DR® Trimmer Enters 25th Year of Production

| 3/14/2012 12:12:38 PM

DR® Power Equipment today marked the 25th Anniversary of its DR® Trimmer/Mower by announcing that the wheeled string trimmer, which redefined lawn care for a generation of property owners while helping establish the Vermont company that produces it, will receive a powerful upgrade in 2012.

Introduced in 1987, the DR® Trimmer/Mower was the first gas-powered, wheeled trimmer available to consumers. Combining the best features of a hand-held trimmer and a bladed mower in an easy to use, powerful package, the machine quickly gained popularity among home and property owners who wanted a one-machine solution to their maintenance needs. Since then, more than 500,000 DR Trimmers have been sold in the United States, making it America’s #1 selling trimmer on wheels.

But the story of the DR® Trimmer/Mower is more than sales numbers.

“The DR® Trimmer is the product that put DR on the map,” said DR® Power Equipment President Joe Perrotto. “It helped transform DR Power Equipment from an industry newcomer, a small shop in Vermont with one product, to the respected American manufacturer we are today.”

Development of the DR® Trimmer was led by DR® Power Equipment co-founders Dick Raymond, Rich Alther, John Gibbons, and Lyman P. Wood, longtime friends and business partners who had all recently left positions at Garden Way, Inc., then producer of the well-known Troy-Bilt Tiller. The foursome hoped to use its extensive knowledge of gardening and country living to launch a successful new business based in Vermont. But there was one big problem: the group had nothing to sell.

Legal agreements with Garden Way, Inc. kept the group from developing a competing product for gardeners, so the men turned their attention to lawn and property care. Raymond and Wood developed the idea of mounting a rotating string trimmer on wheels; this, the two thought, would transform trimming into a less physically stressful task and ultimately eliminate the need for consumers to purchase both a lawn mower and a hand-held string trimmer.

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