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Next-Generation Exmark RED Technology

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

RED Technology Onboard Intelligence was a game changer when Exmark released it, allowing key systems to communicate with each other for improved performance, durability and efficiency. Next-Generation RED Technology features a new LCD monitor screen mounted on the console, where operators can monitor vital mower functions, report on property and mowing statistics, and receive service reminders and troubleshooting information.

RED Technology delivers key benefits to commercial mowers. RED-equipped mowers can be more fuel efficient than comparable mowers without RED Technology. It works with Electronic Fuel Injection and E-Governor technologies to improve engine response despite changing terrain or thick patches. RED Technology delivers the right amount of power at the right time, keeping the engine’s RPM more consistent.

For 2018, Exmark is offering RED Technology in both gasoline and diesel mowers. Lazer Z mowers with RED Technology feature EFI-gasoline Kohler and Kawasaki engines; the diesel option is a state-of-the art Yanmar diesel engine.

The control module has been redesigned, with an LCD display screen with multi-function push buttons to select from the three defined operating modes and six customizable engine speed set points for the Low, Efficient and Max modes. RED Technology will provide operating and property statistics, and deliver on-screen notifications when engine or transmission oil changes are coming due. In addition to making fleet management easier, sticking to the mower’s maintenance schedule will help maximize mower uptime, profitability and productivity. Should an error code appear, it will be delivered in clear, easy to read text, rather than as an icon.

The clutch-saver on RED-equipped mowers momentarily reduces engine RPM when the clutch is engaged, to reduce stress and wear on engine components, and has the ability to engage the cutting deck on the fly. RED Technology monitors machine performance, placing the mower in “safe transport” mode when critical engine or system issues are detected. This allows the operator to return the mower to the truck without damaging it. As an added safety feature, RED will put the mower into auto-idle if the operator gets out of the seat.

Updated RED Technology is available on 2018 Lazer Z S-Series, Lazer Z X-Series, and Lazer Z Diesel mowers. Contact your local dealer to arrange a demonstration.

Spring Aeration and Overseeding

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Although many lawn specialists choose to aerate and overseed in the fall, spring can also be an ideal time for these activities. This is especially true if you’re working with warm-season grasses or a mixture of both warm and cool strains. (Cool-season grasses can be planted in spring, but they tend to take hold better in the late summer and early fall.)

You’ll want to look into spring aeration and overseeding if you have damaged areas, bare patches, or thinning due to heavy foot traffic throughout the fall and winter. This is the most effective way to get a lush, green lawn, especially if you have the right tools for the job. Enhance your seed-to-soil contact and ensure even coverage of your seed, and the results will begin to show within a few short weeks

Spring Aeration

Exmark core aerator

Core aeration can be beneficial for most lawns if performed at the right time for the type of turf grass you’re working with.

When done annually (or twice annually), a thorough aeration will allow the lawn to open for greater absorption of water, oxygen and fertilizer. Exmark commercial-grade lawn aerators make it easy to accomplish these results quickly, tackling up to two acres per hour. Using some of the same powerful materials that make our lawn mowers so effective, Exmark lawn aerators are designed to offer high rates of maneuverability and operation controls that don’t require a lengthy training period.

You can choose between the walk-behind aerator, which reaches speeds of up to 4 miles per hour, or a stand-on aerator, which almost doubles the speed and offers a suspended platform for a smoother ride. Both of these options take advantage of down-pressure that pulls the plugs faster and more efficiently, allowing you to cover as much ground as possible in a short period of time.

Regardless of whether you choose to perform aeration in the fall or the spring, you and your customers will be pleased at the efficiency and the results.

Spring Overseeding

Exmark Spreader-Sprayer

New, more productive machines such as this Exmark Stand-On Spreader-Sprayer not only make each worker more productive, they make it easier to do day-in and day-out.

Once the aeration is complete, overseeding will allow you to boost the lawn’s growth and appearance. This should be done at a time when sunshine and rain are at their peak, and also after the chance of frost has passed.

In order to effectively deliver the seed to the entire lawn area, it’s important to rely on commercial-grade seeders that can do the job both quickly and easily. For maximum efficiency, you can choose a slicer seeder that does the job of dethatching, verticutting and overseeding in one pass. You can also choose a lawn spreader sprayer, which offers full and even seeding coverage without the additional cutting provided by a slicer. Both of these machines have high-capacity hoppers that allow you to cover more area at a time, and also provide Exmark’s signature lean-to-steer technology.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to lawn care and want to invest in equipment that will last, or if you’ve been aerating and seeding your whole career and know what you expect out of your tools. With a full fleet of aeration and overseeding machines for your upcoming spring season, Exmark has you covered.

