Gravely® Introduces Rear Discharge Deck Option -Enhances Safety, Efficiency and Productivity- The Gravely® Pro-Master 260 is now available with a new rear discharge deck, meeting a growing need for commercial and government contractors. The new deck is ideal for mowing near obstacles, as clippings are diverted behind the machine instead of out the side. The mower features a 60-inch cutting width, 13.4-gallon fuel capacity and 13 mph ground speed. The Pro-Master is powered by a 27 HP Briggs & Stratton Daihatsu Diesel engine. The 60-inch deck is based on the seven-gauge X-Factor® deck currently found on Gravelys side discharge model. There are numerous benefits to the mowing with a rear discharge deck, according to Bill Engler, director of contractor sales for Gravely. This type of deck reduces the risks of mowing near people, vehicles and windows. Any projectiles picked up by the mower are directed down and backwards, creating a safer environment. Because grass is discharged from the back of the machine, clippings remain on the turf instead of on roadways and sidewalks, according to Engler. This minimizes additional clean up work and keeps property looking manicured. In addition, the trim edge on both sides of the deck improves productivity. Established in 1933 in Brillion, Wis., Ariens Company is a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for both consumer and professional use. The companys premium international brands include Ariens Sno-Thro® and Ariens lawn and garden products for consumers; Countax® and Westwood® lawn tractors; and Gravely® and Parker® commercial equipment for the landscape management, facilities maintenance and sports field sectors. Ariens affiliates, Stens Corporation, J Thomas and Bynorm Group (Australia), supply replacement parts to the outdoor power equipment industry. Ariens Company employs more than 1,400 people, with operations in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, Alabama, Michigan, the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia. Visit www.ariens.com for more information.