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February/March 2017

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Emissions standards update Engine emissions standards will be the single biggest event shaping the power equipment industry for a decade. On the other hand, the changes will be painless and for most businesses, hardly noticed. Chair of Blue Sky Alliance, Gary Fooks, explains.
Store merchandisingOne of the most fun and creative aspects of running a retail store is managing the visual merchandising elements within the space. This includes everything from the window display a prospective customer first sees that draws them to your store, to the signage that directs them around, and the merchandising displays that catch their eye and ultimately influence them to make a purchase.
All powered upThe future of the power equipment industry is already written – not in stone, but in the wave of changes in the energy sources that will, in term, determine the equipment of the very near future.

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December/January 2016-17

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Spark plugs or bright sparks? You be the judge Most people look at the thread pitch, diameter and reach of the plug and that is good enough. It is better to make a sale than miss out. Well, your small four stroke has a spark plug with a higher heat range and a shorter reach centre electrode, designed to run hotter to burn off oil.
Fire Survival Guide Australian Pump Industries have produced an updated version of their Fire Survival Guide. The guide helps pump dealers to educate home owners on how to assess the risks of fire for their property and to take preventative action.
Kohler Pump – WP 2.0 I was happy when Tim, the CEO of the company that distributes KOHLER said that he was going to send a pump with plenty of lead time before the article is due, so I could ‘flog it’. It sends a certain message of complete faith in the brand by the seller.

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October/November 2016

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OPEA AGM In 2015/16, the Outdoor Power Equipment Association (OPEA) has delivered on its intention to listen and act on important issues and has seen a great deal of progress as a result. Lauren Butler reports on the recent AGM.
University of Melbourne’s System Garden Tim Uebergang was an illustrator and animator when he started working at The University of Melbourne between jobs. Now working as the curator of the 160 year old System Garden at the Parkville campus, Mr Uebergang spoke with Lauren Butler about the joys and challenges of maintaining the 160 year old garden, and the outdoor power equipment assisting operations.
Protecting your assets David Moir, specialist account manager of Burbank Insurance Consultants and authorised representative of Action Insurance Brokers, answers some important questions that are sometimes overseen to help you lessen risk and protect your assets.

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August/September 2016

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What to expect of emission standards Non-road spark ignition engines and equipment (NRSIEE) can contribute significantly to air pollution in Australia, particularly in urban areas. The Australian Government is working towards introducing emission standards to reduce air pollution from NRSIEE which include mowers, chainsaws, generators and outboards.
Should eye be safe? To ensure you protect yourself and those you are responsible for, it is important to have an effective eye and face safety program in place that is committed to by management and is agreed upon by all staff/contractors and visitors to the area.AS/NZS1336 – 2014 eye and face protection provides recommended practices and guidance for the selection, care and use of eye and face protectors.
Prolong the life of your mower Four-Stroke engine technology has gone ahead in leaps and bounds over the past decade, but maintenance is still a must. According to Honda Power Equipment national technical services manager, Steve Harvey, a little can go a long way in maintaining your mower.

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June/July 2016

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Inaugural Honda Invention Competition winners announced The Honda Invention Competition was created to help stimulate manufacturing in Australia by fostering the innovation of 4-stroke powered products. Honda awarded two categories as part of its award ceremony on April 21, including Honda’s current original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and the general public.
Tropical Forestry Services Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) was founded in 1997 after successful government trials in the plantation growth of Indian Sandalwood. TFS now manages the largest area of Indian sandalwood plantation in the world, with over 10,500 hectares across all sites. With its first commercial harvest completed in 2014, TFS has a large fleet of power equipment for its lopping and maintenance operations, and an ongoing relationship with Aussie Pumps for its irrigation.
Gianni Ferrari Gianni began designing walk behind tractors in Italy In 1957, and took a keen interest in farming machinery. Between the 60s and 80s, he started developing a wide range of motor scythe mowers, as well as expanding on agricultural equipment.

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April/May 2016

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Operator Profile: Jim’s Mowing Founder, owner and CEO of Australia’s largest franchisee chain Jim’s Group, spoke to PEA reporter Lauren Butler about the roots of the company, the secrets to its success and the outdoor power equipment at the core of its operations.
Technology evolution over the last 10 years Richard Comely is the director of international product development at Ransomes Jacobsen, with responsibility for the concept and design of new machinery across the Jacobsen business. He has teams of product managers based in Ipswich in the UK and Charlotte in North Carolina. Mr Comely looks at how turf maintenance equipment has developed over the past 10 years and where it could be heading in the next decade.
The Inaugural Honda Invention Competition The finalists are in! Honda is pleased to announce the four Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products and three publicly entered product finalists of the Honda Powered Invention Competition for 2015/16.
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February/March 2016

