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Mower Trends

For in-depth insight into the commercial mower market, Landscape Business recently asked representatives from major mower manufacturers to share their thoughts regarding trends, the impact of the pandemic, and their outlook for 2021.

Landscape Business (LB): What trends, in general, are you seeing with regard to commercial mowers?

Efficiency remains key for landscapers as the pandemic continues to affect the landscaping market. Commercial mowers that have intuitive operator interface, quick access for cleaning and service, and a fast mode of operation are important to aid the teams in long work days with less operators. Alternative fuels are also gaining notice in the commercial landscape, specifically electric operation.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Mowers

Commercial mowers are an investment that contractors want to withstand heavy usage for at least two to three years. Knowing that a mower is reliable and won’t cause unexpected delays at a jobsite is top of mind for contractors. And when it comes time to service the mower, which I do every 50 hours of use, contractors want to be able to do so as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

Because of this need, reliability and serviceability are key to a long-lasting, well-functioning mower. As a result, manufacturers are constantly working on seemingly small features that make a mower easier to service. Everything from easy access to air and oil filters to the ability to quickly remove the blades and clean the deck are major time-savers and critical for serviceability. Ensuring that a mower is easily serviceable continues to be a driving trend in commercial mower development. 

– Steve Cathey, territory manager, Kioti Tractor

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There are three notable trends that we’re seeing in the commercial mower space:

1. Advances in suspension are providing more comfortable operation for lawn crews, which also allows them to mow faster and be more productive throughout the day. And, of course, that productivity translates into more revenue. Ferris has always been known for our patented suspension system, but now we’re doubling down on suspension. In addition to the suspension we’ve long had on the wheels, our newer units also have premium adjustable suspension seats, offering even more comfort for the operator.

2. Adoption of EFI has been growing as the price point of the technology has come down, which not only helps with fuel savings, but also requires less maintenance, is easier to start and generally more reliable. Along with EFI, the next advancement is EFI with Electronic Throttle Control, which keeps the engine operating at an optimal operating RPM regardless of the turf conditions.

3. Stand-ons are gaining in popularity, especially with landscapers who are doing more residential work. New stand-ons, like the Ferris Z3X series, have the wide mower decks and speed to deliver productivity, but also are great on inclines and have the Vanguard Oil Guard system, which allows for 500 hours between oil changes, minimizing downtime.

– Joe Ferris, product manager, Briggs & Stratton

Regarding mower trends in the commercial space, it is all about versatility. If a contractor can handle a laundry list of different tasks and applications with a single machine, what they’re essentially doing is streamlining their fleet and putting money right back into their operation’s bottom line. This is the most important driving factor behind our GrandStand Multi Force line, and since its introduction to the marketplace, it has helped countless contractors leverage one unit and several attachments to tackle every single task on a landscape contractor’s list.

Savvy contractors understand the benefits of investing in a single machine that does the work of several dedicated pieces of equipment. Not only can it have a positive impact on their bottom lines right away, but having a machine like the Multi Force in a fleet can also enhance service offerings to their clients without necessarily having to invest in additional dedicated units.

Additionally, there’s been a noticeable bump in overall popularity of stand-on mowers in the landscape contractor equipment marketplace over the past couple of years. Many contractors enjoy the increased visibility, ability to get on and off the machine easily, traction and stability on slopes that stand-on mowers can provide. Furthermore, contractors can potentially fit more equipment on their trailers by leveraging the smaller overall footprint of a stand-on machine. We anticipate this trend will continue into the future. 

Finally, the increased adoption of battery-powered products in the professional sphere has finally arrived. Like any new technology, battery-powered professional lawn maintenance equipment has been met with a bit of resistance, and rightly so. Arguably, the technology that has been available up until this point didn’t necessarily match up to the performance or run-time of gas-powered machines, or has simply been cost-restrictive and impractical. We believe with the introduction of our battery-powered heavy-duty 21-inch mower that we’ve found the perfect balance of power without compromise, at an attainable price point.

– Jared Nuessen, marketing manager at Toro

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The pandemic introduced a shortage of commercial landscape employees, which creates a significant need for units with larger deck sizes, like the Super 104 or Super 88, that will mow more lawns with less people required. Contractors look for equipment that is reliable, guarantees productivity and helps drive their bottom line. At Hustler Turf, our goal is to design our mowers to meet the needs of our customers by spending more time on the field and less time in the shop. 

