Roundup – January 2008

Exmark upgrades Metro 21 mower
Exmark’s Metro 21 finish and trim work walk-behind mower now features an improved front-pivot design and increased handle diameter for increased durability in professional landscaping applications. The Metro 21 is offered with a 6-horsepower Kawasaki Kai series engine featuring an improved air filtration system that increases reliability and reduces maintenance demands. A 5.5-horsepower Honda engine is also available.

Kawasaki’s new overhead V-valve FX/FS engines
Kawasaki’s new FX and FS air-cooled, overhead V-valve gasoline engines are designed for residential and professional applications. The new FX engine series will replace Kawasaki’s FH engines and feature a pressurized lubrication system, metal engine housing, cast-iron cylinder liners and a heavy-duty solenoid shift electric starter and produce 27 to 37 horsepower. FS series engines have outputs ranging from 16 to 26 horsepower and feature dual-stage air filters, Bendix electric starters, a plastic fan housing and pressurized lubrication with filter.

Go anywhere any time with Kubota’s all-weather RTV1100
Kubota says its RTV1100 with Premium Cab Guard is the first utility vehicle engineered for all-weather protection with a factory-installed cab, standard air conditioner, heater and defroster. The RTV1100 features a three-cylinder, 25-horsepower Kubota diesel engine producing 50 foot-pounds of torque, standard power steering, four-wheel, wet-disc brakes, hydraulic bed lift system and more than 1,100 pounds of cargo-load capacity in its 16 cubic foot bed.

Professional-level features standard on Mega Series mowers
Husqvarna’s Mega Series zero-turn lawn mowers are designed for landscapers who regularly mow two or more acres on a regular basis. Powered by Kohler Courage Pro engines, the Mega Series consists of three models ranging from 25 to 27 horsepower and feature 52-, 61- and 72-inch mower decks. A new, wider machine stance combined with oversize tires enhances unit stability while a reinforced tubular frame offers more strength and durability in tough mowing conditions.

Deere unveils Z-Trak Estate series mowers
John Deere’s new Z-Trak Estate zero-turn mowers are designed to cover more acres faster with more dependability. Reducing unit complexity was key to the design, so Deere engineers cut two-thirds of the parts in the mower’s hydraulic system, removed 41 parts from the previous mower deck design and eliminated 50 percent of the previous mower’s electrical switches. As a result, Deere says Z-Trak mowers are more reliable and make fewer fuel stops. A 40-percent increase in hydraulic pump size and a 14-percent larger Kawasaki engine allow Z-Trak Estate models to mow up to 12 mph.

Industry-first gas-powered, low cab forward crew cab truck
Isuzu Commercial Truck of North America has announced what it says is the industry’s first low cab forward, gasoline-powered crew cab vocational truck. The new truck can carry up to seven workers with gross vehicle weight ratings of 12,000 and 14,500 pounds. Two wheelbase versions accommodate 12- and 16-foot bodies and payload allowances range from 6,251 to 8,821 pounds. The powertrain features a Vortec 6-liter V-8 engine producing 325 horsepower and a Hydra-Matic 4-speed transmission with lockup torque converter and overdrive for increased performance and efficiency.

Ariens introduces Zoom HD mower series
Ariens’ new Zoom 2552 HD is crafted using components from the Gravely Compact Z mower line, including a fully welded tubular steel frame, maintenance-free spindles and Hydro-Gear ZT 2800 axles. The mower has a 25-horsepower Briggs & Stratton ELS engine and a 52-inch cutting deck. Other features include a 7-gallon fuel tank, 8 mph forward cutting speeds and a foot-operating deck with nine settings ranging from 1- to 5-inch cutting heights.

Nufarm’s Dynamo offers two-sided lawn protection
Nufarm America’s new pre-emergent herbicide provides both pre-emergent weed coverage, as well as early post-emergent control of many broadleaf and grassy weeds, including crabgrass. Using dithiopry as an active ingredient, Dynamo is formulated to be non-staining while giving season long control of barnyardgrass, goosegrass, foxtail and a number of summer annuals such as spurge and oxalis. Dynamo can be applied through most standard sprayers after dissolution and thorough mixing with water according to label instructions.

Trip-Edge snowplow offers improved high-obstacle protection
Hiniker’s 9000 series Trip-Edge snowplows have a pinch-free pivot point located 9 inches above ground level for increased protection from obstacles such as curbs and parking barriers. All 9000 Series plows feature 12 laser-cut ribs incorporated into the high-tensile steel superstructure of the plow, providing exceptional strength for heavy-duty applications. The 30-inch tall moldboard features a low-friction, high-density polyethylene surface that is corrosion free and dent resistant.

