New 220 E-Cut™ Hybrid Walk Greens Mower

Walk Behind Greens Mowers
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Key Features
  • Easy reel maintenance
  • Quick and easy troubleshooting
  • Maximum comfort and control
  • Quick release to disengage traction

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Features

Grass-catcher system — fixed to the plane of the reel for maximum performance in severe undulations
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The direct-mounting grass catcher is designed to retain clippings by slowing down the air volume and routing it out of the catcher while keeping the clippings in. Molded-in grooves and mounting brackets make it easy to remove and replace the catcher. The catcher is made of lightweight polyethylene material that resists corrosion and cracking, reduces vibration, and is easy to use.

Overlap marks for lining up to previous pass are molded into the top of the catcher for increased productivity and straightly mowed passes.

The direct-mounting design grass-catcher system is fixed to the same plane as the reel. This means the grass catcher follows contours exactly as the reel does, maximizing the volume of grass thrown into the catcher. It also increases operator productivity by the easy removal and installation of the grass catcher.

Dual traction rolls for straight tracking and excellent maneuverability
Traction drumTraction drum
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The dual traction rolls for the rear drum are powered by an external differential drive. This design provides equal power to both rolls for the straightest possible tracking. The external differential drive and split drum work together to allow minimal turning efforts and excellent maneuverability when making turns and mowing cleanup passes.

 

The traction-drive rolls are constructed of aluminum, which offers corrosion resistance for durability and a long life. The smooth roller surface on the 180 E-Cut™ and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers provide an evenly-rolled appearance on greens and other mowing surfaces.

 

The outside ends of the traction rolls are tapered to provide a smooth transition between the rolled and non-rolled surface areas.

Adjustable frequency of clip to meet turf conditions
Frequency of clip dialFrequency of clip dial
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The buzz in the industry is all about frequency of clip. But what exactly is it? Frequency of clip is defined as the distance traveled between consecutive cuts. In other words, it is how far the machine moves from the time one blade passes across the bedknife until the next blade passes. The lower the frequency of clip, the less distance that is traveled until the next blade passes.

 

Some will say that the lower the frequency of clip the better the cut quality, but that is a misconception as the key factors of cut quality are the following:

  • Geometry of the cutting unit
  • Sharpness of reels and bedknife
  • Proper cutting unit set up (parallel and bedknife to reel)
  • Height of cut
  • Bedknife selection
  • Roller selection for the turf conditions
  • Turf conditions

There is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to frequency of clip. The less distance the mower travels between consecutive cuts, the more times the same grass blade is going to be impacted by the reel, which leads to bruising of the turf – especially in the overlap from pass to pass.

 

 

Optimum frequency of clip

 

So, what is the optimum frequency of clip? It all depends on conditions. And the 180 E-Cut™ and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers give the ability to establish a frequency of clip that is appropriate for individual conditions.

 

The adjustment is a rotary dial located behind the handlebars. The system comes with a standard locking cover that must be accessed with tools, ensuring only those trusted to make this change, such as the superintendent or technician, can do so.

 

Once the frequency of clip is established, the 180 E-Cut and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers mow at that frequency of clip, no matter the traction speed of the machine. 

 

It does this by monitoring the engine rpm. As the throttle is decreased, the controller slows down the reel motor to match the new speed of the traction system, maintaining a constant frequency of clip. As the throttle is increased, the controller speeds up the reel motor to maintain the frequency of clip.

 

Similar to the SL Series Walk Greens Mowers, this system keeps frequency of clip the same from operator to operator. This means no cut quality difference between more experienced operators mowing at a faster ground speed and less experienced operators mowing at a slower ground speed.

Standard diagnostic light for quick and easy troubleshooting
Diagnostic lightDiagnostic light
Service ADVISOR™ locationService ADVISOR™ location

For quick and easy troubleshooting should an issue arise, a diagnostic light is located on top of the handlebar cover. If the electrical system sees a problem, a diagnostic code flashes through the indicator light. The code is repeated until the power take-off (PTO) switch is cycled off and on again, or the engine is shut off and turned on again. 

 

When a code is discovered, consult the technical manual for additional troubleshooting information. If a continuing condition exists, the diagnostic code displays again when the engine is started, until the original condition is corrected.

 

The controller is also configured to store any code that has been displayed, so dealers can see a detailed history of the unit to aid in additional troubleshooting. The information is accessible by dealer technicians only using Service ADVISOR.

Ball-joint mounting system for contour following in all directions, even steering
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The primary purpose of walk greens mowers with independent cutting units is to follow contours. It is in this area the 180 E-Cut™ and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers truly excel.

