Landscape and Irrigation recently announced the winners of its Twenty for 2017 New Product Awards program. Profiles of the winning products, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Altoz’s TRX track zero-turn mower
The Altoz TRX provides patent-pending technology for commercial use on sloped, wet and untamed terrain. Rear-mounted tracks and torsional suspension system allow lawn care professionals, utility companies and municipalities to maintain areas they simply can’t effectively or safely cut with a traditional zero-turn mower. TRX track patterns are designed for maximum traction and stability yet minimal ground disturbance when turning — resulting in significantly less ground pressure and turf tears. Engine choices include Kohler Command Pro EFI or Vanguard EFI. Deck options include Aero Deck finish cut or an all-terrain, both are available in 61- or 66-inch widths.
- Engines: Kohler Command Pro EFI 33 hp. or Vanguard EFI 37 hp.
- Finish cut or all-terrain deck with 61- or 66-inch width options
- Commercial twin hydro-gear ZT-5400 transmissions, high/low range
- TorqFlex front suspension
- 11-inch-wide track
- 15-inch flat-free front tires
- 14-gallon fuel capacity
- 12-way adjustable high-back seat with suspension
- 250 ft-lb clutch
- SmarTrac monitoring system
The new Bobcat E35 R-Series compact excavator features a bold, distinct design, helping boost operator productivity and comfort, as well as machine uptime protection. A new dual-flange track roller system has been added to provide up to 15-percent increase in over-the-side capacity for greater digging performance and slewing ability. Operators will also experience improved ride quality, high-quality finish and a redesigned cab for an unbeatable operator experience.
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Oil Guard System
The Vanguard Oil Guard System from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power is a first-of-its-kind solution for the commercial turf market. It offers major productivity gains by allowing landscape contractors to increase their recommended oil change intervals from the current 100-hour interval to 500 hours, thereby decreasing their oil change labor and replacement filter costs — by more than 60 percent per season. The Vanguard Oil Guard System continuously exchanges oil between the engine and a large remote oil reservoir located external to the engine. It’s a revolutionary design for a commercial mower that protects engine oil from thermal breakdown, which extends maintenance intervals of the oil and produces a cooler-running engine. And because operators have direct access to the oil filter and drain tube, changing the oil is quicker, easier and mess-free. The Vanguard Oil Guard System is a factory-integrated technology, not an aftermarket add-on, for its Vanguard 810 and Big Block commercial engine series. The new technology is available on Ferris brand mowers.
Cub Cadet PRO Z 900
After enlisting 100 landscapers to put the PRO Z Series through rigorous real-world testing to help develop the line, Cub Cadet’s new line of commercial zero-turn mowers provides more strength, performance and comfort than ever. The PRO Z Series is designed to stand up to the demands of everyday professional use. The industry’s only triple-7-gauge deck features three layers of 7-gauge steel, plus 1/4-inch leading edge and 5/16-inch side reinforcements. The full-length steel frame, the 5/16-inch steel rear bumper, and the cutting deck are protected with e-coating — providing automotive-grade corrosion defense. High-torque commercial transmissions are paired with high-horsepower commercial-grade engines to provide optimal and consistent blade tip speed, powering through the thickest grass in one pass at maximum speeds. The PRO Z 900 features an air-ride seat for all-day comfort. The exclusive steering wheel option increases productivity, mowing hillsides and terrains that lap bars can’t handle.
Ditch Witch SK1550 mini skid-steer
Designed to conquer a variety of complex landscape and irrigation projects, the Ditch Witch SK1550 is the company’s largest and most powerful mini skid-steer model. Powered by a 44-hp. Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, the machine directs 34.5-hp. to the attachment, allowing it to complete tasks typically suited for traditional skid-steer loaders, including tree handling and sod transfer. The SK1550 offers a leading 1,558-pound-rated operating capacity to lift heavier loads — more than 50 percent higher capacity than other mini skid-steers in its size class. The durable design provides an unbeatably smooth ride, and offers superior maneuverability on rough terrains. A 74-square-inch ergonomic operator platform comes standard with dual-lever ground drive controls, allowing the operator to independently control each track for precise mobility. Additionally, the unit is equipped with a 4.7-mph ground drive speed for increased jobsite cycle times.
