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OPEI in the News

July 25, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Officers for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) for the 2014-2015 year include: OPEI Chairman Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries; OPEI Vice Chair Lee Sowell, President, Outdoor Products at Techtronic Industries, N.A., Incorporated; and OPEI Secretary/Treasurer Tim Merrett, Vice President of A & T Global Platform and Turf & Utility, Deere & Company. Immediate past chair is Todd Teske, Chairman, President& CEO at Briggs & Stratton Corporation.   Read more from the article here.

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June 10, 2014

OPEI’s campaign continues to warn users of boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, small engine and outdoor power equipment to use correct fuel   Alexandria, Va., June 10, 2014—Protecting your boat, outdoor power equipment, snow mobile, motorcycle and small engine equipment just got easier – thanks to a new partnership that reminds consumers to avoid using greater than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles and motorcycles, with the exception of “flex-fuel” engine products. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry, will distribute ‘Look Before [.....]

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April 14, 2014

Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!) and it’s time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, and similar small engine equipment fueled up, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds you to Look Before You Pump. This caution comes because at some gas stations, consumers can dispense fuel with higher than 10 percent ethanol. If this higher-ethanol fuel is put into any outdoor or garden power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles, and motorcycles (with the exception of [.....]

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March 24, 2014

The gasoline most of us put into our cars and outdoor gear, with 10-percent ethanol, is available nationwide, and we pump E10 without a second thought. But a newer form of gas is good for only some cars—and a nightmare for outdoor power equipment. Nothing, in fact, warns you against filling up your mower, string trimmer, or gas can other than a little 3×3-inch warning label that competes for your attention with larger, bolder ads on the gas pump. So the outdoor power equipment trade group is waving the warning flag in Lowe’s, Walmart, and other stores. That newer form [.....]

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March 12, 2014

The gasoline most of us put into our cars and outdoor gear, with 10-percent ethanol, is available nationwide, and we pump E10 without a second thought. But a newer form of gas is good for only some cars—and a nightmare for outdoor power equipment. Nothing, in fact, warns you against filling up your mower, string trimmer, or gas can other than a little 3×3-inch warning label that competes for your attention with larger, bolder ads on the gas pump. So the outdoor power equipment trade group is waving the warning flag in Lowe’s, Walmart, and other stores. That newer form [.....]

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March 4, 2014

Mike Phillips may have been the most delighted snow-covered person in the winter-weary Washington area Monday. With the white stuff accumulating on his head and his Montgomery County driveway, the 39-year-old pharmacy rep leaned over and flipped a switch on an MTD Pro 28-inch self-propelled snowblower with electric start and halogen guide light. And he beamed.  “This is the first year I’ve been able to use it,” said Phillips, who spent the next couple of hours happily plying the $700 machine he bought four winters ago up his own driveway and those of four Olney neighbors. “Now I kind of [.....]

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February 19, 2014

The B175.1 Chainsaw Standard Addendum is currently available  for public comment — please contact  Greg Knott for more information

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January 6, 2014

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced that it is ramping up its regulatory, standards and market reporting and statistics efforts to meet the unique needs of the corded electric and battery product segments. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, announced that it is ramping up its regulatory, standards and market reporting and statistics efforts to meet the unique needs of the corded electric and battery product segments. In recent months, OPEI has welcomed several new battery/electric companies to its membership, including iRobot, Positec, Stanley Black & Decker [.....]

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