New Quest S-Series Front Steer delivers zero-turn performance with steering wheel ease-of-use
Exmark has redesigned its popular Quest family of zero-turn riding mowers and added a new steering wheel-equipped version. Users can now choose their preferred control setup and experience Exmark zero-turn performance and productivity.
Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the new Quest models are the most affordable line of zero-turn riders the company offers, yet they deliver class-leading features and value.
“We’ve made the new Quest models more comfortable and productive, with Exmark’s renowned durability and long-term value. And the Quest S-Series Front Steer delivers unmatched ease-of-use combined with enhanced hillside performance.”
Available with a choice of 42- or 50-inch Exmark Series 2 fabricated steel cutting decks, the Quest S-Series Front Steer is ideal for users transitioning from a lawn tractor. The steerable front wheels increase hillside control and provide a familiar handling feel with true zero-turn mower performance. A standard tilt steering column eases operator access and increases comfort while mowing.
The Quest S-Series model is also available with a twin-stick control system for operators accustomed to traditional zero-turn riders. For 2015, Exmark added a 34-inch UltraCut Series 2 cutting deck option to the existing 42- or 50-inch options. The UltraCut Series 2 decks are fabricated from high-strength 10-gauge steel, and the Quest S-Series includes a standard foot pedal-operated deck lift. An upgraded 18-inch Deluxe seat features a distinctive tri-color cover and bolstered design to increase operator comfort.
The most affordable Exmark zero-turn rider, the Quest E-Series is now available with the option of a 54- or 42-inch cutting deck. The new 54-inch deck delivers unmatched productivity to make quick work of farms, acreages and other properties. All Quest E-Series machines feature an 18-inch extra-tall seat for comfort that lasts.
The revamped 2015 Quest machines are the first mowers available with Exmark’s new twin-cylinder engine.
Designed from the ground up as a zero-turn mower engine, Exmark’s 708cc V-twin engine introduces a number of new innovations that increase performance and serviceability. Exmark tuned the new engine to deliver quicker, stronger governor response to provide more power precisely when it’s needed. A standard dual-barrel carburetor delivers increased air flow for stronger performance and cast iron cylinder liners provide increased long-term engine durability.
The new Exmark engine also features an innovative air intake design that reduces dust and debris build-up with a constant flow of pre-screened air. The design of the air box cover and air filter virtually eliminate the possibility of an incorrectly installed filter allowing engine-killing dust and debris into the engine.
A standard quick-drain system eases oil changes by offering the ability to drain oil without tools. The long drain hose eliminates the messiness traditionally associated with draining the oil from the engine, and the design dramatically reduces the time required for routine oil changes.
Learn more about Exmark’s revamped Quest family of zero-turn riding mowers at Exmark.com.
When you have a lawn that you are proud of, you want to take good care of it so it stays in excellent shape. One of the things that can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lawn is how you choose to mow it. The famous lawns on sports fields and golf courses look the way they do because of the way they are mowed. Follow these tips to mow your lawn like a pro.
Professional Mowing Tips
- Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. This is typically in the late afternoon or early evening after the dew on your lawn has dried. When the grass is wet, it can clog the blades of your mower, and because the grass is slippery, you cannot mow it as evenly.
- Put a roller behind your mower. The lines that you see on professional fields stand out because of the way the grass is bent. There is a rubber tail on the back of your lawn mower that is made to bend the grass, but it will not do a good job unless you add some weight to it. You can add some weights to the rubber tail, or even make your own by attaching a door mat to the back of your mower so it drags behind it. To get lines across the lawn, you can start by mowing around the perimeter, then mow back and forth in opposite directions, and finish by mowing the perimeter again.
- Keep your grass long, and cut it regularly. The grass will bend better and look better if you keep it between two and four inches long. It will look best if you mow regularly so it doesn’t grow out too long. Once a week is usually a good schedule to keep for mowing your lawn. When your grass is a little longer, it will actually be healthier too.
- Get a trimmer for your lawn. You can purchase a weed whacker or other type of lawn trimmer to cut around the edge of your lawn. It is worth it to invest in one and use it after you mow every week. This will create a clean edge for the lawn.
