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. While we pride ourselves on producing industry-leading, high quality OPE through our manufacturing facilities in the US and UK, the main reason for our company’s recent exponential global growth comes from the independent Dealer channel. Our Dealers are incredibly hardworking, dedicated and driven businesspeople. That is why our company is driven by one simple question: “How can we help make doing business easier?”
Our focus for 2014/15 – and the focus we have brought to the market for the past 80+ years – is just that. Every decision taken at Ariens Co is made with the Dealer in mind. That’s why this year we have further improved Dealers’ margins, held our retail price increases below Australian inflation, added wholegoods warehousing in Queensland and Perth for improved delivery, and lowered OEM parts pricing on thousands of items.
Further, we have introduced 12 new products across our ranges to ensure our Dealers have the right machine for all customers walking through their doors. From the innovative new Gravely Pro Stance 36 to the ultra-premium Ariens Garden Tractor range, we have you covered.
We are always looking for more valued Dealer partners, so if you are interested in partnering with a company solely focused on your bottom line – give us a call!
Briggs & Stratton
We are excited as we enter the new season with fantastic new products.
New Victa V-Force+ 40V lithium battery-powered range comprise six cordless products: 16” mower, 18” steel-deck mower, 16” Oregon® bar chainsaw, steel-blade hedgetrimmer, hand-held blower/vac (instant turbo boost), and strong, solid chrome shaft trimmer. All are performance-packed units. All are lightweight, cordless, durable and incorporate the latest innovative lithium ion battery technology. And all are backed by Victa’s 60+ years of experience in Australian garden care!
Meanwhile we have three new ZT units for contractors and large property owners featuring iCD™ System, performance-enhancing decks, long-life greaseable cast-aluminium spindles, plus Ferris’ unique, patented suspension system:
25hp* Commercial Turf TM powered F125XT2552 with 132cm (52”) deck
26hp* Vanguard powered IS2100ZBV2652 with 132cm (52”) deck
32hp* Vanguard powered IS2100ZBV3261 with 155cm (61”) deck
The Vanguard engines feature industry-leading 3-year warranty and all new models are backed by 4-year suspension warranty. Whether for professional landscaper or weekend warrior, Ferris mowers deliver a noticeable improvement in mowing productivity. Built from the ground up to be the hardest working, smoothest riders, they are designed to tackle tough terrain and to finish big jobs faster, cutting more hectares per hour and putting more money in your pocket. Test drive a Ferris and you will never go back to another mower.
With our trusted Victa, Briggs & Stratton, Ferris and Simplicity brands, we have the range to suit all end-users. We sincerely thank our strong dealer network for their support. We are committed to continued investment in our business relationships, brands and products to support growth in what looks to be a promising upcoming season.
NB *Gross hp
Once again anticipation of an improved season failed to eventuate and, in general, sales were down on expectation. However there was a silver lining for Cox – the continued growth of our Cruiser ZT Range. Improved aesthetics and two additional models resulted in continued growth in what is becoming an integral part of the future of Cox Industries.
During 2013/2014 Cox was not idle: we completed design and testing of our new Stockman 4000 Riders. Coinciding with Cox’s 60th Anniversary, the new range combines both Stockman Live Drive and Lawn Boss Hydro Drive into a new family of ten models. Mechanically unchanged, the new Stockmans have had significant aesthetic and ergonomic upgrades that will improve future sales.
Stockman 4000 range has been available to Dealers since August. We introduce the product to the marketplace via a major Direct Mail and advertising campaign in September to coincide with the start of the 2014/2015 Season.
Cox is also releasing a new range of Chippers in October. Most in the Industry would be aware Cox had been manufacturing Hansa Chippers for the last decade. As this relationship has ended, Cox obviously wished to fill this gap in our manufacturing facility. There is no doubt that our new range will be equivalent of, or better than, other brands currently available in Australia and – more importantly – manufactured in Australia.
