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2011 EFI Units

by Exmark on December 14, 2010, under Exmark Information, Products

This year was a big one: we introduced a number of new units at GIE+EXPO, including the Pioneer Series and the new Vantage. We also introduced five new energy efficient units for 2011.

Energy efficiency is an important and growing area of focus for the landscaping industry. We believe it is part of our responsibility at Exmark to provide landscape professionals with the option of selecting an energy efficient mower when they make a purchase.

Here’s a look at the new Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) units for 2011 – all designed to cut fuel and save you money.

The entire fleet of EFI units features a state-of-the-art Kohler PRO EFI engine, which is the industry’s first closed loop fuel injection system. These new engines can allow the units to consume up to 25 percent less fuel than a standard carburetor-powered mower for savings that really add up over time.

What do you think of the new 2011 EFI units? Do you own an EFI unit? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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Exmarkpride.com Contests & Winners

by Exmark on December 07, 2010, under Exmark Information

As some of you may or may not know, Exmark is now hosting monthly contests for Exmark Crew members at Exmarkpride.com. The contests are monthly and will cover a range of things we’d like Crew members to share and submit for voting on by other members of the Exmark Crew.

The November Exmark Crew contest was to find the hardest working truck around. After 30 days of looking, we’re happy to say the votes are in and we have a winner.

Congratulations to David Johnson and his hardest working truck!

David Johnson's hardest working truck

David Johnson's hardest working truck

As a prize for receiving the most votes from the Crew community, David will receive an Exmark truck decal, Exmark floor mats and an Exmark travel mug to go in his hardest working truck.

Now, if you’d like your chance to win, check out this month’s contest here.

This month, we want to see your holiday spirit. Show us your shop decked out for the holidays by submitting your photo.

The person voted to have the best decorated shop by December 31 will receive a gift card for Exmark apparel. The sooner you submit, the sooner you can start receiving votes so get to it and remember to tell your friends to join the crew and vote for your shop!  More information can be found on the contest here.

Not a member of the crew and want to share your decked out shop for the holidays? Post a picture to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/exmarkmowers.

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Leaf removal – the sequel.

by Exmark on November 23, 2010, under Maintenance Tips

So we asked, and we received. In our last leaf removal post, we asked you to share some of your favorite tips and techniques with us on leaf removal. We’re glad to say we got quite a few responses – some creative, some pretty funny and others that we could see coming in quite handy. Thanks to all who shared!

And, rather than just picking one – we decided to go with a few of our favorites:

Mitch

I own an Exmark Turf Tracer HP. Usually I blow all the leaves out of the flower beds onto the lawn with my blower. Then I mow the lawn two to three times to mulch up the leaves. The mower is designed so well, it acts like a very powerful vacuum, sucking up the leaves and shredding them into tiny pieces! It doesn’t miss any leaves and I’m just using the normal Exmark blades. After I mow over the leaves two to three times, I attach my bagger and mow once, emptying my bagger every once in awhile. This works great for me.

Ryan McCallum

I own a Navigator. After blowing the leaves out of the gardens and tight areas I run over them with the machine equipped with the mulch plug to chop them up really fine. Then I take the plug out and bag as usual. Takes a bit more time but saves a lot of space on the trailer.

Rob Robinson

Blow out all the plant beds into the lawn and suck the leaves up from there. If there are a lot of them, it’s not a bad idea to grind the leaves up a bit to cut down on the amount you have to move.

Brennan Wright

Mulch kit probably the best investment I’ve ever made.

Ryan Nicola

The JRCO leaf plow works great moves lots of leaves quick leaving a thin trail behind which can easily be vaced up with a mower or blown easily with a good back pack blower.

Daniel Lane

For individual small yards, grab the biggest, thickest tarp you can, rake and blow the leaves onto it, and move by hand or tie off to your rider for the burn pile or truck.

Bonnie Lange Salonek

Ultra Vac – just got mine and I love it!

Kenny Farrell

Mulch over them with a Lazer and bag them up with a Turf Tracer.

Though we don’t encourage this behavior, the following posts made us chuckle a bit:

Joe Caron

Hire someone to do it for me!

Brian Smith

Cut down all the trees.

