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ECHO—For nearly 50 years, Echo has been setting the standard for the power equipment industry. Our mission at Echo is to deliver innovative and reliable products that bring power and authority to green space professionals. We continually push the boundaries to provide customers with unmatched experiences and products.

Founded in 1972 in Northbrook, Ill. as Kioritz Corp. of America, Echo was initially an importer of high-performance 2-cycle engines and handheld products. In 1978, we officially established under Echo Inc. and shifted our focus towards engineering and manufacturing. We produced our first lawn care product, the GT-200 grass trimmer, and continued to expand our product offering to include chain saws, straight shaft trimmers, brush cutters, backpack and handheld blowers and hedge trimmers.

In 1985, we established our present-day Americas corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lake Zurich, Ill. Today, we continue with our goal of providing people with innovative products that offer real solutions. We bring ultimate power to the pros through the Echo X-series brand, which is made up of our most powerful, lightweight models that offer exclusive features and innovations, all designed to give you greater productivity.

One of our other exciting initiatives is our partnership with Minor League Baseball (MiLB). Through this partnership, users of Echo products can experience the brand in fun and memorable ways. Our goal is to stay inspired, innovative and engaged, so that’s why we’ve teamed up with MiLB to refurbish youth baseball and softball fields in Minor League Baseball communities. We are proud to partner with such an incredible organization to give back and support young athletes.

Echo is excited to provide professional-grade, high-performance power equipment for our customers and continue to be a recognized leader in the industry, and 2020 will be one of our best.

Visit us at GIE+EXPO to see our new lineup and learn more about ECHO’s #20for2020!

Contact us at indoor booth #5112 and outdoor booth #7451-D; visit echo-usa.com.

FLUID FILM—Fluid Film is a lanolin based, solvent free, rust and corrosion inhibitor as well as a penetrating lubricant. Fluid Film provides excellent protection for metal components. The formula is 100% solvent free and will not get gummy or tacky. The non-tacky material also aides with cleanup of the underside of lawnmowers as the moist grass will not stick to the material, saving time and money cleaning the equipment at the end of a job. It is nonconductive and will prevent corrosion on battery terminals or electrical components like automatic sprinkler systems.

The use of Fluid Film in landscaping helps to extend maintenance schedules, resulting in significant cost savings and longevity of equipment. Fluid Film’s soft, active coating penetrates to the base metal, where it migrates to create a formidable, protective wet barrier that prohibits corrosion on a molecular level by displacing moisture and locking out oxygen. The wool wax formulation is classified as non-toxic and non-hazardous and will not burn greenery when used on cutting devices.

Fluid Film provides excellent lubrication for moving parts like hedge trimmers, mower decks, chains and gears. The barrier provides powerful protection from atmospheric corrosion in storage facilities. This makes Fluid Film ideal for preparation for off-season storage and keeping infrequently used equipment in top working order.

In harsh climates or conditions, Fluid Film will not readily freeze and retains a slick consistency, keeping chains and moving parts from binding or building up dirt and debris. Fluid Film is ideal for frame and chassis undercoating to protect from salts and brines on vehicles and trailers. With a high flashpoint and exceptional water displacement, Fluid Film is the perfect protectant for endless applications. Fluid Film also brings luster back to sunbaked coatings and helps prevent dirt and mud from caking on surfaces.

Fluid Film comes in an easy 11.75 oz. aerosol or in bulk form of 1-, 5-, and 55-gal. drums to handle any size job. Fluid Film has been made and manufactured in the U.S. for over 75 years.

Contact us at indoor booth #9156; visit fluid-film.com.

Heftee Industries—For 20 years the Heftee 4000 has been the lift of choice for technicians working on the largest riding mowers and commercial turf equipment. The 4000 safely accommodates equipment up to 87 in. wide and lifts up to 4,000 lbs., to 6 ft., in less than a minute. It’s ideal for shops short on floor space; there is no special installation required and the Heftee 4000 operates on 110V.

Technicians stand comfortably with unrestricted access to service areas, no longer lying on cold concrete floors in awkward positions to perform under-equipment jobs. And the Heftee 4000 is freestanding for easy relocation within shop.

