After conducting more than two years of extensive consumer research, Agri-Fab Inc. introduced a line of Smart products, including the SmartSWEEP, at an Oct. 23 GIE+EXPO press conference. Designed for use behind conventional tractors, as well as zero-turn mowers, this 44-inch lawn sweeper boasts seven patent-pending features.
“We pride ourselves on our lawn sweepers and the great feedback we’ve received over the years, so a big part of our design phase involved talking with end users about their needs and frustrations,” said Mark Short, Agri-Fab’s vice president of marketing and product development. “The SmartSWEEP eliminates common complaints across the category and responds to new needs in one contemporary, innovative, tough sweeper.”
According to Agri-Fab, the top complaints of those using existing lawn sweepers were as follows: skips or misses (53 percent); takes up too much room (41 percent), have to get off tractor to empty (34 percent), difficult to empty (24 percent), and bag is too small (19 percent). Agri-Fab addressed all of those complaints and more with the SmartSWEEP. Its benefits include high performance (no wheel skipping, one-pass pick-up and zero-turn capability); compact storage (folds down in just seconds without any tools or help for easy storage in a garage or trailer); easy dumping (handle-controlled dumping without leaving tractor seat); and a larger bag capacity (25 cubic feet). Plus, SmartSWEEP is backed by a three-year warranty.
Other Smart products introduced by Agri-Fab included the SmartLINK, SmartCART and SmartSPREADER. SmartLINK is an all-in-one, snap-in grooming system that allows users to switch from one lawn care attachment to another in just seconds without tools. SmartLINK’s master platform accepts a snap-in plug aerator, tine dethatcher, shark aerator and poly roller, eliminating separate trays for each product and saving valuable storage space. SmartCART is a tough, dump truck-inspired, tow-behind cart that makes pulling and dumping loads of more than 800 pounds easy and saves time spent on taking multiple trips. The ergonomic SmartSPREADER is available in both push-behind and tow-behind models, and each offers a load capacity of 125 pounds.
Agri-Fab also announced the signing of Daryl “Moose” Johnston as a celebrity spokesperson. The former Dallas Cowboys star fullback and current FOX Sports commentator appears on Agri-Fab’s Web site at www.agri-fab.com and in the company’s ads and marketing materials.