Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT DECEMBER 2017 19 Fewer footprints and reduced edging was observed by golf course superintendents with RG3 than by using heavy rollers. RG3 also allows for it to be used after heavy rainfalls, as it does not damage the greens surface the way a heavy roller could when it is wet. There is a reduction in wear patterns on the collars and approaches because RG3 is programmed to not turn in the same place every day. It also turns with less abrasion than standard mowers. Cub Cadet FastAttach blade system For consumers, Cub Cadet's new FastAttach blade technology allows blades to be changed faster and easier than ever before. It allows a dull blade to be removed and a sharp, new blade to be installed in just minutes, with no tools. The FastAttach blade system has been rigorously tested for safety and security. Thousands of hours of testing have been performed to ensure that the system and blades meet safety and compliance standards. FastAttach also features Secure- Lok technology, which ensures the blades are in their proper position and stay securely in place, until the next blade change. The FastAttach blade system will be available on select 2018 Cub Cadet models. Although these units will come standard with FastAttach high-lift bagging blades, Cub Cadet will offer additional FastAttach blade options, so operators can do more with their lawn. The FastAttach Xtreme mulching blade recycles grass into finer clippings, whereas the FastAttach sand blade lasts up to three times longer than standard high-lift blades in sandy conditions. With FastAttach blade technology, blades can be changed safely, more often, and with less effort for a quicker way to a sharper-looking lawn. Dixie Chopper Eagle series lands at GIE+EXPO Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. (TSV), a Textron Inc. company, launched its new Dixie Chopper Eagle series at GIE+EXPO. The Eagle series includes 10 different models. The Eagle is available with a 27-hp. Kawasaki FX or 27-hp. Kohler Command EFI engine, as well as a 54- or 60-inch cutting deck. The Eagle HP offers more power with engine options up to 35 hp., paired with a 60-, 66- or 72- inch cutting deck. Both Eagle and Eagle HP models feature a deep 7-gauge shell to handle more volume when tackling tough grass. The Eagle series comes standard with a foot-operated operator-controlled discharge chute (OCDC), which allows the operator to keep both hands on the steering levers while blocking the chute on the fly. The mowers also feature the InCommand console with keyless password-protected ignition and SoftStart clutch for smoother clutch engagement. "We can't wait to launch the Eagle series to the industry," said Matt Jackson, product manager of Dixie Chopper. "The series is faster, more powerful, and more productive than anything we have created before. With features like OCDC and the InCommand console offering keyless ignition and SoftStart clutch engagement, we're confident that the Eagle series will take the commercial mower market by storm." In addition to SoftStart keyless ignition for easier clutch engagement, the InCommand console also features a blade and job timer, tachometer, and fuel gauge. Coupled with a Parker HTG series transmission delivering smooth steering and ground speeds up to 14 miles per hour, the Eagle series has been built with productivity and comfort in mind. The Eagle HP comes standard with an ISO-mounted platform featuring a full- suspension seat with padded armrests, recline and lumbar support for ultimate comfort. Springer forks on the Eagle HP models also help to absorb bumps and imperfections in the turf, providing a smoother ride for the operator. "We are very proud to have raised the bar yet again with the new Eagle series," said Rachel Thompson, vice president of turf at TSV. "Innovation and customer service is in our DNA, and we remain committed to designing and building zero-turn mowers that help our customers get their job done fast." Visit www.dixiechopper.com to find out more about the new Eagle series. Echo debuts X Series Representing the company's "best-in- class" products designed for professional users, Echo Inc. introduced the Echo X Series at GIE+EXPO to expand and replace the Pro Extreme series. The Echo X Series features 19 models within eight product categories, with each model having specific top-level attributes designed to help landscape professionals perform their jobs better in respective applications.

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