FOCUS ON: Walk-Behind Intermediate Mowers

Profitable turf management demands more productivity and cost containment. The latest technology incorporates power with new designs to help complete the job more efficiently. If you need more information about the following mowers, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.

Bob-Cat announces new features for the Bob-Cat hydro and gear drive commercial walk-behind mowers. The new Bob-Cat hydro mower features an enhanced control panel with the new single lever ground speed governor and no-tools, easy-access, on-the-fly tracking control knob. Both mowers feature the new soft-grip, pistol-type control handles. These new, easy-to-use controls feature padded handles and coated operator presence controls that are much easier to grip and provide positive control over mower operation.
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Bunton announces new features for hydro and gear drive professional walk-behind mowers. The new Bunton gear drive mower features an enhanced control panel that incorporates the Bunton easy forward and positive reverse controls as standard features. Both mowers will feature the new patented E-Z-touch loop handle controls. These light-touch, loop-handle controls that provide comfort and control for large or small hands while producing less stress and reducing fatigue.
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Features on the Trek-hydro line of hydrostatic powered walk-behind mowers from Country Clipper include patented stand-up deck for easy cleaning and maintenance of blades and spindles; twin-tracking levers for fingertip, on-the-go tracking adjustment; full-floating deck; cast-iron deck spindles; convenient cutting height adjustment; and 6-gallon fuel tank. The ¼-inch reinforced underside and the bull nose front deck reinforcements make the decks durable.
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Cub Cadet Commercial features a full line of turf care equipment and landscape maintenance products specifically engineered for commercial landscapers including the G1436 gear-driven wide-area walk-behind mower with a 14-hp Kawasaki OHV engine and a 36-inch cutting deck. Other features include heavy-duty steel fixed fabricated deck, 5-speed peerless transmission, patented vari-touch, double V drive belt, full welded steel frame, Timken tapered roller-bearing spindles, exclusive Crew Boss hourmeter/tachometer, optional 2-wheel standing sulky and optional bagger.
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Encore's Premier line of walk-behinds are available in both gear-drive and hydrostatic models. All units feature the convenience of a removable fuel tank. Premier decks have a 10-gauge steel shell, 7-gauge skirted deck and 7-gauge bolt-on plate. There's also a front-to-back deck stabilizing Z-bar and a heavy-duty steel bumper that add structural stability and support between the casters.
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The Turf Tracer features Exmark's enhanced control system, which optimally positions the hands, arm and back to increase control, comfort and productivity. ECS allows instant forward-to-reverse control as well as infinite speed adjustment. The innovative topside and inward positioning of the controls also keeps your hands farther from obstacles, creating a safety zone that helps to protect them from injury. The company offers three engine options for the mower, which include a 23-hp Kawasaki V-twin and 20- or 23-hp Kohler V-twins.
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Ferris Industries introduces its new Hydrocut walk-behind. Featuring a 32-inch cutting width, the new mower has an overall width of 35 inches. It offers features such as Integrated Comfort Controls for simple maneuvering and Quick-Adjust height-of-cut controls. Other features include 13-hp Kawasaki V-twin engine, 4-gallon fuel tank, single belt for improved reliability, hydrogear 334 hydrostatic transmission, 10-gauge double top deck with double reinforced side skirts and overlap welded corners, forward and reverse ground speeds of 0 to 5.5 mph and electric PTO.
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Gravely introduces its new GR1336FXP gear-drive, walk-behind mower. Features include new easy-to-use ergonomic ground-drive controls with intutivie action, a parking brake with single point of operation, adjustable single tube handle bar that can be set to fit different operators, an hour meter and a heavy-duty electric clutch. It has a 13-hp Kawasaki engine and 36-inch fixed deck. In addition, the mower operates at speeds of up to 7 mph forward, has a 6.6-gallon fuel tank and 9- × 3.5-inch no-flat front caster wheel.
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Howard Price Turf manufactures commercial walk-behinds from 36 to 60 inches, which are powered by Kawasaki 14- to 23-hp engines. Offered in gear or hydrostatic drive, the mowers feature an oscillating floating deck on hydrostatic units.
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Husqvarna's 55R21HV walk-behind mower has a 5.5-hp Honda OHC engine and the auto-walk, rear-drive, self-pacing system. It features a 21-inch cutting width, 2-point cutting height adjustment, a 3-in-1 mulching system and a 2.5 bushel grass bag. A three-position handle height adjustment and foam grip upper handle make operation more comfortable. For durability and increased product life, the mower has a 13-gauge steel powder-coated deck and a fully-welded frame assembly.
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Hustler's hydro walk-behind eliminates string trimming. It is designed with H-Bar steering — speed, forward, reverse, true zero-degree turns and braking is controlled with one handlebar. The mower has dual-path hydraulic drive. It's available in 37-, 48- or 54-inch full, floating decks and runs on 15- and 17-hp Kawasaki engines.
