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1. Toro's 7-deck mower helps Wash. parks department

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Toro's Groundsmaster 4700-D was a good choice for Bremerton Parks and Recreation Department in Washington, providing a fast, even cut with less manpower, said Parks Supervisor Steve Mutek. The "state-of-the-art," $79,258 mower has seven decks and mows a swath about 12 feet wide. Mutek notes the mower will free up employees to work on other tasks. Kitsap Sun (Kitsap Peninsula, Wash.) (free registration) (04/28)

2. Models from Honda, John Deere among top 5 mowers in U.K.

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

The John Deere X100 and Honda HR 370 electric mower made this list of top five lawn mowers in the U.K. Also listed were the Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R, the Masport Rotarola 22-inch and the Allett Buckingham 24-inch cylinder mower. This Is Money (U.K.) (04/27)

3. MT Trackless to help Minn. city with mowing, snow removal

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

The Willmar, Minn., Public Works Department plans to purchase an MT Trackless to mow the area's parks. The equipment includes a mower, snow blower and blade attachments at a cost of $135,236. The city will purchase the machine through a contract from MacQueen Equipment. West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) (04/28)

4. Stihl outer space ad highlights leaf blower's power

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Stihl's new ad showing a leaf blower propelling an astronaut through space makes "power" the "operative word," writes Kiran Aditham. The add "shows just how much punch Stihl leaf blowers can pack with some rather bombastic, cosmic flair," he adds. (04/13)

5. Exmark contest offers Z X-Series Mower as grand prize

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Exmark is holding a "Take Back Your Weekends Video Contest," awarding its $12,100 Exmark Lazer Z X-Series Mower LZX801GKA60600 as the grand prize. The contest aims to boost customer involvement with the brand by inviting them to submit videos of how the mower would free up their weekend time. Other prizes include golf, fishing and hunting trips. (04/29)

6. U.S. wages may be at all-time high, economists say

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Labor Department figures that reflect stagnating wage growth are based on a flawed measure of inflation, some economists say. Wage estimates tied to an alternative inflation index indicate that wages for nonsupervisory workers are at an all-time high after reaching a low point around 1990. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/23)

7. Rollover protection systems help keep lawn mower operators safe

OPEI SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Many injuries from riding lawn mowers are due to operator carelessness, according to doctor Joe Olivi. He notes that zero-turn mowers may lose traction when mowing on inclines, potentially sliding. However, rollover protection systems on commercial mowers can help keep operators safe. KSPR-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (04/30)

8. Consumer Reports recommends monthly blade sharpening for mowers

OPEI SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Lawn mower owners should sharpen the blades monthly or at least twice per season, according to these tips from Consumer Reports. The magazine's staff also recommends taking time when mulching to ensure the grass is finely processed and being aware that making turns at higher speeds can damage the turf. (04/30)

9. 80-year-old stays fit cutting 14 miles of grass daily

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Deadline News (Scotland) (04/23)

10. Most Americans regret the way they paid for college

OPEI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. adults with college loans said they regret the way they financed their own or their children's education. More than one-third of millennials wish they had delayed going to school in order to save more money first. Journal of Accountancy online (04/29)

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