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Bobcat Launches New Loaders

The Bobcat Company has introduced the 500 frame-size skid-steer and compact track loaders, with seven medium-size units that provide operators with extensive feature upgrades, including increased visibility, a more comfortable cab and easier serviceability to maximize jobsite efficiency.

New machines include the S510, S530, S550, S570 and S590 skid-steer loaders, and the T550 and T590 compact track loaders. The S510, S550 and T550 feature a radius lift path, providing operators the reach and visibility they require for dumping over a wall, backfilling or loading flatbed trucks.

The S530, S570, S590 and T590 models have a vertical lift path, providing operators the ability to lift heavier loads higher, making it easier to clear high-sided truck boxes and hoppers, as well as placing pallets loaded with heavy material.

The skid-steer models offer a two-speed option, which boosts the maximum travel speed from 7.4 mph in low range to 11 mph in high range. The hydraulic bucket positioning option keeps the loader bucket level as the lift arms travel upward, enabling operators to spill less and work faster.

For details, go to www.bobcat.com.

Easy Labor

The 2013 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel allows up to four people to carry 400 pounds of sod, soil or concrete for their next project. The rear seat also folds up to transform the tilting cargo bed into a 1,100-pound capacity transport for major payloads.

Go to www.kawasaki.com for more information.

Stihl Offers New Attachment for KombiSystem

The Stihl KBD-KM bed redefiner is the newest attachment for the STIHL KombiSystem, which offers 14 multitask tool attachments, all powered by a STIHL KombiMotor (KM).

The KBD-KM features a professional “open” guard design to minimize clogging, easily adjustable depth wheel to control the cut, and cost-effective cutting geometry blade.

The unit features a “line of sight” indicator for precise control, solid drive shaft for increased torque and durability, deflector with a thermoplastic elastomer inlay for wear resistance, and skid plate to help protect gearbox

Recommended for professional use with the STIHL KM 130 R, but can also be used with the KM 90 R and KM 110 R KombiMotors.

For more information, go to www.stihlusa.com

Make Your Own Brine

The DI300BRINE-MAKER, Chemical Containers’ complete mobile economical brine maker, is ideal for operators looking at making smaller amounts of brine.

The unit includes a 300-gallon poly tank with steel cage, and is powered by a 2 hp stainless steel pump with 110-volt electric motor, on/off switch/cord with plug, hoses and poly fittings. The tank has a 16-inch lid and a water fill fitting.

The unit produces 300 gallons of brine in 20 minutes, and will mix with a variety of salt, including crystals, pellets, powder or rock salt.

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Troubleshooting 2-Wire Systems

The Armada Technologies Pro400 TDR 2-Wire Decoder and Fault Finder easily connects to 2-wire cable, and after some minor calibration, pinpoints distance to lost decoders or to open/short faults. The graphical display is capable of 6,000 feet of range and showing multiple events on that cable. This multiple event capability is critical to the 2-wire industry as single event numeric TDRs only show the first event and nothing more.

Previous to the Pro400, lost decoders and valve boxes were virtually impossible to find. New landscaping or overgrown turf covered these boxes and when traditional locators failed to identify their location, irrigation contractors were left with no options.

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