Utah, and Arizona. I lived in Illinois before Nebraska, which is where I’m at right now.

Tell us about what you do at Exmark.

I’m the engineering manager here. My group handles all the engineering issues surrounding things in production. We do things such as design improvement, fixes, emergency handling, replacement parts, and substitute parts. We always try to get feedback from customers and figure out if there are any issues that we need to address.

What’s been a good, challenging experience for you at Exmark?

The biggest challenge is our growth. Each year, we come out with a new model and my group takes care of that. There’s a new design group that works on one model every 1-2 years. Each one that comes out needs support, kind of like what customer service does.

What’s your favorite thing about working with Exmark?

My favorite thing about working here is the people. The people here are the secret sauce to Exmark. I also love engineering, which makes it fun to come to work every day. It’s really a great place to work.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend a lot of time working on my house, which my two teenage boys help out with. We’re actually building a sundeck this year. Other things include hanging out with my friends and family and learning how to play the guitar and bass.

If you could have lunch with any person, who would it be?

I’d like to talk with Isaac Newton because he came up with calculus, which is an amazing thing when you really get into it. How can someone figure something out like that and develop it out of thin air? I’d like to find out.

What’s something surprising about you not many people know about?

I’d have to say how much I’ve moved around the country. I’m also a big fan of 80’s metal, like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

Trevor Porter will celebrate his tenth year at Exmark this August.

ECS Controls: Why They’re Better

June 11th, 2015

Landscape maintenance is a tough job, and during the season downtime is lost revenue. That’s why it’s important to take every opportunity to make it more sustainable for operators and their bodies. It was precisely for this reason that Exmark developed the exclusive ECS (Enhanced Control System) controls for its wide-area walk-behind mowers.

Why ECS is Better

Exmark ECS Controls -- Turf Tracer

The improved ergonomics of ECS controls increases control while reducing operator fatigue.

ECS controls improve the ergonomics of walk-behind mower controls when compared to traditional pistol-grip controls. ECS places the arms in a more neutral position to keep the operator’s joints in a more natural state. The elbows rest naturally against the body, while the lower arms extend easily to grasp the controls, reducing arm strain and hand fatigue significantly. Thanks to ECS, operators will experience less upper body pain after a long day of work.

Back, neck and shoulder pain is reduced thanks to the improved ergonomics of the ECS controls, and the hands are positioned closer to the machine center, keeping them out of harm’s way when maneuvering in tight spaces. Padded operator handles reduce vibration and the ECS controls feature a shorter grip distance for enhanced control and reduced hand fatigue.

Learn more about ECS and Exmark walk-behind models it’s a standard feature on at Exmark.com.

Exmark 500S and 700S Utility Vehicles: Digging In

June 4th, 2015
Exmark utility vehicles deliver performance, versatility and long-term durability in a package that's just as good at having fun as it is at getting work done. Go Tough. Go Strong. | Exmark 700 S -- Ideal for a wide variety of work or recreation activities, including hauling, pulling, plowing, riding or playing. The transformable rear cargo box converts to a flat bed in minutes and hauls up to 1,000 lbs. of equipment or materials on the 700S, and 600 lbs. on the 500S.

(Click image to view full-size.) The Exmark 500S and 700S utility vehicles deliver performance, versatility and long-term durability in a package that’s just as good at having fun as it is at getting work done.

 

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Back story: Exmark Stand-On Spreader-Sprayer

May 21st, 2015

In recent years, stand-on spreader sprayer machines have revolutionized the application of fertilizer and chemicals to lawns. Recognizing the potential of stand-on spreader sprayers hadn’t yet been met with existing models, Exmark developed its new stand-on Spreader-Sprayer with a number of innovations designed to maximize productivity, profitability and safety for lawn care professionals.

The Lean to Steer controls of the Exmark machine allow one-handed speed and direction control.

The Lean to Steer controls heighten productivity by providing one-handed direction and speed control.

According to Exmark product manager, Lloyd von Scheliha, the Exmark Spreader-Sprayer was developed with direct input from top lawn care professionals throughout its development. As a result, it raises the bar in a number of critical areas.

“We started the process by asking a number of lawn care professionals what they wanted in a stand-on spreader sprayer,” von Scheliha said. “They told us a lot about what they liked and disliked about their current machines.

“We learned the control layout is very important on a stand-on spreader sprayer, as is the side-hill stability of the machine. We also heard about the challenges these guys were having keeping materials such as wettable powders and flowable solids in suspension in the tank.

About two years ago, von Scheliha and his team began testing prototypes of what would become the Exmark Spreader-Sprayer with a number of trusted lawn care professionals.

