Exaktime, Inc. has introduced the Jobclock, a hardware and software package that allows remote job time and attendance tracking using Keytabs, a Palm Pilot and PC technology. The heart of this system is a small, construction-grade time clock that can be affixed and left at the job site. It is weatherproof, tamper-proof and battery powered. Employees clock in and out with Keytabs. Supervisors can download attendance records and can then transfer the time records into a PC that can generate reports.
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Grasshopper's PowerVac Collection Systems now have new Model 16 large-capacity metal hoppers for the True ZeroTurn M1 models. Grasshopper's full range of deck-driven PowerVac collection systems pick up wet grass, high-moisture leaves, pine straw and dethatching debris without the noise and maintenance of an auxiliary motor. Trash-ingesting steel impeller withstands abuse from hidden debris. Quik-D-Tatch design offers one-pin conversion to non-collection operation. The Model 16 large capacity metal hopper holds 16 cubic feet of clippings and debris. It empties by lever from the operator's seat and is compatible with 25-hp and larger M1 MidMount models.
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Turf-Seed introduces a certified Southern Gold Plus, following Southern Gold, a tall fescue blend for the south. Southern Gold Plus is resistant to drought and heat and has tolerance to diseases such as brown patch. This blend has 10 percent Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass added to it to give this product more brown patch resistance and improved resistance to both heat and drought. This turf stands up to wear and can be used for home lawns, golf course roughs, athletic fields, sod production, parks and roadside areas. Southern Gold Plus is a dark green, low-growing turf that stays green year round even in hot southern climates.
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Dakota introduces the 550 Turf Contractor, an industrial-grade dump box for golf course superintendents, sports fields managers and lawn, landscape and grounds management professionals. This product was designed to carry heavy loads without damaging turf. The pull-behind dump box is equipped with 16-inch Dakota SuperTrac tires that carry a 4-yard or 10,000-pound payload. The Turf Contractor is 72 inches wide by 120 inches long and has an industrial-grade A-frame construction that is supported by 4-wheel walking beam axles. Optional 2- or 4-wheel brakes and a beavertail are available.
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Madvac introduces the LX300 vacuum litter collection vehicle. This product fits on a pickup truck or hitches as a trailer and can vacuum up 5 cubic yards of debris into a 3-cubic yard hopper with a 50-foot hose. This vacuum was designed to suck up windblown litter from fence lines, parking lots, parks, construction sites and streets. The LX300 also has variable suction control and is available in 8-, 10- and 12-inch diameter hoses.
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Hunter Industries released a new IDS, a two-wire decoder controller for commercial installations. The unit is housed in an all-weather, stainless steel or plastic pedestal for vandal-resistant industrial applications. Up to 64 programs can be stored in the IDS's non-volatile memory and up to 103 decoder stations can be operated over the same two-wire pair. IDS controllers include heavy-duty lightning and surge protection. Each decoder has a built-in thermal circuit breaker that protects against overloads. An optional utility software for easy program setup from a laptop computer is available.
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The new Smithco coregrinder turns cores into topdressing in one pass. This coregrinder has wide gathering arms and a grinder that turns hard clay plugs into fine top dressing while returning nutrients to the soil. This machine can be operated by one man. Attachments are available for side and rear mounting.
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DeWALT's new DC500 is a cordless/corded portable two-gallon wet-dry vacuum designed specifically for contractors. The vacuum produces power to pick up drywall and concrete dust, fasteners, water, sawdust and other debris. This product runs off DeWALT 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt battery packs or can be plugged into a 120-volt AC electrical outlet. This vacuum is portable with a compact design and on-board storage that keeps the hose, cord, wide nozzle and crevice tool together for easy transport.
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Kubota introduces the ZG series of gas-powered zero-turn mowers. The ZG mowers extend the Kubota zero-turn line with a gas unit that both homeowners and commercial operators can use. This series has a Kohler Command Pro gas 2-cylinder air-cooled engine. Kubota's one-piece integral Hydrostatic Transmission operates on a shaft drive with no belts. The ZG series cuts with a new commercial grade heavy duty 10-guage steel deck. A deep deck design allows more airflow circulation through blades enabling a cut at a faster rate. The attach/detach deck has a ¼ inch cutting height adjustment dial allowing increments of 1- to 5-inch heights.
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Tilton's Jonesered Iron Horse is a walk-beside tracked transporter, capable of moving loads over varied terrain. With weight distributed over wide, dual rubber tracks, its low ground pressure allows transport with minimal impact on turf. The Iron Horse is capable of hauling as much as 1,000 pounds and offers high-torque pulling power transmitted via a heavy-duty v-belt drive to a mechanical transmission with forward and reverse gears. A variety of optional accessories is available, including the standard model with utility box and manual winch and the Iron Horse Pro, which has a log bunk and optional motorized winch. The selection of accessories allows you to customize this product to fit your needs.
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Auburn Consolidated Industries introduces its new EverRide Warrier zero-turn radius commercial lawn mower. The tunnel deck is made from heavy-duty 7-gauge welded construction. Its 149 square inches of discharge area and 1.5-inch blade overlap eliminate streaking. The EverBody frame is precision laser-cut from Grade 50 steel. The operator has the option of choosing fixed or pivoting position for the front axle and the control system includes a patent-pending design that adjusts to any size operator.
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