Outdoor Power Equipment

July 1, 2004
Husqvarna The 345Fx from Husqvarna is a forestry clearing saw designed to be easily operated with high performance and unique ergonomic solutions. The


The 345Fx from Husqvarna is a forestry clearing saw designed to be easily operated with high performance and unique ergonomic solutions. The short, smooth shaft with the beveled gear angled at 24 degrees simplifies directional felling in dense forests. The E-tech engine with automatic smart start provides rapid acceleration and reduced emissions. The angled handlebar, ergonomic handles, and thumb control throttle are designed for comfortable, efficient handling. The LowVib feature reduces fatigue and gives control during operation.
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Rock Solid

Rock Solid has four models of Plugr walk-behind turf aerators for various jobs. The Plugr PL410 is designed specifically for rental to homeowners and small commercial lawn care professionals. The PL410 has a 22-inch aeration width and can be transported in a car trunk. Cam-powered tines punch deep holes into soil with no add-on weights or water drums. Tines disengage with a hand lever to skip over sprinkler heads and sidewalks. Four wheels and a wide base give the operator control and maneuverability.

“The maintenance costs have been low for this type of rental equipment and my customers are happy to have an easier-to-operate and take-home machine,” says Rich Gibbs of Gibbs Rental in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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The HT 101 pole pruner from Stihl features the patented low-emissions Stihl 4-Mix engine combined with a telescoping shaft that extends from 7.5 to 11.5 feet for tough, hard-to-reach branches. The fuel efficiency of the 4-Mix technology minimizes refueling time. The automatic bar and chain oiling system is designed to provide smooth, efficient operation. The pruner weighs 16.1 pounds and a tool-less oil cap with retainer and side-access chain tensioner are standard.

Scott Sizemore, owner of All About Trees in Independence, Ky., says he owns two HT 101 pole pruners and uses them to trim trees. “One of the best things about Stihl is the dependability,” Sizemore says. “They're excellent as far as not having to work on them and they have plenty of power.”
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Honda Power Equipment

Honda Power Equipment introduces the EB/EM series of generators for the rental, commercial and residential markets. The new generators are available in 3,800-, 5,000- and 6,500-watt sizes. The EB series generators are ground fault circuit interrupter protected to meet OSHA jobsite regulations. The EM series deluxe models are featured for home standby use with electric start, remote start capability and simultaneous DC charging. The generators have 6.6-gallon fuel tanks, reinforced standing legs for durability, and bumper protection to minimize transport damage.
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The BC2000XL brush chipper from Vermeer has two 18-inch diameter spring-tensioned vertical feed rollers to automatically control the feeding of material into the cutting chamber. The feed opening and large rollers allow the chipper to tackle whole trees up to 20 inches in diameter. The Vermeer SmartFeed material-feeding system boosts this machine's ability to chip forked or bent material. This system monitors changes in engine rpm and automatically stops or reverses the feed rollers to optimize production. To improve operator safety, a bottom feed stop bar system makes it possible for the operator's leg to strike the bar and shut off the feed either intentionally or automatically in an emergency situation.
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The new Merry rough terrain mower from MacKissic is designed for heavy-duty mowing. It can mow head-high grass and weeds, dense thickets of brush and small trees and saplings that are up to 2 inches thick. The mower features a new handle attachment and controls, new mower deck and housing, and redesigned drive system for years of maintenance-free service. The mower has a 26-inch-wide cut with air tip blade and four forward speeds with power reverse. A 42-inch-wide landscape mower deck that will install in less than two minutes is also available.
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Rayco introduces the RG 1631 gas-powered stump cutter, a larger and more powerful version of the RG 1625A Super Jr. The machine provides 31 hp, fingertip controls and variable travel speeds. The stump cutter also features a single wheel or posi-traction select drive, an anti-creep hill brake and a Rayco “Quick Stop” cutter wheel brake for maximum safety.
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Little Wonder

The new extended reach gas hedge trimmer from Little Wonder features a 180-degree blade rotation and adjustable length shafts. The short shaft model weighs 12.9 pounds and features a 25-inch double-edge blade and 36-inch shaft length. The long shaft model weighs 14.2 pounds and has a 20-inch double-edge blade and 60-inch shaft length. Both models have a support brace and shoulder strap for support during use. The hedge trimmers are powered by a 22.5cc engine and have a blade speed of 4,900 cuts per minute. The hedge trimmer offers infinite blade positions up to 180 degrees to reach hard-to-access hedge tops.
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The new RC-60 all-surface loader from ASV provides contractors with a mid-size loader that achieves maximum traction and stability for more productivity in a wide range of conditions. The machine utilizes a Caterpillar 3024CT 60-hp turbocharged diesel engine. The RC-60 has 60-hp and is designed for virtually every environment. The RC-60 is also designed to lift and place large loads, with an operating capacity of 1,900 pounds.
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