Turf Magazine - February, 2009

DEPARTMENTS

What's New


A Cyclonic Solution for Debris

The Cyclone PTO unit from Buffalo Turbine has a redesigned PTO that uses a direct drive gearbox requiring 20 hp at the PTO for a lightweight, but powerful, turbine-styled debris blower. The unit features a remote nozzle that can be rotated 360 degrees in either direction and a plastic shielded telescopic PT shaft. Options include 10 or 19-inch rectangular nozzles, waterproof protective cover, 10 to 20-inch nozzle extensions and a 10-inch round nozzle.


Need a Rake Replacement?

The Sharp Tool Company has developed and manufactured carbide-tipped replacement bunker rakes for John Deer and Smithco machines. The carbine-tipped rakes are built to replace and outlast conventional rakes.


Small But Mighty

The Rayco RH1754 is the newest addition to Rayco Mfg.’s line of environmental equipment. At 14,000 pounds, the unit is easily transported from job to job and can grind a variety of wood waste materials. Ideal for processing tree limbs and brush, sawmill waste, dimensional lumber scraps, pallets and regrinding wood chips, it is capable of creating high-quality mulch.


Don’t Spray It!

ProLawn’s Model EZTFM133 three-section shielded sprayer has a state-of-the-art new shield design with new easy curtain replacement rail system. Other features include a 30-gallon tank design that sprays up to 5.5 acres per tank and larger lid opening system, as well as a 10-inch spill well and Dura Grip tank hold down system. Optional wand kits available.


Mow at the Touch of a Button

The ROBOFLAIL ONE slope mower from Progressive Turf Equipment features an ultra-low center of gravity for good stability and maneuverability while cutting on slopes as steep as 50 degrees. The unit can be remote-controlled up to 300 feet away, taking away vibration and noise hazards. It is powered by a 25 hp engine and has tracks to travel into terrain normally inaccessible with wheeled mowers.


Master of the Dirt

The Dirt Master Towable Backhoe from KW Mfg. allows you to dig in areas not accessible with a tractor-mounted backhoe. It has a digging depth of 78 inches, a loading height of 65 inches and a reach of 100 inches, and a boom that swings a full 140 degrees. The unit is operated with hydraulic controls; four levers allow for control of the boom, bucket, swing and crowd arm. The optional ripping tooth attachment is ideal for taking out stumps and ripping up asphalt.

The Dirt Master can be pulled using an ATV, lawn tractor or vehicle with the ball coupler hitch and safety chains, which are standard with each unit. It can be towed at speeds up to 45 mph.

Buckets available in 9, 12 and 16-inch sizes with replaceable, hardened steel teeth.


Surface Drainage Solution

Blec’s Wheeled Sandbander features a unique blade design and oscillating movement to install drainage slits with well-consolidated sand for a long-lasting drainage solution.

Designed for small, 20 hp tractors, the Sandbander can install 25 or 50mm sand slits with a maximum depth of 10 inches, and also works with lytag and gravel.


Disappoint the Deer

Nixalite’s Deer Blocker fencing is constructed from UV-resistant, heavy-duty polyethylene 4-inch-square mesh and is virtually invisible from normal viewing distances. Each strand has a knotted breaking strength of 175 pounds, ad a 5/16-inch border is woven into all four edges; no additional supports are needed.


A Grass for Dry Conditions

Corona, the newest turf-type tall fescue from Pickseed, is a persistent, endophyte-enhanced variety that thrives in adverse summer conditions. It is a semi-dwarf type variety with a medium-low growth rate. It will germinate and grow with water salt levels approaching 10,000 ppm total salts, and also tolerates acid soils, shade and low mowing.


Ice and Snow Control

The Sno-Pro Fast-Cast 2000 series tailgate spreader from Curtis Industries features a 5-cubic-foot/350-pound capacity, a spreading width of 4 to 40 feet, variable speed control, and mounts on a Class III receiver hitch. Made with a heavy-duty powder-coated steel frame and UV-protected, high-density polymer hopper, the Sno-Pro 2000 is ideal for light commercial applications.


Spreader Solutions

Accuspread, Inc. manufactures a solid stainless steel drop spreader for deicing salts, sand, fertilizer and topsoil. Available in three models: D, DS and GT.

Models D and DS have 48-spread widths. Model D has a 12-cubic-foot capacity and Model DS has a 20.5-cubic-foot capacity. The units mount to a three-point hitch, or with optional quick-attach, mounts on a skid steer. When mounted on a skid steer, these units can self-load into a loose, bulk pile of material.

The Model GT has a 38-inch spread width and mounts to any three-point hitch or can be towed behind with optional trailer kit. Features a 6.5-cubic-foot capacity.


Fast Debris Removal

The Toro Pro Force debris blower features an electronic governor that gives the operator precise engine speed control, which is activated by a hand-held wireless RF controller. The controller can start and stop the blower, adjust engine throttle, and rotate the nozzle 360 degrees from the seat of a utility vehicle.


Multiple Drum Dispensing

The GT Multi-pump Dispensing System from GoatThroat Pumps allows simultaneous multiple liquid transfer stations GoatThroat Pumps to operate from a single shop line with only 2 to 4 PSI. The pumps pose no sparking hazard, and therefore are suited to environments where electric pumps cannot be used, but multiple liquids are needed.


Need an Upgrade?

The Thomas 185 Skid Steer Loader upgrades and replaces the Thomas 175, featuring high-lift bucket height over 11 feet, an operating weight of 7,200 pounds, a lift capacity of 1,850 pounds and over 2 tons of breakout force.

The Thomas 185 is powered by a 4-cylinder, 59 hp engine and moves at nearly 8 mph. Standard features include a sound suppression system kit around the engine, a fully lined cab, hand controls, a self-level valve control and extensive extras from electrical rigging for future use and lockable fuel and hydraulic caps to dome light, horn and more.