Women are becoming more involved with yard work than ever before. Here is a guest post from Kris Kiser, president and CEO, of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Below are ways that outdoor power equipment makes yard care easy for women.
Lawn and landscape care is not just for the boy’s club anymore. A fifth of all home buyers are single women, and more than half of married women are responsible for lawn and garden work.
Outdoor Power Equipment for Women
So, it’s no surprise that women are increasingly using outdoor power equipment, such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers, snow throwers, portable generators and more to get big jobs done with ease—not just at home but also in the professional lawn, landscape and tree care fields. And, in response, outdoor power equipment manufacturers have stepped up by light-weighting and balancing the equipment’s design and ergonomics.
“Truth is, no matter who you are, your shape, size, age or sex, there is a product for every person and every job. The key is to know what you need,” says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.
“First, know the job and the landscape. Is this for home use or a job site? What is the size of the property? Do you want to ride a lawn mower, or do you want to walk? Is there a need to navigate hills or slopes? Do you need a string trimmer for weeds or a leaf blower to remove light snow and leaves? When looking at pole pruners or chain saws, what kind of trees?”
He recommends researching the products available and to understand the benefits of each. Regardless of power source, whether the equipment be gasoline-powered, battery/electric or hybrid, advantages exist for each.
Outdoor Power Equipment Gets Job Done
Manufacturing developments are also helping facilitate more women into the workforce. “We’re seeing more women entering the commercial lawn, landscape and tree field, as they make good use of advanced gasoline products, battery/electric and hybrids today,” says Kiser.
Case in point, for the first time at the outdoor power equipment industry’s annual trade show this year, there will be an arborist entry-level training put on by the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop (WTCW). A fifty-foot tree will be erected in Freedom Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center for the live training and demonstrations during GIE+EXPO, held in Louisville, Kentucky in October.
How Outdoor Power Equipment Makes Yard Care Easy
“Nowadays it’s not about if there will be equipment you can handle, it will all come down to what you need. Whether old, young, man or woman, there is an outdoor power equipment option for you,” Kiser says.
For more information about OPEI, go to www.opei.org
For more information about GIE+EXPO, go to www.gie-expo.com/