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Bobcat enters turf market, launches zero-turn mowers

September 11, 2020 -  By
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Bobcat Company's new ZS4000 has four different deck sizes, ranging from 36 inches up to 61 inches. (Photo: Bobcat Company)

Bobcat Co.’s new ZS4000 has four different deck sizes, ranging from 36 inches up to 61 inches. (Photo: Bobcat Company)

Bobcat Co. has entered the turf market with a 21-machine lineup of Bobcat zero-turn mowers for both the residential and commercial markets. These include both zero-turn (ZT) sit-on and zero-turn stand-on mowers (ZS).

During the virtual product launch, Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America, said the addition of these zero-turn mowers creates a one-stop-shop for Bobcat customers.

“Our goal is to offer a full suite of Bobcat products because we know you have a wide variety of jobs to do,” he said. “Expanding into zero-turn mowers is a perfect next step for us and our customers.”

The new zero-turn mowers join compact track loaders, compact excavators, skid-steer loaders, compact tractors, utility products, small articulated loaders and mini track loaders in the lineup of Bobcat products.

Bobcat zero-turn mowers will be manufactured in Johnson Creek, Wis. They will be distributed through select Bobcat dealerships in the U.S. and parts of Canada.

 

Bobcat Company's new ZT6100 includes features like the AirFX cutting system, with a deep profile and bullnose design lift the grass to the blade, and it creates a powerful vacuum for a razor-sharp, uniform cut and pristine finish. (Photo: Bobcat Company)

Bobcat’s new ZT6100 includes features like the AirFX cutting system, with a deep profile and bullnose design to lift the grass to the blade. It creates a powerful vacuum for a razor-sharp, uniform cut and pristine finish, says Bobcat. (Photo: Bobcat Company)

Zero-turn mower models

Bobcat offers an extensive lineup of zero-turn mowers to meet residential and commercial customer needs. Models vary in engine, horsepower, deck width, and fuel capacity. These include:

  • ZT3500
  • ZS4000
  • ZT6000
  • ZT6100
  • ZT7000

The ZT7000, ZT6000 and ZT 61000 are available in deck withs of 52 inches to 72 inches. The ZS4000 has four different deck sizes, ranging from 36 inches up to 61 inches. The ZT3500 has deck widths of 41 inches to 61 inches.

Available on the new ZS4000 through ZT7000 zero-turn mowers is the AirFX cutting system, with a deep profile and bullnose design which helps lift the grass to the blade, and it creates a powerful vacuum for a razor-sharp, uniform cut and pristine finish.

“The deep deck design gives you a full vacuum lift of that grass to lift that grass straight up for a great cut,” Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bobcat Company, said during the launch event. “The air gap baffles that are underneath – they’re bolted on so they’re easily replaceable, and the gaps in between the baffles allow a greater airflow which also gives you a greater dispersion outside the deck and a cleaner deck at the end of the day.”

The new Bobcat zero-turn mowers come with Kawasaki or Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine.

The zero-turn mowers also come with the heavy-duty Hydro-Gear transmission, which features hydrostatic transaxles to quickly and efficiently power through the most challenging turf conditions. The pump and motor are housed together in a single sealed housing for better durability and reduced maintenance.

Scheffler said the second speed of the Hydro-Gear transmission will allow the mower to reach speeds of up to 19 mph.

The rugged, roto-molded dual fuel tanks on the commercial models – ZT3500 through ZT7000 – which hold up to 15 gallons.

Additional features

New zero-turn mowers are equipped with an ergonomic design and placement of controls, pedals and gauges. On the right-hand side, customers can find the “comfort command center” as well as a high-back suspension seat, almond-shaped handles, anti-vibration footplate and smooth, responsive controls.

A swing-away bumper also gives operators fast access to internal components. There’s also an additional hitch system.

The new zero-turn mowers come with a 36-month warranty that covers everything – bumper to bumper – for up to 2,000 hours. With the Bobcat Protection Plus Extended Warranty, customers can get extended warranty options up to 60 months or up to 2,500 hours.

Bobcat zero-turn mowers offer the following accessories for select models:

  • Mulching baffle kit
  • ECO Plate
  • Grass catcher: poly-dump, 3.75 or 5.0 bushel
  • Weight kit
  • BOSS-Vac Pro 12-bushel or 8-bushel collection system
  • Deck striping kit
  • ZT hitch kit
  • No-flat caster wheels
  • Magnetic light kit, 12V
  • Footplate light kit
  • ROPS kit
  • Canopy kit

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