We're in the Final Championship of Mower Madness

Mowers Direct has been running a Championship Matchup between the mower brands in the industry.  It started out with 64 brands, and now it has come down to the final two brands – Ariens vs Gravely.  It's a win – win situation for Ariens Company having both brands competing against each other, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

We want to thank all of our loyal Ariens and Gravely fans for getting us to the final matchup by taking time to vote.  We greatly appreciate the support we get from our end-users not only in this competition, but also in their use of our equipment.  You brought us through 5 rounds of Mower Madness, and now we are in the final round - so thank you! 

Take time to join in the competition by clicking on the Mower Madness Championship icon, and pick your favorite brand.

Gravely Dealer of the Week - C.N.M. Outdoor Equipment – Indianola, IA

C.N.M. Outdoor Equipment is a 3rd generation family-owned business that began in 1949. Since they began offering Gravely products in 1996, the Gravely Pro-Turn 200 series and the Gravely ZT HD have remained two of their best-selling machines.

Customer feedback of C.N.M. Outdoor has remained consistently positive, and they have been voted the "Best in Warren County" for Lawn Equipment Sales and Service six impressive years in a row. "I believe that success comes with after sale service and taking care of customers with whatever problem they have in a timely manner," states Dan Aldridge, owner of C.N.M. Outdoor.


C.N.M. Outdoor's Tip of the Week — "Smile, fertilize, hope for rain, and mow often with Gravely equipment."

If you're in the area, stop by to learn more about their extensive lineup of Gravely equipment.


Gravely Pro-Turn 472 Mowers at The National Corvette Museum

Congratulations to The Vance Store in Bowling Green, Kentucky for their fleet sale of our Gravely Pro-Turn 472 mowers to Meredith Mowing Service, their local landscape contractor who takes care of the grounds at the museum.

In addition to operating the Pro-Turn 472's at The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, once the weather cooperates these mowers will be cutting at Meredith's other properties as well which totals about 547 acres per week.  The Vance Store has started utilizing some of the first LP Conversion Kits (pn 79214200) in the field. 

It looks like Meredith Mowing Service does great work, and the pictures are proof of this.

Gravely Dealer of the Week – A-1 Power Equipment – Newburgh, IN

A-1 Power Equipment has been in business for eight years total and three years with their current ownership.  They added the Gravely line about six months ago.  Their most popular Gravely model is the Pro-Turn 460, and their most popular accessory is the mulch kit.

A-1 Power Equipment is unique due to their excellent equipment quality and selection and their emphasis on customer service and commercial clientele.  They also have some of the most highly trained technicians in the area, and that helps them offer the highest quality repair service with some of the fastest turn-around times.

According to Robert Saladin, "What makes us so successful is having the best staff around and our high level of work ethic and drive.  I put everything I have into this business day in day out, night in night out and weekends too.  I am focused daily on what problems might exist in our operation and ways to improve them.  We are constantly growing and constantly making improvements to our operation.  My philosophy is that nothing is ever good enough; there is always room for improvement."

A-1 Power Equipment's tip of the week - You get what you pay for with equipment and service.  Buy the best and maintain it properly with only the highest quality service center, and you will save money in the long run and be much happier with your lawn equipment.  This is where we set ourselves apart at A-1 Power Equipment.

Fleet pricing is a great way for a Commercial Landscaper to get new equipment they need, when they need it and at the best possible price so they can improve their productivity which in turn helps them decrease their costs and increase their profits.

"My commercial landscapers love the quality that Gravely offers from cut quality to operator comfort to overall quality of the machine.  They also love the price they pay for the same, and often times more, features that they can get on other machines.  And, of course, Gravely's leading warranty is also a big plus," according to Robert.

A-1 Power Equipment will be displaying their equipment at the Evansville, Indiana Home Show located at the Ford Center in Downtown Evansville on April 5 and 6 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Over 250 Vendors will attend this event, and A1 Power Equipment will have over 25 mowers on display on the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Locust Street.

Check out what A-1 Power Equipment has to offer by stopping at their dealership or at the Home Show if you are in the area.

The 38th Annual Planet Student Career Days was a Success

More than 850 college students from 65 of the nation's top horticulture and landscape programs competed in this National Collegiate Landscape Competition, March 20−23, 2014, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This event is considered the largest collegiate competition event in the country.

Gravely sponsored the Truck and Trailer Competition.  This competition allowed two people to practice their safe driving skills.  It also gave them the opportunity to properly load and strap a Gravely mower onto a trailer.  This was a practical experience for them and allowed them to work together as a team to perfect their skills. 


Gravely also sponsored the Sales Event which gave students ten minutes to complete the sale of a landscape design project.  It taught them many skills such as professionalism, how to overcome objections and how they could improve in the future.  Everyone was very appreciative of the feedback given following the sale.

To view the winner's list for all the Student Career Days Events, visit the Planet website.

It was a great event not only for the students involved, but also for the companies who sponsor these events as it was an excellent opportunity to work with some great future leaders in our field.

The 2015 Student Career Days will be in Raleigh, NC, so we hope to see you there.