Industry roundup: Stihl announces new battery-powered equipment

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The FCA 135 offers maneuverability ideal for flower beds or well-maintained edges.

Stihl has introduced new battery-powered equipment into its lineup to meet the growing demand for these products.

Among these new products are the STIHL FCA 135 curved shaft edger and FCA 140 straight shaft edger, which are built for extended use in noise-sensitive environments. With the high blade speed of the FCA 135 and the high torque of the FCA140, these edgers offer commercial-grade power and durability. The FCA 135 offers maneuverability ideal for flower beds or well-maintained edges while the FCA 140 is built for uncut edges or packed soil. These edgers feature durable construction with weather-resistant designs.

“Whether you choose the FCA 135 curved shaft or the FCA 140 straight shaft, these edgers are sure to be a welcome addition to your professional fleet of Stihl products,” said Mike Poluka, Stihl, Inc. product manager. “Equipped with an onboard battery slot and a range of product features, you’ll have everything needed to cut through packed soil or simply maintain existing flower beds.”

The lineup also includes battery-powered trimmers. 

Part of the new Stihl 135 professional battery platform, the FSA 135 and FSA 135 R battery-powered trimmers feature an on-board battery slot that can support both an on-board battery or a backpack battery for even longer run times.

Paired with a brushless motor and the same drive and cutting components used in proven Stihl professional gas trimmers, these units deliver professional cutting performance comparable to Stihl gas units with zero exhaust emissions and low noise. These trimmers are versatile for different cutting applications, including trimming, cutting, and weed clearing.

Steel Green reveals new spreader/sprayer options

Steel Green Manufacturing unveiled new options for 2022 models at GIE + EXPO last week.

Steel Green displayed its 2022 spreader/sprayers that come standard with a newly redesigned foot-activated parking brake. The wheel motors have integrated drum brakes on both sides that can now be activated with the operator’s foot rather than by hand.

For added hillside security, Steel Green introduced a new accessory that locks the front caster wheels. Steel Green announced that its hillside stability system is patent-pending and now available as an option for new machines or can be installed on older Steel Green spreader/sprayers.

Other new customization options included a pressure control system and a 12’ boom. The pressure control system maintains spray pressure while turning on and off nozzles. The new boom option provides an adjustable spray width of up to 12’ and is available on the SG52 and SG46.

The company also featured the SG Attachment Kit designed to transform the Steel Green spreader/sprayer into a multi-purpose machine. The kit includes the hydraulic system, joystick valve, hoses, brackets, and fittings and is compatible with the SG Snowplow as well as two attachments that will soon be available—a rake and aerator.

Hitachi introduces ZW100-6 Wheel loader

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA) continues to expand its ZW-6 wheel loaders in North America with the upgrade of its popular compact model, the ZW100-6.

Developed for use in a wide variety of applications — including landscaping; excavation work; and more — the small, yet powerful ZW100-6 wheel loader features an operating weight of 17,042 lbs (7,730 kg), bucket capacity of 1.4 yd³ (1.1 m³), and a 101- hp (74-kW) Tier 4F engine. This new ZW-6 model also boasts a spacious cab with 360-degree visibility, ride control, and onboard technology that enhances operator comfort and increases productivity with quick and efficient cycle times.

Advanced technology developed by Hitachi is at the heart of the ZW-6 wheel loader lineup, which now includes the ZW100-6 in North America, impacting everything from the wheel loader’s environmental performance to the comfort and safety of its operator to its cost of ownership.

For example, each ZW-6 wheel loader comes equipped with a diesel after treatment system that eliminates the hassle and costs associated with diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems, plus onboard technology and an advanced telematics system to help contractors better manage their fleet and operating expenses. This technology-led approach enables Hitachi to meet the evolving needs of the construction industry while improving its customers’ experience with this new generation of wheel loaders.     

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