Equipment Matters

Polaris adds more power to its new models of the Ranger

Polaris adds more power to its new models of the Ranger

While landscapers may want to look over the full line of Polaris off-road vehicles for 2016 – just for the fun of it – we’re guessing it’s the Ranger utility ...

Government to keep buying landscaping equipment

Government to keep buying landscaping equipment

Market researchers are predicting a robust year for sales of landscaping equipment to government entities. Onvia, a Seattle-based company that provides businesses with information to help them secure government contracts, counts ...

Average national gas prices fall for 12 consecutive days

Average national gas prices fall for 12 consecutive days

It’s a trend any landscaper could love and well-timed to boot: The average price of gasoline fell 12 days in a row through Monday. AAA says that’s the longest consecutive ...

Landscape worker, 23, killed when mower overturns

Landscape worker, 23, killed when mower overturns

A 23-year-old landscaping worker was killed in Hebron, Kentucky, on Friday, July 23, when the riding mower he was using rolled over on him. The man was mowing common property of ...

Faulty chute deflector leads to recall of Simplicity mowers

Faulty chute deflector leads to recall of Simplicity mowers

Briggs & Stratton has recalled about 2,800 Simplicity-branded zero-turn mowers and garden tractors due to potential failures of the chute deflector. The chute deflector is intended to prevent projectiles from being ...

Equipment positioning critical when towing with pickup

Equipment positioning critical when towing with pickup

One of the biggest mistakes pickup owners make in towing is exceeding the truck’s hitch tongue weight. This leads to overloading the truck’s rear suspension, creating significant handling, braking and potentially ...

Diesel cheaper than gas for first time in six years

Diesel cheaper than gas for first time in six years

The average retail price for diesel fuel dropped below the average retail price of gasoline on July 13, the first time that’s happened since August 2009. According to the U.S. Energy ...

California city moves closer to ban on gas-powered blowers

California city moves closer to ban on gas-powered blowers

Three out of five council members from Sonoma County, California, have indicated they favor banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in town and a partial ban on the use ...

New Holland touts upgrades to backhoe, skid-steer lines

New Holland touts upgrades to backhoe, skid-steer lines

With upgrades to its backhoe and skid steer product lines, New Holland Construction’s machines now all feature Tier 4 Final emissions-compliant engines. Upgrading the engines gave New Holland the opportunity to ...

Kawasaki adds Mule PRO-FX to 2016 UTV models

Kawasaki adds Mule PRO-FX to 2016 UTV models

Single-row-seat model brings with it a class-leading cargo bed for even greater utility, dependability and comfort. Utility side-by-side users in the construction, utility, municipalities, oil/gas and landscaping businesses now have a ...

Vermeer targets landscapers with FT100’s mulcher attachment

Vermeer targets landscapers with FT100’s mulcher attachment

The Vermeer FT100 now has an above-ground mulcher attachment, making the compact forestry tractor a solid choice for residential work as well as clearing vegetation before installing utilities. The FT100 runs ...

Deere: Don’t let the heat compromise mowing safety

Deere: Don’t let the heat compromise mowing safety

Now that we’re entering the heart of summer, landscaping professionals in many areas of the country are spending about eight hours a day under a blistering sun. That kind of ...

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute chooses leaders

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute chooses leaders

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) elected its 2015-16 officers and directors during the organization’s recent annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s a rundown of the new leadership: OPEI ...

Manufacturer of off-road tires, tracks becomes Camso

Manufacturer of off-road tires, tracks becomes Camso

Camoplast Solideal, the Canadian manufacturer of tires, tracks and track systems for off-road vehicles, has changed its name to Camso. The fast-growing company, which has seen sales rise from about ...

Subsite Electronics introduces redesigned, mobile-friendly website

Subsite Electronics introduces redesigned, mobile-friendly website

Subsite Electronics is introducing its new mobile-friendly website, which the company says was redesigned based on customer input. The new site provides landscapers as well as utility, pipeline and other ...

Deere won’t extend product alliance with Wright Manufacturing

Deere won’t extend product alliance with Wright Manufacturing

John Deere announced this week it will not extend its current commercial mower design and manufacturing arrangement with Wright Manufacturing beyond May 2016. The alliance began in August 2012, enabling ...

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