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 www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT AUGUST 2017 23 Through a new partnership with Superior Tech, Inc., we'll have a new line of TerraKing spreaders available for the Steiner 440 and 450. – Matt Donohue, business manager, Steiner Tractors OUR LATEST PRODUCT is the Ryan Lawnaire ZTS stand-on aerator, which includes multiple innovative and patent-pending designs. We have many other new products and ad- vancements underway as well. – Kyle Nelson, product manager, Ryan Turf ON THE ZTRAK Z915E commercial zero-turn radius mower, the deluxe comfort seat and the deluxe seat with isolation now include a factory- installed fore and aft seat slide, which enhances ride quality and reduces operator fatigue. The 652E QuikTrak stand-on mower features a 52-inch 7-gauge- steel deck, delivering a high-quality cut in varied terrain. One announcement that we have been excited to discuss this year is the offering of the Michelin X Tweel Turf as a stand-alone purchase for existing John Deere models. – Ruben Peña, product marketing manager, zero-turn mowers at John Deere JOHN DEERE RECENTLY INTRO- DUCED the powerful new G-Series skid-steers and compact track loaders. The 330G and 332G large-frame skid-steers and the 331G and 333G compact track loaders were developed using extensive customer feedback. The G-Series machines have horsepower that is comparable to a small backhoe or crawler dozer, and they also work comfortably in tight quarters. Our JDLink telematics technology has resonated with our landscape and irrigation customers as well. JDLink is available as a factory-installed option on all new large-frame G-Series skid-steers (330G, 332G) and compact track loaders (331G, 333G). – Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, skid-steers and compact track loaders, John Deere Construction and Forestry IN 2017, WE LAUNCHED our complete family of mini skid- steers: the SK600, SK800, SK1050 and SK1550. With the updated lineup, underground construction and landscape operators can find a mini skid-steer that will fit their unique jobsite needs. These jobs can include smaller landscape projects or larger tasks traditionally suited for a skid- steer loader. In the second quarter of 2017, we also launched our new pedestrian, vibratory lawn plow: the VP30. This product is uniquely designed to do fiber-to-the-home drop work, as well as plow in a 1-inch-diameter irrigation line. – Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch product manager for compact equipment WE'VE BEEN REALLY BUSY the past year, introducing innovative technologies that keep equipment in the field or on the jobsite longer. For example, our Vanguard Oil Guard system extends oil maintenance in- tervals to 500 hours, instead of the typical 100 hours. This translates not only into a 60-percent savings on oil maintenance costs, but a significant reduction in downtime. We also have continued to expand our Vanguard EFI product offering, which now includes seven models across four different engine platforms serving four very diverse markets. We also have new engine offerings for the commercial turf market for 2017, including engines in the 16-, 18- and 20-gross-horsepower range with an optional rewind start. – Jim Cross, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power CUB CADET LAUNCHED a new line of professional zero-turns this year with the PRO Z Se- ries. We went beyond our robust product development pro- cess and engaged 100 professional landscapers in thousands of hours of rigorous, real-world testing over the spring and summer months. Their feedback impacted final product de- sign, addressing common setbacks landscapers experience over long seasons of demanding work, making the PRO Z Series uniquely positioned to address the specific needs of landscape professionals. There is more to come. We remain dedicated to expanding the line and working with landscapers for input to continually improve our product offerings. – Allen Baird, senior product marketing manager, Cub Cadet THIS YEAR, WE ANNOUNCED Milwaukee Tool's introduction into outdoor power equipment solutions with the introduction of three core landscape maintenance tools: the M18 FUEL string trim- mer, M18 FUEL blower, and M18 FUEL hedge trimmer. These new tools have the power to outperform competitive 18V-and-higher PHOTO COURTESY OF BOBCAT PHOTO COURTESY OF DITCH WITCH

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