Equipment, staff evolving at Tri-City
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Scott Buechel (center) and sons Josh (left) and Matt are repairing more equipment than ever—including boat motors and mopeds—at their Tri-City Small Engine business in New Holstein. An increasing amount of equipment is battery powered as that technology continues to evolve.

Things are evolving in the world of outdoor power equipment—and at the busy New Holstein shop which sells and services that equipment.

At Tri-City Small Engine on Calumet Drive (STH 32/57), more battery-powered equipment is making its way onto the sales floor as the “green” movement continues—including in the equipment people use to keep their lawns and landscapes green.

Tri-City Small Engine is now selling the Oregon brand of battery-powered trimmers and chainsaws as well as the Core brand of electric string trimmers, and it also sells a battery-powered lawn mower.

The first thought people might have when they think of battery-powered equipment is, “How does the power level compare to the gas-powered equivalent of that equipment?” Scott Buechel of Tri-City Small Engine tests the equipment he sells and, as an example, of the 40-watt chainsaw he said, “That thing has a lot of kick to it.”

Advantages to battery power

There are plenty of obvious and some not-so-obvious advantages to using battery-powered equipment, including:

n no more need to mix gas and oil;

n financial savings in not buying and burning gas and oil;

n quieter operating equipment to save on the eardrums and make the neighbors happier;

n helping the environment by reducing emissions;

n not having the smell of emissions either while using the equipment or while transporting it in a vehicle;

n some of the batteries recharge in as little as an hour;

n some of the batteries are rebuildable so they do not end up in landfills;

n some of the electric chainsaws have an automatic sharpener built right into them;

n electric equipment generally weighs

less than its gas counterparts. Buechel said a completely charged battery is generally equivalent to a tank of gas, so with most equipment more than one use can take place on a single charge. The Worx brand battery-powered lawn mower sold by Tri-City Small Engine runs for between an hour to an hour and a half on a fully charged battery. On some of the equipment, a heavier duty battery can be purchased and used.

Battery-powered equipment generally

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