Deutscher look forward to this year with many places experiencing good rain. We have had a long history of manufacturing quality, long-lasting equipment. However, the market for Deutscher products has somewhat diminished with very competitive imports and a wide range of ride-on options now available. Deutscher remains a niche company making a range of self-propelled mowers, chipper-shredders and a chipper.
Many readers will be interested to learn that its twenty years since we ceased making the “R” model ride-on. Many of these remain in the field, continuing to give reliable service. Deutscher will continue to manufacture in Australia and provide quality products to our customers.
Deutscher exports to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Kenya. But we are always looking for new markets here and overseas. This year we are targeting strategic users of our equipment and have increased staff to grow the business with them.
GA Power Equipment Spares
GA Power Equipment Spares (GA) has the most extensive distribution system around
Australia in the OPE Industry. With six strategically-located warehouses around Australia, GA is on track to deliver our customers an exciting 2015. Each location is overseen by an experienced OPE Industry Branch Manager, supported by a knowledgeable team of customer service personnel – which means you speak to a person when you call us!
Supported by a fast and reliable team of store workers, GA can ensure Dealer queries are answered successfully and orders are picked and packed accurately, safely and quickly!
Our Dealers have access to a diverse range of high quality spare parts. This robust range is in addition to our partnerships with household names like Oregon and Kawasaki, and signifies our commitment to providing our customers with the best quality products with which to build their business on. GA also has the industry’s largest staff of local sales representatives who are only ever a call away from providing our customers with assistance.
Whilst we’ve grown into Australia’s largest wholesaler of quality aftermarket spare parts for mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters/trimmers and small engines we haven’t forgotten our roots.
All new products are high-quality and cost-effective lines guaranteed to help dealers regain market share from big box retailers. GA believes in partnering with the local dealer and we remain dedicated to giving the dealer back their independence.
All of these reasons make GA Power Equipment Spares easy to deal with!
Graden machines continue to set the benchmark for tough, no-nonsense ZT mowers. Not wanting to rest on our laurels, Graden asked our loyal Aussie Dealers what modifications they would like to see introduced. Many Dealer suggestions mirrored Graden’s design team observations. Great minds think alike!
The resulting modifications are now being phased in (mostly Suburban & Mighty Compak). Useful additions such as tie-down points and bigger rear guards (offering greater engine protection) will be easily spotted. Some items that were “options” are now “standard”. Other changes are not immediately apparent – but still improve our already great mowers. We are confident these improvements will maintain Graden’s ZT range at the head of the pack.
Graden are also making a fundamental change to our marketing by involving the Dealer network directly in decisions about when, where and how we advertise in each area. Another example of Graden’s collaborative process with our Dealers.
Contact Graden and join a Dealer network that has a genuine voice. Look us up at www.graden.com.au
Greenfield Mowers are Australian Made and Australian Owned. Greenfield does not market any mower or chipper-shredder not manufactured in our Brisbane factory. Further, it has been our policy for over 50 years to support only Specialist Dealers.
There have been some modifications to our range:
Evolution Fastcut models now have Ogura Electromagnetic Clutches combining the safety of an electric cutter clutch with the unique ability to maintain a fully self-tensioning belt system. B&S powered models all now use Premium Professional Series Engines (2-year Domestic & 1-year Commercial Warranties – 20hp Vanguard with 3-years commercial!). The 12.5hp & 18.5hp 32” models have been replaced by 17.5hp & 21hp Pro Series versions. The Kawasaki range offers 21.5hp V-twin in both standard and Deluxe while the 24hp model is only “Deluxe”.
Plus we have something really exciting in store for later in the season!
Greenfields are high-performance units capable of cutting the toughest grasses or the finest lawn. We are fastidious about quality, ensuring Greenfields have a lifespan of over 15 years. Almost six decades’ experience gives Greenfield a pedigree second-to-none. By supporting Greenfield you are keeping Australian’s employed and keeping our dollars in Australia.