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development at Hustler Turf

What landscape contractors need in a mower really hasn’t changed. They need productivity and efficiency, but there’s a lot that feeds into that. Increasing productivity isn’t just about a higher horsepower engine or a larger cutting deck. It’s quality of cut as well, because if you have to go back and double-cut properties, having an extra-wide cutting deck isn’t worth much. Also, if you have downtime related to service and maintenance, it affects the overall productivity and efficiency of the machine. 

– Lenny Mangnall, Exmark product manager 

As in past years, lawn mower reliability, efficiency of use and being easy and inexpensive to maintain continue to be extremely important issues for landscape professionals. The commercial landscape market also benefits from increased innovation and development of equipment and tools. It therefore comes as no surprise that outdoor power product owners, especially those who operate commercial mower models, remain focused both on how to get the most value from their equipment and how to most effectively complete outdoor landscaping maintenance and projects. 

Customers also remain on the lookout for ways to make their businesses and operations more environmentally friendly. This means that fuel-efficient and zero emissions products are proving to be attractive, along with battery-powered products. 

Noise abatement, both for operators and consumers, is an increasingly important aspect of environmental sustainability. Quieter operation of power equipment like commercial lawn mowers helps reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity of crews. And as people in the community are asking for less noise from landscaping activities, quiet operation reduces sound pollution.

– Elisha Lipscomb, senior marketing strategist, lawn & garden for Honda Power Equipment

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Over the past year, ride comfort and productivity enhancements continue to be key trends within the commercial mowing industry. With this, manufacturers are delivering equipment equipped with features to cater to those needs. As the labor shortage continues nationwide, professional landscape contractors are forced to do more with less, making productivity and efficiency a major priority in their purchasing decisions. 

– Chase Tew, product line manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing

Based on industry trends, the commercial ZTR mower market shipments have been flat compared to last year, while the stand-on segment has seen a 10% increase over last year’s results. Some manufacturers are experiencing supply chain issues, which are impacting commercial mower deliveries and, in turn, the overall commercial mower segment. 

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Turf senior product manager

Battery-powered products continue to make inroads into the traditional gasoline-powered machines market share for consumer mowers, and the same is starting to be evident for the commercial market as well. Power and runtime are still though the Achilles heel of many battery mowers targeted at commercial users, but each season improvements continue to be made in addressing these weaknesses.  

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd

LB: How did the global pandemic impact mower manufacturing and sales, and what impact will it have on the mower market – specifically with regard to commercial mowing – in the future?

The pandemic certainly affected us on the manufacturing side, as some components were unavailable from our suppliers, due to plant shutdowns, which forced us to be more specific on commercial product production to help meet our customer’s needs. On the sales side, while the overall commercial market was down due to the pandemic, we saw growth on that family of products. In the future, I think landscapers will be analyzing their purchasing decisions more to determine what commercial products in the market will aid them in getting their job done with a smaller workforce.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Mowers

The impact of the pandemic was felt in different ways.

First, more time spent at home meant that homeowners wanted their yards looking great, whether they were taking care of it themselves or hiring a contractor to handle it. And in many parts of the country, lawn and landscape workers could continue to work throughout the various quarantine orders, so companies in those areas didn’t see the slow down that others might have experienced.

As an industry, one of the bigger challenges the pandemic created for all manufacturers was supply chain issues, as plants globally slowed production or shut down for periods of time. While some of these issues persist, we are committed to working through them and supporting our dealer and distributor partners to make sure that their customers’ needs are met.

