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The Versatile Exmark Slicer Seeder

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Exmark Slicer Seeder

The Exmark Slicer Seeder is perfect for generating new grass for your customers and new revenue for your business.

If you’re a lawn care professional looking to expand your service offerings into turf management, but don’t want to invest in multiple machines, or a homeowner looking to rehab your lawn, but without a lot of storage space, the Exmark Slicer Seeder may be the right tool for you. This compact and powerful machine completes three tasks with every pass: verticutting, dethatching and overseeding.  Therefore, it eliminates the need for separate pieces of equipment.

Dethatching is important to promote healthy lawn growth. While a quarter to half an inch of thatch provides insulation and makes lawns springy and resilient underfoot, too much thatch can be problematic as it can cause anything from root systems to dry out to mower scalping. Separately, the practice of verticutting breaks up the thatch layer to allow nutrients, oxygen and water to reach the lawn’s roots. Combining the efforts of verticutting and dethatching, along with overseeding, can help you save significant time.

The Exmark Slicer Seeder is maneuverable, easy to use, and powerful. With a 20” cutting deck and a top speed of 4 mph, it covers a lot of ground, fast. The seed hopper holds up to 40 pounds of seed, and you can adjust the amount dispersed, depending on whether you need light or heavy overseeding. The slicer blades can also be adjusted, depending on grass type, seed type, and depth of the thatch layer. Seed flow is regulated based on ground speed, so you’ll get even seed delivery, no matter how fast or slow you go. Equipped with a commercial-grade Subaru engine, this machine delivers the power and performance professionals and homeowners need to get the job done.

Verticutting two to three times per season can be beneficial for most lawns and regions of the country. In the spring, this helps to remove dead organic material from the lawn to promote healthy growth. Mid-season, verticutting allows more sun, nutrients and water to reach the soil, so you have a healthy platform for strong growth. In the fall, verticutting and overseeding are basic maintenance tasks that help to promote good growth in the following spring.

For landscape professionals, a Slicer Seeder can get you working earlier in the spring and later in the fall. Many customers want to deal with one company for all of their lawncare needs, so offering verticutting as a service can make your business more attractive to consumers. If you’re a homeowner who wants to have the best lawn on the block, this machine can perform the tasks to reach your goal.  And whether you’re a pro or homeowner, the fact that the machine performs three tasks with each pass will save you time and money.

Clipping Control: Baggers, Ultra Vacs, and More

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The right grass collection system leaves behind a smooth, clean lawn that will make your mowing service the envy of the neighborhood. Mowing during heavy growth seasons or when there are large accumulations of organic debris in the fall may require different equipment for handling clippings, especially if you have commercial clients who want a well-manicured look. Exmark has multiple options for clipping control.

UltraVac Systems

UltraVac 3-Bag Collection System

The UltraVac system has what you need to create that perfect finish.

If you have an Exmark zero-turn mower, the UltraVac collection system is an extension option that can be added to your equipment.

At the basic level, you can opt for non-powered collection bags with reinforced bottoms and plenty of capacity to cover large areas without stopping to empty. The UltraVac’s large tubes help minimize clogging, which means less maintenance and fewer delays. And because there’s no complicated machinery involved, you can install the UltraVac in minutes.

For more power and commercial-grade results, you can choose the UltraVac QDS collection system, with a large collection hopper made of steel and polyethylene. This hopper can be emptied by a lever from your seat, allowing you extra versatility without slowing you down. And because the hood is sealed, no excess dust gets dispersed while you work.

For more information on which systems are available for your mower, you can visit Exmark’s accessories page. Enter your mower information, and we’ll tell you what kind of collection system is compatible with your equipment.

Exmark baggers

Exmark’s various baggers make clipping control easy with a variety of baggers that are easy to install.


Depending on your mower, Exmark has a selection of baggers and grass catchers. These come in various capacities, allowing you to work more efficiently. Because these options are designed to be used with our mowers, they’re easy to install and made of the quality materials Exmark is known for.

Enhanced Clipping Control

In slower growth periods, you may not need a bagger, but you still want to leave your customers’ lawns looking neat and clean. Rear discharge cutting decks, which allow you to precisely control the amount of clippings and where they end up, and micro-mulching systems, are ideal. They can save you time, as you no longer have to haul and handle clippings. (NB: Link to micro mulch blog post)

Whatever your lawn care business’ needs, Exmark can help you keep the clippings under control.

Exmark Radius – The Latest in Zero Turn Technology

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Exmark Radius X-Series

Exmark Radius X-Series delivers the cut quality and durability professionals demand with a host of new features and innovations.

The newest addition to the Exmark zero-turn family is the Radius, a professional-level mower with an appealing price point. Whether you own a fleet of commercial mowers and want to add the latest in zero-turn comfort and design, or if you’re a homeowner looking to enhance your lawn mowing, the Exmark Radius has what you need.

