Landscape Business announced its selections for the “Twenty for 2019” New Product Awards. The Landscape Business Twenty for 2019 New Product Awards recognize products for the commercial landscape and irrigation markets.* Products were judged by the EPG Media and Specialty Information editorial staff based on innovation, marketability and application within the market.
The Twenty for 2019 Award winners, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
ASV RT-65 compact track loader
ASV Holdings Inc. introduced the new radial-lift RT-65 Posi-Track compact track loader. The machine boasts a swing-out radiator, top hood and side doors that allow access to all sides of the engine compartment. The RT-65’s turbocharged 67-horsepower Deutz 2.2-liter diesel engine produces 184 foot-pounds of torque. The Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid. ASV built the RT-65’s auxiliary hydraulic system with 3,300 psi of auxiliary pressure and 22.2-gpm standard flow. An optional 27.4-gpm high-flow system offers even greater performance. The RT-65 features a ROC of 1,925 pounds and a tipping load of 5,500 pounds. It is 66 inches wide and has a 116.5-inch lift height. It includes a self-leveling system and standard joystick controls. The machine features speeds as fast as 11 mph, a ground pressure of 4.3 psi, 12.9-inch ground clearance and a 37-degree departure angle.
Belgard Weston Stone outdoor living kits
Belgard’s Weston Stone line of outdoor living kits (availability varies by market) feature an average build time of four hours or less and include all the needed materials to construct each element – including the required number and sizes of Weston Stone wall blocks, Structure Bond masonry adhesive and an applicator gun. These convenient kits reduce the number of masonry cuts and offer step-by-step contractor instructions, adding beauty and function to outdoor living spaces for less time and with less waste, which translates to lower overall costs. Featured elements released in 2019 include:
- Weston Stone Grill Island Kit + Napoleon Prestige 500 Grill
- Weston Stone Linear Fireplace
- Weston Stone Linear Fire Pit
Bob-Cat Predator-Pro 7000 zero-turn mower
The Bob-Cat Predator-Pro 7000 commercial zero-turn mower is the top machine in the new Next Generation line of Bob-Cat mowers, and boasts transport speeds up to 19 mph. It also features 26-inch Zero-T drive tires and a Kawasaki FX1000V engine, designed to provide major muscle and commercial-grade strength. Bob-Cat also redesigned the operator controls, angling them toward the operator seat for ease of use and to eliminate operator fatigue. The handles also now feature an almond-shaped ergonomic grip and a single bolt height adjustment to make them more comfortable for each individual user. The high-back seat sports improved ergonomics with weight and comfort adjustments for those long mowing days. The Predator-Pro 7000 also sports a ferocious new look, a bull-nose AirFX commercial mowing deck, and Bob-Cat’s Mow with Confidence limited warranty.
Bobcat Bob-Dock attachment mounting system
Bobcat’s Bob-Dock attachment mounting system, a loader option available for select M2-Series loaders, enables operators to change most hydraulic attachments without stepping outside the cab to remove or connect hoses. To connect an attachment, an operator lines up the loader with the attachment’s Bob-Dock adapter plate. The operator then presses the “Power Bob-Tach” switch inside the cab. The Bob-Tach system secures the attachment, while the Bob-Dock system automatically connects the hydraulics. The attachment is then ready to use.
Cub Cadet PRO Z 972 SD
The Cub Cadet PRO Z 972 SD is a dual-wheel commercial zero-turn engineered to dominate steep hills up to a 25-degree slope/46-percent grade. Built for maximum performance and minimal downtime, it delivers unmatched hillside confidence with oversized dual rear wheels that provide a higher level of stability, traction and precision. The first-of-its-kind drive system with four-wheel steering delivers ultimate control to comfortably mow a straight line and execute zero-degree turns for the perfect stripe. Cub Cadet’s exclusive air-ride seat allows riders to adjust seat firmness to their personal preference. The isolation dampening system under the seat reduces vibration, while angle adjustment and lumbar support give a custom feel.
