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Who really invented?


LawnSite Member
South East
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



LawnSite Bronze Member
Columbus, NE
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.


LawnSite Silver Member
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.