The Heftee 4000 standard equipment package comes complete with jacks, boom and extension arms for completing virtually any repair job.

Heftee’s revolutionary single-mast design gives unrestricted access to the equipment. There are no crossbars or twisting cables, and the jacks, booms, support arms and easily adjustable work platforms—all integrate with the lift.

Making hard-to-service equipment easy to service is Heftee’s business. Any lift can lift. Heftee lifts are equipped with unique features that enhance service. The technician can focus on repairing hard-to-service turf equipment and utility vehicles better, faster, safe.

Contact us at indoor booth #8198; visit heftee.com.

HONDA POWER EQUIPMENT—Honda Power Equipment powers into GIE+EXPO 2019 in Louisville, Ky. with technologically advanced outdoor power products. In the spotlight at the company’s interactive, experiential display will be the all-new Honda HRN lawnmower lineup. Designed from the ground up, Honda HRN lawnmowers replace the company’s popular HRR series and feature four major areas of innovation: More power and torque, a rugged design, intuitive controls and easier operation and serviceability—all with the goal of making the task of grooming grass more productive and more enjoyable for lawn care enthusiasts.

Powered by the new Honda GCV170 engine, Honda HRN models deliver 9% more power and 18% more torque than HRR models, allowing the user to power through thick, heavy grass and enjoy a smooth, even cut. What’s more, the new Honda GCV170 engine offers improved maintenance and usability through a larger fuel tank spout, easier oil changes and reliable, dependable starting and re-starting. A smart engine layout makes for easy access to the spark plug and an optimized air cleaner that can be changed without tools.

The Honda HRN series is designed with an array of intuitive controls for even smoother operating than the outgoing Honda HRR models. Technologically innovative features begin with an improved design of the Adjustable Smart Drive that allows for ease of speed variation with a press of a wide paddle control on the handlebar. In addition, a 3-in-1 Clip Director lever, located on the side of the engine cowling, controls an entry shutter between the lawnmower deck and the grass bag, allowing the operator to easily select either mulching or bagging options without tools or attachments. Other features of HRN mowers include a simplified cut height control system consisting of a new dual-lever height adjustment. With just two levers, the operator can make quick and convenient adjustments for seven different cutting heights, making it fast and easy to take a little off the top, make a deep cut or mow at standard maintenance heights. And a two-way releasing rear wheel ratchets increase maneuverability by the reducing effort required to turn or pivot in tight areas.

Four new Honda HRN216 models—HRN216PKA, HRN216VKA, HRN216VLA and the HRN216VYA—feature a range of options and choices for consumers. Pricing and availability of the new models will be announced at a later date.

Contact us at indoor booth #3118 and outdoor booth #6046D; visit powerequipment.honda.com.

HUSQVARNA—Since 1689, Husqvarna has manufactured high performing products and delivered industry-changing innovations such as anti-vibration and automatic chain-break on chain saws, as well as the world’s first commercial robotic mower. Today, Husqvarna offers a broad range of high performing outdoor power products for parks, forest and garden and represents technological leadership in the key areas; chain saws, trimmers, ride-on mowers and robotic mowers. Husqvarna products are sold in more than 100 countries, mainly through servicing dealers and retailers. Husqvarna offers innovative products and total solutions to meet all of your landscaping needs. Stop by our indoor booth and outdoor booth for a hands-on experience with brand new 2020 Husqvarna products, including the all-wheel drive Automower, new handhelds, battery series products, mowers and more.

Contact us at indoor booth #9094; outdoor booth #7800D; visit husqvarna.com/us.

MASPORT—Masport was introduced in U.S. for the first time in 2012. A household name in New Zealand and a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden power equipment in both New Zealand and Australia with a proud engineering history dating back 109 years, Masport has steadily grown its U.S. dealer base in the past eight seasons. It has an extensive range of consumer and professional rotary gasoline walk behind mowers, as well as consumer battery mowers, cylinder mowers, shredders, edgers and cultivators that are also sold in 45 countries around the world.

