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Commercial riding mowers recalled by Toro

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers.

According to the CPSC: "Mowers with the optional deluxe seat have an operator presence switch built into the seat that may activate the mower when the operator vacates the seat, posing an injury hazard from the blade to the operator and anyone in the vicinity of the mower."

The recall affects some 3,700 units in the United States and another 100 in Canada. Only one injury has been reported.

The commercial machines with 52-in. to 72-in. cutting decks range in price from $13,000 to $17,000.

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Outsulation donated to schoolhouse project

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Dryvit Systems is supplying its Outsulation system to The Green Schoolhouse Series.

The Green Schoolhouse Series is an initiative that brings new schoolhouses to disadvantaged public school systems.

Dryvit Outsulation is an engineered, rigorously tested, code-compliant, air/water-resistive exterior cladding. The company is based in West Warwick, R.I.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Green Schoolhouse Series," said Tony Stall, VP marketing and sustainability at Dryvit. “As a global leader contributing to sustainable buildings, we are committed to considering people, planet and prosperity in our business decisions and supporting healthy, vibrant communities."

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Category Report: Hand tools

BY Ken Clark

When Black & Decker rolled out its pivoting RapidRoller paint roller, which stores paint in its hollow handle, the Towson, Md.-based company was unveiling not just a new paint product, but a tool that reflects one of the biggest trends in hand tool design.

The RapidRoller “solves common user frustrations,” said Steve Wiezorek, group product manager for Black & Decker. “The RapidRoller Paint Roller was designed with the customer in mind and helps speed up painting projects, eliminating trips to the paint tray.”

The hand tool category is seeing plenty of innovation on products that have been around for hundreds of years — even the hammer is not immune to ease-of-use improvements — such as the improved feel of the Stanley FatMax Xtreme anti-vibe rip claw nailing hammer with the magnetic nail starter.

The concept of a single-tool providing multiple functions or added value has never been more pronounced. The Jorgensen Expandable Clamp, for instance, comes in a basic 6-in. width. But if customers buy two such clamps, the ends of the tool will interlock in such a way as to create a larger 12-in. clamp.

Tool manufacturers are also simplifying packaging. Case in point: General Tools & Instruments’ Heat Seeker, a gun-style infrared thermometer, contains three pictures on the packaging that show the product in action.

During a recent State of the Industry Series Webinar on hand tools and tool storage co-hosted by NPD Group and Home Channel News, NPD’s Peter Goldman, president of the research firm’s home division, said the opportunity for tool sales exists particularly among consumers in the 18-to-27 “Generation Y” age group.

Ownership incidence across the three Generations — Gen Y, Gen X (28 to 44 years old), and baby boomers (45 to 64 years old) — averages at 87%. But Gen Y, predictably, comes in at 76% ownership incidence for hand tools.

“Younger consumers absolutely represent an opportunity. They are more optimistic about the economy, they are more likely to purchase a home or engage in home improvement activity, and the low penetration really stands out in hand tools and tool storage,” Goldman said.

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J.Luley says:
Apr-15-2011 06:06 pm

The information regarding the
The information regarding the Jorgensen Bar clamp is not quite accurate... The NEW Jorgensen ISD Bar Clamps available in 5 sizes (6", 12", 18", 24" & 36") can be joined together in any combination of two sizes. When joined together, the two clamps actually gain an additional 6" due to the design of the heads. So, when two six inch clamps are joined together, the net result is an 18" clamp! A great value for the customer. When the customer buys two 24" clamps, he is effectively also getting a 54" bar clamp for no charge. The best buy in bar clamps available anywhere! I'm just saying..... Thanks, Jim Luley - Adjustable Clamp Company

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