Posts Tagged ‘walk-behind’

Exmark Advantage: Enhanced Control System (ECS)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Enhanced Control System ECS

One feature that sets Exmark commercial-grade walk-behind and stand-on mowers apart from the pack is our patented Enhanced Control System (ECS). ECS makes mower control easier, more ergonomic and ultimately, more sustainable day after day.

Exmark ECS controls

ECS places the controls at the operator’s fingertips for maximum ease of use.

The comfort of the operator’s hands might not be the first thing you think of when you think of commercial mowers. But we couldn’t forget about the hands, because in this case, they do just as much work as the operator’s legs and feet. And from an ergonomic standpoint, traditional control layouts leave a lot to be desired.

ECS in-use

Visit your local Exmark dealer to experience the advantages of ECS for yourself.

Our ECS-equipped walk-behind and stand-on mowers place the control handles in the location and angle your hands naturally fall. This also helps protect hands from hitting objects that stick out. The shorter grip distance and drive levers relieve fatigue while the cushioned handles reduce vibration. It’s total comfort for hard-working hands.

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Why EFI? A Look at the Benefits of Electronic Fuel Injection

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

In addition to traditional carbureted engines, most Exmark commercial zero-turn, stand-on and walk-behind mowers are also available with engines equipped with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). Today, we’ll discuss EFI’s benefits and why you might want to consider equipping your next mower with a fuel-injected engine.

Exmark EFI propane

Exmark offers state of the art EFI-propane engines on its commercial zero-turn, walk-behind and stand-on riding mowers.

What is EFI?

EFI replaces the carburetor as the mechanism responsible for mixing fuel and air, and delivering the mixture to the engine cylinders, so it can be burned, and power can be produced.

Unlike a carburetor, which relies on the vacuum created by the engine to work, a fuel-injected engine uses pressurized injectors to spray a precisely-metered amount of fuel into the air stream as it enters the engine. The system’s ability to adjust the fuel/air mixture based on altitude and environment is a major benefit for commercial mower users on a number of levels.

Exmark Navigator

Electronic Fuel Injection reduces fuel consumption, downtime and maintenance costs, while it increases power, performance and ease-of-starting.

EFI Benefits

  • Productivity — EFI optimizes the fuel/air mixture to deliver maximum power and responsiveness at any altitude, in any weather. You’ll get more work done thanks to the optimized performance.
  • Fuel economy — Save up to 25 percent or more on fuel costs compared to similarly equipped carbureted mowers. For a landscape professional, this can amount to hundreds of dollars of fuel savings per year for each machine.
  • Easy starting — With no choke, you’ll get quick starts every time, hot or cold.
  • Reduced service/downtime — With no carburetor, fuel injected engines have no carburetor-related maintenance costs or downtime.

Exmark EFI-Equipped Mowers

Exmark offers Electronically Fuel Injected engines across its line of commercial mowers, including Lazer Z (zero-turn rider), Navigator (dedicated bagging rider), Vantage (stand-on rider) and Turf Tracer (walk-behind) models.

Learn more about Exmark Electronic Fuel Injection mowers.

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Mid-Season Mower Maintenance

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

By David Martin, Exmark customer service manager

Maintenance: mower cleaning

Minimize the use of water when cleaning your mower. Instead, use compressed air whenever possible.

Now that mowing season is well under way, the last thing you want to happen is for your mower to experience downtime. The following maintenance tips will help you keep your mower running in tip-top shape.

Maintenance: mower blades

Sharp, balanced blades are critical to the performance of the cutting system. Check and sharpen blades if necessary.

  • Check the operator’s manual to see what might need to be greased. Keeping the right parts greased is an important step in extending the life of a mower.
  • Check the air filter (inner and outer) and change it if necessary. Never use compressed air to clean a filter. The powerful air stream can compromise the filter’s ability to effectively filter the air coming into the engine.
  • Depending on how many hours the mower has been running, consider changing the fuel filter. Consult your owner’s manual or for the recommended replacement interval.
  • Check and, if necessary, change the spark plugs.
  • Blow the debris off the unit:
    • Remove the belt deck belt shields and blow off all foreign material.
    • Blow the grass off the areas around the pumps and wheel motors (overheated oil leads to shorter component life).
    • Blow through the openings in and around the console or remove the console mounting screws to get debris out of this area.
  • Check for loose hardware.
  • Verify torque on wheel motor castle nut and tire mounting lug nuts.
  • Verify oil changes are being performed at the proper intervals, and perform the service if necessary. NEVER, under any circumstances, exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations by more than 100 hours. Significant damage will result that will reduce the machine’s lifespan and compromise productivity.

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ECS Controls: Why They’re Better

Thursday, 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

Fuel for Your Mower: What’s Best For You?

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

When it comes to the purchase of a new mower, you have more choices than ever before. Instead of merely the choice between a push mower and a riding lawn mower, today we have walk-behind mowers, stand-on mowers and zero-turn mowers to choose from.

Once you’ve decided which mower type you want, it makes sense to consider which fuel is your best option. Gasoline isn’t the only choice anymore. There are also a wide variety of propane lawn mowers to choose from. But which one is better, gasoline or propane?

