Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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14 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com COVER STORY COMPILED BY STEVE NOE T he 2017 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), which took place Oct. 18-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., featured plenty of exhibitor news. Following is an in-depth rundown of many of the top stories, listed in alphabetical order by company or brand name: Altoz introduces TRX accessories for year-round utility After making a big splash with the introduction of the TRX, the industry's first tracked zero-turn mower, at GIE+EXPO 2016, Altoz returned to the show with new accessories for the TRX to expand its use to year-round. The Greenbush, Minn.-based company introduced a utility plow that is ideal for moving snow or light-density aggregate, as well as a spreader for easy application of light rock salt, grit, fertilizers and other fine materials. Already a workhorse used for clearing and reclaiming property and for cutting grass, weeds and light brush, the TRX can be equipped to take on even more tasks in all seasons, increasing the return on investment (ROI) for commercial users, municipalities and utility companies. Features of both accessories are as follows: Utility Plow Durable, all-steel construction for superior strength and durability 7-gauge trip frame superstructure, adjustable 72-inch moldboard with 48- inch trip frame Responsive, quick hydraulic speed for lift, lower and angle control Steering-control-mounted controller with illuminated buttons for 1-hand control Fully enclosed, sealed, hydraulic operating system Custom 2-inch receiver hitch for easy mounting Spreader 3-cubic-foot/180-pound capacity 10-inch steel spinner with spreading width adjustable from 4 to 20 feet High-density UV-protected polymer Modular steel frame 12-volt DC/7- to 10-amp direct-drive motor The TRX provides first-of-its-kind, patent-pending technology for commercial use on sloped, wet, snow-covered and rough terrains. Equipped with rear- mounted tracks and torsional suspension system, the TRX allows commercial users, utility companies and municipalities to maintain places they effectively or safely can't with a traditional zero-turn mower or snow removal equipment. The exceptional stability and traction of the TRX enables operators to safely maneuver inclines, side hills, ditches, varying terrain and wet conditions with the agility and comfort found in all Altoz zero-turn mowers. And thanks to its low ground pressure and high traction, the TRX reduces compaction and minimizes ground disturbance while maintaining outstanding traction. TorqFlex front suspension and rear torsional track suspension provides a smooth ride by bridging uneven terrain and reducing operator fatigue. Additionally, TRX's commercial-grade track and flat- free front tires eliminate potential tire damage caused by sharp rocks, glass or debris commonly encountered in vacant lots, roadside ditches and spaces bordering high-traffic areas. The introduction of the Altoz utility plow and spreader expands the TRX's abilities year-round, making it truly a machine for all seasons, conditions and environments. Ariens Company highlights snow removal products With winter quickly approaching, Ariens Company highlighted its latest snow removal products at GIE+EXPO. The Brillion, Wis.-based company showcased its Professional 21 single-stage snow thrower, Classic Sno-Thro series, and RapidTrak technology Designed for heavy-duty work, the Professional 21 is a 21-inch single-stage snow thrower that is built to be durable, reliable, performance driven, and maintenance friendly. It features a spring-loaded scraper bar that self adjusts to follow the contours of the ground, a thick paddle that cleans to the surface, and optimal handlebar positions for system performance and user comfort. The Professional 21 also features an open engine design with access to the carburetor, recoil and spark plug for easy maintenance. Keeping ease-of-use in mind, the machine also features an easy start sequence on the engine and an on/off switch instead of a key to guarantee that the machine starts in any weather conditions. Reinforced housing sides, high-impact wheels and a reinforced rod beneath the housing guarantee extra durability, even in tough conditions. The Professional 21 also includes an hour meter to help keep maintenance schedules on track. When the work is done, the easy-load handlebar system helps guide the machine up onto the back of a truck with ease. "With the Professional 21, we've come up with the ultimate machine for commercial users," said Matt Medden, Ariens Company VP of marketing. GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP

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