At the NALP ELEVATE Show in Orlando, Fla., Exmark introduced its first stand-on electric mower – the Vertex V-Series. The new machine provides the commercial durability and cut quality landscape maintenance professionals expect from Exmark, in a HyperCell powered electric mower.
Exmark Director of Marketing, Jamie Briggs, said the new machine is a natural evolution for the company, especially as more and more contractors look to electric equipment for a competitive edge.
“We built the Vertex V-Series for contractors, municipalities and schools looking for the next generation of zero engine emission mowers,” Briggs said. “It is a highly productive solution for anyone that needs to comply with local regulations, ordinances, or preferences for quiet mowing solutions and zero engine exhaust.”
Exmark leverages the HyperCell Power System to power the Vertex V-Series mowers. Designed specifically for commercial mower applications, HyperCell batteries are designed to run cooler to provide more runtime and longer service life. The Vertex V-Series uses eight HyperCell batteries, with patent-pending management software that optimizes performance for the conditions and delivers up to 7 hours of runtime per charge.
The Vertex V-Series uses commercial high-torque wheel motors working with a planetary transmission to deliver a smooth, responsive feel at the controls and ground speed of up to 10 mph.
In addition to delivering incredible power and torque in use, the electric powertrain also eliminates service and maintenance typically associated with gasoline engines, including oil and filter changes. The use of electric spindle motors also makes belt maintenance and replacement a thing of the past.
This reduction in maintenance time and cost, when combined with the dramatic savings in fuel costs, makes Vertex V-Series a cost-efficient choice for contractors looking to minimize the total cost of ownership of their machines.
Vertex V-Series mowers feature Horizon360 Connect smart equipment remote software, which provides app-based connection to the machine for real time equipment data, battery charge status and location information.
For 2023, Exmark will offer the Vertex V-Series with a 52-inch Electric Series 4 side-discharge cutting deck. Fabricated and welded from high-strength steel to deliver Exmark’s signature quality of cut. The high-torque deck motors feature a 9-inch diameter cast aluminum spindle housings with blade retainers for maximum commercial durability.
Exmark has also launched its first electric commercial walk-behind mower –– the Commercial 21 V-Series. The new model offers the commercial cut quality and durability landscape professionals demand, with low sound output and zero engine exhaust emissions, from an electric machine.
“The Commercial 21 V-Series makes it easier for landscape contractors to work in zero engine exhaust emission areas, or HOA quiet zones,” Briggs said. “It gives these professionals a true commercial mower that delivers Exmark’s signature cut quality and durability, with the low sound output and zero engine exhaust emissions they need to operate.”
At just under 81dB of measured sound output, the Commercial 21 V-Series operates well below the OSHA 85dB threshold for hearing protection. The electric powertrain also eliminates service items typically associated with gas-powered mowers, including oil changes and air filter maintenance. The reduction in service-related downtime ensures the Commercial 21 V-Series is ready to work whenever it's needed.
The Commercial 21 V-Series is powered by a rechargeable 60 Volt 7.5Ah lithium-ion Professional Power System that provides up to 40 minutes of runtime per charge, depending on conditions. The 5.5A rapid charger provides 90% charge in 75 minutes. Two 60V 7.5 Ah batteries and a rapid charger are included with each Commercial 21 V-Series machine, giving contractors needed runtime and flexibility in the field.
A ¼-inch thick die-cast aluminum cutting deck –– the same deck used on gasoline-powered Commercial 21 models –– delivers durability, with the ability to bag or mulch clippings. A 2.5-bushel bag and mulch kit are included. Cut height is adjustable in half-inch increments, from 1-inch to 4.5-inches.
Experienced landscape maintenance professionals know that achieving an optimal cut quality in different cutting conditions comes down to deck adjustment. Small adjustments to deck pitch, or rake, can make a difference in finished cut quality and mower efficiency, which is why Exmark has introduced Adapt.
Available on select 2023 Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mowers, Adapt enables the operator to make quick deck rake adjustments from the operator seat, without tools.
According to Briggs, Adapt simplifies deck rake adjustment, so it’s easy to understand, whether you're a landscape contractor or not.
“Adapt is perfect for contractors who maintain a lot of different turf types, because it lets them quickly optimize deck performance for the conditions,” Briggs said. “It’s also ideal for homeowners who want professional looking results, but perhaps don't have the desire or aptitude to make manual deck adjustments. Adapt takes away the fear of misadjustment because it’s just as easy to go back to the stock ‘home’ setting as it is to adjust away from it.”
By enabling both positive and negative deck rake adjustment, Adapt enables Exmark’s UltraCut Series 6 cutting deck to operate optimally in a wider range of conditions. It works equally well for side-discharge, mulching and bagging.
Selecting a positive rake setting raises the rear of the deck, increasing airflow to increase discharge velocity to reduce deck clumping and plugging, particularly in moist cutting conditions. In addition, going from flat rake to ¼-inch positive rake also reduces power consumption by up to 25%. This results in increased fuel economy and decreased stress on the engine.
A flat or negative deck rake, with the rear of the deck lower than the front, results in increased blade contact with the grass, which can help provide a clean cut with fewer stragglers in stemmy, seedy turf conditions.
For 2023, Exmark will offer Adapt on select Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower models equipped with the UltraCut Series 6 side discharge cutting deck, including 52-, 60-, and 72-inch models.
Visit the Exmark website to view specifications and learn more the company’s 2023 new products