Enhanced Control Systems

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

image-3When you purchase an Exmark walk-behind mower with our Enhanced Control System (ECS), you tap into the power of good design to solve problems. This unique, patented system is designed to enhance operator comfort and help relieve the fatigue that comes from long hours spent mowing.

Why ECS?

Walk-behind mowers are easy to operate and maneuver, and are a staple in many garages. They allow you to maneuver around tight corners and get a close-cut, highly professional finish in just a few short passes over the lawn. For smaller yards mowed once a week, traditional walk-behind mower controls are fine. But for professionals who mow for longer periods of time, day after day, these controls can be problematic.  In older models, the handles may be placed too high or too low, and your hands are kept in a position that feels unnatural. And after several hours, the vibrations can be fatiguing.

Exmark’s Enhanced Control System provides more comfortable handles and centralized controls that make it easy for you to operate the equipment. For starters, the ECS comes with two separate right and left handles that are placed at a slight upward angle. This allows your hands to rest in a neutral position that feels natural. In addition, the controls are accessible from these handles without requiring you to make lengthy adjustments. This is great when you want a more streamlined mowing experience with greater productivity overall.

Operator Comfort

There’s no denying that our professional-level Exmark mowers feature powerful engines that get the job done. There’s also no denying that these powerful engines cause greater vibrations and can contribute to fatigue and joint stress. That’s why we continue to re-design and improve our equipment with operator use in mind.

You might not think that an Enhanced Control System can make such a big difference in your day-to-day work, but if there’s one thing we know here at Exmark, it’s that attention to detail and improved construction mean everything. By giving you a more natural grip and reducing vibrations, you can work harder with less fatigue.

The Advantages of Stand-on Mowers for Lawn Care Businesses

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

All the landscape training and experience in the world won’t matter if you don’t equip your team with the right tools for the job. Lawn grades, landscaping, and other factors you can’t control will always have an impact on your job, which is why you need the equipment necessary to handle each challenge that comes your way. Not only is it safer to match the right mower to the project, but choosing the best equipment can also be more cost-effective overall.Vantage X-Series stand-on mower

Depending on the type of business you run and the volume of clients you serve, a stand-on mower could be the best investment in your future. Here are the main considerations:

Property Size: The number one factor in determining which type of lawn mower to invest in is the size of the property (or properties) you tend. If you serve lots that are more than an acre in size, a push mower will take hours to get the job done. For lots that are half an acre or smaller, a riding mower will lose its precision. That’s why people who tend variable-sized lots often go for stand-on mowers. They get the job done faster than push mowers but also allow for precision in those hard-to-reach areas.

Property Type: Wide, open spaces are often best served by a riding mower, but when you’re working with tight spaces, small lawns, a lot of landscaping features, like shrubs and irregular plantings, a stand-on mower provides better maneuverability.

Transportation Needs: Traveling with one (or more) riding mowers can be a logistical nightmare, especially if space on your trailer is limited. Stand-on mowers are smaller and easier to transport, making them ideal when you don’t want to spend too much time figuring out how to get from one client’s property to another’s.

Less Turf Damage: Although zero-turn mowers have come a long way in detailed turf care, many pros prefer stand-on mowers for their precision. When a picture perfect finish is your goal, you may want to downgrade the technology for more user control.

Visibility and User Control: If you ask your team, you might find that they have a preference for stand-on mowers because it gives them more control over their work. Not only does a standing position offer better visibility, but the ability to quickly hop on and off can be instrumental when working around a large number of obstructions.

Safety: Although there is always a possibility of falling off of a stand-on mower, many businesses prefer them over riding mowers for safety reasons. This is especially true if you’ll be working with steep or slippery grades that aren’t ideal for riding mowers.

Steep Lawn Grades: Most stand-on mowers have greater hillside stability than their riding mower counterparts. Not only do stand-on mowers have a lower center of gravity, but users can shift their weight in order to counteract a slope’s incline.

Price: Money is a consideration for any lawn care business that wants to stay in the green. Stand-on mowers tend to be 10 to 20 percent less expensive than riding mowers, which can make a big difference to your bottom line—especially if you run a fleet of lawn care specialists.

While stand-on mowers can provide greater flexibility, you should remember that they typically require greater strength in the legs and back, and they tend to be slower than riding mowers. If stand-on mowers fit your business model – mainly small to mid-sized properties, hills, or yards with a lot of features — an Exmark Vantage stand-on mower offers industry-leading options in a variety of deck-sizes.

