Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP 30 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com 120V battery platform placing the battery in a backpack-style carrier for reduced tool weight, better maneuverability, and better overall ergonomics for operators. Available in two capacity levels, the BX975 is a 973-watt-hour power pack, while the lighter BX650 still offers a robust 648-watt hours. The Oregon 120V Professional Series will be available at dealers nationwide in 2018. To learn more, visit www. OregonProducts.com/en/120VProSeries. PERC announces winners of Propane Leadership Awards The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced a Pennsylvania dealer and a Louisiana landscape contractor as the recipients of the second annual Propane Leadership Award on Dealer Day at GIE+EXPO. PERC awarded Louisiana-based Rotolo Consulting, Inc. and R.S. Hollinger & Son, Inc. in Mountville, Pa., with the honor. "We're excited to announce RCI and R.S. Hollinger & Son, Inc. as the recipients of this year's Propane Leadership Award," said Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development for PERC. "Both businesses have helped bring awareness of propane mowers into their communities, and share the benefits of the clean fuel with their customers. They did the research on propane and understood the positive impact it could have on their business, both financially and environmentally." Brandt Martin (RCI) and Lynn Hollinger (R.S. Hollinger & Son, Inc.) each received a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat to commemorate the award. One of the largest full-service landscaping companies in the southeast United States, RCI began using propane commercial mowers in 2011 and changed one-third of its fleet to propane within a year. Now, the company uses nearly 100 propane mowers, as well as close to 100 propane autogas-powered trucks to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Martin said the first propane mower they tried simply outperformed any of their existing gasoline or diesel mowers on operations, maintenance and dependability, and the company's success is due in part to its reliable propane mowers. For R.S. Hollinger, bringing propane equipment to the dealership's sales floor helped the company get a leg up on its surrounding competition, one of the factors that convinced Ebling's Service Plus in neighboring Myerstown to acquire the company as Hollinger and his brothers plan for retirement. Hollinger said he sees R.S. Hollinger as an early adopter in a market segment he believes will only grow as demand increases for reduced emissions services. Adding the propane equipment to the dealership was an easy process, and partnering with a local propane retailer helps ensure both he and his customers have a great experience with the fuel. For more information on using propane for landscaping and to find out more on becoming a propane equipment dealer, visit propane.com/commercial-landscape. RedMax unveils new technology for lawn and tree care professionals RedMax, a global outdoor power equipment brand of Husqvarna, presented its 2018 portfolio of professional products at GIE+EXPO. RedMax is expanding its lineup to offer professionals the full solution of equipment for commercial lawn and tree care needs. Highlights from this year's show included an entirely new line of durable commercial zero-turn mowers, powerful chain saws for tree care professionals, as well as new zero-emission battery-powered handheld products and accessories. "Developing innovative and reliable products for commercial use is paramount for us," said Jeff Dewosky, vice president and general manager of Husqvarna North America. "We are excited to share our latest innovations for RedMax that show how our products can help professionals be more productive and efficient with intelligently designed products that focus on what matters." With the CZT series, RedMax is introducing a brand-new zero-turn mower line for lawn care professionals that offers a durable design, powerful and productive operation, and high-quality fabricated- steel decks. The rugged commercial construction features a welded steel tube frame, heavy-duty casters, flat-free tires and a sturdy deck lift system. Built for commercial use, the cutting decks offer strength, as well as reinforced and oversized components, giving operators more time in the field and less time in the shop. The modular design of the chassis provides convenient access to all regular service parts, as well as major components. The CZT (MSRP: starting at $6,399.95) is available as a 52- or 61-inch model, includes ROPS, and a 4-year warranty. For the bigger jobs, the CZTx (MSRP: starting at $9,399.95) is an excellent option and comes with cutting deck widths of 48, 54 or 60 inches, 16-cc pump and motor, ROPS and a 5-year warranty. RedMax is also offering a new commercial walk- behind mower for 2018. The CWP21 (MSRP: $499.95) is a tough, maneuverable machine with a 21-inch reinforced steel deck and is built to meet the demanding commercial needs with a powerful engine. Spider 3RIDER makes world debut at GIE+EXPO Dvorak, the Czech Republic-based manufacturer of the Spider range of remote-controlled slope mowers, gave a world preview of its advanced prototype Spider 3RIDER at GIE+EXPO. All of Dvorak´s current machine portfolio is remotely operated, but the new larger 3RIDER provides the operator with the option to sit on and drive the machine. It

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