According to the 2014 LM150 report from Landscape Management magazine, seven of the country’s top-25 landscape maintenance companies are also in the top-25 lawn care companies. As competition in the maintenance category increases, an increasing number of landscape maintenance professionals are adding lawn care services as a way to deliver increased customer satisfaction while also increasing profitability.
Thanks to recent advances in stand-on lawn care equipment such as aerators and spreader sprayer machines, landscape professionals can deliver high quality lawn care services more profitably than ever. New machines such as the Exmark spreader sprayer offer greater flexibility in the chemicals used for weed and pest control, allowing lawn care professionals to do more with each pass of the machine.
Exmark estimates the switch from a 21-inch walk-behind aerator to a 30-inch stand-on machine can be paid back in 2-3 weeks. Lawn care professional Kent Harlan said he has made enough money to pay for his $9,500 Exmark spreader sprayer in 2-3 days.
In a competitive marketplace, the addition of lawn care services is a competitive advantage for an existing maintenance business. Today more than ever, customers want to hire a lawn care expert that can deliver a beautiful, manicured, weed-free yard. They don’t want to deal with one contractor for maintenance and another contractor for aeration, fertilization or weed control. As such, the opportunity exists to make more money for contractors willing to add the lawn care services customers want and need.
Today, it’s easier than ever to add lawn care services to an existing maintenance business.
When deciding which services to add, listen to customer feedback to learn which services have the most demand.
Employee training is important for the quality delivery of lawn care services. Additionally, certification and licensing are required for landscape professionals looking to add fertilization or chemical application services. In most states, certification and licensing are coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, or Office of State Chemist.
New machine introduces new technologies that deliver increased productivity and profitability
Exmark today announced the introduction of a new Stand-On Spreader Sprayer to its lawn care equipment line. The new machine offers a number of innovations that increase versatility, maneuverability, performance and productivity for lawn care professionals.
The Exmark Stand-On Spreader Sprayer introduces the company’s exclusive Lean-to-Steer controls, which give operators the ability to easily steer and control forward or reverse speed with one hand. This frees the other hand to operate the sprayer/spreader controls, or perform spot spraying with the easily-accessible spray wand. Padded knee bolsters on three sides of the operator provide additional comfort and stability.
An intuitive control layout makes it easy to operate controls and make adjustments from the operator position. Exmark developed an innovative controller for the pump and spinner motor, to give the operator control of the spinner speed and provide operational alerts for the pump or spinner motor. The controller allows adjustment of spinner speed to meet broadcast requirements from between four and 22 feet. The operator can also lock the spinner speed adjustment to avoid inadvertently changing machine speed on the go.
With separate, selectable narrow (5.5 feet) and wide (11 feet) spray nozzles, the Exmark Stand-On Spreader Sprayer is functional on virtually any property. The 20-gallon tank is easy to fill and drain, with graduation marks for accurate mixing. Two induction nozzles inside the tank provide spray mixture agitation that keeps even wettable powders in suspension to deliver unmatched spray versatility and consistency.
Spreader controls are located at the operator’s fingertips for maximum ease-of-control. The Spyker spreader system is well-known among lawn care professionals for its ease-of-use and consistent performance. Innovative controls allow lateral adjustment of the spread pattern, on-the-go, from the operator’s position.
The Exmark Spreader Sprayer is powered by a single-cylinder Subaru EX27 commercial engine. The machine is capable of carrying 175-pounds of material in the hopper, with the ability to carry up to 50-pounds of bagged material on-top of the tank. A soft hopper cover is included to protect material from moisture and during transport.
The corrosive properties of many fertilizers and chemicals led Exmark to design a robust stainless steel main frame and powder coated control tower for the Stand-On Spreader Sprayer. A stainless steel operator platform includes isolation mounts for a more comfortable ride, and the platform locks up for storage or transport. The design delivers the long-term durability lawn care professionals expect, and the compact design of the machine increases maneuverability and ease-of-transport.
