LOUISVILLE – Excel Industries, a manufacturer of commercial and residential turf equipment sold under the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mower brand names, has announced the launch of the Super 88, a zero-turn mower for commercial operators.
The Hustler Turf Super 88 stand-on mower made its debut at GIE+EXPO last week in Louisville. It features the cut quality of a 54-inch deck and productivity of an 88-inch cut, allowing operators to mow faster and with a smaller crew.
“As stand-on mowers gain in popularity with commercial audiences, the Super 88 will become an important part of the Hustler Turf catalog,” said Adam Mullet, vice president, sales and new products for Excel Industries. “This mower solves problems, helping to reduce operator fatigue while providing the agility to maneuver in tight spaces.”
The Super 88 features two engine options: A Vanguard 36HP carbureted engine and a Vanguard 37HP EFI engine with oil guard system. It also has a 14-gallon total fuel capacity. Multiple accessory kits are also available for the Super 88.
Also on display at GIE+EXPO were the newly refreshed Hustler Turf TrimStar and Super 104. All TrimStar models now feature an electric start, a 5-inch deck and more to enhance commercial performance. A frame upgrade means increased strength by using larger cross tubes, among other updates.
Offering a 104-inch width of cut, zero-turn precision and up to 11 miles per hour in speed, the Super 104 now offers a Vanguard EFI with oil guard, alongside other new features.
“We also redesigned the belly pan on the Super 104 to make it easier for cleaning,” Mullet said.
Meanwhile, BigDog Mower displayed a refreshed version of the Hike, a walk-behind that now boasts a 5-inch deck depth and 20-inch rear tires. Like Hustler Turf’s TrimStar, the Hike now boasts an electric start standard on all models.
An upgraded frame allows for increased strength by using larger cross tubes and adding gussets. The Hike’s update improves park brake lever engagement with added low friction sleeve bushings, a more ergonomic knob and more.
“The Hike is a BigDog classic and we were excited for attendees to see an even better version of the mower they know and love,” Mullet said. “We’ve rebranded BigDog over the last decade and the Hike refresh highlights our commitment to evolving products and exceeding customer needs.”
The Super 88 will be available for purchase in early 2020.