The feedback they received was priceless. Testers universally praised the Exmark machine’s innovative “Lean to Steer” controls, which allowed one-handed control of machine direction and speed. Testers now had a free hand to operate spray or spreader controls, or perform spot treatments with the easy-to-access spray wand.

Wettable powder

According to lawn care professional, Kent Harlan, the agitation system of the Exmark Stand On Spreader Sprayer allows him to utilize a wider variety of material, like this fungicide — a wettable powder.

One tester, Kent Harlan of Kent’s Lawn Service in Beatrice, Nebraska, said the Lean to Steer controls allow him to effectively do more with each pass of the machine.

“I end up spraying as much with the wand in reverse as I do going forward. I have enough control with one hand that I can simultaneously spray using the wand in the other hand, even going backward.

“The simple controls make it easy to do.

Harlan said even he was shocked by how much better the Exmark control system was when compared to the controls of other machines he’d owned.

“You don’t realize until you try it (the control system): it’s truly better. In all honesty, at first sight I didn’t think it’d work, but now that I’ve used it, I’m convinced it’s one of the most impressive aspects of the machine.”

According to von Scheliha, Exmark designed the Spreader-Sprayer with no belts and a durable hydrostatic drive system to increase up-time and ease routine maintenance.

Harlan said perhaps the most significant advantage of the Exmark Spreader-Sprayer is the agitation system contained within the machine’s low-profile 20-gallon tank.

With two induction providing aggressive agitation, the Exmark system keeps materials in suspension better. This allows him to consistently apply a mixture of chemicals based on the needs of his customers and their lawns, many in the form of wettable powders that cause other machines headaches.

“I’ll dump all the materials into the tank, open the agitation circuit and wait about 40 seconds for it to mix,” Harlan said. “At that point I’m ready to spray. And if I put the machine away for the night with a half-tank of material inside, as soon as I start that agitation circuit it quickly puts the material back into suspension.

“Nobody else’s machine puts material into suspension and keeps it in suspension as well as the Exmark. In my opinion, that is the key difference between what Exmark is coming to market with and the others.”

In the end, Harlan said that no single machine has positively impacted his business more than the Exmark prototype he used during the 2014 season.

“Not only did my revenue significantly increase for the year, my profitability and customer retention improved as well.”

According to Exmark’s von Scheliha, that’s exactly what the machine was designed to do.

Learn more about the Exmark Spreader-Sprayer at Exmark.com.

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The Lazer Z Seating System: A More Comfortable Ride

May 14th, 2015

Riding mowers are a time-saving wonder, but your backside should pay the price for productivity. That’s why at Exmark, we’ve come up with a way to mow more comfortably. With some original thinking and a whole lot of innovation, we’ve designed a seat every backside can love. We call it the Lazer Z Seating System.

Lazer Z Seating System

The Lazer Z Seating System significantly reduces the effect of bumps and vibration on the operator.

What Is the Lazer Z Seating System?

Most riding mower seats follow the same old pattern: some padding and a couple of springs that may or may not be useful. After a few hours of riding, you may find the mower’s vibration making you stiff while all the jarring impacts can leave you sore. That’s no way to run a landscaping business, whether you maintain one property or several.

Why Is It Different?

This seating system is different in a number of ways. It’s a unique design that utilizes research, science, and engineering innovation.

The system includes 4 major elements that make all the difference:

  • Ball-bearing suspension with a 3-inch range of controlled vertical travel – delivers a better ride with less bouncing
  • Patented Iso-Mount isolation system with ½-inch vertical and ¾-inch lateral travel
  • Custom vinyl seat with plush foam – comfort starts where the operator meets the seat
  • Vibration control stretch fabric – sits below the seat foam for an additional layer of isolation from vibration and bumps

Together, this comprehensive approach delivers less vibration, less bouncing, and more long-term comfort.

If professionals with desk jobs get ergonomic chairs, so should you. It’s that simple. A mower seat needs to support your back, legs, and arms in a way that keeps you comfortable and doesn’t lead to chronic problems.

The end result is reduced vibration, less soreness, and less stiffness after a long day of mowing. And when you’re comfortable, you get more done. Not only will you feel better after a day’s work, but you’ll also be able to deliver your services day after day. Test the difference for yourself between a traditional riding mower and an Exmark mower with the Lazer Z Seating System. We’re confident you’ll love it.

Learn more at Exmark.com/Exmark-Advantage/Features/Seating.

Why EFI?

May 7th, 2015

Commercial mowers have been available with engines using Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) for nearly a decade. Yet despite their performance and fuel efficiency advantages, some landscape professionals still haven’t made the switch from mowers powered by carbureted powerplants.

