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Quest Zero-Turns: The Professional-Grade Residential Mower

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Exmark quest Professional-grade residential mower cutting a large lawn

A commercial mower can appealing to homeowners with several acres to mow. Their powerful engines and wider decks cut down mowing times and can handle an overgrown lawn; however, the price tags can be intimidating. And even the largest lawns don’t need a mower designed for all-day, every-day use.  What these homeowners would find a better fit for their lawns is a residential mower designed with professional-grade parts that delivers professional results. What these homeowners need is Exmark’s Quest residential zero-turn.

Quest mowers deliver many commercial-grade features, comfort and durability at the lower price point of a residential mower. Its low center of gravity provides improved handling, and intuitive controls mean that it’s easy to use.  Professional-grade features include V-Twin engines, an ultra-smooth hydro-drive system, and fabricated and welded floating decks. Quest mowers operate at a top forward speed of 7 miles per hour.

The Quest E-Series comes with your choice of 34” or 42” Series 2 cutting decks. Mow over 2 acres an hour with the 42” deck. Quest S-Series is equipped with your choice of a 50” or 60” Series 2 cutting deck. A Quest S-series with a 60” deck can mow up to 4 acres per hour. On both series, the standard side-discharge deck can be rigged for mulching or bagging. Cutting heights are adjustable in half inch increments, from 1.5” to 4.5”.  Optional micro-mulching and turf striping kits help turn your lawn into the lush, perfect lawn of your dreams.

Mowing the lawn is more enjoyable when you’re comfortable. Both the E-Series and S-Series are equipped with high-backed adjustable seats. The premium ergonomic seating system delivers a smooth ride even on rough and uneven ground. The seat on the S-Series is upgraded with a contoured foam back, padded armrests, and spring suspension.

Because Quest is professional grade, it is designed to be low maintenance and durable. A standard rear engine guard helps protect critical engine components. The transmission is built with heavy-duty components to reduce wear. Blade spindles are sealed and maintenance free. Welded wear strips and 10-gauge steel provide solid, long lasting construction.

If it’s time to stop envying the pros’ mowers and make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, it’s time for a Quest mower. Find your local Exmark dealer and demo a Quest today.

Quest Residential Zero-Turn Mowers: Redesigned for 2018

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Everyone wants to have a beautiful lawn, but achieving one takes time. Especially, time spent mowing. For homeowners who want a professional quality of cut, Exmark has redesigned our Quest residential zero-turn mowers. With speeds of up to 7 mph and the ability to mow up to 2.8 acres per hour, the Quest can tame even the largest lawn in short order.

On 2018 Quest models, operators have fingertip access to critical systems and controls, including the throttle, PTO clutch, ignition switch and more. The control panel makes mowing with a Quest simple and intuitive, making it easier for homeowners to get professional results. We also redesigned the seat, providing 18” high seat backs on both models, providing more support and comfort. Additionally, the S-Series has a deluxe bolstered seat with a distinctive, tri-color seat cover.

No matter how large your lawn, there’s a Quest model to handle it. The 2018 Quest E-Series gives homeowners the choice between a 34- or 42-inch deck, while the Quest S-Series is available with either a 50- or 60-inch deck. Quest Series 2 decks feature side-discharge chutes and have commercial-grade features like anti-scalp rollers and sealed blade spindle housings.

The Exmark 708-cc V-Twin engine was designed specifically as a zero-turn mower engine. It delivers more power exactly when it’s needed, like on hills or when you hit a rough patch of grass. The engines were developed for easier maintenance, like a standard quick-drain oil hose, letting homeowners drain engine oil without tools or mess. The air box cover was designed to help prevent incorrect installation of air filters, which could impact performance and lessen engine life. And our engineers designed carburetors and air intakes that reduce dust and debris build up inside the engine.

Homeowners who care about their lawns can rest assured that an investment in an Exmark Quest is a good one, as they’re built for durability and long-lasting performance. Exmark mowers are trusted 2-to-1 over the next best-selling brand by landscape professionals. To see if a Quest residential zero-turn mower is right for you property, arrange a demo at your local Exmark dealer.

Quest Residential Zero-Turn Mowers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

If you’re a homeowner with a couple acres to mow, you may have commercial mower envy. Homeowners want the reliability, speed and cut quality of professional mowers, but not the price tag. And let’s be honest, most homeowners with two to three acres of lawn don’t need a mower designed for daily use, and probably want something smaller that will fit in an already crowded garage.