 

Ball-joint mounting system

 

It all starts with the ball-joint mounting system that attaches the cutting unit to the traction drive system. Similar to the PrecisionCut™, E-Cut hybrid riding greens mowers, and fairway mowers with Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units, the ball-mounting system allows the cutting unit to rotate in any direction.

 

The cutting unit not only moves fore and aft, and laterally side-to-side, it also steers in turns, which translates to a much more turf-friendly premium cut in cleanup passes around the perimeter of the green.

 

Due to the ball-joint design, and also the fact that the wiring harness is the only connection to the reel drive system, the cutting unit has virtually no mechanical linkage to restrict movement of the cutting unit in the toughest of undulations.

 

It is basically a one-gang triplex, and many are familiar with how well the PrecisionCut and E-Cut hybrid riding greens mowers follow contours, especially in the cleanup passes.

 

For maintenance, the reel can be removed by simply removing a pin, and the electric motor itself features a quick-attach design by simply loosening two 15-mm bolts, turning the motor slightly, and pulling the motor off of the cutting unit.

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Control contour following

 

Limit chains on each side of the cutting unit control how much the cutting unit contours while mowing, while also controlling the amount of rear-roller drop when the unit is lifted for turns.

 

The initial setting of the chain is exactly the same as the 2500B PrecisionCut and 2500E E-Cut Hybrid Riding Greens Mowers. Two links should hang free, which means the chain itself is shortened to seven links. The upper chain anchor studs should be centered in their slots. This setting provides maximum contour following and maximum rear-roller drop when lifted.

 

However, the majority of greens will not require maximum contour following. Turning and maneuvering are easiest when the amount of contour following is limited to the requirements of the surface being mowed. 

 

To limit the contour following of the cutting units, adjust the upper chain anchor studs backward in the slots to limit float and reduce the rear-roller drop. If further limitation is desired, shorten the chain to six links (three hanging free), and move the upper chain anchor studs forward in their slots.

Electric reel-drive system for excellent contour following and a premium quality of cut
Electric reel motorElectric reel motor
Reel controllerReel controller

The benefits of hybrid technology are numerous. The 2500E E-Cut™ Hybrid Riding Greens Mowers and E-Cut Hybrid fairway mowers are proof of that.

 

So why not move that same technology to the walk-behind greens mowers? With the 180 E-Cut and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers, hybrid technology is now at your disposal on even the most undulating of greens.

 

In the case of walk greens mowers, hybrid technology provides more benefits than just noise reduction, fuel savings, and the elimination of any hydraulic leak points. With the 180 E-Cut and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mower platform, the hybrid technology also allows a truly independent cutting unit that quickly reacts to contours, not only allowing the cutting unit to pivot laterally and fore-aft, but also to turn side to side for mowing cleanup passes.

 

Because of the hybrid technology in the 180 E-Cut and 220 E-Cut Hybrid, the only link between the cutting unit and the traction unit for turning the reels off and on is the wiring harness. The wiring harness can easily move in any direction the cutting unit needs to go. There are no hard linkages in the reel-drive system to limit the cutting unit's ability to follow contours.

 

In addition, the electric drive system makes it easy to backlap by simply flipping a switch. No need for a special backlapping tool to spin the reel in reverse. It is all on board the 180 E-Cut and 220 E-Cut Hybrid as base equipment.

 

Frequency of clip is also adjustable by a dial behind the handlebar cover.

 

The system is powered by a Honda® engine, which turns an electric motor that is used as a generator. In between this motor and the electric reel-drive motor is the reel controller itself.

 

Similar to the controllers used on the 2500E E-Cut Hybrid Greens Mowers and E-Cut Hybrid fairway mowers, the controller takes the power from the generator and controls the reel speed. This particular controller monitors engine rpm and controls reel speed to precisely match the frequency of clip that has been set.

 

The electric reel-drive motor itself is the same one used on the 2500E E-Cut Hybrid Riding Greens Mowers and E-Cut fairway mowers – proven technology with proven results.

 

Honda is a U.S.-registered trademark of Honda Motor Company.

Larger, 63.5-mm (2.5-in.) front grooved disc roller compatible with Fairway Tender Conditioner (FTC) and Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) attachment for 22 In. (55.9 cm) Quick Adjust 5 reel cutting units
Grooved disc rollerGrooved disc roller

The grooved disc roller can be used with 55.9-cm (22-in.) Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) cutting units, in combination with the GTC and FTC, to provide additional roller options for fairway, tees, and approach areas.

 

The increased diameter improves the durability over smaller rollers and it features hardened discs for improved wear which retains spring tension for reduced maintenance, making it an ideal roller for fairway, tee, and approach mowing.

