Thursday, October 23, 2008

Husqvarna Expands Zero Turn Mower Line with New Residential Models

LOUISVILLE, Ky. [October 23, 2008] – Husqvarna’s product innovation continues as it launches 16 new zero turn mowers at this year’s GIE + Expo that meet the evolving needs of landowners and homeowners.

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Estate Zero Turns (EZ Series)

For landowners with two to four acres, the Husqvarna Estate Series Zero Turns are ideal. Featuring commercial grade fabricated steel decks, high performance transmissions, and premium engines, these zero turn mowers are built to withstand heavy use for extended mowing times.

Rider comfort is ensured with comfortable high back seats and fold-down armrests. The 26 inch-wide frame and extra-large tires help the mower glide over rough terrain. Users will appreciate the feel of the large, foam-grip control levers that are fully adjustable in height and distance. Adjustable dampeners make the controls smooth and easier to operate for even first time zero turn owners.

With eight models to choose from, landowners have a choice of serviceable hydrogear transmission or an independent Kanzaki tandem pump with Parker wheel motors. The Kanzaki transmission offers additional ground speed and performance at lower noise levels. Engine choices include the Husqvarna exclusive Endurance Briggs & Stratton engine, as well as Kohler Courage and Kawasaki twin cylinder options. Fabricated cutting deck sizes range from 48 inches to 61 inches. Also available is a Husqvarna exclusive 48 inch EnviroClip Combi Mulch deck that eliminates bagging waste, produces a premium look and deposits nutrients back into soil.

All Estate Zero Turns carry a three-year consumer warranty and one-year commercial warranty.

Residential Zero Turns (RZ Series)

For homeowners wanting a high performance zero turn mower to handle property ranging from one acre to 2.5 acres, the new residential series zero turn offers premium performance and significant time savings at prices slightly higher than a traditional tractor.

Featuring a choice of Briggs & Stratton or Kohler Courage engines and dual Hydrogear maintenance free transmissions, the zero turn performance is enhanced with premium controls and control adjustments. The large, foam-grip control levers adjust in combination with the sliding seat to place the user in the perfect position for complete control. Adjustable dampeners make the controls smooth and easy to operate. Tracking is also simplified with am adjustment knob that is accessible from the seated position.

Husqvarna’s newest generation of residential zero turns features a new 23 inch-wide tube frame design, heavier-duty caster supports, and improved deck hanging for longer life. The new reinforced frame now allows for a rear hitch point for towing pull behind

attachments. The open front end design and low center of gravity offers a full view of the cutting area and easy access for getting on and off the mower quickly.

A simplified deck lifting system allows for easier cut height adjustments. A wash-out port has been added in the air-induction cutting deck to make cleaning a breeze. Optional mulch and collection attachments are available for all deck sizes ranging from 42 inches to 54 inches.

The RZ  Zero Turns carry a two-year consumer warranty.

More information, including videos and additional specs, are available at www.usa.husqvarna.com. These new products will be available March 1, 2009 at Husqvarna dealers nationwide.

About Husqvarna

Husqvarna is the world's largest producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and portable gas-powered garden equipment such as trimmers and blowers. The Group is also a world leader in diamond tools and cutting equipment for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2007 were SEK 33.3 billion and the average number of employees was 16,000.

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