Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP 24 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com versatile mowers with a high cutting and collecting performance due to their steel decks and single-blade design. Their ergonomically designed handle and single-point height adjustment system make them easy to use, and a transmission run by the electric motor delivers smooth handling for the self-drive version. With its new BLi100 (MSRP: $129.95), BLi200 (MSRP: $199.95) and BLi300 (MSRP: $299.95) batteries, Husqvarna is introducing a new line of lithium-ion technology that will replace the current models, offering faster charge times (50- 80 minutes), higher capacities and 100Wh, 200Wh and 300Wh, respectively. For longer performance and commercial-grade equipment, Husqvarna is adding two new backpack batteries with increased capacities to replace current models. The BLi550X (MSRP: $599.95) and BLi950X (MSRP: $949.95) backpack batteries will power equipment with 550Wh and 950Wh, respectively, while offering the same innovative backpack design that is comfortable to wear even through long shifts. These batteries also work with existing harnesses and provide long-lasting power and top-class performance, while allowing professionals to work efficiently with fewer breaks for changing batteries than ever before. Rounding out Husqvarna's zero-emission technology portfolio of 2018 are the new QC500 charger (MSRP: $199.95), designed for fast and efficient charging of bigger batteries, as well as the company's first voltage inverter, Vi600F (MSRP: $229.95), for infield battery charging using a standard plug. Fleet Services The company is also launching its Cloud- based Fleet Services system in early 2018, which connects lawn and tree care operators and their entire fleet of machines directly to an online portal or mobile app via Bluetooth, enabling professionals to have insights into their operations at their fingertips. By mounting a small wireless machine sensor to an outdoor power product, Husqvarna Fleet Services captures machine status data, translating it into valuable information that can be used to help boost productivity and improve the bottom line. In addition on the commercial side, Husqvarna introduced the company's first- ever commercial stand-up mower series — the V548 and V554 with 48- and 54-inch ClearCut decks, respectively. The company also unveiled several new zero-turn, hydro-walk and walk- behind mowers. Plus, it displayed its new chain saw accessories, including the X-Cut SP33G low-vibration pixel saw chain (Husqvarna's first-ever chain designed, developed, and manufactured in the company's state-of-the- art production facility in Sweden) and its 3/8-inch-pitch X-Force laminated guide bars. On the consumer side, Husqvarna also upgraded its entire 400 e-series chain saws, introduced the aforementioned chain saw accessories, and unveiled its new 300 garden tractor series with 48- and 54-inch ClearCut decks. Hustler Turf showcases product updates Hustler Turf Equipment introduced product updates throughout its mower lineup at GIE+EXPO. These updates take the solid and reliable Hustler mowers to the next level with increased comfort and strength that zero-turn operators are looking for. "We are excited to announce the new and improved enhancements to the Hustler Turf lineup," said Brad Unruh, director of product strategy. "Hustler is known for its innovative spirit, and we are continually looking for ways to improve our already solid lineup of mowers and build them even better for our customers." Upgrades start with the residential Raptor family of mowers. Kawasaki FR series engine options will be available on select models of the Raptor and Raptor SD. The Raptor and Raptor SD will also come with an engine guard standard. The Raptor Limited will now be equipped with Flex Forks and an upgraded seat to maximize operator comfort. Beginning with the 2018 model year, the Kohler 7500 Series EFI engine will be available on select models of the Hustler FasTrak. Benefits of the Kohler 7500 Series EFI engine include quick and easy starting, more power, and enhanced fuel efficiency. The Hustler Super Z and Super Z HyperDrive commercial mowers will feature the new enhanced VX4 deck. Now constructed with heavy 7-gauge steel, the deck will also feature a reinforced spindle area, a formed steel bump bar on the leading edge, commercial anti-scalp wheels with internal spacer, and additional upgrades. For 2018, the Super Z and Super Z HyperDrive will also feature engine guard bumpers, an 11.7-gallon fuel tank, rear wheel with heavier center disc, tapered front caster and wheel bearings, and new deck lift and height pinning system. Tapered front caster and wheel bearings, front tie downs, and revised deck lift are some of the updates on the Hustler Super S stand-on mower. "Residential models have more options and standard features that appeal to a broader range of customers and give them the best overall value in a residential mower," said Unruh. "Commercial units are being completely upgraded in strength and durability to meet the most challenging demands of a commercial cutter and keep them going without downtime." Hydro-Gear introduces SMARTEC ZT DRIVE system Hydro-Gear unveiled a new drive technology designed to improve the operator experience and maximize performance. Known as the SMARTEC ZT DRIVE system, this first-ever production mower drive system

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