“Echo has been able to meet all the new emission regulations with standard 2-stroke engine technology," says Mace.
Low noise and low emissions are especially factors on residential properties and in certain communities. Stihl offers an emission-free option with their battery-powered products.
“We’ve been pleased with the results so far, but have been marketing the full line of battery products for less than a year,” says Meriam. “We anticipate that the lithium-ion market will grow over time as battery technology continues to improve."
Meriam suggests that dealers target niche customers and applications. Residential users should be sold on the convenience of the units that require no fuel mixture or power cords. Professional users will prefer the units for applications that are sensitive to noise and exhaust emissions.
“Customers will also find lower operating costs appealing. How much will depend on which battery, which tools, and their personal operating practices,” adds Meriam.
It all falls on the weather
Typically, the chainsaw market sees the bulk of their sales in the fall with the storm season. This year, weather has shown to be even more unpredictable than usual. The early spring could have an effect on the surge of sales dealers usually plan for in the fall. The extended tree care season could mean replacement parts and chainsaw sales.
“Due to the early spring throughout the U.S., sales for all types of outdoor power equipment has been pulled forward by several weeks," says Mace. "The early spring resulted in a longer landscaping or tree care season which should promote strong sales this fall as equipment needs to be replaced."
Chainsaw sales this fall will also depend on the storm activity in the South and East. With the future storm season being unpredictable, manufacturers like Husqvarna are hoping to grab consumer interest with new product introductions.
"Typically, fall peak season performance depends heavily on the amount of activity during storm season," says Dewosky. "This fall, we have new product rolling out, so we expect to have a strong season regardless."