Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT DECEMBER 2017 25 incorporates individualized and intelligent vehicle performance while maximizing the operator's comfort, efficiency and capability. "For years, we've heard complaints of the same problems in turf care," said Ray Hauser, president of Hydro-Gear. "With the new SMARTEC ZT DRIVE, we're attempting to solve all those problems with the introduction of electronic controls. Introducing SMARTEC ZT DRIVE unlocks a door for users to experience drives that think fast, respond early, and are hard-wired for customization." Using a machine equipped with the SMARTEC ZT DRIVE system gives operators the ability to individualize performance settings to the way they like to mow. Customization is easy through MYMOW, a personalized performance interface that stores an unlimited number of settings for the same mower such as forward and reverse speed, acceleration and overall control. It is the first time this level of detailed and precise tuning has ever been possible for a mower. SMARTEC has developed the MowNet system software, a new innovation where all components are integrated with easy plug-and-play connectivity, simplified wiring, and on-demand upgradability. The SMARTEC MowNet App is being developed and includes the MYMOW Personalize Performance Interface. "The MowNet App allows for troubleshooting and performance management to be within the fingertips of the user," said Alyn Brown, SMARTEC market segment manager. "With the simple use of a tablet or smartphone, customization and adjustment is possible." As another industry first, this system includes an optional Dynamic Stability Assist module that automatically monitors and adjusts the mower's performance across 9 axes of motion. This pioneering innovation eliminates the need to periodically adjust the zero-turn mower's tracking control linkages. Even more importantly, the mower will intelligently self correct its heading for straighter mowing and improve controllability on gentle slopes. Dynamic Stability Assist reduces operator fatigue while continuing to make mowing fun. Machines may also have the capability to be produced with different operator control systems such as lap bar, steering wheel, or joysticks on the same vehicle, appealing to the preferences of the owner. SMARTEC is currently working with turf manufacturers to refine and incorporate this drive system into future models. This SMARTEC system will be produced at Hydro-Gear's new Indianapolis Innovation Center. TSV launches new additions to Jacobsen zero-turn series Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. (TSV), a Textron Inc. company, announced the launch of its new Jacobsen ZT900 and ZT1000 zero-turn mowers. Building on the success of the ZT400 and ZT600 launched in 2016, the two new models in the series continue to deliver dependable performance and professional results. The ZT900 models are available with a 27-hp. Kawasaki engine or a fuel-efficient alternative from Kohler. They also feature a 54- or 60-inch cutting width and can reach ground speeds of up to 12 mph. The ZT1000 comes equipped with either a 35-hp. Kawasaki engine or a 33-hp. fuel- efficient Kohler engine. The models feature a 60-, 66- or 72-inch cutting width and can reach ground speeds of up to 14 mph. With operator comfort in mind, the ZT1000 comes with an all-new ISO-mounted platform suspension seat as standard with padded armrests, recline, and lumbar support. The ZT900 and ZT1000 feature the InCommand console with keyless password-protected ignition and SoftStart clutch for smoother clutch engagement. "We are very excited to introduce these two new additions to the Jacobsen zero-turn series," said Rachel Thompson, vice president of turf at TSV. "Quality, reliability and productivity are central to everything we design and manufacture at Textron Specialized Vehicles, and these new products are no exception. We are delighted to offer customers some fantastic new features, which will increase speed and efficiency while providing an incredibly smooth and comfortable driving experience." Both models feature Parker transmissions, which are compact, quiet and efficient. They also have maintenance- free PEER Turf Xtreme spindles with Contamination Exclusion Technology for increased durability. The PerfectTension deck drive system maintains optimal belt tension for reduced maintenance and up to three times increased belt life expectancy. In addition, Jacobsen ZT mowers offer 1,000-hour oil- and filter-change intervals, saving time and money. Visit www.jacobsen.com to learn more about the new models in the ZT series. John Deere expands commercial ZTR lineup, introduces stand-on mower with new tires Remaining in touch with the evolving needs of professional landscape contractors, John Deere announced the addition of two new commercial zero-turn-radius mowers. The ZTrak Z945M and ZTrak Z955M models offer professionals electronic fuel injection (EFI) engines with higher horsepower for increased fuel efficiency and power in varied mowing conditions. The company also announced the availability of the

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