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.
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.
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.
Entrants will have a chance to win one of three Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mowers
Exmark today announced a joint promotion with leading animal nutrition company, Hubbard Feeds Inc. The companies are teaming up to give away three top-of-the-line Exmark zero-turn mowers away in the Hubbard Life ‘This is the Life’ Sweepstakes.
According to Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, the partnership between Exmark and Hubbard Life is a natural fit.
“Exmark and Hubbard Life share a single-minded dedication to excellence. While the focus of our businesses may be different, our commitment to leadership and delivering the very best for our customers is much the same,” Walters said.
“The difference between good and great is dependability, reliability and the integrity of the people and products they represent,” said Michael Hinton of Hubbard Feeds. “No one knows this more than Hubbard and Exmark.
“From focusing on the nutritional care of your animals, to the design and performance of your mower, Hubbard and Exmark work every day to earn our customers’ trust and exceed their expectations. It’s how we do business and it’s why we’re excited to send customers to our Hubbard Life dealers to register.”
Three winners will be selected – one from each of the three Hubbard Life business unit regions. Each winner will take home a 2014 Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower with a 60-inch cutting deck and a retail value of more than $13,000.
The Hubbard Life ‘This is the Life’ Sweepstakes begins July 30, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. Visit a participating Hubbard Life dealer for complete contest rules, or to complete the postage-paid sweepstakes entry card. Visit https://www.hubbardlife.com/dealers to find the nearest Hubbard Life dealer. All entries must be received by October 1, 2014.
New hydro-drive walk-behind models deliver increased fuel economy, reduced cost of operation
Exmark has introduced two new EFI-propane wide-area walk-behind models. The new models use groundbreaking EFI-propane Kohler V-twin powerplants on the proven Turf Tracer S-Series and Turf Tracer X-Series walk behind models to deliver significantly reduced cost of operation.
The new Turf Tracer models utilize new EFI propane Kohler powerplants with an automotive-style closed-loop Electronic Fuel Injection system. Capable of precisely adjusting fuel mixture settings in real-time, the closed-loop EFI delivers improved running and performance, combined with easy, no-choke starting. The increased efficiency of the propane EFI system also increases fuel economy by up to 40 percent.
Both Turf Tracer models include Exmark’s patented Enhanced Control System, which delivers increased operator comfort and productivity with improved mower control ergonomics. In a recent evaluation of the ECS controls versus competitive control systems, University of Nebraska researchers learned that landscape professionals overwhelmingly preferred ECS to all other systems.
Exmark’s premier Turf Tracer X-Series model features the EFI-propane Kohler PCV680 air-cooled V-twin powerplant. With standard heavy-duty canister filtration and turn-key, choke-free electric starting, the Kohler powerplant helps the Turf Tracer X-Series deliver maximum productivity and reliability, along with superior long-term durability. A large-capacity electromagnetic clutch provides smooth engagement and extra-long life.
The Turf Tracer X-Series is well prepared to easily tackle the toughest jobs and most demanding conditions with a full-floating Exmark UltraCut Series 4 cutting deck. Available in 52- and 60-inch cutting widths, the deck features Exmark’s patented flow-control baffles and is formed from high-strength alloy steel with welded construction. Large-diameter sealed cutter housings with greaseless spindles eliminate maintenance and significantly increase lifespan.
The Turf Tracer S-Series EFI-propane features the Kohler PCV680 EFI propane engine and a 48-inch UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck. The floating deck design virtually eliminates scalping, while an electromagnetic clutch, flat-free semi-pneumatic caster tires and sealed, greaseless spindles provide the durability landscape professionals demand.
Learn more about the new EFI-propane Turf Tracer models, or locate your nearest Exmark dealer at Exmark.com, or call (402) 223-6300.
New design delivers increased durability, serviceability and ease-of-use
Exmark has redesigned one of its most popular wide-area walk-behind mowers, the Turf Tracer S-Series. The new 2015 model incorporates a number of improvements designed to deliver increased overall durability, serviceability and ease-of-use.
