What’s New

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New Gas Option for N-Series Trucks

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. has announced that it is now producing gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series Trucks. The NPR (12,000-pound GVWR) and NPR-HD (14,500-pound GVWR) trucks will be available in single-cab models with wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches, and crew cab configurations with 150 and 176-inch wheelbases. These will be powered by a General Motors Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine that produces 297 hp at 4,300 RPM and generates 372 pounds-foot of torque at 4,000 RPM.

Both versions of the gas powerplant will be mated to a GM Powertrain six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive.

In addition, a version of the engine compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be available.

Check out www.isuzucv.com for details.

How Healthy is Your Turf?

The MaxMax vegetation stress camera XNiteCanon SD780NDVI shows healthy and stressed areas of turf before problems are visible to the human eye. Using the camera is as simple as taking a picture, transferring the image to a laptop and then processing the picture with the included software. Great for evaluating turf and as a pre-sales tool to demonstrate turf problems to the customer.

For details, go to www.MaxMax.com.

Mow Through Anything

The RC2512 medium-duty smooth top rotary cutter from Land Pride has a 12-inch cutting width, 1.5 to 12-inch cutting height, and the ability to cut weeds and brush up to 1.5 inches in diameter. This model has a pull-type self-leveling tongue with a clevis hitch for attachment to 50 to 75 hp tractors, and features a constant velocity Category 4 main driveline and Category 3 connecting drivelines with slip-clutch protection. The standard stump jumper under each blade spindle slides over stumps, rocks and debris. Front and rear single chain safety guards provide protection against thrown objects.

Check out www.landpride.com for more information.

Easy Organization

The RAC (Rapid Access Cargo) System for the Kubota RTV900/1100 is a ladder rack system that expands carrying capacity and provides organization of tools and cargo. From Seizmik, the system starts with either a Full or Half RAC, which is a sturdy system that bolts to the cargo bed. Backpack, cooler, string trimmer, cord, hose and long tool handle holders then attach to the RAC for a secure place to hold tools, and several steel baskets can be used for holding chain saws, gas cans, toolboxes, tools or just about anything else. Gear is separated from cargo, and the dump bed still dumps.

For more information, check out www.seizmik.com.

Clean Cut

The Trimax Merlin measures 10 feet 8 inches wide and is ideal for applications where cylinder or reel mowers are typically used. Deck articulation and a refined ability to follow the contours of the ground without bridging or scalping are some of the advantages of this pull-behind mower. Other features include full width front and rear rollers for striping, safety and ground compaction, LazerBlades fling tip blade system, quiet operation and ease of transport.

For more information, visit www.trimaxmowers.com.

There’s an App for That?

The Water Logic App provides tailored solutions for specific soil conditions and is accessible on computers, smartphones and tablets. Users can select their turf conditions or the problem they’re facing, along with application and irrigation method, among other factors. Based on those inputs and conditions specified, the Water Logic App provides a customized solution.

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Tackle Trash with the Truck Loader

Gravely has added the Truck Loader to its Turf line, which is a system that picks up leaves, grass clippings, mulch, plastic bottles and more. The 10 or 12-inch-diameter intake hoses provide intake capacity for large and medium size jobs, and the 360-degree rotational discharge chute offers efficient uploading in any direction. Three height adjustments allow for flexibility and extend cleanup capabilities. The unit features 20 hp and 22 hp Subaru engine options. All models feature a lightweight pickup wand combined with a steel ribbed flexible hose designed to be quickly disconnected with an automatic shut-off switch.

Visit www.ariens.com for more information.

Take Charge of Multiple Stations

Underhill International introduces Sapien, a two-wire controller that operates up to 63 stations. It allows the contractor to install an entire system with just two wires (power and signal) running from the controller to decoder/receivers in each valve. The decoders respond to “on-off commands” from the controller. Designed for flexibility, Sapien works in multiple applications: new irrigation systems; a multi-wire conversion; or a two-wire expansion. No special wiring or field grounding is required. With an easy-to-read backlit display, it features an exclusive LightTouch screen that “talks” the user through the set-up with buttons that light up sequentially.

For more information, check out www.underhill.us online.

Versatility for Containment Plows

Pro-Tech has introduced two new Sno Blade attachments for winter maintenance. Sno Blades come with a universal coupler for attaching to skid steers, and they have a rear mount option for compact tractors. The AB07S includes a 7.5-foot-wide moldboard, and the AB09S comes with a 9-foot-wide moldboard. Both models come standard with 1-foot-wide, multipositional wings, which can be manually adjusted to nine positions, according to the operator’s needs, allowing Sno Blades to act as pushers, straight blades or variations in-between. Also, the moldboard can be hydraulically angled 30 degrees left or right. To avoid property damage, the unit also features a bolt-on, reversible steel edge with four trip springs, and it incorporates a floating design for adjusting to ground contours, creating optimal down pressure and providing superior scraping performance.

For details, check out www.protechcorp.com.

Walking with the BigDog

The BigDog T-Series Walk-Behind Mowers from Excel Industries feature the PowerBar steering system and easy hand-operated lift deck. Powered by Kawasaki FS engines, available in 16 to 24 hp, the mowers are available with 36, 48 or 54-inch decks. Optional electric start is available on the 54-inch, 24 hp model. The mowers also have integrated, serviceable ZT2800 transmissions; a wide stance for increased stability; 18 or 20-inch drive tires; and 3.6-gallon fuel capacity. Mulch kit and deck-mounted catcher are also available.

Go to www.bigdogmowers.com for more information.

A Spreader for Tight Applications

SnowEx’s SD-95 drop spreader is ideal for sidewalks, driveways and other tight applications. The SD-95 includes a corrosion-resistant polyethylene hopper with a 160-pound capacity, and is designed to handle bagged rock salt and palletized material. It spreads in a 28-inch-wide path and features an adjustment lever on the handle for changing the material flow quickly and accurately. With large, 13-inch-diameter pneumatic tires, it requires minimum effort to push, and it travels easily over snow, slush and ice.

Details are available at www.trynexfactory.com.

Advanced Bird Control

Bird-X, Inc. is introducing the BirdXPeller Predator Drone, which keeps pest intruders away from turf environments, even airports. The product is a remote-controlled model aircraft that swoops down to scare and chase away pest birds, emitting natural sounds of hawk cries and bird distress calls as it buzzes the target pests in threatening maneuvers.

For details, visit www.bird-x.com.

Mulch Calculating Made Easy

Colorbiotics’ Mulch Tools app can help calculate the amount of landscape mulch needed for completing a specific job, and also includes a feature that allows users to preview different colored mulch selections to determine how each would work with the color and décor of the residence. Mulch Tools also includes an interactive feature that allows users to visualize the possibilities available with color mulch. For example, the user can choose the exterior façade/fabrication of the home and then apply various colored mulch options to the landscape surroundings to see how the finished landscape will appear.

For details, visit www.colorbiotics.com.

Enhanced Route Planning

Telogis, Inc. has enhanced its Telogis Route multivehicle route planning, optimization and scheduling system with new advanced business analysis tools that expedite the integration of customer requirements into the software and build intelligent routes that take into consideration such variables as driver schedules, customer delivery windows and customer preferences. Additionally, this Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) system bundles routing and dispatching functionality from Telogis Fleet and Telogis GeoBase into a single application for strategic and dynamic planning.

Telogis Route now also checks all integrated systems for inconsistencies in data that could create routing problems, such as deliveries being requested outside of a time any drivers are scheduled to work, and features exporting functions for use in business intelligence tools and leading software programs to analyze routes, allowing businesses to compare the quantitative metrics of various route scenarios and make business decisions based on the data.