Honda Power Equipment
2014/15 is shaping up to be the biggest season at Honda Power Equipment for years, headlined by the introduction of six new lawnmowers (bringing our range to 17). The new models complement Honda’s existing range and position us well, moving forward.
From domestic mowers ideal for suburban lawns, to commercial machines built with the serious contractor in mind, these new models are sure to be winners! Further, Honda mowers now start at $599, meaning even more Australians will be ‘loving their Honda’ this season.
While headlines constantly describe the contraction of Australian manufacturing, Honda Manufacturing Australia (HMA) is bucking the trend. Our Melbourne factory is still busy churning out lawnmowers and brushcutters at a frenetic pace. HMA builds about 80,000 units a year (2012/13 figures).
We applaud the actions of Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt in the government’s move to adopt Emissions Standards for all petrol-powered OPE. Honda is committed to leaving blue skies for our children, and Mr Hunt’s announcement is not only a step forward for our Industry, but also an investment in our planet’s future.
Honda would not be where it is today without the support of our loyal Dealers. Honda’s commitment to our Dealers is as strong as ever, and we thank our Dealers for their ongoing support of our brand and products.
In 2014, Husqvarna celebrates 325 years innovation – from weapons to robotic mowers, Husqvarna has dedicated three centuries to innovative products, and we are not about to stop now! Launching our ‘What makes a Husqvarna’ campaign this year, we celebrate Husqvarna’s proud history and commitment to continual investment in producing world class, innovative products.
Following our successful first-half product launch we have released more new lines ahead of spring:
R120C entry-level “Rider” developed for homeowners with small-to-medium lawns. The compact design enhances articulated Rider manoeuvrability for work in tight spaces and storage.
MZ52 confirms Husqvarna’s promise of ‘mowers without cutting limits’ taking comfort, performance and productivity to a new level. Heavy-duty commercial spec throughout, the ZT’s deck is mulch and collection capable.
LB553SE self-propelled BioClip® walk-behind is designed for tough, professional use. It has a powerful easy-start engine, upgraded front-wheel drive and combines optimal ergonomics with extraordinary cutting – even in the wet.
320 and 330X Automower® maintain Husqvarna’s lead in robotic mowing. Husqvarna pioneered the concept almost 20-years ago. 320 is suitable for areas up to 2200m2 while 330X can maintain lawns up to 3200m2. Using settings via the built-in keypad display, the battery-powered mowers leave quality finishes even on irregular shaped lawns. 330X has an upgraded anti-theft alarm and backlit keypad display. 122C low-noise, low-weight entry-level trimmer at an affordable price completes the new lines.
Husqvarna’s 2014 Spring promotions deliver something for everyone. The program combines a strategic marketing mix across both traditional and digital media with incentives that draw customers into Husqvarna Servicing Dealers stores throughout the growing season.
Husqvarna continues to deliver the most complete, diverse and competitive product offer available today from one Supplier exclusively to Specialist OPE Dealers – ensuring our Dealer Network can provide customers with a complete range of premium quality and competitively priced products to cover every need.
JAK Max is looking forward to a much-improved season following last year’s challenging conditions. JAK Max is Australia’s fastest growing OPE Supplier. We are excited about assisting our loyal customers with our customary high-quality, well-priced range of products.
We are proud to be Australia’s only Dealer-direct aftermarket parts Supplier. We believe this gives us the capacity to deliver Dealers the commitment and focus they require. Commitment and focus Dealers have come to depend on for fast, efficient supply and technical support.
JAK Max works tirelessly to accommodate the changing needs of our growing Dealer Network. With the imminent launch of our new user-friendly website www.jakmax.com.au and our 2015 product catalogue, it will soon be easier than ever to find any parts required. JAK Max will continue to expand its accessory range regularly with innovative new products providing customers the quality they require. JAK Max will maintain a strong presence at major Field Days across Australia to assist our Dealers promote brand awareness while continuing to provide the Dealer Network the very best service and Industry-leading margins.
