Thank you for serving as judge for the Grounds Maintenance Innovative Product Award. This competition honors excellence in new product development in the golf and green industries. This prestigious award showcases the most innovative products introduced after January 1, 2003, and recognizes the talent and commitment of the people involved in every aspect of development, from concept through sales. Grounds Maintenance is proud to bestow the Innovative Product Award, which will be selected by Grounds Maintenance subscribers, on inventive products that ensure professional grounds managers are able to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. This category focuses on Sprayers/Spreaders.

Finn Corporation

BB200 Bark Blower

New to the market in 2004: the smallest member of the Finn bulk pneumatic blower family- the BB200 Bark Blower. The BB200 features an innovative design enabling the unit to be skid or trailer mounted, and is the perfect pneumatic blower to deliver 8+ cubic yards of bulk materials per hour with a two-man crew. The BB200 has a 6.5 cubic foot capacity hopper integrated with a time tested blower, specially designed rotary airlock, hydraulic functions complete with reversing capabilities, dual feed rolls providing consistent material delivery, and 100 feet of 3” hose.

Hahn Application Products LLC

Spray Delivery System

Hahn Application Products introduced a new boom system for turf sprayers in the summer of 2003 called the Spray Delivery System. The innovative features are:

-For environmental safety, an enclosure can be attached to the system in minutes to convert it to an enclosed boom system for windy conditions.

-The spray nozzles are enclosed in a framework to protect from breakage if an obstacle is struck.

-A double shock absorbing rubber isolation system keeps the extension structures operating smoothly in rough terrain.

-Extension arms breakaway with an adjustable air shock for smooth action if an obstacle is struck.

-Extension arms fold into a crossed transport position from the operator’s seat.

-Linear actuators are mounted on top of the system and out of the spray area.

-Metal parts are polyester resin coated for corrosion resistance.


HPS Spreader

The HPS Spreader combines efficiency, productivity and value in one easy-to-use machine.

-Efficiency – 6-hp engine relieves applicators of strain, allowing them to work faster (up to 6 mph) and longer.

-Productivity – Includes a standard 125-pound hopper thanks to engine power. This is a 50% increase over walk-behind units, so users spend more time applying product.

-Value – Features include an articulated frame, oscillating hopper agitation, rear-wheel drive, Hydro-Gear transaxle and foam-filled front tires with steel rims.

-Easy-to-use – design incorporates widely accepted industry technologies, such as sulky platforms and handlebar “squeeze controls” for steering.

Spraying Systems Co.

XP BoomJet

The XP BoomJet® extra-wide, flat spray nozzle demonstrates a breakthrough in wide-coverage spray nozzle design. The XP BoomJet provides extraordinary performance and allows you to spray where you’ve never sprayed before. Its design combines a polymer pre-orifice with a unique exit orifice that together assure accurate product placement using large, drift-resistant spray droplets. The nozzles can produce spray patterns up to 18.5 feet wide. They are available in polymer or stainless steel materials with VisiFlo® color-coded capacities ranging from 2.0 to 8.0 GPM. Recommended pressure range is 20 – 60 PSI.

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