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1. Ariens, Cub Cadet, Toro models among Consumer Reports' top snowblower picks

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The Ariens 921032, Cub Cadet 31AH57S and Toro Power Clear 721E are among Consumer Reports' top choices for snowblowers this season. When using a snowblower, it's a good idea to determine which way the wind is blowing to help guide efficient snowblower use, Ed Perratore advises. In this article, he gives additional tips for clearing snow. ConsumerReports.org (01/21)


2. Schiller Grounds Care distributor Steven Willand expands territory

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Schiller Grounds Care distributor Steven Willand has been rewarded with an expanded territory that now includes the Northeast region. Steven Willand has been a Schiller distributor in the mid-Atlantic region for more than 40 years. The distribution partnership covers the BOB-CAT, Little Wonder, Classen, Mantis and Ryan brands. Turf magazine (01/2015)


3. John Deere launches mobile App Center for customers

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

John Deere has launched a mobile App Center aimed to help customers boost productivity and performance. "[Applications] will be available to help manage many jobs within their operation while helping to improve overall efficiency for their work or farm site," said Pat Pinkston, vice president, technology and information solutions, for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. Farm & Ranch Guide (01/20)


4. Briggs sees higher Q2 profit driven by acquisition, engine sales

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Briggs & Stratton saw improved profit of $6.9 million for the second quarter, compared with $700,000 during the same period last year. The growth was driven by an acquisition and improved sales of outdoor power equipment engines. "We continue to expect modest industry growth in the upcoming season. Further, we are again introducing several new products this spring, including the industry's only engine that doesn't require an oil change," said CEO Todd Teske. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (01/21)


5. Goodyear, Michelin advance tire technology

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

The Tweel tire, produced by Michelin, lasts three times longer than a normal tire and has the unique characteristic of never going flat. John Deere has started using it for its Z-Trak mowers. Meanwhile, Goodyear's "Air Maintenance Technology" maintains the correct air pressure and allows tires to stay inflated without external pumps. SmithsonianMag.com (01/22)


6. Briggs & Stratton, Ryobi blowers help deal with winter storms

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Briggs & Stratton has added a serrated auger, dubbed "SnowShredder" to this season's single-stage snowblowers. The auger provides the power of a two-stage snowblower paired with the maneuverability of a single-stage. Meanwhile, Ryobi and Snow Joe offer cordless snowblowers that are powered by a lithium battery. Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.), The (01/22)


7. 2015 to bring increased adoption of propane mowers

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

2015 is expected to be good year for adoption of propane-powered mowers as contractors now have at least 135 models to choose from, writes Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development for the Propane Education & Research Council. "Most importantly, propane mowers are not just available in zero-turn models. Wide-area walk-behind and stand-on mowers powered by propane are now available," he writes. Kohler, Exmark, Toro, John Deere, Gravely and Wright are among the manufacturers now offering propane options. Green Industry Pro magazine (01/19)


8. Is your muscle car lying to you?

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Automakers have begun using computer-generated engine noise to make their cars sound throatier and more muscular. "It's a mind trick. It's something it's not. And no one wants to be deceived," says Mike Rhynard of the Denver Mustang Club. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)


9. Shadbush, Virginia creeper among top choices for deer-deterrent landscaping

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Fences, repellents and tree protectors can prevent deer damage in a landscape but it's also a good idea to choose deer-deterrent shrubs and trees. For trees, this can include downy serviceberry, shadbush, pinion pine, paper birch, Japanese cedar and Colorado blue spruce. Shrub choices could include pawpaw, boxwood, caryopteria, creeping wintergreen, Japanese andromeda, Virginia creeper and rose of Sharon. South Jersey Local News (Medford, N.J.) (01/20)


10. 4 ways to tell if you're a real leader

OPEI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

There's a fine line between leadership and management, writes Stacey Alcorn. Real leaders are willing to learn and confident enough to let others be part of decision-making. "I learned this the hard way. I used to control and manage everything in my business from the planning of events to the training and marketing," she writes. Entrepreneur online (01/20)




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