John Deere looks to the future - Lawn & Landscape

The company released details about future products.

During Equip Expo, John Deere showcased new products to be released in 2026. Mini Tractor 4x4

John Deere looks to the future - Lawn & Landscape

The company also released a new battery charger.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kress, a professional-grade battery equipment company, unveiled its inaugural line of commercial-grade outdoor power equipment at the Equip Expo.

The company also released the new Kress CyberSystem features both 4Ah and 11Ah battery packs with the ability to recharge each 60v battery to 100% in only eight minutes. Additionally, each 60v CyberPack battery is capable of producing up to twice the power output and lasting up to 10 times longer than standard lithium-ion batteries.

Set for Q1 2023 availability, the new line-up of Kress commercial OPE — all of which is fully compatible with the 8-minute CyberSystem — includes: 

For more information about how to become a Kress dealer and to view the full lineup of Kress products, visit

The company recently debuted a new mobile charging trailer, several zero-turn mowers and more equipment.

Greenworks Commercial, a provider of battery-operated outdoor power equipment, recently unveiled the Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer, a battery-charging trailer that allows landscapers to transport and charge all their tools and equipment onsite, overnight or while in transit.  

The Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer houses a 26KWH battery, capable of providing 32KW of constant charging energy, optimizing efficiency for landscapers and eliminating any runtime concerns. Its built-in temperature-controlled charging ports charge up to 18 82V handheld batteries, for use in trimmers, walk-behind mowers, string trimmers and edgers, blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers in as little as 30 minutes, reducing the number of handheld batteries needed to complete a workday by 60%.

Optimus MCs’ three zero-turn mower chargers output 6000W each and are capable of charging a riding mower in as little as 75 minutes while allowing landscapers to conveniently charge their mowers inside or outside of the trailer.

With real-time 4G/GPS connectivity, management will have full visibility of their team while in the field, allowing them to stay updated with real-time metrics on battery status, trailer location and system functions via the trailer’s built-in LCD Screen Dashboard and Greenworks Fleet Connect (TM) app. This 4G/GPS connection also provides theft protection.

“For landscape managers looking to increase productivity while remaining green, the Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer is the perfect solution,” said Nick Suchoza, senior director of design at Greenworks. “Eliminate the hassle of loading and unloading fuel or batteries by plugging the tools and batteries into the trailer, plugging in the trailer and unplugging from the stress of excess work.”

Equipped with 3000W of solar power, an automated shutdown system and a security system with an HD camera, the design extends beyond these features. The 20’ Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer can transport and charge 20+ battery-powered tools, 36 handheld batteries and 3 full-size zero-turn mowers.

The Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer is complete with EV-style, rapid DC charging capabilities which can fully charge the 26KW battery in as little as 30 minutes at any EV charging station and has four individual 20AMP circuits for powering existing products on board.

The trailer can output 50A 240V to power a welder or recharge an electric vehicle. According to Greenworks, the Optimus Mobile Charging Trailer is designed to allow for an easier transition from gas to battery.

This 20-foot-long is scheduled to launch in Spring 2023.

Additionally, Greenworks also debuted several other new products including the OptimusZ Range, a line of commercial zero-turn ride-on mowers. The OptimusZ Range consists of:

A new backpack blower is also being released. With CYCLONE FORCE axial fan technology, powered by high-performance brushless motor technology, and an 750 CFM and 220 MPH output from start to finish, landscapers have the capacity to blow away 10% more leaves than a gas counterpart. Weighing only 14.3 pounds, with a noise level of 72DB at 50 feet, this blower is equipped with a heavy-duty padded harness and waterproof dual-port battery compartment. 

Greenworks Commercial is also announcing a new 82V 16-inch front-mount string trimmer.

Built to perform, the new model 82ST12 trimmer allows operators 45 minutes of runtime on a single charge with the benefit of being 13% lighter. The trimmer provides a 16-inch cutting swath and a comfort overmolded ergonomic front handle and rear throttle as well as lightweight rear housing, improving balance and reducing operator fatigue.

The new 82-volt string trimmer utilizes a front mounted, direct drive commercial-grade brushless motor that produces 1.2 kW of maximum power to deliver continuous power through the toughest terrain without bogging down. With an included 8-amp dual port charger that recharges a 4Ah battery in 30 minutes.

Additionally, the company is releasing a new 24-inch commercial chainsaw, expanding its current lineup of 16-, 18- and 20-inch saw options.

With 4.3kW* Brushless motor, the 24-inch chainsaw exceeds any 70cc gas powered version on the is powered by the new 82V X6 6Ah lithium-ion battery pack with EnergX battery technology. With only 5.95 pounds of weight, the battery pack provides 4.5kW of continuous power output and up to 60 amps of continuous discharge current. The unit is also available with the newly developed 1.5kW X-Series charger with dual or six-port charging bank option that can charge the 82V X6 6amp battery pack with energX ™ lithium-ion battery technology within 20 minutes.

For more information on any of these products, visit the company’s website.

The mower is made possible with an investment in software company, Greenzie, to complement Bobcat’s own technology initiatives.