Dixie Chopper BlackHawk HP
The new BlackHawk HP redefines your mowing experience with a smooth drivetrain, intelligent controls, and superior cut quality. Mow in extreme comfort with a fully adjustable suspension seat for absorbing bumps in rough terrain. The BlackHawk HP models feature the InCommand console with a keyless ignition, SoftStart clutch for easier clutch engagement, blade and job timers, and more. This new series features Parker HTJ transmissions and a foot-operated OCDC (operator controlled discharge chute) for opening and closing the discharge chute without removing your hands from the steering levers. The deck is constructed with a 7-gauge-steel shell and is 6 inches deep to handle more volume in the toughest mowing conditions. The Peer Turf Xtreme spindles on the BlackHawk are maintenance free and constructed of high-strength ductile iron.
GT AirInject Air2HP
The Air2HP is a handheld aeration tool that provides efficient and effective treatments for landscapes where maneuverability is a must. It’s perfect for small, hard-to-reach areas, sand bunkers, and flowerbeds, and can be easily navigated around tree roots and to spot-treat lawns. The Air2HP uses a single probe to inject air into compacted soil, fracturing hard-packed earth. It ensures better drainage and airflow in problem areas. The Air2HP injects pressurized air in a diameter of up to 3 feet, and up to 40 inches beneath the surface of the soil. This tool causes no unsightly turf disturbance with no post-treatment cleanup. An external air compressor is required for use (135 psi/1-hp./3 gallon/2.4 scfm @ 90psi minimum), or the Air2G2 machine, and is sold separately.
Husqvarna 536LiLX trimmer
The 536LiLX trimmer is a lightweight, high-performance trimmer designed for professional use. The trimmer is powered by a 40-volt, Li-ion battery that can be used interchangeably among all Husqvarna battery-powered products. In addition to industry-best ergonomics, the 536LiLX has a long-lasting brushless motor and a two-way rotation head that allows users to operate the product in a forward or backward direction depending on their preference.
Hustler MDV (Maximum Duty Vehicle)
The Hustler MDV is a tough, versatile, precision-built utility vehicle that combines the industry’s most popular features with patented LeveLift technology. Flip the switch, and LeveLift brings the cargo box up, back, and down enabling the user to load at ground level or at any point along the bed’s arc of motion. Once loaded, LeveLift single-handedly brings the cargo box back up and into position on the MDV. The MDV’s lift capacity is 750 pounds. The MDV’s power steering and dual-range continuously variable transmission deliver reliably smooth operation and easy handling. Independent front suspension and a solid, truck-style floating rear axle allow a steady and consistent ride. The 50.25-inch cab width provides occupants with plenty of comfort. The all-wheel-drive MDV runs at top speeds of 37 mph.
The MDV comes equipped with standard bed or LeveLift. The standard bed has a 1,685-pound load capacity. A full line of accessories and options are available.
Irritrol SMRTScape Cloud-based landscape management
SMRTScape mobile app or website works with any Irritrol Controller and SMRT Logic device to enable wireless management of your landscape irrigation, outdoor lighting, or other key landscape features. When used in conjunction with a Climate Logic Wireless Weather Sensing System or CRR Series Mini Remote Receiver, SMRTScape provides app-based control to the industry-leading lineup of Irritrol controllers. SMRT Logic has up to three times the range of traditional WiFi controllers along with added security and convenience features. Access irrigation, lighting, water features and pumps from a single interface through the same controller you have owned for years with SMRTScape. The SMRTScape app is available for Apple and all Android devices.
