Landscape & Irrigation

October 2017

Landscape and Irrigation is read by decision makers throughout the landscape and irrigation markets — including contractors, landscape architects, professional grounds managers, and irrigation and water mgmt companies and reaches the entire spetrum.

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ENGINES AND EQUIPMENT 38 October 2017 Landscape and Irrigation saves time and money for contractors while reducing headaches. OEMs and engine manufacturers can also simplify equipment maintenance by making routine steps quick and easy. A comprehensive integration process studies and adjusts engine mounting and equipment design to eliminate issues that make maintenance procedures, such as oil changes and swapping out air filters, a hassle. A new life with a side of service Spec'ing engines for new equipment is not the only time to consider the benefits of comprehensive application testing. Before filling large orders for equipment repowers, some manufacturers offer the same installation reviews that they would provide for new equipment development, ensuring the engine is an ideal fit for the fleet. If a company is looking to repower a fleet of zero-turn mowers, for example, many of the same benefits can be achieved through proper engine installation testing. In some cases this can result in equipment that runs better than when it was first purchased. Repowering can also be an excellent time to evaluate the service and support provided by different engine manufacturers. Contractors can't afford to waste time tracking down the right parts, searching for the best prices, or waiting for parts to arrive. When it's the difference between equipment spending an extra day in the shop, as opposed to on the jobsite, the fast delivery of reliable parts can result in hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars in savings over the unit's operating life. Whether you're repowering or spec'ing new equipment, working with a manufacturer that offers significant online resources and instructional videos means guidance will be available 24/7 to help reduce equipment downtime. Buying a suit off the rack and expecting a tailored fit can leave many people with buyer's remorse. Buying equipment that hasn't been through proper engine installation and application testing is no different. A comprehensive engine integration approach proactively addresses the specific needs of each application and the key requirements for the customers in that industry. Reduced noise and vibration; optimized power; and innovative, industry-specific solutions result in equipment that's more productive, less expensive to maintain and more desirable to operate — resulting in enhanced ROI. Dennis Steinhardt is product support director, Briggs & Stratton Engine Division Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton, Simplicity, Snapper, Ferris, Vanguard, Allmand, Billy Goat, Murray, Branco and Victa brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, visit and At Briggs & Stratton's new NVH lab, Vanguard engines are tested in state-of-the-art sound chambers to improve the overall acoustics of new equipment.

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