2014 Ariens and Gravely Dealer Summit – Phoenix, Arizona

The 2014 Ariens and Gravely Dealer Summit was a huge success with over 250 dealerships in attendance from the United States and Canada.  There were many activities planned including the introduction of the new Gravely Atlas.  The Atlas is not an ordinary UTV, it is a JSV (Job Site Vehicle) designed to help the end-user get their jobs done more efficiently.  The dealers were able to gain performance knowledge through the six demonstration areas set up featuring the benefits of the Atlas.

There were other product updates announced, and the dealers had an opportunity to demo the mowers and equipment for both Gravely and Ariens.  Visit our Facebook page to view the pictures from the event. 

Our guest speaker was Tim Larson, Vice President of Customer Experience of Polaris Industries, Inc.  Tim's message provided insight into their company's dealer initiatives and was very informative as we mark the launch of the Gravely Atlas JSV.

Many Gravely dealers were recognized for their achievements for the past year.  Here is a list of the top performer in each category:

Principle Awards for:
​PeopleBill’s Power CenterBrookfield, WI
​ProcessJordan Garden CenterMidvale, UT
​CultureTarwater Farm & Home​Topeka, KS
President’s AwardBoston Lawnmower Company​Westborough, MA
Chairman’s AwardSouthland Engine CompanyLafayette, LA
New Dealer AwardFutch’s Tractor Depot, Inc.Hastings, FL
Sophomore Dealer Award4-H Equipment Denham Springs, LA
Fleet AwardChoo Choo Lawn Equipment, Inc.​Plant City, FL
Governmental AwardSouthland Engine CompanyLafayette, LA
Regional Awards:
Southeastern Region     Main Street MowerWinter Garden, FL
Southwestern RegionTriple C Sales & Service​Conway, AR
Northeastern RegionYC Power & Associates​Salem, NH
North Central RegionL & M SupplyGrand Rapids, MN
West Region Aurora Outdoor PowerWilsonville, OR
CanadianAccurate Lawn & Garden EquipWinnipeg, MB
Category Awards:
Commercial Ride-On      Southland Engine CompanyLafayette, LA
Consumer Ride-OnNeil’s Small Engine, Inc. ​Larose, LA
Chore ProductsArn’s Equipment Calgary, AB
Snow VolumeBoston Lawnmower Company​Westborough, MA
Lawn & Garden VolumeSouthland Engine CompanyLafayette, LA
Service Parts VolumeJacks Small Engine & Generator​Jarrettsville, MD
Attachments/AccessoriesBoston Lawnmower CompanyWestborough, MA

We are proud of all of our Ariens and Gravely dealers and appreciate all they do for the success of our company.

Congratulations to Mike Ariens on 55 Years of Service

The best way to invest in the future is by building on the values of the past.

Mike Ariens, Chairman Emeritus and 3rd generation of the Ariens family, celebrated his 55th work anniversary with Ariens Company on November 1, 2014. The company held a nationwide celebration today in honor of this big event.  A special video was shown to document the employees' appreciation for Mike, and cake was served at different locations as well.

As part of his outstanding contribution and dedication to the company, we will begin to share a series of stories including Mike's reflection on the path Ariens has taken and his thoughts on what we might learn from this history. Mike Ariens has lead by example throughout the years, and his passion for the family company is clearly recognized in this series of video clips.

In 2013, Chairman and CEO, Dan Ariens, interviewed his father, Mike Ariens, during the company's 80th anniversary celebration to get his perspective on milestone events in the company's history. Growing up in the family business and having 55-years as an employee under his belt, Mike provided honest insight into what makes Ariens Company so unique.

We encourage you to follow along throughout our series and get a rare glimpse into the in's and out's of a family business over 80 years. Watch and learn a little about our history and celebrate generations of American craftsmanship.

This video is the first in our upcoming series to honor Mike Ariens

 

Hydro-Gear® Extended Life Transmission Program

Ariens Company has partnered with Hydro-Gear to provide a third year of warranty coverage on Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 and ZT-3400 transmissions featured on Pro-Turn 400, Pro-Turn 200, Pro-Turn 100, as well as the Pro-Stance 48, 52, and 60. Ariens Company and Hydro-Gear believe that by obtaining proper transmission maintenance (oil and filter changes), these proven integrated transmissions will provide thousands of hours of performance.

