Got Hills?

L.T. Rich Products has introduced a new locking caster system. The Capture System allows the user to lock the caster on steep hills to create additional stability while still possessing the benefits of zero-turn capabilities.

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The Right Equipment

The Reading Landscape Body features hoist assembly; recessed taillights and marker lights; easy open, heavy-duty tailgate; full width upper rear doors; and corrosion-resistant steel sidewall construction. Manufactured by Reading Truck Body, Inc., optional features designed to offer more usability include the REV-PAC storage compartment, under boxes, pull-down access step, tie-down rings, deck overlay and more.

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The Next Big Thing

Lawn care professionals will have a more concentrated option in weed control with Roundup PROMAX. It is formulated with a new potassium salt solution that uses a smaller molecule, making it more concentrated. Roundup PROMAX controls a broad spectrum of weeds with virtually no regrowth, and it can be used for control of weeds and brush.

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Shindaiwa’s Latest Backpack Blower

The Shindaiwa EB802/EB802RT professional backpack blower is powered by a 79.2cc, 4.3 hp engine that produces an airspeed of 224 mph at 762 CFM. A two-stage air filter system features a two-thumbscrew cover and the vertical-mount filter is self-cleaning to reduce dust buildup on pleats.

The ergonomic, lightweight frame has a comfortable shoulder harness system that reduces pressure points felt by the operator, and the dual, fully padded shoulder strap adjustments allow the user to fine-tune fit for nonbinding comfort and reduced fatigue.

In addition, the EB802 has a “hush mode” switch to reduce the sound level to 65 dB(A), meeting many city-enforced noise ordinances.

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Here Comes the Evolution

The new compact zero-turn mower from Ferris, the Evolution, is powered by a 19 hp Kawasaki KAI engine and features individual Hydro-Gear pumps and wheel motors, as well as suspension technology that places the operator in the most ideal ergonomic position for mowing. Available in 36 and 48-inch cutting widths, a hand-operated deck lift provides the operator with variable cutting heights from 1.5 to 4.5 inches, and the deck has overlap welded corners, a double-thick top and double-reinforced side skirts.

With a compact low stance, the mower provides excellent visibility and allows for mowing in tight places or highly landscaped areas. Controls are placed at the operator’s fingertips and operator presence control is built into the seat.

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New Option for the MultiSpread

Earth & Turf Products introduces a hydraulic drive option for its MultiSpread Model 320, 1-cubic-yard topdresser with wide-spread beater. This new option offers several benefits for owners with tow vehicles with remote control valve and minimum of 6 GPM flow. With the hydraulic drive option, apron and beater speeds are independent of each other, providing spreading flexibility.

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Cultivating for the Serious Landscaper

The Groundhog Cultivator operates like a tiller, but instead of front tines, it pulls a small cultivator that goes in the ground about 4 inches with just the weight of the machine. Manufactured by Swampy Hollow Mfg., the unit features adjustable handles and easily accessible clutch and throttle. Folds up for rows as narrow as 9 inches and expands for rows up to 30 inches.

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Light Landscaping

John Deere introduces the 75D mid-sized hydraulic excavator with conventional boom, reduced tail swing and 15-foot-1-inch dig depth.

Powered by a 54-net hp diesel engine, certified to EP Interim Tier IV emission standards and Deere’s Powerwise engine/hydraulic management system, the unit saves fuel and delivers smooth, multifunction operation like the other D-Series excavators.

Optional rubber tracks are available and a pilot-control-operated, box-constructed integral blade is available for grading and backfilling.

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Glory Days

The Briggs & Stratton Yard Power Products group is restoring the Allis-Chalmers brand to the lawn and garden industry with two new lawn tractors.

The AC130 model will be available as a 23 hp unit with a 42-inch mowing deck, and a 24 hp tractor with a 46-inch mowing deck. Both will feature a Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series V-Twin engine with spin-on filter, advanced debris management system and full pressure lubrication, as well as single-pedal foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission; cruise control; a cast-iron front axle; and a 14-inch turning radius.

