Three things are key to getting lawn mowers ready for winter storage, according to John Deere experts. First, the undercarriage should be sprayed down to eliminate buildup of debris. Then, loose parts should be checked and fuel stabilizer should be added before running the engine for five minutes.
Racing lawn mowers will compete this weekend at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, the venue chosen for the "Sta-bil Keeps Gas Fresh" Finals for the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. Eleven national championships in lawn mower racing will be held as the 18-race season reaches its end. The event also will feature the lawn mower used by Bobby Cleveland to capture the world land-speed record for mowers in 2010, this article says.
Gevo, a maker of biofuels, announced that its fourth-quarter net loss for the period ending in December 2012 was $13.2 million, as compared with a loss of about $14.2 million a year earlier. The company has trimmed R&D and operational expenses. Gevo plans to resume operations at its isobutanol facility in Luverne, Minn., this year after stopping production there last fall.
Registered Stihl dealership owners and their employees can take part in free training through Stihl's Stihl iCademy. The training is designed to help dealerships deliver customer service that sets them apart from others. "Stihl's success is dependent on our servicing dealers," said John Keeler, national training manager at Stihl. "Product training and business knowledge plays an integral role in the success of a dealership." Stihl recently recognized the person who took the company's millionth training test.
Standby generators are becoming more of a necessity in Maryland as residents respond to frequent power outages due to winter storms and thunderstorms. Baltimore-based CDS Emergency Power Services, which sells and installs generators, has seen an "unprecedented level" of surge in the demand for generators in the state. "Due to the combined impact of hurricanes Irene and Sandy, along with the 2012 summer thunderstorms, we are seeing demand increase for home standby generators," said CDS Logistics President Roy Cranford.