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 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 delve into the heart of the Australian Outdoor Power Equipment (AOPE) industry, it's impossible to ignore the transformative influence of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics on our field. Gary Fook’s column introduces the history of how we got here in the first of a two-part series on pages 20-21. In recent years, these technological advancements have reshaped the landscape of outdoor power equipment, offering unprecedented precision, efficiency, and reliability. From smart lawnmowers that autonomously navigate intricate landscapes to robotic trimmers programmed for optimal pruning, AI and robotics have not only streamlined operations but have elevated the standards of performance in the sector. As we navigate this era of innovation, it is crucial for our readers to stay abreast of these developments, understanding not only the opportunities they present but also the challenges and ethical considerations that come with integrating AI into our daily outdoor power equipment practices. On pages 22 -23 John Power presents the latest innovations in robotics. Shifting our focus from the technological realm to the natural forces at play, the looming spectre of El Niño casts a shadow over the Australian landscape. As we brace ourselves for the impact of this weather phenomenon, it is imperative for outdoor power equipment professionals to prepare for the impending bushfire season. The risk of wildfires demands heightened vigilance and readiness. In this edition, we bring you insights on how to fortify your equipment. On pages 28-29, Aussie Pumps have kindly shared maintenance information to ensure your pumps are fire ready. Our commitment to the safety and sustainability of the Australian outdoors remains unwavering, and in the face of environmental challenges, we must stand united in our responsibility to protect and preserve our beloved landscapes. It's that time of the year again when our media partners share their product launches, wins and future direction in Review Preview from pages 10-19. In line with the theme of this issue, read how the latest technology allows EVs to charge as fast as it takes to fill a tank with gasoline on page 31 and the closing of the loop between AI and Robotics on page 30. Thought leader Dr Wesley Payne McClendon has shared with us his opinion on the outcomes of the ‘No’ vote on our recent referendum on pages 26-27. For this edition’s Dealer Profile, we head to Ringwood, Vic where the team at Morton’s Machinery is leading the way with their exceptional customer service and stellar product range. Read more about them on pages 24-25. In this last issue for 2023, I would like to thank our media partners for their ongoing loyal support, which allows us to continue to share all the latest news, views and products in the OPE space. We are grateful as without you, we would not have P.E.A. Thank you Jackie Joy and Justin for your dedication and professionalism to present P.E.A at the high standard we set ourselves. Thank you, John Power and Gary Fooks for your contributions. Dr Wesley Payne McClendon, we are truly honoured to have you on board for the ‘Diversity’ series. Thank you so much for your generosity. Please take care and stay safe during the holidays. We, at Glenvale Publishing, wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous, joyful 2024! All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor