Category: News

Horizon Expands Kawasaki Territory

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Horizon Distributors recently expanded its product line to offer Kawasaki handheld power products to customers in Georgia and North Carolina. The addition of Kawasaki products in Georgia and North Carolina is part of Horizon’s continuous expansion of product offerings to meet the growing needs of landscape contractors. Previously, Horizon has only supplied Colorado, Texas and…


NPR: Ethanol 'Kills' Small Engines?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

“We’re happy to build new equipment for new fuels with increased ethanol but we will not sit idly by and put our customers’ safety and economic interests at risk.”—Kris Kiser, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute The small engine-ethanol issue has gone national with a recent report on U.S. National Public Radio featuring an instructor at WyoTech…


NREL Federal Ethanol Study ‘Inconclusive’

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Industry officials say the results of a federal study prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Dept. of Energy that looked at the effect ethanol blended gasoline as high as E15 and E20 has on small engines is inconclusive at best, leaves many questions unanswered and is primarily an indicator that…


Shindaiwa PowerBroom on "Cool Tools"

Friday, December 12, 2008

Shindaiwa has been chosen to showcase its versatile C4 Technology M2510 multi-purpose tool and PowerBroom attachment on the DIY Television Network show, “Cool Tools” hosted by Chris Gundy. The “Cool Tools” segment features the Shindaiwa M2510 with PowerBroom attachment in a variety of applications highlighting its tremendous time and labor-saving capabilities. The M2510 power head…


Integrity, Extra Effort Build Customer Relationships

Friday, December 12, 2008

While tightly editing a submitted piece for the January-February issue that looks at low-cost marketing strategies, taken from the recently-published “Changing the Channel: 12 Easy Ways to Make Millions for Your Business,” the following sentence from co-author MaryEllen Tribby ended up on the cutting room floor: “Strong customer relationships are built on integrity: Never promise…


Ariens Selling Out of Snow Machines

Thursday, December 11, 2008

According to news reports, a strong early snow season has major supplier Ariens Co. already sold out of snowthrowers, and even though the company is still building them, the ones on the factory floor are all spoken for in their distribution chain. Company officials report that many of its dealers are already sold out of…


Federal Study On Ethanol In Small Engines

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Leaner engine operation…higher operating and component temps…decreased CO emissions…higher idle speeds…increased NOx emissions…erratic operation…complete stalls with E15 and E20 gasoline blends. Look for more details upcoming here on poweretblog and in the Jan/Feb. issue of Power Equipment Trade, but I’ve just gotten my hands on the impressively titled “Effects of Intermediate Ethanol Blends on Legacy…


Shindaiwa, Oregon, EETC Team Up

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dealers, landscapers and others who attended the 2008 GIE+EXPO had the opportunity to brush up on key handheld power equipment topics at the “Handheld Power University” Jointly sponsored by Shindaiwa, Oregon Cutting Systems, and the Equipment and Engine and Training Council (EETC). The Handheld Power University presented easy-to-digest, 15 minute presentations that were applicable to…


Debbie Watson Dies At Age 45

Monday, December 1, 2008

This one hits close to home, folks: Debbie Watson, former Power Equipment Trade advertising sales representative from 1992 until fall 2002, died November 28 at age 45 after a long battle with skin cancer. Beautiful and vivacious, Debbie brightened every life she touched—and was a very successful PET ad-selling machine. For a while she was…


EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Target

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This news item gives dealers an idea of the push toward getting more ethanol—and renewable fuels in general—into America’s transportation fuel system. As many industry officials have said, more ethanol and new blends are eventually coming to a fuel tank near you, and it’s up to manufacturers and dealers to adapt and develop strategies to…