FOCUS ON: Trim Mowers

When contemplating a trim-mower purchase, you should consider several factors. These include the longevity, durability and reliability you require from a mower, the need for a push-type or self-propelled unit, and bagging requirements. A variety of trim mowers is available to meet your changing needs. Choices include new deck designs and features for operator convenience and protection. If you need more information, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.


Honda Power Equipment introduces the hydrostatic drive HRC216HXA and push-type HRC216PDA trim mowers. Key features include a dome shaped deck design that facilitates both bagging and mulching while delivering finer clipping particles, stronger handlebars that are adjustable for height, offset twin blade MicroCut System and a front bumper tie down for transport and engine protection. The new deck increases the total number of cut height settings to eight, and increases maximum cut height to four inches. A redesigned version of Honda's Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission increases top drive speed from 3.5 to 4 mph.
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Ariens introduces the LM 21 SCHB Pro walk-behind mower features a self-propelled Infi-Speed drive system with speeds up to 4 mph, letting you match your work speed to lawn conditions. The mower is equipped with a 6.75-hp Briggs & Stratton Intek Pro Engine that features full pressure lubrication cast iron cylinder sleeve, spin-on oil filter and a 1.6-quart fuel tank. A 3-in-1 system lets you change quickly from mulching to bagging to discharging. A multi-position, ergonomic handlebar reduces wrist and hand fatigue and height adjustment brackets give you six cutting heights. The baked-on, powder-coat finish resists abuse from fertilizers, chemicals and moisture.
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Eastman Industries announces the Eastman Commercial mower. This 20-inch walk-behind mower comes with a ¼-inch-thick alloy aluminum deck, a crankshaft guard, heavy-duty steel wheels with zerk hubs, back-to-back steel ball bearings, 7-gauge High Lift or Gator Mulching blades and two engine options. Model WM 20-K features a 5-hp Kawasaki engine and WM 20-H features a 5-hp GXV Honda engine. Model WMS-20H is also available with a new Honda 4-cycle engine that will allow it to operate continuously on slopes up to a 45-degree incline. The unit weighs 78 pounds and comes with a 2-year commercial warranty. A steel grass catcher is optional.
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Exmark has made a number of improvements to its Metro 21 Commercial walk-behind mower to increase ease-of-use and durability in commercial cutting environments. Exmark engineers reduced the diameter of the drive handle and flattened the surface of the top bail lever. The new lever creates a slimmer, flatter and more comfortable grasping surface. Rubber discs have also been added to the handle mount to better isolate the handle from engine and deck vibration. A standard three-position height adjustment system allows the handle height to be optimized. Other features include a 21-inch TriVantage deck that offers the ability to bag, mulch or side discharge with the addition of the optional side discharge chute, and a choice of a 5.5-hp Honda or 6-hp Kawasaki engine.
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With an overall width of 35 inches (32-inch model with the deflector up), the HydroCut from Ferris can get in and out of places other commercial walk-behind units cannot. It also offers productivity-enhancing features that make it easy to use, including Integrated Comfort Controls, (ICC) for simple maneuvering, and Quick-Adjust height-of-cut controls. The HydroCut also features a 13-hp Kawasaki V-Twin engine; reliable hydrostatic transmission; a 10-gauge, fabricated, double top deck with reinforced side skirts and overlap welded corners; forward and reverse ground speeds of up to 5.5 mph; and large 16-inch turf-friendly tires.
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The Gravely PRO 21 SCH allows lawn professionals to mulch or clean the most challenging lawn projects. With a 2.5-bushel capacity, this machine increases mowing productivity. The easy-on bagger collects clippings for a manicured finish, ideal in spring when grass is wet and lush or in the fall to prevent mulch clippings from matting down grass the following spring. Remove the bagger and the PRO 21 becomes a powerful mulching mower, recirculating clippings and distributing them evenly across the lawn. The unit features a 5.5-hp Honda GXV overhead valve engine. The InfiSpeed variable speed drive adjusts to the desired pace, letting the user match work speed to lawn conditions.
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The Jacobsen Commercial 21 Push Mower features a 6.5-hp Briggs & Stratton Intek Pro, OHV, 4-cycle gas engine and a rugged, aluminum-magnesium alloy cutting deck for years of rust-free use. The mower also includes a 1-gallon polyethylene fuel tank for hours of continuous operation, a convenient rear-mounted side discharge and an optional rear-mounted metal screen or polyester mesh grass catcher. The unit has a cutting height adjustment from .5 inch to 3.5 inches in .25-inch increments and weighs 108 pounds.
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The John Deere JX75 Walk-Behind Mower features an overhead valve, 179-cc, 4-cycle engine with full-pressure lubrication for long life. The self-propelled, 5-speed gear driven transaxle matches varying mowing conditions and operator walking speeds. The easy-to-use two-point height adjuster system quickly changes cutting height at front wheels and rear wheels from 1 to 4 inches. The rear-discharge bag allows trimming from both sides of the mower. The deep-deck design provides great grass lift for a clean cut and good airflow to fill the bag completely.
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Sarlo Power Mower, Inc. introduces the 622 and 624 Push Trim Mowers. These compact-designed mowers are designed for professional landscapers, equipment rental agencies and homeowners. The mowers feature a belt drive that prevents engine damage should the blade striker hard objects, as well as heavy duty, cog-style belts that are long-lasting with minimal service. Industrial/commercial engines, ranging from 6.75-hp to 11.5-hp, are matched to cutting width to minimize engine strain and assure clean cuts. Sarlo Highwheel mowers are balanced with the high wheels as a pivot point; the weight is evenly distributed for excellent balance and easy handling.
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Toro introduces the Super Recycler Mower that features a compact design and cutting performance that add up to more value and convenience. The mower features a sleek new design and premium 21-inch aluminum decks. The cutting system features a high-efficiency blade and accelerator working with Toro's patented kickers and GTS engines. The mowers are ready to mulch, bad or side-discharge right out of the box.
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