FOCUS ON: Riding Rotary Mowers
Riding rotary mowers are designed to aid in time management and profitability by cutting down the time it takes to mow a large area. If you can do more work in an hour, you can make more money. With a riding rotary mower, you'll see a difference in the time it takes you to get jobs done, which will result in an increase in overall productivity. When selecting a riding rotary, keep in mind that there are many engine configurations, deck selections, attachments and ergonomics to choose from. To learn more about these rotary mowers, use the circle number provided at the end of each product description.
The Ferris ProCut 20 features a simple design for easy serviceability. The mower's out-front deck makes it ideal for mowing areas with trees and shrubs. The patented electric deck lift allows the operator to raise and lower the cutter deck for momentary traction assistance and under-deck maintenance. The mower uses heavy-duty roller chain steering and the full-sized fender protects the operator's feet while adding strength to the frame.
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Howard Price Turf Equipment introduces the Hydro Power 180 large area mower that is powered by a 110-hp turbo charged Cummins diesel engine. Decks are individually controlled and can be used in any combination of the three. The unit features a heavy-duty drive train with Eaton hydrostatic transmission and Dana 60 truck axle. The mower is available in 15- or 16-foot cut and has a ground speed of 22 mph. Cutting capacity can range up to 17 acres per hour depending on mowing conditions.
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Husqvarna's Rider 155 articulating mower has a front mounted cutting deck allows operators to mow under bushes and around corners with ease. The deck flips up without the use of tools for convenient servicing and easy cleaning. The Kohler 15.5-hp OHV engine propels the mower at more than 5 mph, and the rear-mounted configuration provides better traction for the rear wheels. The engine features overhead valve engineering and pressure lubrication while producing few emissions. The Rider's ergonomic controls are grouped together within easy reach of the operator, and the cutting height can be adjusted from the unit's smooth-riding seat.
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The AR-5 fine-cut rotary mower from Jacobsen features a new hydraulic fluid cooling design, improvements in deck design and new lift arms for each deck. Cooling radiators for the AR-5 hydraulic fluid are placed side-by-side for increased airflow and more efficient cooling. The mower is powered by a 60-hp diesel engine for better control and hill climbing capabilities. The rotary mower decks are convertible from mulching to side discharge. New lift arms allow the decks to float over contours and prevent scalping.
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John Deere's 1545 Series II Front Mower is equipped with a 31-hp Yanmar diesel engine with enough torque for tough mowing conditions. The engine's rear-mounted radiator helps lower sound levels and is easy to service. The 1545 is built with a front-mounted offset mower deck, which features a design that allows maneuverability without the rear of the machine encountering obstacles and that increases trimming capability and productivity. Height of cut can be adjusted from 1 to 6 inches in ½-inch increments. The mower's patented two-pedal foot-control system eases speed and direction control for the operator.
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The T1870 from Kubota comes equipped with an 18-hp V-Twin engine. A single pedal controls speed and directional changes, allowing the operator to keep their hands on the steering wheel for precise steering. Mid-mount mower decks with contoured deep deck designs give powerful two-blade cutting action on the 40-inch deck, or three-blade action on the 44- and 48-inch decks. The mower deck's levers are gas spring assisted for easier deck lift and lowering. Mowing operations are further enhanced with a dial-type cutting adjustment, which adjusts in 1-inch increments from 1 to 4 inches.
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The STHM Hydro Rider from Scag allows for maximum productivity with minimum downtime. The maneuverable mower uses a pivot mount frame and out-front deck for stability and trimming performance. The heavy-duty hydro drive system provides smooth, even power to both wheels, controlled by a single-foot pedal control A 13-quart nylon reservoir and heavy-duty cooling radiator ensure long drive system component life by preventing contamination and lowering temperatures. The mower is available with a 61-, or 72-inch cutter deck and 23-hp Kohler Command engine.
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The 4-wheel drive Legacy XL subcompact garden tractor from Simplicity is available in three 27-hp engine choices. Customers can select a 48-, 54- or 60-inch mower deck and any size mower can be matched with any engine choice. The mower features a shaft-drive from the engine with cooling fan, internal wet disc brakes and internal hydraulic PTO for all front- and rear-attachments.
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Snapper rear-engine riders feature visibility, performance and 3-in-1 convertibility from side discharge to bagging to mulching. The riders also include quick response steering that helps the operator maneuver around tight spots and make quick turns, stand-on-end capability that allows for easy service, cleaning and storage, and a comfortable adjustable seat. The side discharge model is available in 11-, 12- and 13-hp riders with a 30-inch mowing deck and the 18-hp unit comes with a 42-inch mower deck.
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The Toro Company introduces the Groundsmaster 4100-D, an all out-front rotary mower that offers operator visibility with a 10.5-foot width of cut. The mower is powered by a 60-hp Kubota turbo-charged diesel engine and has full-time bi-directional 4-wheel drive. The unit also has on-the-go flexibility of three cutting widths of 54, 89 and 124 inches. The out-front mower gives the operator a good line of sight with the mower decks right in front.
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