According to Exmark Product Manager, Lloyd von Scheliha, the updates to the Turf Tracer S-Series were based on feedback received by customers, as well as comprehensive evaluation in the Exmark test lab.
“The Turf Tracer S-Series is a workhorse mower in many of our customers’ fleets. They rely on its durability, maneuverability and versatility to be profitable, and it’s a machine many customers are very comfortable with. It was clear we had a very good product already, but we saw a number of opportunities to further raise the bar.
“With this feedback in-mind, we set out to give our customers what they wanted – increased durability and ease-of-use, with class-leading maneuverability, and ergonomics that help landscape maintenance professionals increase productivity every day.”
One feature that customers asked Exmark not to change was the company’s patented Enhanced Control System (ECS). ECS delivers reduced operator fatigue with improved ergonomics and precise, fingertip control.
Exmark incorporated an electric clutch on the 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series mower, which simplifies the deck drive system and increases its durability. The system not only eliminates dozens of parts, it increases the reliability of the system and provides easier access for service.
The new electric clutch allows Exmark engineers to simplify the overall design of the 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series model, eliminating nearly 250 component parts compared to its predecessors, with no sacrifice in performance. The simplified design reduces maintenance and increases reliability, with easier belt changes courtesy of a revised belt shield design. The company also rerouted hydraulic hoses on the model to maximize cooling and keep the mower cleaner overall.
A new structure for the engine deck and tank support was developed to lower the machine’s center of gravity. The new Turf Tracer S-Series utilizes new materials in a number of areas, including a more robust, durable discharge chute and more abrasion resistant metal in the front deck height adjusters. In addition, an hour meter is standard on all Turf Tracer S-Series models to help landscape maintenance professionals more accurately track maintenance intervals.
A choice of 36-, 48- or 52-inch UltraCut Series 3 cutting decks are available with the new Turf Tracer S-Series. This 5-inch deep, fully-welded deck design delivers Exmark’s signature cut quality, combined with the durability of the company’s sealed, greaseless spindles and heavy-duty 7-gauge steel deck reinforcements.
A number of engine options are available for the 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series mower, including the innovative Kohler PCV680 EFI-Propane powerplant, which gives landscape maintenance professionals the opportunity to save more than 40-percent on fuel expenditures, with reduced emissions that allow the model to be sold and operated in California. In addition, the Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a variety of Kawasaki engine options, two of which are CARB compliant.
Learn more about the 2015 Exmark Turf Tracer models or find the nearest authorized Exmark dealer at Exmark.com, or call (402) 223-6300.
Operator safety is extremely important to everyone at Exmark, and we’ve seen first hand how consistent, thorough training can decrease equipment-related injuries due to operator error. This not only makes sense from the perspective of keeping your crews safe, it can also have a significant positive impact on your bottom-line, as the costs of work-related injuries add up quickly.
First, operators should read and understand the operator’s manual of each machine they will be using during the work day. In addition to the safety information presented in the operator’s manual, the Exmark website has a number of safety resources for each of the mowers we produce. The Exmark YouTube channel is also a fantastic resource for in-depth operator training videos.
A great example is this four-part video series on safe operation of the Exmark Lazer Z zero-turn mower:
Many of the Exmark safety training videos are also available in Spanish language versions.
It’s important that operators receive safety training both up-front and on an on-going basis. Not only does this better ensure operators receive and retain the important safety information, it also shows that, as an owner and as a business, safety is a top priority. That’s an important message not just for employees to hear, but customers as well.
Ultimately, it’s up to each landscape maintenance professional to determine the right level of safety training for operators. But like many things in life, safety training is a matter of a little investment up-front giving you the opportunity to enjoy greater and more consistent long-term rewards.
Please contact us with feedback or ideas that can help us improve future Exmark safety resources. We’d love to hear from you!