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 Winter has hit the southern states with a vengeance and we are experiencing unseasonal rainfall and temperatures in the single digits with the odd warm day or two. My roses are completely confused and still blooming in the middle of winter, so are the pomegranates that are throwing the odd bloom even now. With winter at our doorstep, heaters get switched on so that we can go about daily tasks in comparative comfort, either at home or work. With ever-increasing utility hikes, I wonder how our readers are coping with the increased rates, and hope you are not feeling the pain too much with the increase in electricity bill rates. Hopefully, by now everyone is solar-savvy and are using more sustainable, cost-effective options for their businesses and homes. With winter storms, increased stress on the grid comes with blackouts and power surges. With this in mind, we have devoted this issue to generators and the different options available in the market. Gary Fooks has written about how the Federal Budget benefits will affect our industry in particular on pages 16-17. We would like to thank Kohler for their advice on how to store and maintain generators for optimum performance on page 22. Jak Max has shared with us the various generators they carry in the RATO range regarding suitability for various tasks and applications in Tech Talk on page 20. Gary Fooks has pulled a rabbit out of the hat and introduced us to solar-powered, portable power stations on page 27. Positec who have launched and distribute Kress battery-operated OPE, that charges in eight minutes (it’s a miracle!) invited me to their launch event. Sadly, I could not attend as I was in the first week of my post-op knee replacement. However, Harry Rabiee and Christine Bannister who represent Australian Hardware Journal were kind enough to attend in my stead and cover the launch. Go to pages 15-16 to read all about it. With all of this unseasonal wet weather, John Power has spoken to Joe Rogers from Lawn Solutions Australia on best practice turf management strategies on pages 12-14. Kress has introduced their KC711.9 60V 51cm Self Propelled Lawn Mower which can be used on wet grass lawns; read about the features and benefits on page 24. Our friends at STIHL are sharing their expertise on how best to store wood for winter and maintenance of garden tools on pages 30 and 31 as well as all battery operated OPE in the cenntrefold spread on page 18 and 19. Aussie Pumps have introduced us to their Ag sprayers and the different applications they are used for on page 26. Thank you, Stephen Fairbrother from Biscount, for your ‘Computer Guru’ contribution. Followed through by our usual regular features. On this note, it’s a wrap for the July/August issue. All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor