Jacobsen Launches New AR522 Contour Rotary Mower

June 20, 2013

Enhanced mower provides superior climbing and cutting performance

Charlotte, N.C. - June 20, 2013 - Today, Jacobsen, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of the new AR522™ contour rotary, a mower with superior climbing and ground-following capabilities. The new mower is an update of the previous Jacobsen AR-522 and is designed to maintain intermediate golf roughs; green and tee surrounds; and sports and recreation fields.

The new AR522 five-gang rotary mower is equipped with SureTrac™ four-wheel drive traction and weight transfer control, allowing it to glide over ground contours and climb hills with ease.

"The hilly and contoured roughs of golf courses are just as challenging for superintendents as they are for golfers," said Rachel Luken, Product Manager for Jacobsen. "The peaks and valleys of these areas can be very difficult to maintain and as a result, cut quality can vary greatly. By enhancing the climbing and ground-following capabilities of the AR522, we've made it easier for superintendents to get a superior after-cut appearance on their contoured rough areas."

Jacobsen engineers equipped the new AR522 with the SureTrac parallel-cross-series traction system, the same system that's on Jacobsen's new LF510 and LF550/570 fairway mowers. The SureTrac system automatically transfers power where needed to provide superior performance on hills. The AR522 also features an advanced weight transfer system that allows for balancing of the machine's weight between the traction unit and decks for optimal traction and ground following in varying terrains.

The AR522 is also equipped with Jacobsen's exclusive TrimTek™ decks that feature a downdraft blade for superior mulching capabilities. The decks' three-tiered opening distributes clippings evenly for an attractive after-cut appearance. The TrimTek deck also gives users the ability to mulch or discharge, depending on their needs.

"Even though golfers don't want to play out of the rough, they still expect them to look good," said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. "The new AR522 helps give our customers better-looking roughs, especially in their contoured and hilly areas. It's one more way Jacobsen is helping our customers provide superior conditions every day."

The new Jacobsen AR522 contour rotary mower will be available globally starting in July, 2013.

About Jacobsen
With over 90 years of experience in the turf maintenance industry, Jacobsen has built a legacy of precision craftsmanship, legendary quality of cut and unmatched expertise. Dedicated solely to delivering perfectly groomed turf, Jacobsen equipment is used on some of the finest golf courses, sports fields and other formal turf areas across the United States and the world, through an extensive distribution network and the international Ransomes brand. Additional information about the company can be found at www.jacobsen.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, 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 Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Contact

Adam C. Slick, Public Relations and Communications Manager, Jacobsen
11108 Quality Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273
Tel: 704.504.4867
Email: aslick@textron.com

The new AR522™ contour rotary mower from Jacobsen provides superior climbing and cutting performance.

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Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
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