Kawasaki Becomes Exclusive Supplier to Hustler, BigDog Mowers

Excel Industries’ Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mower brands to be fitted with 18 different engines.

The Engine and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., has announced a unique exclusivity arrangement to supply engines for inclusion in Excel Industries’ North American turf products marketplace.

The agreement covers a spectrum of products sold by Excel under both the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers brand umbrellas. Units are used in residential, commercial, industrial and golf course applications and are sold through a U.S. network of more than 1,600 dealers. These units will be powered by Kawasaki's FX, FS, and FR engines manufactured in Maryville, MO.

According to Laura Holtrop, national sales manager at Kawasaki, "This marks the first time that Kawasaki has made an exclusive supplier arrangement and we're excited about the many benefits end-users will see because of the collaboration of two leading companies in the lawn care industry."

Adam Mullet, Director of Marketing at Excel Industries, said a total of 67 units from the Hustler and BigDog Mowers lineup will all be fitted with the Kawasaki engines effective immediately.

“Our company has prided itself on innovation since developing the industry's first zero-turn mower in 1964, and this alignment with Kawasaki is another opportunity for our dealer network to differentiate our brands from the competitors,” Mullet said.