Outdoor Power Equipment

August 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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FEATURE STORY | Trends 22 AUGUST 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com aerator. We're increasing the ground speed to 3.4 mph, a 13-percent im- provement, which increases produc- tivity to 32,850 square feet per hour. We also are enhancing the padding on the TA25's handle controls to improve ergonomics and reduce operator fatigue. In addition, we're upgrading the look with a new, sleek belt shroud. The updates will hit the market this fall. – Denis Bedard, vice president of sales, Schiller Grounds Care TORO CONTINUES TO PLACE an emphasis on product innovation. For 2017, we recently launched the Titan HD zero-turn mower series, now fea- turing increased comfort, durability and industry-exclusive utility. Con- sumers can attach common tools, such as a weed trimmer, blower or 5-gallon bucket, to the Titan HD Se- ries of mowers, so they can get more done, on or off the mower. – Chris Vogtman, marketing man- ager for landscape contractor equip- ment, Toro; and Ross Hawley, senior marketing manager, residential and landscape contractor equipment, Toro KUBOTA'S LATEST INTRODUC- TION in its zero-turn line is the Z400 (Kommander Pro) Series. The Z400 is targeted toward commercial customers and estate owners. It fits perfectly in between Kubota's residential Z100 (Kommander) Se- ries and our Commercial Z700 Series. The Z400 is equipped with premium Kawasaki engines and comes in deck sizes of 48, 54 and 60 inches. This unit features an exclusive ZT-3600 series trans- mission with steel-cut gears and larger charge pump. Over the next few years, expect Kubota to launch several new products to complete our lineup and enable our dealers to offer landscapers a one-stop destination for all their lawn maintenance needs. – Tom Vachal, Kubota senior product manager, turf WE RECENTLY ROLLED OUT an extensive line of gasoline-powered products built with the landscape professional in mind. Designed for optimal performance on the job, these new products have been engineered for easier use, less maintenance and longer run times. The launch included new string trimmers, edgers, KombiMotors and a bed redefiner — all designed with larger fuel tanks, provid- ing 30 percent longer run times than the previous models. Other Stihl products introduced this year include nine battery products, which launched as part of the new Stihl Lightning Battery System, and nine additional gas-powered models, including a new line of Stihl pressure washers. – Steve Meriam, director of sales at Stihl Inc. IN LATE 2016, Honda Power Equipment expanded its popular Honda HRC commercial product line from two models to three, with an all-new model — the Honda HRC216K3HDA. This self-propelled commercial mower features superi- or performance and reliability com- bined with reduced cost and weight; better maneuverability; and rugged, durable construction. In 2017, Honda Power Equip- ment launched Miimo, the com- pany's first robotic lawn mower for use in the United States. Two Miimo models, HRM 310 and HRM 520, maintain lawns with a continuous cutting system. The robotic lawn mower marks the company's first entry into the battery-powered product market. Miimo represents an integral part of Honda's overall corporate strategy to reduce emis- sions and introduce new technology continuously to our product lineup. – Mark DiPietro, assistant vice presi- dent of Honda Power Equipment ONE OF OUR THREE BRAND PIL- LARS is "quality of cut," and that's really the most important part of a mower's performance, so we're excited to introduce a new commercial mowing deck for our Predator-Pro and ProCat 61-inch models, the DuraDeck XF mowing deck. The deck is 3/4-inch deeper, allowing for more airflow and better dis- persement of clippings. The airflow and enhanced baffle system also improve the vacuum and lift of the grass, providing an even better quality of cut, and leave the deck cleaner at the end of the day. – Ron Scheffler, product manager, Bob-Cat Mowers IN JANUARY, WE RELEASED the new Steiner 450 tractor, which brings productivity and versatility to golf courses, turf mainte- nance operations, landscapers, snow contractors, hobby farms and small landowners. We also have a new, improved Steiner Flex Deck contour mower that will be introduced in late 2017. We've increased the blade torque for stronger cutting performance through heavy loads, and enhanced belt alignment will provide lower operating temps, longer component life, and more efficient transfer of en- gine power to four 21-inch cutting blades. PHOTO COURTESY OF KUBOTA PHOTO COURTESY OF WRIGHT MFG.

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