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Who really invented?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by knuckshemi, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. knuckshemi

    knuckshemi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Can anyone tell me the true history of zero turn mowers? Seems like every manufacture claims to have invented it. Who did? And some short history Please

    Thanks
    fluffyone
     
  2. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 874

    Hustler, as far as I know.
     
  3. timinkc

    timinkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    i thought it was dixon?
     
  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Hustler has been building ZTR for 40 years. They strated near Heston Kansas with belt drives similar to the drive on the old Heston windrowers (swathers) Then went to hydros a couple years later. I think the idea was from a Heston emploee but the Heston company didn't want to make lawn mowers so he found Exel. Maybe Dixon was the first to really market to homowners wiht their cone drive. I think the Hustlers have always been geared for commerecial use.
     
  5. Grass King

    Grass King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I think it was Sear. HA HA
     
  6. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Imitated, but never exactly duplicated...it's Hustler..
     
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Huster. I had to do a history of a vehicle in high school. So i did ZTRs. Hustler was the first. Then came every body else. They claim husters never die. I know of a bone yard in sliversprings, MD that has a couple.
     
  8. jalawn

    jalawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    where in silver spring? I would be interested in seeing them...
     
  9. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
    Messages: 930

    Hustler actually made the first "zero turn" mower. Dixion trade marked the word "ZTR"
     

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