Summit is Introducing Its 2014 Remote Control Lawn Mowers With Rubber Tracks For Steep Hill Slope Mowing

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Since 2009, the Summit Mowers line of remote control lawn mowers have evolved from a fun way to mow the lawn to commercial grade track driven mowers for slopes too steep for traditional riding lawn mowers.

Because flipping a riding lawn mower down a hill is no fun

Over the years, Summit has perfected the Remote Control Lawn Mower and is excited to introduce the new line up for 2014 starting with the all new ZTR-60 remote control mower. After many customer inquiries to develop a 60" unit, the ZTR-60 was unveiled late 2012 and has received attention from all over the world. Owners of this machine enjoy its ability to maintain slopes without risking injury or even breaking a sweat. Besides its new sleek looking body work, Summit relocated the fuel cell to the rear and added an adjustable tractor weight assembly to allow the operator to tune the balance between traction and protecting the turf. For a professionally manicured slope, removing the counter weights will eliminate tearing of the turf during zero-turn maneuvers but limits the slope mowing capabilities to 25 degrees. For rough brush clearing, the user simply adds the counter weights to be able to stay in control on slopes up to 30 degrees. Unlike the side mounted tracks on the TRX-42, the ZTR-60 has large wheels behind the deck allowing side discharge and bagging attachments requiring the counter weight system to maintain precision control on 30 degree slopes. Also new for 2014 is a higher 6 mph top speed gearing and Commercial grade Kawasaki twin cylinder engine running commercial Hydro-Gear transmissions ready for day-in day-out operation.

The TRX-42 and the smaller TRX-34, both with side mounted 6" rubber tracks for maximum slope mowing capabilities, received a couple deck design improvements. The garden hose fitting up top makes it easy to clean grass build-up from under the deck. Changing or sharpening the cutting blades is easier now with the tool-free deck removal design. Remove a few pins and the entire deck slides out from the front. The most notable improvement is a bolt-on undercarriage design allowing the owner to convert to a wheel driven zero-turn unit for mowing large area lawns with moderate 20 degree slope mowing capabilities. With the high torque track drive installed, the top speed is a crawling 5 mph for slope mowing efficiency. With the larger 18" rear drive wheels installed, the mower now has a top speed of 8 mph ideal for mowing the large areas.

Rounding off the new improvements is the popular track driven TRX-34 remote control mower. Unlike the 24V wheel driven ZTR-22, with its low current alternator to keep the battery charged, the high current 36V TRX-22-SE now uses a high capacity 50ah 36V battery bank to yield over one hour run times without taking horse power away from the engine to run a high current alternator. Operators used to have to slow down (drawing lower current) to maintain high engine RPM for tall grass; similar to pushing an under-powered push mower through the thick stuff we all remember so well. The Briggs 8.75 Pro commercial engine is now able to use all of its power for mowing anything in its path. The operator is able to maintain 40 degree slopes with top speeds of 8 mph. The deck height adjustment linkage also got upgraded to a spring assisted super duty steel plate design allowing the operator to raise and lower the deck with one finger instead of the days of old requiring a firm grip of the handle. In addition to being simple to adjust the cutting height, the deck is able to take the occasional run-ins with obstacles and still maintain a professional level cut.

The residential ZTR-22 and ZTR-22-SE remote control mowers received the same deck height adjustment system upgrade and a new motor controller design that is less responsive and easier to control. There is now one motor controller for all electric driven units. All the same optional upgrades still include video (FPV) control for being able to see what the mower sees from a laptop or television screen, remote actuator deck height adjustment for raising and lowering the deck with the remote control, headlights for a stylish appearance or finishing up as the sun goes down, and side bagging attachments for the ZTR series. Aftermarket attachments include an ATV plow for clearing snow, lawn sweepers, leaf spreaders, and other attachments that use a standard lawn and garden hitch.

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