A Long History of Design and Development

At Exmark, we strive for a natural evolution of mower design and development. Each new line we release builds on the last – meaning we pay close attention to possible improvements, innovations, and upgrades with each mower we manufacture.

The Radius is a great example of this. For this next generation, we took our engineers’ expert advice and rolled it up with feedback from lawncare professionals and other users. The result is a line of mowers that offer the latest in quality, comfort, and cost.

Exmark Radius E-Series

Exmark Radius E-Series provides exceptional comfort and cut quality at an unbeatable value.

Radius Features and Options

High on your list of important features was comfort. Professionals who spend hours on the job want better operator comfort, ergonomics, and reduced vibrations so they can spend less time worrying about fatigue and more time getting the job done.

And we listened.

The result is more comfortable, vertically adjustable seats, covered with our patented Elastomeric Vibration Control fabric for maximum comfort.

Exmark Radius S-Series

Exmark Radius S-Series powered by Kohler ZT engines, with Hydro-Gear integrated tansmissions and up to 9 mph forward ground speed improves productivity.

Other features you can look for on the Exmark Radius include:

  • 48- to 60-inch UltraCut deck options
  • Side or rear discharge deck options
  • Counter-rotating blade design
  • Stronger frame and lower center of gravity for increased traction, stability, and maneuverability
  • Adjustable ROPS for safety
  • Larger tires for better clearance and reduced turf compaction
  • Easy access to the deck and fewer grease points for maintenance
  • High-powered Kawasaki FX engine for speeds of up to 10mph

The Radius also has the zero-turn design you’ve come to rely on from the Exmark brand. Best of all, the price is more accessible for small landscape businesses and private homeowners.

If you’re looking for the commercial quality results of an Exmark zero turn mower, enhanced comfort over older models, and easier maintenance than ever before, the Radius line of zero turn mowers is a great option.

Seasonal Maintenance with an Exmark Rotary Broom

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

If you want to extend your lawn care business beyond mowing season, a rotary broom could be just the tool. Rotary broomshave a rotating brush head and are ideal for seasonal clean up and maintenance beyond sweeping a walkway.  You get much greater power and speed than you would from a traditional broom. And it’s not just for sidewalks and paved paths: The Exmark Rotary Broom moves over difficult terrain with ease.

A 36” brush width means you can cover a large surface area quickly and efficiently. The easy-to-operate controls offer streamlined operation: The two-lever control format allows you to use one hand to engage the engine, while the other operates the broomhead. Patented power steering, thumb latch angle adjustments, multiple forward and reverse operations, and easy head adjustment options all contribute to the sleek design. The addition of a multi-season air filter allows you to adjust your broom to the weather, regardless of how hot or cold it is.

Fall Use

Exmark Rotary Broom

Dethatching can be a tough job to perform, which is one of the reasons Exmark developed its 36-inch Rotary Broom. It makes dethatching much quicker and easier to complete.

No more raking or chasing leaves with a blower. A slight adjustment to lift (or lower) the broom head means you can use the rotary broom to brush leaves and other debris away from lawns. Switch to the yellow turf bristle discs to dethatch cool season grasses. You can also easily clear dirt and other debris from paved paths, driveways and sidewalks.

Winter Uses

A rotary broom can help clear away hard-packed snow and ice, which can become difficult to remove in very cold conditions or when there has been a large amount of foot traffic over the area. When salt and traditional methods don’t get the job done, the more aggressive concrete/ice bristles allow you to physically break up the compacted snow without damaging the ground underneath. Accessories like an add-on snow cab and tire chain kits allow you to operate your equipment safely and comfortably regardless of how cold it is outside. With a rotary broom, you may be able to leverage existing customers and expand into clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots.

Spring/Summer Uses

In spring and summer, a rotary broom quickly sweeps away unsightly clippings from sidewalks and driveways, as well as clean up debris from summer storms. If you need to dethatch warm season grasses, the rotary broom comes in handy once again. The easy steering and controls allow you to focus your attention exactly where it needs to go, prepping lawns and landscapes for a new season of growth and vitality.

Why Choose a Rotary Broom?

Landscape care can be a four season business with the right tools. From leaf cleanup and dethatching to snow removal, a rotary broom allows you to take expand your outdoor maintenance offerings through fall and winter, while providing professional results to your clients.

Lean-to-Steer Lawn Care Equipment

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

When it comes to stand-on lawn care equipment, one of the top concerns for most professionals is the ability to control the machine easily and efficiently. Lawn care would be great if every landscaping job was done on a perfectly cultivated rectangle. Unfortunately, no two grounds are created equally. From various slopes and curved angles to hard-to-reach spots you have to access on foot, every piece of terrain has something different to offer.