– Joe Ferris, product manager, Briggs & Stratton

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Although the events of 2020 and into 2021 have disrupted markets across the globe, and while our industry has taken some hits as well, overall, we have a positive outlook for the future. Specifically, one byproduct of people spending more time in their homes and opting for small, outdoor gatherings over large, public events has been an increased importance in the beautification and maintenance of their own outdoor spaces. This actually translates to increased residential mower and tool sales, but also an increased demand for the services a landscape contractor can provide. Whether it’s a major backyard landscaping and hardscaping project, or the desire to maintain a well-manicured greenspace on their properties, this is an area where landscape contractors have been able to grow their customer base and keep themselves and their crews busy amidst a global pandemic, tempering the economic implications that came as a result of that. I don’t say this to soften or dismiss the impacts that the pandemic has placed on families and small-business owners, specifically landscape contractors. In fact, depending on the state, many landscape businesses were deemed non-essential by state officials early on in the pandemic, but many governments quickly pivoted on that declaration and got landscape contractors back to work relatively quickly. That said, with light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in terms of putting COVID-19 behind us, we’re confident that landscape contractors will be well positioned to continue to grow and provide services for customers they wouldn’t have acquired in a normal year.

In terms of sales, we obviously can’t share specific numbers, but I will say that demand for our professional mowers — Z Masters and GrandStands specifically — has been remarkable, and we’re working diligently every day to make sure landscape contractors have all the tools they need at their disposal to continue to do great work.

– Jared Nuessen, marketing manager at Toro

The pandemic positively impacted our sales because the more time people are spending at home, the more they realize the need to care for their lawns. Thousands of individuals are investing in their landscapes, which requires contractors to have durable, state-of-the-art mowers in their fleets. However, because of the increased demand for mowers, lead time for manufacturing and production have slightly increased.

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development at Hustler Turf

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There’s a lot of pent-up demand for mowers and equipment in the marketplace at the moment. This is due to a number of reasons, not the least of which is the increased consumer demand for landscape maintenance services. Many homeowners are spending more time at home, so having a well-maintained lawn is more of a priority than ever. Production capacity will most likely be a limiting factor to mower sales this year.  Inbound component availability and global logistic delays are having an impact on production output in several industries. Lawn and garden OEM’s are dealing with these challenges like so many other industries this year. 

– Lenny Mangnall, Exmark product manager 

While Honda Power Equipment was generally optimistic about 2020 at the beginning of last year, the COVID-19 pandemic presented operational challenges for the business, particularly during March and April. Similarly, demand for outdoor products among landscape professionals waned during late spring as many businesses were faced with an uncertain economy and stay-at-home orders for non-essential businesses. However, as the economy began reopening and product production returned to more regular operations, Honda Power Equipment experienced strong gains for a number of its outdoor power products, including commercial mower models. At the peak of the 2020 summer season in the U.S., landscape professionals continued to rely on Honda products more than ever, especially in June and July — evidenced by robust sales of lawn mowers, trimmers, tillers, pumps and inverter generators. Now that we’re into the second quarter of 2021 and temperatures are warming up across the country, Honda Power Equipment is hopeful that trends are leaning increasingly more toward “return to normal” and even greater sales, all while continuing to adhere to safe operational practices. 

– Elisha Lipscomb, senior marketing strategist, lawn & garden for Honda Power Equipment

We are very fortunate that commercial landscaping has remained strong throughout the pandemic. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the world was forced to move outdoors, and the landscape industry played a key role in maintaining those spaces. While, in general, the industry hasn’t slowed down, landscapers are closely evaluating their needs before making business decisions, such as purchasing new pieces of equipment. 

– Chase Tew, product line manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing

Business outlook overall is good, but the pandemic, weather and global transportation issues have brought about inventory challenges for many manufacturers. Many are not able to meet production demands, which puts more demand on dealers’ inventories and, in turn, the customer. The end result is the commercial mowing segment may experience some product shortages in the coming months. Many commercial mower users will turn to repairing their machines much like they did during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 instead of replacing them with new machines. But, again, this time it is not due to business outlook but more so due to available supply.

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Turf senior product manager

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Like all manufacturers, Masport had its share of problems in 2020 keeping up with demand generated by generally good grass-growing conditions and a general uplift in demand for mowers around the world fueled by lockdowns and travel restrictions. Shortages of engines and delays in international shipping, together with massive cost increases in freight in general, made meeting business objectives challenging. The negative effects of COVID-19 continue to put a strain on our ability to supply product on time and to our cost targets. The medium to long-term effects of the pandemic will result in a continued shortage of machines to service the marketplace. Consumer and commercial machines will remain in short supply for the rest of this season, but hopefully we will see a return to more normal supply in time for next season. 