JAK Max would like to thank all Dealers for their continued support and wish you the very best for the season ahead.
For more information: 1800 604 281 or: www.jakmax.com.au.
Previous years’ headwinds have proven less of a problem due to our broader product range. Our average machine price has reduced and the “All Grass Collection” range is now a 60/40 mix of general maintenance machinery.
While our primary focus may have shifted, we have increased our awareness of changes in product safety, in line with Australian Consumer Law and ACCC requirements. Our range now covers slope machinery 15º to 60º (all comprehensively tested before Australian release). Most are multi-purpose machines with many “quick fit attachments” (all certified for application).
Gianni Ferrari has increased its Outfront ZTs range with both petrol and diesel commercial models. These well-balanced, low centre-of-gravity units with class-leading features are engineered for a long life.
The GF range 16hp – 44hp is completed with the Turbo 4 Cruiser Air-conditioned cabin, (designed for Aussie heat). The 2.1m flex-deck delivers a quality cut with optimum clipping dispersal.
Irus Deltrak and Quatrak models are now in use across Australia. These remote-control machines accept numerous attachments and can: mow, chip, rake, cultivate and sweep (most recent addition – powerful forestry mulcher).
SMG Track and Field products reach a new dimension with new sportsfield reclamation machines with unique products designed to uplift old artificial grass fields with substantially less cost than manual methods.
The new 2WD and 4WD Wombat by Orec range has exceeded expectations. Units groom, climb steep slopes and cut everything from blackberry to saplings. They are being demonstrated right now.
Back in 1837 founder John Deere instilled four core values in his company: integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. Those values have made Deere the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment as well as a leader in turfcare and construction machinery.
This year we have released the new 1500 Series TerrainCut™ commercial front-mount range. The five models are ideal for commercial users like councils and contractors. They have high-torque, three-cylinder diesel engines 17.8kW-28.1kW (24.2hp-38.2hp), 4WD and 152cm, 157cm & 183 cm (60”, 62” & 72”) high-capacity decks, 1500 Series feature a compact design for manoeuvrability and easy transport. Two models feature two-speed hydro systems for faster operating speeds.
Key user-friendly features include cruise control, comfort seat (air-ride seat optional), Twin Touch™ pedals for the transmission and electro-hydraulic deck-drive clutch. Additionally, 1575 and 1585 are equipped with a new, comfort cab that provides 360-degree visibility. The cab features an air-conditioning and heating system for comfortable year-round use ( air ride seat is standard on these models).
The 1585 also comes with an increased axle load capacity to hold the high-specification cab. The mower’s front PTO is used to supply power to the mower deck which makes installation and removal easier and also reduces heat in the hydraulic drive system.
When the grass stops growing, the TerrainCut™ 1500 Series keeps on going with a range of additional attachments including blades. Plus new ergonomic controls and seat options keep operators comfortable all day.
We have observed growing number of customers in some sectors doing their product research via the internet. Easy access to specifications and price means today’s customers are constantly seeking the best value-for-money. Many have developed a clear preference before they visit a Dealership. We have to meet customer expectations on all fronts: product, price, finance, parts and service back-up.
Combining Kubota’s proven pedigree with the latest technology creates the ideal package for municipalities, contractors and demanding consumers.
The introduction of Kubota Australia Finance (KAF) has been very well received. Our own finance arm means being able to offer users tractor/mower/utility vehicle/ excavator-plus-finance. This will be complemented by exciting new products to be released at our September conference.
This year will see Kubota release an exciting new range of diesel RTV’s as well as premium compact tractors.
We won’t say too much now. But we certainly will come September!
There has been a Big Deal at MTD throughout June and July – that is to say, we launched our ‘Big Deal’ marketing program at dealer meetings around Australia. The culmination of much hard work by our marketing department, the ‘Big Deal’ is the most comprehensive package of its type that we have put together.
