The WB140PS-2N backhoe loader from Komatsu includes features such as increased hydraulic speed, more advanced components and Tier 2 component engines. The backhoe has an operating weight ranging between 16,600 and 19,731 pounds and is designed for a variety of loading and excavation applications, including underground utility, general construction and landscaping operations. It features an electronically controlled powershift transmission with four forward and three reverse gears, reaching a top speed of 24.9 mph. The unit also features a new twist grip control that allows the operator to easily change gears and driving directions in manual mode without disengaging the drive.
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Echo introduces the 33.4 cc top-handle CS-341 Chain Saw for landscaping and arborist professionals. The CS-342 features a Slope Advance Ignition System (SAIS2) that matches the ignition timing of the engine to the operating rpm. The chain saw eliminates routine oiling by incorporating an automatic adjustable oiler that ensures proper bar and chain lubrication at any engine speed. It comes standard with a 14-inch bar and chain and the unit features an 8.5 fluid ounce capacity fuel tank and weighs 7.8 pounds.
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The Equipment Guard II equipment racks from Havener Enterprises, Inc. securely hold line trimmers, brushcutters, edgers, shaft hedge clippers and pole saws. Available in an enclosed trailer model or open trailer model, these high-quality racks have heavy-duty vinyl coating, install in just minutes and carry a one-year warranty.
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Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc. introduces the Hydra Probe soil measurement solution, which provides golf course superintendents and grounds maintenance crews with thorough moisture content, salinity and temperature information. The probe also helps manage optimal watering and fertilization effectiveness. The sensors are permanently placed underground and measure the electrical response of soil types by two parameters, dielectric constant and conductivity. Sensors are placed just below the root zone at 3 inches and 8 inches in the same plain below the surface. The lower sensor placement will confirm both excess moisture and nutrient overloading.
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Rain Bird Corp. introduces Version 4.0 central control software, which offers Rain Watch and Minimum ET designed to help superintendents maximize water management and conservation efficiency. Rain Watch is capable of making irrigation decisions based on the type of rain event as it is happening. Minimum ET is designed to promote healthy turf and water conservation through the use of advanced ET management techniques. This software also includes programmable sensors and advanced hybrid functionality.
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The 7215 Verti-Drain from Redexim Charterhouse has a working width of 61 inches and can aerate to a maximum of 10 inches. The 7215 offers reinforced front and rear rollers, as well as a lighter frame. It is equipped with maintenance free, self-lubricated sealed bearings on all pivot points, three-speed gearbox and the patented parallelogram action.
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