Field Guide – June 2008

Attack lawns with FastCat ZTR
Bob-cat introduces the FastCat zero-turn riding mower featuring two independent drives to reduce mowing time. Available with deck sizes of 36, 42, 48 or 52 inches, operators can choose from a 17-horsepower Kawasaki KAI V-Twin engine or a 21-horsepower Briggs & Stratton Intek engine to power the 36-inch deck. All other models include a 19-horsepower Kawasaki engine. The FastCat also includes an 8.5-gallon fuel tank, adjustable high-back seat with armrests and increased operator comfort with more legroom and angled footrests.

Control insects while fertilizing
New from LebanonTurf is ProScape 16-0-8 43% MESA .069 bifenthrin. Bifenthrin controls surface feeding insects like the chinchbug, sod webworm, mole cricket, tick and imported fire ant. This product works well for areas where zero phosphorus is preferred. In addition, the MESA nitrogen responds quickly when applied and offers a consistent, brilliant color to satisfy customers.

Mustang adds machine to compact track loader line
The MTL312 is the latest compact track loader from Mustang. Referred to as the “little brother” by the company, the MTL312 is constructed with a heavy-duty undercarriage system and is the most compact of the line. Specifics include a weight of 5,952 pounds and width of 57.9 inches. Operators will find a fingertip control joystick system inside the cab, and Mustang offers cab options for those in extreme climates or on dusty jobsites. Safety features include an emergency engine shutdown system, electric engine monitoring system and tilt-back ROPS/FOPS.

Two mowers in one
With the 61-inch convertible mower from, landscapers have the flexibility of a walk-behind with the comfort and ease of a zero-turn rider. The Convertible Mower is powered by a 25-horsepower V-Twin Kawasaki engine, equipped with a 61-inch foot assist lift deck and has a ground speed of 13 miles per hour. The transformation from walk-behind to ZTR is easily done by flipping a lever.

Keep geese from interfering
If geese or other pesky animals are a problem, Soil Technologies’ Armorex Goose Repellent will ward off nuisances for up to one month with each use. With an active ingredient of pepper and garlic oils, the smell and taste of Armorex will deter geese. Most are repelled by the odor of the repellant, but if geese persist, the hot pepper extract will cause mild irritation upon taste. Available in a liquid concentrate, Armorex is 100-percent biodegradable and has a pleasant fragrance to people.

Cut wide open spaces while cutting costs
The AcrEase Model Pro60K pull-behind finish cut mower from Kunz Engineering allows operators to accomplish the work of a wide-area mower without the cost. Capable of attaching to the side of a zero-turn mower, riding mower or compact tractor, the Pro60K is powered by an 18-horsepower Kohler Command engine. It is equipped with a fully floating 60-inch deck design and has a cutting height from 11/2 inches to 5 inches. Cutting height can be adjusted using the two point crank system.

New chemical aids organic insecticide production
A new chemistry developed by USDA scientists is available for use on greenhouse and outdoor ornamentals. Natural Forces has taken the new sucrose ester chemistry and manufactured SucraShield, an organic insecticide that targets soft-bodied insects and mites like the sweet potato whitefly and glassy-wing sharp shooter. It works by either suffocating the insect or penetrating the insect’s outer covering. SucraShield can be used on greenhouse and field-grown bedding plants, ornamental shrubs, shade trees and several vegetable crops, fruit trees and berries.

Added comfort for your walk-behind mower
The Mower Sulky MS2008-18 from Havener decreases fatigue for jobs when the maneuverability of a walk-behind is needed over the ease and speed of a riding mower. A single-wheel sulky constructed of heavy-duty steel, it features a powder-coated finish and large pneumatic tire. The MS2008-18 attaches quickly to most mid-sized commercial mowers, and the large platform has extra foot space for added comfort.

