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Exmark Employees Donate Over $10,000 to Local Charities This Holiday Season

by Exmark on January 19, 2011, under Exmark Information

Exmark Employees' Holiday Donations

Exmark Employees' Holiday Donations

We’re proud to announce that this holiday season, many Exmark employees gave back to the local community through a variety of donations to local charities.

Community Food Pantry Donation

Community Food Pantry Donation

The Exmark team raised nearly $10,000 for the local United Way branch. The donation was then matched by the Toro Giving Program for a total contribution of over $17,000.

Also, at Exmark’s annual Christmas party, the Exmark Employee Council collected food and monetary donations for the Community Food Pantry, an organization supporting families needing assistance with food, rent and utility payments. Exmark employees donated over $1,200 and four vehicle loads of food from its efforts.

Thanks to all who participated here at Exmark!

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The Exmark Vantage

by Exmark on January 18, 2011, under Exmark Information, Products

Vantage

The new Vantage featuring a 36" cutting deck

It’s been more than a year since we introduced the Vantage. During that time, we’ve continued to tweak and make the Vantage one of the most comfortable, reliable and productive stand-on mowers in the industry.

This year, we’ve made a few additions to the mower. The first addition is a new 36″ Vantage with the UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck technology. This new 36″ unit makes getting in and out of gates easier and comes with integrated tie-down points for secure trailering.

We’ve also added a new fuel efficient option to the Vantage product line — a 25 hp Kohler Command Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Pro V-Twin engine.

Of course both of the new options available will still have the standard great stuff you’ve come to love about the Vantage including;

  • Speeds up to 8 mph forward and 4 mph reverse
  • Self-compensating suspension makes standing more comfortable
  • Adjustable platform for mowing hill sides and fold up ability allowing for walk-behind functionality
  • Heavy duty canister air filtration system

If you have time in the next few months, we encourage you to test out the new 36” Vantage and tell us what you think.

Love the Vantage?  Tested it already? Share your thoughts below.

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The Pioneer Series

by Exmark on January 12, 2011, under Exmark Information, Products

A few weeks ago, we announced a brand new addition to the Exmark line-up — the new Exmark Pioneer Series. These mowers offer the same great performance and quality of cut that you’re used to with an Exmark.  Here are the details on the new series:

Pioneer S-Series

Pioneer S-Series

Pioneer S-Series

Pioneer S-Series is equipped with full-floating 44”, 48” or 52” Trivantage cutting technology and 20, 22 or 24 hp Kawasaki® V-Twin engines for speeds of up to 8 mph forward and 5 mph reverse. The mower’s hydraulically dampened steering system offers true zero-turn radius maneuverability and its unibody, heavy-duty tubular steel frame provides a solid platform. The Pioneer S-Series also includes 22 x 9.5 – 12 Turf Master® drive tires for optimum traction.

Pioneer E-Series

Pioneer E-Series

Pioneer E-Series

The Pioneer E-Series features a full-floating 48” or 52” Trivantage cutting deck. Power comes from 22 or 24 hp Kawasaki® V-Twin engines for drive speeds of up to 7 mph forward and 5 mph reverse on 20 x 8.0 – 10.0 Turf Master® tires.

What do you think of the new Pioneer series? Let us know in a comment below.

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‘Tis the Season: Part 3

by Exmark on December 23, 2010, under Exmark Information

This week’s post is from Karen Jurgens, whose true holiday spirit can’t be dampened by a little snow.

Karen Jurgens – Assembler

We always celebrate the holidays with my kids and grandkids coming to our house on Christmas Eve for a sit-down dinner of prime rib with all the fixings. Then we head to the living room where we open presents and catch up. Last year things didn’t go according to plan. If you remember, some major storms, make that blizzards, hit the Midwest. There was one particularly nasty storm right around Christmas that knocked out power lines and closed roads. Well I wasn’t going to let that scrooge ruin our holiday. I put the prime rib in the freezer and moved Christmas to January. Hey, tradition is tradition and no amount of snow in the world was going to ruin it for us. So come January, my kids and grandkids came down and we ate dinner and opened presents. Now that I think about it, this Christmas will be our second in 2010. Not too shabby if you ask me.

No matter how you and your family celebrate, everyone at Exmark wishes you a happy holiday season.

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‘Tis the Season: Part 2

by Exmark on December 21, 2010, under General, Spotlight on Dealers & Pros

This week’s post comes from our very own CEO, whose celebration is steeped in tradition

Rick Olsen – General Manager

Our holiday celebration is shaped by two things: my Swedish ancestry and my birthday. My birthday is on December 24th. This is great for me since that’s the day my entire extended family comes together to celebrate Christmas. We kick things off with a little midday lunch that includes cake and birthday presents. After lunch, we usually spend the rest of the day catching up and enjoying each other’s company. Before we know it, it’s time for dinner. We always have a traditional Swedish meal that takes me back to my roots. A family program follows dinner, where the children play musical instruments and the eldest read Christmas stories. Then it’s time to open presents. But no matter how many presents I get on that day, whether for my birthday or Christmas, my absolute favorite present by far is seeing my entire family in one place.

No matter how you and your family celebrate, everyone at Exmark wishes you a happy holiday season.

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‘Tis the Season: Part 1

by Exmark on December 20, 2010, under General, Spotlight on Dealers & Pros

The lights are up. The mall Santas have taken their rightful thrones. The deal-hunters are out in full force. The lists and cookies have been made. Everywhere you turn, it’s beginning to look a lot like the most wonderful time of the year. To keep in the spirit, we’d like to take a moment and shift focus from mowers to people. Specifically our Exmark people. The next few posts are dedicated to three of our employees and how they like to spend their holiday season.

We’re kicking off the holiday posts with one from Debbie Hartig.

Debbie Hartig – Materials Coordinator

Ever since I can remember, we’ve celebrated Christmas on the 24th. We always get together at a relative’s house, eat a delicious prime rib dinner and open presents. We have the best time just sitting around and catching up. And if the mood strikes, we’ll pop in a few home movies and catch up on Christmases past. And haircuts past! I can’t imagine spending the holidays any other way.

No matter how you and your family celebrate, everyone at Exmark wishes you a happy holiday season.

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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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