Lastec was founded with the purpose of providing a rotary mowing system with the productivity of a wide-area mower and the precision of a small push mower. Lastec introduced articulation in the turf industry with the Model 721 Articulator. The 3 meter (9.8 ft) wide belt driven rotary was crude by today`s standards but became the first of a line of machines that has dominated high-end rotaries for over the last decade. Today, over half of the TPC golf courses and a third of the world`s top 100 ranked golf courses rely on mowers built by Lastec. Lastec dealers can be found all over the world.
Most of the greatest inventions of our time seem simple when we look at them today. Consider the light bulb. We forget how revolutionary it was when invented by Edison in his Michigan labs. Light bulbs are simple. We take them for granted. The same can be said for articulating rotary mowers in the turf industry. Today every major turf manufacturer offers a wide area rotary mower that has articulating decks. They are commonplace and have become the standard of excellence in rotary mowing. It wasn't always that way.
What many people don't realize is that Lastec introduced articulation in the turf industry just over a decade ago. It was revolutionary when introduced in 1990. There were no options available to deliver a wide area cut with the quality of a small push mower. Most wide area rotary mowers had fixed pans with multiple blades under them. If you had mounds and contoured ground, tough. If you didn't want to scalp your grass you had to buy narrow machines and hire armies of laborers to cut them. In the early 90s, rotary mowers wider than 1.8 Metres rarely found their way to a golf course or high-end turf application. Back then, even 1.8 Metre decks didn't articulate. No company offered cut quality and productivity in the same machine. Go wide and destroy your turf. Go narrow and go broke from high labor costs.
Lastec changed all of that with the introduction of the first Articulator. The Model 721 Articulator was introduced in 1990. It was a 3 metre wide belt driven rotary with seven 535mm decks that were powered by a tractor PTO. The original 721 was crude by today's standards but became the first of a line a machines that has dominated high-end rotaries for the last decade. Today's 721XR is the benchmark of quality used by more of the world's finest championship golf courses than any other rotary mower. In addition to the Model 721XR Articulator, Lastec produces articulating decks that replace the fixed pans of most brands of out-front rotaries, and it also sells a complete line of high-end zero turning radius mowers. The newest offering of is a complete line of articulating commercial mowers.
While it's nice to be able to brag about having revolutionized wide area rotary mowers, those bragging rights don't mean a thing to anyone looking to purchase a mower today. The reason to buy a Lastec mower isn't that they were the first to build them. The reason to buy a Lastec mower is that they are the best. Why? Simple. Patents prevent the other manufacturers from copying our design.
Lastec Articulators all use patented belt drives to power their decks. These drives are incredibly efficient, easy to maintain, and capable of powering the decks at a fraction of the cost of other drive systems. If you pull off the covers of a Lastec deck, you see time proven, efficient, simple, and easily serviced belt drives. What you don't see is a series of hoses, valves, inefficient hydraulic motors, pumps, fittings, oil coolers, and oil reservoirs that are used by some of our competitors. You also don't find multiple gearboxes, U-joints, and drive shafts that are used by others. A few competitors even have tried generators, regulators, wires, batteries, motors, and electronics to drive decks. No drive system is as simple, cost effective to maintain, or as efficient as the belt drives found on every Articulator.
Lastec's patented belt drive system is used in every rotary deck in the entire line of Articulators. Lastec makes decks to replace the fixed pans found on most major manufacturer's out-front drive units. They also offer Articulating decks up to 2.4 Metre wide utilizing four 535 mm rotary decks powered by up to 36 HP Kubota engines in their line of turf zero turn radius rotary mowers. Articulator's aren't built to handle every cutting application. They are designed to handle the toughest. Since many cutting needs aren't demanding enough to need an Articulator, the Articulator isn't the only rotary mower owned by most of our customers.just their best.