Snapper's Grounds Cruiser utility vehicle has a 9.5-hp Kawasaki OHV engine with full pressure lubrication and a heavy-duty air filter with pre-cleaner. These utility vehicles also have rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension, as well as up to 18 mph ground speed. Tilt cargo beds have 500-pound capacity and the vehicles have 1,000-pound towing capacity.
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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 two-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 quarter inch cutting height adjustment dial allowing increments of 1- to 5-inch heights.
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Auburn Consolidated Industries introduces its new EverRide Warrior 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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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 owners to customize this product to fit their needs.
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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 topdressing 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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FMC launches TalstarOne multi-insecticide, which is labeled for lawn application, ornamentals and trees and general pest control applications. The insecticide has no odorous or plant-damaging solvents because its formulation is water based and contains no alpha-cyano group. It's non-irritating, non-staining and has no phytotoxicity. TalstarOne is available in pint, quart, and 1-gallon sizes. It is not registered in New York or California.
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Caterpillar introduces the 627G wheel tractor scraper has a new electronically controlled scraper engine that incorporates dual power capabilities. The unit has a productivity enhancing operator station, a redesigned scraper bowl with 10 percent more capacity, and the latest electronic monitoring system to simplify maintenance. The 627G tandem-powered scraper uses the Cat 2408E tractor engine, which produces net power of 450 hp in lower gears and 485 hp in higher gears. It is available in a push-pull configuration that features a hydraulically actuated bail and cushioned plate bolted to the front of the tractor and a hook attached to the rear of the scraper.
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The Patriot from TG Industries is designed for numerous applications including golf course maintenance, orchard maintenance, street lights, residential aerial work, rental fleet applications and awning work. With a stowed height of 90½ inches, overall width of 63 inches and length of 176½ inches, the unit can be used in close quarter working areas. The lift is powered by a 12-volt permanent magnet motor/pump and is equipped with a 12-volt deep cycle battery, 40-amp automatic battery charger and discharge meter. The aluminum walk through bucket is hydraulically leveled and has a working height of 22 feet with a side reach of 11 feet, 3 inches. Electric side mount outriggers make the lift easy to use. The lift and frame can be quickly detached from the utility cart so a dump box or sprayer can be mounted on the cart for other applications.
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The AG2300 auger from RedMax has the power to dig most postholes, yet it is lightweight for easy handling. The 11.2-pound unit is powered by RedMax's 22.5 2-cycle engine, which drives a 2- to 4-inch auger through a 35:1 reduction transmission. The AG2300 is designed to dig holes for 4×4 fence posts and deck footings. The one-year commercial warranty is standard, and a 2-year warranty is available.
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The SK820-5 skid steer loader from Komatsu America Corp. features a Tier 2 compliant engine and is designed for a variety of construction, utility, agricultural and industrial applications. The SK820-5 is equipped with an auxiliary hydraulic circuit with a maximum flow of 16.1 gpm. The unit offers a standard, 2-speed transmission with a working speed of 6.5 mph and a travel speed of 10 mph. It has a rated operating load of 1,900 pounds and a tipping load of 3,800 pounds. The maximum hydraulic lift capacity for the machine is 4,796 pounds. Safety features include a backup alarm, horn, a 3-inch seatbelt and a seat switch and restraining bar that automatically neutralizes machine operations when the operator moves off the seat or raises the bar.
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Tanaka introduces the TBC-600 heavy-duty brush cutter that comes standard with the Brain fully-automatic cutting head as well as a 10-inch, 80-tooth saw blade. The unit features a 47-cc, 2.4-hp engine that includes two piston rings and a stress relieved, chrome plated cylinder for long engine life. The split dual handles help reduce fatigue and provide more control during long periods of use. The brush cutter also has a bearing supported, solid steel drive shaft that provides smooth and efficient power transfer from the engine to the cutting head.
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Shindaiwa introduces the EC7500 cut-off saw is designed for a 12- and 14-inch wheel capacity, respectively. The saw is powered by a 73.5-cc displacement, 4.5-hp engine, and features high torque designed transmission for optimum cutting performance. A sealed side cover enclosing the multi-ribbed V-belt has a quick and easy adjustment system, and an external indicator to verify proper belt tension. Operators can rotate the drive train from standard inline cutting to flush cutting in a short time. The standard 22-mm arbor size converts to 20 mm and 25.4 mm with special adapters included in the cut-off saw. To reduce operator fatigue and vibration on the hands, an ergonomically designed front handle and full 6-point anti-vibe system come standard.
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