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 30 AUGUST 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com equipment purchases in 2016, and that trend has continued well into this year. – Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch product manager for compact equipment AS FAR AS COMMERCIAL ENGINES are concerned, most of the options out there are reliable and well built, so customers are look- ing at things such as reduced maintenance, simplified service and dependable support. Vanguard is continuing to find opportunities to expand upon our support, and improve the overall productivity and experience for our end users. This includes a robust service and support network, complete with next-day parts for 99 percent of U.S. customers, as well as the training and technical support that customers need. Additionally, productivity is always a driving force behind equipment purchasing decisions, so we are always looking for ways to help our customers be more efficient. – Jim Cross, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power THE BIGGEST FACTOR continues to be product performance. Professionals continue to evaluate professional mowers that can provide their business with the best value and longevity. – Allen Baird, senior product marketing manager, Cub Cadet CERTAINLY, THE INDUSTRY'S FOCUS toward cordless solutions and how they can supplement professionals' equipment today. In ad- dition to the cordless benefits offered on outdoor power equipment, organizations that range from maintenance to landscape architecture are excited about the battery compatibility offered across a wide range of their tools and equipment — such as saws, drills, impacts, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and blowers. – Andrew Lentz, senior product manager, Milwaukee Tool AGAIN, WE THINK ECONOMICS is playing a big role. Custom- ers want a great machine at a good price point, and they want something that is going to be dependable. Because of that, we fo- cus on quality, performance, and machines that are efficient and easy to use for our customers. – Matt Medden, Ariens Company VP of marketing L&I: In recent years, we have seen the rise of battery- powered equipment, and we are also seeing increased use of other technologies such as robotics, solar power, drones, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. What will be the impact of these and other technologies on the future of outdoor power equipment, and, as a result, the future of how landscape industry professionals and outdoor power equipment dealers do their jobs? THEY ADD ANOTHER CHOICE and offer efficiencies. We cur- rently offer two electric Ranger UTVs: one with a Lithium-ion battery and one powered with a standard battery. – Donna Beadle, senior public relations specialist for Polaris PHOTO COURTESY OF CUB CADET

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