Advantages of Propane

There are several advantages to propane as a mower fuel. For example, propane stores longer than gasoline. You don’t have to worry about fuel quality degradation over the winter, so you can store the mower in the garage and from a fuel standpoint, it’ll be ready to go when it’s time to mow again in the spring.

Propane is typically less expensive than gasoline. You’ll also find that propane prices don’t fluctuate as much as the price of gasoline. Since propane prices are often lower in the summer, propane-powered lawn mowers are becoming more popular with landscape professionals, too.

In addition to paying less per gallon, using propane also eliminates the possibility of a hazardous and costly spill. Propane also reduces the likelihood of fuel being stolen for use in other vehicles. Last but not least, propane is environmentally friendly. Propane-fueled mowers produce fewer greenhouse gasses than gasoline mowers, making them a good choice in areas where air quality is an issue.

When it comes to using propane-powered lawn mowers, it’s important to remember to fill the propane tank (or keep an alternate) before you start mowing. But propane’s growing popularity as an alternative fuel means you shouldn’t have trouble finding a filling station nearby.

Advantages of Gasoline

Gasoline-powered lawn mowers continue to be popular for a number of reasons, but universal fuel availability is a big one. If your mower runs out of gas, it’s easy to get it refilled. You can purchase gasoline at any gas station, virtually any time of day. Plus, it’s relatively easy to carry a small gas canister to and from the filling station.

Gasoline engines are available in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, so chances are you’ll be able to find a mower type and size to suit your needs. As a result, today, gasoline engines power the majority of our mowers.

Gasoline can for lawn mowerWhen Gasoline-Powered Mowers Make Sense

We recommend gasoline-powered lawn mowers to most homeowners. For a small or medium-sized property, you’ll find a wider variety of gasoline-fueled mower options suited to the task. While you may still like to take one of our zero-turn lawn mowers for a ride, you might be better served with a smaller self-propelled walk-behind for your property. And nine times out of ten, those mowers will be gasoline-powered.

For a smaller property, you’re not going to be mowing the yard for several hours. This means you probably aren’t going to use enough fuel each year to be able to realize a significant cost benefit using propane. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a propane-powered mower to maintain a small- to medium-sized property. But the difference in fuel cost really pays off for commercial and professional users.

When You Should Choose Propane

Propane-powered lawn mowers, whether they are zero-turn mowers or not, are most useful for commercial and professional users and large properties. Propane mowers give these users the opportunity to reduce fuel expenditures by up to 25 percent, which is a big deal. If you’re running your lawn mower for eight hours a day or more, you’re probably spending a lot of money on fuel.

When it comes to mowing the lawn professionally, it’s also a good idea to consider the environment. After all, switching to a propane-powered lawn mower is really noticeable when you cut grass for a living. Fortunately, you don’t have to trade energy efficiency for power. Thanks to state-of-the-art Kohler EFI-propane powerplants, our propane mowers offer exceptional performance while being easier on the planet.

If you are a landscape contractor, you may also want to look into grants or rebate programs from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), or other agencies to help you defray the initial cost of the propane mower. That said, even without financial assistance, your business would benefit from the cost benefits a propane mower will deliver over time.


Remove Snow Better with the Exmark 36-inch Rotary Broom

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

We designed the Exmark 36-inch Rotary Broom to deliver four season utility. It’s incredibly effective at cleaning virtually any surface, and while many folks don’t think of a rotary broom as the ideal tool for snow removal, few machines can match its effectiveness and speed when it comes time to clear snow from sidewalks, driveways and other areas.

The standard black brush set is optimized for snow removal and concrete cleaning.

The standard black brush set is optimized for snow removal and concrete cleaning.

A number of features make the 36-inch Rotary Broom an ideal tool for snow removal. The standard black brush discs are optimized for snow and concrete use, while softer yellow brush discs are available for turf use. A robust pin-type height adjustment system facilitates positive ground engagement and easy leveling with adjustments in 1/8-inch increments.

The patented power steering system uses fingertip controls to control turns, making steering and reversing easy, and an available tire chain kit delivers enhanced traction in snowy or icy conditions. The machine includes independent controls for the brush and ground drive systems, and the brush can be angled up to 20-degrees right-or-left with fingertip controls.

A simple 180-degree twist is all it takes to optimize performance of the Kohler Command Pro engine for cold or warm weather.

A simple 180-degree twist is all it takes to optimize performance of the Kohler Command Pro engine for cold or warm weather.

The powerful Kohler Command Pro single-cylinder engine features a multi-season cyclonic air filter design. In winter, a simple 180-degree twist of the air filter cover allows the engine to receive pre-warmed air from the engine manifold for increased cold weather performance. Other features including a cast-iron cylinder liner, forged steel crankshaft and all-metal 4.2 quart (4.0 liter) gasoline tank further enhance reliability and durability in commercial use.

