Expert: We can expect increased demand for battery powered grounds maintenance equipment (with related video)
GPN reached out recently to Josh Huffman to find out about trends in the government market for grounds equipment. Huffman is director of global product marketing at OREGON Outdoor Power Equipment, makers of OREGON 40V MAX cordless tools.
Huffman says he sees more end customers urging that their government or landscape maintenance crews use battery-powered products. “Whether it is for emissions or noise, the demand is being generated by residents in the community, not necessarily the consumer or user of the tool,” Huffman tells GPN.
Huffman says grounds maintenance crews enjoy several advantages when they rely on battery-powered equipment. These include lower fuel and maintenance costs and a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for the user. In addition, with non-battery units, if the equipment runs out of fuel, the operator may need to pay someone to fetch gas or mix fuel.
The firm’s battery-powered products are silent when not in use and low-noise. They meet most government and community noise restrictions. The landscaping products’ quiet operation makes them ideal for residential or commercial neighborhood use. The firm’s products are portable and lightweight, so they can be transported easily to the jobsite.
Huffman says he knows that productivity is important for city/county and other government maintenance crews. “We design our tools with innovations like Powersharp, which sharpens the chain saw chain directly on the tool,”
OREGON Outdoor Power Equipment’s line of 40V MAX Cordless landscaping equipment includes trimmers/edgers, blowers, chain saws and hedge trimmers. Go here for information on the firm’s BL300 Blower.
In the video, see a demonstration of the OREGON® 40V MAX* Trimmer/Edger Model ST275.