With a focus on user-centered design and productivity, three Briggs & Stratton companies unveiled new equipment and technology for landscape industry professionals.
As a preface to the official start of GIE+EXPO, Ferris, Billy Goat, and Briggs & Stratton's newest technology venture, IdeaHub, debuted on the lawn of the Exposition Center Tuesday afternoon.
Ferris introduced its new SRS ZX3 stand-on zero-turn mower, available with Vanguard Oil Guard. The mower is available with either a 37-gross horsepower /992cc Vanguard BIG BLOCK EFI engine with Oil Guard or a 29.5-gross horsepower /852cc Kawasaki FX850 EFI engine.
Dan Roche, marketing director for commercial products, said the mower was designed with productivity at the forefront to reduce downtown time.
The mower is equipped with a diagnostic port connected to the EFI engine. A service technician can plug in an umbilical cord to the port and download information directly from the mower to asses any problems. A code number is displayed for quick reference, or a more detailed diagnostic can be downloaded to alter the system manually.
Billy Goat introduced its latest debris loader, the DL3700V. Running at 37 hp, the debris loader is equipped with an EFI Vanguard engine for easy start-up and run time. The nearly 35 pound dual impeller system is protected by a poly-lined housing.
“Steel used to be used,” said Pierre Pereira, vice president of sales and marketing for Billy Goat, “But if it were to shred through, the mechanic would have weld a plate on top of the housing, so by lining it, the mechanic can just remove the liner and replace it.”
The hose is equipped with handles that were designed to ease operator fatigue, and the middle of the hose is suspended with a boom pole to reduce weight load.
Briggs & Stratton is entering the fleet management market with InfoHub, a fleet management system designed to attach to individual pieces of equipment, rather than trucks and trailers.
The GPS device can be installed on any piece of equipment with a spark plug and a battery. It updates every 15 seconds, so fleet managers can track their equipment’s movement, job history and provide patterns of use, like the direction a lawn was mowed. The web program uses Google maps, and can be utilized to make bids on an area and generate reports, maintenance history and set operation boundaries.