Mowers/Mowing Components (contractor/institutional)

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Ferris Industries

Hydrocut 36

NEW Ferris HydroCut™ 36

-Powered by a 13-hp Kawasaki® V-Twin engine with electric start, 36” cutting width and 5.5 mph ground speeds.

-Single hydrostatic transmission makes this mower extremely easy to operate.

-“The affordable alternative to belt drives”.

-Ferris’ exclusive Torque Tuned Blade™ system ensures a clean and precise cut by utilizing a chevron deck drive belt system. This new system allows the unit to be more maneuverable and easy to handle.

-Features Ferris’ exclusive Integrated Comfort Control (ICC™) system controls movement instantly forward and reverse.

-Quick-adjust height-of-cut lever is easily accessible and ensures consistent cutting height.

Ferris Industries

IS 4500Z

NEW Ferris IS 4500Z

-Front-wheel IS Independent Suspension w/rear wheel Active Performance Suspension (APS™) provides comfort, speed, traction and a consistent cut.

-27-hp Caterpillar® diesel or 35-hp Briggs & Stratton Big Block. External 2-stage air cleaners, 61” decks and 10 mph ground speeds.

-The mower deck utilizes Ferris Hercules™ spindles, with 3X more life than competitive spindles, larger tapered roller bearings, 1.25” shafts, and 10.25” 6-bolt flange. The strongest spindle in the industry.

-Adjustable 360º anti-scalp rollers, direct mounted hydro cooling fans, cast iron rear A-arms and twin A-section hydro drive belts are all value-added features on the IS4500Z.

Ferris Industries

IS 500Z

NEW Ferris IS 500Z

-New 4-wheel Active Performance Suspension (APS™) w/ pivoting front axel and spring assemblies and rear-wheel coil over shock suspension provides increased comfort, speed, traction and consistent cut.

-Available in 19-hp/42”, 21-hp/48” and 25-hp/52” they feature Kawasaki® V-Twin engines, external 2-stage air cleaners, newly designed greasable spindles, cooling fans mounted atop hydro pumps, twin A-section hydro drive belts and 10 mph ground speeds.

-The new IS 500Z mowers will tackle tight places with maximum maneuverability and all the benefits of Active Performance Suspension (APS™). It’s truly a compact commercial mower innovation.

The Grasshopper Company

The PowerFold

The Grasshopper PowerFold™ is a technological (patent pending) breakthrough in the service and operation of lawnmower decks. Stunningly simple in design, PowerFold lifts Grasshopper commercial mower decks upright by electromechanical means, and is the first non-hydraulic, non-manual solution offered for the age-old problem of access to mower blades and storage. The PowerFold’s legacy is simplicity, ease of use, durability and dual functionality with cutting height adjustment. Affordability avails it to a wide spectrum of commercial applications. Its functionality greatly enhances the value of the product to operators whose lives are aided by this safe, reliable solution for under-deck access.

Hustler Turf Equipment


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. Hustler Turf Equipment,, 1-800-395-4757.

Jacobsen, a Textron Company

Z Fast Cat Plus

The Fast Cat Plus was redesigned in 2004 to offer additional comfort, speed, drivability and convenience. This zero-turn mower is the only light commercial/residential Zero Turn Mower equipped with the PowerLink mobile power system. With this feature, users have access to 1000 watts continuous AC electric power. Operators will notice an improved ride from the mower’s Hydro-Gear Transaxles with built-in charge pumps. Ergonomic improvements include fully-dampened forward and reverse controls, and a push-pull PTO switch for the electric clutch. Engineers also increased the ground speed to 7.5 mph for maximum efficiency, cutting up to three acres per hour.

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