Eaton’s Closed Circuit Piston Products to Improve Fuel Efficiency and Operational Control on Lightweight Fairway Mowers

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. … Power management company Eaton today announced a contract with an industry leading mowing manufacturer to supply closed circuit piston products for lightweight fairway mowers. Eaton’s closed circuit piston pumps will provide additional operational control, fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance, without additional costs.

The new mower, which will be used by golf courses to groom fairways, is one of the first to feature a high level of cruise control for the operator whether cutting or driving. The cruise control feature quickens the signal given to the pump, making the pump more efficient and reducing fuel consumption. Eaton’s closed circuit piston pumps eliminate the need to mechanically link the accelerator to the pump and reduce the number of parts on the mower. Combined these improvements not only make it easier to manufacture the mowers, but also reduces maintenance and improves field serviceability.  

“Maintaining fairway grass is among the more expensive aspects of running a golf course, particularly with high fuel costs,” said Mike Bonacuse, account manager, Eaton. “With Eaton’s proven closed circuit piston pump technology, the mower manufacturer reduces costs, and can pass value to the golf course operators, who experience increased fuel efficiency and serviceability.”

The $1.81 million contract was signed and a prototype lightweight fairway mower was completed in 2013. The mower is expected to go into mass production in 2014.

To learn more about Eaton’s hydraulic solutions, visit www.eaton.com/hydraulics.  

Eaton is a power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. A global technology leader, Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in November 2012. The 2012 revenue of the combined companies was $21.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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