Where America’s Gear Begins

GIE+ExpoThinking of getting yourself a new mower, snowblower, generator or handheld power tool? You’ve got all winter to look up brands and models—and pore over all the user reviews you can find. But if you want a hint now of the gear you’ll be seeing next spring, take in the news from the Green Industry & Equipment Expo, the industry’s trade show.

GIE+Expo runs from today through Friday at its usual locale, the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Last year’s show was big, but this year’s event should be bigger still, topping 850 exhibits in the indoor space. That includes a new product showcase, with Briggs & Stratton, Cub Cadet, Honda, Husqvarna, John Deere, Kohler Power and many other companies showing off innovations.

Many other exhibitors, however, will be presenting next year’s line—along with products you can buy right away. On this list are Ariens, Caterpiller, DeWalt, Echo, EGO Power Plus, Greenworks, Stihl, Toro, Worx and many more manufacturers. While much of what displays at GIE+Expo is intended for the commercial market, you’ll find new products from nearly every outdoor-gear company that serves the homeowner.

Attendees at GIE+Expo get to do more than look. An outdoor demo area, 20 acres’ worth, lets the willing ride lawn tractors and ZTRs, spray pressure washers and run chainsaws through their paces—and whatever else is handy. And that’s just the residential stuff. Make it to this show, and you can also try your hand at earth-moving equipment in what’s probably Kentucky’s largest sandbox.

Check out Tool to Power for updates and news from the industry’s annual celebration of outdoor power gear.

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Stihl’s New Cordless Tools Hit Dealer Shelves

Stihl MSA 120-C-BQ chainsawStihl’s expansion of its handheld cordless-tool line, from one to three tiers, was among highlights of last year’s GIE+Expo, the trade show for makers and sellers of outdoor power equipment. We’d reported on the new products late last fall, noting that the products would be available by the spring. And this week, Stihl announced that the products have indeed made it to dealers.

The original battery-powered line, price-wise, was geared more toward landscapers than homeowners. That 36-volt line, made up of two leaf blowers, a hedge trimmer, three string trimmers, two chain saws and two mowers (with a third on the way), is now designated the AP line.

Seven new cordless tools
The new selection includes the 36V AK line, composed of a leaf blower, hedge trimmer, string trimmer and (shown above) chainsaw, and the 18V AI line. The latter products, a leaf blower, hedge trimmer and string trimmer, come with built-in batteries. The AK line is marketed toward homeowners; the AI line, condo owners.

You’ll find details of the three lines—with pricing of the tools and their batteries (AP and AK lines) and chargers—in the original piece. We hope to get in one or more of the AK line in the coming weeks for review…at least once we’re done with winter’s last hurrah.

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