Real Green launches Real Green Forms

The new platform allows businesses to drive growth by generating and managing contracts, proposals and other business forms.

Real Green by WorkWave, a provider of field service software and solutions to the green service industries, announces the launch of Real Green Forms.

Real Green integrated WorkWave’s form-generating capabilities into its core software solution after seeing the success it has had within WorkWave’s other software solutions. With Real Green Forms, green industry owners have a new option for generating and managing paperless contracts, proposals and other business forms.

“Real Green Forms is a proven, innovative forms solution that allows Real Green customers to create highly customizable, fillable forms that are fully integrated into the platform’s automation, enabling them to close sales faster, drive growth through efficiency and optimize customer experience,” said David F. Giannetto, CEO of WorkWave, the parent company of Real Green. “This is one of the many benefits of bringing together industry leaders. We can leverage features and add-on solutions that are helping our customers succeed across our different platforms, and more quickly deliver proven new features and functionality that our customers want. This gives our customers the most value they can get from WorkWave as their technology partner.”

Real Green Forms enhances the power and functionality of Real Green’s green software platform with a solution that allows customers to digitally capture all relevant information, including signatures, required to complete contracts and proposals and other business forms.

With Real Green Forms, users can:

  • Create standardized, professional-looking PDF forms and documents, including lawncare and lawn maintenance proposals, contracts, surveys, checklists and more
  • Build a library of reusable, shareable PDF templates
  • Identify required fields and automatically pre-fill customer information before sending
  • Add dynamic pricing to forms, contracts and invoices
  • Send forms for signatures from any device and digitally capture customer and staff signatures
  • Add forms to customer accounts
  • Review, track and organize every document within Service Assistant 5 via Form Tracker

Real Green was acquired by WorkWave in June 2021.

For more information about Real Green, visit www.realgreen.com.

Keynote announced for the 2022 Lawn & Landscape Technology Conference

Early Bird rates available through Friday, June 24.

Lawn & Landscape magazine has revealed the keynote for the 2022 Lawn & Landscape Technology Conference, taking place Aug. 10-12, 2022, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jack Shaw is an Innovation and Emerging Technology Strategist with more than 30 years of experience helping leaders transform their organizations’ digital ecosystems amid new waves of technology. He has shared his insights and advice with nearly 300,000 of the world’s top leaders and professionals and has delivered over 1,000 keynote presentations and executive forums in 26 countries and every state across the U.S.

Having a sensible, practical approach to how tomorrow’s new technologies will drive change and spur innovation, Shaw has advised key decision-makers at such Fortune 500 organizations as Mercedes Benz, Bosch, GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle, and SAP.

Shaw integrates his executive experience in Industry, technology, and consulting to speak on innovation, change management, and transformational leadership. And, he has decades of experience designing, developing, and implementing emerging technologies and how these will impact business and society.

This experience enables him to speak with unique perspective and a deep understanding of such current leading-edge technologies as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 5G, and the Internet of Things.

Jack is a Yale University graduate, and he holds a Kellogg MBA degree specializing in Finance and Marketing. He was voted one of the World’s Top 25 Speakers and one of the Top Five Technology Futurists in polls conducted by Speaking.com.

“As a conference focused solely on technology in the green industry, we felt bringing on Jack would provide our attendees with a wider look at how technology is affecting businesses in 2022 and beyond,” said Lawn & Landscape Editor Brian Horn. “We’re excited for attendees to hear Jack’s keynote and understand how they can harness technology to better run their businesses.”

In addition to Shaw’s keynote and a powerful education program, attendees will also have access to a 22,000+ square-foot exhibit hall featuring the latest technology and software companies serving the professional landscape and lawn care markets. Throughout the conference, attendees will also find ample time for organized networking.

Current registration rates range from $149 (Expo Only) to $399 (All-Access Pass). Continuing in 2022, a Virtual Only option pass will be available for $299. To register, visit lltechconference.com.

Husqvarna upgrades 525LST Trimmer, 580 Backpack Blowers

The newest models provide improved comfort, performance and durability.

Husqvarna has updated the 525LST in its line of commercial string trimmers, and the 580 backpack blower in its line of commercial leaf blowers.

The Husqvarna 525LST string trimmer is an ideal choice for commercial sites and combines a high-torque gearbox with a larger fuel tank (over its predecessor), providing the power needed to tackle job after job with fewer stops to refuel. The 22-ounce fuel tank feeds a 25.4cc displacement engine pushing 1.34 horsepower. Concealed cables prevent snagging and damage, while the solid steel driveshaft and rugged skid plate offer increased durability to this lightweight, powerful trimmer. Weighing 11 pounds, the 525LST string trimmer also incorporates LowVib anti-vibration technology, rubberized grips and flexible trigger, reducing stress and strain on hands and arms, and offering extended comfort throughout the workday.  

