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Kubota Tractor Corporation announces the new eco-conscious Kubota ZP330 as the latest addition to its top-of-the-line Z-Series commercial mowers. Delivering unmatched power and productivity with low environmental impact, the ZP330 – featuring either a 60- or 72-inch deck option – boasts a 31-gross horsepower 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled liquid propane gas (LPG) engine for reduced CO2 emissions. The ZP330 is built for professional performance with the Kubota quality standards that operators demand.
Kubota is mowing down emissions and out-of-pocket costs on the ZP330 by partnering with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) to offer a $1,000 purchase incentive through the Propane Mower End-User Incentive program. To further increase customer savings, this incentive can be combined with the Kubota $400 Customer Instant Rebate and existing state Propane Gas Association rebates. Additionally, the end-user incentive program is running concurrent with a Propane Mower Demonstration Program that allows customers to try out a Kubota ZP330 propane mower before purchasing.
“The Kubota ZP330 marks an important evolutionary step in our zero-turn line of mowers, providing clean-burning propane power for professionals who are looking to ‘go green’ with less emissions,” says Christine Chapman, product manager for Kubota. “The new ZP330 allows Kubota dealers to provide an important offering to today’s eco- and efficiency-minded consumer, delivering on the Kubota promise to offer quality, innovation and value at every turn. And, we are excited to offer our customers a purchase incentive to introduce them to propane-fueled mowers.”
New Kubota LPG Engine
The ZP330 liquid-cooled LPG engine delivers eco-friendly performance with reduced CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and diesel while maintaining the same high levels of productivity. The engine’s clean-burning propane also eliminates carburetor maintenance and vapor lock problems along with the convenience of long-time storage without worry of fuel deterioration – providing optimal performance for years to come.
Pro Commercial Mower Deck, Reliable Hydrostatic Transmission
The full-size chassis ZP330 boasts 60-inch and 72-inch Pro Commercial mower deck options, both built to maximize cutting performance and deliver on the job demands required of turf professionals. Engineered with a 6.5-inch deep design and unique baffling, Kubota’s Pro Commercial deck efficiently generates high suction for a defined cut, while maintaining proper airflow for effective clipping discharge.
Additionally, the deck is shaft driven with a hydraulic wet-type PTO clutch, ensuring solid engagement and years of lasting performance. As with all Kubota Z-Series mowers, the new propane engine model comes equipped with Kubota’s high-performance twin hydrostatic transmission (HST) for smooth operations.
“Green” Your Mowing Fleet with Kubota and PERC Purchase Incentives
The Propane Mower End-User Incentive Program is available through any dealer on new Kubota ZP330 dedicated propane mowers equipped with the eligible 60- to 72-inch cutting deck range. Customers accepted into the program can purchase up to 10 eligible mowers with program incentives, and must sign a commitment to provide feedback about mower usage throughout the mowing season. This information will help PERC to acquire a variety of performance data that will be used to further advance the market for propane-fueled commercial mowers.
Propane is an environmentally friendly, domestically produced alternative fuel that saves customers time and money when compared to gasoline-fueled mowers, due to on-site fuel delivery, less downtime as a result of approved operation on ozone action days, reduced fuel spillage, reduced maintenance costs, and longer engine lives. Additionally, propane is projected to cost between 30 and 60 cents less per gallon than gasoline for the next 25 years. Propane-fueled mowers reduce carbon monoxide emissions by more than 80 percent and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 percent when compared with their gasoline counterparts. And, they meet or exceed all current emissions requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Kubota’s Complete Z300 Series
Whether seeking the convenience of a gas-powered engine, the fuel-efficiency and power inherent with diesel, or the exceptionally eco-conscious, cleaner-burning liquid propane gas option, operators will find just the mower they need in Kubota’s Z-Series line-up, including the ZG327 and ZG332; ZD323, ZD326 and ZD331; the new ZP330. Designed to stand up to the rigors of daily use, they combine a high-output gas, diesel and now liquid-cooled liquid propane gas engines with a host of innovative features, enabling enhanced maneuverability on a variety of terrains. As with all Kubota equipment, the Z300 Series has been designed and built with safety in mind. For more information about mower safety, visit www.kubota.com/safety/TractorSafety.aspx.
Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured equipment, including a complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation at 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.
A handful of states offer incentives to customers who purchase propane mowers. The details of these programs differ from state to state. However, in general these end user incentive programs are administered by the state propane gas association and/or the state level PERC. They usually use a rebate system in which customers who buy a propane mower can apply to the state PGA for a rebate if they are willing to provide basic feedback on their experience with the mower. The amount of the rebate also varies by state.
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