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 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 Phone: (03) 9544 2233 PRINTING Southern Impact Pty Ltd 181 Forster Road,Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 8796 7000 EDITOR’S COLUMN As we begin 2024, the Year of the Dragon, according to Chinese Horoscope, and since dragons are linked to strength, good fortune and success, I wish all of our audience a year of opportunity and success. The weather patterns in Australia have taken an unexpected turn. Initially, the meteorological predictions pointed towards the emergence of El Niño during the Australian summer, and we prepared ourselves for the associated challenges. However, as we stand in December 2023, it is evident that La Niña has maintained its presence, presenting a unique set of circumstances for the outdoor power equipment industry and its end users. The prolonged influence of La Niña brings with it a series of implications that extend beyond the atmospheric conditions. For the outdoor power equipment sector, this means grappling with heightened precipitation, potential flooding, and soil saturation. The increased moisture levels may also contribute to the proliferation of vegetation, demanding more robust and versatile tools for effective management. Sumec’s Robbie Raymer explains how their robotic mower is a perfect fit for Australian lawns on page 11. The harsh conditions pose challenges in maintaining equipment which has eased somewhat with the introduction of battery-powered equipment. Read about the Greenworks mowers range that use latest parallel battery operating technology on page 15, and the latest innovation on wheels for load management from Pivotray on page 16. Our focus in this edition is on Ride-on mowers and we have dedicated a centrefold to some of the brands available in the market. A hard working and reliable Ride-on mower also requires reliable tyres and that’s where Richmond Rolling Solutions step in. Read about their new range of rugged lawn and garden replacement wheels on page 20. When it comes to lawn maintenance, aeration is an important task. Head to pages 22-23 on best practice method courtesy STIHL. In this new year’s edition, we also explore strategies for adapting to the changing landscape, innovations in equipment design to withstand varying weather conditions, and expert insights on optimizing performance in the face of these challenges. Speaking of expert advice, head to page 12 where Gary Fooks explains how to use artificial intelligence to your advantage, and on pages 24-26, Dr McClendon delivers his latest instalment in the Diversity column, focussing on the five steps to measure the “value of difference”. Moving forward, in 2024 climate change will be in focus, as it should be. On page 28, Aussie Pumps’ Warwick Lorenz highlights the need for governments to focus on water resources before it’s too late. If you are a small business looking for strong financial tactics in the new year, then you need to read the latest tips savvy business owners are using on page 29. This edition, we bring to you a profile of Woodlane Orchard on pages 30-31. It’s an inspiring read on how a small South Australian company is determined to reduce food wastage especially in rural communities. All this and more in the first edition for 2024. Happy reading and wishing you all a very happy New Year! All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor