Turf Magazine - January, 2014

DEPARTMENTS

What's New!

Aerate Like a Pro

TurfTime Equipment has added the Pro-Aerators to its product line. These commercial-grade aerators have rugged steel construction and greaseable bearings on a 1-inch- diameter shaft, come in widths from 42 to 105 inches and are operated behind a 20 to 35 hp tractor. Coring spoons can be expected to reach a 4-inch depth depending on soil conditions, and independently mounted spoon wheels allow easier turning and minimize turf damage.

For details, go to http://www.turftimeeq.com.

Grab and Go

The Bradco Hardscape Grapple by Paladin Attachments moves heavy materials from place to place. The attachment mounts on skid-steer loaders, compact tool carriers and compact tractors for quick and easy handling of materials such as concrete paver sections, small boulders and granite/limestone/concrete steps.

Hydraulically powered, the grapple arms and rubber grips adjust automatically to the shape and contour of the material being grasped without additional positioning. For increased safety, a cylinder check valve prevents loss of clamping force even if the machine's hydraulic power is lost. Users can also easily reach over other sections of materials for specific selection, or load and unload heavy hardscape materials from the bed of a trailer or truck.

For easy storage, the Hardscape Grapple has a simple stand utilizing two steel tubes that have been integrated into the attachment and can be stored neatly in the quick attach when not in use. Weighing 175 pounds, it can lift up to 1,500 pounds with a clamp force of 1,525 pounds, and it has a grip range of 18 to 48 inches, a plunge depth minimum of 13 inches and a maximum reach of 14 inches.

For more information, go to http://www.paladinattachments.com.

Crank it Up!

Reelcraft's Series CH37000 hand-crank hose reels are ideal for industrial applications requiring longer lengths of 1-inch I.D. hose. This new reel design helps to eliminate possible bearing misalignment due to heavy vibration in mobile applications by utilizing a static oil lite bearing. The 1-inch solid main shaft connects to the spindle to form a rigid connection from side to side, and the slotted spool provides a smooth transition for the hose. The reel is also available in electric-motor-driven models (EH37000) and bevel-crank models (BH37000).

Visit http://www.reelcraft.com for details.

Neptune's Natural Formula

Neptune's Harvest Turf Formula concentrate contains hydrolyzed North Atlantic fish, molasses, seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), humate and yucca extract. It offers many benefits, including better nutrient uptake, improved color and increased root mass. It also increases microbial activity, which will produce strong and healthy grass and soil. Available in 1-gallon and 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 275-gallon totes.

Go to http://www.neptunesharvest.com for more details.

Diversify Your Pickup

Buyers Products has redesigned the polymer version of its DumperDogg dump inserts that turn pickup trucks into dump trucks.

The new polymer inserts, for 8-foot truck beds, were redesigned with integrated side walls designed for a standard sheet of plywood to lie flat. The poly material provides a long service life and won't rust.

DumperDogg inserts are also available in 12-gauge steel and 304 stainless steel, for both 6- and 8-foot truck beds. The steel and stainless steel DumperDogg inserts have a 2-cubic-yard capacity in the 8-foot truck insert and a 1.5-cubic-yard capacity in the 6-foot insert, and feature a double-pivoting, removable tailgate.

Sturdy .75-inch tailgate hinge pins provide support for the inserts' payload capacity of 6,000 pounds. The 1.5-kilowatt motor for the hydraulic pump can be operated from inside the truck cab using the tethered control box for power-up and power-down. Dump angles on the inserts range from 0 to 40 degrees.

Go to http://www.buyersproducts.com for information.

Keep Your Engines Running

Toro's Premium Fuel Treatment is designed for use with both two- and four-cycle small engines to keep fuel fresh, keep fuel systems clean and prevent corrosion.

At 1 ounce per 2 gallons of fuel, the treatment keeps fuel fresh for up to two years and helps ensure easy starting, even after seasonal storage. It is also designed to protect fuel against water absorption. The formula includes detergents that dissolve particulate deposits within the fuel system, keeps the intake valves clean and coats and protects the carburetor.

Specially formulated to prevent corrosion of critical fuel system components, Toro Premium Fuel Treatment contains a metal deactivator that guards components against rust, oxidation and other corrosion ethanol is known to accelerate.

For more information, visit http://www.toro.com/dealer.

Monitor and Manage

The Sentry 6140 Tip Flow Monitor from TeeJet provides instant notification when a spray tip is clogged, damaged, lost or misaligned leading to abnormal flow rate. Alarms make operators aware of the problem and a graphic display shows the location of the affected nozzle.

Immediate detection of plugged tips can also prevent yield loss due to increased localized pest pressure or prevent the need for re-application. Flow performance is precisely measured and monitored from every spray tip on the boom by a compact, turbine-style flow meter integrated into the nozzle body. The flow meter detects flow variations. Alerts are sent if a tip's flow rate deviates from the average flow rate of the remaining tips on the boom.

The tip flow monitor can be used with a wide range of TeeJet single- and multiple-outlet nozzle bodies. Long wearing materials are used in bearing surfaces to ensure a consistent flow reading and the flow meter sensor is mounted externally to prevent any direct contact with the spray solution for long-term reliability.

Go to http://www.teejet.com for information.

Healthy Turf From the Inside

Rhizonify, a technologically advanced, value-added formulation from Grigg Brothers, designed to facilitate the interaction of turfgrass roots with water, nutrients and sugars in the rhizosphere to improve rooting, enhance plant energy status and promote turfgrass vigor in challenging soil conditions or during environmental stress.

Applications enhance and replenish plant and soil carbohydrates in the rhizosphere to successfully overcome limitations encountered during many conditions turfgrass managers face. In some locations, adverse soil conditions warrant its use as part of a general maintenance strategy.

Placement and solubility of the carbohydrate and nutrient contained in Rhizonify determine its efficacy. It was strategically developed and formulated with a specifically designed wetting agent to improve water penetration and nutrient placement, and the wetting agent technology also provides a uniform soil wetting front for the carbohydrates and nutrient contained in the product to reach its target: the entire rhizosphere. It also provides a useful tool to manage and promote recovery from hydrophobic soil conditions or localized dry spot (LDS).

For more information, go to http://www.griggbros.com.

Got Gas?

JohnDow Industries has completely made over its Fuel Chief poly gas caddy line. The new Fuel Cart is constructed of high molecular weight, high-density polyethylene (HMW-HDPE) and carries the UN/DOT and Transport Canada Approval (UN 3H1).

The Fuel Chief 25-Gallon Portable Poly Fuel Cart features 10-inch pneumatic tires for easy transport over any surface, a vented fill cap to help reduce potential fume build up and a positive shut-off valve to prevent possible leakage. A deluxe 8-foot discharge hose has a zinc plated steel delivery gun and the stable upright design allows for fast transfer of fuel. An optional rotary pump kit is also available.

For more information, visit http://www.johndow.com.

Evolving Emitters

Hunter Industries' new family of pressure-compensating drip emitters for its micro irrigation line feature flow options up to 6 gallons per hour and are available in three convenient inlets: self-piercing barb, 10/32 thread and .5-inch female thread. The barb and 10/32 thread models are offered in .5, 1, 2, 4 and 6 GPH models; the .5-inch female threaded model is available in 1 and 2 GPH.

Designed for quick installation, the emitters are color-coded for fast flow identification with coined edges for easy gripping. An optional diffuser cap helps gently distribute water and protects the emitter from external debris.

Visit http://www.hunterindustries.com.