Field Guide – August 2007

Solideal rubber track provides flotation, traction for skid steers
The Over-the-Tire Rubber Track flotation attachment from Solideal minimizes ground disturbance, enabling skid steers to work on lawns or other soft ground without sinking and to cross driveways and sidewalks without chipping or scuffing the concrete. The attachment provides flotation and traction similar to that of a track loader without sacrificing the functionality of a skid steer. As the job application changes and flotation is no longer necessary, users can pull the connector pin to walk out of the tracks.

Self-propelled, walking topdresser creates smooth, even spread
The 100SP self-propelled, walking topdresser from Earth & Turf Products features turf tires for minimum compaction, easy drive engagement for convenience and a width of 351/2 inches for narrow access paths. A 30-inch brush expeller ensures smooth, even spread and a struck-level capacity of 10 cubic feet permits fewer loads per job. Powered by a 10.5-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine, the 100SP has hydrostatic drive and a four-wheel stance to increase stability on inclined lawns.

42DL loader mount digs trees 4 inches and smaller in most conditions
The 42DL four-bladed production digger from Big John is flexible to fit a variety of vehicles, including skid-loaders, wheel loaders and track loaders. The 42DL digs trees 4 inches and smaller in diameter, including root systems 42 inches wide and 38 inches deep, in most conditions. Designed for production digging, on-site digging and landscape jobs, the 42DL weighs 2,500 pounds and comes standard with a conventional 6-section hydraulic valve bank.

Grass catcher offers more strength at a lower weight
The new Pro Vac 18 grass catcher, a durable dump-from-the-seat plastic hopper from Protero, provides improved strength with less weight because of its 8-gauge steel base frame with rigid frame tubing. The hopper’s wedge shape enables it to hold 141/2 bushels while adding minimal length and maintaining operator visibility. With its material reduction capabilities, capacity and maneuverability, the new Pro Vac 18 fits most brands of commercial zero-turn mowers.

Typar landscape fabric helps block weeds for years
Typar Professional Landscape Fabric can be used under stones, bricks and pavers and in landscaped areas to help block weeds from growing. If properly installed, the fabric is guaranteed for 20 years. Made of spunbonded polypropylene, the continuous filaments are bonded together for strength and durability. These fibers are matted together to prevent roots from growing through them, though the fabric is porous to allow the passage of water, air and nutrients. Water will not pool on the fabric, which weighs 3 ounces per square yard. To allow desired plants to grow, cut an “x” in the fabric for them.

Exca-Beak grapple system useful for multiple applications
The Exca-Beak, a new grapple system for compact excavators and loader backhoes from Daniel Manufacturing, works for applications such as hardscaping, demolition, feeding chippers or tub grinders, concrete tear out and firewood processing. The Exca-Beak allows the full operating range of the bucket and is available in quick attach styles.

Turf Tiger combines performance, operator comfort
Powered by a 29-horsepower Kawasaki Digital Fuel Injection engine, the Scag Turf Tiger is available with a 61-inch Velocity Plus or 72-inch Advantage cutting deck for maximum performance while maintaining fuel efficiency. The Turf Tiger’s 16cc hydraulic pumps, auxiliary oil coolers, double-tube steel mainframe and driveshaft-powered cutting deck improve performance, while the low center of gravity and wide stance ensure traction and stability. With ground speeds of up to 12 mph, the Turf Tiger provides productivity while maintaining customized operator comfort with its Command-Comfort operator’s station.

Bob-Cat mower provides control with 6-mph cutting speed
The Bob-Cat Hydro hydraulic-drive, walk-behind mower has the speed and power to cut up to 6 mph with any of its three deck configurations, providing control and productivity. Fixed and Float Side Discharge decks come in 36-, 48- or 54-inch sizes, and the side discharge floating deck’s height can be adjusted quickly. Available with a 15- or 17-horsepower Kawasaki V-Twin air-cooled gas engine, the Bob-Cat Hydro has dual hydraulic pumps with wheel motors to provide independent power to each wheel for better control and maneuverability.

