Turf Magazine - October, 2012

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What's New!

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Drafix Software has announced both the Spanish and Italian language releases of its PRO Landscape Version 18 design software.

The Spanish and Italian versions include the same tools and capabilities found in the English version of PRO Landscape. The program and the documentation have been translated making the software just as easy-to-learn and easy-to-use as it is in the English language version, and just like their English language counterpart, the new versions give the landscape designer all the tools necessary to create high-quality designs and proposals.

For details, go to www.prolandscape.com.

The New ECO 200

The ECO 200 topdresser is completely self-propelled and highly maneuverable, even up steep and uneven grades. Adjustments to mechanical systems are simple and require very basic hand tools, and multiple grease fittings are easily accessible to assure long bearing life.

The unit is ideal for a wide variety of materials, including sand, top soil, compost, calcite clay and crumb rubber.

For more information, visit www.ecolawnapplicator.com.

XTRA Special

Over the past two years, FMC Professional Solutions has been enhancing its granular product line. First, it added zeta-cypermethrin to its industry-leading bifenthrin granular product, creating Talstar XTRA, then it introduced Verge granule technology on its Talstar EZ product. Now, all of the "XTRAs" come standard in one granular product with Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge Granule Technology.

This product combines the fast and long-term power of Talstar XTRA with the Verge granule's many performance benefits, including a more uniform product distribution and less dust.

A unique, clay-based granule developed exclusively for FMC, Verge breaks down quickly to release the active ingredient and disappear into the landscape. Virtually dust- and odor-free, the new formulation is better for the applicator since it reduces exposure during application.

It is labeled for a broad spectrum of surface-feeding pests, including fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, scorpions, fleas, and ticks, and its low application rates make it a cost-effective solution for both broadcast and perimeter pest control on turf. Plus, Talstar XTRA is not "restricted use."

Talstar XTRA featuring Verge is labeled for use on turf around residential, institutional, public, commercial and industrial buildings, parks, recreation areas and athletic fields. It can be used for perimeter, broadcast or mound treatments, and it is available for use by turf management professionals in a 25-pound resealable bag.

For more information, go to www.FMC.com.

Large Cutter for Large Jobs

Land Pride's RC40 Series 15-foot Rotary Cutter has a 15-inch cutting width, 3.5-inch cutting capacity and a blade tip speed of 16,300 fpm. The folding rotary cutter incorporates the gearboxes from the RC5615 and the deck design from the RC3615. The heavy-duty gearboxes can handle demanding cutting applications while the smooth-top deck allows for easy cleaning.

Visit www.landpride.com for details.

Remove Tough Thatch

The SourceOne DT220 Dethatchr features a flail blade assembly with 11 blade height settings to remove thatch without disturbing root structure. No tools are needed to make height adjustments. The unit can be turned into a combination one-pass seeder by adding a SourceOne DT020 Seeder Kit or converted to a slicer with the DT010 Slicer Kit.

Go to www.sourceoneope.com for details.

The MultiSpread - Hydraulic Style

Earth & Turf Products' MultiSpread Model 320 is now available with a hydraulic-drive option. The unit is a 1-cubic-yard topdresser with wide-spread beater that can be increased to a 2-cubic-yard capacity by adding optional light material sides.

The hydraulic option offers benefits to those with tow vehicles with remote hydraulic-drive option and minimum of 6 GPM flow. With the hydraulic option, the apron and beater speeds are independent of ground speed and each is infinitely adjustable independent of each other.

Go to www.earthandturf.com for more information.

Software Enhancements for Easy Measuring

GIS Dynamics has enhanced the measurement grouping feature of its Go iLawn and Go iPave property management software to now be completely customizable. Users can add, edit and delete measurement groups, and can assign colors, units of measure and proposal information to the groups. Custom groups can also be saved and assigned a default custom group to their username, allowing users to create user profiles.

In addition, the Go iLawn and Go iPave measuring tools have been refined so that measurement results will display in real-time on the user interface so users can create a custom line distance and area measurements.

For more information, check out www.goilawn.com.

Save Water

Hydretain ES Plus Granular QD from Ecologel Solutions, LLC is a rootzone moisture management technology that reduces the overall watering requirements of plants, shrubs, trees, turf and agriculture by as much as 50 percent or more.

A liquid blend of hygroscopic and humectant compounds, it draws vapor molecules together to form plant useable droplets from moisture that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.

It features an application rate of 2.7 pounds per 1,000 square feet and one watered in, the granular particle completely breaks down. It can be applied to localized dry spots, flower beds, shrubs, trees and containerized pots, as well as golf courses, sports fields and lawns.

For more information, go to www.ecologel.com.

Head Out on the Highway

Highway Products, Inc.'s latest model of The Strongback Flatbed features structural T6 extruded "C" channel side rails, 1/8-inch diamond plate decking, 4-inch-long sills and cross members on 12-inch centers, 3-inch aluminum channel headboard and rear tail apron. It has rope hooks every 24 inches for easy tie-down.

The beds also come with optional 30,000-pound combo fifth-wheel/gooseneck ball hitch; directional light boxes on the headboard; load lights; concealed hinged cover for hitch area; Class 5 receiver hitch; seven-pin trailer plug; and more.

Details can be found at www.800toolbox.com.

Cutting Edge

The Xtendor cutting edge system for light-duty trucks is a performance-engineered plow blade system by Winter Equipment Company to eliminate costly, cutting edge changes for the season. The Xtendor fits most Fisher, Meyer, Western and Snowdogg Plows, and all parts come in an easy-to-assemble package.

The package includes:
  • One .5-inch-thick-by-6-inch-high cutting edge;
  • Two heavy-duty Xtendor PlowGuards with carbide matrix protection for bottom edge and blade end;
  • High-quality plow bolts; and
  • Quick and easy assembly instructions.
Also included are 30-inch Polymer Plow Markers reinforced with 3/8 inch galvanized steel cable.

Go to www.WinterEquipment.com for details.

Get Organized

The new ArborSystems' carrying case for the Wedgle Direct-Inject Tree Treatment System holds the injection unit, all tools and up to four 120 ml chemical packs. The deluxe version includes 12 Portle injection tips and tip setter for treating conifers.

For more information, go to www.arborsystems.com.

Perfect Snow Pusher

The Optimus model snow pusher from Avalanche features floating blade sections and has a completely new cutting-edge system that allows the steel blades to contour to the ground, even when plowing over uneven surfaces.

Each 24-inch steel blade section trips and floats individually, and braced side panels ensure that there is no compromise of build strength. Additionally, floating wear shoes allow "drop and go" plowing.

Visit www.avalancheplow.com for details.


Versatile Reels for a Versatile Industry

Constructed from materials and finish that can stand up to abuse from corrosive fertilizers, pesticides and other hazardous materials, the GH1100 Series and E1500 hose reels from Hannay Reels are specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in the lawn care and landscaping industries.

The 1500 Series adaptable hose reel accommodates single .25-inch through 5/8-inch I.D. hose for lawn care, pest control, pneumatic tools, power washing, spray and steam cleaning. It also includes an electric rewind with switch and solenoid.

The GH1100 Series portable hose reel on wheels is compact and includes garden hose thread on outlet, 5-foot lead-in hose and hose end clips.

For more information, go to www.hannay.com.