Power Distributors are the Masport distributors in U.S. and Power Source Canada in Canada. They distribute Masport’s range of consumer and commercial power equipment to servicing dealers across North America. Masport is a dealer only brand in North America and is ideally suited to this form of distribution as its products are feature rich and of high quality.

Masport Mowers are available in various cutting widths and are powered by Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines. Masport mowers mulch, catch and side discharge, feature aluminum and steel decks, ball bearing wheels and single lever height adjustment.

At this year’s GIE+EXPO Masport features their robot mowers, battery mowers and handhold equipment as well as their BBC commercial walk behind mower. The “Masport Contractor” 3N1 professional mower has a very robust 14 ga., 21-in. steel deck, fully professional “GT” 3 speed transmission, die-cast aluminum wheels fitted with precision bearings, bolt-in heavy-duty axles and large diameter heavy gauge handles. It is available in both engine brake and BBC configuration.

Masport offers competitively priced, quality, unique products which are not available in the Big Box stores. See us at our booth or contact Power Distributors or Power Source Canada for more details on the Masport 2020 dealer only program.

Contact us at indoor booth #10180; visit masport.com; powerdistributors.com.

OPEI—The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s national landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition. The show is the place to be if you’re in this business, and the best place to equip yourself with solutions to the challenges you’re facing.

GIE+EXPO is much more than power equipment. Exhibitors are showcasing technology, software, tools and auxiliary products—everything you need to do business in today’s market. In fact, with 40 companies exhibiting software and computer/business technology, GIE+EXPO has the largest concentration of software companies of any industry event in the country.

Special features—both business and fun—also help make GIE+EXPO a valuable investment for attendees.

Arborist demos by the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop will put a 40 ft. tree inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and give attendees the opportunity to learn climbing techniques from a group of women who are experts in their field. The sessions, presented by Davey Tree are sponsored by Stihl, with support from SHELTER Tree. Open to all attendees, these sessions are included with trade show registration.

Attendees have the opportunity to win big prizes, including $20,000 in the Fabulous Friday giveaway sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans and the $15,000 UTV giveaway, which will award one lucky winner their choice of UTVs manufactured by one of the participating UTV Giveaway sponsors.

Free parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center will allow easy access for all attendees and exhibitors. No more waiting at the gate means more time on the show floor.

Lucky’s Mutt Madness, a national dog adoption event operated in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society, returns for a second year, giving attendees and chance to take a break from the show floor on Thursday, visit — and even adopt — rescue dogs in Freedom Hall. At last year’s inaugural event, 11 dogs found forever homes.

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman will present the free opening keynote, “Never Fly Solo: The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business and Life.” The highly decorated fighter pilot has a valuable message about placing trust in your wingmen and building high-performance teams. The keynote is sponsored by John Deere.

Brian Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists, will present a Special Friday Report. This free session, “More Growth—More People—More Business,” will provide insights on the state of the economy and how it relates to our industry to help attendees plan their businesses for the future.

Contact us at opei.org.

STIHL—Join Stihl for exciting new product launch news at GIE+EXPO! Stihl has been defining the future of power equipment for more than 90 years. This year, we’re continuing this legacy of innovation—providing your customers even more options within the extensive Stihl lineup of gasoline, electric or battery equipment.

Back by popular demand, GIE+EXPO is providing exclusive early access for dealers! Dealer-only access to the show floor on Wednesday, October 16 will give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with exhibitors and preview new products ahead of the crowds.

Join us in the Stihl booth and enjoy refreshments, a special presentation at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday during the dealer-only access, and a preview of new Stihl products. One lucky attendee who enters to win will walk away with $5,000! (Must be present to win.)

Contact us at indoor booth #5068; visit stihlusa.com.

SUNBELT OUTDOOR PRODUCTS—Sunbelt Outdoor Products is a long time participant at GIE+EXPO and is returning for the 2019 show. Come visit the friendly folks at the Sunbelt booth and check out a sampling of premium Sunbelt parts.