Justin Monnig

I’ve got all sorts of ideas, let’s see, how about use a speed blower or buffalo blower to move ‘em into your neighbor’s yard. No bagging needed. Then sit back in a lawn chair with an alcoholic beverage as your neighbor sweeps them up.

If you have more ideas you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Helping your battery survive the winter months

by Exmark on November 16, 2010, under Maintenance Tips

Your mowers’ batteries are no match for winter’s cruel, frigid temperament. Extreme cold can sap the life out of your battery, leaving you with nothing more than a new, heavy doorstop. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your battery from the bitter cold:

  • Always remove the battery from the machine and store it in a climate controlled area that stays between 50 and 70 degrees.
  • Put your battery on a trickle charger throughout winter. Or about a month before mowing season starts, put it on a trickle charger for at least a week, to recondition the battery and get it ready for mowing season. A trickle charger will give your battery a slow, deep charge that will help rejuvenate it after a period of dormancy.
  • Open up your battery’s ports and check to see if the fluids are low. If they are, fill them up with distilled water. Never use tap water to fill your battery.

This blog post is by David Martin, customer service manager at Exmark.

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Another great year at GIE+Expo.

by Exmark on November 05, 2010, under Exmark Information, Products

Now that another year at GIE+EXPO has come to a close, we thought it might be time for us to do a quick recap of the products we unveiled during this year’s show.

Pioneer S-Series and E-Series

The Exmark Pioneer S-Series

The Exmark Pioneer S-Series

We’re excited to announce this latest addition to the Exmark family — the new Exmark Pioneer Series.  This mower offers the same professional performance you’d expect to see from an Exmark, but in value package that I think most landscape pros can appreciate.

The Pioneer is equipped with full-floating UltraCut deck cutting technology and Kawasaki V Twin engines. The S-Series is equipped with a 44”, 48” or 52” UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck. The E-Series is built on a full-floating 48” or 52” UltraCut Series 2 cutting deck.

More details on both of these new units can be found here and here.

Vantage

This year, we’re adding a 36” UltraCut option to the Vantage’s existing 48” and 52” decks. We’re also adding a 25 hp Kohler EFI engine to this line-up.

New EFI Units

For 2011, we’re introducing a new line of units with EFI engines. This new fleet of EFI units feature a state-of-the-art Kohler Command PRO EFI engine, which is the industry’s first closed loop fuel injection system.

New 2011 EFI Units include:

  • Turf Tracer X-Series will have a 21 hp Kohler EFI engine
  • Lazer Z S-Series will have both a 25 and 29 hp Kohler EFI engine
  • Lazer Z X-Series will continue to have a 29 hp Kohler EFI engine
  • The Navigator will have a 27 hp Kohler EFI engine

These engines allow the machines to consume up to 25 percent less fuel than a standard carburetor-powered mower for savings that really add up over time.

In case you missed the other great stuff we unveiled at GIE + EXPO 2010, you can check out our kick-off post here.

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Exmarkpride.com

by Exmark on November 01, 2010, under Exmark Information, Industry News

As many of you know, we just wrapped up GIE + EXPO 2010. We have a lot of great things heading your way in 2011exmarkpride (for a recap, check out our GIE + EXPO kick-off post), and we’re really excited to launch our Exmark member community website, exmarkpride.com.

Here are the details:

Exmarkpride.com is the official gathering place for all Exmark fanatics. It’s designed to connect you with fellow Exmark owners, operators, landscape professionals, dealers and diehards in general.

At exmarkpride.com, you can share your favorite Exmark ‘moments,’ ideas, mowing tips and stories, interact with Exmark and industry experts, and gain special access into what is happening at Exmark.

A peek at what you'll see when you join the crew

A peek at what you'll see when you join the crew

As a member, you will also have access to business tools, receive exclusive Exmark offers on products and parts, participate in monthly contests and have the ability to win and purchase exclusive Exmark gear.

As if hanging out with Exmark crew isn’t enough to convince you to join, register by December 31 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Lazer Z X-Series unit. With hundreds of other Exmark fans already a part of the site, what are you waiting for?

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GIE+EXPO 2010

by Exmark on October 28, 2010, under Exmark Information, Products

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Exmark General Manager Rick Olson speaking at the Exmark press conference.

