BOB-CAT Takes 2011 Mower Technology Beyond-the-Tank BOB-CAT, a leading brand of commercial walk-behind and zero-turn riding mowers since 1973, is proud to introduce the 2011 BOB-CAT Mower Lineup. The 2011 line of BOB-CAT mowers, which includes commercial walk-behinds, residential zero-turns, and three levels of commercial zero-turn riding mowers, is all new for 2011 with fuel systems that meet 2011 EPA exhaust and evaporative emission requirements. Compliance aside, beyond the tank, there are many impressive new patent-pending features in the new line that put BOB-CAT in the drivers seat in mower comfort, stability and productivity. 2011 BOB-CAT mowers clear the air through a newly designed non-permeable tank that eliminates vapor seepage and offers ample vapor space at the cap keeping the cap dry on tilts and slopes. A new fuel cap non-permeable gasket eliminates cap vapor release and a patent pending non-permeable vapor retract line feeds tank vapors back through the carburetor of the engine to be recycled all without loosing fuel capacity. BOB-CAT, the first commercial mower line to go 2011 engine CARB compliant back in December of 2009, is again, leading the way in full-line EPA fuel exhaust and evaporative compliance for 2011. Beyond the tank, new features of 2011 BOB-CAT Zero-Turn Riding Mowers enhance comfort, increase productivity, ease maintenance and service, increase stability, improve handling and cut capability, and much more. Ergonomic comfort is achieved through BOB-CATs exclusive ISO-Ride Comfort System. The ISO-Ride Comfort System isolates the operator from vibration at all touch points including the hands, feet, and seat. Designed by BOB-CAT, the new best-in-class full back elastomeric fabric suspension drivers seat supplies excellent contoured upper and lower back support and features a shock absorbent sling plate inside the seat base that absorbs vibration while dual elastomeric radial bearings under the seat eliminate terrain impact for a better feeling, smoother all-day ride. Vibration isolators under the footplate help prevent fatigue and numbness in the feet and legs. Larger motion control levers with thicker hand grips are supported with tension mounts to reduce lost motion and vibration isolators diminish vibration from the unit to the hands and up the arms for steady and smooth, fatigue-free operation. In transport, tension mounts eliminate arm flapping of motion control levers, extending lever life. Quality enhancements include universal control panel positioning so that operators of every size can mow in custom comfort and have controls within easy reach with no operational distraction from the work at hand. A new extra wide discharge opening and oversized discharge chute with fanning groves eliminates clumping of grass clippings and the need to double-cut in thick wet or tall lush grasses. The wider deck discharge works with the high velocity blade tip speed and new patent pending DoubleWave front blade baffle controls provide a powerful, controlled air flow lifting and drying glass blades for a straight cut that when dispersed through the new chute with fanning groves, produces a wide fine clippings discharge. Productivity enhancements of the line include a lower operator platform for an exceptionally stable center of gravity, improved traction, and unit balance allowing the mowers to hug hills and maintain a consistent cut on slopped terrain without slippage. All BOB-CAT mowers are designed to be easy to maintain and service with no-hassle, easy to access wear and service points. Enhancements to the 2011 line include a new larger hydraulic tank that requires a lower operating vacuum for better cooling, reduced noise, and improved tank life. New electric clutch drive provides for tool-free belt changes reducing service charges and making it possible to change belts out in the field for less down time. New flat-free caster wheels ride like pneumatic tires and provide worry-free peace of mind on the job while reducing maintenance costs and down time. The entire 2011 line of BOB-CAT Mowers are CE Approved and will be in production in December. Look for new 2011 BOB-CAT Mowers in dealerships in early 2011. Features of the new 2011 BOB-CAT Mower Line: EPA Compliant Fuel System Innovative Design: Tank and fuel system meet EPA Compliance without loss of fuel cap and without sacrificing fuel capacity. Operator Comfort New ISO-Ride Comfort System: Elastomeric bearings isolates operator from vibration at all touch points hands, feet and seat for a smooth ride regardless of terrain or length of use. Custom Fit Easy to locate and adjust controls and best-in-class seat, offer exceptional rider comfort setting flexibility. Increased legroom, a convenient Foot Assist Lift Pedal that can quickly be mounted on the left or the right side for user preference, and an ergonomic lower profile allow for operator height versatility. Large Discharge Opening 20% or larger depending on model: For wider more even grass dispersal. Works in unison with a Blade Tip Speed of 18,500 (fpm), creating lift that cuts grass evenly and discharges at a higher volume to eliminate wet grass clumping and clogging under mower deck. Low Center of Gravity up to 2 lower for outstanding visibility and hill hugging stability. Tension Mount Motion Control Levers Eliminates lost motion in hand controls for smoother operation with no arm flapping in transport extending control handle life. Easy Access to Maintenance & Service Points -Single Belt Drive: with no components to remove makes changing a belt out in the field quick and easy. -No-Flat Caster Wheel Tires: Soft, Pneumatic-like ride without the worry. -Oversized Hydraulic Reservoir with larger fittings: Easier to maintain with better access. Lowers hydraulic temperature and pump vacuum for quieter pump operation and longer life. Broad Cut Height Adjustment: 1 5.5: More cutting options allows for a greater variety of cuts. Allows for scalping in the South and overseeding in the fall. New 2011 BOB-CAT Mower models are in production now and will be in dealerships before spring. To learn more about all of the new features of the 2011 line of BOB-CAT mowers, see product video, and to locate an authorized dealer in your area, visit www.bobcatmakeyourmove.com. See the 2011 line in action on YouTube, visit www.YouTube.com/bobcatmowers. About BOB-CAT Since the 1970s, professional landscapers have relied upon the quality cut produced by BOB-CAT brand mowers to maintain golf courses, schools, parks and recreation areas, cemeteries, and landscapes big and small. BOB-CAT offers a full line of commercial walk-behind and zero-turn radius ride-on mowers for commercial and residential use. BOB-CAT mowers are available through power equipment dealers nationwide. To learn more about BOB-CAT products and locate a BOB-CAT dealer in your area, visit the BOB-CAT website at www.bobcatturf.com. BOB-CAT is a registered trademark of Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. Use of the name BOB-CAT in print must be all capital letters with a hyphen between the words BOB and CAT as used within this media release. About Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. is a U.S. based outdoor equipment manufacturer with three manufacturing facilities located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, Norfolk, Nebraska and Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. Schiller Grounds Care creates and brings to market a broad variety of landscaping, gardening and turf care equipment for residential and commercial use under the brand names of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner. To learn more about Schiller Grounds Care and its various brands of power equipment, visit www.schillergc.com.