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Riding Rough Around The Edges

Tossing Dirt: The TORC Off-Road Championship

About two hours north of Green Bay, Wisconsin past idyllic countryside, dairy farms and wide open roads sits the small town of Crandon, where the peaceful silence of nature is replaced by the roar of 900 horsepower engines competing in The Off-Road Racing Championship (TORC) battling for victory while jumping, drifting and wrecking at the world famous Big House. We had an all-access pass to Jarit and Jessie Johnson from team Husqvarna as they continued their race for the championship.

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You're a lumberjack and you're OK

How to Fell a Tree Like a Logging World Champion

A Swedish World Champion logger shows us how to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. All you need is some confidence, the right safety gear, and (perhaps) some plaid fleece.

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Today in Gear: February 25, 2013

Today in gear we find a new Samsung flagship phone, explorer grants, mowers and much more.

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Not a buzzkill among them

Trimming the Hedges: Best Home Landscaping Tools

One of the “luxuries” of being a home owner is having a yard — having the space to grill, garden, and maybe even build a moat (it is your castle, after all). Sadly, that yard is just waiting for you to turn your back so it can start creeping and growing past its carefully manicured boundaries. You need an arsenal to fight back; luckily, the weapons are a lot of fun, one of the many stress-relieving, get-it-done perks of being a man. Below are just the tools to help your yard from turning into a Discovery Channel episode of “Life after People”.

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Smoke some grass

Blade Runners: 5 Great Riding Mowers for Under $2k

Though you might dream about dropping lotto-winning cash on a pimped-out riding mower, the truth is that you don’t need to spend more than $2k for a mower that you can captain with pride. Whether you plan on doing your best Bill Murray (Caddyshack, not Lost in Translation) impression on your own personal links, or hope to trim a more modest green acres, we’ve got the riding mower for you.

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Pushover

Husqvarna AWD Push Mower: Like a Beast on a Leash

While every man hankers for a tractor to motor around the yard, not every lawn is of a size to justify a riding mower. For the middle ground between a farm and a weed-whackable urban postage stamp, the Husqvarna AWD Push Lawn Mower ($500) is a great choice. I took the bright orange cutter — just released this month — for spin and found “push” mower to be a poor descriptor.

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Bank Tank

Husqvarna 1830EXLT Track Drive Snow Blower

Nature’s been an insufferable ______ as of late. Get in some haymakers of your own in the final round this year and be ready before the bell next season with the Husqvarna 1830EXLT ($2,500) 414cc Track Drive Hydrostatic Snow Blower.

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Shhh, be quiet...

Husqvarna 356QT Quiet Blower

Built with noise dampening materials and a uniquely designed exhaust tube, the Husqvarna 356QT Quiet Blower ($495) emits just 64 decibels making it a veritable Lexus amongst its peers. And in case you’re not savvy with decibel ranges, 60 dB’s is the equivalent of a dishwasher on rinse cycle and 70dB’s is roughly your average…

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Trust Us, It Has Nothing to Do With T-Pain

Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw

Chainsaws and Husqvarna are pretty much synonymous. So when the venerable brand declares a chainsaw to be their most advanced you know it’s time to expect performance. Utilizing an all-new X-Torq 5.7 HP engine the Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw ($910) utilizes an onboard AutoTune sensor to monitor the engine 20 times per second constantly…

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Tame That Yard

Husqvarna Rider 175 AWD Articulating Mower

For our green-thumbed readers, the Husqvarna brand needs no introduction. For the rest of you, just think of them as the BMW of lawn & garden equipment. The Rider 175′s zero-turn-radius will make you the neighborhood’s LeBron James of yard work by taking advantage of articulated power-steering (the rear wheels swing underneath at full lock)….