The ZTR Puffer emerged from an idea. An Ohioan desired to make his ride a bit more comfortable. Putting together a makeshift frame, adding an airbag and a compressor to it he installed his idea on his 455 Deere tractor. Impressed enough with the way it worked that he invested in a patent for the unit and started his search for someone to collaborate with. Auglaize Erie Machine came into the picture in 2001 and the ET Air Ride company was born. ET Air Ride expanded on the idea and designed it specifically for commercial Zero Turn mowers calling the unit the EZ Terrain. By 2013 the unit had continually been developed and designed to fit a wide range of zero turn makes and models. ET Air Ride started to market the idea locally and renamed the product the ZTR Puffer.