It’s Time For Fall Mower Maintenance

by Exmark on September 25, 2014, under Exmark Information, General, Maintenance Tips

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.

A focus on fall maintenance helps you get a quick, trouble-free start next spring.

A focus on fall maintenance helps you get a quick, trouble-free start next spring.

Start clean

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.

Pay particular attention to normal wear items during your mower inspection, such as the condition of blades and deck drive belts.

Pay particular attention to normal wear items during your mower inspection, such as the condition of blades and deck drive belts.

Sharpen Blades

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.

Replace both engine and hydro oil and filter(s) prior to extended storage.

Replace both engine and hydro oil and filter(s) prior to extended storage.

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.

Storage Considerations

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.

Learn more mower service tips at http://www.exmark.com/ServiceTips.aspx. Locate the service schedule for your Exmark machine at http://www.exmark.com/MaintenanceSchedules/.

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Exmark Announces Local Recipients of Mowers, Toro Legacy Grants

by Exmark on September 12, 2014, under Exmark Information

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 staff pose for a selfie with their new Exmark Lazer Z E-Series zero-turn mower.

Camp Sonshine staff pose for a selfie with their new Exmark Lazer Z E-Series zero-turn mower.

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.

Representatives from the City of Wymore, Nebraska pose with the city's new Lazer Z E-Series mower.

Representatives from the City of Wymore, Nebraska pose with the city's new Lazer Z E-Series mower.

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.

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Morton Buildings and Exmark are “Giving Away the Farm”

by Exmark on August 19, 2014, under Co-Promotions, Exmark Information, General

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.

Morton Buildings is giving away a more than $76,000 prize package including a top-of-the-line Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider.

Morton Buildings is giving away a more than $76,000 prize package including a top-of-the-line Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider.

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.

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Fuel Safety Tips

by Exmark on August 05, 2014, under General, Maintenance Tips, Safety

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.

Keeping the mower clean from accumulated debris makes it easier to spot fuel system problems and reduces the risk of fire.

Keeping your mower clean from accumulated debris makes it easier to spot fuel system problems and reduces the risk of fire.

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.

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Hubbard Life and Exmark Launch “This is the Life” Sweepstakes

by Exmark on July 14, 2014, under Exmark Information

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.

Visit your local Hubbard Life dealer to enter for a chance to win one of three Lazer Z X-Series mowers.

Visit your local Hubbard Life dealer to enter for a chance to win one of three Lazer Z X-Series mowers.

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.”

With a 60-inch UltraCut Series 6 cutting deck, the Lazer Z X-Series machine makes quick work of any mowing job.

With a 60-inch UltraCut Series 6 cutting deck, the Lazer Z X-Series machine makes quick work of any mowing job.

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.

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A Look at Exmark’s Innovative Turf Tracer EFI-Propane Walk-Behinds

by Exmark on July 09, 2014, under Exmark Information, General, Products

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.

Both Turf Tracer EFI-propane models feature the ground breaking Kohler PCV680 engine.

Both Turf Tracer EFI-propane models feature the ground breaking Kohler PCV680 engine. It delivers significantly increased fuel efficiency and performance without compromises. (Image: Kohler Engines)

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 EFI-Propane Turf Tracer S-Series features Kohler's ground breaking PCV680 engine.

The EFI-Propane Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a 48-inch UltraCut Series 3 full-floating cutting deck.

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.

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Exmark Launches Redsigned Turf Tracer S-Series

by Exmark on June 26, 2014, under Exmark Information

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.

The Turf Tracer S-Series' new electric clutch provides increased durability and simplified maintenance.

A new electric clutch provides increased durability, simplified maintenance and helps to eliminate nearly 250 component parts.

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.

The 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a variety of engine options, including the innovative Kohler Command Pro EFI-propane powerplant.

The 2015 Turf Tracer S-Series is available with a variety of engine options, including the innovative Kohler Command Pro EFI-propane powerplant.

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.

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Focus on Training to Increase Operator Safety

by Exmark on May 27, 2014, under Business Tips, General, Safety

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.

Operators should plan ahead and actively scan the landscape to avoid clipping discharge in the direction of people, buildings, vehicles or other sensitive areas.

Operators should plan ahead and actively scan the landscape to avoid clipping discharge in the direction of people, buildings, vehicles or other sensitive areas. Learn more about safe mowing at Exmark.com/Safety.

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!

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Exmark Simplifies Equipment Management with MyExmark.com

by Exmark on May 01, 2014, under Business Tips, Exmark Information, General, Industry News, Products

Online application uses a QR codes to deliver maintenance schedules, specifications and more

With the launch of MyExmark.com, Exmark has made the process of searching for equipment information dramatically easier. The new application uses QR code scanning technology to give landscape maintenance professionals the ability to quickly learn more about their machines, including information about service, dealers, specifications and more.

A QR code on 2014 Exmark mowers and equipment gives owners a quick new way to access information about their machines.

A QR code on 2014 Exmark mowers and equipment gives owners a quick new way to access information about their machines.

“We launched MyExmark.com to help our customers manage their equipment more efficiently and effectively, and to keep equipment operating at peak performance,” said Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters. “Our 2014 equipment includes a QR code next to the serial number on the model plate. When the QR code is scanned, it takes the owner directly to detailed information about that piece of equipment.”

Using one of the many free QR code scanning applications available for smart phones, Exmark owners can quickly access a wide range of information about their equipment by scanning the QR code located on the model plate, including

  • Equipment specifications
  • Detailed maintenance schedules
  • Contact information and maps to local Exmark dealers
  • Warranty information
  • Special offers from Exmark

When an Exmark owner scans the QR code on a piece of Exmark equipment, they are taken to the MyExmark.com website, and are asked one question: “are you the current owner?” Once ownership is verified, the Exmark owner is taken to a whole new level of product information.

If a QR scanning application is not available, owners can access the same information by entering the serial number of a piece of equipment in at MyExmark.com. The site also tracks all of the Exmark equipment in a fleet, including machines built prior to 2014. If a piece of equipment is sold or retired, its information can be hidden from view. Owners can also report a piece of Exmark equipment stolen on the site.

Learn more about MyExmark.com by visiting the site, or on YouTube

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Exmark Launches Consumer Referral Program…

by Exmark on April 11, 2014, under Exmark Information

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Qualifying referrals can earn $100 Carhartt gift cards for themselves, and the people they refer

Exmark has launched a new Referral Program targeted at its farm and acreage customers. The new program launched in March, and runs through the end of 2014.

Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the new program makes it easy for existing non-commercial customers to share their recommendation of the Exmark brand.

“At Exmark, we believe there is no better advertising for our brand than an already satisfied customer speaking with others about the positive experience they’ve had. The Referral Program is an easy way to share the experience of Exmark ownership with friends, neighbors or colleagues.”

Eligible referrals will qualify both the referrer and the referee to receive $100 Carhartt gift cards. To be eligible, the referring party must be a current non-commercial Exmark customer, and the referred party must purchase and register a new Exmark zero-turn riding mower by December 31, 2014.

Exmark has made it easy for customers to make a referral. To begin the referral process, go to http://exmarkrefer.com/ and create a log-in. Once logged-into the system, it’s easy to make a referral using email, Facebook, Twitter or Google +. The progress of a referral is tracked on the site, allowing the referrer to log-in at any time to view their list of pending referrals (referrals who have not yet purchased but have registered for the program), and see who has accepted a referral.

Once eligibility requirements have been met and the new Exmark mower of the referred has been registered by the dealer, the $100 Carhartt gift cards will be distributed to participants.

For complete program details, visit ExmarkRefer.com.

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