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Sift Out the Dirt

AIM Attachments’ skid steer rock bucket features an open tine layout that can be used for picking up rocks and debris while sifting out dirt. It can also be used in various lifting and cleanup tasks, as well as ground leveling.

The specially designed bucket ridge keeps rocks and debris in place while the operator continues to load. The bucket is 74 inches wide and fits skid steer loaders with the universal-style mount.

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Going Green

The 1-gallon Green Garde compression sprayer by Hudson features a translucent poly tank with large funnel top, locking lever-action shutoff and brass cone nozzle, as well as supply tube filter and “D” handle pump. The ecologically friendly sprayer comes with chemical measuring cup and organic spray guide.

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Ground Protection

Signature Flooring systems introduces DuraDeck, a line of heavy-duty ground protection and access mats. DuraDeck 1 (DD1) is a .5-inch-thick recycled polyethylene plastic mat for protecting lawns and surfaces from damage by vehicles and equipment. Each 4-by-8-foot mat can support vehicles up to 60 tons. Mats are connected easily with DuraLink or PlastiLink connectors to form a continuous, solid roadway or platform. DD1 mats feature a double-traction tread design that includes two parallel traction treads positioned at a 90-degree angle to adjacent tread sets.

DuraDeck 2 (DD2) shares the features of DD1, but offers a pedestrian-friendly surface on one side and the rugged traction design on the other side. The flat, nonslip tread design creates a slip-resistant surface, assuring safe foot traffic.

DuraDeck mats come in black as the standard color. White mats are available to avoid turf brown-out in high-heat conditions or if the mats will be in place for a long time.

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On-The-Spot Tire Repair

The Stop & Go Tire Plugger repair kit allows for on-the-wheel repair to tubeless tires, sealing the puncture on the inside. The Plugger is a spring-loaded gun that drives the plug into the hole, and the shaft of the plug expands under pressure to fill the puncture. The mushroom plug allows no air to escape.

The kit includes the plug gun, nozzle, probe tool, reamer/rasp tool, retractable blade, 25 rubber mushroom plugs that measure 5/16-inch in diameter by .75-inch long and detailed instructions, packaged in a vinyl zippered pouch.

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Bag Leaves the Easy Way

The Aeroleaf bagger uses the speed and power of a leaf blower to deposit leaves directly into disposable net bags for immediate disposal.

The 36-inch-long free intake can handle even large magnolia leaves, and the net bags hold twice the capacity of standard leaf bags. Weighing less than 6 pounds, the unit can be used on lawns and hard surfaces, collapsing for easy storage.

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“The Edge” Advantage

“The Edge” is a fully replaceable vibratory plow blade system designed and manufactured by IMT Underground Products. The system includes serrated insert blades that cut through tough roots and hard ground conditions.

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All-in-One

The SLT Pro 12GL by Super Lawn Trucks (SLT) is the newest product in the line of vehicles engineered specifically for green industry landscape contractors and business owners.

It features a GMC Savana cutaway cab and chassis with a Vortec 4.8-liter V8 engine with a GVWR of 9,600 pounds and a payload capacity of 5,263 pounds. A 12-foot enclosed dry freight truck body provides a warehouse on wheels, mobile billboard and added security. Other features include a tool organization system and on-board fuel station transport system that carries enough fuel to last a week.

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Low-Voltage Connectors

Coleman Cable’s Baro-Splice low-voltage, direct burial connectors provide long-lasting protection against water and corrosion. The connectors come with Coleman Cable’s special gel sealant pre-loaded into each tube, and are for use wherever an underground, low-voltage, corrosion-proof connector is needed.

Voltage-rated at 36 volts maximum, the connectors are available in two sizes (red and yellow colors) to accommodate a wire range of 10 to 18 gauge. They are also offered in two packaging options: kits of two or bulk-packed.

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New Exhaust Reel

Reelcraft Industries now offers the A500 Series exhaust reel, which stores lengths of large diameter exhaust hose and diverts hazardous carbon monoxide gasses away from the workplace. The reel features two industrial-strength carbon drive springs to ensure that the hose retracts every time.

Each component is individually powder coated.

