Exmark Redefines Smooth, Precise Control with 2013 Navigator

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Exmark Redefines Smooth, Precise Control with 2013 Navigator

  • Redesigned control interface, and upgraded hydro motors and pumps, offer 35-percent reduction in control force for reduced operator fatigue
  • Upgraded control layout and hydro pumps provide improved control feel for more precise mower handling
  • Exclusive fill-reduction system provides most versatile dedicated bagging machine available

LouisvilleKY (October 24, 2012) — Today at the GIE+EXPO trade show, Exmark unveiled significant revisions to its renowned Navigator dedicated bagging rider. The updates focused on giving Navigator enhanced control feel with reduced control effort, allowing for increased mowing precision and overall productivity, and a reduction in operator fatigue.

“Our customers drive us to help them raise the bar in a number of areas,” said Daryn Walters, Exmark Director of Marketing. “The distinctive properties the Navigator is designed to care for require a machine that not only delivers a more refined quality of cut, but one also capable of maneuvering more quickly and productively around the often highly-landscaped properties.”

“The significant updates to the 2013 Navigator demonstrate Exmark’s commitment to helping high-end landscape professionals exceed client expectations with industry-leading commercial-grade equipment that is more productive and easier to operate.”

To give the 2013 Navigator smoother, more precise control and increased mowing speeds, Exmark engineers incorporated the latest hydro-drive technology, including new, high-performance hydro motors and new reduced-friction hydro pumps, which are manufactured to Exmark’s specification to provide smooth, consistent control and long life in commercial use.

The updated FeatherTouch drive control system features a redesigned control interface that offers both reduced control force and a more consistent feel throughout the control travel. A new torsion spring design on the fingertip controls provides an optimal balance of spring tension and responsiveness, giving operators smoother, more precise control of the Navigator, with less required pressure input on the controls. The new handle design also offers additional adjustment area for increased comfort and ergonomics for a wider variety of operators.

Navigator’s exclusive fill-reduction system was developed by Exmark to enhance the versatility of its dedicated-bagging system. A standard feature on every Navigator, the system allows the operator to quickly and easily switch from dedicated bagging (100-percent bagging) to fill-reduction mode (75-percent bagging/25-percent mulching), which dramatically reduces the number of required stops to dump clippings. An optional mulching kit is also available.

Navigator’s 4 5/8-inch deep rear-discharge deck features a larger blower to pull through more air, which provides superior deck flow-through and cut quality. It incorporates a heavy-duty gear-driven spindle assembly, which delivers the durability landscape professionals demand. Available in 42- and 48-inch widths, the floating deck precisely follows ground contours to virtually eliminate scalping, and the deck lifts from the front to simplify cleaning and blade service.

Other features of the 2013 Navigator include:

  • Large 9.5-bushel (76-gallon) collection hopper features an Exmark-exclusive baffle design to more evenly distribute clippings from rear-to-front, increasing utilization.
  • Powerful Kohler Command CH640 or Command EFI ECH730 V-Twin engine options.
  • Superior Gear gearbox assemblies are independently sealed at each box to prevent cross-contamination or loss of lubricant.
  • Gearboxes use spiral-bevel cut gears for quiet operation; premium Timken tapered roller bearings for commercial-duty durability.
  • Standard high-back “EVC” Elastomeric Vibration Control seat, which has no springs to break.
  • Heavy-duty 3/8-inch hardware connects all gearboxes and shaft tubes (vs. ¼-inch hardware for competitors).
  • Lazer Z style hour meter module and harness for improved on-board diagnostics.

Exmark is offering a Custom Ride Seat Suspension option for the 2013 Navigator, which offers increased operator comfort and reduced fatigue, along with a powered dump kit slated for mid-2013. These new accessories join the long list of productivity-enhancing options for the Navigator, which include:
  • 48-inch snow blade
  • 44-inch snow blower
  • Mulch kit
  • Light kit
  • Auto door-open kit
  • Dump tubs

Learn more about the new Exmark Navigator, or any of the company’s 2013 models, at Exmark.com, or call (402) 223-6300.

About Exmark
Exmark Manufacturing was incorporated in May 1982 as an independent manufacturer of professional turf care equipment. Today, it is the leading manufacturer of commercial mowers and equipment for the landscape professional. In additional to designing, building and marketing quality turf care equipment, Exmark’s goal is total customer satisfaction. All Exmark products are designed to help customers increase productivity while delivering unmatched quality. Products are sold to distributors and dealers who share the company’s commitment to customer service and quality products.

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Note to Editors: All media inquiries, image or interview requests should be directed to Matt Gersib at (402) 314-2150 or mattgersib@gmail.com. For other inquiries, please contact Exmark Mfg. Co., Inc., P.O. Box 808, Beatrice, NE 68310-0808; (402) 223-6300.