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ATZ, Hustler Turf Equipment, Hesston, Kan.

The ATZ, from Hustler Turf Equipment is the z-rider for slopes! Features include: certified 2-post ROPS with 4-post roll cage for a sense of operator security, White RC 26 wheel motors provide more torque at lower pressures for improved slope performance, deluxe suspension seat with seat belt for added security, added weight, length, and wide stance improve traction and balance, 24 x 12-12 Carlisle AT101 ATV bar-tread tires for improved traction, and a hydraulic oil cooler for increased system life.

Paul Mullet, president, Brian Nebel, director of engineering, and Rydell Penner, designer are responsible for the development of this product. By using higher-torque wheel motors, added weight and an innovative frame design, we are able to handle slopes of 25 degrees while the standard z-rider handles only 15-degree slopes. This in turn means a 66 percent increase in slope performance.

The customer feedback has been very positive. In fact, the product has been successful enough that we were able to phase out an older, dedicated slope mower.

Hustler Turf Equipment has been in business for 45 years and employs 315 people.

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