Field Guide: New Products – March 2009

Natural stone patterns with retaining wall system
Belgard’s new BelAir Wall system gives professionals more options for installation. Construct freestanding walls or retaining walls using pieces of varying heights and random patterns. The system incorporates two, 3-inch and two, 6-inch modular products that create a natural stone pattern. BelAir Wall system includes an easy-to-use locator system and trapezoidal caps and column units.

Newly registered herbicides control broadleaf weeds
Nufarm Americas’ 4-Speed and 4-Speed XT herbicides work to control virtually all broadleaf weeds in turf. 4-Speed combines dicamba, 2,4-D and MCP-P with pyraflufen for general broadleaf weed control in most situations. 4-Speed XT contains dicamba, 2,4-D and triclopyr in addition to pyraflufen to tackle tough weeds such as white clover. It can also improve performance in cool conditions.

Smaller version of Aquabasin for tighter spaces
Aquascape introduced the Small Aquabasin to accommodate more constrained landscapes and smaller budgets. The Small Aquabasin is made of black, high-density polyethylene, and the octagonal shape measures 30 inches front to back and left to right with a 10-inch depth. It can hold 40 gallons of water, and the reinforced deck can support decorative features weighing up to 300 pounds.

Define landscape beds fast
Using the new Bedscaper BE400 from E-Z Trench, landscapers can create or define curved landscape beds quickly and easily. The BE400 can edge existing beds, dig a trench seven inches deep or prep edges for installing 5-inch plastic edging. Caster steering makes achieving smooth, fluid curves possible.

Tailgate spreader ideal for light commercial applications
The Sno-Pro Fast-Cast 400 series tailgate spreader from Curtis Industries features a UV protected high-density polymer hopper with 180 pounds capacity. The unit has a spreading width of 4 to 20 feet, includes variable speed control and can be mounted on a Reese hitch or tractor 3-point. The 12-volt DC direct drive motor is mounted in a weather tight enclosure.

Maximize water efficiency with rotary nozzle
K-Rain Manufacturing’s RN-200 series of matched-precipitation rotary nozzles provide even coverage regardless of arc setting. A low precipitation rate can minimize runoff with compacted soils and sloped areas. The nozzle series offers a standard radius of 20 feet at 40 psi, adjustable to 13 feet. The unit is available in fixed arcs of 90, 180 and 360 degrees, and each includes a large basket filter screen.

New line of hardscaping products
Quikrete’s HardScapes line features decorative stone, pebbles and rock options including all-purpose stone, pea pebbles, pond pebbles, red lava rock, river pebbles and marble chips. Additional aggregates include a variety of sands, such as paver jointing sand, paver base sand, play sand, general purpose sand and pool filter sand. Quikrete’s PowerLoc Jointing Sand is also available with this line. HardScapes are available in 1/2-cubic foot, heavy-duty plastic bags.

Yanmar enhances mini excavator line
Yanmar added the ViO55-5B to its mini excavator line. The new unit’s zero tailswing design allows operators to make 360-degree turns within the width of the tracks. Constructed of high tensile strength steel, the machine is lighter while still providing safety and balance. Other features include maximum bucket digging force of 9,015 pounds, digging depth over 13 feet, tailor-made hydraulic quick coupler and optional angle blade.

New zero-turn mower
The new 42-inch zero-turn riding mower from Swisher is powered by an 18.5-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine. The mower features a 42-inch stamped cutting deck with adjustable cutting height from one to four inches. It has a 1.1-gallon fuel capacity, electric PTO clutch, automatic parking brakes on steering handles and sandpaper grit mats on deck for operator safety.

Be more productive inside your Ford truck
Ford Work Solutions includes four technologies designed for F-Series trucks and E-Series vans. It features an in-dash computer with navigation and Internet allowing users to print invoices, check inventories and access documents; Tool Link, a tracking system to maintain a real-time inventory of stored equipment; Crew Chief, a diagnostics system to manage vehicles and dispatch crews; and Cable Lock, a security system for large tools stored in the truck bed.

Super compact skid loader packs power
Gehl’s 1640E skid loader is 3 feet wide and 6.25 feet tall, allowing it to maneuver through narrow doorways, aisles, alleys and corridors. Powered by a 24-horsepower Yanmar diesel engine, the 1640E has an 850-pound rated operating capacity and 96 inches of lift height. Its overall machine weight is 2,900 pounds, making it easily transportable. The unit has 9.1 gpm of auxiliary hydraulic flow to power attachments.

Add some ‘Merlot’ to your garden
Terra Nova Nurseries introduces a new variety of Echinacea purpurea called ‘Merlot.’ This coneflower produces large rose pink flowers with wine red stems and petioles. Fast growing, it flowers in summer and fall in Hardiness Zones 4-9. ‘Merlot’ needs full sun and can achieve a full height of 30 inches with bloom.

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