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd

What is your overall outlook with regard to the commercial mower market in 2021?

Our 2021 commercial mower outlook looks optimistic, as we see the overall market growing this year. We see the resilient commercial landscapers coming back strong and taking on equipment that they may have decided to wait on purchasing last year, what with all the shutdowns and customers working on home projects with their monetary funds being diverted elsewhere.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Mowers

The overall outlook for the mower market this year and beyond remains strong. With more free time on their hands, some homeowners may have taken a more hands-on approach with their landscaping needs during the past year. However, with more folks getting back to work, they’re likely going to begin once again relying on landscaping professionals to maintain both residential and commercial properties. In turn, the demand for long-lasting, high-functioning mowers is likely to continue climbing as we look toward the future. 

– Steve Cathey, territory manager, Kioti Tractor

I’m confident that as long as the pandemic continues to show improvement, we’ll return to a pre-pandemic state and grow from there.

If the country can stay healthy, the industry will stay healthy.

– Joe Ferris, product manager, Briggs & Stratton

As noted earlier, our overall outlook is certainly positive. Our company, in particular, has been around long enough to persevere through global pandemics, world wars, economic disasters and much more in our 107-year history, and we’ll continue to provide the right solutions and equipment to our customers across all segments to make sure that we’re here for another 107 years and beyond. Our customers, specifically landscape contractors, are a resilient and resourceful bunch, and the sheer grit and determination they bring to the job every day inspires us, as a leading manufacturer, to do the best we can to meet their every need when it comes to the equipment they’re looking for. 

Because we’re so confident in the future, we’re going to continue our steadfast commitment in a few key areas. First, we’re excited to continue to build partnerships with our end-user customers and channel partners alike. Our dealers have been on the front lines of the pandemic, and despite the world being turned upside down, they have continued to provide amazing service to Toro customers. Second, our commitment to innovation doesn’t stop. There are so many exciting things coming down the innovation pipeline. Many of which I can’t discuss yet, but we’re going to continue to innovate in all of our professional product lines. 

– Jared Nuessen, marketing manager at Toro

We’re looking forward to the year ahead, as landscape maintenance remains a priority for thousands of homeowners. Contractors are still investing in reliable, heavy-duty mowers to meet their business demands.

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development at Hustler Turf

We’re very optimistic and believe 2021 is going to be a very good year on the landscape contractor side of the business. In early 2020, everything stalled out for a period due to the uncertainty. But then, as we moved into summer, things really started to heat up and we believe that upward trend will continue. 

– Lenny Mangnall, Exmark product manager 

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Currently, the leading indicators from the industry and retailers are that 2021 will be a good year, overall, for commercial outdoor power equipment market, including commercial lawn mowers. 

Despite the business challenges presented by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor power equipment manufacturers still operate around several constants—chiefly, knowing and understanding that the industry is a very seasonal one, and sales are driven largely by weather patterns and weather events. During the past few years, Honda Power Equipment has adopted the operating mantra “expect the unexpected.” Take, for example, devastating Atlantic hurricane seasons, the raging California wildfires due to drought and high winds, colder-than-average springs, and warmer temperatures lasting well into November with abrupt changes to snow and ice. Regardless, what Honda Power Equipment counts on is that customers look to the reliability, efficiency and quiet performance of the full array of Honda outdoor power equipment and general-purpose engines to help get jobs done, maximizing productivity and return on investment. 

The bottom line is that Honda remains focused on providing customers ease of use and efficiency. The future will continue in this direction with even more creative solutions, like greater connectivity and further improved product performance — and that goes for commercial lawn mowers as well. 

– Elisha Lipscomb, senior marketing strategist, lawn & garden for Honda Power Equipment

We are very optimistic about the future of the commercial mower market. Despite the obstacles presented in 2020, it was a good year for John Deere in the commercial mowing industry. Looking toward the rest of 2021, we expect to see continued growth and strength in the commercial landscaping industry.

– Chase Tew, product line manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing

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I expect the commercial mower market to rebound over last year’s down year, but new product supply may be a pacing item, and we might see mower purchases later in the year as the supply rebounds.

