2015 Commercial Riding Mower Preview

A look at what's new from leading makers of commercial zero-turn riding mowers

Several commercial mower manufacturers have upgraded their riding mower lineups for 2015.

A major emphasis remains on EFI-powered mowers, which can help contractors significantly reduce fuel usage. New, more powerful EFI engines from Kohler and Briggs & Stratton Vanguard have been incorporated into several new zero-turn models from several manufacturers this year.

Propane also continues to see more prolific adoption by mower manufacturers. For instance, Walker Manufacturing—which had introduced its first EFI-powered mower way back in 1998—is offering its first propane-powered mower this year, the B25p.

Other mower manufacturers—including Exmark, Ferris, Grasshopper, Snapper Pro and Toro—have launched new products for commercial cutters looking to bag their clippings.

John Deere has introduced a new diesel-powered zero-turn, aimed at contractors who often face challenging conditions such as tall, wet grass. This mower has successfully met the tough EPA emission standards known as Tier 4, and is also B20-compatible. John Deere has also partnered with tire maker Michelin to develop an airless, flat-free tire known as the X Tweel Turf. It will be found exclusively on select John Deere Ztrak zero-turns this year, but could be offered on other mower brands in the future.

Check out the following new commercial riding mower products for 2015 in our Online Product Guide

Country Clipper's Boss XL designed for more power and performance

Cub Cadet Commercial's steering-wheel zero-turns with enhanced corrosion protection

Dixie Chopper's XCaliber mower updates, including a new Wind Tunnel Deck option

Exmark's UltraVac Collection System for the Lazer Z Propane Mower

The Ferris 3200Z with the 810cc Vanguard EFI engine

The Turbo-Pro Max vac system for select Ferris and Snapper Pro mowers

Grasshopper's new high-lift catching system and two new compact, economical commercial zero-turns

Gravely's new zero-turn with the 824cc Kohler EFI engine

Husqvarna's two new EFI-powered zero-turns

John Deere's diesel mower and X Tweel Turf tire

Kubota zero-turns now with Kawasaki engines

Land Pride's z-mowers ideal for hills

Scag's new Cheetah with a adjustable operator suspension system

Snapper Pro's zero-turn with the 810cc Vanguard EFI engine

Toro's new collection mowers and expanded use of Horizon technology

Walker's first-ever propane mower