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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Little Wonder Introduces New 2011 Optimax Blower Line

Little Wonder, a leading brand of landscaping and debris management outdoor power equipment since 1922, builds upon the core attributes and unique features that have made Little Wonder blowers a worldwide leader with a new version of the Little Wonder Blower. Enhanced capabilities, timesaving new features and an extended model lineup that include self-propelled models combine to produce a new blower line that is nothing short of Optimax!

Enhanced performance and expanded engine options combine with new ergonomic and convenience features to make the line more productive, easier to use, and more comfortable to run.

2011 Optimax Blower Line Features:

  • Large Discharge Chute Opening – Up to 25 square inches (depending on model), providing broader air coverage through the patented split-stream air deflector that directs the airstream wherever you need it to be most productive, eliminating blowback of lightweight materials and providing single-pass clearance of even the heaviest debris, standing water and rock aggregate.
  • New Remote Split-Stream Air Deflector Control (available on most models) – Instant on-the-fly one hand adjustment of split-stream airflow direction right from the operator’s handle.
  • Low Air Discharge Chute – Positioned two-inches off the ground to provide leveled airflow right out of the chute for immediate dispersal of debris and maintains high volume airflow over farther distances. 
  • One Piece Deck & Lower Handle – This deck is stable and rugged so it will last when tilted, turned and driven over rough ground.  The one-piece lower handle makes a solid base that also protects the engine.
  • Enhanced fan – The all-steel closed face design is used on all models, and two-plane balanced on the 270cc and larger versions.  This more precise balancing reduces vibration and internal stresses.
  • New Handle – Wide arc, height adjustable, cushion gripped handle for easy maneuverability and comfortable operation.
  • Easier Transport – Steel rear transport bracket and new dual tie-down mounts welded to the top of the blower housing provide for easy, secure transport. A convenient lift handle is welded to the lower housing for ease in lifting.
  • Tires – Push models feature tubed pneumatic tires that tackle curbs, patios and sidewalks with    ease and help to absorb vibration on bumpy terrain. Tubes standard.

                  Self-propelled drive models feature large 13” pneumatic rear turf tread tires for a wider base and exceptional traction.

The steel tough integrity of Little Wonder blowers shines through the new modern design of the Optimax line – a strong theme that utilizes stark color contrasts to emphasize the features that are uniquely synonymous with Little Wonder blowers. The new color scheme highlights the scrolled housing, multiple air streams and patented split-stream air deflector yet stays true to the Little Wonder white housing and handle heritage.

Little Wonder offers three categories of Optimax blower – Classic, Fully Featured, and, for the first time, Self-Propelled. Each blower category provides a unique mix of new and enhanced features along with an assortment of engine options to fit user needs and preferences.

Classic Optimax

These entry-level models are built to be efficient and comfortable to use while providing durable, high-powered performance in a lighter weight push blower package.

Classic Optimax Blower Features:

  • Three models available – engine options include:

         Honda GC160 (163cc), Subaru SP170 (169cc) & Subaru EX27 (265cc)

  • Large Discharge Chute Openings – 14.9 sq. in. (163 & 169cc models) and 25.8 sq. in. (265cc), provides broader coverage
  • Tubed Pneumatic Tires – 10” Front & Rear. Tubes standard.
  • Patented split-stream air deflector moves piles of leaves far and fast without blowback!
  • Strong, ergonomic handle – height adjustable with anti-vibration grip
  • Transport brackets for convenient tie-down during transport
  • Convenient lift handle makes lifting the blower on and off the truck easier.

Classic Optimax Blower Specifications:

Model

LB 270SC

LB 170S

LB 160H

Engine

Subaru EX27

Subaru SP170

Honda GC160

Displacement (cc’s)

265

169

163

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

1.6

0.95

0.83

Air Cleaner type

Dual Element

Foam

Low Oil Sensor

Standard

N/A

Impeller (diameter, type )

17″, 7 blade, steel, reverse angle

Impeller depth (inches)

2.75

1.5

Discharge Chute Area (sq. in.)

25.8

14.9

Air Volume (cfm)

2260

1397

Air Speed (mph)

143

153

Integrated Front Discharge

Yes

Throttle Control

On engine

Remote

Air Flow Control

Manual

Dimensions (Height, Width, Length)

43″ x 28″ x 56″

Tires, Front

10″ pneumatic front tire w/ tube

Tires, Rear

10″ pneumatic rear tires w/ tube

Handle

Ergonomic 2-position adjustable; anti-vibration grip

Transport Bracket

Yes

Lift Handle

Yes

Housing

Continuously-welded steel; 1 piece engine deck

Weight (lbs.)

140

109

108

Fully Featured Optimax

These larger blowers combine commercial power with user and convenience features for all day long performance.  