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Turf senior product manager

There will be continued supply shortages of machines, a continuation of competition from robotic mower installations, as well as some drop off in demand with homeowners preferring to mow their own properties now that they have had more time to do so following travel restrictions imposed in certain areas due to the pandemic. As is the case every year, though, climatic conditions will dictate how successful the industry will be regardless of the issues that confront us each and every year. 

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd

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Please tell us about any new commercial mowers you recently introduced – or plan to introduce – or any updates you can share.

We are really excited for 2021, as this will be the first complete season for Bobcat mowers. Bobcat has brought “Tough to Turf” in the commercial mower market showcasing a wide range of durable commercial mowers that are worthy of the Bobcat brand. All of the commercial mowers come with the AirFX deep profile deck, including our ZS4000 stand-on mower. The airflow of the AirFX deck provides a great clippings disbursement and a cleaner deck at the end of the day to allow landscapers to focus more on the tasks at hand. New mower accessories will be highlighted this year too, so stay tuned and stay safe.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Mowers

Kioti’s zero-turn-radius mower line featuring 12 models optimized for a variety of commercial and residential uses launched just two years ago this spring. We’re thrilled to see landscaping professionals and homeowners alike across North America turn to the tractor manufacturer they’ve trusted for decades to now meet their turf care needs as well. We’re encouraged by our ZTRs’ first two years in the market and are continuing to research and develop upgrades and new products to meet the needs of landscaping contractors, including the expansion of our commercial offerings. 

– Steve Cathey, territory manager, Kioti Tractor

In addition to the EFI ETC technology that I mentioned earlier, we are particularly excited about two other advancements that Ferris has coming out.

Our new Forefront Suspension System is the next generation of Ferris suspension and has proven to be a hit with the customers who have experienced it on our ISX 2200 and ISX 3300 commercial zero turns. They’ve praised it for the improved ride, handling and further improved quality of cut.

The other new introduction is a return for Ferris to the high-horsepower diesel zero-turn category with our IS 6200. Powered by a 48-horsepower engine and a 72-inch standard cutting deck, this unit is poised to become a new favorite of landscapers working in the municipal/industrial space or rural groundskeeper market where wet dense grass and tough conditions are all part of a day’s work.

A third innovation is not an equipment innovation but rather a new program to help meet landscapers where they are – literally. Our commercial landscaping customers want to spend time with a mower before buying something off the showroom floor to ensure that it meets their needs. But they are busy and don’t want to take time away from jobs to schedule demos at the dealer. Ferris now has product specialists in key markets who are dedicated to bringing equipment out to our customers’ job sites to let the crews use the equipment in real-world situations. They can be assured that the unit is delivering the quality of cut they want and that it’s comfortable enough to be on for hours at a time. And they can do this all without downtime.

– Joe Ferris, product manager, Briggs & Stratton

The first new product that launched late last year is the Z Master 4000 Series. The new Toro Z Master 4000 zero-turn mower is an absolute stud – it is big, bad and fearless, and yet offers go-all-day comfort with Toro’s patented MyRide suspension system. Our Turbo Force deck built with 7-gauge, 50 KSI high-strength steel has proven itself through over 100 million hours of real-world experience cutting through the harshest conditions and all types of grasses. The Turbo Force deck is complemented with an extra strength tubular chassis and durably rugged I-beam front-end. The Z Master 4000 was a step out of our traditional design approach by not only being a high quality, durable machine, but also includes the highest levels of comfort and style.

In terms of new battery-powered equipment, Toro is ready to answer the call with a fleet of low-noise, zero-engine-exhaust-emissions and powerful professional battery equipment. With the new Toro 60V 21-inch commercial heavy-duty mower, professionals can capitalize on the ease and low-noise typically associated with battery-powered products without sacrificing performance. The launch of the revolutionary 60V commercial mower is just the start to a complete game-changing commercial product line-up.

Additionally, we also re-launched the Z Master 2000 Series late last year as well. This unit is engineered for speed, reliability, and comfort, plain and simple. Power-packed Toro or Kawasaki 25-hp. engines deliver a speedy 11 mph, drive a blade speed of 18,000 fpm, and power big, traction-happy 24-inch rear-drive tires that just want to keep going until the job is done. Heat-treated 0.204-inch razor-sharp steel blades give manicured lawns the super-premium cut they deserve while shredding through long wet grass like a hot knife through butter. We’re so thrilled to be able to offer this to our professional landscaper customer segment.

