Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP 26 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com Michelin X Tweel Turf airless radial tire for the R Series QuikTrak stand-on mowers. The Z945M (27-hp., 824-cc EFI engine) and the Z955M (29-hp., 824-cc EFI engine) are available with multiple deck offerings. Both models are available with a 60-inch side-discharge or 60-inch Mulch On Demand (MOD) deck, and a 72-inch side-discharge deck is also available on the Z955M. The increased horsepower makes quicker work of common activities, such as material collection, mulching and mowing in thick turf conditions, and the EFI engine improves overall fuel economy. "Our customers are hard working and need equipment that is just as hard working as them," said Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing. "They demand higher-horsepower EFI machines to more efficiently tackle varied mowing activities. With the latest additions to our ZTrak mower line, we're satisfying the needs of our professional customers while providing additional value with increased comfort and ease-of-use features." To help operators stay more comfortable on long mowing days, the new mower offers an optional premium suspension seat on the M and R series machines. The newly designed seat offers a thicker bottom cushion, additional padding on the back with ergonomic contouring, and adjustable armrests to improve ride comfort and the overall mowing experience. For added convenience, users will also notice an enlarged and angled fuel filler neck to complete fueling with less mess on all new Z900 Series ZTrak mowers. For more information about the Z945M, Z955M and the rest of the John Deere ZTrak zero-turn mower line, visit www.JohnDeere.com/ZTrak. Building upon the popularity of the Michelin X Tweel Turf product for zero- turn mowers, the airless radial tire is now available for purchase with a 2018 John Deere R Series QuikTrak stand-on mower, or as a stand-alone parts purchase. With the addition of the Michelin X Tweel Turf product on a stand-on machine, professional landscape contractors will experience increased uptime that is virtually maintenance free, positively improving their bottom lines. "Since first launching in 2014, the Michelin X Tweel Turf airless radial tire has been extremely popular with our customers, providing a solution that helps them to reduce downtime due to tire maintenance," said Carl Agee, product manager, John Deere. "By expanding this technology to our QuikTrak line, we are now able to offer our stand-on mower customers increased uptime by eliminating flats." The Michelin X Tweel Turf product offers customers a variety of benefits. Because it is an airless radial tire, the product eliminates flats, improving uptime. Additionally, the cost of repairs and maintenance is reduced, positively impacting the bottom line. With the Michelin X Tweel Turf airless radial tire, professional landscaper contractors no longer need to spend time checking and optimizing tire pressure, as no air is required. In addition, the product provides a more consistent height of cut, as there is no fluctuating tire pressure. With the use of the Michelin X Tweel Turf product, professional landscape contractors can also expect a longer tire life, as it lasts two to three times longer than a pneumatic tire with equal tread depth. The Michelin X Tweel Turf airless radial tire for QuikTrak stand-on mowers will be available for purchase from John Deere dealers in 2018. Kawasaki debuts EFI engine with Vortical Air Filtration Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., introduced an all- new engine and accompanying air filtration system at GIE+EXPO. The FT730V-EFI is the first engine from Kawasaki to employ Vortical Air Filtration (VAF), an air-intake methodology that significantly combats many of the ongoing issues faced by lawn care professionals and homeowners. VAF, which provides longer engine life due to its inherent debris-cleaning effects, also requires less maintenance as the pre-filter and filter can run for up to 50 hours before requiring cleaning. The VAF technology incorporates air intake methodology that is engineered to focus on getting clean air into the engine without also introducing external debris, such as loose grass clippings. This advanced, high-efficiency air intake system uses centrifugal air movement to move heavy grass, dust, and debris away from the air filter, then ejects accumulated debris out of the engine through a duckbill debris ejection valve. Once the ejection process is completed, only fine dust is left, which is easily trapped in the filter. The benefits of this system are many, with cleaner intake air contributing to longer engine life, reduced maintenance, and improved performance. Grass entering the cooling air path system under normal mower use is easily removed through the large clean-out ports located over cylinder heads. The cover for these clean-out ports is neatly integrated into the VAF cover. Kawasaki's new FT730V-EFI system employs an integrated e-governor (eGov) that immediately adjusts engine power- to-load for maximum cutting power at higher speeds, cleaner mowing when units are used in heavy turf, as well as minimizing the need for re-cuts. The same EFI system is currently available on three other Kawasaki engine models from the company's FX and FS product lines. Kawasaki's single, sealed ECU — the heart of the company's EFI system — is Kawasaki FT730V-EFI Vortical Air Filtration illustration

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