HydroGear ZT5400.JPGCustomers who purchase one of these units on or after October 1, 2014 are eligible to extend the transmission warranty by following a simple preventative maintenance program as described in the owner's manual. This optional program does not carry any upfront costs, but customers may "opt-in" by simply getting transmissions serviced by a local Gravely dealer.

In order to qualify for the third year of the Hydro-Gear transmission warranty, customers must have their transmission oil and filters changed by a local Gravely dealer within a 50 hour window of the maintenance intervals required in the manual starting at 75 hours and repeated every 400 hours thereafter.

Ariens Company and Hydro-Gear are certain that with appropriate preventative maintenance, these transmissions will provide years of exceptional performance.

Program Details:

  • Equipment must be purchased and registered on or after October 1, 2014.
  • The warranty is only eligible on products containing Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 and ZT-3400 integrated transmissions.
  • The first transmission oil and filter change must be completed within the first 75 hours of use.
  • Service kits must be ordered by the dealer to complete the transmission service, these part numbers will be used to add the service record to the product's warranty records.
    • ZT5400 service kit part # 592228
    • ZT3400 service kit part # 594027
  • Dealer must complete transmission service and log it to the Ariens Company warranty system at the time of the service.
  • The extended warranty program begins when the first service is logged on the model and serial number of the affected unit within the first 75 hours of usage.
  • All services must be completed within 50 hours of the designated intervals listed in Gravely equipment manuals (75, 475, 875, 1275, 1675, 2075, 2475, 2875).
  • Warranty is non-transferable.
  • Third year of coverage is for parts only.

Gravely Adds Propane Option to Pro-Stance and Pro-Walk Models

As energy prices continue to trend higher, Gravely responds by offering equipment that uses more efficient alternatives to traditional fuel sources. With the upcoming introductions of the Pro-Walk® Hydro LP 48 and the Pro-Stance® LP 52, Gravely will have a complete line of LP (Liquid Petroleum Gas) products.

Propane-Images.jpgLiquid Petroleum Gas, or propane, has several advantages over gasoline. For starters, over 97 percent of propane is produced in North America, and on average, costs 20 to 30 percent less. Additionally, some clients value lawn care professionals with a fleet that leaves a smaller carbon footprint – giving those contractors the opportunity to expand their clientele.

Here is a first-hand testimonial from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County with their thoughts on the use of propane.

Propane.Tom-Thompson.jpg 

Today, Gravely's LP-powered lineup includes the Pro-Turn® 460 LP and the Pro-Turn 472 LP, with the Pro-Stance 52 LP following in late October 2014, and the Pro-Walk Hydro LP 48 in Spring, 2015. Gravely also offers LP conversion kits that can convert a number of Gravely gasoline-powered models to LP.

Check with your local Gravely Dealer if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.

Day 5 - GIE+EXPO 2014 Summary

The majority of the equipment displayed at the show is delivered to dealers to be eventually sold. Meanwhile, the show room display has been packed up and stored away for the next show.

Once again Ariens Company was very pleased with the response from GIE+EXPO and the many great people who attended. There was a lot of activity throughout the week in our indoor and outdoor show room. Many positive comments were heard not only for our current Ariens and Gravely products but also for the much anticipated Gravely Atlas JSV.

GIE+EXPO-2014-Outside-Booth.jpgIf you were not able to attend GIE+EXPO, we hope our daily posts kept you up-to-date and informed you on the activities in Louisville. Watch the video below, as we put together highlights from GIE+EXPO and what it means to the Ariens Company. 

GIE.EXPO.Dan-Ariens.jpgWe are very passionate about our brands and what they have to offer to you, our customer. Not only do we offer to commercial landscape contractors, but also the home owner with lawn and garden, snow and chore. Our goal to YOU is to astound our customers - at GIE+EXPO, we are able to accomplish that.

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