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Toro makes fuel recommendations for OPE

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In light of the growing popularity of alternative energy sources, The Toro Company is offering fuel guidance to homeowners and contractors for outdoor power equipment, recommending an ethanol/gasoline blend no higher than E10 (10% ethanol).

Generally, the company confirmed that Toro lawn mowers and snowblowers were approved for said blends and are not designed to run on fuel containing more than 10% ethanol. Toro cautioned that use of E15, E20 or E85 could affect performance or damage the engine.

The company made the following additional recommendations for consumers:

• Use fresh fuel (less than 30 days old) to prevent water absorption;
• Purchase no more than 30 days worth of fuel at a time;
• Add fuel stabilizer as soon as you buy it;
• Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 is preferable; and
• The less ethanol, the better.

More tips and product information can be found at www.toro.com/fuelfacts.

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Briggs & Stratton expands backup power options

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With the heavy power requirements of commercial applications in mind, Briggs & Stratton has expanded its backup power solutions for its dealer network, which now total more than 60.

"Just as no two businesses are exactly the same, no two customers in the light commercial market need exactly the same backup power option," said marketing manager Amanda Grandy. "The industry needs more flexible and dependable solutions for commercial business owners. This large product expansion shows our commitment to offering customers a reliable, tailored solution that helps keep their business up and running in the event of a power outage – all from a manufacturer they know and trust."

The company is now offering six different voltage levels (120/240, 120/208, 139/240, 227/480, 277/480, 347/600), two configuration setups (WYE or Delta) and two controller types (ComAp InteliNanoNT or ComAp InteliLiteNT). These can all be used in conjunction with the 35-kW, 48-kW and 60-kW standy generator units.

Other options include weather-resistant steel enclosure and a a durable GM Vortec 1800 RPM engine, which is quieter and more fuel-efficient than other high-RPM engine options.

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Dave Beeken named president of Silver Line

BY HBSDealer Staff

Andersen Corporation has promoted Dave Beeken to president of the Silver Line Division, replacing Paul Valle.

“Our vinyl business is an important element of our overall strategy to lead the window and door industry with a wide ranging portfolio of different and better products and services,” said Andersen Corporation chairman, president and CEO Jay Lund. “Dave brings to this business a long track record of success during his thirty-five year career in the window and door industry.”

Previously, Beeken was senior VP Doors and Accessories for the Andersen Division. Before that, he was senior VP and general manager of the Architectural Products Division and was responsible for the new Andersen Architectural Collection as well as the integration of Eagle Windows and Doors, where he began his career in 1977 and served as former president.

Beeken was formerly the chairman of the Window and Door Manufacturer’s Association as well as 2003’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Iowa and Nebraska.

Andersen acquired Silver Line in 2006.

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