Turf Magazine - August, 2013

DEPARTMENTS

What's New!

All Steel Reels

Coxreels new large capacity, all steel reels are designed to hold any wrappable material for hassle free storage, easy transport and safe operation. Possessing all the distinctive features demanded by the industry, these models are a helpful solution for storage needs.

The reels come without swivels and risers for storage purpose and feature CNC robotically heavy-duty spun and ribbed discs with rolled edged for added strength and safety, and a sturdy all welded steel "A" frame base. These units have been engineered to store and maintain long lengths of various materials, including but not limited to hose, collapsible hose, power cord, cable, rope, wire, barbed wire, tape and chain. These models are available in numerous lengths and outlet sizes.

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


Small But Mighty



FINN Corporation's BB 5-Series Bark & Mulch Blower features a new lightweight design and 5-cubic-yard material hopper. Due to its simplified control package and streamlined engineering design, the unit is a dependable workhorse for bark, mulch, compost and soil blend applications and is straightforward to maintain and troubleshoot.

Considered a small size, it is ideal for residential landscape mulch installation, soil and compost blends for garden beds, and for filling filter sock as an erosion control measure to replace silt fence.

For details, visit http://www.finncorp.com.

New Mower Models

Country Clipper Mowers has redesigned its mower lineup for 2013 consisting of the Wrangler, Edge, Edge XLT, Challenger, Charger and Defender. The physical appearance now has smoother edges along with enhancements to the fuel tanks, transmissions, tires and deck construction. A Briggs and Stratton engine option has been added, in addition to Kohler and Kawasaki engines. The engines range from 21.5 to 35 hp and deck sizes range from 41 to 72 inches. All models are designed with a patented stand-up deck for easy cleaning and maintenance on the underside of the deck, as well as a "Point and Go" joystick steering option in addition to the traditional twin-lever steering.

To learn more, visit http://www.countryclipper.com.


Battery Power



Makita has released the new 18-volt X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower, model BUB360Z2C.

The 18-volt X2 Cordless Blower is powered by two 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion batteries for 36-volt power and run time.

The BUB360Z2C has a variable two-speed motor with a maximum air velocity of 208 mph and up to 30 minutes of continuous run time. Added benefits include lower noise at only 86 dB(A) and zero emissions, making the unit ideal for applications in residential areas. It requires none of the maintenance associated with comparable gas-powered blowers: simply insert two charged 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion batteries and the tool is ready for work.

Go to http://www.makitatools.com for details.

Fuel Friendly Mowing

The Grasshopper Company has released two new Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) zero-turn mowers, the mid-mount Model 327 EFI and front-mount Model 727T EFI, which are both powered by enhanced second-generation, fuel-efficient 747cc Kohler Command Pro closed-loop EFI engines.

Model 727T EFI can be equipped with 52-, 61- or 72-inch DuraMax cutting decks, and 61- or 72-inch DuraMax decks are available for Model 327 EFI. Both models accept PowerVac Collection Systems.

Go to http://www.grasshoppermower.com for more information.

Mange Multiple Zones Easily

Irrometer's Multiple Hydrozone System will manage many different plant types, intelligently. Both the MHS (wired) and the W-MHS (wireless) work with an existing AC irrigation controller to eliminate programmed irrigations when plants have adequate soil moisture. The system opens or closes the valve common wire or signals the controller, based on the plant's demand, controlling up to 48 stations. Digitally programmable, it can report and download data for maximum irrigation management and analysis

Fordetails, go to http://www.irrometer.com.

Better Irrigation for Clay Soils

Netafim Techline professional products, including Techline, Techline CV, Techline RW and Techline EZ, now feature low 0.26 GPH emitter flow rates for optimal water absorption in dense clay soils.

Techline offers a wide range of flow rates to accommodate irrigation requirements for clay, loam and sandy soil conditions. Techline flow rates include: 0.26, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.9 GPH.

Because of the dense structure of clay, it absorbs water at a much slower rate than loam or sandy soil, typically at 0.10- to 0.20-inch per hour, while loam and sandy soils absorb water at generally 1.25 to 2 inches per hour.

Installing Techline with a 0.26 GPH flow rate allows the irrigation to percolate through the clay slowly and efficiently for distribution out to the rootzones, resulting in more precise coverage and less waste.

Techline professional dripline is used to efficiently irrigate trees, shrubs, turf and flower beds in commercial and residential installations. All Techline products are manufactured from recycled material and qualify for LEED credits, and is also recyclable when its productive life is over.

For details, visit http://www.netafimusa.com.

Ambush Weeds and Brush

The Power Dog "Ambush" weed and brush mower from Kuhns Power Equipment is equipped with a hydro transaxle featuring positive traction drive (also known as ETC), allowing operators to cut on hills and slopes with ease, as well as rugged ground. The user-friendly controls are easy to use and the 10-gauge steel deck features a full rear discharge and is designed to stay clean with no clogging or plugging the discharge openings.

The unit is powered by a Honda 390V engine and has variable speed on the go, instant forward/reverse dual-sided blade, freewheel and park brake features, all-metal shields and guards, operator safety features and optional foam-filled tires.

Call 866-505-8085 for more information.

Updated Water Management

Rain Bird's TBOS-II is an updated version of the company's TBOS battery-operated controller and consists of a redesigned, user-friendly hand-held field transmitter with a Spanish language option and a battery-operated controller in one-, two-, four- and six-station models.

While the original TBOS offered basic commercial control features, the TBOS-II adds a number of new features to the mix. Advanced programming allows professionals to maximize water efficiency and create highly-specific programs that reduce the number of ongoing trips and scheduling adjustments. "Seasonal Adjust" automatically adjusts station run times each month, and the "Contractor Default" creates a customized default program that can be automatically restored at any time. "Program Templates" help create watering schedules that can be easily transferred to new controllers as they're installed. Two automatic tests, "Review All Programs" and "Test All Valves", make it simple to determine if the system is programmed and wired correctly, while the "Naming Stations" feature allows for easy identification of valves and their functions. For those stations that need extra water pressure, "Master Valve" provides extra support for stations that require a backup to minimize water leaks or need extra water pressure.

Visit http://www.rainbird.com for more information.


Flex Fuel ZTrak

John Deere has added a Flex Fuel model to its line of ZTrak mowers.

The Z925M Flex Fuel model is part of the M Series of ZTrak commercial mowers. With a 24.6 hp electronic fuel-injected engine, the unit can run on any blend of ethanol-mixed fuel, up to E85, and it has a top speed of 10 mph. Offered in 54- and 60-inch widths, it comes equipped with a 7-Iron deck.

The unit offers the option of an isolation seat or a fully-adjustable, suspension seat, as well as an optional, integrated material collection system that provides a Dump-From-Seat option for enhanced ease of use.

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