Why Switching to Propane Mowers with EFI Could Boost Your Bottom Line

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series Propane

State-of-the-art Exmark EFI-propane mowers offer increased fuel economy and performance, with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’re looking for ways to increase profit margins for your lawn care business, one option might be to consider switching to propane mowers. On average, it is said that about 9% of production costs for landscape professionals goes toward fuel. Therefore, a move to propane mowers regulated with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), could help cut your fuel costs and improve your bottom-line.

Increased efficiency — The propane engines on Exmark mowers can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40% for extended runtimes, compared to traditional gasoline-powered mowers. At the same time, historical prices for propane run about 30% less than gasoline. With gasoline prices still low, this may not seem crucial – but if there’s one rule of gasoline prices, it’s that eventually, they always go back up.

EFI with E-Gov technology plays a big part in the efficiency of propane mower engines. Electronic Fuel Injection and E-Gov keep fuel flowing to your engine at a steady rate, even when your mower revs. This prevents engine drop-off when you hit a rough patch or tackle a steep grade. Gasoline mowers with mechanical regulators can be slow to respond to increased demand on the engine. Just as when you drive, an engine that runs at steady rate performs better than one that continually revs up to work harder.

Cleaner and Greener — Propane is remarkably stable over time, and can be stored for long periods. It also burns cleaner than gasoline, reducing build-up and engine maintenance. This means less mower downtime to have your machine in the field longer, and more profit. Another added benefit is lower emissions, which has become more of a selling point with customers.

Quieter — Propane mower engines are quieter to operate than gasoline or diesel mowers, which could let you start earlier and work later than competitors, and reduce the potential for noise complaints from neighboring properties.

For more information on switching your fleet to propane, see Exmark’s whitepaper, or talk to an Exmark dealer near you.

New Product Showcase: Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

New 60-inch Vantage S-Series is Exmark’s most productive propane-fueled stand-on riding mower

Exmark has expanded its industry-leading line of propane-fueled commercial mowers to include a 60-inch version of its Vantage S-Series Propane stand-on riding mower.

The machine’s innovative Kohler EFI propane powerplant delivers increased fuel economy and performance combined with reduced emissions, making it one of the most environmentally friendly commercial stand-on mowers available today.

Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane is a machine customers have frequently been requesting.

“The reception to the 52-inch model we launched in 2015 was overwhelmingly positive,” Walters said. “That said, one thing we consistently heard from customers is of a need for a model with a larger cutting deck.

“The 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane will give these customers added width of cut to maximize productivity, combined with the cost-saving advantage of our cutting-edge Kohler EFI propane powerplant. It’s a win-win situation. More productivity combined with lower cost equals greater profit. It’s as simple as that.”

Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

The state-of-the-art Kohler EFI-propane engine is the industry’s first OEM-engineered propane powerplant for commercial mowers.

The Vantage S-Series Propane is powered by a state-of-the-art Kohler Command Pro PCV740 V-Twin EFI propane engine. The professional-grade design uses automotive-style closed-loop electronic fuel injection to eliminate carburetor-related issues and automatically adjust to load, weather and altitude for better performance every day. The EFI design also offers car-like ease of starting – just turn the key and go. No choke, no priming and no fuel pressure adjustments needed.

The 60-inch UltraCut Series 4 side-discharge cutting deck features Exmark’s patented flow-control baffles to deliver the company’s signature quality of cut. Heavy-duty welded construction and high-strength 7-gauge spindle reinforcements deliver superior strength with increased long-term durability.

Maintenance-reducing features include sealed, no-maintenance spindles and Exmark’s patented spherical bearing design idler arm pivots.

“When combined with the incredibly reliable Kohler powerplant, the maintenance-reducing features help keep the Vantage S-Series Propane out making money more of the time,” Walters added.

The new 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane mower joins Exmark’s existing EFI propane Lazer Z (zero-turn rider), Turf Tracer (walk-behind) and Vantage (stand-on) models.

Learn more at Exmark.com.

Measuring Mower Productivity

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
Exmark Pioneer S-Series zero-turn riding mower

Exmark engineers its machines to deliver a better finished quality of cut in less time. Win-win.

The productivity of your mowers and lawn care equipment matters, perhaps more than you think.

Whether you’re a landscape maintenance professional, or an acreage owner looking to spend less time mowing and more time enjoying your lawn, speed and efficiency make a big difference when it comes time to getting big jobs done quickly.

Of course, speed isn’t the only factor to judge when it comes time to select a new mower. Qualities such as cut quality, durability, ergonomics, comfort and dealer support, among others, are important as well. But any business owner will tell it to you straight — time is money, and by choosing your tools wisely, you can save a lot of both with the right mower(s).

How to Determine Mower Productivity

Exmark mower productivity chart

Click the photo to visit the mower & equipment productivity resources at Exmark.com.