Finn hydroseeders handle a variety of applications
Finn has redesigned the T30 hydroseeder and introduced a new T400 hydroseeder. The T30 includes standard features such as a durable 335-gallon liquid capacity tank, hydraulically driven and reversible mechanical agitation, simple controls, Finn-designed centrifugal pump, fork lift channels and lift ring for easier handling and an electric hose reel with hose and hose ladder. For larger-scale jobsites the T400 includes a 3,975-gallon liquid capacity tank, twin mechanical agitation system, liquid recirculation, independently controlled pump/agitator operation and a Tier II turbo-charged diesel engine for pump output.

Lighting collection features sculptural art
The LeFleur Collection from ArtScape Lighting is sculptural art authenticated with an engraved artist signature tag with a serial number. Many sculptures stand directly in water using the AquaVase. Each piece is assembled using brass hardware. Electrical connections are soldered and 10,000-hour Xelogen bulbs are included. Burial electrical connectors and easy thread on PVC anchors are included to help in installation.

Husqvarna hedge trimmer’s balance provides maneuverability, ease of use
Designed for the light-use commercial operator, the 123HD60 hedge trimmer from Husqvarna features the LowVib anti-vibration system, which provides ease of operation and improved control by isolating the power head and cutting deck from the handles, reducing the vibration transmitted to the operator. The 22.5cc, two-stroke engine provides power without adding weight, and the Smart Start spring-assist starter combines with air purge to make the trimmer easy to start. The 123HD60 weighs 11.2 pounds.

High-end design for outdoor furniture and site amenities from Urbanscape
Urbanscape’s new line consists of 15 uniquely designed, durable collections of commercial outdoor furniture and site amenities to offer architects, planners and purchasing agents a number of options depending on the needs of a project. Collections range in style from classic to contemporary and are available in a variety of colors, configurations and finishes, including Urbanscape’s faux-wood finish. Urbanscape plans to expand the line in the near future.

Merit Injectable contains more active ingredient for protection against pests
Merit Injectable from Tree Tech Microinjection Systems and Bayer Environmental
Science contains 17.1 percent of active ingredient, more than previously available on the market, and is available in leak-proof 3-milliliter or 6-milliliter units to inject into the tree trunk or root flare tissue. The product controls common pests as well as tough-to-control insect pests such as Asian longhorned beetles, emerald ash borers and hemlock woolly adelgids.

Mini-Trencher cuts up to 30 feet of trench per minute
The Kwik-Trench from Little Beaver, a walk-behind, hand-operated mini-trencher designed to trench up to 30 feet per minute, cuts trenches up to 12 inches deep with carbide-tipped, heat-treated hardened steel teeth for improved performance and longer life. Various combinations of teeth styles and mounting locations create trench widths of 1 to 4 inches. Pneumatic tires reduce impact on turf, and the trencher’s lockable swivel rear wheel has been redesigned and relocated for better maneuverability.

Honda mid-line tiller simplifies operation for first-time users
The commercial-grade FC600 mid-line tiller from Honda offers a one-touch transport wheel that can be engaged or disengaged without using tools. Other improvements include simplified drag bar hardware and a single-piece reinforced handlebar to avoid losing parts. A front guard minimizes the potential for damage during transport while working as an attachment point for tie-downs. The 14-inch-diameter tines create a tilling width of 26.3 inches. The FC600 is powered by Honda’s GX series commercial-grade engine, with a new corrosion-resistant muffler protector.

Tree injection products combat insects, pests
Three new tree injection products from Rainbow Treecare Scientific can be used to treat and prevent infestations and can be delivered through the reusable M3 infuser micro-injector. Bacastat, a water-soluble formulation of oxytetracycline, suppresses Bacterial Leaf Scorch in oak, elm, sycamore and maple trees. Xytect Infusible, a broad-spectrum insecticide with imidacloprid, provides immediate and season-long control of a variety of insects including emerald ash borer, bronze birch and other wood borer insects. Aracinate tree injection, an abamectin formulation, controls mites and prevents pine wilt nematode.

Carhartt designs workwear for women
Carhartt workwear is now available in fits and sizes designed for women. The line consists of jeans, dungarees, knit shirts, sweatshirts, outwear and accessories, including the Carhartt Detroit Jacket and Sandstone Work Dungarees. The Carhartt for Women pants have a contoured waistband that sits slightly lower in the front and higher in the back to eliminate gapping when bending over. Women’s gloves use the same materials with the same quality as the men’s gloves but are designed for a woman’s hand width and length.

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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