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 24 AUGUST 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com voltage solutions, and are fully compat- ible with more than 125 solutions on the M18 System. – Andrew Lentz, senior product manager, Milwaukee Tool IN 2016, WE REDESIGNED and relaunched Gravely's entire line of professional zero-turn mowers, and they've been extremely well received by the market thus far. For 2017, we've continued to look at these new machines, and have come up with accessories to complement them. Gravely's commercial bagging system is new this year, and makes bagging even easier and more efficient for commercial landscapers. We con- tinue to look at our newly launched lineup to assess where improvements can be made. – Matt Medden, Ariens Company VP of marketing L&I: What equipment trends are you seeing in the profession- al landscape/lawn care market? PEOPLE ARE PURCHASING TOOLS that make jobs more efficient and more cost effective. – Donna Beadle, senior public relations specialist for Polaris THERE IS A FOCUS ON comfort- able and economical machines. Peo- ple want a quality, well-built-but-affordable mower that is simple to maintain. – Brad Unruh, director of product strategy, Excel Industries (Hustler Turf ) THERE IS AN INCREASED USE of compact track loaders in land- scaping applications, particularly among landscaping companies that perform grading and hardscaping work. The shift from rubber-tire skid-steer loaders to compact track loaders enables contractors to extend their work schedules, getting back to work sooner after it rains, as well as work earlier and later in the season. This is par- ticularly helpful in the northern portion of the United States and Canada, where there is a more limited season than the warmer southern states. Compact track loaders have proven to be worth the additional investment of a tracked undercarriage because they not only allow owners to work longer, they offer more power and performance to complete projects more efficiently. – Christopher Girodat, marketing manager, Bobcat Company THERE IS DEFINITELY a demand for easier operation, easier mainte- nance and service; and, without a doubt, usage of remote-controlled equipment is on the increase. – Lubor Hladik, international sales manager at Dvorak-Spider, manu- facturer of Spider dedicated remote- controlled slope mowers FINDING AND RETAINING qual- ity employees continues to be a challenge for landscapers and tree service providers. Even harder can be finding employees that have a valid and current CDL certification. We're seeing a growth in businesses needing smaller — 5- to 9-inch- capacity — chippers that can be towed with a standard-axle-weight pick-up or tow vehicle. – Kurt Kainz, marketing manager, Echo Bear Cat WE ARE SEEING MORE CUSTOM- ERS look at multi-use equipment that can be utilized all year. They like the benefit of operating and maintaining a single power unit with one engine and one transmission that has the ability to drive multiple attachments throughout the year. – James Day, general manager, Turf Teq CUSTOMERS ARE LOOKING FOR machines that are compact, simple to use, and easy to service. The need for heavy-lifting machines is growing, but in tandem with that, customers have a focus on the ground pressure and weight distribution to avoid turf disturbance. – Matt Hutchinson, product manager, Vermeer WE SEE MANY CUSTOMERS needing higher performance out of their auxiliary hydraulic systems. We purpose designed the ASV RT-120 to provide best-in-class hydraulic performance, and our cooling system ensures that this performance can be used all day in the hottest conditions. – Bill Wake, director of product development, ASV Holdings Inc. WE SEE A MOVEMENT TOWARD a focus on reliability and pro- ductivity. This has moved many landscapers from zero-turn riders to stand-on mowers. – Ed Wright, vice president of engineering, sales & marketing, Wright Mfg. PHOTO COURTESY OF VERMEER PHOTO COURTESY OF ASV HOLDINGS INC.

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