Learn more about the Exmark Stand-On Spreader Sprayer at http://exmark.com/pdfs/Exmark_SpreaderSprayer.pdf
Quicken Loans and Realtree contest features Exmark mower, Talladega Superspeedway trip, among other prizes
The Quicken Loans Outdoor Gear Giveaway, recently launched by online mortgage lender Quicken Loans and camouflage designer Realtree, is looking to make one lucky outdoor enthusiast’s dreams come true with a NASCAR- and outdoor-themed grand prize package. With a value of more than $40,000, the package includes a Bad Boy Buggies Recoil iS 4X4, Exmark Lazer Z X-Series lawn mower, a year’s worth of mortgage payments compliments of Quicken Loans and a three day, two-night trip for two to Talladega Superspeedway, among other prizes.
To enter, visit TheQLOutdoorGiveaway.prizelogic.com. Each person can enter the contest once per day, and can boost their chance of winning by referring friends and family members through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“This high-horsepower contest has something for everyone, from the avid outdoor adventurer to the most die-hard NASCAR fan,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans. “When we plan out our promotions we are always looking for fun and exciting ways to engage with our current and future clients, and this giveaway definitely fits the bill.”
In addition to the grand prize, consumers can also visit the TheQLOutdoorGiveaway.prizelogic.com site daily to play an instant-win game for a month’s mortgage payment, Otterbox phone cases, Fathead wall-graphics, and many other prizes.
“Aside from all the great outdoor prizes, I can’t wait to join the grand prize winner in the Realtree suite at Talledega,” said Bill Jordan, Realtree Designer and President. “It’s one of NASCAR’s most legendary tracks and it never fails to host an exciting race.”
To be eligible for the Quicken Loans Outdoor Gear Giveaway, entrants must be 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. The giveaway ends December 31st, 2014 with the grand prize winner announced in early 2015.
Two winners selected to receive Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mowers
Exmark and Meredith Publishing recently announced the winners of two contests — the Farm Beautiful contest, held in partnership with Successful Farming magazine, and the Beautiful Places contest, held in partnership with Living the Country Life magazine.
Exmark/Successful Farming Farm Beautiful contest
Richard Haas has been named the grand prize winner of the Exmark Farm Beautiful contest. As the grand prize winner, Exmark awarded Haas a Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower. Haas and his family live in LeRoy Ill. and own and operate Haas Family Farms, LLC.
“We are pleased to name Richard Haas the grand prize winner of the Farm Beautiful contest,” said Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters. “He demonstrates the same values on his farm that Exmark puts into our mowers, a drive for perfection and passion for quality work. The Haas family farm embodies this.”
Haas says it’s a rewarding feeling when you hard work is recognized.
“Our farm has evolved over the past 50 years,” says Hass. “When we first purchased the homestead in 1961 it had no running water or furnace. Our family worked hard to transform the farm into a beautiful, productive home and workplace and it’s nice that our hard work was noticed.”
The Haas family farm was selected from more than 100 other entries. Entrants submitted up to 12 photos and 500 words describing the farmstead, including history, how the land was developed and how the layout of the property accommodates farming activities. Entries were judged using four-point criteria, which included appearance, strategic layout, overall state of maintenance and creative use of landscape in a farmstead setting.
Exmark/Living the Country Life Beautiful Places contest
Kate James has been named the grand prize winner of the Exmark Beautiful Places photo contest. In partnership with Living the Country Life magazine, Exmark awarded James a Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn riding mower.
“We are pleased to name Kate James the grand prize winner of the Beautiful Places contest,” Walters said. “She entered a beautiful homestead and we are excited Exmark will be a part of now it, helping her perfect her landscape with a quality machine.”
James says she feels fortunate to win the contest with the image she captured.
“I was just getting home as a storm rolled in. I thought I would quick snap this, and it turned out beautiful. I love how our chicken coop looks in the bottom of the picture. I never thought it would be the winning picture in the Exmark Beautiful Places contest,” said James.
James was selected from more than 90 other entries. Entrants submitted up to 8 photos and captions, describing their photos. Entries were judged using 3-point criteria, which included beauty of image, quality of photo, and uniqueness of photo.
As the calendar moves from summer to fall, it makes sense to turn your attention to maintaining your mower. Proper maintenance is essential to the longevity and performance of any mower, and proper service ahead of extended storage ensures the performance you enjoyed this season will carry forward to the next.
It’s important to start a period of storage with a clean mower, as any debris left on the mower will either trap moisture or become fodder for a rodent nest. It’s also easier to inspect and perform necessary service prior to storage when you’re not working through a thick layer of dust and debris.
