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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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT DECEMBER 2017 23 At an interactive, experiential display at its outdoor booth, Honda Power Equipment showcased Miimo, the company's first robotic lawn mower for the U.S. market. Introduced earlier in 2017, Miimo delivers automatic, convenient, intelligent mowing, resulting in a consistently well-maintained lawn. Highlights of Miimo include three different programmable cutting patterns with a programmable timer setting, quiet operation and quick recharging. Honda's battery-powered mower automatically maintains the lawn within a defined area. Using a boundary wire similar to electronic fencing, sensors and timer, Miimo delivers homeowners regular, unattended grass cutting for a beautiful lawn. Depending on the lawn size and complexity, the two available Miimo models make easy work of grass cutting. On a single charge, the HRM310 and HRM520 can cut up to 0.37- acre and 0.75-acre lawns, respectively. Miimo is now available at select Honda Power Equipment dealers in the United States. The Honda Power Equipment team also discussed new updates for its HRR lawn mower, including updated styling and new wheels that deliver improved traction and wear. Powered by the lightweight Honda GCV160 engine, HRR mowers are easy to start, operate, and maneuver, and they deliver high performance and outstanding fuel efficiency. All HRR models include the 3-in-1 Clip Director. With just one touch, the operator can quickly switch from mulching to bagging, eliminating the need for a mulch plug. Honda Generators featured its full line of portable power, including the EB2800i and EG2800i models, as well as charging stations for personal electronic devices. The Honda EB2800i industrial OFI generator, the newest addition to the Honda Industrial Series lineup, was developed to serve the contractor market, providing high-quality power for multiple-tool use on the jobsite. At a dry weight of less than 67 pounds, the EB2800i portable generator was designed with the single worker in mind. The generator is light enough for one person to load and unload from a truck, operate, and carry around the jobsite, all while providing ample power for a variety of tools, including small compressors, air circulation fans, large concrete drills, multiple hand tools, electric concrete vibrators, circular saws, and battery chargers up to 2,800 watts. The Honda EB2800i complies with current OSHA and LA-ETL regulations while ensuring safe operation with GFCI-protected receptacles. Husqvarna showcases innovative and sustainable OPE technology At GIE+EXPO, Husqvarna unveiled new products that showcase the company's leadership in zero-emission and robotics technology. For 2018, Husqvarna is presenting new models for its Automower robotic mower series, its Cloud-based Fleet Services system, as well as portfolio expansions for the company's extensive lineup of battery-powered products, further positioning Husqvarna as a leader in green power equipment technology and sustainable solutions. "Innovation has been the founding core of our business for more than 325 years, and our products reflect decades of research and state-of-the-art engineering and design," said Jeff Dewosky, vice president and general manager of Husqvarna North America. "Husqvarna is committed to offering the same level of quality and innovation for its zero- emission lawn and tree care equipment in order to provide sustainable solutions for the future of our industry." New Automower models Expanding its Automower lineup, Husqvarna will release several new models in 2018 with innovative technology and products designed for new audiences. The Automower 310 (MSRP: $1,499.95; install kit sold separately) will join the current lineup as a new entry-level model, serving 0.25-acre lawns and slopes up to 22 degrees. This new model also comes with "Connect from Home," the Automower's new connected Bluetooth functionality. The existing Automower 315 model will see a competitive price drop to MSRP $1,799 (install kit sold separately) and will now serve up to 0.4-acre lawns. In 2018, Husqvarna will also introduce the Automower X-line, making the Automower Connect app standard for those models. Automower Connect allows owners to control the mower from their smartphone, wherever they are. The app for iOS and Android devices lets owners receive their Automower's current status and change settings remotely. It also transmits the Automower's precise GPS- tracked location in the unlikely event of a theft. The Automower X-line will be available in two models: Automower 315X (MSRP: $1,999.95; install kit sold separately) and Automower 430X (MSRP: $2,699.95; install kit sold separately). All-new battery products Husqvarna continues to invest in the battery-powered market segment with innovative technology that matches gas- powered equipment in performance, efficiency and durability. For professional lawn and tree care experts and homeowners, the company will offer several new battery products in 2018. The 536 LiHE3 hedge trimmer (MSRP: $399.95; battery and charger sold separately) was designed for commercial- grade use and complements the existing 536LiHD60X by offering a slightly shorter 22-inch knife, an extended shaft, and an articulating cutting head. Complementing the company's extensive battery lineup of handhelds is the new 21-inch battery mower, available as the LE121P push mower (MSRP: $399.99; battery and charger included) and LE221R self-drive mower (MSRP: $599.95; battery and charger included). These are powerful mowers for proficient homeowners with an extended run time due to their twin- battery bays. They are lightweight and

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