GIE-EXPO 2014 New Residential Products

2015 New Residential Lawn & Garden Products

As many of you guessed, I spent last week in Louisville, KY at the GIE-EXPO.  It is the largest lawn & garden dealer show with over 650 vendors and 25 acres of outdoor hands-on exhibits. In this article I will go over some of the highlights of the show and give you a glimpse of what’s coming for new residential products for 2014. I’ll write detailed reviews of the products I know you will want over the next few months.

GIE-EXPO is aimed specifically at lawn & garden dealers so most of the products showcased at the event are for the customers that these dealers sell the most to – namely commercial lawn mowing companies.  Most of the products at a show like this are the biggest and baddest machines. Machines designed to withstand hours of use per week. Only a few companies like Husqvarna, Toro and Ariens brought some of their residential products.

For example John Deere only brought their Commercial lines and MTD only brought their Cub Cadet line. There was no representation of the other dozen or so names they sell like Troy-Bilt, Columbia or Remington. Husqvarna did bring the Jonserd brand so I was able to see what they will be offering through that name for 2014.

What was interesting to me was the lack of participation by the Chinese manufactures. I expected 30 or 40 booths filled with Chinese products but I only saw a dozen or so and those were sparsely populated with specialty equipment like generators, pumps and 40 volt cordless electric tools.

First, I would like to thank everyone I talked to at GIE-EXPO. So many people and so little time – I know I will not remember all of your names. Feel free to remind me as time goes on.

I would like to point out 5 people who did an outstanding job of helping me understanding their products.

Mary Lyn Wininger LinkedIn. Mary Lyn handles social media for Ariens and is one of the best social relationship managers I have met. If I ever have a question on any Ariens product she works as quickly as possible to get me the answer. I watched Mary Lyn talk with hundreds of people at the Ariens outdoor booth on Thursday and after six hours was just as interested in listening and helping as the first person she met that day. Great job Mary Lyn!

Michael Parkins LinkedIn Michael is one of those rare individuals who listens – really listens and bases his decisions on what you tell him, not what he wants you to do. Raven MPV 7100

Hilary Conner LinkedIn Agri-Fab. I really enjoyed discussing Agri-Fab products and where the company is going with Hilary. Hilary is another of those rare individuals who listens to you and then offers help and advice to solve your problems.

Wouter Barendrecht General Transmissions. You don’t know Wouter or the company he manages but I’ll bet you have at least one of his transmissions in your gas powered lawn equipment. Wouter always has the time to listen and help me understand his products so I can help you understand why they work the way they do.

Gary Kunz Kunz Engineering. There are probably less than a hand full of people in the world that know mower deck design as well as Gary. Gary and his son Matt only manufacture three products – AcrEase Tow-Pull Behind Finish Mowers, Rough Cut Trailmowers & Till-Ease ATV UTV Tillage Equipment – and they are best. It is always a treat to visit with Gary and discuss his unique take on the Lawn & Garden Industry.

A Few Pictures Of The Show

Wright Outdoor

Wright Outdoor

About 1/4 of the show's length inside

About 1/4 of the show’s length inside


The weather was great both days

Skag Outdoor

Skag Outdoor

Want to drive a new Cub Cadet?

Want to drive a new Cub Cadet?

Cub Cadet Zero-Turns

Cub Cadet Zero-Turns

Bad Boy Booth

Bad Boy Booth

Dixie Chopper

Dixie Chopper Shock & Awe!

Residential Products Showcase

Altoz XE 540

Altoz hit the market last year with two ultra-high end zero-turns that not only mowed well but look like the best mowers on the market. At GIE-EXPO two new high end homeowner versions, the  XR540 & XC610S.

Yes, The Hustler is comfortable

Yes, The Hustler is comfortable

Gravely JSV showing off

New Gravely JSV showing off

Platinum Snow Thro

Platinum 30 SHO Snow Thro


Remember the PUG. This near indestructable UTV is back and ready for your acreage.

Briggs & Stratton Lithium Start

Briggs & Stratton Lithium Start. That’s the battery on top.