The marketing package forms a key part of MTD’s new Dealer Partnership Program, providing a greater level of support for our dealers across their entire business. While the larger facets are now in place, we will continue to build on this foundation into the future.
Our industry is undergoing changes on an unprecedented level. Climatic conditions may be the catalyst for some changes while others perhaps are the result of a shift in the general retail environment. Exactly what drives these changes is uncertain; however, as we look to the future, we can be certain that change will continue. It is only the nature and speed of this change that remains unclear.
As we move into the new season, there is no doubt that there will be challenges. However, these challenges will bring opportunity. I am confident that our new program will provide MTD dealers with a greater ability to capitalise on opportunities as they arise. At MTD, we are committed to increasing the level of support provided to our dealers and thereby, help them to convert challenges into opportunities and success.
Commitment to our Dealers is central to our business, and as Managing Director of MTD, I am proud to lead a team of people who are as committed to our dealers’ and MTD’s success, as I am.
Masport is synonymous with lawn mowing. It is one of the most trusted brands in Australasia. With this comes the release of an exciting new range of Masport SDR Ride-ons. These are a competitive range complementing our current specialised rear-baggers and 2WD & 4WD models. Masport SDR range is a USA manufactured product with proven performance and durability in Australia and all around the world. Starting under $2000 the range offers rear-engine, garden tractor and zero turn units. Masport is no stranger to ride-ons and has had tremendous success in this category for many years with many more to come. Join us as a Dealer to share in Masport SDR ride-on success.
The new “Masport Handle Lift System” has been an absolute winner! Consumers have seen the value in this new handle design and it has made closing sales much easier for Masport Dealers. This season we have added more value to the System with a simple, but effective, catcher hanger allowing the catcher to be stored on the lifted handle system hanging above the engine. This saves significant space when storing the catcher with the mower. It is something we know is important to consumers at home.
We have our great Masport sales team out in the marketplace right now presenting the new 2014/15 program. There are plenty of new models, new features and new ranges to discuss with you for this season. We thank you for your business and look forward to this next one being bigger and better.
Morrison by Masport takes a new twist this season with the introduction of a new range of Morrison MX, Honda and Mitsubishi powered curved- and split-shaft line trimmers (with pruner, hedge cutter & extension-shaft attachments). This range complements our existing DIY range and other power garden products such as lawnmowers, shredders, chainsaws, edgers, hedgetrimmers, blowers and vacs. But wait… there is more! Like Masport, but at a lower price, is a small range of USA made ride-ons. These are very competitive (RRP starts at $1499!) Morrison by Masport offers a great range of consumer products that will complement – not compete – with major professional Dealer brands. But they will appeal to home users and we are sure the potential profit will appeal to you. The Masport sales team is out now presenting these new season products and programs.
With weather forecasts indicating it is going to be dry, it is hard to be optimistic – but when I look at this season’s line-up it is very hard not to get excited!
Murray: We have the best line up since distributing Murray over 25 years ago. We have a smaller but more competitive range from 14.5/38 manual to 24/52 hydro. Most feature Murray’s patented Quick Level Deck. With improved Freight policy and 2-year warranty we are getting positive feedback.
Parklander: Our 30” Parklander mid-engine rider with B&S12.5 AVS engine and Spicer transmission now has a standard catcher (ie 3–in-1). It compliments Murray well. We expect sales to continue growing.
Challenger ZTs include new 48” Residential and 60” Commercial units. All feature B&S engines and HydroGear transmissions with commercial reinforced, fabricated 5½” deep decks (8” spindles – NSK bearings). 2014 sees new mulch kits, sun shades and catchers.
Parklander lawnmowers offer Parklander, B&S and Honda Engines (all Factory Warranties) and our increased volumes mean better prices. The Utility has had modifications improving performance and strength. Our Mulch “N” Catch range now includes 2 x 18” steel decks, 2 x 19” alloy decks and 2 x 22” alloy self-propelleds. Plus a new 18” steel chassis 3-in-1 that joins the popular 21” model (now with twin cup holders – Don’t ask why!) With quality edgers, tillers, brushcutters, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers and blowers you realise why Dealers love Parklander.
