Outdoor Power Equipment

December 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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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT DECEMBER 2017 15 "Professionals are looking for something that's easy to use and can stand up to the work they're completing every day. The Professional 21 has thoughtful features incorporated, specifically designed to impact the machine's durability and performance, which we think will go a long way in helping pros get the job done." For price-conscious residential users, the Classic Sno-Thro series offers the same features that Ariens snow lineup is known for, but at a lower price point. It is available with a 24-inch housing, making it small enough to fit into tight storage space for homeowners in urban settings; durable, all-steel construction, including a steel chute, dash and skid shoes; and a top- loaded aluminum gear case, which helps prevent oil from leaking out of the unit. The Classic 24 is available at a promotional price of $699. The RapidTrak technology is an on- demand track drive system that allows a snow thrower to operate as fast as a wheeled snow thrower, but with the luxury (traction) of a tracked machine. Ariens Company also highlighted the recent opening of Brillion Power Equipment, a previously vacant building located across the street from its headquarters, which it converted into a concept store and is now being used to demonstrate best-in-class dealership practices, test merchandising concepts that might be offered to its dealers, and learn more about overall customer experience. The store is being managed by Mike Buboltz, an Ariens and Gravely dealer, who owns Hardware Plus in downtown Brillion. BOB-CAT makes bold statement In addition to sponsoring the free concerts at Fourth Street Live!, BOB-CAT unveiled a bold new look for its 2018 commercial zero-turn mower lineup. Designated as the RS Series, the new design will appear on the XRZ Pro RS, FastCat Pro RS, ProCat RS and Predator-Pro RS models. The XRZ Pro RS is a brand-new model for 2018. The new RS Series models retain the familiar BOB-CAT green bodies, but add black rims, black belt covers and darker seats to create a uniquely aggressive appearance, whether on a landscaper's trailer or a dealer's showroom floor. They combine this new look with high- performance commercial engines, high- quality drive systems, rugged mower decks, and industry-leading warranties for years of reliable operation. In addition to the updated styling, all RS Series models feature a fully mechanical, adjustable suspension seat for improved operator comfort and Zero-T drive tires for improved performance. "BOB-CAT commercial zero-turns are well known for their adherence to durability, quality of cut, and ease of ownership above all else," said Troy Blewett, director of marketing. "They're high-performance commercial mowers, and now they have a new look to match." The new XRZ Pro RS is loaded with commercial-grade features that lawn care professionals require, all at a value-driven price point. For the 2018 mowing season, it is available three models, featuring powerful Kawasaki FX Series engines and a 48-, 52- or 61-inch mower deck. The BOB-CAT TufDeck Pro 10-gauge fabricated, welded and reinforced-steel mower deck includes the BOB-CAT patented Double Wave baffle system for maximum vacuum and lift. Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 twin hydrostatic transaxles offer smooth performance and agility. Commercial cutters will experience improved run times and productivity, thanks to dual fuel tanks with a 9.5-gallon capacity and a forward speed of up to 10 mph. And they can comfortably work all day, thanks to a high-back, fully mechanical, suspension seat with armrests. "The new BOB-CAT XRZ Pro RS is our latest professional-grade mower built for the rigors of commercial mowing," said Ron Scheffler, product manager for BOB- CAT. "Based on 60 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, this latest addition to our zero-turn mower line comes loaded with commercial-grade features. Importantly, it combines superior value with the toughness and reliability customers have come to expect from BOB-CAT." The suggested promotional prices for the new XRZ Pro RS start at $6,799. Prices vary by dealer. Taxes, freight, set-up, and delivery are not included. In addition, BOB-CAT introduced its commercial AirFX cutting system, which provides a better quality of cut and more uniform dispersal of clippings. The AirFX cutting system features a 5.5-inch deep-profile deck, which offers improved vacuum and grass processing; gapped baffles, which create more efficient airflow, resulting in better clipping dispersal, less clumping and improved deck cleanliness; and a bull nose design, which allows grass to spring back up before it reaches the cutting chamber for a cleaner cut. The AirFX cutting system will be available on BOB- CAT's 52- and 61-inch ProCat and Predator- Pro commercial zero-turn mowers. BOB-CAT also introduced a 21- inch commercial walk-behind mower designed to meet the demanding needs of professional landscapers. It is available in two self-propelled models — one with zone starting and one with a blade brake clutch (BBC). Powered by a 179-cc Kawasaki FJ180V KAI Series engine, the new mower uses a high-vacuum, cast- aluminum deck to maximize airflow and grass lift for a pristine cut. Briggs & Stratton continues innovation tradition Briggs & Stratton Corporation continued its focus on bringing innovation to outdoor power equipment to help customers solve problems and get work done more easily on the jobsite or at home. The company showcased new products, power and technology under its Briggs & Stratton, Vanguard, Ferris, Billy Goat, Simplicity and Snapper brands.

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