Never use solvents to clean your mower, and minimize the use of water as well. Instead, use compressed air or a leaf blower, and finish by wiping the exterior surfaces with a damp cloth. Take your time and clean the mower completely, including under the seat, under the deck, behind the wheels and around the engine and drivetrain.
Examine Your Machine
Refer to your owners manual or to Exmark.com for information about specific service schedules, but once your mower is clean, inspect it for clear signs of wear and tear and replace any parts that are at the end of their life cycle. Checking and servicing or replacing normal wear items such as belts, tires, blades and other parts restores mower performance and ensures safety and long life. Plus, replacing worn parts prior to storage gives you the opportunity to get a quick start on the next season, as your focus won’t be distracted by service related issues.
The efficiency and quality of cut your mower delivers is highly dependent on sharp blades for top performance. After a hard season of mowing, it makes sense to sharpen your blades. In doing so, you can be confident your mower will hit the ground running when it comes out of storage in the spring.
Focus on Fuel
Extended storage can wreak havoc on an unprotected fuel system, so prior to storage it’s important to either drain the fuel tank (and system) completely, or add stabilizer to the fuel. If you go the fuel stabilizer route, be sure to run the engine for a few minutes after the stabilizer is added. This will distribute the treated fuel throughout the fuel system to keep it clean and deposit free during storage.
Remove the Battery
When storing a mower for extended periods, it’s a good idea to remove the battery from the machine and store it in a climate controlled area (preferably at 50-70 degrees F). Not only will this preserve battery condition, it will ensure that a leaking battery doesn’t cause corrosion to the mower frame during storage. Learn more about caring for batteries in this post from Exmark’s David Martin.
Fresh Lube is Good
Lubrication is the life blood of your mower, and it’s important to refresh all lubricants prior to extended storage. This includes changing the engine oil and filter as well as the hydro (drive) fluid and filter, and greasing all zerk-equipped bearings on the machine.
Take your time when lubricating your mower, as it’s important to remove any load or binding from bearings being greased. This ensures lubrication reaches the entire bearing instead of just a portion of it. Also, inspect bearings for wear and/or play, and replace any bearings that have been compromised in any way.
Regardless of where you store your mower — in a barn, under a waterproof tarp, or in an inclosed trailer — it’s just as important to keep rodents at bay as it is to keep the elements out. There are a variety of traps and chemicals to choose from, and natural solutions such as oil of peppermint or Osage oranges can also be effective at keeping your machine free of vermin. It’s important to avoid the use of harsh chemicals on your machine, as many can cause damage to its finish, or to specific components. Your local Exmark dealer can be a good resource for suggestions to control rodents specific to your area.
Keeping moisture at bay is equally important. Store your mower in a place where snow, rain and ice can not reach it. Rust can appear quickly on stored machines left out in the elements, so keeping your mower in a well-protected place preserves not just its longevity, but also its performance.
Exmark Announces Local Recipients of Mowers, Toro Legacy Grants
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of parent company, The Toro Company, Exmark has awarded two Lazer Z zero-turn riding mowers to Nebraska organizations. Three Nebraska projects also received grants through the Toro Legacy Grant Program.
Camp Sonshine of Lincoln, Nebraska and the City of Wymore, Nebraska Park Department received new Exmark Lazer Z E-Series commercial zero-turn riding mowers for maintenance of their respective facilities, courtesy of the Toro Giving Program. The mowers, which retail for more than $11,000, feature 60-inch cutting decks and engines with fuel saving Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI).
Supporting both domestic and international locations, the Legacy Grant program has enabled Toro and Exmark to continue to provide strong support of its communities worldwide. The projects chosen to receive funding are helping to enrich outdoor landscapes, to encourage the efficient use of water, and to involve children and adults in education programs on managing water resources.
Three Nebraska organizations received a total of $50,000 in Legacy Grant funding. The Friends of the Homestead of Beatrice received a grant of $10,000 to help pay for the ‘Discovering the Delicate Detail of the Tallgrass Prairie at Homestead National Monument of America’ exhibit.
The Southeast Nebraska YMCA (Beatrice, Neb.) received a $12,000 Legacy Grant funding for its Prairie Playground project, and the Pickrell Historical and Betterment Association received a Legacy grant of $28,000. The funds will be used for the Pickrell Veterans Memorial and Park Restoration project.