Turn your compact utility loader into a material handler
The Territory Tine System from Kaltec is a 3-in-1 combination material handling system that quickly and easily attaches to most compact utility loaders. Its basic tines can be used for demolition, agriculture and landscaping. Inserting the fine tines allows you to pick up smaller rocks, landscape brick, brush, manure and other materials. A third, three-stage leveler can doze, fill and level for a finish grade surface.

Clear tangled growth quickly with the BrushMonster
Crafted from /-inch, A-36 steel and featuring heavy-duty construction throughout its design, the BrushMonster offers bi-directional cutting to handle tough land clearing jobs. A heavy-duty Bob-Tach coupler ensures fast, secure hookups and a standard cushion valve guarantees smooth shutdowns. A stump-jumper skid plate offers cutting blade protection.

Meyer extends commercial snowplow line
Meyer Products has introduced a line of snowplows designed for smaller vehicles like compact pickup trucks and SUVs. The Drive Pro snowplow is a lightweight commercial plow with a 221/2-inch by 6-foot, 8-inch, 14-gauge steel moldboard designed to plow driveways, condos or anywhere there is a limited amount of space. The Drive Pro weighs 350 pounds and features enhanced maneuverability for work in tight residential and commercial settings without sacrificing performance or ruggedness and features heavy-duty trip springs, robotically welded seams and cross-sections, easy access grease points.

Vermeer debuts S400Tx and S600Tx compact utility loaders
Both new Vermeer S400Tx and S600Tx compact utility loaders are designed for landscapers. The S400Tx features a 23-horsepower gasoline engine and is controlled by two joysticks, which can be operated while holding on to the integrated handgrip bar. The loader produces only 3.8 psi of ground pressure but an 11.5 gpm hydraulic flow rate insures efficient attachment use. The machine has a rated operating capacity of 500 pounds and a tipping capacity of 1,430 pounds.

Focus on protection with CoreTect tablets
Bayer Environmental Science has introduced its CoreTect tablets to combat tree and shrub disease. The tablets are for use on established plants or during the installation process and work by triggering enzymatic pathways that produce antioxidants resulting in better tree and shrub stress defense and more efficient use of nutrients and water. Bayer says trees and shrubs treated with CoreTect tablets spend less energy fighting off environmental stresses and more energy developing healthy root systems and shoot growth.

Reconfigure your snowplow blade from the cab of your truck
Fisher’s new XLS snowplow can be retracted to an 8-foot, straight-blade arrangement or expanded to 10-foot straight-blade or reconfigured to a have a scoop width of nearly 9 feet. The XLS will fully angle while in the scoop position to maximize plow handling and capacity and can excel in windrowing since its leading wing can angle forward directing more snow into the moldboard, virtually eliminating spill-off and effectively using all of the blade’s width.

Get moving quickly with Curtis snowplow attachment system
The Sno-Pro 3000 Poly from Curtis is available in 71/2- and 8-foot sizes and is crafted from high-strength, commercial-grade polymers which reduce snow sticking to the blade and requires less maintenance. All units feature extensive moldboard bracing for added strength and use the company’s proprietary Hitch-N-Run attachment system.

Cab Cadet Yanmar introduces sub-compact tractor
The Sc2400 sub-compact tractor from Cub Cadet Yanmar is designed for landscapers who need more power and versatility than offered by a garden tractor but are not ready for a full-size utility tractor. To maximize the tractor’s efficiency, the Sc2400 features a shift-on-the-go transmission and is powered by a liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, 24-horsepower Yanmar diesel engine. A two-pump hydraulic system delivers on-demand power that is not compromised when running the tractor and implements at the same time.

Tackle large leaf collection jobs with the ProVac 1060
The Gravely ProVac 1060 has a 3.5 cubic yard hopper capacity and a 60-inch, adjustable intake scoop for large leaf collection jobs. An optional hand vac unit provides an extra 10 feet of reach to vacuum leaves from under shrubs or along fence lines. A 6-gallon fuel tank and 18-horsepower Kohler Command Pro engine are standard. All ProVac units are crafted with an all-welded, rectangular structural frame and 14-gauge steel.

A completely new take on compact, mobile hydraulic power
The Zahn, from Ditch Witch, is a totally new concept in multi-purpose attachment use. Named for Ditch Witch founder Ed Malzahn, the Zahn is a self-propelled, four-wheel-drive hydraulic power source offering up to 30 horsepower, an elevated operator station, high ground speed and fully hydraulic, articulated steering in a compact size (models with 18-inch tires are only 36 inches wide). An array of attachments allow the Zahn to function as a trencher, plow, palletized tool carrier, auger, compact dump vehicle, backhoe, mobile stump grinder or tiller.

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.
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