– Jared Nuessen, marketing manager at Toro

Hustler Turf announced an all-new lineup of enhanced zero-turn mowers at the beginning of this year, including a redesign of the FasTrak, Super S, and X-ONE commercial units. The upgrades support operator comfort for all-day mowing and productivity.

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development at Hustler Turf

For more than 25-years, the Lazer Z has set the standard in the zero-turn category. Launched as a single series in 1995, today the Lazer Z family has grown to include four series and numerous models. Exmark offers gasoline- and diesel-powered Lazer Z models with decks capable of cutting up to 96-inches per pass. 

For 2021, Exmark has updated the largest, most powerful Lazer Z model – the 96-inch Lazer Z Diesel – with a new engine shroud that significantly reduces engine operating temperatures. The revised positioning and increased surface area of the new screen enables the fan to draw cleaner, cooler intake air across the radiator. 

Exmark has also expanded availability of the Tractus airless drive tires. Tractus comes standard on select Lazer Z models and is also available as an aftermarket accessory for 60- or 72-inch gasoline-powered Lazer Z models. 

– Lenny Mangnall, Exmark product manager 

Honda’s newest commercial lawn mower, the HRC216K3HDA, features superior performance, durability and reliability, combined with reduced cost and weight for simple starting, easy operation and quick stopping. A host of advanced features and technologies make this model an ideal choice among landscape professionals:

• Easy start, easy stop: Honda’s newest model allows the user to save time by starting the engine while standing behind the mower and the flywheel brake safety system stops the engine and blades when the user lets go of the brake lever on the handle.

• Commercial-grade power: The fuel-efficient Honda GXV160 commercial engine is the source of powerful, quiet operation with superior noise control for operator comfort. 

• Superior cutting performance: The exclusive Honda MicroCut twin blade system offers four cutting surfaces to produce finer clippings, and the mower can be adjusted to eight different heights.

• Commercial-grade design: The outside of the Honda HRC216K3HDA features a rugged 21-inch steel deck with front axle and bumper protection for additional structural stability and durability. 

• Lightweight maneuverability: The dry weight of 117 pounds and operating weight of 121 pounds make the HRC216K3HDA easy to maneuver.

• Commercial warranty: The mower is backed by the Honda one-year commercial warranty (one year for the frame, two years for the engine) and a two-year warranty for homeowners. 

– Elisha Lipscomb, senior marketing strategist, lawn & garden for Honda Power Equipment

One way that John Deere has addressed this growing focus on comfort and productivity is with our latest updates to the Z900 Commercial ZTrak lineup. These updates include machine enhancements, expanded deck options, and three new attachment offerings.

A great example is with our Fastback PRO Rear-Discharge Mower Deck, available in 60- or 72-inch cutting widths, provides a rear-discharge solution for the Z900 ZTrak gas and diesel zero-turn mower line. The deck option features heavy-duty, commercial-grade design that is built to enhance productivity while providing a high quality of cut. With the rear-discharge design, the chance of damage from objects being thrown from the mower deck is decreased. The design also helps minimize the number of debris blown onto the operator, resulting in a cleaner mowing experience, and saving time by allowing operators to mow closely around fixed objects with either side of the deck. With our full range of solutions, we’re providing customers with the machines they need to power through tough jobs regardless of the challenges they face.

– Chase Tew, product line manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing

Kubota Tractor Corporation added two new models to its popular Z400 Series zero-turn mower line in January, the new Z412 and Z422. When we introduced the Z400 Series, it was our response to the market’s demand for a commercial mower with features and performance professional landscapers care about at an attractive price. The new models build on the already impressive set of features and add more to enhance the overall comfort and mowing experience of the machines. We’re proud to say we’ve made improvements to an already impressive, affordable line of mowers, with nominal increases in cost.

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Turf senior product manager

Masport continues to open up distribution across the country for its range of walk-behind commercial mowers. Our recently introduced BBC models are proving very popular, and some design tweaks introduced on the blade brake range following our initial season in the commercial market have been well received.  

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd