Official Timbersports emcee shares proof you can make gains in your yard, without the pain
As the first female commentator and host for the STIHL® Timbersports Canadian Championship, TV and radio celebrity Sabrina Pierson is an outdoorsy girl at heart. And though she would love nothing more than to swing her own competition axe, for now she’s content with living vicariously through the athletes.
Pierson suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of arthritis that causes aches in “every little nook, cranny and joint you can imagine.” Simply keeping up with yard work at her home in London, Ont., is a challenge, she says.
“There was a time when I would hire local kids to do some of the work for me when I couldn’t handle it,” says Pierson, a single mom from London, Ont.
That all changed recently when Pierson got her hands on a new series of lightweight, Lithium ion tools from STIHL. “They almost feel like a child’s toy, they’re that light,” she says, noting that she used to associate lightweight with poor quality but discovered it’s the complete opposite with this line. “They’ve really tapped into figuring out how to make things lightweight, powerful and ideal for residential users,” she says.
Empowered by her ability to use the equipment, Pierson is now putting several products to use to keep her home looking pristine, from the cordless HSA hedge trimmer and MSA chain saw to the quiet, height-adjustable FSA trimmer and RMA lawn mower. Her nine-year-old daughter is in love with the BGA blower and turns chores into fun by playing Ghostbusters.
Not only are the tools easy to carry and manoeuvre, they’re also incredibly quiet, she says. The mower features an eco-friendly mode designed to preserve battery life and offers seven different height adjustments Pierson says she can effortlessly change with one hand.
“It’s amazing for me to be able to say I can pick up a lawn mower and bring it inside,” says Pierson. “… It’s not a burden for me to do my own yard anymore and I feel like I’m getting good quality for the job I’m doing.”
The entire series of products is powered by one battery pack and Pierson says she’s impressed with the runtimes. Her message to others who’ve outsourced their yard maintenance due to health issues is to give the new tools a try.
“That whole ‘no pain, no gain’ thing when you’re doing your yard work? Throw that out the window,” says Pierson, who now considers outdoor work a moment to stop and smell the roses. “I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s my little bit of time with nature again, because there was a time when I couldn’t do it.”
The STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship returns to London, Ont., August 3 to 6, 2017. To find an event, or learn more about specific product features in the new lightweight residential line, visit stihl.ca.
Reposted with permission from the Toronto Sun