There's a reason some military equipment and many heavy excavating machines have tracks instead of wheels—tracks can expertly and safely navigate rough, slippery, sloped, and uneven terrain. Altoz certainly had this in mind when it designed the Altoz TRX Zero Turn Mower, the first of its kind in the industry, for lawn care professionals, utilities and municipalities.
The Altoz TRX Zero-Turn Track Mower features patent-pending technology. That includes 11-inch-wide rear tracks and a torsional suspension system that Altoz claims grips terrain without tearing or digging in ruts. Altoz matched the rear torsion suspension with its TorqFlex front suspension. The mower's tracks and flat front tires are attached to fork castor wheels with heavy-duty 1-1/4" tapered roller bearings, eliminating potential tire damage even at top speeds of 10 mph.
The chassis is designed with c-channel frame rails in formed, laser cut and welded heavy duty steel. Operators control the TRX using two levers similar to those found on other zero-steer mowers.
“We believe the TRX is truly an unprecedented offering in the power equipment industry. The TRX's unique combination of traction, stability and low ground pressure with durability, power and handling will make it an excellent choice for municipalities, utilities, turf professionals , golf courses and general contractors concerned about safety when dealing with a variety of conditions and terrain”
Altoz CEO/Founder Dennis Brazier
TRX Aero Deck cutting systems include the option of a 61-inch Kohler Command Pro EFI 33 hp engine or a 66-inch Vanguard EFI 37 hp engine with a finish or rough cut deck. Fuel injection is also available. Both options feature a Hydro-Gear ZT5400 dual range cold run transmission. The deep deck design features adjustable baffles and standard Altoz high lift blades. Other notable features include 14 gallon fuel capacity in dual tanks, 12V accessory power outlets, equipment storage compartments and adjustable tilt, armrest height, lumbar support and operator weight, and suspension seat aft position fore and aft.
The Altoz TRX Zero-Turn Mower was recently the recipient of a 2016 Pro Tool Innovation Award, which recognizes the level of innovation, power and value of a best-in-class product.
The TRX starts at $18,599 and will ship to Altoz dealers in early spring 2017. The entire line of Altoz zero-turn mowers are designed and built in the USA.
For more information, visit Altoz.com.
Altoz TRX Zero Turn Mower Features
- Engine Options: Kohler Command Pro EFI 33 hp or Vanguard™ EFI 37 hp
- Finish or rough mower decks with 61 or 66 inch width options
- Commercial Dual Hydraulic Gear ZT-5400 Transmission, High/Low Range
- TorqFlex front suspension
- 11 inch wide rail
- 15" flat front tires
- 14 gallon fuel capacity
- 12-way adjustable high-back seat with suspension
- 250 foot-pound clutch
Having tracks on a commercial lawn mower seems obvious to help eliminate traction issues, especially in wet terrain, but it's hard to shake the feeling that it's going to rip the ground. After all, the enduring image of World War II tanks sweeping across the European countryside is hard to forget.
But the Altoz TRX Zero-Turn Mower is no tank—it's far from heavy enough, and the designers knew it had to mow without leaving a lasting impression on the lawn. Altoz seems to have settled on the design in their industry first track mower. Of course, there may be some tweaks as they come to market, but we also want to see if this design carries over from their premium mowers to some mid-range designs.