Steiner, manufacturer of high-quality tractors and attachments, has announced the introduction of a new Flex Deck articulating mowing attachment, designed specifically for Steiner 440 and new 450 tractors. The commercial attachment features four independent decks, designed to follow the contours of uneven terrain.
The new Flex Deck features several significant improvements to meet the production and quality requirements of golf course superintendents and turf maintenance managers. First, Steiner has redesigned the center deck and belt driveline for fast, easy service, greater performance and longer belt life. The new arrangement features toolless access to the belt driveline with the ability to remove and replace the deck belt by simply using the on-board utility bar to remove belt tension.
New pulleys and belt drive geometry also contribute to cooler operating temperatures and longer component life. Additionally, the driveline increases blade torque to cut through heavier loads while maintaining fast blade speed for a quality cut. Antiscalp features have been enhanced with the addition of anti-scalp discs beneath blade spindles and an additional roller on the discharge deck. Steiner also achieved quieter operation through strategic placement of rubber dampeners that eliminate any metal-to-metal contact.
Like the original Flex Deck, the new attachment features an 80-in. cut, large-diameter casters and robust construction. Powered by the Steiner 440 or 450 tractor, the climbing ability and low ground disturbance characteristics enable operators to mow on sloped or soft ground. The Quick Hitch interface of the Flex Deck also allows for exchanging it with other attachments such as Steiner’s aerator or turbine blower in a few minutes without tools.
“Our Steiner tractors, especially the new 450 tractor, are designed to thrive on uneven terrain, so we wanted to ensure that our Flex Deck mowing attachment was up to that same challenge,” said Matt Donohue, Steiner business director. “With these updates, we’re even more confident that this machine and attachment can take on the tough task of mowing hills and tricky slopes.”