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Fleet of Honda Prototype Autonomous Work Vehicles Tested at Construction Site

Fleet of Honda Prototype Autonomous Work Vehicles Tested at Construction Site

Honda and Black & Veatch have successfully tested the prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at a Black & Veatch construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, multiple second-generation prototypes of the fully electric Honda AWV performed a range of functions at a large-scale solar energy construction project.

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Join top precision farming equipment dealerships from around North America in Louisville, Ky. on January 3-4 for the 2022 Precision Farming Dealer Summit.

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    If one of your department managers was promoted — or even left the dealership —  do you know who would replace them? Do you have employees who you’ve mentored and trained who are prepared to move into management roles?

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5 Questions with Bob Walker of Walker Mowers

We sat down with Bob Walker, chairman of Walker Mowers, Fort Collins, Colo. Walker Mowers is a third-generation owned company that designs, manufactures, and sells Walker Mowers across the U.S. and in 28 countries. Read More »

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Altoz offers a product that is unique to the industry — zero-turn and stand-on mowers with tracks. And while Altoz owner Dennis Brazier says tracked mowers certainly won’t replace all wheeled mowers, they offer a unique advantage for commercial, municipality or farm customers. Read More »

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This 46-page extensive management report details the numbers, trends and forecasts for the 2018 rural equipment market, and examines what products dealers expect to be the hottest sellers this year, which new products they intend to introduce or expand upon in their product mix, what their major concerns are for 2018 and so much more. You'll find insightful comparisons of U.S. vs. Canadian dealers, large vs. small dealerships and by major manufacturer, and with 6 additional pages in the 2018 report — a 13% increase — there’s more insight to be found than ever.

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2017 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook (PDF)

Rural Lifestyle Dealer’s full-length 40-page 2017 Business Trends & Outlook report is now available. This extensive management report details the numbers, trends and forecasts for the 2017 rural equipment market. The report examines what products dealers expect to be the hottest sellers this year, which new products they intend to introduce or expand upon in their product mix, what their major concerns are for 2017 and so much more. The report provides comparisons of U.S. vs. Canadian dealers, large vs. small dealerships and by major manufacturer.

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