Turf Magazine - October, 2013

DEPARTMENTS

What's New!

Take Cover!

The Deluxe Residential Z Cover is designed to fit the new generation of residential zero-turn mowers.

From W.E. Chapps, the DRZ Cover provides complete protection for the entire mower; front to back including the tires. It is waterproof, tear and abrasion-resistant and made for harsh outdoor conditions. Special vents wick out moisture and allow you to trailer the mower at highway speeds. Currently available in black with no liner.

Visit http://www.wechapps.com for details.

Ramped Up Power

Kohler's Confidant series is a commercial-duty engine designed for premium consumer riders, entry-level commercial zero-turn riders and WAWB repower applications. The 4 hp models feature PRO Performance filtration and an optional heavy-duty cyclonic air filter. The 7000 series offers consumers professional-grade features with an optional PRO performance filtration system.

For more information, go to http://www.kohler.com.

Snow Solutions

The Pro Turf Pusher is available in 6- and 8-foot models and mounts to existing maintenance equipment using a universal skid steer mount or tractor pin-type hook up. From Turf Maintenance Solutions LLC, it efficiently removes snow from synthetic turf surfaces. Integrating a smooth cylinder the unit minimizes disruption of crumb rubber and eliminates the windrows caused by using conventional plows.

For more information, go to http://www.proturfpusher.com.

Simple Soil Testing

The combination of Little Beaver's Big Beaver Auger Drill Rig with the optional SSK-1 kit is ideal for standard penetration testing (SPT) as it easily lifts the 140-pound hammer to drive the sampler into the soil. Little Beaver also offers hand-sampling tools that can be used with its mechanical and hydraulic-powered earth drills for quick and easy environmental soil sampling.

The SSK-1 kit includes an additional hydraulic valve, Cathead and tower kit with stabilizer legs that extend out in front of the drill for additional stability. It can be used with Little Beaver's AWJ drilling rod and 24-inch split spoon sampler, which allows a user to obtain a core soil sample for geotechnical or environmental testing.

The Big Beaver is portable and is designed for limited access with a width of only 26 inches and a height of 80 inches. Because it is compact, one person can easily maneuver the two-wheeled unit through gates, doorways and even basements.

The drill's hydraulic power source is available with a 20 hp gasoline engine and can be used with other hydraulic tools like concrete saws, breakers, tampers and chain saws.

Go to http://www.littlebeaver.com for details.

Easy Vacuuming with Ventrac

Ventrac's RV602 Vacuum Collection System features a debris containment bin that hydraulically raises up to 60 inches to easily place collected materials into a dump trailer, pickup bed or on top of a compost pile, while the operator remains in the seat. A quick-disconnect vacuum hose makes cleaning flower beds, hedges, steps and other un-drivable areas easy to reach.

The RV602 attachment connects to the Ventrac 4000 series tractors and includes a debris containment bin, 10 hp electric-start Vanguard engine and high-capacity 16-cubic-foot, 300-pound bin.

For more information, go to http://www.ventrac.com.

Divide and Conquer

Remlinger Manufacturing offers the PFM Tine Rock Bucket, which fits skid steel loaders, for picking rocks, landscaping and manure removal.

Hardened, 1.5-inch-diameter steel tines, which are easily replaced, are held in place with one bolt and have 2.5-inch spacing in between. A segmented stone dam holds rocks in the back of the bucket while allowing fines to escape. The stone dam can also be removed for scooping manure. A rock shield protects the operator.

Go to http://www.remlingermfg.com for details.


Simple Spreading

TurfEx introduces the TS95 walk-behind drop spreader, which features a corrosion-resistant polyethylene hopper with a 120-pound capacity, and is capable of spreading a variety of granular materials, including fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide and seed, in a 28-inch-wide pattern. The material flow rate is precisely controlled through an adjustable gate.

Equipped with large pneumatic tires, the unit requires minimal effort to push over any terrain. A clear poly cover is also included as standard equipment to protect material in the hopper from moisture.

For more information, visit http://www.turfexproducts.com.

Pushing Snow

Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution's new and improved steel edge Sno Pusher, the IST model, features upgrades that include 2-foot cutting edge sections, a 6-inch cutting edge, front pivoting wear shoes, poly suspension and a new side plate profile.

The 2-foot cutting edge sections allow greater contouring to the plowing surface, which will yield a better surface outcome, and the 6-inch cutting edge increases wear life and allows the edge to dip below the wear shoes as needed for increased scraping capability.

The patent-pending front pivoting wear shoes substantially eliminate wear shoe interference and allows down pressure to be applied to the cutting edges when aggressive scraping is necessary.

The 2013 models continue to have minimal moving parts, with high durability and low maintenance. The unique poly hinge eliminates springs, bosses, levers, grease fittings and pins. They also have no stacking or speed limitations.

