These new products, from powerful mower components to a heavy-duty tire, will help landscapers get any job done faster.
Rev Up Production
Commercial durability meets domestic power with Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power’s line of Vanguard 810-cc engines for commercial zero-turn mowers. The company will begin production on the engines, which are available in 24- or 26-gross horsepower models, January 2014 in Auburn, Alabama. Features include increased torque and easier serviceability with debris-access panels compared to previous models. More than one manufacturer will be releasing a mower powered by this engine at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit vanguardengines.com.
Over and out
Stop over-processing clippings when mowing with the Exmark rear-discharge deck, available on the Lazer DS-Series. The heavy-duty fabricated deck is available in 60- and 72-inch widths and uses maintenance-free blade spindles. Being released at GIE+EXPO, the rear-discharge deck also includes molded bumpers that act as an anti-scalp system. For more information, visit exmark.com.
Featuring silica-infused thread compound and full-depth, 3D micro-gauge siping, Cooper Tire’s Discoverer HT3 tire is designed for highway and commercial driving. It is available in R and S speed ratings and 17 sizes ranging from 15- to 18-inch rim diameters. The Discoverer HT3 also has a continuous shoulder rib. For more information, visit coopertire.com.
Forget the shovel, ax, chain or stump grinder and hop on the Bradco tree and shrub grapple by Paladin Attachments. Mounted on compact tool carriers, the grapple removes small trees, shrubs, ornamentals and small stumps. When tested at a residential condominium project by a landscape contractor, the tree and shrub grapple removed more than 50 small trees and shrubs without damaging the surrounding area in three hours. The grapple attachment weighs 185 pounds with a maximum working pressure (PSI) of 3,000 pounds. For more information, visit paladinattachments.com.
Launching at GIE+EXPO, the Predator 38RX stump cutter, from Predator Power, has a 38-horsepower engine and teeth that are pre-set in the wheel. This radio-controlled machine has an 18-inch cutting depth, 54-inch swing and 30-inch cutting height. Predator Power will also release its 50RX and 360 stump cutter models at the tradeshow. For more information, visit predator-usa.com.