Well, residential mowing just got a whole lot better…and a whole lot more affordable. With the Quest S-Series zero-turn mower, you get professional quality and professional results for your lawn, at a residential mower price. It’s more maneuverable than a lawn tractor, more powerful than a push mower, and built with the same quality materials and attention to design that Exmark is known for.

Why the S-Series?

The Quest S-Series provides professional-grade results in keeping with everything you expect from the E-Series, but with a little something extra on the side. From a mechanics standpoint, the cutting decks are strong and durable so that you can cover more ground each time you roll out. At the same time, the mower is designed to be low on both maintenance and operating costs, so that you don’t have to spend lots of time—or money—keeping your equipment in order.

The S-Series is also designed with the average user in mind. This includes such features as:

  • A low center of gravity for easy handling and better stability
  • High-back comfort seats that reduce impact and vibration
  • Adjustable operator controls so multiple users can be comfortable
  • Heightened maneuverability to get around tight corners and difficult landscape features

Because of all these features, most homeowners can operate and maintain the S-Series regardless of what their home terrain looks like.

S-Series Options

The Quest S-Series comes in a variety of models, including 34-inch, 42-inch, and 50-inch cutting deck options. For those who want even more coverage, there is also a new 60-inch S-Series.

With a Series 2 cutting deck, a powerful twin-cylinder engine, and greater comfort than ever before, the Quest S-Series 60-inch zero-turn mower offers everything you love about an Exmark mower plus a little more. Accessories like a Micro-Mulch System and striping kits will help give you professional results, while a cargo carrier means you won’t have to lug bags of mulch to far-flung planting beds.

Quest S-Series is a professional-grade mower with attractive residential pricing, which just may make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.

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.

How to Get a Great Lawn in Less Time

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

(StatePoint) A stunning lawn is the trademark of most proud homeowners. After all, the front yard is the first thing visitors and passersby see. But achieving and maintaining the perfect landscape can be time consuming without the right tools.

Exmark Lazer Z X-Series commercial zero-turn mowerWant more of your weekends back? Experts say achieving professional-level results in less time starts with the equipment you use to do the job. Take stock of the tools in your garage or shed. Are they up to the task? If you’re spending too much time on the yard, it may be time to make some key upgrades.

The right lawnmower, for example, “is not just an investment in the beauty of your property, it’s an investment in your quality of life,” says Judy Altmaier, general manager of Exmark, a leading manufacturer of mowers and other lawn care equipment. “A faster mower means more free time, plain and simple.”

With that principle in mind, here are a few insights about what to look for when replacing an older mower with a new, more efficient model.

  • Maneuverability: Between trees, flower beds and other landscape features, a mower should be easy to maneuver, so you can mow closer and spend less time with the trimmer.
  • Quality of cut: Not all mowers offer the same quality of cut. When choosing a new mower, take this factor into consideration, as well as the type of lawn and grass you have.
  • Durability: A durable mower will include features such as welded, fabricated cutting decks, commercial engines and heavy-duty welded, tubular steel unibody frames.

For quick guidance, consider taking a cue from those who make a living by being more efficient in the yard – landscape professionals.

“These days, it’s safe to say that zero-turn riding mowers have become the tool of choice among landscape professionals,” says Altmaier.

Those from Exmark, for example, are available at various price points and offer great mower productivity, power and durability. For more information, visit www.Exmark.com.

This season, give yourself more time and energy to enjoy the yard you so painstakingly maintain.

New Product Showcase: Quest E-Series and S-Series

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Series 2 cutting deck

The Exmark Series 2 fabricated cutting deck delivers increased strength, stiffness and durability compared to stamped deck designs.

Exmark has upgraded the cutting decks available on the 2016 Quest E-Series zero-turn riding mower. Customers can choose from 42- or 50-inch Series 2 welded, fabricated cutting decks, in addition to the 42-inch Series 1 cutting deck that was standard in 2015.

“We’re always looking for ways to increase the performance and value of our mowers,” said Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters. “We want even our most affordable model to offer commercial features such as a fabricated deck.

Exmark Engines

The Exmark engines that power Quest mowers are designed to be strong-running, durable and easy to service.