Sunbelt Outdoor Products has been busy expanding its already large 60,000+ product offering and we remain committed to providing an extensive lineup of replacement parts for much of today’s power equipment. Sunbelt offers a large and expanding selection of accessories, tools and equipment for all types of outdoor work. We have added well over 1,000 part numbers in the last year alone and have big plans for the year ahead!

Sunbelt Outdoor Products Predator and XHT blades are the strongest blades on the market. Their strength and durability comes from a patented austempering process that creates steel that is 30% harder than steel used in competing blades. Ideal for professionals, these blades require less sharpening, last longer and are lighter weight.

Sunbelt has recently introduced a lineup of professional grade lawn care equipment. This 45-piece offering including dump carts, spreaders, lawn rollers, dethatchers, aerators, hose reel carts, sprayers and more. Push and tow behind options are available for most equipment types, making for quick efficient work of even the toughest lawn care jobs. Quality build materials are used throughout, including heavy-duty poly and steel components and large wheels. This lineup also features easy assembly with assembly times ranging from three to 45 minutes and the vast majority of products assemble in 30 minutes or less.

Sunbelt Outdoor Products is a wholesaler of premium turf products and is ready to help retailers large and small to meet the needs of their customers.  Add Sunbelt products to your business! With a nationwide network of warehouses across the U.S., Sunbelt can help you get the parts you need when you need them.

Contact us at indoor booth #7010; visit sunbeltparts.com.

TD Partnership Program—Whether you’re looking to build sales with homeowners or lawn and garden contractors, Yard Card Financing can offer the right solution for your dealership. This industry-leading lawn & garden consumer financing program lets your customers bring home what they need, and helps your business grow.

The Yard Card from the TD Partnership Program, a division of TD Bank N.A., gives your customers the purchasing power they need to buy what they want with powerful revolving financing offers. After all, customers want and expect payment options; financing can help close sales. Over the long term, The Yard Card’s revolving credit line facilitates repeat purchases and helps build customer loyalty.

The Yard Card’s business-friendly benefits enable you to stand out from the competition with attractive financing offers. Additionally, the program’s strong credit limits help your customers buy more without maxing out their bankcards or tapping their bank accounts to make high-ticket purchases. Other key features include: Instant online transaction processing and fast funding; TD’s customer-centric services; ongoing marketing support to drive sales and repeat business; and training for your sales associates. Better yet, your store name is imprinted directly on every card.

Contact us at indoor booth #8164; visit tdpartnershipprograms.com/yardcard.

TRILINK SAW CHAIN—TriLink Saw Chain is proud to introduce our new machine harvester ¾ in. pitch saw chain.

The ¾ in. pitch chain complements our existing line of machine harvester .404 in. pitch chain, guide bars and handheld chains, bars and accessories.

Quality, value, durability and dependability are what TriLink strives for throughout our product line. Our new ¾ in. machine harvester chain is just that with precision engineered components to provide maximum chain life, keep you cutting, and limit down time.

All TriLink Harvester chains are manufactured from high quality alloy steel. The CAD designed semi-chisel cutters have excellent cutting speed for increased board feet production. The chrome-plated aggressive cutting edge is designed for extreme cutting conditions from the coldest winters in Sweden to the hottest summers in the Western U.S.

TriLink Harvester products provide a superior and more durable alternative over the competition. Our products are state of the art manufactured, engineered and tested to deliver the most advanced technology and quality for all your needs.

TriLink is your link to quality.

Contact us at indoor booth #1208; visit trilinksawchain.com.

WALLINGFORD’S—Wallingford’s Inc. will be displaying at the 2019 GIE+EXPO, featuring GB ProTop chain saw bars, and introducing the new Orbit 3/8 full chisel saw chain. Both are manufactured and designed for the professional market. The full line of ICC lawn and garden and ATV/UTV tire chains will also be featured, as well as a complete Aquiline compact tractor tire chain offering. ICC carries a full line of tire chains for all applications.  ICC also offers a full line of industrial chain, hooks and load binders. Stop by the Wallingford’s booth to learn more about our extensive offering. Dealer inquiries invited. 

Contact us at indoor booth #10083; visit wallingfords.com.