For more information, visit http://www.protechcorp.com.

Dethatch and Aerate

The Rotorake 600HD dethatcher and linear aerator from SISIS can be used for regular, routine use at a shallow setting or a deeper setting as and when required. It also contributes to aeration and compaction relief by cutting clean, continuous slits to assist water and air absorption. Featuring a new, modern design with more responsive maneuverability makes the unit more operator-friendly.

Advantages of the model include ease of use; a range of quick-release, interchangeable reels including dethatching, verticutting and brushing; variable blade spacing/depth for control on the move; large working width of 24 inches; six forward speeds and a reverse gear; an independent drive to the wheels and reel for operator safety; and an optional collection box.

Go to http://www.sissis.com for details.

Even Ground

Grouser Products' V3 FlexPlane attaches to any make and model of skid steer and features a unique pivoting action and a versatile self-adjusting blade that rotates to contour to the ground, continually adjusting for uneven ground and providing maximum efficiency in any terrain. The contouring action prevents floating empty and conversely eliminates the issue of corners digging in to high spots in the planing surface. If the application doesn't require the pivoting action, it can simply be locked in place and used as a standard, rigid plane.

The attachment features two double-beveled hardened cutting edges that provide both aggressive cutting action and smooth leveling in both forward and reverse directions. A special Cross Crumbler Beam knocks even tough earth into manageable dirt, enabling the V3 FlexPlane to tackle the most challenging terrain.

It is offered in 72-, 78-, 84-, 89- and 96-inch-size models of varying length.

For details, visit http://www.grouser.com.

Improve Turf Health From the Ground Up

Optimizer Sweet Iron from United Turf Alliance is a sprayable iron polysaccharide product that boosts turfgrass color, enhances nutrient uptake and improves overall plant health by enabling both foliar and root absorption of the product by turfgrass plants. It is applied at a lower rate than traditional iron products.

The product combines a water-soluble form of iron with a complex natural polysaccharide to provide novel delivery and outstanding residual color without the use of urea. In addition, it contains plant-available amino acids to promote the optimum plant metabolism required for efficient nutrient uptake and utilization. Optimizer Sweet Iron also feeds and stimulates soil microbial populations as the polysaccharide breaks down.

Optimizer Sweet Iron is ideal for use on golf courses, sports turf and commercial and residential lawns, and is tank-mix compatible with a variety of products.

Visit http://www.utaarmortech.com for more information.

Reel It In

The 1185 Series high-pressure model hose reels from Coxreels are now available with an upgraded swivel to strengthen the reel capacity to up to 3,000 PSI usage.

The 1185 models followed by the suffix "-BUXX" have an external fluid path with an electroless nickel-plated steel 90-degree full-flow NPT swivel inlet and chemical-resistant AFLAS seals for high-pressure applications. These reels are available with a solid steel direct hand-crank or reliable chain and sprocket retraction. The high-pressure 1185 series has all the features and benefits of the standard 1185 series, including a sturdy one-piece all welded "A"-frame base for maximum stability, a low-profile outlet riser and an open drum slot design to provide a non crimping, flat, smooth hose wrap.

Visit http://www.coxreels.com to find out more.

Load 'Em Up

Designed for lower-clearance applications, John Deere's 8-foot-tall 204K and 304K compact wheel loaders feature rigid front and rear axles to lower the center of gravity and increase stability and the tipping load limit. The two models can easily reach and work in areas with restricted access such as door and trailer openings.

Both models come with an open operator station featuring weather-resistant gauges, extended rooftops, nonskid floor mats and optional vandal proofing. The open-canopy model is perfect for applications where the operator has to frequently get on and off the machine or applications where the operator does not want to worry about breaking glass. For year-round comfort, there is an option of a heated and air-conditioned cab. To enhance operation, the boom, bucket, and forward-neutral-reverse switch are on the same ergonomic, low-effort lever for convenient one-hand control.

The 204K (59 hp/44kW) and 304K (64 hp/48 kW) have an Interim Tier 4 diesel engine and a two-speed transmission with a top speed of 12 mph. Articulated steering assists in turning ability and offers operators flexibility when picking up or positioning loads. Fingertip control of the coupler, travel speed, park brake, lights and other machine functions are close and convenient to the operator. An optional creeper control allows slow, incremental travel speeds while maintaining full hydraulic flow.

For details, visit http://www.JohnDeere.com.

Pile Driver Plow

WESTERN offers a full line of Pile Driver containment plows. Skid steer models are available in 8- and 10-foot widths while backhoe loader models are available in 10- and 12-foot widths. Both feature 36-inch-tall moldboards and side plates. Three wheel loader models are also available in 12-, 14- and 16-foot widths with 48-inch-tall moldboards and side plates.

More information can be found at http://www.westernplows.com.