Grand Winner Voting

Cultivators Category Winner

TurnAer 20 aerator, Turfco Corporation

The TurnAer 20 features Turfco's Diff-drive with dual braking action, which allows aerator turning without stopping, with the tines in the ground. In tests, the Diff-drive system increased productivity by up to 30 percent when compared to conventional aerators.

The TurnAer 20 handles much like a trim mower, allowing unsurpassed mobility when aerating around landscaping features. Plus, because less lifting is involved, operators can productively aerate for longer periods of time.

Additional features of the TurnAer 20 include:

  • 4-horsepower Honda engine – plenty of reliable power for any aeration job.
  • 2.75-inch coring depth – tines manufactured from durable heat-treated alloy steel.
  • 17-inch aeration width – compact design fits through 28-inch gates.
  • Weighted transport drum – no water filling necessary.
  • Folding, multi-height handle – allows compact storage and comfortable operation.
  • Sealed, self-aligning bearings – provides long life with reduced maintenance.
  • Spring-assist lift – makes lifting the tines effortless.
  • Available from Turfco Direct by phone, Web or fax – your direct source for lawn renovation equipment.

Fungicides Category Winner

Heritage TL, Syngenta Professional Products

Syngenta has developed a liquid formulation of its leading strobilurin fungicide—Heritage—exclusively for the turf market. Heritage TL offers control of the same turf diseases as the original Heritage WG formulation, but with enhanced efficacy and application flexibility.

Research shows Heritage TL has a faster uptake into the leaf, coupled with more uptake from the roots and subsequently greater delivery of active ingredient into the leaves. Heritage TL controls the toughest turf diseases, including anthracnose (preventive only,) Pythium, fairy ring, snow mold, and brown patch.

Heritage is the only systemic strobilurin available to the turf market, resulting in up to 28 days of outstanding preventive control.

Hand-Held Equipment Category Winner

HT2510 Hedge Trimmer, Shindaiwa, Inc.

The Shindaiwa HT2510 hedge trimmer is powered by a high-torque 1.1-horsepower, 24.5cc-engine and is designed for the demanding commercial market. The Shindaiwa HT2510 features excellent balance from blade tip to rear handle and operates in all positions, all day long.

  • Patented Shindaiwa C4 Technology 2-stroke/4-stroke hybrid engine
  • Competitive dry weight for both 30-inch and 40-inch models
  • Single-sided chrome-plated, self-adjusting blades have the fastest blade speed in industry for fast, clean cuts
  • Quietest hedge trimmer on market today
  • Better fuel economy compared to 2-stroke engines
  • Uses 50:1 mix - No Dipstick!

Herbicides Category Winner

Surge Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf, PBI/Gordon Corporation

Surge Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf is the first product for turf managers containing the protox inhibitor sulfentrazone. Sulfentrazone provides a different mode of action with a fast visual response (fastest available in a water-based amine). Weeds turn brown, dry up and blow away within a few weeks. This quick visual response lets contractor clients know that their weeds are dying–quickly–reducing call-backs. Formulated with phenoxies for broad-spectrum control, Surge not only controls many difficult warm-weather weeds such as spurge and knotweed, it also suppresses yellow nutsedge! Low odor Surge is designed for use by professional grounds managers and contractors.

Insecticides Category Winner

Allectus, Bayer Environmental Science

Allectus insecticide from Bayer Environmental Science combines the power of two industry-leading insecticides to give lawn care professionals and golf course superintendents unprecedented control of all major insect pests both above and below the surface, with a single product. With the unique combination of active ingredients, imidacloprid and bifenthrin, Allectus delivers a one-two punch that produces highly effective preventative and curative control and is the only broad-spectrum insecticide to control pests both above and below the surface. One application provides up to 12 weeks of residual control; two applications give season-long protection. Allectus is available in granular and liquid formulations.

Irrigation Components/Systems Category Winner

Pressure Regulating Filter, Rain Bird Corporation

Providing contractors and specifiers with the market’s only one-piece filter pressure regulator, Rain Bird Corporation’s Pressure Regulating (PR) Filter simplifies installations and offers users unmatched durability. Combining two parts into one compact unit simplifies the design and installation process by reducing the number of parts and connections, which also increases its reliability because there is less risk of leaking at the time of installation as well as over the life of the system.

In addition, the two-piece, compact PR Filter Control Zone Kit comes fully assembled, reducing installation and maintenance time and making each job easier and less expensive.

Mowers/Mowing Components (Contractor/Institutional) Category Winner

Rear-Discharge Deck, Hustler Turf Equipment

The Hustler Rear-Discharge Deck features a counter-rotating RH blade that produces excellent clippings distribution that is better than any competitive rear-discharge deck. Spreads clippings across entire width of cut. Dual-trim capabilities for increased productivity and safety. Front wall of deck is adjustable to allow for better and quicker cutting in rough-cut applications and taller grasses such as Bahiagrass. Deck is noticeably quieter in operation. Rear discharge requires less horsepower to operate because clippings are not being passed from one blade to the next. Rear-discharge decks are available for select Hustler Super Z and the Super Z Diesel units.

Seed/Establishment Systems Category Winner

Sea Spray, Turf-Seed, Inc.

Sea Spray is the industry's first commercially available variety of seeded Seashore Paspalum. Turf-Seed, Inc. spent years developing a viable seed-yielding cultivar in volumes sufficient for commercial use, resulting in a variety that grows into a dark-green, low-mowing, salt-tolerant turf. It can be irrigated with effluent water, is ideal for temperate-to-hot and humid coastal climates, and provides excellent drought tolerance and good shade tolerance. It also can be used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils, and to transition into wetland sites or other environmentally sensitive areas, minimizing the potential for point and non-point source pollution or contamination.

Sprayers/Spreaders Category Winner

Turbo TeeJet Induction (TTI), TeeJet Spray Products, Spraying Systems Co.

The new Turbo TeeJet Induction (TTI) spray tip from TeeJet Spray Products provides excellent drift resistance without compromising spray pattern distribution. Ideal for use in areas near residential property, open water or other susceptible plants, the TTI utilizes a unique pre-orifice design to control drift. Smaller droplets in the spectrum are eliminated and large, air-filled drift resistant droplets are produced. Other TTI spray tip features include a wide-angle flat spray pattern, excellent spray distribution, economical polymer construction, quick removal of the pre-orifice for easy cleaning/inspection, and a wide range of capacities.

Miscellaneous Category Winner

Futerra F4 Netless, Profile Products LLC

Erosion control blankets control erosion and enhance seed germination for slopes, walkways and athletic fields. However, their netting and threads pose environmental and safety hazards by ensnaring maintenance equipment and entrapping wildlife.

Until now. Profile Products’ Futerra F4 Netless Revegetation and Erosion Control Blankets have eliminated nets and threads posing these hazards. F4 Netless weighs 30 percent less than alternative ECBs and has the highest germination rate. With 98 percent erosion control effectiveness, F4 Netless assists with Phase II compliance by bonding to soil surfaces, preventing washouts and seed migration for up to one year, and is easy to install.

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