Briggs & Stratton 675EXi

Briggs & Stratton 675EXi and 725EXi Series. The L-head is gone!

BS Pressure 1

This is what your new Briggs & Stratton Pressure Washer will look like.

Compact Briggs & Stratton Generators

New Compact Briggs & Stratton Generators

Cub Cadet XT3

Cub Cadet XT3 Shaft Drive

Cub Cadet XT2

Cub Cadet XT2

Cub Cadet XT1

Cub Cadet XT1

Cub Cadet Camo

Cub Cadet Camo – If you are going to camo a mower shouldn’t be green?

Cub Cadet 3X Tractor Mounted

Cub Cadet 3X Tractor Mounted Zombie Killer. It uses a full frame mount for better traction when running over the zombies.

Raven Bagger Side

Raven Bagger Side

Raven Bagger Back

New Bagger for the Raven MPV-7100. Notice how it does not raise the center of gravity.

Raven Bagger Open

Raven Bagger Open. I hope Denver Global patented this because this is the way a bagger is supposed to work!

Worx 56 volt Cordless

Worx 56 volt Cordless. New Mowers, Trimmer and Blower

Walker Model S

Walker Model S an engineering marvel

Ventrac Field Mower

Ventrac Field Mower. This is what you really need instead of trying to mow your pasture with a lawn tractor or zero-turn

Toro Steering Wheel

Toro Steering Wheel ZTR. I liked the 50 inch a lot.

New Snapper Tractor

New Snapper Tractor. I didn’t get a chance to get the details


Simplicity Operators Area

Chain Saw Carving

Lots of National Chain Saw Carving Experts


Husqvarna showing off their big Zero-turns

Polaris Grapple Bucket

Polaris Grapple Bucket

Peco Vac

Peco Vac. A great alternative to the large Agri-Fab Units

Peco Z Trimmer

Peco Z Trimmer. One of the best kept secrets in the Lawn & Garden kingdom.

Let the kids design their own ZTR and this is what you get :)

Let the kids design their own ZTR and this is what you get 🙂

Showing off the new Kohler Command Pro EFI

Showing off the new Kohler Command Pro EFI

Nordic Plow

Nordic Plow. Cleans your snow but leaves your gravel and turf intact. These work so well major ball fields are using them. Tractor, ZTR and UTC models

Mean Green

Mean Green built in grass blower. What’s next? remote control?

Why-yes! HydroGear Smartec Remote Control Steering. I they don't get stupid on the price this may revolutionize the way we mow lawn.

Why-yes! HydroGear Smartec Remote Control Steering. If they don’t get stupid on the price this may revolutionize the way we mow lawn.

Acrease Brush Mower

Acrease Brush Mower. Can you tell I like them?

Hustler Flip up

New Hustler Flip Up Deck Raptor

Country Clipper

Country Clipper for the rest of us. Front step, grab bar, joystick steering. Like Hustler 2 years ago – you may never have heard of these but they are among the best.

Honda Snow

I spent enough time with Honda to realize everything I say about them is fact.

Chinese Snow Blower

The only Chinese Snow Blowers at the show. Show special! Buy 6 for only $250 each!


I had an very interesting discussion with A Tuff-Torq rep on the failure rate and why.

Husqvarna Commercial

Husqvarna Commercial

Husqvarna Z200

2015 Husqvarna Z200. Fabricated deck on a residential

Dewalt 40 volt

Dewalt 40 volt

Dixie Chopper Eagle

The Dixie Chopper Eagle did very well for the entire show.


Another secret of the mower world. If you have hills this Canycon will mow them.

Big Dog Res

Big Dog Residential

Ariens Residential

Ariens Residential. They did not bring the Home Depot lawn tractors


ExMark Steering Wheel. It must be good – I heard another manufacture Rep making fun of it.

Bad Boy

Bad Boy Rear End. Those are not decals. Each word is lazer cut into the heavy duty steel. These Bad Boys are meant to mow!

Enough for now! I have over 300 pictures and 20 or so videos that I will share this winter.

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  1. Jim November 24, 2014

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