Compact sprayer saves room with new design
Westheffer introduces the compact 300-gallon unit to its line of sprayers. Able to fit in a full-size pickup truck with room left over, this unit has a new frame design with built-in fork lift tubes for easy installations. The heavy-duty frame is welded to endure abuse from loading and unloading. Other specifics include a Honda 5.5 Electric Start engine, 20 gpm diaphragm pump, electric hose reel and 300 feet of spray hose. Alternate gun options are available.

Protect your hands from blisters
When working with a chainsaw, the last thing a landscaper should have to be concerned about are pesky blisters. Husqvarna created a solution so you can spend more time on the job and less time tending to injuries. Their chainsaw protective gloves feature chainsaw protective material in the back of the left hand, leather palm, polyester back and Velcro closures. Gloves are available in medium and large sizes.

Conquer erosion with polymeric sand
Sakrete Paver Set polymeric sand is the newest addition to Sakrete’s line of building and repair products. Paver Set is joint sand useful for patios, walkways and driveways. Once swept into paver joints and misted with water, Paver Set hardens to resist weeds, bugs and erosion. During the hardening process, the special polymers used in producing Paver Set adhere to the joints to combat Mother Nature’s forces. Paver Set is available in 25-pound pails and 50- and 60-pound bags.

Air root pruning made efficient
The Express 18 air root pruning propagation container from RootMaker makes the task of creating healthy root branching easier and more efficient. The 25-cubic-inch container features unique angles of ledges and ribs, forming 12 chambers with openings to direct roots to the air. This system helps plants generate a greater root tip surface area, which helps with the absorption of water and nutrients. By producing healthier root branching, plants have higher transplant survivability.

Keep track of crews with GPS
The PocketClock/GPS from Exaktime increases accuracy and accountability on site. Used with a Windows Mobile PDA, the software turns the PDA into a mobile tracking system, allowing workers to clock in and out from the jobsite with no need for handwritten timesheets. Workers can also select the type of job they are doing, which helps managers to track work by cost code. PocketClock/GPS saves time as entire crews can be clocked in at once, and the information is downloaded by synchronizing the device with a computer.

Easier edging in tight spots
The new Edge Artist EA55 from E-Z Trench is a compact bed edger. Used for redefining beds, the Edge Artist works well in tricky areas, with tough soils and on any terrain. Weighing 100 pounds, this edger comes equipped with a carbide-tipped rotor that uses E-Z Trench’s serrated cutting design. Standard solid tires help prevent flats.

Tracked trenchers make cross-trenching easy
The TRX-15 and TRX-19 tracked trenchers from Toro make trenching easy. These walk-behind trenchers, available with a 15- or 19-horsepower 4-cycle V-twin engine, offer stability and flexibility. Capable of crossing perpendicular trenches without getting stuck, the TRX models provide traction on the sides of hills and uneven terrain. TRX models cause no damage to existing terrain because they have a ground pressure as low as 4.1 psi. In addition, each model can trench up to 36 inches.

Mid-size screener with full-size features
The EZ-Screen 750 from Argus Industrial is a portable screener with a built-in conveyor that screens material from 10-inch rock to sand, gravel and topsoil. Powered by an 18-horsepower Kohler V-Twin engine or a 10-horsepower Yanmar diesel engine, the EZ-750 features a 4-foot by 7-foot screen with a tipping grizzly and an 18-inch-wide continuous belt conveyor with an 8-foot dumping height. The 9-foot by 6-foot loading width works with loaders from 1/2 to 13/4 yards.

Spread materials with self-propelled top dresser
The Ecolawn self-propelled top dresser is a mini top dresser based on the designs of heavy compost spreaders used on sports fields. Controlled by a stable wheelbase and rear wheel, the Ecolawn is self-propelled by a 5.5-horsepower Honda engine and is 34 inches wide. Capable of spreading a variety of soil mixes including top soil, compost, manure, organic fertilizers, lime and sand, the Ecolawn carries an 111/2 cubic foot load in its polythene hopper.

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.
Attachments Idea Book Cover