Fully Featured Optimax Features:

  • Four models available – engine options include:

Honda GX270 (270cc), Subaru EX27 (265cc), Honda GX390 (389cc) & Subaru EX40 (404cc)

  • New Remote Split-Stream Deflector Control – Allows for on-the-fly adjustment of split-stream airflow direction from the operator’s handle.
  • Large Discharge Opening – 25.8 square inches, provides broader coverage.
  • Tubed Pneumatic Tires – Large 12” rear tires provide a higher ground clearance to tackle curbs, sidewalks, and other obstacles. Tubes standard.

Fully Featured Optimax Specifications

Model

LB 400S

LB 390H

LB 270H

LB 270S

Engine

Subaru EX40

Honda GX390

Honda GX270

Subaru EX27

Displacement (cc’s)

404

389

270

265

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

1.85

1.6

1.4

1.6

Air Cleaner type

Dual Element

Low Oil Sensor

Standard

Impeller (diameter, type )

17″, 7 blade steel, reverse angle

Impeller depth (inches)

3.25

2.75

Discharge Chute Area (sq. in.)

25.8

Air Volume (cfm)

2530

2260

Air Speed (mph)

160

143

Integrated Front Discharge

Yes

Throttle Control

Remote

Air Flow Control

Remote

Dimensions (Height, Width, Length)

43″ x 28″ x 58″

Tires, Front

10″ pneumatic front tire w/ tube

Tires, Rear

12″ pneumatic rear tires w/ tube

Handle

Ergonomic 2-position adjustable; anti-vibration grip

Transport Bracket

Yes

Lift Handle

Yes

Housing

Continuously-welded steel; 1 piece engine deck

Weight (lbs.)

172

168

142

140

Self-Propelled Optimax

Now all of the commercial power, performance and convenience features of the new Little Wonder Optimax Blower come in a self-propelled version. 

Self-Propelled Optimax Features:

  • Four models available – engine options include:

Honda GX270 (270cc), Subaru EX27 (265cc), Honda GX390 (389cc) &     Subaru EX40 (404cc)

  • Variable speed: 0 – 4.1 mph forward, 0 – 2.5 mph reverse.
  • New Remote Split-Stream Deflector Control – Allows for on-the-fly adjustment of split-stream airflow direction from the operator’s handle.
  • Large Discharge Opening – 25.8 square inches, provides broader coverage.
  • Large 13” Rear Turf Tread Tires – provide a wider base, exceptional traction, and higher ground clearance to easily tackle curbs, sidewalks, and other obstacles.

Self Propelled Optimax Specifications

Model

LB 400S-SP

LB 390H-SP

LB 270H-SP

LB 270S-SP

Engine

Subaru EX40

Honda GX390

Honda GX270

Subaru EX27

Displacement (cc’s)

404

389

270

265

Variable Speed Forward

0 – 4.1 mph

Variable Speed Reverse

0 – 2.5 mph

Transmission

Variable speed belt powered chain drive
Open center differential

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

1.85

1.6

1.4

1.6

Air Cleaner type

Dual Element

Low Oil Sensor

Standard

Impeller (diameter, type)

17″, 7 blade steel, reverse angle

Impeller depth (inches)

3.25

2.75

Discharge Chute Area (sq. in.)

25.8

Air Volume (cfm)

2530

2260

Air Speed (mph)

160

143

Integrated Front Discharge

Yes

Throttle Control

Remote

Air Flow Control

Remote

Dimensions
(Height, Width, Length)

43″ x 28″ x 58″

Tires, Front

10″ pneumatic w/ tube

Tires, Rear

13” pneumatic turf tread

Handle

Ergonomic 2-position adjustable; anti-vibration grip

Transport Bracket

Yes

Lift Handle

Yes

Housing

Continuously-welded steel; 1 piece engine deck

Weight (lbs.)

232

228

202

200

To learn more about Little Wonder’s new 2011 Optimax Blower Line and see the new Optimax in action, visit the Little Wonder website at www.littlewonder.com.

About Little Wonder

Since 1922, professionals and homeowners have trusted their landscape to Little Wonder equipment. From the world’s first hedge trimmer to the revolutionary redesign of the walk-behind blower, Little Wonder has brought quality innovative products to the landscaping industry for nearly 90 years. Little Wonder offers a complete line of landscaping and debris management equipment that include: bed shapers, blowers, edgers, hedge trimmers, lawn and debris vacuums and truck loaders. Little Wonder equipment is available through over 3,500 power equipment dealerships nationwide. To learn more about Little Wonder and locate a dealer in your area, visit the Little Wonder website at www.littlewonder.com.

Little Wonder is a registered trademark of Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

About Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. is a U.S. based outdoor equipment manufacturer with three manufacturing facilities located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, Norfolk, Nebraska and Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. Schiller Grounds Care creates and brings to market a broad variety of landscaping, gardening and turf care equipment for residential and commercial use under the brand names of BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner. To learn more about Schiller Grounds Care and its various brands of power equipment, visit www.schillergc.com.

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Contact: Linda Beattie
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Email: lbeattie@schillergc.com