CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentlemen, start your tractors! Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products, has teamed up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Lowes and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson, to launch a new riding mower – the Husqvarna Fast Tractor -- that speeds through yard work, leaving consumers with more time to spend doing the things they love. It's the fastest tractor in its class, reaching speeds of 7-8 mph.
"The Fast Tractor is designed to fit the needs of consumers who demand all-around high performance and high quality," says John Marchionda, vice president of marketing for Husqvarna. "Consumers want the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are making a good investment. We've created a quality product that allows you to mow through yard work with precision and comfort – and the Fast Tractor reduces time spent mowing, which frees up valuable time to spend doing other things you really enjoy!"
The Fast Tractor is so fast it now has a role in a popular racing-themed video game. Working with Autumn Games and their hit racing franchise, Jimmie Johnson's Anything With An Engine, Husqvarna developed "Husky Hank", a downloadable character who can be raced in the game against other in-game personalities.
Husqvarna officially launched the Fast Tractor during a special event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame viewing party for the Texas Sprint Cup Series race; there, attendees were able to play Anything with an Engine and see the Fast Tractor first hand.
With its ergonomic design features and heavy-duty functionality, the Husqvarna Fast Tractor combines power and performance to create a more enjoyable mowing experience. The Fast Tractor comes standard with a 24hp Kohler engine, 20" rear tires, F7 hydrostatic transmission, 48" reinforced cutting deck, and has comfort features such as a high-back seat with armrests, push/pull button blade engagement and an ergonomically-designed user interface. A safety switch under the seat automatically stops the engine and cutting deck when the driver leaves the seat and the Reverse Operating System allows users to mow while the mower is in reverse with the turn of a key.
Husqvarna stands behind the durability of the Fast Tractor, offering:
- 10-year limited warranty on the reinforced deck
- 5-year limited warranty on the frame, chassis and front axle
- 3-year limited warranty on the transmission
- 3-year limited warranty on other non–expendable components
- 1-year limited warranty on the battery
The Husqvarna Fast Tractor is available exclusively at Lowe's and Authorized Husqvarna Dealers nationwide for USD $1,899.95. To learn more, visit www.HusqvarnaFastTractor.com. Join the conversation by "liking" Husqvarna on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HusqvarnaUSA) and by following Husqvarna on Twitter (www.twitter.com/HusqvarnaUSA).
Husqvarna is offering consumers the chance to win a free Fast Tractor with the Husqvarna Mowing Mix Facebook promotion, where participants are asked to share the top five songs that get them amped up for yard work. The contest is currently open at www.facebook.com/HusqvarnaUSA. The final Mowing Mix and contest winner will be announced on May 26.
* Husqvarna Fast Tractor Speed Claim: Fastest riding mower in its class defined as the fastest yard tractor based on published speeds on manufacturer and retailer websites for lawn tractors of major manufacturers with retail prices below $2,500 in the US. The speed of operation will affect the quality of moving. OPERATE SAFELY: Always operate at speeds no faster than safely permitted by conditions.
The Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The product offering includes products for both consumers and professional users. The Group's products are sold via dealers and retailers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2010 amounted to SEK 32 billion, and the average number of employees was approximately 15,000.
Lauren Knox, Ketchum, 404.879.9157