Bobcat Company is accelerating its innovations in the landscaping and grounds maintenance industries with the announcement of its new autonomous mowing system. The company is also announcing the advancement of its autonomous technology and operations through a strategic investment in Greenzie, an autonomous software company for commercial lawn mowers and outdoor power equipment.

“Innovation is part of the Bobcat DNA. We invented the compact equipment industry more than 60 years ago, and we continue to reimagine the future of the industry today,” said Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation for Bobcat Company. “Through this investment with Greenzie, we can accelerate our development of operator-assisted and automated solutions to help our customers be more productive on the jobsite or their backyard.”

The collaboration supports Bobcat’s introduction of its new autonomous, zero-turn mower, which offers efficiency and productivity by completing repetitive mowing tasks without the need for an onboard operator. 

Designed to operate with software developed by Greenzie, the Bobcat autonomous mower has a ride-and-repeat feature, where operators can plot a course and mark areas for the mower to avoid during autonomous operations. Able to detect objects, known or unknown, the zero-turn mower travels its prescribed path while the operator can take on other tasks and maximize their jobsite efficiency. The machine utilizes mapping to execute an exact route that can be repeated; all of which can be managed or edited on a simple smartphone app. 

Through this investment, Bobcat and Greenzie will join forces to accelerate Bobcat’s development of the autonomous capabilities and solutions across its product line-up.

"We are thrilled to close our largest investment round to date with a strategic investment by an industry leader like Bobcat," said Charles Brian Quinn (CBQ), co-founder and CEO of Greenzie. "Our customers are desperate for solutions that help them overcome their biggest challenge: labor shortages. Our software helps crews be more productive, and will run on reliable, rugged Bobcat equipment they trust."

The autonomous mower will make its North American debut at Equip Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Demos will be held in Bobcat’s outdoor booth, 7506D.

The mower will have a limited launch in late 2023 with more details forthcoming.

The mowers are the company’s first in a lineup of electric outdoor power equipment for professional landscapers.

Editor’s note: A prototype of one of DEWALT’s new Ascent mowers caught fire during the Equip Exposition last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is the company’s statement: “We are grateful that no one was injured. We are working quickly to determine the cause of the issue with this single pre-production prototype unit and will provide further information when available.”

DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand and a provider and innovator in outdoor power equipment, unveiled the Ascent zero-turn mower series, the first in a lineup of electric outdoor power equipment for professional landscapers. The Ascent Series will offer a total electric solution with smart technology designed to meet the needs of landscapers. It will be available through DEWALT’s professional dealer network beginning in fall 2023.

“Through expert engineering, cutting-edge technology and rigorous testing, we’re proud to deliver a total electrification experience that is customizable to meet the specific needs of our landscape customers,” said Christine Potter, president of Outdoor for Stanley Black & Decker, whose brand portfolio includes DEWALT. “Developed in tandem with professional landscapers to meet tough demands, the Ascent Series will help landscapers ease the transition from gas to electric fleets with a customized battery solution.”

The Ascent mowers will feature swappable, 3.2 kwh lithium-ion batteries built for all-day runtime while giving landscapers the choice on how to invest in batteries. In connection with the DEWALT Ascent Series, DEWALT plans to offer a PowerEquip battery subscription program that will provide flexible terms to help landscapers reduce upfront battery investments versus purchasing batteries. Additionally, the PowerEquip subscription program would aim to provide peace-of-mind that easy battery exchanges and support are available.

“DEWALT was born on the jobsite – the brand has a proven performance in innovation and battery technology,” said Steve Adcock, vice president of Outdoor business development for Stanley Black & Decker. “We’re using that legacy to set a new standard for electrification in landscaping. The Ascent Series is backed by DEWALT innovation, testing and durability.”

The Ascent mowers can hold up to five batteries to allow landscapers to scale-up runtime based on specific needs. The flexibility and support that the PowerEquip subscription program offers will provide landscapers control of their battery needs.

The Ascent Series will also feature a redesigned, high-efficiency deck that will set a new standard for cut quality and performance. With three spindles, each with dual-blade technology and four cutting surfaces, the H-E-2, 60” deck is engineered to allow easy airflow to help process and clear grass fast and avoid clumping.

The Ascent Series from DEWALT features the C-60 as the first-ever mower with 2-in-1 crossover functionality. Operators can choose to stand or sit, and the conversion can be made in seconds for jobsite flexibility while maintaining a compact footprint to help optimize trailer space. An R-60 sit-only model will also be available.

The Ascent mowers will be complemented by the GroundCommand app to give fleet managers real-time visibility into the operational status of each mower, to remotely manage productivity and help optimize runtime. Cellular connectivity will provide live intel about battery life, blade operation, location, driving status, charging status and more with the ability to customize thresholds and notifications.

The Ascent Series mowers are the first in a succession of commercial electric options to come from DEWALT. The brand plans to introduce an electric outdoor product family, all powered by the swappable DEWALT battery system and supported by a nationwide network of dealers.

John Deere looks to the future - Lawn & Landscape

Epa Tractor “We are also excited that the Ascent mowers may soon be eligible for a new tax credit of up to $7,500 for eligible commercial businesses,” said Adcock. “As a leader in the electrification of lawn and garden equipment, we collaborated with policymakers and other stakeholders to meet the demands of this growing outdoor market.”