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18 APRIL 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com L&I: Please tell us about your latest commercial mowers, and what landscape professionals need to know about your equipment heading into 2017. We're continuing to re-launch our entire lineup of professional zero-turn mowers. Last year, we introduced the all-new Pro-Turn 200 and 400 series, and we followed up this year with the Pro- Turn and Pro-Turn 100, which rounds out the line. We're excited about the Pro-Turn and Pro-Turn 100 launches this year because they're available at a more entry-level price point for landscape professionals, but still incorporate many of the great features on the 200 and 400 series models. The new line has a new look and feel, better ergonomics and more appropriately fits our brand identity going forward. And what's great is that while they look and feel better, they perform better too. Improvements like our deck enhancements, constant belt tension system and deck height adjustment system make these machines more durable and more efficient for crews that are cutting all day, every day. Another thing that we we're really excited about for 2017 is the launch of Yamaha's MX-V EFI engines. Gravely was actually the launch partner for that project, and we spent years with the team from Yamaha testing these engines to make sure that they were up to the industry standard. This year, the new engines are available on most of our Pro-Turn 200 and 400 models, and we encourage landscape professionals to head to their local dealer for a test ride. We think they will be impressed with the performance. — Matt Medden, Ariens Company VP of marketing BOB-CAT has made several strides this year in its ProCat and Predator-Pro commercial mower families. A deeper deck design on our 61-inch models, called the DuraDeck XF, is chief among them. This cutting system aids the overall quality of cut through improved clippings disbursement and deck cleanliness at the end of a long day. Smoother controls and handling are now available in these families across the board, as well as increased horsepower on certain models. Our Zero-T drive tires are exclusive to BOB-CAT, and can now be found on all our products. These tires have improved grip on hillsides; better puncture resistance; fast, tight turns without turf damage; and better self cleaning than other tires in the marketplace. BOB-CAT also launched a new stand- on mower, the QuickCat 36-inch mower. This mower has similar features as the larger MOWER TRENDS 2 017 Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) shares the latest mower trends in a Q&A conducted by sister publication Landscape and Irrigation (L&I) with experts from some of the industry's largest commercial mower manufacturers. L&I received the following written responses Jan. 10-30, 2017: P H OTO P RO VI DED BY BOB-C AT FEATURE STORY