Gravely® unveiled a redesigned series of Pro-Turn® 200 and Pro-Turn® 400 commercial zero-turn mowers at the 2015 GIE + Expo Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday.
Redesigned from the inside out, the new Gravely® Pro-Turn® 200 and 400 series feature smarter components, a smoother ride and more intuitive controls.
Gravely introduced an all-new constant-belt tensioning system to the market with the launch of the new Pro-Turn 200 and 400 units, which enhances the unit's overall performance. The new system maintains a constant belt tension; which produces a consistent blade tip speed; eliminates belt slippage that can damage belts and pulleys; improves engine efficiency and reduces the load, which saves fuel and engine life; and eliminates spring adjustments to save time by assuring consistent cut quality.
In addition, the new deck level system features an exclusive design requiring only a four-point adjustment, reducing parts by 50 percent, which helps the mower maintain its best cutting performance. The deck level system also eliminates deck hanger welds, resulting in a flat deck and improving cut quality.
Also new for MY2016, the EZ Lift™ Deck System found on the Pro-Turn 400 series mowers requires 25 percent less effort to operate, and is manufactured with 50 percent less parts. The 19 cutting positions with quarter-inch increments help eliminate overhung loads.
The Pro-Turn 200 and 400 also have new custom-made seats that offer more support and comfort than previous models. The Pro-Turn 400 has a high-back comfort seat that integrates Elasticity Vibration Control (EVC), which moves and flexes up to 1.5 inches with the operator, reduces low amplitude vibration and takes pressure off of the operator's spine and tailbone. The seat also has three-inch air suspension with a three-inch pillow top insert and a 12-volt internal air compressor, concave lateral support with spinal detent and side bolster, reclining backrest, adjustable, padded armrests, adjustable lumbar and a two-inch retractable seat belt. The seat can also be collapsed 40 degrees for easier shipping and storage.
The 72-inch Pro-Turn 200 and 400 series mowers also feature Gravely's new X-Factor™ II Deck, a seven-gauge, all-steel welded deck that comes backed with a lifetime warranty. The deck has a notched blade and a better blowout profile, preventing grass from blowing out the front of the deck and onto the operator. The larger deck allows grass to move more freely through the space, improving efficiency and quality of cut.
Other performance upgrades to Pro-Turns in both the 200 and 400 series include improvements to the discharge chute, control panel, steering controls and mulching kit. The Pro-Turn 400 features Superior Traction Technology (STT) radial rear tires, to help operators overcome challenging mowing conditions with less damage to the turf they are working on. Puncture-proof semi-pneumatic front tires make the Pro-Turn 400 and 200 long-lasting, durable machines.
"The new Gravely 200 and 400 Pro-Turns were inspired by the landscape contractors that use our machines all day, every day," said Gravely Brand Director Bill Engler. "We've spent years researching and talking to the professionals that rely on our equipment, and we used that feedback to redesign and reinvent the Gravely brand.
"As we step into our 100th year of business, we couldn't be more excited about the next generation of Gravely commercial mowers. We've thought about everything with this new lineup, from the belt system and X-Factor™ II deck, to the new seats, to the overall appearance, and we think we've created something that will really astound our customers as we welcome the next era."
The Pro-Turn 200 and 400 were also designed following Gravely's new visual brand language (VBL), displaying visual cues that are stout, solid, structural, chiseled and energetic. The Gravely Atlas Job Site Vehicle™, introduced to the market in 2014, was the first product to display the new Gravely VBL, and many of the JSV's visual characteristics were carried over to the new Pro-Turns.
"The Atlas JSV and the new Pro-Turns are a new chapter for the brand," said Ariens Company Manager of Industrial Design John Adams. "We knew that it was not only critical to bring the right feature set to market, but the bring the right look and feel of the product that resonated with the end customer — not just because we wanted it to look cool, but because this is what these guys do for a living. They're professionals, and they deserve a product that reflects their professional expertise and the work that they do.
A full slate of accessories is also available for the Pro-Turn 200 and 400, including commercial bagger systems, operator-controlled chute discharge (OCDC), mulching kit, professional headlight kit and a full range of tow-behind accessories.
The Pro-Turn 200 and 400 series mowers are offered in 52-, 60- or 72-inch deck sizes, and are available with either Kawasaki® or KOHLER® EFI engines. The Pro-Turn 200 starts at a list price of $9,899 USD, while the Pro-Turn 400 starts at $11,999. For more information, visit www.gravely.com.