“Look at the mowers the pros are using, and they’re all running welded, fabricated decks. It’s because they’re stronger, stiffer and more durable long-term.” In addition to welded, fabricated construction, the Series 2 cutting decks feature durable, zero-maintenance sealed spindles designed to deliver a lifetime of reliable performance. The single-point height adjustment system makes cutting height easy to set or adjust, and the full-floating deck design ensures scalp-free mowing.

The Quest E-Series mowers feature Exmark power – the 708cc twin-cylinder engine on 50-inch models, and the 452cc single-cylinder powerplant on 42-inch machines. Designed from the ground up as zero-turn mower engines, both engines offer responsive, reliable power, with quicker governor response to deliver more power precisely when it’s needed.

Enhanced safety is provided by an automatic braking system, which applies the parking brake automatically whenever the controls are positioned outward. The standard 18-inch extra-tall back seat features suspension for a smoother ride.

Exmark Quest S-Series Front Steer

The Quest S-Series is available with a choice of a steering wheel (shown), or traditional twin-stick controls.

In addition to the Quest E-Series, Exmark offers the Quest S-Series mower in 34-, 42-, and 50-inch models. The Quest S-Series features a number of drive system upgrades, as well as an upgraded 18-inch Deluxe seat with a bolstered design and suspension system for increased operator comfort. Available with a choice of traditional stick-based controls, or in a steering wheel-equipped Front Steer model, the Exmark Quest S-Series delivers more professional grade features in a residential riding mower.

Learn more about Exmark’s 2016 family of Quest zero-turn riding mowers, or locate your local Exmark dealer at Exmark.com.

Exmark Advantage: Hydro Drive System

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Exmark Pioneer S-Series zero-turn mower

Exmark hydro drive systems deliver increased reliability, durability and ease of use for landscape professionals and homeowners alike.

The heart of any zero-turn mower is the hydro drive system. It’s the system responsible for controllably putting the power to the ground — undoubtedly an important job.

That’s why Exmark has worked hard to develop innovations that make its hydro drive systems function better, more reliably, with increased long-term durability. Working in partnership with Parker, we designed a unitized pump and motor unit that eliminates all hoses, fittings and potential leak points.

In testing, the Exmark UHT drive system in combination with Exmark Premium Hydraulic Oil has been proven to operate in the toughest commercial conditions while maintaining cooler system temperatures than the “off the shelf” hydro drive systems used by other manufacturers.

Exmark UHT hydro drive system

The UHT hydro drive system on Lazer Z zero-turn riders is designed to work harder, stay cooler and last longer than other hydro drive systems.

With no hoses and fewer parts to wear out, Exmark drive systems are more durable and easier to maintain than traditional drive systems. In fact, with proper preventative maintenance and care, the UHT hydro drive system on an Exmark Lazer Z can deliver 3,000 hours or more of productive mowing. That’s durability you can count on for years to-come!

Features of the Lazer Z UHT hydro drive system include:

UHT Hydro – 16cc

  • Used on Lazer Z X-Series with 60″ and 72″ Cutting Decks
  • Pump: Parker 16cc
  • Type: Axial piston
  • Displacement: 16.0 cc/rev
  • Motor: Parker
  • Type: Gerotor
  • Displacement: 280 cc/rev
  • Peak Torque: 684 ft.lb
  • Reservoir: 2 quart integral

UHT Hydro – 12cc

  • Used on Lazer Z E-Series, Lazer Z S-Series and Lazer Z X-Series with 48″ and 52″ Cutting Decks
  • Pump: Parker 12cc
  • Type: Axial piston
  • Displacement: 11.4 cc/rev
  • Motor: Parker
  • Type: Gerotor
  • Displacement: 240 cc/rev
  • Peak Torque: 684 ft.lb
  • Reservoir: 2 quart integral

Learn more about the advantage of Exmark hydro drive systems at Exmark.com/Exmark-Advantage/Features/Hydros.

 

 

Exmark Advantage: Spindles

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Exmark Navigator

A half-mowed playing field doesn’t look so good, so this isn’t the time when you want trouble with a blade spindle.

When it comes to what makes an Exmark an Exmark, there isn’t one single thing you can point to and say “that’s it.” Rather, there are countless things — some big, some not so big — that add up to the unmatched performance, productivity and durability you get with Exmark mowers and lawn care equipment.

