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New Briggs & Stratton engine never requires an oil change

Feb. 27, 2015—The company says its EXi Series lawnmower engine has improved air cleaner seals and operates at cooler temperatures than previous engines do. As a result, it never has to have its oil changed as long as consumers add oil as necessary.

Toro slaps a steering wheel on new ZTR lawnmowers

Oct. 27, 2014—Toro says the TimeCutter SW Series will be available in January 2015 and the price range will be $2,999–$4,500. The ZTRs are Toro’s first that use a steering wheel rather than handlebars to turn on a dime.

Troy-Bilt says Jet leafblower delivers top airflow

Aug. 18, 2014—The gasoline-powered Jet ($140) pushes air at 650 cubic feet per minute (cfm); none of the Consumers Digest Best Buy selections for leafblowers have an airflow rating that’s higher than 494 cfm.

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Power-equipment availability at risk

California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) draft amendments for 2018 to current regulations for evaporative and exhaust emissions of gasoline-powered outdoor power equipment, such as chain saws and lawnmowers, would lower current emission restrictions.

Riding-lawnmower innovation

On some riding lawnmowers, when you forget to set the parking brake or turn off the blades before you climb off, the engine shuts down. You must restart the mower when you climb back on.

All-in-one yard-care system

Starting in March 2015, Lowe’s stores will sell a gasoline-powered yard-care system that includes a lawnmower, leafblower, snowthrower and pressure washer—all in one.

Wireless help for your plants

Parrot’s new Flower Power is a 4-inch Y-shape wireless monitor that you stick in your soil, where it reportedly measures the fertilizer level, moisture, temperature and sunlight.

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