VALLEY CITY, Ohio — Cub Cadet unveiled an addition to its PRO Z Series of commercial zero-turn lawn mowers. The new PRO Z 972 SDL can mow up to a 25-degree hillside, or 46 percent of grade, and comes equipped with a self-leveling air-ride seat. The seat, which automatically levels 15 degrees in each direction side to side, offers a full 30 degrees of self-leveling that dramatically improves operator comfort when mowing steep hillsides.

“Our machines are built to respond to the challenges that commercial lawn equipment operators face on the job every day,” said Josh Sooy, director of commercial products, Cub Cadet. “With the ability to hold steep hills combined with the increased comfort and stability of a self-leveling seat, the PRO Z 972 SDL is the only zero-turn on the market uniquely qualified to handle these tough mowing conditions.”

The self-leveling seat, which allows operators to level side to side, maintains comfort on steeper inclines and minimizes the physical impact of mowing on a slope. The seat can be either locked for fixed operation or unlocked for full travel and swivel capabilities.

“The PRO Z 972 SDL provides the productivity of the non-self-leveling unit while maintaining all-day comfort on steep slopes. Along with the self-leveling seat, the unit includes a fully integrated lighting system to allow for low-light operation and to meet the standards of cities, municipalities, parks and recreation departments, and departments of transportation,” said Sooy.

The PRO Z 972 SDL is outfitted with a powerful 35 hp Kawasaki® engine and a triple-plated steel cutting deck. It comes equipped with dual rear wheels, which allow operators to mow tough terrain with a higher level of stability and precision. And the one-of-a-kind four-wheel steering system offers total control and a comfortable straight-line mow, even on hillsides.

The PRO Z 972 SDL is backed by a three-year, no-hour-limit warranty and a five-year, 1,750-hour limited deck warranty. It will be available for purchase in February 2020 at your local Cub Cadet dealership.

About Cub Cadet

Established in 1961, Cub Cadet engineers, designs and builds outdoor power equipment using the highest-quality components sourced locally and globally. Through a dedicated and extensive network of dealers and retailers, Cub Cadet delivers a full line of high-performance power equipment and services that cover all aspects of grounds care for professionals and homeowners – including four-wheel-steer zero-turn riders; lap-bar zero-turn riders; utility vehicles; lawn and garden tractors; specialty turf products; battery- and gasoline-powered handheld and chore products; snow blowers and more. Based in Valley City, Ohio, Cub Cadet is recognized worldwide for its legacy in engineering excellence and its progressive dedication to thoughtfully designing around the people who depend on Cub Cadet equipment to help unlock the full potential of their outdoor spaces. For more information on all Cub Cadet products, visit