“Comfort and durability are a top priority at Husqvarna, as they provide the keys to overall performance,” said Jack Easterly, senior product manager at Husqvarna. “The 525LST string trimmer and 580 backpack blower have been redesigned to offer higher performance, a larger fuel tank and new ergonomic features that help professionals get the job done quickly and comfortably.”  

Husqvarna backpack blowers deliver power and comfort to commercial users in all conditions, season after season, and the 580 backpack blower is no exception. Providing 15% more blowing force than its predecessor, the 580 also boasts support with cushioned straps, ventilated back pad and hip belt that reduce fatigue and provide all-day comfort. With a fuel tank capacity of 89.7 fluid ounces, the 580 allows more running time. More running time in between refueling and all-day comfort means fewer stops, and more efficient work time. The high-compression X-TORQ engine, coupled with large diameter high-flow elbow and carbon plastic fan design, instantly delivers 1,000 CFM of air flow and 220 MPH air speed.  

To learn more about the entire Husqvarna commercial lineup, please visit husqvarna.com/us/. 

STIHL, Briggs & Stratton announce manufacturing relationship

Briggs & Stratton will manufacture a new line of zero-turn mowers for STIHL.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— STIHL Inc. and Briggs & Stratton  announced a new manufacturing relationship that will expand the offerings of STIHL products in the U.S. Through this relationship, STIHL will launch a line of zero-turn mowers for professionals and homeowners.The new products will be available in select authorized local STIHL Dealers beginning in January 2023.

STIHL will add zero-turn mowers to its line of outdoor power solutions for landscaping, tree care, construction, cleaning and gardening. Combined with the existing gasoline and battery- powered handheld outdoor power equipment range, the addition of zero-turn mowers allows STIHL and STIHL dealers to provide one of the broadest ranges of outdoor power equipment in America. Briggs & Stratton will manufacture the new line of zero-turn mowers to meet STIHL specifications and quality standards.

“The introduction of zero-turn mowers allows our network of authorized local STIHL Dealers to offer an even greater breadth of product solutions for our customers who turn to STIHL for world class products and support to meet their garden and landscape needs,” said Terry Horan, STIHL Inc. president and CEO. “Working with Briggs & Stratton, a well-established leader in this product category, allows us to bring a superior product to market for both demanding professionals and discerning homeowners.”

“We take great pride that STIHL has seen in Briggs & Stratton what we have known for years – we design, engineer and manufacture the best zero-turn mowers on the market,” said Steve Andrews, Briggs & Stratton president and CEO. “With a 114-year legacy of power application and manufacturing expertise, Briggs & Stratton is a trusted leader in this industry, and we look forward to applying our superior product and manufacturing capabilities to produce STIHL zero-turn mowers.”

To learn more about STIHL products, go to STIHLusa.com.



Scythe Robotics surpasses 5,000 reservations

The company is ramping up manufacturing over the next 18 months and expects to reach full-scale production in 2025.

Boulder, Colo. —  Scythe Robotics, the creator of commercial-grade autonomous mowers, has surpassed 5,000 reservations for its all-electric, fully autonomous commercial mower, Scythe M.52.

“The excitement that landscape contractors have displayed for M.52 shows the direction the market is moving,” said Jack Morrison, co-founder and CEO of Scythe. “The industry is hungry for technology solutions that not only solve some of its biggest needs like labor and productivity but also deliver the environmental benefits of zero emissions and quieter mowing.”

The all-electric Scythe M.52 takes care of the mowing while crews focus on higher value services, providing landscape contractors with the ability to grow their businesses with an eye toward a cleaner environment. M.52 is designed from the ground up to be more reliable, more productive and smarter than any existing mower by integrating autonomy with a commercial-grade, all-electric design.

“Landscape contractors agree – M.52 is a game-changer,” said Isaac Roberts, co-founder and COO of Scythe. “It is especially true this year as the season is under way and the labor pains seem to be more severe than ever. Our partners clearly see the opportunity to transform their operations with the next-gen technology and pro-level performance of M.52.”  

M.52 increases productivity while also improving the quality of cut and worker safety. The mower features a suite of sensors that enable it to operate safely in typical landscaping environments by identifying and responding to the presence of humans, animals and other potential obstacles. M.52 also captures valuable property and mower performance data, which helps landscape contractors improve workflow, identify upsell opportunities, schedule more efficiently and manage labor costs.

Scythe will continue to accept reservations for M.52 as it ramps manufacturing over the next 18 months and reaches full-scale production in 2025. In the meantime, Scythe will work closely with contractors to ready their operations for robots, addressing infrastructure needs like the electrical and internet services at their facilities and getting their teams trained up on the technology.

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