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Built to Last

The 4430 4×4 from Bush Hog comes equipped with true four-wheel drive independent suspension that distributes weight evenly to keep all four wheels on the ground, and Hilliard bi-directional differential that delivers true. on-demand four-wheel drive in both forward and reverse. The specially designed two-speed transaxle features a Detroit Gearless Locker that distributes traction to both wheels evenly when going straight, and provides automatic differential action to the rear wheels when turning.

Other features include rear independent trailing arms with coil-over-shocks that provide 5 inches of travel at each wheel; sealed and pressurized CVT that provides protection from dust and moisture; and double CV joints at each wheel.

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Custom Tool Storage

Novae Corp. has released new hand tool holders for the Gridiron product line. The tool holders are designed to hold heavy-duty straight handle tools common in the landscape industry. Shovels, rakes and other tools are held neatly and safely in the racks. Two models of the rack are available. The OH-01 is for open trailers, and the EH-01 is for enclosed trailers. The open trailer rack works with the Gridiron post system, whereas the enclosed rack mounts directly to the trailer wall. Both racks have no pins or parts to lose.

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Catching Grass

The Grass Packer is an aerodynamic grass catcher made of lightweight, durable polyethylene material. Manufactured by Exalted Mechanicals, the Grass Packer features intricately sized and placed vents that allow air to escape while trapping clippings inside for maximum filling capacity, approximately 4 bushels. Its body begins at an even height with the mower deck and is angled up to 6 inches aboveground in the rear so it doesn’t scrape the ground on any turf condition. The universal mounting bracket and enlargeable inlet allow the unit to be installed on almost any commercial mid-sized walk-behind or ride-on mower having a flat side outlet.

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Re-Store Your Soil

Re-Store Plus by Growth Products rejuvenates soils and provides quick color response on turf. It contains a special blend of natural soil conditioners and organic fertilizers in a liquid solution. Its guaranteed N-P-K analysis of 3-0-2 is bolstered with 3 percent chelated iron and 1 percent chelated manganese. The solution’s soil conditioning properties come from its high percentage of humic acid (10 percent), L-amino acids (5 percent), hydrolyzed soy protein (5 percent) and yeast (22 million CFU per gallon).

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Efco’s New Edger

Efco’s 8245 SE commercial-grade stick edger is equipped with a 300-hour, 25.4cc engine, a nickel-coated cylinder, piston with two rings and forged crankshaft. It has an aluminum gearbox with and a metal protector to ensure durability over time. The edger features a rubber, ergonomically designed loop handle and easy-to-use height adjustment with reference scale. The 8245 SE also has an extra wide rubber debris flap for operator safety.

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Revolutionary Rain

The RainXchange System from Aquascape, Inc. captures, filters and reuses rainwater. It combines a recirculation decorative water feature with a subsurface rainwater harvest storage system.

When used in conjunction with Aquascape’s AquaBlox Matrix, the system can earn up to 12 LEED credit points, making it ideal for managing stormwater in green building projects. The RainXchange Specification Calculator estimates a properly sized system.

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New Options for Hauling Equipment

Bri-Mar Mfg. has introduced two new deckover equipment haulers for transporting construction, paving or landscaping equipment plus attachments and materials.

The EH824-14 offers a GVWR of 14,000 pounds, enabling it to carry up to 9,500 pounds; the EH824-16 claims a GVWR of 16,000 pounds. Both feature a 24-foot-long bed and 101-inch deck width.

The EH824 series offers a choice of standard ramps or available split landscape spring-loaded gates for easy loading of equipment.

Available in black, red, yellow, grey, green or blue.

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Pass the Salt

Becker Underwood has introduced a new tool to safely remove unwanted salt accumulations. SaLibré salts manager is recommended for reducing and managing salt accumulations in soils irrigated with recycled or marginal water.

A biodegradable “quaternary soap,” SaLibré contains a mild organic acid and an organic alkanol amine “soap.” When added to salt-challenged soils, a chain of reactions in the soil allows calcium to become available for plant use. The freed calcium ions displace sodium ions at exchange sites on soil particles. SaLibré is non-caustic and biodegrades in the soil into basic minerals, carbon dioxide and water.

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