Today we’ll take a look at the blade spindles: a key feature of Exmark walk-behind, stand-on, and zero-turn riding mowers. Since they’re covered by shrouds atop the cutting deck, they aren’t parts you often think about, unless you’re having trouble with one.

Exmark Series 5/6 blade driver

This UltraCut Series 5/6 spindle cutaway shows the maintenance-free sealed bearings and 30mm splined blade driver, which eliminates impact-related bolt tightening.

If you’re relying on that mower to make your money for the day, that’s not a very appealing option. And even if you just want to mow your lawn, an awesome mower with a bad blade spindle isn’t going to get it done for you.

As a result, our designers, engineers and test crew have spent a lot of time and energy on the blade spindles on our UltraCut cutting decks. The result are spindles that do the vital job of making the blades go around with industry-leading efficiency, durability and low-maintenance.

Exmark uses tough cast aluminum housings with maintenance-free sealed, non-greasable bearing design. 25-30mm splined blade drivers (depending on UltraCut series) eliminate bolt over tightening and the spindles are completely serviceable. Exmark spindles are designed with features that minimize the opportunity for moisture ingression into the spindle assembly and/or bearings. This increases spindle lifespan considerably.

Learn more about the advantage of Exmark blade spindles at Exmark.com/Exmark-Advantage/Features/Spindles.

Exmark Advantage: Engines

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Exmark Quest S-Series Front Steer

The Exmark Quest family of mowers features Exmark engines exclusively (Quest S-Series Front Steer shown).

If you mow lawns for a living, then you already know – the mower engine makes all the difference in a machine. That’s why, at Exmark, we give so much thought to matching engine and machine for the most optimized mower performance possible.

On select models, we even develop our own engines – built precisely to our specifications and allowing us to control engine quality from start to finish.

Features and innovations include:

  • Super-quick and easy oil drain system.
  • Advanced air intake system specially designed to decrease dirt ingestion and increase performance.
  • Cast-aluminum intake and dual-barrel carburetor with vacuum choke release.
  • Cast-iron cylinder liners offer increased long-term durability.

Check out this video introduction to the Exmark 708cc twin-cylinder engine:

After the sale, we’ll be right there with you as well – with industry-leading parts, service, technical support and a powerful 3-year warranty.

Learn more about Exmark engines at Exmark.com.

Zero-Turn vs. Lawn Tractor: Introduction

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Zero-turn riding mower

Whether mowing wide-open spaces or tackling a highly-landscaped lawn, zero-turn mowers get work done more efficiently.

Home and acreage owners with one or more acres of property are faced with more choices than ever when it comes to mower type, size, features and price.  Among landscape maintenance professionals, it’s safe to say the zero-turn riding mower has become the tool of choice to consistently and quickly achieve a beautiful after-cut appearance. However, when it comes of homeowners, are zero-turn mowers still the preferred choice? Read on to find out.

Productivity: A faster mower = more free time

Landscape pros choose zero-turn mowers because they deliver the finished appearance their clients expect, and they do it more quickly than other mower types. And while it may be true that homeowners don’t have to make money with their mower, it’s a good idea to consider what their time is worth.

Exmark Lazer Z zero-turn mower

An increasing number of home and acreage owners have found the productivity benefits of a true commercial duty zero-turn rider like this Exmark Lazer Z.

Let’s take the case of an acreage owner with about 5 acres to mow, with moderate landscaping, a mixture of mature and small trees, and a kids’ play area in the back yard. We’ll compare lawn tractors and zero-turn mowers at three popular price points: $4,000-5,000; $7,000-8,000 and $13,000-14,000 in posts spread out over the next two weeks.

The comparisons will provide an estimate of the relative productivity that could be expected at each price point from a lawn tractor and zero-turn rider. That said, raw productivity numbers don’t factor in other aspects of mower performance such as maneuverability, durability, operator comfort or quality of cut. As a result, the ultimate productivity of a mower will depend on a combination of factors.

To determine the acres-per-hour productivity of each mower, we used the top speed of the mowers, along with the published width of the cutting deck. Since most mowers are not able to produce a good quality of cut at maximum speed, we assumed 80-percent efficiency from the mowers to account for this, as well as for time spent not actually cutting grass, such as turning around or overlap.

Look for our next installment of this series on Monday, January 11.

Dig Deeper at Exmark.com:

  • Learn more about factors to consider when choosing a lawn tractor or zero-turn mower.
  • Learn more about how to determine mower productivity.