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Dealer Speak: Dealers Adapt, Overcome Virus

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

While the U.S. business landscape radically changed in the past few months due to COVID-19, owners have been forced to become creative and acclimate. It’s no secret small businesses have been affected, some more than others, by the repercussions of the pandemic. Yet many power equipment dealers are flourishing this year and posting sales margins higher than previous years as their customers make the most out of an otherwise bleak situation by tackling home projects themselves and purchasing power equipment.

Dealer Speak: COVID-19 Continues

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The spring 2020 season is not usual. While some dealers say they are struggling to hold on in light of COVID-19 restrictions, others say they are having some of the best months in their histories. But what about the events? With federal and local guidelines in place for events, dealers are doing what they do best—pivoting and adapting. Read what a few had to say about their spring events and what business is looking like for them as COVID-19 continues.

Dealer Speak: Spring Service Challenges

Thursday, April 9, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many years ago Power Equipment Trade featured a regular column called ‘Dealer Speak’ where an editor would solicit responses on a given topic from dealers around the U.S. If any dealer would like to participate in a future column, please be on the lookout for questions periodically posted on the PET Facebook page….

PET Dealer Survey is Back

Monday, February 17, 2020

Your answers to the Power Equipment Trade 2020 Dealer Survey help us build the industry’s longest running dealer trend database. Look for survey results in the April issue of Power Equipment Trade.

GIE+EXPO Draws Record Crowds, Builds Toward 2020

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Increases in both dealer and landscaper attendance blew the roof off attendance records at industry’s biggest event, GIE+EXPO at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Dealer attendance increased 8% and landscaper numbers were up 18% as the show covered 675,000 sq. ft. indoors and 20 acres of outdoor demonstration space just outside the exhibit hall. Show officials…


GIE+EXPO – The Industry’s Largest Showcase

Friday, September 13, 2019

Held inside the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., October 16-18, the industry’s largest event features networking opportunities, service department seminars and outdoor equipment demonstrations from manufacturers showcasing their newest product lines. Over the course of three days, the latest technology in landscape maintenance and design, light construction, lawn care, irrigation and power equipment will…

Summer Service: A Nationwide Look

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Summer time is service time for lawn and garden dealerships, as new green growth requires tending with mowers and trimmers. And service remains the dealer’s ace in the hole when it comes to differentiating independent dealers in the marketplace and providing the value big box competitors simply can’t. Technical knowledge is the independent dealer’s calling…

Street Gas Brings Disgruntled Customers

Monday, April 1, 2019

Advertorial Supplied by VP Racing Fuels – Recently I met an unhappy customer at a power equipment repair shop. “I bought this new chain saw here a year ago and had to bring it back for a fuel system rebuild,” he said. “Six months later I’m back getting the same work done. Is it me…

PET Exclusive: Dealer Workshop Videos From GIE+EXPO 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Once again in 2018, Power Equipment Trade provided live streams of the Dealer Resource Center Workshops during GIE+EXPO, held October 17-19 in Louisville, Ky. Now, watch the recordings of these seminars exclusively on and on the PET YouTube channel. All seven of this year’s sessions have been included in a YouTube playlist. GIE+EXPO provides…

Power Equipment Trade Live Streams From GIE+EXPO

Monday, October 15, 2018

Tune in to to see exclusive coverage GIE+EXPO seminars live! This year, back again by popular demand, PET readers and others can see a nice, live slice of GIE+EXPO from the comfort of their own computers or personal devices as Power Equipment Trade provides livestream coverage of GIE+EXPO’s Dealer Resource Center Workshops. Once again,…