Many landscapers have voiced their disdain for battery-powered equipment, but a recent survey conducted by Husqvarna shows that customers prefer eco-friendly equipment and are willing to pay more for it as well.
The Green Spaces Survey was conducted in August of this year. Of the 1,579 consumers polled, 65 percent stated they would choose a landscaper who uses eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over one who doesn’t. Companies that choose to be eco-friendly are also more likely to receive ongoing customer support, as 72 percent of the survey respondents said they would support eco-friendly companies over those that do not use battery-powered equipment.
“Husqvarna is committed to keeping a pulse on the future of public green spaces so we can best advise both consumers and professionals on sustainable, efficient ways to maintain parks, as well as commercial and residential properties,” said Jeff Dewosky, vice president and general manager for Husqvarna North America. “This report demonstrates that there’s a demand for more eco-friendly outdoor power equipment and the benefits that the technology provides.”
Along with being eco-friendly, the consumers polled also had an interest in quieter outdoor power equipment, with 57 percent saying they would pay more for a landscaper who uses quieter equipment. A strong majority of respondents (71 percent) felt that companies that choose eco-friendly equipment should receive tax benefits.
At GIE+EXPO, Husqvarna revealed additions to its 500 Series battery lineup, including the 536LiPT5 and 536LiP4 pole saws. Both saws have an intuitive key pad and a 10-inch bar, but the 536LiPT5 comes with a telescopic tube and weighs slightly more at 10.8 pounds; the 536LiP4 weighs 7.4 pounds.
The 536LiLX trimmer is another addition and features a two-way rotation head, enabling users to operate the product in both a forward and backward direction. The 536LiHD60X hedge trimmer, meanwhile, has been upgraded with a new proprietary motor that maximizes its working time, and the tool’s rear handle can pivot to enable both vertical and horizontal trimming.
As with all of Husqvarna’s battery-powered equipment, each model can share the same type of battery.
On the more traditional gas-powered side of things, Husqvarna has two new trimmers and two new edgers.
Husqvarna says the 522L trimmer is an affordable option for landscapers who don’t want to forfeit the manufacturer’s durable design. The 525LK trimmer features a detachable shaft that allows it to be a jack of all trades, swapping out attachments such as a dethatcher, brushcutter and edger.
The 525ES edger has a steel shaft drive while the 525ECS edger comes with a curved shaft and flex drive.
“We take pride in offering tree and lawn care service professionals with equipment that’s designed by landscapers, for landscapers,” Dewosky said. “That dedication continues in these new additions to our gas and battery-powered lineups, and we’re excited to introduce them to our professional customers at this year’s GIE+EXPO.”