Field Guide: New products & gear for today’s landscaper

Wright zero-turn mower includes sitting/standing option
Wright Manufacturing’s Sentar zero-turn mower offers the maneuverability of a standup mower and the comfort of a sit-down. Its padded seat with mono spring suspension support folds out of the way when not in use, allowing more storage room when trailering. Operator Balance Control enables you to shift your weight instantly as terrain changes. With a two-cylinder, 19-plus-horsepower engine, the Sentar moves up to 11 mph forward and 5 mph in reverse. The seat is located behind the engine, and the mower stops immediately when you step off the platform.

JobClock system adds PocketClock for active workers
Exaktime had added the PocketClock to its JobClock system for workers who visit several job sites each day. With the PocketClock, each worker clocks himself in and out using a personalized PIN on the Palm Pilot. At the end of the pay period, all records download into Exaktime’s TimeSummit PC software, and accurate timecards and detailed reports summarized by employee, job site and cost code can be printed, reducing payroll review and preparation time.

Gizmow commercial mower offers front-wheel steering
The Gizmow Formula, a commercial-grade mid-z mower from Gizmow, offers the added control of front-wheel steering. Its patent-pending system connects the front wheel angle with the independent rear wheel power, increasing hillside control while reducing turf damage. The front-wheel steering helps operators mow closer to walls, fences, trees and plants without sacrificing speed over rough or uneven terrain.

Oregon Cutting Systems expands Magnum Gatorline trimmer line
Oregon Cutting Systems has added SuperTwist to its Magnum Gatorline group of trimmer lines. In addition to the features standard on Magnum Gatorline products, SuperTwist has improved cutting efficiency, less wind resistance to reduce engine drag, reduced vibrations and a 15-decibel reduction in noise level compared with traditional round nylon lines.

Tanaka adds portable edger to lineup
The TPE-260PF edger from Tanaka America, which replaces the TPE-250PF, weighs 13.9 pounds and is powered by Tanaka’s new 25 cc PureFire engine. The edger features heavy-duty eight-layer cable, a 23-fluid-ounce clear fuel tank and an 8-inch cutting blade for a 3-inch cutting depth.

Concave shape enhances Hiniker Scoop Plow
The concave shape of the Hiniker Scoop Plow provides greater capacity, less spillage and faster plowing. Available in 8- and 9-foot lengths, the Scoop Plow has 20-degree fixed-angle outer ends to help capture snow. It also has a high-impact polyethylene moldboard that creates a low-friction, corrosion-free plowing service and a 3-section trip-edge with a 9-inch high pivot point to provide maximum protection from curbs and parking barriers.

BackSaver auger reduces weight for easier use
The StoutKart SK500 BackSaver Commercial Auger now features a patent-pending “Lift Assist Mechanism” to reduce the head weight of the auger from 80 pounds to less than 30 pounds. The LAM feature was developed by embedding a spring in the tower of the auger to help offset the weight of the head. The BackSaver Auger is offered with a 10.5-horsepower or 12.5-horsepower Briggs and Stratton motor and includes an oil cooler, electric starter and an 8-inch auger bit.

Hitchhiker trim line carrier attaches to most trimmers, mowers
Hitchhiker trim line carriers attach to weed trimmers and walk-behind mowers to keep extra trim line together in one transparent, UV-protected container. The carriers include spacer rings that enable them to fit trimmers and mowers that have bars with 1-inch, 7⁄8-inch or 3⁄4-inch diameters. The Hitchhiker is available in lengths of 8, 10, 18, 21 and 24 inches.

Barco Tree Ring planters offer alternative to string trimming
The Tree Ring, available in 2-, 4- or 6-foot diameters, is designed to prevent grass and weeds from growing too close to trees and other objects in the landscape. Instead of weeding or trimming, landscapers can install the Tree Ring planter to rid them of weeds while helping trees retain moisture and nutrients, holding mulch or decorative stone in place and promoting earthworms and beneficial microorganisms.

Stone-Edg restraint designed for architectural hardscapes
Oly-Ola’s Stone-Edg, an L-shaped edge restraint designed to fit architectural stone projects, installs flush against the stone in straight and radius installations using tumbled marble, bluestone, flagstone, quartzite and other architectural stone. The Stone-Edg measures 1 inch in height and 21⁄4 inches in width with a wall thickness of 3⁄16 inch. Keyhole cuts in its construction provide restraint flexibility, enabling it to make curves without cutting.

Atlas Glove is new and improved
While the original Atlas Glove has been around for a while, LFS Glove and Safety has produced a “new and improved” version – NT370BBK. The 370 features a longer cuff and a darker palm. According to the company, the gloves outperform leather and fit like a second skin. They are made of durable, abrasion and puncture-resistant nitrile coating that protects hand while allowing dexterity. Ergonomic shaping reduces hand fatigue, and the knit liners are seamless – no lumps or seams to irritate your hands. The gloves are machine washable and come in sizes small to extra large.

Skeet-R-Gone injection device provides effective mosquito control
Skeet-R-Gone, a concentrate injection device for underground sprinkler systems, enables you to spray yards quickly and easily to combat mosquitoes and other pests. The easy applications make Skeet-R-Gone a convenient tool to use before parties and other outdoor events.

Slime tire sealant prevents flats in trailer tires
Slime tire sealant prevents and repairs flat tires in tubeless tires caused by punctures up to / inch or 6 millimeters. The sealant features Fibro-Seal technology, a system of environmentally friendly fibers, binders, polymers and proprietary congealing agents. The sealant, which can seal multiple punctures at the same time, intertwines and clots to create a flexible, long-lasting plug. A Slime smart spare tire repair kit is available and includes a 16-ounce bottle of Slime tire sealant as well as a 12-volt 300 psi air compressor with tire pressure gauge. The package also includes a 2-inch air hose with quick-clip, 10-inch power cord with A/C adapter and valve core removal tool and filler tube.

GreenArmor system helps turf establishment, erosion control
The GreenArmor system from Profile Products offers a unique, economical way to protect against elevated levels of hydraulic lift and shear forces on slopes and in channels while encouraging fast turf establishment and long-term root reinforcement. GreenArmor combines Enkamat Turf Reinforcement Mat with Flexterra Flexible Growth Medium, holding 15 times its weight in water and doubling the turf establishment rates seen in common TRMs.

The Attachments Idea Book
Landscapers use a variety of attachments for doing everything from snow removal to jobsite cleanup, and regardless of how often they are used, every landscaper has a favorite attachment.
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