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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT APRIL 2017 19 QuickCat models, just in a tighter package. It is a true commercial mower backed by our Mow With Confi dence warranty of 6 years or 2,000 hours. BOB-CAT's warranties on the ProCat/Predator-Pro and mid- size walk-behind models are all true industry-leading warranties with 6 years/2,750 hours and 3 years/2,500 hours, respectively. — Ron Scheffl er, product manager, BOB-CAT The initial launch of the PRO Z 100 in 2016 was followed with the complete PRO Z Series earlier this year. The full lineup consists of the PRO Z 100, 500, 700 and 900 Series, designed to meet the needs of different-sized landscape crews. The PRO Z 500 was designed for small to medium landscape contractors. Stepping up to the PRO Z 700, more horsepower, faster mower speeds and larger deck options make this an essential step up for larger crews. The PRO Z 900 has it all — a 35-hp. engine, 16-cc transmission, 26-inch rear tires, and ground speeds up to 14 mph. The pivoting front axle can take a beating so your body doesn't have to, and the air-ride ISO suspension seat has customizable seat fi rmness, lumbar support and angle adjustment. — Allen Baird, professional product manager, Cub Cadet The redesigned Hustler X-ONE features a larger fully tubular frame, Parker unitized transmission, simplifi ed deck lift system, increased fuel capacity, and bolstered seat with internal suspension and rubber-isolated seat mounts. The new X-ONE is available with a Kawasaki FX or Kohler EFI engine. New to the X-ONE lineup is a 72-inch deck option. With new attractive price points, the X-ONE offers an even greater value to large-property owners and commercial contractors. Our ongoing objective is to look for ways to increase the performance and value of our mowers. With the redesigned X-ONE, we took into account added strength and durability to bring a higher-performing value to the market. — Brad Unruh, director of product strategy, Excel Industries (Hustler) Exmark's 2017 commercial mower line is stronger than ever. From our Turf Tracer walk-behind to Vantage stand-on models and our Lazer Z zero-turn riders, Exmark is delivering more innovation and long-term value for landscape professionals. The big news for 2017 is the introduction of the Radius zero- turn rider to the Exmark line. With its next-generation design, Radius raises the bar for the commercial durability, reliability and operator comfort a machine retailing for approximately $5,000 to $8,500 can deliver. Radius is available in three models — E-Series, S-Series and X-Series. Each features a heavy-duty fabricated and welded steel frame, with an isolated fl oor pan to reduce noise and vibration reaching the operator. Exmark's exclusive UltraCut cutting systems are available in side- or rear-discharge confi gurations on Radius models. For landscape maintenance professionals looking for a productive, e a s y - t o - m a i n t a i n zero-turn rider, the Radius X-Series represents an appealing option. With a full-suspension operator seat; cutting widths of 48, 52 or 60 inches; forward speeds of up to 10 mph; and powerful Kawasaki V-twin commercial engines, Radius X-Series models are a solid investment for landscape professionals with an eye on the bottom line. — Jamie Briggs, Exmark product manager Grasshopper introduced Model 227VEFI for 2017. This new model features a 747-cc Kohler Confi dant EFI engine, separate 12-cc pumps, high-torque wheel motors for smooth control, 12-gallon fuel tank located under the seat for lower center of gravity and terrain-hugging traction, and a multi-point integrated suspension system of iso-mounts and dampeners to reduce vibration and improve operator comfort. Fifty-two-inch and 61-inch cutting decks are available. — Mike Simmon, marketing specialist, Grasshopper In October 2016, Honda Power Equipment expanded its lineup of commercial lawn mowers with the introduction of the Honda HRC216K3HDA, an all-new model that joins the self-propelled, hydrostatic-drive Honda HRC216HXA and push-type HRC216PDA. Ideal for professional landscapers, the HRC216K3HDA features superior performance, durability and reliability, combined with reduced cost and weight. The newest Honda commercial lawn mower is designed from the inside out for simple starting, easy operation and quick stopping, featuring a host of advanced features and technologies, including easy start, easy stop; commercial-grade power; superior cutting performance; commercial-grade design; and lightweight maneuverability. The mower is backed by a Honda one-year commercial warranty (one year for the frame, two years for the engine). Heading into 2017, the professional landscape market continues to gain momentum, and is benefi ting from increased innovation and development of tools for this segment; what's also important is the continued trend in products that increase speed and effi ciency for commercial landscapers. With this in mind, the focus at Honda continues to be the infusion of technological innovation in the design of power products — lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers and pumps — that offer the least amount of downtime, greatest effi ciency and durability, along with outstanding fuel economy. — Elisha Lipscomb, Honda Power Equipment, senior marketing strategist, lawn & garden P H OT O P R OV I DE D BY GRA V ELY