Learn more about all of the 2014 Toro Centennial Legacy Grant recipients at www.toro.com/community.
Register to win a prize package worth more than $76,000
Morton Buildings presents its “Giving Away the Farm” event for the fifth consecutive year. The winner will receive a $50,000 Morton building, and for the first time, will also receive an Exmark zero-turn mower and a Bad Boy Buggy. Total value of the prize package is more than $76,000.
The building will be awarded to the winner as a $50,000 credit towards the construction of a Morton building of the winner’s choice. The recipient must be 21 years of age or older and own land within the Morton Buildings service area to be eligible. Individuals may register for the sweepstakes at any Morton Buildings exhibit at participating trade shows, as well as mortonbuildings.com.
Participating Trade Shows
- Dakotafest – South Dakota (August 19-21)
- Minnesota State Fair (August 21-September 1)
- Iowa Farm Progress (August 26-28)
- Kansas State Fair (September 5-14)
- Clay County Fair – Iowa (September 6-14)
- Big Iron Show – North Dakota (September 9-11)
- Husker Harvest Show – Nebraska (September 9-11)
- Ohio Farm Science Review (September 16-18)
- World Dairy Expo – Wisconsin (September 30-October 4)
- Sunbelt Expo – Georgia (October 14-16)
The Exmark Lazer Z X-Series Mower, valued at $11,899, boasts a Kawasaki FX801FV commercial grade engine. It also features a 60-inch UltraCut Series 6 cutting deck, an exclusive Iso-mount seat isolation system and an exclusive hydro-drive system. Additional information can be found at Exmark.com.
The Bad Boy Buggies Ambush iS 4×4 ATV has 28 horsepower, a 720cc air-cooled V-twin cylinder gas powertrain on the rear axle and a 48-volt AC electric drivetrain on the front axle. The buggy, which has a 9.6 cubic-foot cargo bed, will also feature independent suspension and on-the-fly battery recharge. The ATV has a retail value of $14,399. More details are available at badboybuggies.com.
The sweepstakes will end at 11:59:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 16 and is available to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter. Additional information, rules and restrictions for the sweepstakes can be found at mortonbuildings.com.
Fuel safety is critical to the safe operation of any mower, and understanding how and when to inspect fuel system components doesn’t just increase safety, it also increases mower efficiency and longevity.
Tips that can increase the safety of you and your workers when working with fuel include:
- Prior to fueling, always shut the mower down completely and allow it to cool.
- When refueling, verify the correct type of fuel is being used — Filling the tank of a diesel-powered mower with gasoline (or vice versa) can cause significant engine damage, so double-check your fuel before you fill.
- DO NOT operate the mower if any of the following fuel system conditions exist:
- Fuel is leaking around hoses and/or clamps.
- The fuel tank makes a hissing sound when the cap is loosened.
- The fuel tank is bulging or collapsing.
- Keep the mower clean and free of debris — Accumulation of grass, leaves, excessive grease or oil, or other debris can become combustible and could result in fire. After each mower use, remove debris from:
- Fuel tank
- Engine and muffler area
- Oil filter area
- Under belt shields
- Frequently check all fuel hoses, clamps and connections — Some fuel system components are under pressure. Fuel hoses can be pulled, damaged or disconnected from contact with bushes, tree branches or other landscape features.
- Check that all hoses are in good working condition and verify the secure fastening of clamps and connection points.
- When replacing hoses and filters, use original factory routing and clamping.
- Use only Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) replacement parts — Using improper components can result in gasoline leakage, fuel system failure and/or an increased potential for fire. Saving a buck just isn’t worth the risk!
- Keep all guards, shields and safety devices in place and in safe working condition.
- Before each use, check the condition of all electrical wires — Damaged wires increase the potential for a fire. Never operate a mower with damaged wiring. Replace or repair the damaged wire(s) and secure properly prior to mower operation.
Consult your operators manual for specific fuel system information for your mower. Visit http://www.exmark.com/Safety/ to view the online safety resources Exmark offers, or visit your Authorized Exmark dealer or distributor for prompt, efficient service with any fuel- or fuel system-related need.