Power Equipment Australasia

EVENT Kress reinvents OPE with unprecedented battery power and innovation. The German-made Kress brand has just launched a world-class range of commercial grade, outdoor power equipment (OPE) that’s expected to revolutionise battery powered garden and landscaping equipment forever. The official Australian launch of the game changing OPE range and revolutionary battery platform was held on the Sunshine Coast in early June. The launch saw many of the industry key stakeholders, including specialist dealers from around Australia in attendance. Not only were attendees impressed with the high-power, state-of-the-art features presented within the new Kress range, but also the launch of the Kress CyberSystem™ that can charge from zero to full capacity in just 8 minutes. The new CyberPack™ battery also allows for up to 10 times more charges than current lithium-ion battery technologies. While also producing power that meets or exceeds comparable small combustion engines. The revolutionary CyberSystem™ is specifically designed so there is no downtime for professional users. Ultimately allowing for more productivity and profits. The innovative CyberSystem™ is backed with a core equipment range that includes push and self-propelled lawnmowers, line trimmers, brushcutters, lawn edgers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, backpacks, and handheld blowers, as well as a full range of robotic mowers and a comprehensive pipeline of new products to come. The Kress commercial range also includes a 5kWh CyberTank™ portable power station which allows users to recharge CyberPack™ batteries directly at the worksite in as little as 8 minutes. According to Kress, by transitioning from petrol-powered equipment to the innovative Kress range of battery-powered products, a standard landscaping business can recover the full cost of its investment within a single year. This is made possible due to the current price of fuel, oil, and maintenance of conventional petrol-powered products, and the exceptional ROI (Return on investment) offered by Kress for commercial users. The Kress program is built on the fundamental principle of delivering significant returns on investment. Battery-powered equipment has not been a practical alternative for professionals in the past due to the lack of power and the expense of multiple battery packs, the hassle of overnight charging, and the excessive cost of replacing dead batteries. But now - due to a unique patented cooling system developed in conjunction with a Canadian University over the past decade - the new Kress CyberSystem™ can charge a CyberPack™ battery to 80% capacity in just 5 minutes. AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH Positec Group Chief Executive Officer, Don Gao, along with Positec’s Group Executive Senior Vice President, Ben Daziel, and Senior Vice President Alex De Courcy, all led the Kress team at the Australian launch of the new 8-minute CyberSystem™. Weeks after the recent launches into North America and Europe, Kress has already received an exceptional response from dealers and garden professionals. Since launching into the global market, Mr. Gao said dealers and end-users often ask him “what the catch is”, because they believe that Kress cannot deliver all this power, durability, and an unprecedented charging system to a professional outdoor power equipment platform without some compromise. “There is no trade-off here – everything is included. The normal charging time for a smaller 4.0Ah hour battery is 34 minutes but this does not include the cooling down time. To my understanding nothing comes close to the 8-minute charging time offered by the new Kress battery platform,” Mr. Gao said.