The Engine and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp. this week announced an exclusivity arrangement to supply engines for inclusion in Excel Industries North American turf products marketplace.
The agreement covers a spectrum of products sold by Excel under both the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers brand umbrellas. Units are used in residential, commercial, industrial and golf course applications and are sold through a U.S. network of more than 1,600 dealers. These units will be powered by Kawasaki's FX, FS and FR engines manufactured in Maryville, Mo.
"This marks the first time that Kawasaki has made an exclusive supplier arrangement and we're excited about the many benefits end-users will see because of the collaboration of two leading companies in the lawn care industry," said Laura Holtrop, Kawasaki national sales manager.
The Excel products include BigDog Mowers-branded C Series, R Series and X Series, and Hustler Turf Equipment-branded Sport, FasTrak, X-ONE and Super Z.
Effective immediately, a total of 67 units from the Hustler and BigDog Mowers line-up will all be fitted with the Kawasaki engines.
"Our company has prided itself on innovation since developing the industry's first zero-turn mower in 1964, and this alignment with Kawasaki is another opportunity for our dealer network to differentiate our brands from the competitors," said Adam Mullet, director of marketing at Excel Industries.
Kawasaki Engines and Power Products, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., distributes gasoline engines and professional handheld power products for landscape, industrial and consumer markets.
Headquartered in Hesston, Kan., Excel Industries is a manufacturer of commercial and residential lawn care equipment under the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers brands.