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Coupling the latest engine technology with advanced drive and ergonomic systems, The Grasshopper Company recently announced two new Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) zero-turn mowers that provide unparalleled performance and fuel economy for commercial operators and large-acreage owners.
Grasshopper, a pioneer of commercial-grade zero-turn grounds maintenance equipment, says the new MidMount Model 327 EFI and FrontMount Model 727T EFI are powered by enhanced second-generation, fuel-efficient 747cc Kohler Command Pro closed-loop EFI engines.
Closed-loop EFI engines offer a range of benefits to operators and dealers, including decreased fuel use, reliable hot and cold starts, reduced engine exhaust emissions and fewer fuel-induced service issues. The Delphi automotive-based system features plug-in diagnostics with engine feedback and performance information for easier diagnosis of service issues and faster service intervals.
"These EFI engines are continually monitoring internal and external factors that can affect engine performance, such as fuel grade, fuel quality, ambient air temperature and altitude, and making automatic adjustments to optimize performance, increase fuel efficiency and extend service life," says marketing director Ruthanne Stucky.
Stucky says that customer and dealer response to the new models has been positive and expects the popularity of the new Delphi-based system to increase as customers become aware of the benefits of closed-loop EFI.
"Grasshopper has always been dedicated to producing quality equipment that provides ease of use and years of reliable service, and these new EFI models are just another example of that ongoing commitment," she says.
Model 727T EFI can be equipped with 52-, 61- or 72-inch DuraMax® cutting decks, and 61- or 72-inch DuraMax® decks are available for Model 327 EFI. Both models accept PowerVac™ Collection Systems, while a range of time- and labor-saving implements for the 727T EFI increase productivity in any season. More information and specifications will soon be available on the company's website.
The Grasshopper Company is a privately held corporation dedicated solely to the design and production of commercial and large-acreage mowing and grounds maintenance equipment. Grasshopper introduced the first commercially viable zero-turn radius mower in 1969 and is the originator of the dual, swing-out control lever concept. Other industry firsts include the first diesel-powered zero-turn radius mower in 1983 and the first electric-actuated fold-up mower deck in 2004. Based in Moundridge, Kan., the company distributes its products worldwide and is committed to lean and clean manufacturing practices reducing impact to the environment.
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