Hello from Louisville! GIE+EXPO 2010 has kicked off and we’re expecting it to be another banner show.  If you’re not attending or haven’t stopped by our booth yet, here are some of the exciting highlights of what we’re unveiling for 2011.

Exmarkpride.com

This is a big one. We’re launching a new Exmark member community website, exmarkpride.com, where pros and lawn fanatics alike can gather to share their Exmark pride, along with mowing tips and stories, interact with Exmark and industry experts, participate in monthly contests, find business tools and gain special access into what is happening at Exmark.

And check this out, if you sign up and join what we’re calling the Exmark crew by December 31, you will be eligible to win a Lazer Z X-Series.

The Mark Award

We’re announcing the first of its kind industry awards that recognize the best of the best within the Exmark Community – awarding a dealer and a landscape pro that embodies Exmark pride. Winners will be announced at GIE + EXPO in 2011, where they will be recognized by their peers.

New Products

We’re introducing several new units, Exmark ‘X’-branded merchandise and decals, and a free welcome kit that’s full of Exmark ‘X’-branded stuff.

We’re really excited to launch our new campaign and introduce our new products, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts. So please go visit exmarkpride.com and join the crew and the conversation.

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A GIE+EXPO Preview From Lawn & Landscape’s Chuck Bowen

by Exmark on October 25, 2010, under Industry News

Chuck BowenTo get ready for GIE+EXPO, we chatted with Chuck Bowen, editor of Lawn & Landscape, to see what he is looking forward to at this year’s event.

What do you hope to see this year at GIE?

It’s a great opportunity to have some face-to-face with people I typically only talk to on the phone or via e-mail. And, it’s always exciting to see all the new products that suppliers release.

What trends do you think we’ll see in new products?

As far as equipment goes, we’re seeing more and more alternative fuel options coming down the pike. Fuel prices are only going to go up, and contractors are more willing – and have more reliable options – now to explore electric and propane-fueled equipment.

What will be the trend in 2011 for products/Landscape Pros? Dealers?

They say the recession is over, but people are still having a hard time. Customers still want more for less, and, for dealers, their contractor customers have a similar outlook. Everyone’s being a little more reluctant to buy, and doing more homework before they sign off on projects or big purchases. So, whether you sell service or hard goods, you really have to make your case to customers that you’ll be a good investment or save them money in the long run.

Whose booth should you definitely stop by?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say ours – number 1084. We’ve got a lot of great stuff for the industry, namely our new scholarship program. You can donate as little as one dollar, pick up a wristband and, if we take your picture wearing it, you’ve got a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes, like a week in Hawaii or a Caribbean cruise.

But I always encourage people to visit the outdoor demo areas. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with lots of equipment and see if it really does what you need it to.

Are you looking forward to the concert this year? What acts would you like to see open the show next year?

They always have great acts come to Fourth Street and put on an entertaining show. Looking at my schedule, I don’t think I’ll be able to make the concerts this year, but I encourage everyone to attend. Keynotes are good, but a big part of the show is networking and relaxing with your colleagues.

What do you think we’ll see more of next year (industry-wide)?

More and more companies are looking for ways to set themselves apart from their competition, and we’ll see more creative ways of doing that. The best companies and dealers know their niche and how to thrive in it, regardless of the economy.

How has the industry changed in the last year?

Companies are smaller and younger – they’re making lower revenues and have been in business for less time. We’ve seen a correction, and there’s been lots of turnover and change. This sets the stage for more competition and really ups the ante for companies to compete at a much higher level.

What’s your favorite thing about Kentucky?

Definitely the bourbon. No, I can’t just pick one thing. It’s a great state – it has beautiful scenery, friendly people and great cities. Whenever I’m in Louisville I make sure to have breakfast at Lynn’s Paradise Café and grab a drink at the lobby bar at the Brown Hotel.

What are you looking forward to at GIE+EXPO 2010? Leave us a comment and let us know!

You can contact Chuck via e-mail and find Lawn & Landscape on Twitter.

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Fall maintenance, Part 2

by Exmark on October 22, 2010, under Maintenance Tips

In this second part of our maintenance segment, we continue to provide tips to help you get your mower in tiptop shape for its hibernation period. If you missed part one of this segment, go here.