Advantages of EFI

Kohler RED-equipped EFI engine

At a glance, it’s hard to tell an EFI-equipped engine from a carbureted model, but the gains in fuel efficiency and performance are easy to see, and appreciate.

Every modern automobile and truck engine uses EFI to deliver increased performance and fuel efficiency in a wider range of conditions, along with reduced emissions of greenhouse gasses.

EFI-equipped engines are capable of adjusting the fuel/air mixture to optimize performance in the conditions the mower is operating in. Factors such as altitude and temperature, among others, are measured continually, with adjustments to engine settings being made instantly, seamlessly, in real time.

See how Birchwood Snow & Landscape simultaneously saves money and makes more money with their Kohler EFI-powered Exmark Lazer Z mowers.

A carbureted engine lacks the capability to self-adjust for varying environmental conditions, so performance is virtually always compromised in one way or another. In order for the engine to not run too lean (too little fuel) at low elevations, it’s performance will suffer from too much fuel (running rich) at higher elevations. It’s a situation that can be compensated for by re-jetting the carburetor (typically done by a service technician). However, when EFI can make these adjustments on-the-fly, it’s easy to see the benefits with respect to performance, as well as lack of down time and service costs.

The Cost Factor

Some contractors cite the increased up-front cost of EFI-equipped mowers, which is typically $500 to $600 more than a carbureted equivalent. When you do the math however, it’s easy to see the switch can quickly be paid off by the fuel saved with EFI, but the performance and efficiency benefits continue throughout the life of the powerplant.

According to Kohler Engines, a simple switch to an equivalent EFI powerplant will typically reduce fuel consumption by 25-percent or more. Assuming a per gallon price of $3.00 for gasoline, the cost of an EFI-powered mower can be recouped in as little as one season for a typical landscape contractor. See how much money you could save with EFI.

Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

Exmark’s Vantage S-Series Propane brings EFI propane advantages to commercial stand-on riding mowers.

EFI Propane Engines

Exmark also offers the industry’s widest range of propane-fueled mowers equipped with EFI, with Lazer Z (zero-turn), Turf Tracer (walk-behind) and Vantage (stand-on) models available. Exmark propane mowers feature state-of-the-art Kohler Command Pro EFI-propane engines, which can reduce fuel costs by up to 25-percent when compared to converted carbureted propane engines.

Combine the EFI-related fuel savings with the fact that propane typically sells for much less than gasoline during the cutting season and it’s easy to see why EFI-propane mowers are a compelling choice for a growing number of landscape professionals. Plus, propane mower incentives are available from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), which can reduce the up-front costs of a propane-fueled machine.

RED Technology

E-Gov charg

The electronic governor of a RED-equipped engine responds more quickly than mechanical governors, so RPM is maintained more consistently regardless of engine load.

In 2013, Exmark took the efficiency gains of EFI-equipped mowers to another level with the introduction of its patented RED Technology. An exclusive feature of the Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider, RED Technology pairs EFI with an electronic governor and an intelligent engine controller to deliver fuel efficiency gains of up to 40-percent compared to equivalent carbureted gasoline-fueled machines.

Assuming a per gallon price of $3.00, the fuel savings of a RED-equipped machine can pay off the increased up-front cost of approx. $700 very quickly — in less than one season for most landscape professionals. But the fuel efficiency and performance benefits will remain consistent well after the up-front cost has been recouped.

Learn more about the advantages of EFI- and RED-equipped Exmark mowers at Exmark.com/Exmark-Advantage/.

 

 

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Why Exmark Original Parts Make a Difference

April 30th, 2015

Whether you mow your lawn once a week or you own a multi-location landscaping company, when it comes to replace parts on your Exmark equipment, only Original Exmark parts will do. If you want to get the most out of your machine, original parts make all the difference in the world.

Tried and Tested

Exmark Original Parts

Only Original Exmark blades deliver the Exmark’s signature cut quality.

You can learn a lot by testing data in a lab or research center. That said, the bottom line is how a product or part performs in the real world, so we test Original Exmark parts as our customers would, which means getting our hands dirty. When part breaks or wears out, we take it back, learn what caused the problem, and find a solution through engineering and testing. We also know our customers are by far our greatest asset when it comes to improving our products, so we make it a priority to listen to, and proactively solicit customer feedback. We use your feedback along with our own data and testing to create parts that meet our stringent standards for performance and durability.

Variety and Availability

Do you need a 36″ Blade Drive for your Viking? Or, how about a throttle cable for your Commercial 21 X-Series mower? Are you looking for a new tire for your Navigator? If you need a part for your Exmark machine, we have exactly what you need, and it’s engineered precisely for your machine. We understand how important it is to provide you with quality parts in a timely manner. When you order original Exmark products from your local Exmark dealer, you won’t be disappointed.