Tanaka: This is our 46th year together. Tanaka was the first in Australia and remains the best. Factory promotional pricing has been passed on to loyal Tanaka Supporters. New models include 24cm3 & 27cm3 domestic straight-shaft brushcutters and an enhanced commercial 24cm3 unit (complimenting TBC-270S).
Tanaka chainsaws, blowers, engine drills, earth augers and multi-tools continue to impress. Tanaka hedgetrimmers have improved handle and muffler design. All are backed by 5-year domestic warranty (2-year commercial).
I thank our loyal supporters and assure you that we at Parklands are continually working to improve our products, spare parts and service to add value to the Parklands range for you.
As one of Australia’s leading suppliers of Outdoor Power Equipment Powerup Lawncare Products (PLP) has an extensive range of high-quality products. Adapted for the tough Australian conditions, brands such as: Bushranger, Hustler, BillyGoat, BigDog, Oleo-Mac, Craftsman, Efco, Maruyama, Ryan and Atex cover all of a consumer’s OPE needs.
This year’s new models include:
1Bushranger X-12 (commercial sprayer)
2 Hustler Sport 54” deck & Fastrak 60” deck
3 Big Dog Alpha 42” deck & C-Series 54” deck
4 Efco & Oleo-Mac bentshaft 22cm3 trimmers
5 Ryan 19” aerator Lawnaire IV
6 Craftsman 19hp/42” cut fender control hydro
PLP is dedicated to helping Dealers grow their revenue and profits through reliable, cost-effective and well supported products. At PLP we partner with our Dealer network to provide them with support, marketing, top-quality products, and cost-effective price structures to help our Dealers with their growth in their marketplace.
This season marks Sanli Australia’s 10th Anniversary providing the best value for money power gardening equipment. We would like to thank our warranty/service agents who strive to provide the best after-sales service.
Because Sanli is a manufacturer (not an agent or reseller) it allows us to offer great value to consumers yet excellent margins for Dealers.
We will continue to offer our successful walk behind and ride-on range with hand held products: trimmers, blowers, blower/vacs, hedge trimmers and pole saws.
The new Bull Ant is designed for the increasing small yard market. This small, tough mower has a 40cm (16”) cut, superior balance for amazing manoeuvrability and only weighs 27kg making it one of the lightest steel deck units on the market (RRP $249).
We also have a renewed focus on Servicing Dealers with two exclusive mowers: 42cm (17”) LazerCut 4-blade cut-and-catch (RRP $299) and 46cm (18”) LazerMulch mulch/catch (RRP $399).
Our team is here to assist: (02) 9771 0088; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
2013/14 has seen the most significant changes for years in Stens Australia’s aftermarket business, which built on the 50+ year heritage and brand values of our former brand Bynorm.
Our business has focused on two key areas:
- improve product range and value to Dealers
- improve “ease of doing business”; remove complications making what should be simple, everyday tasks cumbersome.
On 1st April 2014 Stens launched an all-new 1,208 page parts catalogue focused solely on the Australian market. Containing over 5,300 parts (1,800+ NEW!), it provides over 21,000 OEM cross-references (16,000+ more than our previous edition). Stens services Dealers through distribution centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, ensuring timely delivery. That makes doing business easier!
While exchange rates have driven price increases in many sectors, at Stens we have leveraged our global organization to drive PRICES DOWN (up to 20%). Overall, our average 2014 prices are lower than 2013. To help the ease of doing business, we have locked down prices until 30th June 2015.
Underlining Stens’ commitment to quality, we manufacture many of our blades here in Australia. Further Stens have leveraged our Ariens ownership to revert supply of many aftermarket parts from OEM providers (eg oil filters).