Available in both wheeled and tracked models, JCB’s new Teleskid features an extendable, single-arm boom with a class-leading forward reach of 8 feet and dump height of 13 feet 3 inches. This one-of-a-kind boom makes it possible for contractors to load high-sided trucks without a ramp, dig below grade, mow down slopes, and reach across a drainage ditch or standard 8-foot-wide trailer from one side. They can also extend the boom across sidewalks and curbs or over silt fences at construction sites. Unlike other skid-steers, the Teleskid’s bucket-positioning leveling system remains active regardless of whether its extendable boom is raised or lowered. A spacious, enclosed cab offers 270 degrees of visibility. A new seven-way, multi-function joystick comes standard, giving operators easy ergonomic control of the extendable boom. A 74-hp./55kW JCB Ecomax provides class-leading torque at a low RPM without the need for a diesel particulate filter or after-treatment. Numerous available attachments further extend the Teleskid’s versatility.
John Deere 333G compact track loader
The large-frame G-Series compact track loaders were inspired by extensive feedback from John Deere customers looking for more productivity, better visibility and simplified service from a compact machine. John Deere not only answered by improving in these areas, but also added a host of new features to make the large-frame G-Series machines easier to run and maintain on jobs of every scale. The biggest improvement is the refined vertical-lift boom design that rises higher, reaches farther and lifts more for easier loading. These machines have superior pushing power and boom and bucket forces. In fact, they have horsepower that is comparable to a small backhoe or crawler, and they also work comfortably in tight quarters, so operators can accomplish more with less machine.
Kubota introduced its Z400-Series: the Z411KW-48, Z421KW-54 and Z421KWT-60. With a new design combining Hydro-Gear’s Commercial ZT3400 transmissions and largest-in-class low-profile tires, the Z400-Series puts exceptional torque and power to the deck with segment-leading ground speed. The series features durable 48-, 54- or 60-inch decks, providing superior cut quality for a variety of property sizes across different turfs and terrains. The Z400-Series offers unmatched ergonomics and available features, from the deluxe operator seat to the K-Lift foot pedal mower lift system.
Rain Bird LNK WiFi module
Rain Bird’s LNK WiFi module is a small device that plugs into the company’s new ESP-Me and ESP-TM2 irrigation controllers. After users download the LNK WiFi module’s free app on their mobile devices, they can enjoy numerous water-management features that can help their irrigation systems use up to 30 percent less water. The LNK WiFi module receives weather information from the Internet, automatically adjusting system run times daily. It provides users with notifications on their mobile devices that assist with system troubleshooting, diagnostics and operation while providing meaningful weather event alerts. The LNK WiFi module is ideal for both property owners who want to manage their irrigation sites remotely, as well as for contractors who need to manage multiple controllers at multiple sites. Contractors can quickly group controllers by geography, subdivision, street or any other way they prefer to improve technician efficiency and simplify service calls.
Steiner 450 tractor
Steiner unveiled its brand new flagship machine in January with the launch of the Steiner 450 tractor. The Steiner 450 provides power, versatility and dependability to users in residential, farm, golf, municipal, landscaping and sports turf industries. The tractor boasts an articulating frame, giving it a tight turning radius of only 43.5 inches. The frame also oscillates, keeping the operator upright and in control even on the most uneven terrains. With plenty of power, excellent traction, a low center of gravity and wide stance, it’s built for maintaining hill terrain and operating where other tractors typically can’t. The Steiner 450’s value is in the versatility, and the Quick-Hitch System makes it easier than ever to switch between 25-plus attachments. The lift arms are 50 percent stronger, so you can change attachments in less than a minute without any tools.
Stihl RB 600 pressure washer
A combination of durability and technology, the new Stihl RB 600 gasoline-powered pressure washer allows professionals to tackle heavy-duty jobs with ease. Its high-powered 208cc (7.0-hp.) commercial-grade engine delivers 3,200 psi at a rate of up to 3.0 gallons per minute. Designed for extensive professional use, the RB 600 comes equipped with commercial-grade Triplex pump components including brass manifold design, stainless-steel valves, and ceramic-coated pistons. The RB 600 also contains a 40-foot durable, steel-braided hose to eliminate professionals from having to relocate the machine while working. This pressure washer is designed for handling heavy-duty projects with ease, and works with a full range of optional Stihl accessories, including hose extensions, nozzles and more.