Exmark Staris stand-on zero-turn mower
Exmark’s Staris stand-on mower delivers increased commercial durability, ergonomics and ease of service, with optimized weight balance and a lower center of gravity for increased stability, traction and maneuverability. Staris offers smooth control with drive speeds of up to 7.5 mph on E-Series, and up to 10 mph on S-Series models. Exmark’s proven hydro pump and wheel motor combination utilizes hard hydraulic lines to increase durability and hydro oil cooling. Staris models position the operator between the drive tires, with an adjustable suspension system for increased comfort. Staris S-Series also features a large open platform and non-slip rubber mat. Staris S-Series models feature Exmark’s Smart Controller, which reduces downtime with maintenance reminders, on-screen machine health diagnostics, and engine and PTO hours. An enhanced LCD screen increases visibility in any light. Staris is available in E-Series, with 32-, 36- or 44-inch UltraCut Series 3 cutting decks, and large-frame S-Series, with 48-, 52- or 60-inch UltraCut Series 4 cutting decks. Optimized frame design and caster wheel positioning for each cutting deck width increases cut quality.
Ferris ISX 800 zero-turn mower
The Ferris ISX 800 features the patent-pending ForeFront Suspension System – the next generation of Ferris independent suspension technology, which utilizes upper and lower control rods to ensure the caster bearing remains vertical through the full range of travel. This controlled motion results in a smoother ride, more precise tracing of the terrain and an improved cut. ISX 800 is powered by either a Briggs & Stratton Commercial Series engine or Kawasaki engine; offers a 52- or 61-inch iCD cutting deck; and can mow up to five acres per hour, based on 80 percent efficiency. ISX 800 is capable of mowing at up to 10 miles per hour and features 23-inch drive tires and 13-inch tires for smoother operation. A premium mid-back seat provides ultimate operator comfort.
Greenworks Commercial CU 800 utility vehicle
Greenworks Commercial’s CU 800 is the first ever lithium-ion battery powered commercial-grade utility vehicle with a UL-certified 13.8kw battery. It can navigate the toughest of terrains while transporting all the tools and materials that would be needed to finish any project. The CU 800 has a payload capacity of 500 pounds and towing capacity of 1,500 pounds; can reach top speeds of 30 mph; and is fully customizable (users can upgrade to mud tires, 3,500-pound winch, full windscreen and full camo wrap, as needed). The CU 800 utilizes an A-Arm front and rear suspension system, and has the capability to be 2WD or 4WD. The CU 800 offers gas replacement power while saving money in fuel costs, reducing noise and eliminating emissions. On a single charge, the CU 800 can travel up to 90 miles.
Husqvarna Automower 550
The Husqvarna Automower 550 robotic lawn mower is designed to revolutionize the professional landscaping businesses. Able to maintain lawns up to 1.25 acres, the Automower 550 can be installed in a variety of spaces, such as clients’ yards, hotels, resorts, sports and civic centers. The mower works independently, based on its set schedule and designated work areas, freeing landscapers up to do other tasks while the mower maintains a perfectly manicured lawn. It is equipped with a subscription to Fleet Services, Husqvarna’s Cloud-based fleet management system, allowing business owners to monitor multiple units from one app. The robotic mower also features GPS navigation, a Penta search feature that offers five ways for the mower to find its way back to its charging station, guide wires, ultrasonic sensors for remote object detection, remote start, a weather timer and automatic passage handling. To discourage theft, the Automower 550 features a loud alarm that sounds whenever the mower is lifted and requires a personalized PIN code to disarm. The mower can handle difficult terrain with ease, including slopes up to 45 percent, and offers a maximum cutting height of 2.4 inches. A version with a cutting height up to 3.6 inches is also available.
John Deere M & R Series commercial walk-behind mowers
John Deere M & R Series commercial walk-behind mowers are designed to address primary customer needs of productivity, operator comfort, weight distribution, and ground clearance. Featuring six models, including the W36M, W48M, W36R, W48R, W52R and W61R, the M & R Series boasts completely redesigned controls for enhanced comfort. The new steering controls feature an improved hand position, while control grips have recessed operator presence levers that provide a smooth contour during operation. These changes reduce operator effort and minimize operator fatigue after a long day of mowing. The M Series provides four inches of ground clearance, making both models ideal for maintaining residential properties. With up to eight and half inches of ground clearance, the electric start R Series are designed for the demanding conditions and strenuous applications that landscape professionals endure.