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The new commercial line of zero-turn and walk-behind rotary mowers from Jacobsen includes both hydrostatic and gear drive walk-behind commercial mowers, zero-turn mowers, a choice of lawn and field aerators, seeders, dethatchers, versatile all-wheel drive tractors with more than 30 attachments, a selection of wing and out-front rotary mowers and utility vehicles. Six models of walk-behind mowers with recoil and electric-start are offered with 13.5- to 21-hp Kawasaki brand V-twin gas engines, gear- or hydrostatic-drive, fixed cutting decks from 32 to 48 inches and floating decks from 36 to 61 inches. The mowers feature new patented Z-controls similar to zero-turn mowers or popular pistol-grip controls.
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John Deere HD series commercial walk-behind mowers control speed, tracking and parking brake with one lever for easy maneuverability and secure parking. The 14-hp HD45 and 17-hp HD75, equipped with an overhead-valve and Kawasaki engine, provide easy starting, improved fuel efficiency, lower noise levels and cooler operating temperatures. Choose from a 36-, 48- or 54-inch mowing deck. These mowers have pressurized lubrication and oil filter for durability and longer engine life.
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The Landscapers Supply hydro drive mower is a 48-inch walk-behind powered by a twin cylinder 17-hp Kawasaki engine. It features twin white wheel motors with hydro gear pumps and separate twin hydrolic reservoirs with filters, assuring no chance of system cross-contamination. The mower deck features 7-gauge tops and sides to eliminate deck cracking and fatigue. Both drive and caster wheels are filled with a no-flat material, and the unit features peak forward speed of 8.5 mph.
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Lesco CommercialPlus series of mowers features a complete line of walk-behind rotary mowers for the commercial contractor. Hydro mowers are available with 36- and 48-inch cutting decks. Gear-drive mowers are available with 32-, 36- and 48-inch cutting decks. Features on both include fabricated cutting decks with 10-gauge steel and 7-gauge steel skirt, newly designed ergonomic handles for reduced operator hand fatigue, 5-gallon capacity fuel tanks and standard safety interlock system.
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Scag walk-behind mowers are designed for increased productivity and dependability. The Advantage cutter deck provides a clean, finished cut. The heavy-duty handlebars are now 3 inches longer, raising the handgrips for greater comfort and control so you can cut longer without fatigue. The spindle assemblies sport cast-iron housings and a matched set of Timken tapered roller bearings for up to 50 percent more load-carrying capacity than competitive ball bearings.
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Toro ProLine mowers are available with two different engine options: the Suzuki 2-cycle, which delivers continuous lubrication for extended engine life and the Kawasaki 4-cycle equipped with true full-pressure lubrication. Toro uses 16-gauge, 1-inch steel tubing handles, ¼-inch die-cast aluminum decks, stamped steel wheels with sealed ball bearings and 2- or 4-cycle engines with oversized 25mm crankshaft and crankshaft protector. The mowers also provide 2-in-1 recycler mulching and rear bagger system as standard features. The 2.5-bushel rear bag features an easy slide-on-and-off system for quick and convenient emptying.
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Walker Mfg. introduces the Walker by Walker — a compact, mid-sized, walk-behind mower. The 15-hp Kawasaki engine with full-pressure lubrication delivers the power needed to run all Walker side-discharge and mulching decks up to 56 inches — the same full-floating decks that fit on the Walker Rider also mount on the walk-behind and include the deck tilt-up function. Like the Walker Rider, a castering tail wheel on the tractor allows the deck to move independently with flexible deck suspension and spring counter weighting, allowing the deck to float and follow ground contour for a quality cut.
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Wright Mfg. has added a 52-inch-wide deck to its growing line of Velke walk-behind mowers. Other deck widths are 36 and 48 inches, and deck height is adjustable from 1.75 to 4.5 inches. You can operate the Velke mower as a walk-behind for tight spaces, or pair it with Wright's Velke Pro-1 or X-2 sulkies. The handlebar is designed for a V-turn maneuver, which keeps the handlebar from pressing into the sulky-riding operator's body on sharp turns.
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The Floating Deck Kutter Hydro from Yazoo/Kees is 70 inches in length, which is up to 18 inches shorter than other walk-behinds. The patent-pending, foot-activated deck height adjustment allows for a full range of cutting heights (1.25 to 4.75 inches) without moving wheel motors or adjusting casters. Equipped with Kawasaki V-twin OHV electric start engines with 18 or 21 hp, the mowers have a ground speed of up to 7 mph forward and 4 mph reverse. Available in 48- or 52-inch decks, the mowers have twin 2.65-gallon top-draw fuel tanks.
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