Field Guide – March 2009

Cargo trailer doubles as storage

Lippert Components created a consumer-use cargo trailer that converts to an upright, outdoor storage unit in less than a minute. Capable of hauling 1,000 pounds behind most small vehicles, the Tow-N-Stow provides 45 cubic feet of lockable, watertight cargo or storage space. The unit is 100-percent recyclable with its steel-reinforced outer shell made of durable polymer reclaimed from recycled products.

Add some green to your garden

A cultivar of Echinacea purpurea, ‘Green Envy’ has a jade green bloom and will grow between 30 to 36 inches high. This rare breed flowers in mid-July in USDA Zones 4-9 and retains its green hue through the fall. In the early stages, ‘Green Envy’ has round petals with a deep green cone. As the flower matures, the petals elongate, showing magenta veining, and the cone turns a dark purplish color.

Take software to the jobsite

Tree Management Systems created the Mobile Crew portal option for its ArborGold software, which manages business aspects like scheduling, invoicing and receiving payments. The mobile option allows crews to view and update work orders and job information from a device with an Internet connection, like a PDA, laptop or cell phone. Managers can receive real time analysis of crew production and job cost.

Self-propelled stump grinder

The tri-wheel 2000XP self-propelled stump grinder from Bandit provides operators with a tight turning radius to access stumps in small areas. Two hydraulic steering options are available for the machine, along with three different steering axles: three-wheeled manual, three-wheeled hydraulic and four-wheeled hydraulic. The 2000XP is powered by a 27-horsepower Kohler engine and uses a 20-inch diameter cutting wheel.

Field office for Ford drivers

The Ultimate Field Office from mobileDUZ is a portable storage space for Ford Super-Duty Supercab drivers. The adapter component is custom-fitted to the floor plan of the truck and uses the same attach points as the rear seat. The main universal component attaches to the base. Together the two components offer over eight cubic feet of secure, accessible storage space. Optional equipment is available.

Heavy-duty snow blades with blade oscillation

Bobcat’s new line of snow blades includes 86-, 96- and 108-inch models. Blades are approved for use on several Bobcat machines. A double-action cylinder angles the blade 30 degrees to the right or left, and the blade oscillates five degrees preventing the need for multiple passes. A torsion spring trip edge prevents damage to the blade, which is painted orange for better visibility.

Natural stone look without the cost of real stone

Subterra Stone is Belgard’s latest addition to its environmental series of permeable pavers. With a false joint structure, pavers create the look of chiseled stone without the installation costs or environmental impact. Pavers allow rainwater to drain through, diminishing stormwater runoff and recharging aquifers. Subterra Stone contributes to LEED credits.

Tools for marketing your business

Horizon created a program to help landscapers promote their services. The Marketing Toolkit is available in three varieties that can be customized with company-specific information. The program offers contractors materials such as direct mail postcards, business cards and door hangers as well as Web-based ideas that fit varying levels of Internet expertise. Horizon can help create Web sites and link them to search engines for added exposure.

‘Green’ herbicide for weeds

ClearOut 41 Plus from Agrisel is a broad spectrum herbicide that rapidly penetrates the leaf and moves quickly throughout the weed to kill the root. Glyphosate is the active ingredient, which indirectly stops the weed from synthesizing protein. ClearOut works in one to four days for annual weeds and up to a week or longer for perennial weeds. Excess product not absorbed by weeds biodegrades into natural materials such as carbon dioxide.

Control turfgrass diseases with new fungicide

Arysta’s Disarm G granular strobilurin fungicide is used to control brown patch, gray leaf spot, pythium, dollar spot, red thread and all major spot, patch and snow mold diseases. Rainfast in 15 minutes, Disarm G can be used alone or in rotations with systemic or contact fungicides for complete broad-spectrum control of all major turf diseases.

Improved wheeled excavator from Deere

John Deere’s 190D W features a 159-horsepower 5.2-liter Tier III certified diesel engine. The wheeled excavator was created with increases in horsepower, weight and digging forces compared with previous models. The 190D W weighs 44,974 pounds when equipped with two-piece booms and front and rear outriggers, and it has a digging depth of just over 19 feet. Large service doors allow for easy access to daily checkpoints.

Eliminate fuel spills with propane trimmer

Lehr’s Eco Trimmer is an environmentally friendly propane string trimmer that uses the company’s “Twist ‘n Go!” technology. The garden tool is powered by a standard 16.4-ounce propane canister that twists into place and provides up to 21/2 hours of use. No pouring, mixing or storing fuel is necessary, eliminating possible hazardous fuel spills.

Stand-on mower with a smooth ride

The Toro Grandstand stand-on mower features a platform suspension system that offers a smoother ride reducing operator fatigue. The retractable platform allows the mower to be operated in stand-on or walk-behind positions, and it includes an anti-fatigue rubber mat with non-slip surface to reduce vibration passed on to the operator. Four models are available with 48- or 52-inch cutting decks and 19- or 23-horsepower Kawasaki engines.

Compact wheel loader designed for low emissions

The 904H compact wheel loader from Caterpillar has a 52-horsepower MHI S4Q2 diesel engine that meets Interim Tier 4 regulations to reduce exhaust emissions. With an operating weight of 9,900 pounds, the machine features a two-speed hydrostatic drive, Z-bar loader linkage and universal coupler. Available with either cab or canopy, the 904H will replace Cat’s 904B.

Grass seed mixture for high-traffic areas

Jacklin Seed’s Athletic Pro II Mixture combines bluegrasses with perennial ryegrasses for use on athletic fields, playgrounds and other high-traffic areas. The seeds selected for the mixture feature wear tolerance, vigorous recuperative ability, high summer density, rapid establishment, winter hardiness and persistence to common pests and diseases.

Topdresser with new hydraulic-drive option

Earth & Turf Products’ Multispread model 320 is available with a hydraulic-drive option for owners of tow vehicles with remote hydraulic valve and minimum of six gpm flow. Using the hydraulic-drive, the topdresser’s apron and beater speeds are independent of the ground speed, and each adjusts independently of the other to provide more spreading flexibility.

Spreader/sprayer for residential and commercial jobs

Turfco’s T3000 Applicator riding sprayer and spreader can fit through a 36-inch gate and complete 64,000 square feet per fill, allowing the operator to use the machine for both residential and commercial properties. The steering wheel design, pivoting front axle and floating operator platform minimize operator discomfort. The machine includes cruise control, and an adjustable pressure dial changes spray widths from six feet to nine feet.

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