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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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT JULY 2017 33 ALWAYS THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB TD Retail Card Services is a division of TD Bank, N.A. © 2017 TD Bank, N.A. YARD CARD GETS IT DONE. Want to grow sales? Offer Yard Financing to your customers. It's the in-store financing program that lets your customers bring home what they need and helps your business grow. TDPartnershipPrograms.com/Yard-Card Strong credit limits Build customer loyalty with your business name right on the card Unmatched service for you and your customers smarter. For example, a trimmer head should offer two-way rotation, so landscapers don't have to walk backward while they work. A robotic lawn mower should run frequently to keep a lawn consistently trimmed, thereby reducing the need for irrigation and fertilizers. A fl eet operator should be able to track equipment use and maintenance from a mobile app. And, yes, a drone should deliver replacement parts to landscapers on the job and in a pinch. Gas-powered outdoor power equipment will have its place in the future of our industry, just as gas- powered vehicles still have their place on our roads. That said, landscaping companies are proving that emissions-free landscaping and robotic mowing can indeed lend themselves to a business model that's both sustainable and profi table.* Like the greenery we tend to, the landscaping industry must evolve. All around us, cities are growing, with technology and consumer demand driving much of that growth. Imagine what green spaces will be capable of when landscapers also harness next-generation technologies and a streak of sustainability. * For a profi le of Kick Gas Lawn Care in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and how they are using battery-powered landscape equipment, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUnghJFoWUM OPE Walt Rose is national sales manager for commercial lawn & garden and tree care at Husqvarna.

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