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Operator Profile: Taylors Wines Taylors Wines have been using power equipment, assisted by traditional methods of maintenance since their establishment in 1969. Viticulturist Colin Hinze and maintenance manager Stephen Kershaw speak with Lauren Butler about Taylors Wines’ equipment, training and conscientious approach towards energy efficiency.
New Emissions Standards – Fact and Fiction OPEA have been working for 12 years with various governments and with support of other industry associations to introduce emission standards for non-road spark ignition engines sold within OPE and marine. Although it has taken a while, we are now nearing the introduction of new standards for our industry. Here is the latest news.
Store Merchandising and Customer Education In the world of retail, one of the key sales metrics you’re going to want to focus on is ‘sales per square footage’, which is the average revenue a retail business generates for every square foot of sales space. Essentially, your retail space has to be your post productive and most efficient salesperson, and how you go about optimizing your sales space for maximum revenue is to employ the art and science of visual merchandising.
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December 2015/January 2016

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Australia’s Only Portable OPE Manufacturers Make Good JOHN POWER interviews Aussie icons ‘Atom Industries’ and ‘Christie Engineering’ – the only two manufacturers in Australia of portable powered
equipment. Both have ‘made good’ by producing good-quality products!
Training: My Journey to a Teaching Career Life as a professional Outdoor Power Equipment instructor is both rewarding and inspiring, writes JOHN O’SHEA from TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.
Operator Profile: Skyline Landscaping Skyline Landscape Services has grown into a national business by targeting the burgeoning commercial/infrastructure landscaping market. John Power talks to Skyline’s Managing Director CHRIS RICHARDSON about the company’s operations.
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October/November 2015

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OPEA AGM: Professionalism and cooperation on display The Outdoor Power Equipment Association (OPEA) is enjoying a period of energetic accomplishments, turning the rhetoric of yesteryear into solid actions for the benefits of all members. JOHN POWER reports.
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August/September 2015

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Emissions Standards: OPEA and Government Working Together An agreement on national emissions standards and measures for non-road engines is ahead of schedule, with details due to be finalised by the end of 2015 – six months ahead of schedule.
Operator Profile: Springvale Botanical Cemetery Springvale Botanical Cemetery, part of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Victoria, runs an outdoor power equipment (OPE) fleet that any small city council would be proud to own. We speak to Horticulture Manager GARY MOORES about his teams’ activities, which are helping to attract non-traditional users to the facility.
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June/July 2015

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Emissions Standards An agreement on national emissions standards and measures for non-road engines is ahead of schedule and an announcement could be made to industry within three months, Australia’s Environment Minister says.
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April/May 2015

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Ariens Appoints Allpower Industries as Australian Distributor Ariens Company has appointed Allpower Industries as its Australian distributor for Ariens Company equipment, including Ariens® and Gravely® brands.
Emissions Standards Coming Soon Emissions Standards for non-road engines look like becoming a reality, perhaps in mid-2016.
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February/March 2015

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New Jacobsen Distributor NSW Jacobsen, a Textron company and manufacturer of high-quality mowers and turf maintenance equipment, has appointed JT TURF PTY Ltd as their main distributor for NSW.

Small Engine Emissions Standards Move a Step Closer According to the Ministers’ announcement, “Governments will complete work by mid-2015 to develop emissions control measures for non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.”
Steven Lee Retires from Cox Industries Steven Lee has announced his decision to step down as General Manager of Cox Industries. PEA asked Steven to comment on his four decades of dedication to the Outdoor Power Equipment industry
The Innovative Aussie Atom Does it Again! Designed and manufactured in Australia, Atom Industries has produced another outstanding product – the ATOM AIRLIFT® BLOWER (Pats Pend.)
Vale Michael Ariens The Outdoor Power Equipment community will be saddened to hear of the passing of Michael S. Ariens, a global leader in the industry for 55 years.
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Summer 2014/2015

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Bushfire Prevention with OPE Bushfire Prevention – Dealers alert your customers to the simple tasks that can render their properties safer
New Honda Mowers Released Honda recently released six new walk-behind mowers at dealer conferences.
Small Business Management Making a profit is what business is all about. Finding the right price to sell at is as important to your success as the product (or service) itself.
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Aug/Sept 2014

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TMA Industry Forum 2013 Presented few surprises for Australia’s agricultural machinery industry as demand for its products and services
2014 – 2015 Mowers Arians – 2013/14 was a record year for Ariens Co Wholegoods. Driven by a 50% increase in our Dealer network within Australia, Ariens and Gravely sales were extremely strong in all regions…
Stihl boss shortlisted for CEO of the year Chris Radin has been shortlisted as potential 2014 CEO of the Year.

Emissions Standards An agreement on national emissions standards and measures for non-road engines is ahead of schedule, with details due to be finalised by the end of 2015 – six months ahead of schedule.