The Grasshopper Company
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|Headquarters||Moundridge, Kansas Coordinates:|
|Products||Commercial & Residential Zero-Turn Mowers, Snow Removal Equipment, Grounds Care Equipment|
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Grasshopper has been a family-owned business since 1969, when the first Grasshopper mower was introduced (invented by LeRoy Stucky, who also designed the trademark). Today, Grasshopper has expanded to include a 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) manufacturing facility in Moundridge. The company has developed their products to serve the needs of government entities, lawn care professionals and equipment owners.
Grasshopper was the first manufacturer to offer dual swing-out levers for their zero-turn mowers (1973) and the first to offer a diesel-powered zero-turn mower (1983). Diesel engines are known for power, fuel efficiency and longer engine life, making mowers with diesel engines do not have to be replaced as often as mowers with other engine types.
Dual hydrostatic drive systems were incorporated to give operators a smoother ride (1988).
The "Powerfold" electric deck lift rotates cutting decks up without manual lifting (2004).
The 4X Rear Discharge deck design channels clippings behind the mower and away from the engine (2008).
Grasshopper manufactures a range of zero-turn mowers and mower implements including:
The Frontmount mowers feature either a three-or four-wheeled unit with the cutting deck mounted forward of both the engine and operator’s seat. Out-front decks have the advantage of being able to reach under shrubs and fences. These mowers accept interchangeable implements for lawn care and snow removal.
Midmount models feature a four-wheeled mower with the cutting deck mounted under the operator’s seat, with the operator riding above the cutting deck. Mid-mounted mowers are especially useful for wide-open mowing with little obstacles.
Powervac Collection Systems
Powervac is a vacuum that connects in place of the mower discharge shield. Clippings are compacted for easy disposal. Powertilt hopper empties debris without manual emptying.
Grasshopper Duramax decks enhance airflow to the grass and spread the clippings evenly while cutting. The heavy-gauge steel construction is more durable than stamped steel designs.
Powerfold electrically adjusts height and raises decks for Frontmount mowers.
Quikconverter Implement System
Grasshopper’s Quikconverter Implement System allows the operator to connect a deck or implement to any Frontmount mower.
Grasshopper offers dozer blades, rotary brooms and snowthrowers for snow removal in the winter months.
Grasshopper products are only available at Grasshopper dealerships and distributors worldwide.
Grasshopper mowers comply with Tier-4i, California Air Resources Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency air quality standards. Grasshopper supports alternative fuel sources like algae fuel and others to reduce greenhouse gases and cut down use of fossil fuels.
Grasshopper was presented with a 2012 Pollution Prevention (P2) award from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in August 2012. The company was selected for its investments in new laser cutting technology, software and parts scanning equipment that reduced consumption of raw steel at its manufacturing facility in Moundridge.
In April 2013, the company announced the donation of a Grasshopper mower to a combat-wounded military veteran so he could start a landscaping business. The donation was set up through Military Warriors Support Foundation and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Grasshopper also announced on a Fox News Channel "Fox & Friends" segment that it will continue its partnership with Military Warriors Support Foundation to give a mower to a military hero every year.
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