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OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… or large gardens and serious commercial users, STIHL cemented their position as leaders in battery innovation in 2023 with the launch of the highly anticipated MSA 300 C-O: the strongest battery chainsaw worldwide, along with the new MSA 220 T arborist chainsaw and the BGA 300, a battery powered backpack blower. For home gardens, STIHL’s AK system welcomed eight new models to the range which now boasts over 15 models and counting, while the AS Battery System which includes the GTA 26, STIHL’s number one selling tool worldwide, now offers three different tools all powered by the one battery after launching the new SEA 20 handheld vacuum cleaner. Backed by over 97 years of German engineering excellence, STIHL are proud to be Australia’s #1 rated brand of garden power tools*. STIHL’s commitment to quality and innovation has led to worldwide recognition for legendary tools that truly stand the test of time. *Claim based on BIS Oxford 2023 MORE INFORMATION STIHL Australia stihl.com.au Innovation starts with STIHL ƒTHE FUTURE OF BATTERY-POWERED GARDEN TOOLS ^Claim based on BIS Oxford Report 2023. RATED BRAND # AUSTRALIA’S #1 BRAND FOR GARDEN POWER TOOLS^ Print Post Approved PP 100002231 www.power-equipment.com.au INSIDE Pivottray – Innovation on Wheels Richmond Rolling Solutions – Rolling Ahead Ride-on Mowers Volume 45 No. 1 January - February 2024 OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… NEWS G-FORCE EVMOW RIDE-ON MOWERS SET FOR SPRING 2024 LAUNCH Spring 2024 will see the release of the new G-Force EVmow battery powered ride-on mowers suited to the Australian market. Sumec Hardware & Tools is a leading manufacture for battery powered products via its own brands such as G-Force and as a manufacture for other leading brands around the world. This gives OPE dealers the advantage of a supplier partner at the front of this advancing market and buying directly from the manufacturer and not just a local importer buying from a catalogue. The G-Force range of EVmow riders will consist of both tractor and ZT options manufactured in their own factory, their own designs and an engineering team involved hands on in the development. The advantage this gives is a more direct product sourcing (less hands feeding from the pie) and influence on the product design for local conditions (not just buying from a catalogue designed for other markets). As more and more battery product options are presented to dealers, the choice of supplier partner is important for the business. G-Force is sold exclusively to independent mower specialist markets, and not sold through hardware or tool shops. For those interested in joining the new force in the mower industry, please enquire via www.gforcetools.com.au NOXIOUS EMISSION STANDARDS HIT ANOTHER DELAY New emissions standards for diesel power equipment are still in the pipeline, with yet another delay recently announced, hot on the heels of the 2017 legislation that applied emissions standards to all petrol-fuelled power equipment, and similar non-road engines, including marine outboards. That process took 12 years and Australia was 20 years behind US and Europe (and 6 years behind China) in putting emissions standards that saw the end of two-stroke lawn mowers. The current delay is to allow one-onone discussion with Australian manufacturers, following points raised in the draft impact analysis released in May 2023. Based on the existing petrol standards, the diesel (or compression ignition) standards will follow the northern hemisphere and accept both the EU and the USA EPA standards. In an odd move, Australian Customs won’t be enforcing the standards at the border, but rather the Environment Department will employ its own enforcement unit. For this, importers will be charged a levy on the value of imports. CARBON CREDIT INCOME NOT PRIMARY MOTIVATOR FOR FARMERS In findings that could have a profound impact on the understanding of how farmers approach carbon management, research funded by AgriFutures Australia has found they are less motivated by the allure of carbon credits than the improvement to farm productivity that comes from increasing soil organic carbon. The finding challenges the notion that carbon credit income has been a primary motivator and was one of the many insights that flowed from the $2m Carbon Initiative Program, which funded 15 research projects across the country to examine barriers to carbon farming and identify practical solutions. AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Rural Futures, Michael Beer, said with more than half the land mass managed by farmers, Australia was in a unique position to sequester carbon in soils and vegetation, and avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions through established or novel management practices. “What the research from the Carbon Initiative Program projects has told us is there are a number of factors including perceived complexity and risk, the cost of soil sampling, not knowing which information to trust, and how information is communicated. “Multiple research projects have found that farmers are more interested in carbon farming when they know that increasing soil organic carbon has an impact on farm productivity. The potential to earn carbon credits is really just a co-benefit. This is an JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2024 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 5