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1. Lawn mower painted in Redskins team colors is big hit

OPEI SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Skip Coleman has received a lot of attention after painting his riding mower burgundy and gold as a tribute to the Washington Redskins football team. People have offered to take his mower tailgating, and a landscaper commissioned him to create a Dallas Cowboys-themed mower. Washington Redskins (07/01)

2. Video: Man mows lawn with homemade triple-mower

OPEI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A New Hampshire man created a customized triple-mower with a ride-on mower that pulls two additional walk-behind mowers via a crossbar. This allows him to cut 94 inches of grass at a time. The Daily Mail (London) (06/29)

3. Stihl's Fred Whyte retiring after 23 years as president

OPEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Stihl President Fred Whyte will retire at the end of 2015 after 23 years as president and 44 years with the company. Bjoern Fischer, currently vice president of finance, will take over as president Jan. 1. Last year's double-digit growth created another record year for the company. Inside Business (Hampton Roads, Va.) (06/30)

4. Choosing the right oil for outdoor power equipment

OPEI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Outdoor power equipment owners need to purchase the right oil for their engines, such as two-cycle oil for engines that require a gas-and-oil mixture or four-cycle oil for engines with a separate oil reservoir. More advanced engines require synthetic oils. Lawn mowers also benefit from nondetergent oil to reduce motor stress and improve cooling. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (06/29)

5. Remote-controlled mower helps Pittsburg, Kan., city employees

OPEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Pittsburg, Kan., city employees are using a remote-controlled lawn mower to cut grass on slopes, saturated areas and other tricky spots. The low center of gravity allows it to climb steeper hills, while the lightweight design helps it exit ditches. The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, Kan.) (06/30)

6. Stihl displays cordless power equipment at U.K. show

OPEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Stihl is displaying 16 cordless outdoor power tools at the U.K.'s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. The chainsaws, brush cutters and hedge trimmers being featured include the MSA 160 C-BQ cordless chainsaw, ASA 85 cordless pruning shears and HLA 85 long-reach hedge trimmer. It's also showcasing its hot-swap batteries, which can be used in any piece of equipment from the company's cordless lineup. Horticulture Week (U.K.) (06/30)

7. Clean mowers to avoid spreading lawn fungus

OPEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Lawn mowers can contribute to the spread of unattractive fungus like brown patch. Heavy rains in St. Louis have led to one of the worst brown patch outbreaks in years, landscapers say. However, cleaning the underside of the mower before use can help prevent this. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (06/26)

8. 4 ways to prevent equipment contact with tree bark

OPEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Hand-weeding at least 2 feet out from a tree is one way to prevent lawn mowers and string trimmers from coming into contact with the bark. It is also helpful to use mulch around the base or use a flexible plastic trunk guard. Herbicide can also be used to kill weeds around the base of a tree. Killeen Daily Herald (Texas) (06/27)

9. More Americans delaying major life decisions for financial reasons

OPEI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Fifty-one percent of Americans are putting off major life changes such as retirement and home ownership due to financial reasons, an AICPA survey found. That's up from 31% in 2007. Journal of Accountancy online (06/25)

10. Obama moves to widen eligibility for overtime pay

OPEI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

President Barack Obama has proposed a rule to make overtime pay available to millions of workers. Congressional action is not required. Supporters and critics expect the rule to be challenged in court and possibly in Congress. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

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