Outdoor Power Equipment

December 2017

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COVER STORY | GIE+EXPO 2017 SHOW RECAP 32 DECEMBER 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com Mulching mower functionality — generates significantly less dust than a traditional mower, returns nutrients and moisture back to the soil for a healthier lawn, and is beneficial for air quality and those with allergies An edge mowing option to get a clean cut along the edges of the mowing area Auto-adjust capability — whether manually skipped or mowing schedule is delayed due to weather, iMow compensates, making up lost time later in the week Built-in rain sensor to delay mowing when raining, return to the outdoor docking station until the sensor is dry, and automatically resume the mowing plan Smart safety technology — if someone attempts to lift or tip the iMow, the mowing blade is designed to stop and only resume mowing when manually instructed by the user Anti-theft system with user-chosen security PIN prevents a change in settings and can only be reset by a Stihl branch or distributor In addition to the iMow robotic mowers, Stihl Inc. unveiled its first-ever battery- powered garden shears (HSA 25) for detail- oriented trimming jobs and performing precise cutting of ornamental shrubs; a residential battery-powered chain saw (MSA 140 C-BQ); a 19-inch battery-powered walk- behind mower (RMA 460); the powerful Stihl BR 700 X backpack blower (64.8 cc) with a light and maneuverable tube; the versatile TS 440 Stihl Cutquik cut-off machine (66.7 cc) for general construction applications and limited-access cuts; and four pressure washers, including two residential models (RB 200 and RB 400 Dirt Boss) and two commercial models (RB 600 and RB 800). The winner of the drawing for Stihl's $5,000 giveaway was Matthew Owen of Big Ridge Outdoor Equipment in Brevard, N.C. Toro backs up innovation theme Toro's theme for this year's GIE+EXPO was "Powered by Innovation" with a tagline of "Toro innovations mean added productivity and a better bottom line for your business." And Toro backed that up with plenty of new products and technology at the show. For landscape contractors, the Minneapolis, Minn.-based company introduced the Z Master 7500-D Series of diesel-powered zero-turn mowers, the next generation of Horizon Technology on select Z Master 6000 Series zero-turn mowers, TacTec flat-free tires for select Toro zero-turn mowers, the MyRIDE suspension system on its TITAN HD 2000 Series zero-turn mowers, a 24-inch stand-on aerator, and a 55-inch-wide power broom attachment for the Toro GrandStand Multi Force stand-on mower. The Z Master 7500-D Series diesel- powered zero-turn mowers feature a side- and rear-discharge commercial cutting decks ranging from 60 to 96 inches for maximum productivity; the adjustable wing decks of the 96-inch deck model flex up and down to hug the contours of the terrain for a smooth and consistent cut. Powered by a Tier 4-compliant, four-cylinder, 1.6-liter, 37-hp., Yanmar diesel engine, the Z Master 7500-D Series provides ample power to handle the most challenging mowing conditions. The unit also features a 12.5-gallon fuel tank, minimizing downtime and keeping mowing crews productive, and it can reach ground speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour. "This new model combines the speed and maneuverability of a traditional zero-turn mower with the power and productivity of a large-scale commercial mower," said Chris Hannan, senior marketing manager at Toro. "This new mower also delivers the quality of cut that is expected of Toro products, and the large 96-inch cutting deck will improve productivity versus smaller decks." On the residential side, Toro announced the availability of the MyRIDE suspension system for the Toro TimeCutter MX zero- turn mower line and an improved 42-inch stamped cutting deck for select TimeCutter zero-turn mowers. Toro also highlighted the new 22-inch Recycler Personal Pace mower with PoweReverse, a self-propel drive system that works in both forward and reverse to mow challenging areas with less effort, and it announced SmartStow technology, which allows the mower to be stored upright, will also available on that mower. On the handheld side, Toro also displayed its all-new family of PowerPlex 40V Max lithium-ion products, which includes a brushless DC blower, a brushless DC chain saw, a 24-inch hedge trimmer, a 13-inch string trimmer/edger, and a 14- inch brushless DC string trimmer. For snow removal, Toro introduced its most powerful commercial two-stage snowblower, the Toro Power Max HD Commercial 1028 OHXE (38806), as well as two new Power Max snowblowers, the Toro Power Max 824 OE (37793) and Power Max 826 OXE (37797). Toro also introduced several commercial and siteworks products, including its most powerful Toro Dingo, the TX 1000; the Toro Groundsmaster 4000-D and 4010-D rotary mowers with a powerful turbo-charged 55-hp. Tier 4-compliant diesel engine; the Toro Groundsmaster 7200/7210 with Polar Trac system, which transforms a mower into a powerful snow removal machine; the Toro MB TX 2500 Tracked Mud Buggy; and the Toro Workman GTX utility vehicles. For more GIE+EXPO 2017 coverage, please visit OPE's website at outdoorpowerequipment.com and Facebook page @OutdoorPowerEquipmentMag. OPE Stihl HSA 25 battery-powered garden shears and accessories

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