April 14, 2010 06:00 ET
Looking for a New Lawn Mower? This New Technology May Be for You
Spring Checklist for Your Yard
CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - If you're ready for a new mower and are particular about the quality of your cut, this first-in-its-class technology may be for you. The TriAction™ cutting system from Troy-Bilt®, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, is a system designed to give your lawn a cleaner, more even cut -- every time you mow.
With the new mowing system, grass enters the mower through the newly designed rake guard, then the S-blade cuts the grass and is finely mulched through the symmetrical, high-vacuum steel deck to produce a cleaner cut.
"Our consumer feedback guided the redesign and new technology of this mower, improving several features and reengineering the cutting system," said Heidi Ketvertis, director of marketing communications for Troy-Bilt. "Our customers helped us create the first technology of its kind available on these walk-behind mowers."
The TriAction cutting system starts with the rake guard, which has pass-through gaps with teeth, allowing grass to stand upright as it enters the deck, ready to be cut.
The S-blade, which is lower than the front of the deck, begins to cut the grass immediately. This smooth arc blade creates more lift in the deck, allowing grass to circulate and mulch more effectively, and the flatter surface allows for more even airflow, faster blade tip speed, and a finer mulch because the blade hits the grass more times.
The grass then enters the deck, which is stamped in a symmetrical circle with a curved surface. The symmetrical deck creates a strong vacuum for grass to circulate freely, which eliminates clumping. The deck also provides maximum trimability by extending beyond the wheels on both sides. The newly designed, high-capacity bag has an intuitive latch for easier removal and an extra layer of fabric to reduce dust. Its wide opening allows clippings to flow better, assuring a complete fill every time and that it empties quickly and easily. All TriAction units are 3-in-1 capable, which makes it easy to mulch, side discharge or bag the clippings.
Troy-Bilt incorporated the cutting system into six, new walk-behind mowers ranging in price from $199 to $299. All units are available at Lowe's®, troybilt.com or at an authorized Troy-Bilt dealer. Visit our news room to learn more about the TriAction cutting system, to view a demo and see images.
SIDEBAR -- PREP YOUR YARD FOR SPRING
Spring is here, which means it is time to pull out the lawn mower for another season. Troy-Bilt, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, offers a few mowing tips to achieve a lush lawn this spring:
- Dress for the job. Remember to wear earplugs, safety glasses or sunglasses, footwear with traction and close-fitting clothes when operating your mower and other outdoor power equipment.
- Check your lawn. Walk around the yard before mowing to double-check there aren't any cans, toys, rocks, etc., that might be propelled from the mower.
- Know your machine. Before mowing, make sure all safety features are in good condition and adjust the cutting height of your deck.
- Cut grass at a healthy length. Taller grass reduces the amount of water lost during evaporation and helps shade the roots. A height of 2.5 to 3 inches is ideal for spring weather.
- Keep a pattern going. Always mow your lawn in straight lines. Alternate directions and change patterns each week.
- Practice safety. Always turn your mower off before emptying the bag.
- Mow late in the day. Mowing damages grass and often takes up to two days for recovery. Mow in the evening to reduce stress on grass, allowing 12 hours for grass to repair overnight without sun.
- Water grass in the early morning. About 1 inch of water per week is plenty for a healthy lawn. Use a handheld hose for small plants, shrubs and trees. Water longer, but less frequently, for best results and to minimize water usage.
- Mulch. Clippings release essential nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other minor elements that are needed to naturally fertilize your lawn. Grass clippings also reduce the need for frequent watering as they help to hold moisture in the soil longer.