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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PRODUCTS 34 MARCH 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com P R O D U C T N E W S Briggs & Stratton brings first Bluetooth portable generator to market Briggs & Stratton Corporation recently brought to market the first Bluetooth-enabled portable generator available for purchase with the introduction of the Briggs & Stratton 8,000-watt Elite Series portable generator with StatStation Wireless featuring Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy and convenient for operators to monitor the generator from the comfort of their home or office. "The integration of Bluetooth technology was the result of customer research that told us consumers become frustrated by not knowing remaining fuel levels or the remaining capacity of a portable generator," said Dan Roche, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton portable power and cleaning systems. "StatStation Wireless featuring Bluetooth allows users to check the performance of the generator without having to brave the elements." By connecting with the 8,000-watt generator via Bluetooth technology, the StatStation Wireless app provides operators the ability to view the following: 1) Fuel gauge and run time left before needing to refuel; 2) Percent of available watts being consumed; 3) Maintenance reminders (spark plug, oil, air filter); 4) Total hours on generator (hour meter); 5) Dealer locator for servicing needs; and 6) Reference materials (Operator's Manual, Quick Start-up/Shutdown Guide, FAQs, How-to Videos). The StatStation app is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. It is certified for use on iPhone 6 and above running at least iOS 9 or a Samsung Galaxy S6 or above running at least Android 6.0.1. Walbro launches next-generation EFI system for consumer engine applications Walbro recently announced the production launch of its next- generation EEM Injection system designed specifically to bring the benefits of electronic fuel injection (EFI) to both single- and twin-cylinder consumer engine applications. The system features a small, light-weight Engine Control Unit (ECU) that is integrated with a throttle body and designed to fit within the space of most traditional float carburetors on engines ranging from 5 to 30 hp. Walbro worked with MTD Products, a global leader in outdoor power equipment and the first equipment partner to use this highly cost-effective technology, to develop a new 679-cc V-Twin fuel- injected engine for the Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro Series lawn tractor, now available through the Cub Cadet dealer network. "We worked with Cub Cadet to launch the first consumer EFI lawn tractor in 2015," said Chris Quick, Walbro's senior vice president of global business development and strategy. "Now that we have added twin-cylinder engine control, we expect the demand for EFI in cost- sensitive consumer applications to grow very rapidly. Homeowners who purchase lawn tractors, generators, snow blowers and other power equipment want the same ease of starting and performance benefits that professionals have long demanded, and our system delivers those benefits at an affordable price point." "Our latest EEM Injection system makes it easier for OEM customers to offer fuel injection on their engines because the integrated ECU and throttle body is sized to fit within the space of a traditional float carburetor," said Eric Zbytowski, senior engineering manager for Walbro. "And by keeping the number of system components and connections to a minimum, we were able to hit the cost targets necessary for large- scale consumer adoption." Continued on page 36 Iron & Oak torsion axle log splitter makes debut at The Rental Show Iron & Oak unveiled its new torsion axle log splitter at The Rental Show, which was held by the American Rental Association at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 26-March 1. The BHVH2616GXT features an independent torsion axle for smoother towing. The splitter boasts a 26-ton splitting force and comes standard with a Honda GX270 engine and a log dislodger. The cycle time is just 12 seconds. Other key features include a 25-inch log opening, 6-inch heavy-duty formed steel beam, 6-inch high-carbon steel wedge, and a 4.5-inch by 24-inch clevis cylinder for excellent durability.

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