Outdoor Power Equipment

July 2017

Proudly serving the industry for which it was named for more than 50 years, Outdoor Power Equipment provides dealers who sell and service outdoor power equipment with valuable information to succeed in a competitive market.

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32 JULY 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com at everyday low prices! www.rotarycorp.com 1.800.841.3989 for more info! Servicing dealers and distributors only. at everyday low prices! Guaranteed Quality TRIMMER LINE Vortex, diamond, quad tex & premium quad trimmer line • fits most trimmers Briggs Pro Series & Honda GXV Engine Options 3 Speed, Commercial Grade Transmission Heavy Duty, 14 Gauge Steel Deck Cast Aluminum Wheels Cut Heights to 4.75" Great Pricing... Best Value in the Class Masport Distributors: PowerDistributors.com (800) 554-3336 PowerSourceCanada.ca (800) 663-9700 Commercial Contractor Series Mower PD16_69_OPE Magazine_Masport Ad.indd 1 10/25/2016 10:14:42 AM Still, the EPA did note in its study that the emissions from gas-powered outdoor power equipment are likely to reduce in the years ahead as equipment becomes more eco friendly. In fact, no matter which way you look at the state of the landscaping industry, smarter, more sustainable technology seems to be the answer. New technologies can make landscaping teams more productive, lawn care quieter, and the air healthier. Moreover, this technology can help landscapers meet consumer demand. In August 2016, Husqvarna surveyed U.S. consumers to gauge their investment in outdoor green spaces, and their preferences for how those green spaces are maintained. The fi ndings overwhelmingly demonstrated that consumers not only value their green spaces, but that they're also willing to pay more to ensure that those green spaces are maintained with the right tools. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds — 65 percent — of consumers who have a lawn would choose a landscaper who uses eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over one who doesn't. Meanwhile, more than half — 57 percent — of consumers would pay more for a landscaper who uses quieter outdoor power equipment. Most survey respondents reported visiting a public park once a week or more, and they largely believe that purchasing eco-friendly outdoor power equipment should result in tax benefi ts. Taken together, these results, plus the bans that have begun to affect landscapers in many parts of the country, point to a must-do action item for any landscaping company that wants to remain competitive in the future of the industry: Embrace the next generation of landscaping technology. Building a next-generation fl eet Battery-powered outdoor power equipment is part of that next generation. Battery-powered trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws offer all the power of their gas-powered equivalents, but the output is quieter and less polluting. Productivity and performance are typically the most important benchmarks for outdoor power equipment, but they're not the only areas where lawn and tree care professionals stand to benefi t from using battery technology. With fewer moving parts, there's less maintenance involved over the lifetime of the equipment. In Husqvarna's case, battery-powered products are also signifi cantly lighter than their gas-powered counterparts, making them more ergonomic for landscapers who work long days. With this next generation of landscaping technology comes the opportunity to make tools — and the approach to landscaping — FEATURE STORY | Industry Insights

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