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Husqvarna adds to its 500 Series

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna has added two new products to its 500 Series of outdoor power equipment.

The new Husqvarna 525L Professional Trimmer and Husqvarna 525HF3S Hedge Trimmer feature the same advanced X-Torq engine technology that other 500 Series products do, combining high performance with fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions.

They also feature the LowVib anti-vibration dampener system, which employs a floating throttle handle for maximum user comfort.

"Tough jobs require reliable performance, and these stellar additions to the Husqvarna 500 Series are built to accommodate the needs of the professional," said Jeff Dewosky, VP and general manager, Husqvarna North America. "The entire line is popular with professionals who demand versatility, durability and innovative features. Professionals can expect further additions to the 500 Series, which will extend Husqvarna's reputation for building long-lasting, high-quality products that are 'ready when you are'."

The 525L Professional Trimmer is designed for semi-professional use, featuring intuitive controls for choke and purge, as well as Smart Start for easy engine engagement.

The 525HF3S Hedge Trimmer is a fixed-pole hedge trimmer comes with an in-line gearbox, offering better control through superior balance and optimal positioning. 

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Data details garage-clutter problem

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Americans have a clutter issue — and the garage appears to be Ground Zero for this issue.

According to an April 2015 survey conducted by Gladiator GarageWorks, one out of four Americans can't fit a single car into their garage. One-third said they keep their garage doors shut out of embarrassment.

That's even more remarkable considering that 92% of those surveyed said their homes are somewhat or very organized.

"People take great pride in their homes – organizing, decorating and showing off various rooms of their house, especially on social media," said Karl Champley, builder and home improvement TV/radio personality. "But the garage is the forgotten room of the home, and those same people who are proud of their home are embarrassed by how the garage looks."

Messy garages don't end in clutter. One out of five survey respondents said they've gotten into arguments with their spouses over the disarray.

That said, not everyone intends to use their garage for car storage. Many people — 27% — said they use their garage for hobbies and personal projects, as well as automotive work (23%), woodworking or carpentry (19%) and sports or exercise (13%).

One thing many agree on — 74% — is that they wish their garage was better-organized.

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ScottsMiracle-Gro donates seed pods for charity

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ScottsMiracle-Gro has donated over 80,000 Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods to Feeding America, a national food bank network.

In turn, Feeding America will distribute the seed pods to food banks and community gardens in its network, supplying them with fresh vegetables and herbs.

According to the company, this donation can potentially yield over 5 million pounds of food.

"We are proud to support Feeding America's mission to end hunger in America," said Ann Aquillo, VP corporate affairs, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "Having access to healthy fruits and vegetables is essential to good nutrition, and we look forward to helping Feeding America improve the health and wellness of our communities in need."

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods contain everything necessary to start growing one's own vegetables and herbs: seed, soil and plant food in an all-in-one biodegradable pod.

"We are fortunate to have a great partner in ScottsMiracle-Gro — they share our commitment to helping provide nutritious food to those at-risk of hunger every day in America," said Karen Hanner, managing director, Manufacturing Product Sourcing, Feeding America. "We know the fight to end hunger cannot be fought alone, and this donation of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods brings us one step closer to our goal."

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