Leonardi M1 ChipShoot Power Loader
With the Leonardi M1 ChipShoot Power Loader, users can collect the chips as they grind. No more hassle of raking and moving chips or additional workers; stump grinding cleanup has been simplified. As users grind, the chips are collected in the machine-mounted bin; when full, they simply flick a switch and dump the bin into whatever makes sense. Use a power or regular wheelbarrow, skid-steer bucket or dump trailer. The Power Loader system includes the M1 cutting system, ChipShoot, on-board chip collector with power dump, and optional powered hauler (quoted separately). For customers that already have the M1 cutting system, Leonardi will deduct the purchase price from the package.
Masport “Contractor” 21-inch BBC self-propelled professional mower
Masport’s new “Contractor” 3N’1 BBC 21-inch walk-behind mower is designed for commercial landscaping use. This mower features a Blade Brake Clutch (BBC) a feature that allows the operator to disengage the rotation of the mower blades without having to stop the engine. This robust mulch, catch-and-rear-discharge 21-inch mower with a cutting height range of 1-1/8 inch to 4-3/4 inches comes with a choice of either a commercial Honda GXV160 or Briggs & Stratton series 850 engine; a 14-gauge, heavy-duty, high-arch steel deck; extra-wide 8-inch-by-9-1/4-inch die-cast wheels, fitted with precision bearings and synthetic rubber tires. The 3-speed commercial transmission features an all-metal, constant mesh, oil-lubricated, cone clutch gearbox with precision bearings. The heavy-duty axles are linked by a connecting rod, combined with dual compensation springs, allowing the operator to adjust the height with ease using the single lever height adjuster.
Milwaukee Tool M18 Switch Tank 4-gallon backpack pesticide sprayer
Designed for landscaping professionals, the Milwaukee Tool M18 Switch Tank 4-gallon backpack pesticide sprayer delivers instant, constant and adjustable pressure up to 120 psi and a 25-foot spray distance without manual pumping. Equipped with a 5-mode pressure adjustment knob, the M18 Switch Tank 4-gallon backpack pesticide sprayer allows for more control during targeted spot spraying. The tank is designed for compatibility with common landscape maintenance chemicals and features a dual diaphragm pump and Viton seals for longer pump life and increased durability. In addition, a wide mouth opening allows for easier pouring and a strainer filters debris from getting into the tank. This product is part of the new M18 Switch Tank interchangeable tank system, which is fully compatible with the M18 line, now offering more than 180 power tool products.
New Holland E37C compact excavator with 4-way angle blade
New Holland introduced a 4-way angle blade option beginning on the E37C model – an ideal fit for landscapers. The new 4-way blade can be angled left or right 25 degrees in addition to being raised and lowered to the desired cutting depth. The addition of this feature allows for more efficient backfilling by allowing the machine to travel parallel with the trench as opposed to perpendicular. It increases the machine’s versatility in confined working conditions by reducing the amount of times the end user needs to reposition the machine. The blade features reversible cutting edges that reduce maintenance time and replacement costs. The E37C combines power, performance and versatility to increase productivity on the jobsite. C Series excavators feature a compact design and zero/short tail swing, enabling workers to dig, fill and grade in the most confined and congested areas. Operator comfort is enhanced with a spacious cab and all-around visibility.
Oregon 120V Professional Series
The Oregon 120V Professional Series is engineered with up to 15-percent more power than gas-fueled equipment – driving more productivity than ever before. Tested tough to endure the rigors of professional use, the 120V Professional Series has an IP56 rating so users can work rain or shine. And because the equipment is also low noise, users can extend their work hours to have their work seen and not heard. The Oregon 120V Professional Series features a backpack blower (BL120VX), string trimmer (ST120VX), hedge trimmer (EHT120VX), edger (EG120VX), and two options for batteries (BX975 & BX650).
