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 28 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com premium adjustable suspension seat," said Tom Vachal, Kubota senior turf product manager. "Adding the 21-inch commercial walk-behind mower to our popular W Series family of walk-behind mowers ultimately provides turf professionals with more options and versatility under the Kubota brand they have come to trust." The Z700 Series offers exceptional performance, value and comfort. The new premium suspension seat allows operators to customize their ride with a weight adjustment knob. The seat will allow for up to 3 inches of vertical travel while being able to slide fore and aft 6 inches. With Parker TorqPact HTG 14 transmissions, the most power-dense transmission available for commercial turf applications, the Z700 Series is designed for an optimum combination of speed and torque to deliver higher efficiency. Better overall efficiency means more horsepower to the deck and less heat into the oil, which translates to a fast, high-quality cut, whether the turf is easy or tough, or the terrain is rolling or flat. Kubota's new 21-inch commercial walk-behind mowers are available with a blade brake clutch in the WGC6-21 model and with a zone start option in the WG6- 21 model. These 21-inch mowers combine cutting and bagging performance with extreme durability. The cast-aluminum deck with steel edge guards, and cast- aluminum wheels with dual ball bearings and replaceable wide rubber tires, meet the demands of the lawn care professional. The 3-speed heavy-duty transmission is designed for performance and long service days. The new model boasts the Kawasaki FJ180 commercial-duty engine. The ergonomic controls deliver easy operation and comfort throughout the day. With the introduction of this new deck size, Kubota's W Series now includes 21-, 36-, 48- and 52-inch deck options. Kubota also unveiled three new residential models that will replace its previous T Series mower lineup. The new and improved T Series line is comprised of the T2090 with a 42-inch deck and the T2290 with 42- and 48-inch deck options. The residential ride-on mower line has been popular for years, and Kubota improved on its features by engineering an ultra-sharp turning radius; operators can now turn the mower 360 degrees with only a 14-inch turning radius. A foot-operated hydrostatic transmission pedal simplifies control of speed and direction, leaving hands free at all times for precise steering and maneuvering in confined spaces. The biggest upgrades to the new T Series are found in comfort features. The flat foot pan provides clear operating space and ample room for the operator to enter and exit the mower. All three models feature a high-back seat that adjusts a full four inches forward and back for just the right operating position, and the T2290 models include a parallel link seat suspension system. The new fabricated 42- and 48- inch cutting decks offer professional- quality results. The T2090 and the T2290 boast powerful 2-cylinder V-twin engines that produce 20 hp. and 21.5 hp., respectively. The new T Series mowers are available with a 4-year/300-hour warranty. Masport expands mower lineup Supporting its nationwide distributor, Power Distributors, Masport once again exhibited at GIE+EXPO. It's been another busy year for the engineering team at Masport with additions to the company's North American lineup in both gasoline- and battery-powered lawn mowers. At GIE+EXPO, Masport featured its new "Contractor" commercial walk- behind mower lineup and introduced two new battery-powered models featuring the Briggs & Stratton Nexcel 82-volt powerhead, along with Masport's own "M Tech" 58-volt system. Masport is a 107-year-old New Zealand-based company, which is a household name in New Zealand and sold in 45 countries around the world. Masport started offering its products in the United States in 2012. Power Distributors, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and Power Source Canada in Canada distribute Masport's range of consumer & commercial outdoor power equipment to servicing dealers across North America. Masport is a dealer-only brand in North America and is ideally suited to this form of distribution as its manufactures feature- rich and high-quality products. They are almost exclusively powered by Briggs & Stratton engines, with Honda-powered options also available in the commercial mower range. For more information, visit www. masport.com. Mean Green starts electric mower revolution with new ReVolt Wearing "Leading the Electric Mower Revolution" T-shirts, the folks at Mean Green Mowers continued to challenge tradition and lead an electric mower revolution by unveiling a mower appropriately named the ReVolt. "Tradition can be a great thing when it comes to family and friends, but following tradition in the outdoor power equipment world can lead to the same old boring and inefficient products that have little or no innovation," said Joe Conrad, president of Mean Green Mowers. "Much like our American Revolutionary patriots of over 240 years ago, it is time to seek independence and escape the traditional. It is time for the 'Electric Mower Revolution' to free us all from the loud, polluting, gas- guzzling mowers of 1950's era technology. "Our forefathers did it, and now it is time for us: ReVolt!"

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