Monday, November 01, 2010

PZ Performance, Propane Powered

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 28, 2010 – When creating the PZ line of zero-turn mowers Husqvarna concentrated on exceeding expectations in five key areas: high productivity, best quality cut, maximum durability and ruggedness, unsurpassed comfort and simplified serviceability. With the introduction of the PZ6029PFX, Husqvarna went one step further, using propane as the fuel source.

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Propane offers several advantages over equivalent gasoline powered units including lower fuel costs, reduced environmental impact, fewer engine repairs due to stale fuel (Propane does not go stale) and potential tax benefits. Equipped with a 29hp Kawasaki LPG series engine and optional dual 33 lb tanks that hold approximately 14 gallons, the PZ6029PFX offers all day operation.

“Powering the mower with Propane is less costly for the operator, has better shelf life than gasoline and has less impact on the environment,” said Sean Dwyer, Global Product Manager for Zero Turn and Specialty Turf products. 

The new Hydro drive system utilizes 16cc Hydro-Gear fan cooled pumps and Parker wheel motors to achieve ground speeds up to 12mph. The combination of oversized pumps, cooling fans and large 1.5 gallon reservoir effectively reduce heat for extended service life and provide high torque and smooth operation.

The PZ Series offers a high level of productivity through a balance of optimized ground speed, cut quality, clipping dispersal and maneuverability. The largest productivity gain is the result of a new series cutting deck featuring state-of-the-art computer aided design to increase cut quality and processing of clippings at higher ground speeds.

The new PZ Series’ cutting deck utilized extensive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling as well as extensive field testing in various grass conditions, to optimize flow patterns, provide high cut quality, even clipping dispersal and reduced blowout, all at high ground speeds. The wide mouth opening also allows superior discharge in heavy cutting conditions so that ground speeds can be increased.

“This benefit is an immediate productivity gain, hence, more profitable for the landscape contractor,” said Dwyer.

In addition, the new deck lift features a foot activated quick release mechanism which allows the operator to keep both hands on the levers while moving the deck from transport to cutting position and back again. Oversized deck lift assist springs effectively reduce the effort required to raise and lower the deck while a locking mechanism that activates when the pedal is released eliminates the possibility of deck “float”.

All components of the new PZ Series were carefully designed to stand up to the day to day abuse of commercial cutting. Items including a rugged welded tube frame, cast iron lift arms and spindles, premium commercial engines and oversized hydro systems all combine to make a product that will not only be productive, but stay in the field longer.

“We strived to achieve long service life, even in demanding conditions,” said Dwyer. “Extended component life means reduced repair costs and higher productivity overall.”

The 6-inch deep cutting deck features a seven gauge steel shell with reinforced scalp roller supports and a cast iron blade spindle assembly that is 10 inches in diameter to spread impact loads over a wider area. In order to extend the service life of the deck belt, larger idlers were used to reduce belt flex and extend bearing life. A discharge shield constructed of molded rubber withstands impact without damage to the deck rounds out the package.

One thing is unanimous among commercial landscape contractors — a comfortable operator is a productive operator.

A rubber suspended operator platform isolates the operators hand, feet and body from vibration while the deep cushioned, full suspension seat and ergonomic placement of controls combine to optimize operator interface with the mower.

Standard adjustable armrests, 6-inches of seat travel and ergonomically angled steering levers with adjustable dampeners accommodate different sized operators.

A critical design component of the PZ Series is the machine’s service accessibility. The design of the PZ Series lends itself to simplified service, from the open engine area with easy access to engine and hydro oil filters and drains to minimal grease points. The under-seat area offers open access to the hydro system, battery and electrical system and an easy to remove foot plate allows for convenient deck access.

The modular hydraulic system which can be removed as a complete assembly, including pumps, wheel motors, brakes and reservoir in less than 30 minutes, is also unique to the PZ Series.

“Regular service is the key to long life; simplified service access is the key to minimized shop time and maximum mow time,” said Dwyer.

The PZ6029PFX has a recommended MSRP of $11,499.99, less fuel tanks.

The MSRP pricing provided herein is for reference purposes only. Actual retail prices are established by the applicable dealer and may vary by location. MSRP pricing is subject to change without prior notice.

ABOUT HUSQVARNA:

The Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. It is the European leader in consumer irrigation equipment under the Gardena brand. The Group is also one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2009 were SEK 34 billion and the average number of employees was 15,000. For more information, visit www.husqvarna.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Husqvarna-USA/ or twitter.com/husqvarnausa.

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