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PRODUCTS er ow P putting the ent ipm or power equ n outdo back i By Steph Koyfman Outdoor power equipment is one of those categories we habitually return to because the cutting-edge products tend to look vastly differ- ent on a year-by-year basis. This year, as with the previous year, the products have come back bolder, stronger and, actually, quieter (thanks to advancements in engine technology). Manufacturers are serving up more robust battery offerings, as well as innovative new lineups to be powered by them. See pages 26, 27 and 28 for OPE items to have on your radar. EGO Power+ Snow Blower EGO’s Arc Lithium battery-pow- ered snow blower is so powerful, it was advertised doing its thing in Antarctica. EGO’s claim that it’s the only cordless snow blower as pow- erful as gas, and its high-efficiency brushless motor and 21-inch wide intake help it handle big jobs. ( 24 MARCH 2017 HARDWARE + BUILDING SUPPLY DEALER