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Zero-Turn Mowers: A Look at the Evolution

Zero-Turn MowersThe zero-turn lawn mower has changed how many not only cut their lawns, but maintain their yards as well. Many of us however only know the mower as the machine it is today and not how it got its start so many years ago. Let’s take a look back in time and find out how we got to the modern machines that we know so well today.

It all started in the 1960s when John Regier, an employee of a farm equipment manufacturer, wondered if one of their technologies could be applied to a lawn mower. The device, called the swather, moved in counter rotation and would cut larger farming materials and lay them out as it did. Regier proceeded to take that concept to invent a machine with the technology that operated on a zero-turn radius.

At first, his product wasn’t selling very well on his own. He then sold his patent to Hesston Corporation – where he had been working when he invented the mower, and which later became the parent company of Hustler Turf.

From there, zero-turn mowers took off and have really come into the public eye as great machines for mowing lawns in even the last 10 to 15 years. There are now dozens of manufacturers offering numerous different types of zero-turn mowers, including Gravely, Exmark, Walker and Cub Cadet, to name a few.

Modern zero-turn mowers feature newer designs that are compact and low to that ground that allows them to get into tight spaces that traditional push mowers can’t reach. This is especially important to people who take pride in their lawn and want it to look its best. If you are a part of this group and are looking for a great zero-turn mower, L.J. Elter & Son has got you covered. We offer a huge selection of them many of these leading manufacturers, and we’re sure to find a mower that will make your yard and lawn look great.

Beyond just mowers, we also stock a full line of spring and summer equipment, including hedge trimmers, garden tractors, chippers, splitters and much more. If you would like more information on our products, give us a call or stop in to any of our three Maryland locations today!