Standard onboard backlapping for easy reel maintenance
Backlapping switchBacklapping switch
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A significant benefit to the electric reel-drive system is that it is very simple to change the direction of the motor, which allows the cutting unit to spin either forward for mowing or backward for backlapping.

 

The 180 E-Cut™ and 220 E-Cut Hybrid Walk Greens Mowers can be backlapped without needing any external devices to drive the reel backward. It can do it all by itself with a simple toggle switch located on the rear left-hand side of the machine.

 

To backlap, simply set the park brake, start the engine, toggle the mow or backlap switch to backlap, and turn on the power take-off (PTO) by toggling the PTO rocker switch on the front of the handlebar cover. The reel controller automatically sets the optimum backlapping speed; no special tools or rotary dials are needed to adjust the speed.

 

This onboard backlapping saves a lot of time and money, while keeping reels in top shape for a premium quality of cut.

Quick-Adjust 5 (QA5) 14-blade cutting unit lowers frequency of clip (FOC)
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Using the QA5 14-blade cutting unit option on Greens Mowers will lower the FOC and also provide a clean, smooth cut. It can increase the playability of the putting surface and greens speed.

 

FOC is defined as the distance traveled between consecutive cuts. It is how far the machine moves from the time one blade passes across the bedknife until the next blade passes. The lower the FOC, the less distance that is traveled until the next blade passes.

 

There is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to FOC. The less distance the mower travels between consecutive cuts, the more times the same grass blade is going to be impacted by the reel. Too low an FOC can cause bruising of the turf — especially in the overlap from pass to pass.

 

FOC is often used as a measurement of cut quality; however, there are other key factors that attribute to gaining superior quality of cut that are more critical than FOC. The factors that lead to good cut quality are:

 

  • Geometry of the cutting unit
  • Sharpness of reels and bedknife
  • Proper cutting-unit setup (parallel and bedknife-to-reel clearance)
  • Height of cut (HOC) (effective versus bench HOC)
  • Bedknife selection
  • Roller selection for the turf conditions
  • Turf conditions

 

The geometry of John Deere cutting units makes the optimum range for FOC between 0.160 in. (4.064 mm) and 0.190 in. (4.824 mm) for Walk Greens Mowers and 0.044 in. (1.1176 mm) per 1 mph (1.6 km/h) for Riding Greens Mowers. Technology of the QA5 cutting units excel and provide a superior cut and after-cut appearance.

Machines

Minimum FOC
in. (mm) with 14-blade

180 E-Cut™ Walk Greens Mower

0.125 (3.18)

220 E-Cut Walk Greens Mower

0.125 (3.18)

2500B PrecisionCut™ Riding Greens Mower and 2500E E-Cut Riding Greens Mower

0.034 (0.86) per 1 mph (1.6 km/h)

Specifications

Engine
Type Air-cooled, Gas
Cycle 4-cycle
Bore and stroke 60x42 mm
2.36x1.65 in.
Piston displacement 118 cc
7.2 cu in.
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Horsepower At 3600 rpm: 2.6 kW
3.5 hp
Engine Manufacturer Net Power, Tested in accordance with SAE J1349. The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer?s web site for additional information.
Direction of rotation of output shaft Counterclockwise viewed from shaft side
Inclination limit Tilted up to 20 degrees in any direction
Idle speed at output shaft 1400 (+/- 150) rpm
Maximum speed at output shaft 2950 (+/- 150) rpm
Fuel
Type Regular grade unleaded or leaded
Tank capacity 2.5 L
2.7 U.S. qt
Oil
Type SAE 30 or SAE 10W-30
Capacity 0.57 L
0.6 U.S. qt
Differential drive capacity 0.7 pt
0.35 L
Cutting equipment
Cutting width 55.9 cm
22 in.
Cutting height (minimum) Standard - 3.0-mm bedknife
Min. 3.2 mm
0.125 in.
Max: 22 mm
0.875 in.
optionOptional - 2.5-mm bedknife
Min 2.5 mm
0.11 in.
Max. 22 mm
0.875 in.
optionOptional - 2.0-mm bedknife
Min 2.0 mm
0.078 in.
Max. 22 mm
0.875 in.
standardOptional - tee bedknife
N/A
Frequency of clip standard Variable with 5 settings 11 Blade 4.1, 4.6, 5.6, 9.7, 12.2; 14 Blade 3.2, 3.6, 4.4, 7.6, 9.6 mm
Variable with 5 settings 11 Blade 0.162, 0.180, 0.220, 0.380, 0.480; 14 Blade 0.120, 0.140, 0.180, 0.300, 0.380 in.
Reel
Diameter 127 mm
5 in.
Number of blades 11 or 14 blade
Material Heat-treated chromium molydenum steel
Bedknife - standard
Optional rotary brush and Greens Tender™ Conditioner (GTC)
Brush Interlocked with reel, rotation in reverse direction; nylon diameter: 60 mm
2.375 in.
GTC cutter blades
Adjustable brush or cutter height Brush even with height-of-cut; GTC below height-of-cut maximum: 0.8 mm
0.031 in.
Gear drive
Grass catcher
Size, lb (kg) 3.2 kg
7 lb
Type Polyethylene
Clutches
Transport Belt tension
Reel jaw-type clutch On/off
Brush/GTC jaw-type clutch On/off
Traction drum Dual, aluminum
Traveling device
Forward speed With transport wheels at 3000 engine rpm: 7.2 km/h
4.5 mph
Roller - rear Aluminum, diameter: 190 mm
7.5 in.
Roller - front (grooved or smooth) Machined steel, diameter: 50 mm
2 in.
for cutting height adjustment)
Dimensions
Length (with tires installed) 99 cm
39 in.
Width (with tires installed) 94.6 cm
37.25 in.
Height (with tires installed) 119 cm
47 in.
Weight (less GTCs, gear drive and transport wheel with catcher) 121 kg
267 lb
Certificate
Type ANSI B71.4-2004
Sound levels
Operator ear 79 dBA
Measuring standard ISO 11201
Attachments installed GTCs, reels engaged

