Day one from the GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America brought a plethora of product launches and industry courses. Here we break down some of the products and classes.
John Deere Introduces Fuel-Saving Zero-Turn Mower
The pitch: John Deere revealed the ZTrak PRO Z925 zero-turn mower with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), which can provide up to 25 percent fuel savings for landscape contractors.
- The mower offers a closed-loop fuel injection system that monitors engine performance for maximum efficiency.
- A 27-hp engine fine-tunes the amount of fuel injected into the engine, resulting in fuel savings.
- A cross-porting system routes the coolest hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic pump doing the most work.
- Offered in 54-inch or 60-inch models, the mower’s 7-IronPRO mowing deck is stamped from 7-gauge steel.
Case Unveils Nine Alpha Series Skid-Steers
The pitch: Case Construction Equipment launched the new Alpha Series line of skid-steers, introducing nine models ranging from 46 hp to 90 hp.
- The Alpha Series includes six radial-lift and three vertical-lift skid-steer models.
- More than 70 attachments are available, including hammers, rakes, grapples, pallet forks, brooms, dozer blades and augers.
- A front/rear weight distribution of 30/70 and a longer wheel base keep the center of gravity from moving when the loader arms are raised.
- The skid steer cabs are 25-percent wider, with improved visibility, operator comfort and control.
ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas Trucks
The pitch: ROUSH CleanTech has announced their latest propane autogas product offerings, unveiling the new 2012 Ford F-250 and F-350.
- The ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-250 and Ford F-350 trucks offer two tank options: an in-bed, 49-gallon tank or an under-bed, 25-gallon tank.
- The trucks include a new 6.2-liter V8 Ford engine with improved performance characteristics over previous versions.
- Delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2012.
Gravely offers Commercial Pro-Turn 400 XDZ Series Mower
The pitch: Gravely’s new Pro-Turn 400 zero-turn mower features an air-suspension seat and new effortless deck lift.
- The air-ride isolated operator area promotes comfort.
- The air pressure seat is adjustable with the touch of a button.
- A rubber isolated foot platform minimizes vibration.
- The mower includes a dial adjust height-of-cut system.
- The Pro-Turn 400 is available in 52-inch, 60-inch, 66-inch, and 71-inch deck models.
Mean Green’s CX-62 Commercial Pure Electric Zero Turn Riding Mowers
The pitch: The electric mower is built to commercial standards, and will last a full day by using a two-minute battery exchange system.
- The mower has a 62-inch floating deck with four cutting blades.
- The batteries offer more than 15 KWH of power.
- E-Tron fingertip controls and a full suspension seat are for operator convenience and comfort.
E-Series Push Mower Engines from Briggs & Stratton
The pitch: The 2012 E-Series engine line-up from Briggs & Stratton offers reduced emissions and one-step starting.
- Design improvements to the 625e, 675ex, and 725ex Series engines include one-pull starts and a starter rope, and an optional electric start.
- A strengthened cylinder design reduces bore distortion for less friction and wear.
- The replaceable Maxi-Clean air cleaner captures dirt and debris.
- The Super Lo-Tone muffler reduces noise levels and improves tonal quality.
Here is a list of all of the products listed in this year’s New Products Arena.
In the dealer resource Pavilion, attorney, Gary L. Antoniewicz gave dealers tips on how they can be better prepared with the legal aspects of their businesses. The first piece of advice, which can be applied to any business, was to call your attorney before making a decision. Too often, a dealer will call asking about how to take action after, for example, firing someone. The dealer would have been better off asking about the potential legalities before firing someone.
“Proactive advice is always the best advice,” Antoniewicz said. “Find out the pitfalls before you take an action.”
Antoniewicz also said a dealer should get everything in writing, and not to only depend on a verbal promise from someone.
“A manufacturer rep telling you something has no credibility in my mind,” he said.
Finally, Antoniewicz said that many dealers aren’t aware of what the legal rights are when they work on someone’s equipment, and the owner of the equipment hasn’t paid. In this economy, bankruptcy filings are more common, and dealers need to be aware of those laws. You should also always have the full, legal name of a debtor in a contract.
“You have to know lien laws in this day and age,” he said. “Always make sure you have the proper name.”