Handheld equipment market stays strong

2000 was a year of continued growth for the hand-held power equipment industry. Shipments for most products remained strong due to the favorable economic climate. The following are the 2000 industry shipments for portable, gasoline-powered equipment in the United States.

Backpack blowers. During 2000, industry shipments of gasoline-powered backpack blowers increased 6 percent to 308,450 units. It is estimated that industry shipments for 2001 will increase 2 percent.

Hand-held blowers. During 2000, industry shipments of gasoline-powered hand-held blowers increase 15 percent to 1,895,030 units. It is estimated that industry shipments for 2001 will increase 5 percent.

Chain saws. During 2000, industry shipments of gasoline-powered chain saws fell 10 percent to 2,126,680 units. It is estimated that industry shipments for 2001 will remain at 2000 levels.

Trimmers and brushcutters. During 2000, industry shipments of gasoline-powered trimmers and brushcutters increased 9 percent to 4,749,500 units. It is estimated that industry shipments for 2001 will increase 2 percent.

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