Lawn mowers by the numbers
Over the decades, lawn care has grown into a national passion that has proved to be a resilient home improvement sector, even in tough economies. Sales of lawn mowers, however, are slumping, according to data from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. In 2010, the dollar-volume estimate for riding mowers was $1.57 billion, down 11.6% from the prior year. Walk-behind mowers slipped 17.3% to $1.16 billion. Here’s a breakdown of recent consumer activity.
Analysis: Department stores are seeing growth in riding mowers compared with 2008, but the mass and warehouse home center channels showed better performance over 2009. WHCs were the clear leaders in walk-behind mowers, compared with 2009 sales.
Analysis: Significant moves were made by the 45-to-54 age group in the riding mower category — up from 18.9% in 2008 to 26.6% in 2010. Also, the 65-plus age group became a much more important player in 2010.
Analysis: “Trusted brand” ranks first among purchase motivators for riding mowers; “Price” ranks first for walk-behind mowers. Also significant: More riding mower purchasers say they are motivated by “Warranty.”
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New Product Showcase: Colorful new entrants
After a brutal winter, what the industry can use now is a splash of color — from raspberry red to lime to black and white. Even “green” qualifies, when used to conserve energy. On the following pages, the New Product Showcase opens on a colorful collection of handy or heavyweight home solutions for the 2011 selling season.
MidWest Gloves & Gear of Chillicothe, Mo., injected some extra color into its new line of products for women gardeners called “Gardening Colors.” Raspberry red, lime green and teal blue — in solids, stripes and combinations — create the distinctive look. “Women love the fashion-forward colors,” said president Stephen J. Franke. The line includes canvas gloves, sun visors and waist aprons. (midwestglove.com)
Grunt Can Carrier
Minneapolis-based Grunt Products introduced a handle for a 1-gallon can of paint. The Grunt CanCarrier eliminates the need to pour paint out of its original gallon can and into another container. In so doing, the company says, the product saves time and saves paint. The wire handle of the typical gallon paint can locks into place on the back of the big blue handle. A ladder-hook feature adds to the convenience. It carries a price point of about $13. (gruntproducts.com)
With four LED lights attached to the brim of a baseball cap, the Ergodyne GloWear 8940 PowerCap brings illumination to the job site. And with illumination comes safety. The cap offers light, “without the need to hold a flashlight or don a bulky headlamp,” said Tom Votel, CEO of St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne. Four replaceable long-life lithium batteries come with the hat, and deliver more than 30 hours of continuous light. The product comes in orange, lime, black, navy or RealTree Camo. (ergodyne.com)
Haier Front-Load laundry line
Haier began shipping its first Front-Load laundry line for the U.S. market last month. Matt Sekelick,senior VP product marketing, calls it premium features at non-premium price points. The line opens with the HWF5000AW washer, featuring 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity and 1000 RPM max spin speed and 10 wash cycles. Consumers can step up to the HWF5300AW 4.3 Cu. Ft. 1300 RPM Energy Star washer with Touch Sense Controls and 12 wash cycles. The Energy Star-rated products also offer ergonomic Electronic Touch Sense controls. (haieramerica.com)
EnviroGarden rubber paver
The EnviroGarden rubber paver covers old, cracked and damaged concrete and can be used on roof tops, patios, playgrounds and sidewalks. The company’s patent-pending Corner-Interlocking mechanism ensures a smooth surface and no-lateral movements for glue-down and no-glue-down installation. The pavers — made of 100% recycled rubber — are available in two designs, Brickface and Etna. Each design is offered in three colors: red, brown and gray. (ahfurnico.com)
Master Flow Green Machine solar-powered ridge vent
While traditional ridge vents and roof louvers can often provide less airflow than powered roof vents,powered ventilation options are generally less attractive; require installation by electricians; and run using electricity, which adds to their cost. That’s where the “Green Machine” comes in. The Master Flow Green Machine Solar Powered Ridge Vent from Wayne, N.J.-based roofing and ventilation manufacturer GAF provides 25 times more airflow than traditional ridge vents, according to the company. (gaf.com)
Correction: In the February “Made in the USA” issue of Home Channel News, the following content was intended for inclusion.
Zenith Shower Rods
Product: Zenith Shower Rods
Made In: New Castle, Del.
Pitch: The patented Twist-Tight mechanism installs easily and securely with an industry-leading assortment of styles and colors. (zenith-products.com)
I think we definitely need
I think we definitely need that rubber paver. My husband needs to get some roofing done to our house ever since we had a bad storm about a month ago. Looks like it is the right tool that we need. Thanks for sharing!
Some very handy and useful
Some very handy and useful products for the home. I've also found that outdoor fire pits really enhance patio areas as well.
Ergodyne introduces a bandana cooling towel
St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne announced an expansion of its Chill-Its Cooling line of products, including the new Chill-Its 6700CT Evaporative Bandana with Cooling Towel, and Chill-Its 6710CT Evaporative Triangle Hat with Cooling Towel.
The company said these pateneted cooling products are ideal for use under hard hats and helmets and feature an advanced Poly Vinyl Acetate (PVA) material, which keeps workers cool without the added bulk, weight, and slime of conventional cooling solutions. It activates by soaking in water for only 2-5 minutes. Once activated it reduces the effects of heat stress and helps fight fatigue.
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