The quality message is underpinned by a 1-year parts & labour warranty. If a product fails due to faulty materials or workmanship, we’ll replace it and pay the Dealer’s labour.
2014/15 has many new products and new developments to follow, with continued focus on increasing our range, and increasing Dealer value.
Watch this space!
This year Toro celebrates a rare milestone: 100 years in business! Toro Company was founded in the US July 10, 1914 and introduced its first product built specifically for the golf market in 1918. Chairman & CEO Michael J. Hoffman attributes Toro’s remarkable longevity to, “the character of our people and channel partners, and their relentless commitment to serving our customers and building market leadership through innovation.”
The Australian market has been affected by severe weather conditions over the last couple of years; with last year producing an ‘angry summer’. However Toro’s goal remains to be innovative and responsive to our customers’ needs.
Toro Australia is proudly continuing its partnership with Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke as our Consumer Brand Ambassador. Michael again features in our 2014 Spring and 2015 Summer Catalogues. Spring features our latest walk power-mower range, zero turn TimeCutters (fabricate & steel decks), Titan MX series and Z Master Professional mowers. We have recently launched our new website with features that allow both loyal and new customers to interact with Toro on a digital level on either PC, tablet or other mobile device.
The same values that have been core throughout our first 100 years form the foundation for continued success into our next century.
TPE Australia kicks off the 2014 season with upgrades to our U MOW range of steel deck rotaries. Following last year’s successful launch, TPE have upgraded the U MOW range with the latest easy-start B&S 450E, 550EX & 625EX OHV engines. Additionally, the popular U MOW “Ute” Utility will now be equipped with new B&S 625EX OHV engines for super easy starting and maximum cutting power. U MOW series is still topped by the flagship Honda GXV160 powered, Hi Vac Pro. Featuring one of the best suction decks on the market – it is perfect for wet weather mowing.
TPE’s cylinder range continues to convert rotary customers over to its finer finish. The entry level 14” MH14 now comes with a split roller, bringing it in line with the rest of the Honda GX160 powered range (14”, 17”, 20” & 25”).
Our proven top-end alloy deck range (Honda GXV160 or B&S 750 DOV) is headed by 21” gear-driven, self-propelled TN011. With high suction deck, bullet proof reliability and long service life, plus extra capacity catcher, it is a commercial user favourite. Incorporating one of the best deck designs, a strong stable chassis and top quality durable running gear, GXV160 powered stablemate TN008 push mower maintains the benchmarks it set on release five years ago. For brute power the B&S 750 DOV powered alloy deck TN012 uses the TN008 chassis and running gear.
To become a TPE Dealer or learn more about the range: (07) 3879 2283
2014 marks 30 years since Walker Mowers first came to Australia.
The Stead family moved to Wagga Wagga from Sydney in 1970 and were retailing and importing farm hardware lines and OPE. In the early 1970s they were local Dealer for Cox, Simplicity and Power Pony ride-ons.
In 1980 the family sold their retail business to focus on Importing and Wholesaling. They appreciated the need to diversify their range to widen their customer base. In early 1984 John Stead noticed a small line-drawing ad of Walker Manufacturing Company’s new ZT mower in US “Implement & Tractor”. Noting the unique design, he contacted manufacturer Bob Walker – who was very surprised that an enquiry would come from far away Australia! Walker was a small US family business that had never thought of exporting. Nevertheless he air-mailed John a brochure. It arrived a week later and John Stead was amazed at the impressive Walker units.
In January 1984 John Stead phoned Bob Walker to arrange shipment of the first Walker Mower to Wagga Wagga. As Walkers had never exported before, they had to find out what was involved! The money was wired to them and that was the first brick in the building of trust between the two companies.
Over 10,000 Walker Mowers have been sold across Australia and New Zealand in the ensuing three decades. And 30 years later Walker still offers a unique machine.
Just wait ‘til you try one!
Specialised Mowing Equipment:
1800 088 567