Accessories and Attachments

Bedknives

Bedknife, 4.8mm Fairway - ET17532
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Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 2.0mm Ultra Low Cut - MT7351
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 2.5mm Tournament - ET17534
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 3.2 mm - ET17533
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Bedknife, 3.2 mm with Hardened Insert - ET11066
BedknivesBedknives

Choice of four bedknives to meet the need for quality cuts to as low as 5/64 in. (2 mm).

Cutting Units

(1) QA5 Eleven Blade 22 In. Cutting Unit w/Adjustable 2.0 mm Bedknife, Less Front and Rear Roller & Motor - BM25128
(1) QA5 Seven Blade 22 In. Heavy Section Blade Cutting Unit With Adjustable 4.8 mm Bedknife, Less Yokes, Front and Rear Roller & Motor - BM25127
(1) Quick Adjust 5 (QA5) Fourteen Blade 22 In. (55.9 cm) Cutting Units with Adjustable 2.0mm Bedknife - BM25338

Miscellaneous

(1) 22 In. Front Rotary Turf Brush - BM22761
(1) 22 In. Greens Tender Conditioner (GTC) Shaft and Blades - BM22471
(1) GTC/FTC Gear Drive - BM22469

The rotary brush and GTC are powered by an external gear-drive attachment:

  • Gear-drive design allows the GTC to be turned off or on, a unique feature belt-drive designs cannot offer.
  • The gear-drive attachment adjusts the rotary brush or GTC to 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) below cut for more aggressive grooming or 7/32 in. (5.6 mm) above cut easily without tools.
  • The attachment can easily be raised or lowered into or out of the working position without any tools.
(1) QA5 22 In. Front Rotary DT Brush - BM24730
(1) QA5 Grass Catcher Lip Extension - BM23910
14 Blade Reel - TCA23621
Direct Mount Front Grass Catcher - BTC10726
Direct Mount QA5 Grass Catcher Brackets - BM24900
Grass Catcher with large paddle clip (22 Low Profile) - BTC10718
Light Kit - BM22615
Push Brush - BM25531
QA5 Grass Catcher Side Plate Insert - BM24199
Soft Bristle Brush for Push Brush Kit (Brush only) - TCU29767
Transport Wheels and Stand - BM22616

Reel Cutting Unit Counter Weights

(1) Cutting Unit ONLY Counter Weight Kit - BM22762
(1) QA5 FTC/GTC ONLY Counter Weight Kit - BM22704

Rollers

(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Hollow Smooth Roller - BM24202
(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Machined Grooved Solid Front Roller With Solid End Caps - BM18712
Front rollersFront rollers

Choice of two front rollers for cutting-height adjustment:

  • Machined grooved
  • Machined smooth

 

Both machined front rollers have an extremely consistent round surface, which enables very precise adjustments at low heights of cut.

(1) 22 In. 2 In. (5 cm) Diameter Machined Smooth Solid Front Roller - BM18711
Front rollersFront rollers

Choice of two front rollers for cutting-height adjustment:

  • Machined grooved
  • Machined smooth

 

Both machined front rollers have an extremely consistent round surface, which enables very precise adjustments at low heights of cut.