Outdoor Power Equipment

March 2017

Proudly serving the industry for which it was named for more than 50 years, Outdoor Power Equipment provides dealers who sell and service outdoor power equipment with valuable information to succeed in a competitive market.

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12 MARCH 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com INDUSTRY NEWS The right oil, spark plugs, and filters matched to your engine for fast, accurate tune-ups right out of the box. No guesswork, wasted time, mistakes or misfits. For a correct job every time, in less time, Keep it genuine Kawasaki. kawasakienginesusa.com CEV Multimedia and EETC develop new student certification program T o address the need for formal training opportunities and the shortage of qualifi ed service technicians in the small engine and power equipment industry, CEV Multimedia and the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) recently announced a partnership to develop the Principles of Small Engine Technology student certifi cation program. Endorsed by the EETC, the Principles of Small Engine Technology student certifi cation program serves as an introduction to the skills needed to enter the OPE industry by providing foundational knowledge of four-stroke small engines. Certifi cation lessons cover topics related to four-stroke engines, including component identifi cation and theory of operation, along with the basics of fuel, emissions, electrical and governor systems. Included are videos demonstrating engine disassembly, reassembly and basic troubleshooting. To earn the certifi cation, students will be required to complete 11 modules and pass a 100-question fi nal exam. "We strive to provide relevant and meaningful training opportunities for students, providing them the fi rst step on the pathway to a career within the power equipment industry," said EETC Executive Director Erik Sides. "Working with CEV Multimedia on a new student certifi cation program shows our dedication to help address the growing need for skilled technicians in our industry." Students and educators access the certifi cation through iCEV, an online learning platform offering practical, interactive learning with professional demonstrations, to prepare students for post-secondary education and high-skill, high-demand careers. Educators can quickly monitor, track, and engage students directly through the platform's interactive lessons. "Lessons included in the small-engine certifi cation program are built to provide students with a solid foundation in four-stroke engines," said Dusty Moore, iCEV president. "EETC brings valuable expertise and knowledge from a network of small- engine and power equipment manufacturers that will surely benefi t students seeking a career in the industry." For more information about the industry-backed certifi cation program, visit www.icevonline.com/smallengine. To learn more about the EETC, go to www.eetc.org. Toro completes previously announced acquisition of German-based company T he Toro Company announced on January 4 that it has completed the acquisition of Regnerbau Calw GmbH, a privately held manufacturer of professional irrigation equipment. Toro previously announced that it entered into an agreement for the acquisition on Nov. 3, 2016 (see story at http://tiny.cc/uvxsiy). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Althengstett, Germany, Regnerbau Calw GmbH manufactures a variety of irrigation products under the Perrot brand, including retractable sprinklers for sports fi elds, impact sprinklers and coupling systems for agricultural fi elds, as well as rain guns for industrial applications. The long-distance casting range and fast rotation of Perrot's sports fi eld sprinklers make them an ideal choice for maintaining both natural and synthetic turf on soccer, tennis, rugby, cricket, golf and equine venues.

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