While there are a lot of variables that can impact the productivity of a mower or piece of lawn care equipment, it’s fairly easy to determine the potential of a machine if you know the cutting/application width and the speed at which it’s designed to run.

At Exmark.com, you can find productivity charts for mowers and turf management equipment that can be useful for determining a machine’s potential, or the gains you can expect from a new mower or piece of equipment.

You’ll find Exmark publishes productivity numbers at two efficiency levels: 100-percent; and 80-percent. That’s because, while 100-percent efficiency numbers may look impressive on paper, in the real world, most landscape professionals operate at closer to 80-percent efficiency. You can’t mow at full speed all the time, and the 80-percent figure more accurately reflects that everyday reality.

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How to Mow Like a Pro

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

(StatePoint) You might not earn your living taking care of lawns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the same quality of cut as landscape pros.

For a consistently superior cut, experts say average consumers should look for Exmark Lazer Z E-Series commercial zero-turn mowercommercial grade products.

“Homeowners can also benefit from the performance and reliability a true commercial mower offers,” says Lloyd von Scheliha, product manager at Exmark, a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment. “You’ll get lawn care done faster and it will look better in the end. Your mower will also last longer and require less maintenance.”

Homeowners should be advised however that the term “commercial grade” is thrown around a lot these days in advertising. If you’re in the market for a new mower, you should understand what commercial grade really means before making a purchase.

“Take a look at the equipment your local landscape professionals are using and you`ll get a good feel for what commercial mowers look like,” says von Scheliha.

He says homeowners should consider the following:

  • Your mower should offer superior durability to stand the test of time. Look for fabricated cutting decks, which are stiffer, stronger and more durable than stamped decks — even reinforced models. The durability advantage should extend to the components as well.
  • Productivity and maneuverability in a mower offer average consumers time-savings, reducing the time that’s needed to cut a lawn, and then do trim work. Consider a zero-turn mower, which delivers a finished appearance more quickly than other mower types.
  • Even a commercial mower will deliver superior results longer if you perform routine maintenance. Always consult your owner’s manual to determine what specific maintenance is necessary for your machine. Cleaning, sharpening or replacing blades as they dull, replacing belts as they become worn, oil and filter changes, and other specific maintenance as outlined in your owner’s manual, will improve equipment performance and longevity.

More information about lawn care and commercial grade lawn equipment can be found at Exmark.com.

This season, take steps to be informed so you can mow like a pro.

Exmark Spreader Sprayer Video Series

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Introduction

Spray System Advantages

Safe Operation and Routine Maintenance

Spray and Spread System Calibration

Spray System Operation

Spreader Operation

Maintenance

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

Exmark Advantage: Lazer Z Suspended Operator Platform

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Exmark Lazer Z Suspended Operator Platform

Exmark has added suspended operator platform-equipped 52-inch Lazer Z E-Series and 72-inch Lazer Z X-Series options to the existing 60-inch options in both models for the 2016 model year.

The suspended operator platform uses three coil-over hydraulic dampers to significantly reduce the impact of bumps and vibration. It provides 3.6-inches of travel in vertical and fore-aft directions, with trailing arms to limit lateral travel and increase operator stability.

Exmark Lazer Z X-Series Suspended Operator Platform

Make long days in the seat a lot less taxing with the suspended operator platform.

“We initially launched the suspended operator platform on 60-inch versions of our Lazer Z E-Series and Lazer Z X-Series mowers, as it’s our most popular cutting deck size,” said Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters. “Almost immediately we began to receive calls, emails and social media messages inquiring about the platform’s availability with other cutting deck widths.

“These new models are the direct result of the feedback we received.”

Exmark Iso-Mount system

Exmark patented Iso-Mount isolation system

The suspended operator platform preserves the performance advantages of that have made the Lazer Z the most popular commercial zero-turn mower on the market, and it significantly reduces the negative effects of mowing rough terrain on the operator. The design is easily adjustable for operator weight and ride quality preference without tools, making it easy to achieve the desired ride quality for any operator. There’s no harsh bottoming, regardless of operator weight, and the design eases access to hydrostatic drive system components, making routine maintenance easier to perform.

Suspended operator platform-equipped Lazer Z models are equipped with a new seat design that uses patented Elastomeric Vibration Control (EVC) stretch fabric and plush foam padding for maximum comfort. In addition, Exmark’s patented Iso-Mount isolation system provides a controlled .75-inch of lateral and .5-inch of vertical isolation to further insulate the operator from bumps and vibration.

Learn more about the advantages of Exmark’s suspended operator platform-equipped Lazer Z models and locate your local Exmark dealer at Exmark.com/Exmark-Advantage.