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Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine.
Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine.

Grasshopper Model 430D MaxTorque Diesel MidMount

The Grasshopper Co.'s Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine. MaxTorque diesel engines are Tier 4-Interim compliant and B-5-ready and can save up to 900 gallons of fuel per 1,000 hours of use compared to gasoline and LP counterparts, according to the company. In addition, increased power and productivity from Model 430D allow more acreage to be covered in less time.

Available with 61- and 72-inch DuraMax Decks, Model 430D can be fitted with rear discharge, mulching, and PowerVac Collection options. The Model 430D is suited for fleets looking to reduce emissions and increase productivity, the company stated.

www.grassshopperdiesel.com

The 2011 WAM includes a new mow valve and new wing deck hydraulic motor, allowing the mower to run at less pressure and cooler temperatures.
The 2011 WAM includes a new mow valve and new wing deck hydraulic motor, allowing the mower to run at less pressure and cooler temperatures.

John Deere 1600 Wide Area Mower (WAM)

The 2011 John Deere 1600 Wide Area Mower (WAM) has an 11-foot cutting width and can mow up to 68 acres in an eight-hour day, the company stated. The WAM is equipped with an overhead-valve, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled 57-hp Yanmar diesel engine, which is Interim Tier IV compliant, and an on-demand or full-time mechanical rear-wheel drive. Other key updates include standard run-flat tires on the front and wing mower decks and a standard air ride, fully adjustable seat.

New folding roll-over protective structure (ROPS) design and a new engine monitoring and diagnostic console in the operator station add to the ease of operation of the machine, according to the company. A B-20 biodiesel kit is also available on the 1600.

www.deere.com/usa

The Groundsmaster 360's Quad-Steer technology minimizes turf damage due to unique steering geometry, according to Toro.
The Groundsmaster 360's Quad-Steer technology minimizes turf damage due to unique steering geometry, according to Toro.

Toro Groundsmaster 360 Quad Steer Rotary Mower

The Toro Company's Groundsmaster 360 combines the agility of a zero-turn riding mower with the flexibility of an out-front rotary mower. Using Quad Steer all-wheel steering, with the added control of a steering wheel, the Groundsmaster 360 has the improved hillside traction and stability to go places (subject to slope limitations) inaccessible to many other large-area riding mowers, the company stated.

Toro's three new Groundsmaster 360 models with Quad Steer all-wheel steering include a two-wheel drive model, four-wheel drive model, and four-wheel drive model with a permanent all-season safety cab. All models' cutting decks are 72 inches wide in side discharge, rear discharge, or Guardian Recycler configurations.

www.toro.com 

The ZD323 features a 60-inch mower with 6.5-inch-deep design.
The ZD323 features a 60-inch mower with 6.5-inch-deep design.

Kubota ZD323

Kubota's 23 hp ZD323 features a 60-inch mower with 6.5-inch-deep design, allowing efficient cutting for heavy conditions. The mower provides close to 45 lbs. per foot of torque. Kubota's diesel engine can offset the price of diesel and can also significantly reduce overall fuel operating costs, according to the company.

Operator comfort is ensured with a user-friendly instrument panel and deluxe suspension seat. An oscillating front axle further increases operator comfort, and an integral lift allows quick and simple maintenance of the deck without time-consuming removal.

www.kubota.com

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