Dixie Chopper Introduces New Kohler EFI Models

Lawn mower manufacturer launches two Kohler EFI engine models into its 2015 product line-up
COATESVILLE, INDIANA (MARCH 24, 2015) – Dixie Chopper, owned by Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of two new Kohler EFI (electronic fuel injected) powered zero-turn mowers to its 2015 product line-up.

The two commercial models, a Classic 3160EFI and an XCaliber 3366EFI, are being added to Dixie Chopper’s product line-up mid year due to strong 2015 commercial bookings and increased interest in Kohler EFI powered machines.

The new Classic 3160EFI will be powered with a 31 horsepower fuel efficient 824cc Kohler Command PRO EFI engine to reach a ground speed of 12 mph with a mowing capacity of 5.4 acres per hour. The XCaliber 3366EFI will come equipped with a 33 horsepower fuel efficient 824cc Kohler Command PRO EFI engine, reaching a ground speed of 13 mph to mow over 6 acres per hour.

Kohler engines are known throughout the industry for their best in class horsepower and torque. The new Command PRO series takes it to another level with a highly-tuned air intake system that enhances airflow to maximize power and torque.

“This engine is designed to help commercial cutters power through their toughest jobs while reducing downtime and minimizing fuel costs,” said Mark Johansen, Director of Marketing for Kohler Engines.

Kohler’s closed-loop electronic fuel injection system, when coupled with the new design, makes the 824 Command PRO engine the most fuel-efficient commercial engine in its line-up today.

“We’re answering the needs of our dealers and customers by offering Kohler EFI engines on two of our top-selling models. Plus, it makes sense that ‘The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower’ will come with the best-in-class power of the Kohler Command PRO engines,” said Chris Vernon, Vice President and General Manager of Dixie Chopper.

These two new models will join the three existing Dixie Chopper Kohler EFI powered machines in the 2015 product line-up, the Silver Eagle 2760EFI, the Classic 3572EFI and the XCaliber 3574EFI.

The Classic 3160EFI and XCaliber 3366EFI will be available to purchase in mid 2015 from Dixie Chopper dealers across the United States and Canada. To find a Dixie Chopper dealer, visit www.dixiechopper.com/dealer-locator.

About Dixie Chopper
Founded in 1980, Dixie Chopper revolutionized the entire lawn and garden industry by providing the first zero-turn lawn mowers built specifically for commercial mowing contractors. Today Dixie Chopper continues to lead the industry in innovation and quality. Known as “the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower,” Dixie Chopper mowers are about much more than being fast. The company prides itself on providing quality and reliability in addition to speed. To learn more about Dixie Chopper and view the complete lineup of zero-turn lawn mowers, visit the company’s website at www.dixiechopper.com. Dixie Chopper is owned by Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

About Kohler Engines
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis. Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engine and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler and St Andrews, Scotland. For more details, please visit KOHLER.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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