Turf Magazine - September, 2011

GIE+EXPO AND HARDSCAPE NORTH AMERICA PREVIEW

GIE+EXPO New Products

Here's a sneak peek of what ouradvertisers will be introducing at the show!

Powerful Blowers

Husqvarna has introduced two powerful backpack blowers for professional landscapers. The 570 and 580 units feature air speeds of 236 and 206 mph and air volumes of 971 and 1,024 CFM, respectively. Both offer either a frame-mounted or tube-mounted throttle. These models are equipped with X-Torq engine technology that utilizes dual intakes. The result is a more powerful engine with up to a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and lower emissions.

www.husqvarna.com

Self-Propelled Mower

Seago International offers the Masport M800ST SP, a self-propelled mower with sturdy construction that includes a 14-gauge steel deck. Powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine, it features single-handle height of cut adjustment, adjustable wheel bearings, cam locks on the upturned, padded handle and rear bag, side discharge and mulching capabilities.

www.seagousa.com

Innovative Steering

BigDog Mowers will display the new R-Series and X-Series high-performance mowers. These machines have been designed with upgraded features and high-performance commercial components.

The new R-Series PowerBar bridges the gap between mowers with traditional steering wheels and twin-lever machines. This steering system allows users of any skill level to feel comfortable operating a zero-turn. The PowerBar line of mowers comes equipped with deck sizes from 48 to 60 inches and Kawasaki V-twin engines.

www.bigdogmowers.com

Efficient Mower

The new John Deere ZTrak PRO Z925 with electronic fuel injection delivers the performance and durability you expect from a ZTrak PRO 900. It also provides greater fuel efficiency and more reliable starts. The Z925 EFI is a commercial-grade zero-turn mower with an engine that optimizes power, performance and efficiency in all mowing conditions. It is available with a 60-inch mowing deck or a 54-inch Mulch On Demand deck.

www.johndeere.com

Sport X Mower

Wright Commercial Products' new Sport X is based on Wright's Stander X and offers the choice of stand-on or sit-down operation. It combines the Stander's features with an easy-to-use deck lift system and new AERO CORE deck design. The height of the 48, 52 or 61-inch decks can be adjusted on the fly, and the 9.5 mph cut speed increases productivity. The foldaway seat is positioned so the operator can step off for quick exits or to remove debris, and the mower stops immediately. An operator presence switch on the foot platform stops the blade and engine, and the control levers return to the neutral position when the operator lets go.

www.wrightmfg.com

Billy Goat Products

Billy Goat recently introduced the Home Pro 34-inch mower and self-propelled, hydrostatic-drive overseeder. The company also released two new units. A rugged 14 hp debris loader features electric start, and the MV Multi-Vac is now available with electric start.

www.billygoat.com

Go Gas-Free

Make your life easier with the next generation of high-power, high-performance yard care tools: GreenWorks products from Sunrise Global Marketing. The 24 and 40-volt lithium ion battery-powered tools are an advanced, emissions-free choice for professionals who want a reliable alternative to smelly, expensive-to-operate gas-powered tools. GreenWorks is the only brand to offer innovative 40-volt lithium ion power, plus new, ergonomically redesigned tools with user-friendly features.

www.greenworkstools.com

Leaf & Debris Solutions

Monster Power Equipment introduces a new line of leaf and debris equipment. The innovative series offers the latest in EPA/CARB-compliant skid-mount and tow-behind truck loaders. The truck loaders feature multiple mounting options, including swing arm, fixed hitch and rotary, as well as engine options from 14 to 35 hp and accessories. Later this year, the product line will be expanded to support multiseason applications.

www.monsterpowerequipment.com

Compact Plow

Arctic Snow & Ice Control Products offers a new addition to its Sectional Sno-Plow lineup: Compact-Duty Plows. They are compatible with small skid steers, compact tractors and small wheel loaders. The CD plows reduce fuel and salt usage by increasing pushing efficiency and eliminating follow-up plowing. Each 24-inch wide section of the moldboard is equipped with its own spring-loaded trip edge and polyurethane cutting edge. Each section moves up and down independently. The Slip-Hitch system allows the plow to automatically adjust and continuously readjust to the pavement grade. Bolt-on mechanical side panels protect the equipment, plow and operator.

www.sectionalplow.com

Compact Efficiency

The Grasshopper MidMount Model 321D-48 is designed to increase operational efficiency and decrease costs for greater profitability. It features a compact size for precision maneuvering in close quarters. The extra-deep, 48-inch cutting deck delivers optimal airflow and a superior cut. The powerful diesel engine maintains blade tip speed in thick grass while using less than 1 gallon of fuel every hour.

www.grasshoppermower.com

Power Through Brush

The all-new RotaDairon BRD50 from STEC Equipment is a brush cutter for mini skid steers. Featuring a flail shaft, it shreds material up to 2.5 inches in diameter. With a hydraulic clutch in the drive motor, the rotor will stop rotating in a matter of seconds for added safety. The BRD50 rides on skid plates and is connected to the power unit by a floating headstock. This allows the machine to ride independently from the power unit and provides a continuous height of cut.

www.stecequipment.com

Rear-Discharge Deck

The Gravely Pro-Master 260 is now available with a new rear-discharge deck. It is ideal for mowing near obstacles, as clippings are diverted behind the machine instead of out the side. The mower features a 60-inch cutting width, 13.4-gallon fuel capacity and 13 mph ground speed. It is powered by a 27 hp Briggs & Stratton Daihatsu diesel engine. The deck is based on the seven-gauge X-Factor deck currently found on Gravely's side-discharge model.

www.gravely.com

New Products Galore

PECO will exhibit its 2012 products at GIE this year. Included in the exhibit will be PECO's patented PTO-driven and engine-driven blower systems, available on Pro 2, Pro 3 and Pro 12 bagging systems. The display will feature a Pro 22 three-point hitch-mounted bagging system for compact tractors and the Brush Blazer. Attendees will also see the Power Sprayer, Z-Trimmer, Typhoon Blower and Trailer Vac.

www.lawnvac.com

Mobile Assistant

Mobile Assistant from Real Green Systems is an in-truck solution that syncs wirelessly with Service Assistant to load a daily route, then provides turn-by-turn directions to optimized stops and captures information about each completed service throughout the day. Printed service receipts left with customers include additional service recommendations based on conditions noted in that visit. Daily summary reports summarize product usage and services completed for the day, and track speeds driven, non-production stops, drive time and variance from planned route. Completed work is wirelessly sent back to the system, eliminating data entry.

www.realgreen.com

Environmentally Friendly Propane Engines

EnviroGard propane engines from Onyx Environmental Solutions reduce fuel costs, reduce maintenance and significantly lower harmful emissions. Engines are available from 6 to 37 hp in both horizontal and vertical shaft configurations. All EnviroGard propane engines are EPA and CARB-certified, and individually tested and calibrated prior to shipment for performance and emissions. You can be confident that EnviroGard propane engines and technology are safe, powerful and environmentally friendly.

www.envirogard.com

Fuel Flexibility

Kohler is introducing the very first closed-loop EFI engine with the flexibility to use all ethanol fuel blends, from E0 to E85. The new Kohler Command Pro EFI FlexFuel E85 offers end users an unmatched array of fueling options, which translates to significant savings at the pump. Kohler's exclusive closed-loop electronic fuel injection technology also provides unequaled performance in the field while delivering the lowest overall operating cost to green industry professionals.

www.kohlerengines.com