Hustler® Turf Equipment was born of a simple need for a riding mower that could maneuver the irregular landscape of the family home, complete with bird baths, gardens and winding front walkways. The first Hustler® mower was a compilation of mower parts and farm machinery, created by a genius named John Regier. Mr. Regier’s mower cut grass and steered like no other. It could hug a flagpole or reverse directions at a fence line, with a turning radius of zero. With this, the world’s first zero-turn mower was born.
And it changed everything.
When Mr. Regier brought his design to tractor cab manufacturer Excel™ Industries, the timing was perfect. He couldn’t maintain the production demand on his own, and Excel™ was looking to expand its product line. When the folks at Excel™ saw the mower in action, they knew they had a product that would revolutionize the mowing industry. Under the direction of company president Roy Mullet, Excel™ began production of Hustler® mowers at its plant in Hesston, Kansas, where they are still built today, with the same creativity and passion that launched the zero turn revolution more than 50 years ago.