Gravely® Announces the Launch of the New Pro-Stance Series Mowers Patent-pending features increase productivity and operator experience Gravely® announces the addition of the new commercial Pro-Stance series mowers to their line of stand-ons. With patent-pending features, including integrated transmissions, a dial height-of-cut and foot pedal deck lift, the new Pro-Stance provides enhanced productivity and a comfortable operator experience. Were very excited to introduce this uniquely featured mower into the growing stand-on market, said Brian Anundsen, commercial and turf product marketing manager for Ariens Company. The patent-pending features are the result of gathering feedback from landscape contractors and incorporating innovations no other manufacturer has offered up to this point. The Pro-Stance was a true ground-up design for Gravely, so it really stands out from our current stand-on and others in the market. The integrated Hydro-Gear® transmissions in the Pro-Stance provide an industry leading low center of gravity. With a low center of gravity, operators can easily and more quickly handle slopes or uneven terrain. Integrated transmissions also reduce leak points and eliminate cross contamination typical in pump and wheel motor systems. Innovative dampening gives a smooth ride and speeds up to nine mph. Another patent-pending feature is the dial height-of-cut adjustment. The dial allows the operator to change the deck height at the control panel without stepping off the machine. The added convenience of being able to adjust the deck height while on the mower also enhances productivity, shaving time off of having to step on and off the machine. Dual deck lift controls allow operators to raise the deck with a hand or foot lever, ensuring ease of operation in all mowing conditions. The patent-pending foot pedal deck lift provides greater leverage for operators of every size and those with arm or shoulder disabilities who may have difficulty with traditional hand lever lifts. The user experience on the Pro-Stance is enhanced by the improved operator presence controls, which have larger diameter handles and an adjustable speed bar and reverse index bar. The deluxe thigh pad is custom contoured for operator security and comfort, and it folds out for access to the tank, battery hydro overflows and fuse box. The flip-up suspension platform enables the user to convert the Pro-Stance from a stand-on to a walk-behind. Additional features include: Fenders designed with foot pegs for hillside weight distribution Large rear tires for improved traction, hillside performance and for a more comfortable ride Industrys strongest front caster forks with larger fork shafts and bearings for commercial-strength durability and enhanced maneuverability Industrys largest semi-pneumatic front tires for improved curb climbing, reduced soil compaction and the elimination of flat-tire repair Heavy-duty, removable rubber discharge chute for flexibility mowing around objects Optional accessories: mulching kit, grass collector, operator controlled discharge chute, grass catcher bracket The Pro-Stance is another example of Gravelys commitment to the commercial lawn maintenance market, Anundsen said. After our successful launch of the Pro-Turn 400 zero-turn last fall, were looking forward to the momentum of the Pro-Stance launch. Pro-Stance models include: 34-inch Deck: Kawasaki® FX418V 15.5hp engine 48-inch Deck: Kawasaki® FX691V 22hp engine 52-inch Deck: Kawasaki® FX691V 22hp engine Kohler® ECV680 EFI 23hp engine 61-inch Deck Kawasaki® FX730V 23.5hp engine The Gravely Pro-Stance is covered by a two-year limited commercial warranty. For more information visit www.gravely.com. 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.