Scag Windstorm’s exclusive NDS (Nozzle Direction System) provides unprecedented control of the air discharge tilt and rotation. Quick and easy adjustment via fingertip controls: 1) A mechanical lever provides 16-degrees of vertical tilt adjustment. 2) Two electric switches allow for automatic left/right horizontal rotation or manual rotation adjustment. Air output of up to 6,000 effective cfm paired with ground drive speeds up to 10.5 mph deliver optimum productivity. Windstorm’s spacious operator platform with coil-spring suspension ensures a smooth ride while users get the job done, whether preparing asphalt for sealcoating or cleaning up leaves in the fall. A 37-hp. Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Big Block EFI engine delivers huge power, along with exceptional efficiency and dependable performance.
SiteOne LESCO Smart Guided precision spray system
SiteOne Landscape Supply launched the new LESCO Smart Guided precision spray system. This new system revolutionizes precision spraying with its easy-to-install GPS that maximizes labor efficiency, minimizes application error and optimizes chemical budgets. The LESCO Smart Guided system is designed to connect with most common sprayers. It can save up to 75 percent of initial costs compared to buying a new sprayer unit with a built-in GPS.
The new LESCO system offers:
- TerraStar GPS satellite technology that allows the system to spray within a 2-inch level of accuracy so there are no missed areas, overspray or overlap.
- Precise control of each separate nozzle to reduce overspray. If a nozzle is outside the defined application boundary, it will automatically turn off.
- Tracking of when and where certain products are sprayed to simplify documentation and record keeping. This feature also allows the system to remember and repeat boundaries after they have been driven once and saved.
Stihl KMA 130 R KombiMotor
Part of the AP Series of Stihl battery products, the KMA 130 R KombiMotor gives professionals the ability to trim, prune, edge, clean, cultivate, and more with 13 optional attachments – all without gas or exhaust emissions. The external battery source shifts the battery weight to the user’s back or hips, ensuring a lightweight, comfortable and balanced position, regardless of the attachment being used. Its quiet operation enables this unit the flexibility to be used during extended hours, such as early mornings, evenings, holidays and weekends. Instant starts allow quick movement from one task to another, and the variable-speed throttle trigger has three performance levels, allowing the user to select the operation speed that’s best for the job at hand, conserving battery energy – and providing maximum runtimes.
Vectorworks Landmark 2019
With intelligent objects, powerful databases and flexible documentation features, Vectorworks Landmark streamlines integrated 2D and 3D landscape-specific design, modeling and presentation workflows. Vectorworks Landmark 2019 focuses on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality upgrades, adding new features to enhance 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows. Advancements include intuitive 3D site model surface sculpting, integration of AutoTURN Online that offers vehicular analysis, improvements with hardscape components, simplified plant settings and new capabilities for plant source data. High-quality renderings for sales presentations can be created with default texture and render settings within Vectorworks objects and built-in Renderworks features, as well as with the new Lumion Live-Sync plug-in.
Wright Stander B
With prices starting at $5,500, Wright’s Stander B is designed for entry-level or part-time landscapers. The Stander B is available with a 48-inch deck for small properties with tight gates or 52-inch for more typical suburban lawns. The close turning radius lets users mow close to trees and mulched beds without touching them. The Kawasaki FS651 engine housing has cylinder clean-out ports and an opening for debris to fall out of the air box, so users don’t have to stop mowing to remove grass clippings from around the engine. Users can also step off in an emergency or to pick up debris and the mower will stop immediately. Pneumatic caster tires are mounted on low maintenance ball bearings, and the aluminum spindles have fewer seals. The 20-inch rear tires not only provide superb traction, even on hills, but reduce torque fatigue on the transmission.
* Manufacturers were allowed to submit more than one new product for consideration, as long as the product was introduced to the market between June 2, 2018, and June 1, 2019. The 20 winners were selected from among qualifying nominations.
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