Toro Titan HD zero-turn mowers
Toro’s new Titan HD zero-turn mower line includes the Titan HD 1500 Series, 2000 Series and 2500 Series. These new models place an emphasis on quality, comfort and versatility, and are ideal for the value-minded landscape contractor. To improve efficiency on the jobsite, the Titan HD features the exclusive ability to safely and easily attach tools and accessories to the mower with innovative tool-mounting brackets. This feature allows operators to utilize the mower to transport tools and equipment for larger jobs, including trimmers, 5-gallon buckets and other yard tools. Titan HD is built on a rugged, reliable frame, and is highlighted by Toro’s highly acclaimed Turbo Force cutting decks that provide excellent quality of cut and durability. The Titan HD lineup is powered by commercial-grade engines from Toro, Kohler, and Kawasaki. The Titan HD reaches top ground speeds of up to 10 mph with deck widths up to 60 inches, helping maximize productivity.
Turfco TurnAer XT8
The Turfco TurnAer XT8 stand-on aerator is the solution for busy turf care professionals. It is nimble and versatile with speeds up to 7 mph, a 30-inch aerating width that can fit through a 48-inch gate, raised ground clearance to get over most curbs, and zero-turn agility. Patent-pending Auto-Depth Control allows operators to set a tine depth that is consistent across the property regardless of turf conditions. The rugged reliability of the XT8 minimizes downtime by utilizing covered drive chains outside the aeration area and using sealed, self-aligning bearings near the aeration area. Easily accessed chain tensioners and tines keep maintenance simple. Equipped with a 22-horsepower engine with a cyclonic air cleaner, the XT8 has the power to take on any terrain. Its standing platform suspension reduces vibration and shock for reduced operator fatigue and increased comfort.
Wright Sport I
Wright Manufacturing’s new 36-inch Sport Intensity (Sport I) mower is based on the popular Stander I. The compact mower combines all the features that make the Stander the industry’s leading stand-on mower with the choice of stand-on or sit down operation. The Sport I’s foldaway seat is positioned so the operator can step off for quick exits or to remove debris, and the mower stops immediately. An operator presence switch on the foot platform stops the blade and engine, and the control levers return to the neutral position when the operator lets go. All three engines — 18.5, 19 and 22 hp. — deliver a top speed of 8.2 mph, and the Sport I is covered by Wright’s two-year limited warranty. Wright’s floating Aero-Core deck on the Sport I tilts side-to-side and front-to-back, allowing the mower deck to better follow the terrain contours. It also improves the weight distribution for better handling on hills. The deck height can be adjusted “on the fly” in quarter-inch increments, and anti-scalp rollers automatically adjust the deck height to changes in terrain. Elastopolymer bumpers provide a dampened feel similar to a car. The bumpers are progressive to accommodate the weight of various operators.
Recessed caster wheels reduce the turning radius. This feature, combined with the compact footprint and outstanding control and handling, allows operators to trim as they mow. The compact size also means more mowers will fit on a trailer.
Yardmax Power Trackbarrow
Available in multiple styles and weight capacities, Yardmax offers a family of power trackbarrows including its Power Trackbarrow with Hydraulic Assist (1,100-pound capacity) and Power Trackbarrow with Gas Shock Assist (660-pound capacity) in hopper or flatbed options. The power trackbarrows deliver unmatched stability, traction and control to carry and dump loads, easily maneuvering across uneven terrain. Competitively priced, starting at $2,199, these power trackbarrows are designed with premium features as standard — for no upcharge, including:
- Briggs & Stratton 900 Series engine.
- Solid-steel hopper, frame and handles.
- Easy-to-control dumping.
- Multi-speed heavy-duty transmission.
- Zero-turn radius to pivot on a dime without damaging ground.
- Evenly balanced to maximize control and prevent tipping.
- All-terrain traction to maneuver over uneven, muddy and wet ground.
- Two-position throttle control to ensure instant stop with release of drive handle.
All Yardmax products are backed by robust warranties and personalized customer support.
* Manufacturers were allowed to submit multiple new products for consideration, as long as each product was introduced to the market between June 2, 2016 and June 1, 2017. Products were judged by the Landscape and Irrigation editorial team based on innovation and application within the market.