Learn more about the 36-inch Rotary Broom on the Exmark YouTube channel, or at

A Look at Exmark’s Innovative Turf Tracer EFI-Propane Walk-Behinds

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

New hydro-drive walk-behind models deliver increased fuel economy, reduced cost of operation

Exmark has introduced two new EFI-propane wide-area walk-behind models. The new models use groundbreaking EFI-propane Kohler V-twin powerplants on the proven Turf Tracer S-Series and Turf Tracer X-Series walk behind models to deliver significantly reduced cost of operation.

Both Turf Tracer EFI-propane models feature the ground breaking Kohler PCV680 engine.

Both Turf Tracer EFI-propane models feature the ground breaking Kohler PCV680 engine. It delivers significantly increased fuel efficiency and performance without compromises. (Image: Kohler Engines)

The new Turf Tracer models utilize new EFI propane Kohler powerplants with an automotive-style closed-loop Electronic Fuel Injection system. Capable of precisely adjusting fuel mixture settings in real-time, the closed-loop EFI delivers improved running and performance, combined with easy, no-choke starting. The increased efficiency of the propane EFI system also increases fuel economy by up to 40 percent.

Both Turf Tracer models include Exmark’s patented Enhanced Control System, which delivers increased operator comfort and productivity with improved mower control ergonomics. In a recent evaluation of the ECS controls versus competitive control systems, University of Nebraska researchers learned that landscape professionals overwhelmingly preferred ECS to all other systems.

Exmark’s premier Turf Tracer X-Series model features the EFI-propane Kohler PCV680 air-cooled V-twin powerplant. With standard heavy-duty canister filtration and turn-key, choke-free electric starting, the Kohler powerplant helps the Turf Tracer X-Series deliver maximum productivity and reliability, along with superior long-term durability. A large-capacity electromagnetic clutch provides smooth engagement and extra-long life.

The EFI-Propane Turf Tracer S-Series features Kohler's ground breaking PCV680 engine.

The EFI-Propane Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a 48-inch UltraCut Series 3 full-floating cutting deck.

The Turf Tracer X-Series is well prepared to easily tackle the toughest jobs and most demanding conditions with a full-floating Exmark UltraCut Series 4 cutting deck. Available in 52- and 60-inch cutting widths, the deck features Exmark’s patented flow-control baffles and is formed from high-strength alloy steel with welded construction. Large-diameter sealed cutter housings with greaseless spindles eliminate maintenance and significantly increase lifespan.

The Turf Tracer S-Series EFI-propane features the Kohler PCV680 EFI propane engine and a 48-inch UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck. The floating deck design virtually eliminates scalping, while an electromagnetic clutch, flat-free semi-pneumatic caster tires and sealed, greaseless spindles provide the durability landscape professionals demand.

Learn more about the new EFI-propane Turf Tracer models, or locate your nearest Exmark dealer at, or call (402) 223-6300.

The Latest and Greatest Exmark Accessories

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We get excited about exceptional mower accessories. Okay, let’s rephrase that – we get excited about almost anything relating to mowers and the art of mowing. But at least we know we’re not the only ones; our customers get just as pumped. So for those who want to be the first to learn about new products, here are two of our newest accessories that can be found at your nearest Exmark dealership:

Operator Controlled Discharge:

It quickly and effectively helps you manage your mower’s discharge around mulch beds, parked cars, homes and other objects.

  • Fits all Exmark side-discharge, walk-behind mowers from model year 2002 and newerOCD_Walk_Behind
  • Innovative design for quick and easy transition to multiple Exmark units within a fleet
  • Easy-to-use handle mount lever allows for quick discharge management decisions
  • Rugged, commercial design and durable blocker door reinforces reliability
  • Multi-adjustable blocker door for more effective discharge
  • Operates in conjunction with discharge chute in the down position for safe, controlled discharge.

Power Deck Lift:

It enhances the unit’s ease of ue without compromising safety by giving you the ability to quickly lift your deck at  any moment.Power_Deck_Lift (3)

  • Quick response time, lifting your deck to transport lock position in 2-3 seconds
  • Convenient, hands-free foot actuator allows you to safely lift the deck while mowing
  • Robust, electric actuator lifts 72” cutting decks with ease – even with the UltraVac Collection System blower installed
  • Commercial-grade hardware for years of reliable use
  • Low-profile design provides better trim side visibility

Exmark Commercial 21

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Hi, everyone. Tom Vachal here, principal design engineer for Exmark.

At Exmark, we’re constantly coming up with new ways of making our products even better, whether it’s through improving features on our already popular mowers or introducing new models that meet the specific needs of landscape pros. We just can’t help ourselves. For the past 18 months, I’ve had the pleasure of helping create the Commercial 21 and Commercial 21 Advantage Series – two new additions to our walk-behind line and a prime example of our obsession with delivering the very best to our customers.

Here are just a few of the features we’ve incorporated into the new Commercial 21 line:

  • Durable front height adjusters that eliminate the need for “pivot-style” adjusters
  • Single point rear height adjustment for quick changes
  • Easy on and off bag design that eliminates the need for levers and doors
  • New 5”-deep die-cast aluminum cutting deck for a precise Exmark cut
  • A choice of commercial-grade Honda & Kawasaki engines
  • 60 percent fewer parts

The Commercial 21s are available now. It’s definitely worth a trip to your local Exmark dealer.