Category: Editor’s Blog

‘Man Of Stihl’ Fred Whyte Dead At 70

Written By: Jessica Johnson Earlier this week the power equipment industry learned of the loss one of our prominent and beloved leaders, Fred Whyte, former president of Stihl Inc. after a fight with an aggressive form of cancer. Whyte was 70 years old. Whyte began his career with Stihl in 1971, moving up the ranks […]


Prep For Spring With LookB4UPump

Written By: Jessica Johnson As many dealerships begin preparations for the spring busy season, one of the most important things to consider is educating your customers on the dangers of misfueling power equipment. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) launched the Look Before You Pump campaign in 2014, aiming to educate consumers about the dangers […]


Passing Along Holiday Goodwill

Written By: Dan Shell Clicking on the digital version of the Northeast Dealer Association’s December newsletter, we couldn’t help but notice the Holiday Greetings column from NEDA Field Director Tim Wentz, who passes along holiday greetings and also looks ahead to next year. Noting the recent election and potential changes ahead in 2017, Wentz says […]


PET’s ‘Selfie Safari’

Written By: Dan Shell After a misplaced Power Equipment Trade camera at GIE+EXPO 2016 prompted the following question, “So what are you gonna do, cover the show with selfies from your phone?” PET editors sprang into action with the 2016 GIE+EXPO “Selfie Safari.” Part show coverage and part cheesy social media promotion, the PET Selfie […]


A Rap Song About Green Spaces

Written By: Jessica Johnson Fourth-grader Kashvi Ramani was recognized recently as a grand prize winner in the TurfMutt “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest with Scholastic. She wrote an original rap song called “Outdoor Saviors” about TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers, and their efforts to take care of our green spaces. Talk about a way to […]


Auburn Student: Blower Innovation Efficient

Written By: Dan Shell In the contemporary power equipment trade, Auburn, Ala. is known as the location of one of Briggs & Stratton’s commercial engine plants, PET Editorial Adviser Dan Shell’s hometown and the place PET Managing Editor and UAT grad Jessica Johnson wishes she was born. Much of the sporting world knows about Auburn […]


Sit Down At Stihl With Bjoern Fischer

Written By: Jessica Johnson There are a handful of times in a person’s life where they are truly nervous. For me, asking incoming Stihl President Bjoern Fischer to take a selfie with me was one of those times. I didn’t know what to think when I sat down with the seemingly buttoned up Fischer. But […]


Honda’s Dream Garage, Featuring The New HSS Snow Blowers

Written By: Jessica Johnson Not often am I able to test run some of the equipment—especially a snow blower! The PET offices are in the Deep South, so our need for a snow blower most of the time is very minimal. However, recently, I was invited to test out the brand new Honda HSS series […]


Stihl Competes In Air Races, Wins Award For Aerodynamic Improvements

Written By: Jessica Johnson Just when you thought Stihl was all about lawn and garden equipment, they surprise you! Team Stihl, composed of multiple Stihl, Inc. employees, compete each year at at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev. with One Moment Air Racing. The team’s racing plane is called One Moment and bears […]


A 7-Deck Toro Mower? Really?

Written By: Jessica Johnson Sometimes the office is quiet and we have a chance to pass around local news stories. Today was one of those days, and this headline from the Kitsap Sun caught my eye in a big way: “Bremerton puts $79,258 lawnmower to work” A nearly $80,000 lawn mower? HOLY COW. The Kitsap […]