2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Meet Zeon: Zero-Turn Electric Mower
The Zeon is powered by a computer-controlled system of four deep-cycle lead-acid batteries. The mower travels up to 6 mph and runs about 80 minutes/charge - enough to mow up to 1 1/3 acres. It has a 42-in. cutting deck and the twin lever Smooth Trak steering system that's available on other gas-powered Hustler mowers.
The mower recaptures energy back into the battery during braking. When battery power is low, the system disables the blades so there's enough power to drive back to where it can be plugged in and recharged.
"It's much easier maintenance-wise. There are no filters or spark plugs to change," says Keith Skidmore, project engineer for Hustler Turf Equipment.
The Zeon should be on the market by late July or August and sell for $6,500 to $7,000 through dealers who handle Hustler products. The company's website lists dealers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hustler Turf Equipment, P.O. Box 7000, Hesston, Kansas 67062 (ph 620 327-1229; www.hustlerturf.com).
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