Stand-on lean-to-steer equipment gives you and your lawn care team more maneuverability out there—a must-have for stand-on equipment when you want to get the job done well and you want to get it done quickly. Here’s how.

One-Hand Operations: Thanks to the lean-to-steer technology, most movement operations (forward/reverse and left/right steering) can be done with one hand, which leaves your other hand free to operate the controls with ease.

Exmark commercial-grade lawn sprayer

This versatile, easy-to-operate, easy-to-maneuver machine offers our most advanced lean-to-steer technology and outstanding stability.

Intuitive Controls: It might sound tricky to be performing two separate functions with two separate hands, but most lean-to-steer controls are very intuitive. Operators are able to use the equipment in a way that feels natural, making the learning curve very quick and easy.

Greater Precision: Most lean-to-steer lawn equipment provides greater precision while you’re working. Because you can rely on a combination of traditional steering and your own body’s movements, you have more flexibility to get in tight spaces and follow curves.

Better Productivity: Productivity: Because they allow precision, most lean-to-steer machines provide great productivity. You’ll experience less switching to smaller machines for finishing or to fit in tight spots, and precise turns can eliminate covering the same space twice.

Compact Size: The compact design of lean-to-steer machines makes it easier to squeeze into tight spaces, and there are also loading/transport benefits: The small footprint means you’ll have more room on your truck overall.

Although lean-to-steer equipment isn’t right for every lawn or type of terrain, it works great in medium-range commercial and residential settings. You’ll get more versatility than you’d find with a traditional stand-on machine.

Exmark’s Stand-On Spreader Sprayer is one of the best and most up-to-date examples of lean-to-steer technology. For functionality, ease of use, and uniform results, you can’t do better than this!

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.

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

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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, 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.




Should You Aerate This Spring?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Regardless of where you live and what type of turf grass you’re working with, aeration can help your lawn be healthier and more beautiful. The trick is knowing when it’s best to aerate, what equipment to use, and what else you can do to encourage the vigor of your grasses, while limiting weeds’ ability to gain a foothold in the lawn.

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.

According to Josh Friell, Ph. D, of The Toro Company’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology, aeration introduces temporary stress to the turf, and recovery time is closely linked to growing conditions and annual growth cycles. As a result, it’s important to keep those considerations in mind when determining an annual aerification plan.

When is the Best Time to Aerate?

Aeration is best performed just before or during periods of high growth, but not immediately preceding or during periods of stress to the lawn, whether from heat or drought. The type of grasses that make up your lawn will determine the best time of year to aerate.

If you’re working with cool season grasses, including bluegrass, creeping bent grass, fescue and ryegrass, it’s best to aerate during the growth periods in the spring and fall.

In the spring, wait until you’ve mowed the lawn a few times before aerating. This will ensure the lawn is growing fast enough to recover and take advantage of the increased pore space and air exchange at the root zone that aeration creates.

Exmark Spreader Sprayer

It’s a good idea to apply fertilizer and weed killer just after aeration to minimize the opportunity for weeds to take advantage of the short-term turf stress from aeration.

One caveat, says Friell, is that any disturbance of the root zone in the spring can increase weed competition by bringing buried seeds to the surface.

“You can reduce the potential for weed competition and increase the hardiness of the grasses by applying fertilizer and a pre-emergent weed killer following aeration. But don’t apply a weed killer if you plan to overseed following aeration, as it will prevent germination of the seed you put down.”

For warm season grasses such as Bermuda grass, buffalo grass, St. Augustine and zoysia grass, aeration can take place during warm times of the year between late-spring and early-autumn.

“Aeration should be performed early enough in the fall that the turf can recover before it needs to prepare for winter dormancy,” Friell said.

As for frequency, Friell said aeration should be performed at least once per year on most lawns, while twice annually is best for lawns with compacted soil, or soil with high clay content.

What To Do Before or After Aeration

Watering after aeration is always a good idea, as Friell said aeration should never be performed when turf is wet, or the dirt contains enough moisture to be muddy.

As mentioned earlier, the application of fertilizer and weed killer is beneficial shortly following aeration, but be sure to skip the weed killer if you’re going to overseed following aeration.

Friell said overseeding following aeration makes sense because seeds can take advantage of the disturbed surface to create better seed-to-soil contact.

“Better seed-to-soil contact means better conditions for successful germination.”

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Exmark Spreader-Sprayer: A Video Introduction

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Learn how the innovations Exmark designed into its new Spreader-Sprayer are helping lawn care professional Kent Harlan be more productive and profitable every day. This video is the first of seven new Spreader-Sprayer videos we’ve launched on the Exmark YouTube channel. (Note: Reload the page if the video does not appear below.)

View additional Spreader-Sprayer videos on the Exmark YouTube channel, or learn more about the Exmark Spreader-Sprayer at