Power Equipment Australasia

Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia are pleased to provide the articles contained in this publication to keep its subscribers up to date on issues which may be relevant to their businesses. This publication is supplied strictly on the condition that Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia, its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants are not responsible for any deficiency, error, omission or mistake contained in this publication, and Glenvale Publications and Power Equipment Australasia, its employees, agents, authors, editors and consultants hereby expressly disclaim all liability of whatsoever nature to any person who may rely on the contents of this publication in whole or part. Published by GLENVALE PUBLICATIONS A.B.N. 31 218 591 688 11 Rushdale St, Knoxfield VIC 3180 PO Box 50, Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 9544 2233 Fax: (03) 9543 1150 Editor: Elaine Sharman Phone: 0411 550 808 Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Sub Editor: Jackie Joy Journalists: Jackie Joy John Power Gary Fooks ADVERTISING Alastair Bryers Email: alastair.bryers@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0498 555 085 Elaine Sharman Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0411 550 808 ACCOUNTS Melissa Graydon Email: melissa.graydon@glenv.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS Melissa Graydon $60.50 – 6 issues subs@glenv.com.au ART, PRODUCTION AND ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS Justin Carroll PageSet Australia Phone: (03) 9544 2233 PRINTING Southern Impact Pty Ltd 181 Forster Road,Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 8796 7000 EDITOR’S COLUMN With winter just around the corner, it's important to start thinking about how you'll prepare your property and garden for the cold months ahead. Chainsaws are an essential tool for tidying up fallen branches and overgrown trees, improving the appearance of your outdoor space and increasing safety. Additionally, preparing your wood piles for winter is crucial for keeping your home warm and cozy, especially during power outages or other emergencies. While preparing for winter can be a daunting task, taking the time to tidy your property using chainsaws and getting your wood piles ready is an essential part of being a responsible homeowner. By putting in a little effort now you can ensure that you are ready for whatever winter throws your way. Safety being a top priority; see information on pages 18 -19 on how to maintain and store your chainsaw. New Zealand has been hit hard by recent climate events, including severe floods and mudslides. These events have caused significant damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure and have forced many people to evacuate their homes. Climate scientists warn that extreme weather events like these will become more frequent and intense as the planet warms, highlighting the urgent need for action on climate change. As we work to mitigate the effects of climate change, it’s important to support those affected by these events and to prepare ourselves for the possibility of more extreme weather in the future. To help future-proof our homes and business assets go to page 24 to read about Krisis Flood Bags. In Operator Profile (pages 10 -12) read about how Joseph and Sue Evans have cut high energy costs considerably by recently installing a Vehicle-to-Grid electric system which helps power everything from household utilities to outdoor power equipment. The one thing that makes this Editor proud is that Joseph specifically mentions that he purchased a Greenworks Pro 60V ride on with 4 extra batteries because he saw the advertisement in the magazine. In our regular Product Focus feature on page 25, Colbrook have upped the ante by introducing their Autonomous Mowing Robot designed to assist landscaping contractors to reduce their labour needs, especially now with skill shortages across all industries. Gary Fooks writes about ‘What is going on with energy’ on pages 14 -16 for a clearer understanding on why our energy bills are so high and how to help mitigate the cost. On page 20, there is a drought relief program available for our growers. Driving sustainability is Warick Lorenz’s article on ‘Right to Repair’ on page 30. On page 13, read about a CQUniversity research project that will target weeds in broadacre crops using artificial intelligence (AI)-driven drones. Stephen Fairbrother covers the importance of ‘WindowUpdates’ on page 21. Dealer Profile on pages 22-23 focuses on the Stihl Shop in Ferntree Gully, VIC which boasts strong customer connect and effective teamwork. Jo Katsos shares her knowledge on best business practice on pages 26-27. Read about Autumn Jobs by STIHL as a top of mind reminder for all, on pages 28 and 29. We finish off with regular features interspersed throughout the magazine and with that it’s a wrap. All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor