Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP 20 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com "The Echo X Series was well received at the show," said Wayne Thomsen, Echo's vice president of marketing and aftermarket. "All our products are professional grade, but the X Series identifies key models for pro users designed to provide significant attributes in their target applications. In addition, the new branding helps the professional user easily identify what we consider to be our best in class per category. The series will grow over time as new products are introduced with the latest engine technology and innovative features geared for the pro user." The series was a highlight at the company's GIE+EXPO booths. The full line was on display indoors, and attendees were able to test the SRM-2620 vs. SRM-2620T trimmers in the company's outdoor test circuit. For an added indoor experience, visitors were able to experience the major attributes of the series in a virtual reality experience called the Echo Chamber. The expanded lineup includes: Trimmers/Brushcutters SRM-2620: Base model includes Speed- Feed head and Black Diamond line SRM-2620T: Provides greater torque to handle the toughest jobs SRM-2620U: Uses ergonomic U-shaped handle for brush clearing Chain Saws/Power Pruners CS-501P: Lightest weight in its class (50.2 cc) with bar length up to 20 inches reduces fatigue and increases productivity — ideal for smaller trees CS-620P/CS-620W: The greatest power for its class (59.8 cc) with bar lengths up to 27 inches to effortlessly fell large trees PPT-2620/PPT-2620H: Low weight, high horsepower and durable shaft for efficient pole pruner performance Blowers PB-770H/PB-770T: Lightweight backpack blower with ideal combination of air speed and air volume for powerful and efficient cleanup Edgers/Bed Redefiner PE-2620: Lighter, open-faced shield for easy operation BRD-2620: Expertly redefines flower and mulch bed edges seven times faster than a shovel Hedge Trimmers HC-2420: Echo's lightest double-sided hedge trimmer with 24-inch blades for easier maneuverability in smaller areas HCA-2620: Articulating shaft simplifies trimming the tops of tall hedges HC-3020: Echo's longest double-sided hedge trimmer with 30-inch blades for greater reach HCS-3020: Echo's lightest single- sided hedge trimmer with 30-inch blades enables quick completion of sculpting and trimmer jobs SHC-2620: Two-sided, shafted hedge trimmer with simple, fixed gear case for lighter weight to lessen fatigue HCS-4020: Echo's longest single-sided hedge trimmer with 40-inch blades for greater reach across wide hedges Pro Attachment Series PAS-2620: Strong performance (25.4 cc) with wide array of attachments to accomplish almost any task In addition, Echo also displayed a full line of 58V lithium-ion cordless products, including a push mower (a first for Echo), a chain saw, a handheld blower, a hedge trimmer, and two variations of trimmers. Exmark raises productivity bar with new Lazer Z Diesel Exmark unveiled several new products, highlighted by its all-new Lazer Z Diesel commercial zero-turn riding mower. It features a 96-inch UltraCut Flex Wing cutting deck, as well as Yanmar liquid- cooled diesel engines equipped with Exmark's patented RED Technology, which gives users an increased ability to control mower power and efficiency with defined performance modes. In addition to the Lazer Z Diesel, Exmark introduced the next generation of its patented RED Technology; a Smart Controller, which offers a wealth of user data, on select 2018 Lazer Z S-Series commercial zero-turn riding mowers; and a 2018 Radius S-Series zero-turn riding mower with a suspended operator platform. On the residential mower side, Exmark displayed its redesigned Quest zero-turn riding mowers with improved engine protection, an updated control panel and a new look. The company also unveiled a 24-inch stand-on aerator and a spreader attachment for its 30-inch stand-on aerator. As for the new Lazer Z Diesel, Daryn Walters, Exmark director of marketing, said it delivers increased power, productivity and durability for landscape professionals maintaining large properties, or who regularly mow in tough conditions. "The Lazer Z Diesel is the right tool to make quick work of the largest, toughest jobs," said Walters. "Capable of mowing in excess of 10 acres per hour, the 96-inch model is the most productive diesel mower Exmark has ever built. It also raises the bar for the cut quality, operator comfort, fuel efficiency and ease of use professionals can expect from a large zero-turn mower. "As a result, the Lazer Z Diesel is the ideal choice for municipalities, universities, landscape contractors and others that need a highly productive, versatile, efficient and durable mower to maintain vast expanses of turf." Exmark engineers placed the engine and radiator lower in the Lazer Z Diesel chassis, lowering the machine's center of gravity for improved handling and increased stability. The design couples the engine directly to the transmission, eliminating drive belts for a more robust, efficient powertrain. With reduced service requirements, in addition to extended service intervals, the Lazer Z Diesel drive system delivers maximum uptime and a lower total cost of ownership compared to other machines. The all-new UltraCut Flex Wing cutting deck is a rear-discharge design featuring a 48-inch center deck with two 24-inch wing decks, for a 96-inch total cutting

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