Closer inspection

This is a good time to check your machine’s belts and replace any that are frayed, cut or damaged. Check the mower’s pulleys, making sure they’re not bent, misaligned or jammed with debris. Landscape bark has a tendency to get wedged deep into the pulleys, so give them a close inspection.

Storage

Whether you’re storing your machine in a shed, under a tarp or in an enclosed trailer you want to do whatever you can to keep rodents away. Aside from thoroughly cleaning your mower, you can take other precautions to deter little critters from turning your machine into their winter home. You have your pick of traps and chemicals as well as natural means, such as Osage oranges and oil of peppermint to keep mice at bay. Peppermint candy will NOT do the trick, but invite more critters as well as insects to the party. Don’t use any harsh chemicals around your machine as they will cause damage. If you live in a rural area, you might want to consult with your local pest control office. They’re likely to give you good suggestions. Your local Exmark dealer will also be able to provide ways to keep your mower rodent-free.

Moisture is the other thing you want to keep as far away from your mower as possible. Wherever your mower is stored, make sure rain, ice and snow aren’t getting in.

We also recommend draining the fuel from your machine, or adding a fuel stabilizer. Don’t let fuel sit in your mower through the winter months.

Battery

To extend the life of your battery, best thing to do is remove it from your machine and keep it in a climate controlled area that’s between 50 and 70 degrees. For other tips on battery maintenance, check out this post.

Following these steps will ensure a safe winter season for your machines. Come spring, they’ll be ready to go back to work.

This blog post is by David Martin, customer service manager at Exmark.

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Fall maintenance, Part 1

by Exmark on October 19, 2010, under Maintenance Tips

There’s nothing more important for extending the life of your mower than proper maintenance, whether it’s pre-season maintenance, in-season maintenance or fall/winter maintenance. Since summer is officially over (already?), we thought this would be the perfect time to focus on fall maintenance. You want your mower to be ready for the long, cold days ahead. Since the list is long, we’ll break up maintenance into two posts, so make sure you come back for the sequel.

A good cleaning.

Storing a clean mower is key. Your mower’ worked hard all summer long and deserves a good wash down. Which brings us to our first cleaning tip: never wash your mower with water or solvents. Water on steel results in rust and deterioration. Clean your mower with air. A leaf blower is a great way to clean a mower, or you can use compressed air.

Make sure you clean everywhere – lift up the seat, get under the deck, reach behind the tires, remove belt guards and clean the area underneath, really get into every nook and cranny. Any debris left on the mower can do one of two things: become a rodent nest or trap moisture. If you’ve already forgotten the first tip we gave you, here’s a recap: steel + water = rust.

Grease is good.

Your mower has bearings that need to be greased. This is the time to do it. Make sure you’re not only starting with fresh grease, but also using the right kind of grease for your machine and conditions. Your Exmark dealer will be able to help you in picking out the appropriate grease.

The greasing technique for the bearings is extremely important. In other words, don’t hurry through it or use shortcuts. Make sure you remove the load before you grease the bearings. If you try to grease bearings while they’re still under load, you’ll end up greasing only half the bearing. It’s worth your while to take your time and remove any belts and springs before employing the grease gun. If the bearing is moveable, we recommend that you move it three or four times to get a nice coating on the bearing. This is also a good way to inspect the bearings for wear and tear, making sure they move freely without any grinding or tightness.

Oil change

Like your car, your mower needs its engine oil and filter changed. It also needs its hydraulic fluid and filter changed. Once all of the fluids and filters have been changed, start the machine for about five minutes or less to make sure the clean engine oil circulates throughout the machine. Utilize the hydraulics to get the fresh fluid circulating as well. If changing your mower’s fluids isn’t your strong suit, take your mower to your dealer. Most dealers run a winterization special during this time of year. One of the benefits of having your dealer perform end of season maintenance is that they usually have a multipoint inspection of the machine that examines multiple wear points, catching something you may miss or not even think about checking. If they do find something, winter is probably the ideal time to have your mower serviced, since you won’t need it in the field.

That’s it our first segment of fall maintenance. Check back soon to see more tips on what you need to do to maintain your mower.

This blog post is by David Martin, customer service manager at Exmark.

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