Exmark Original parts

Original Exmark belts fit precisely to maximize the durability and performance of your Exmark cutting system.

Consistency Is Crucial

Consistency is crucial in everything you do. At Exmark, we understand that consistency between our parts and accessories can mean the difference between a job well done and a lost client. Our rigorous testing procedures and your ongoing feedback help us deliver the highest quality parts and accessories available.

What makes our parts better than the rest?

  • We field test every part and accessory for hundreds of hours before certifying it meets our standards.
  • We use the latest engineering and manufacturing technologies to ensure every product is optimized for the job it is built to perform.
  • We use customer feedback to ensure Original Exmark parts and accessories meet the stringent standards of our users.

Ordering Made Easy

The last thing you want to do is spend hours online or in your owner’s manual trying to figure out what broke or how to fix it. We make it easy to find exactly what you need. If you need a part for any of our products, we provide an easy reference guide to help you pick exactly the right part for your Exmark machine.

Keep Your Mower Running

All of the best parts in the world can’t keep your Exmark equipment running properly if it isn’t well maintained. Each one of our products has a specific maintenance schedule that must be followed to preserve its performance and durability. By following the maintenance guidelines, your Exmark equipment will give you years of reliable service.

Make the Most of Your Mowing

If you want to get the most out of your Exmark equipment, proper maintenance is a must. And when something does wear out, replacing it with Original Exmark parts will help extend the life of your machine and save you money for years to come.

Exmark 20-inch Slicer Seeder Delivers Productivity, Durability

April 23rd, 2015
Seeder, left view

The 40-pound capacity hopper holds more seed to easily handle large jobs.

Landscape professionals can count on the Exmark 20-inch Slicer Seeder to deliver top-notch results every time. It performs three jobs — verticutting, detaching and overseeding — with each pass of the machine. As easy to use and maneuver as a walk-behind mower, the 20-inch Slicer Seeder is a productive, profitable addition to the team.

Durable high-carbon steel blades remove thatch and provide maximum seed-to-soil contact, which enables superior germination. The innovative seed delivery system features a large-diameter mixer. It regulates seed flow based on ground speed to ensure even seed delivery, regardless of machine speed.

Slicer Seeder, right view

Simple controls make the 20-inch Slicer Seeder as easy to use as a walk-behind mower.

The large-capacity seed hopper holds 40-pounds of seed, so the 20-inch Slicer Seeder can handle large jobs with fewer stops. The Subaru EX270 engine delivers commercial-grade reliability and power combined with reduced noise, fuel consumption and emissions. In fact, the engine is EPA and CARB certified for use in all 50 states.

When it comes to overseeding, the Exmark 20-inch Slicer Seeder delivers results that will delight your customers, with productivity and durability that will enhance your bottom line. Learn more at Exmark.com.

Clean American Innovation: Exmark Manufacturing

April 16th, 2015

Click to go to view the Exmark video on the Clean American Innovation site.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has released the latest video in its “Clean American Innovation” video series, which highlights America’s propane technology leaders. Exmark is proud to be featured in the video, as it recognizes the commitment we’ve made to our growing line of EFI propane commercial mowers.

Lazer Z S-Series Propane

The Lazer Z S-Series Propane leads the industry for propane mower performance and durability.

Exmark’s Lazer Z S-Series Propane was the industry’s first EFI propane commercial zero-turn mower in 2013, and it continues to deliver industry-leading performance, durability and cut quality today.

In 2014, Exmark introduced two new EFI propane Turf Tracer walk-behind models — the Turf Tracer X-Series Propane and the Turf Tracer S-Series Propane.

Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

The new Vantage S-Series Propane brings EFI propane advantages to commercial stand-on riding mowers.

Recognizing the growing popularity of stand-on mowers among landscape professionals, as well as the need for a propane-powered option, in 2015 Exmark launched its Vantage S-Series Propane stand-on rider. It delivers the productivity benefits of a stand-on rider combined with the fuel  and cost efficiency benefits of propane and Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) in a progressive, operator-focused design.

Exmark’s propane mowers use state-of-the-art Kohler Command Pro EFI propane engines to deliver increased fuel efficiency for longer run times and decreased operating costs, with significantly improved starting and running performance compared to carbureted propane engines.

See the Clean American Innovation: Exmark Manufacturing video, and the other videos in the series, on the Clean American Innovation website, or learn more about Exmark’s industry-leading EFI propane products at Exmark.com.

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