What’s New in ZTRs? Power and refinement take center stage
Published on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 8:15am
Zero Turn Radius mowers, ZTRs, just keep getting better and better every year. With more manufacturers participating in this environment, competition is strong. To us—the customers—that means ZTRs with better control, stability, fuel economy, and speed, along with amenities and accessories to pull the tedium right out of weekly lawn duty.
We present some of 2017’s more interesting offerings, all of which can be considered “light-professional” or “heavy-duty acreage ready.”
ZTrak Z300 series
For those who would only drive green—you know who you are—John Deere has introduced five new ZTR models that give a great mow even at fast speeds. With engines ranging from 20 hp on the Z335E up to 25 hp on the 375R, Deere’s new Accel Deep mower deck is available in 42-, 48- and 54-inch widths for better grass dispersion. Operators can change from mulching to side discharge with the flip of a lever.
All Z300 models boast improved comfort, such as a no-tool-required medium back seat adjustment, control levers with improved ergonomics, and standard floor mats.
Deere & Company, 800-537-8233, deere.com
BOB-CAT introduced the XRZ Pro in 2015 but has been refining and adding to it since then, like deck sizes 48-, 52-, and 61-inches this past year. The XRZ Pro line is powered by FX-series Kawasaki engines and twin hydrostatic transaxles for agility and speed—up to 8 miles per hour with 22-inch drive wheels.
For 2017, controls have been enhanced for improved comfort over long hours. BOB-CAT’s patented Double Wave baffle system provides vacuum and lift resulting in a smooth and accurate cut for the professional of the serious homeowner. The XRZ Pro line is backed by a 6-year/1000 hour warranty.
Schiller Grounds Care Inc., 866-469-1242, bobcatturf.com
Radius E Series
The commercial grade features of the Radius E Series means they are built for busy professionals and acreage owners with a lot of lawn to mow. Built on a sturdy unibody frame, the Radius E series mowers are powered by a 24.5 hp, 708cc V-twin Exmark engine providing a top speed of eight mph. Decks are available in 48-, 52-, and 60-inch widths.
Exmark’s UltraCut decks feature maintenance-free, sealed-bearing spindle assemblies for increased durability and zero maintenance. Operator comfort is unsurpassed from improved ergonomics and isolation to reduce reducing vibrations and fatigue.
Exmark Manufacturing, 402-223-6300, exmark.com
The heavy-duty, commercial-grade Kubota Z700 series takes on tough jobs with either a Kohler Command PRO or Kawasaki FX engine and a fully welded, six inch deep mower deck in widths of 48, 54, or 60 inches.The ergonomically designed, easy-to-view instrument and indicator panel gives operators convenient access to a well-designed work station.
The operator’s seat offers a thick-cushioned, 19.6 in. high seatback, adjustable armrests, and slide adjustment,. Kubota’s two step deck height adjustment system lets you adjust the cutting height with a turn of a dial and press of the pedal.
Kubota Tractor Corporation, 888-458-2682, kubota.com
Poulan Pro P61ZXT
Long known for powerful and durable chain saws, Poulan’s largest ZTR entry is the Poulan Pro P61ZXT. Powered by a Briggs & Stratton twin cylinder 26 hp Pro Series engine, the P61ZXT features a massive 61" fabricated steel deck with three premium cutting blades, and rugged steel frame. It has a dual commercial-grade hydrostatic ZT-3100 drive system; ergonomic, easy-to-operate steering lap bars with foam-padded grips; and 22" rear tires for optimal control, comfort, smooth ride, and fast ground speeds.
A switched electric clutch engages mower blades, and two anti-scalp deck wheels and nose roller reduce the risk of damaging the lawn in uneven terrain.
Poulan Pro, 800-849-1297, poulanpro.com
Mustang 54 XP FAB
This year, the popular Mustang 54 XP is joined by a companion—the Mustang 54 XP Rider with Fabricated Deck. Troy-Bilt fabricated decks are robotically welded with reinforced bottom edges for enhanced durability. They also have e-coated and powder-coated paint for superior corrosion protection.
With a 54-inch cutting deck, the Mustang 54 XP FAB zero-turn tractor has a 25 HP Briggs & Stratton Commercial Turf Twin engine, dual EZT transmission, 15-position cutting height and 2-way adjustable lap bars. Troy-Bilt RZT frames come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Troy-Bilt LLC, 800-828-5500, troybilt.com
The new BlackHawk and BlackHawk HP models by Dixie Chopper are available with engine horsepower up to 25 horsepower from Kohler, Kawasaki and Briggs & Stratton. Deck options include a 48-, 54-, and 60-inch. The BlackHawk’s drive system delivers unparalleled smooth steering. Full control is at your fingertips with the BlackHawk HP’s InCommand™ console featuring a “Soft Start” keyless ignition for easier clutch engagement.
All models come standard with a foot-operated OCDC (operator controlled discharge chute) to open and close the discharge chute without removing your hands from the steering levers.
Dixie Chopper, 765-246-7737, dixiechopper.com