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Kohler Engines Powering John Deere's New Z700 Series Zero-Turn Mowers

August 2010

KOHLER, Wis. – September 13, 2010 – Kohler Engines today announced three new 2010 John Deere zero-turn-radius mowers are equipped with KOHLER Command PRO® engines. Designed with commercial landscapers in-mind, the KOHLER-powered John Deere Z700 ZTrak™ Series mowers directly address marketplace demand for a lighter duty commercial cutter that retains a heavy duty, reliable commercial engine.

Outfitted with 23- and 25-horsepower KOHLER Command PRO commercial-grade engines, the John Deere Z700 ZTrak Series mowers feature the legendary reliability and durability of KOHLER engines. In terms of an engine overview, the KOHLER engine features a cast-iron vertical crankshaft, four-cycle, twin-cylinder gasoline-powered, air-cooled engine built with cast iron cylinder liners, hydraulic valve lifters, aluminum block construction and an overhead valve (OHV) design. The net benefits of these features: high power performance from a long-life design and the capacity to uniformly cut through tall, wet grass without hesitation. The KOHLER-powered John Deere ZTrak 700 Series mowers boast 18,000 feet per minute blade tip speed, with mowing speeds up to 10-mph and a 400-lb towing capacity.

“After 90-years of engine manufacturing, Kohler keenly understands that commercial landscapers depend on their mowers and engines for their livelihoods. Down-time is not an option. Because cutting conditions won’t always be advantageous, Kohler focuses on designing engines with an optimized governor system that can respond with peak performance even when confronting thick, wet grass,” said Cam Litt, marketing manager, Kohler Engines. “Consistent power is the defining characteristic of KOHLER Command PRO engines, proven to go from zero to full load with only a market leading 10 percent drop in RPM. With a quicker response to increasing load demand, commercial cutters will enjoy less bog down, more usable power and blades spinning faster to yield a better quality cut.”

John Deere Z700 Series Mowers

Z710A ZTrak Mower — The 23-hp model is available with a 48- or 54-inch deck and comes equipped with a KOHLER Command PRO commercial-grade engine.

Z720A ZTrak Mower — The 25-hp model is available with a 60-inch deck and comes equipped with a KOHLER Command PRO commercial-grade engine.

Command PRO® twin-cylinder, air-cooled, vertical shaft commercial engines

Behind Kohler Engines’ reputation for high power performance, durability, reliability and efficiency stand key Kohler performance engineering aspects. OHV technology produces more power, improved fuel economy and engine cooling, while also reducing oil consumption. Hydraulic valve lifters (which require no adjustments), cast iron cylinder liners, Kohler’s industry-leading pleated air filter (featuring 80 percent more surface area) and a Smart-Choke™ carburetor collectively endow Command PRO engines with enhanced reliability, easy dependable starts and user-friendly maintenance. All KOHLER engines are CARB and EPA emission-certified.

About Kohler Global Power Group

Providing dependable power solutions in the United States since the early 1920s, Kohler Co. has evolved its Global Power Group into a worldwide organization encompassing generators, engines and rental power. The Global Power Group is comprised of Kohler Power Systems, SDMO Industries, Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd (UPSL), Kohler Rental Power, as well as Kohler Engines and Lombardini, Srl.

Kohler Engines, along with Italy-based Lombardini, represent a global engine concern in business since the 1920s. Together, Kohler Engines and Lombardini manufacture a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines, from 4 to 64.4 hp, which are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the lawn and garden, commercial and industrial, agricultural and construction markets.

Kohler Power Systems is a global manufacturer of power generation equipment for residential, industrial, mobile and marine applications, with a power output range of 3.5 kW to 3250 kW. Based in France, SDMO Industries delivers energy solutions — industrial generators up to 2,800 kW, as well as portable generators — for markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Combined, SDMO and Kohler Power Systems create the world’s third-largest generator (gaseous-, petrol- and diesel-powered) manufacturer. Kohler also offers automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls and accessories. UPSL is a leading uninterruptible power supply system, as well as power protection product and services provider for the United Kingdom.

Kohler Rental Power provides temporary power, HVAC, luxury restrooms, as well as complete planning, implementation and professional support to the industrial, commercial, disaster recovery and event markets throughout the United States.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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