New Products 2016In a great partnership, suppliers are continually looking for ways to boost the landscape industry's profitability. After all, it's their marketing edge.
On the industry side, Landscape Trades readers consistently rank new product announcements as a favourite part of the magazine.
So here you have it —
2016's new product offerings for Canada.
Zero turn mower
With the IKON-X z series, Ariens promises commercial quality zero turn mowers with performance and durability that well exceeds their class. Features include a commercial grade fabricated deck and height of cut adjustment with the turn of a dial. Powered by Kohler 7000 series engines, the IKON-X mowers offer thirteen cutting heights from 1.5 to 4.5-in. on heavy-duty tabular steel that is fully welded.
Track loader undercarriage
With the new solid mount and roller suspension system undercarriages, Bobcat is looking to create a smoother, more comfortable ride for operators of its T550, T560, T650, T740, T750 and T770 compact track loaders. The redesigned undercarriages also provide more space between the carriage and the track, allowing for easier cleanout, additional ground clearance and increased fuel capacity of up to 45 per cent.
The new EB7650TH MM4 backpack blower from Makita provides 200 mph air speed and 682 cfm air volume. Powered by a 3.8 hp MM4 Makita mini four-stroke engine, the EB7650TH offers lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency over two-stroke blowers. The 76.5 cc backpack blower also utilizes an anti-icing valve, which allows the operator to simply turn a dial to supply warm engine air to the carburetor in cold conditions, as well as anti-static insulation between the grip and the nozzle to protect against static shocks.
Flail mower attachment
Available for Bobcat’s E63, E80 and E85 excavators, the 40-inch FMR flail mower attachment is designed to increase efficiency in a variety of land clearing and maintenance applications. With its triple-knife design and direct drive motor, the attachment provides smooth cutting through hard and soft woods, vines, grass and brush, and its compact deck allows the mower to manage varying ground contours and hard to reach places. The X-Change mounting system for the E63 model, and a choice between a pin-on and a pin-grabber system for the E80 and E85 excavators make equipping the attachment fast and simple.
Kubota calls the new RTV-X1140 the most versatile utility vehicle on the market. The vehicle transitions from hauling cargo in its hydraulic dumping bed to transporting friends and family with a second row of seating. Powered by a 24.8 hp, three-cylinder, liquid cooled Kubota engine, the RTV-X1140 comes with standard 2-in. receivers on the front and rear and can carry up to 1,300 lbs. of gear.
Garden design guide
The first annual colour-coded garden decorating design guide from Terra Nova Nurseries was created to educate brokers, growers, retailers and landscapers about the wholesaler’s plant and flower varieties. Inspired by the Pantone matching system, the guide’s wheel-shaped design groups plants by colour to allow for quick and easy colour blocking. The guide also features high quality, close-up photographs of each plant, and each plant card suggests two complementary varieties to make pairing by hue, texture and size simple.
Terra Nova Nurseries
The new Exmark spreader-sprayer introduces one-handed controls for steering as well as forward-reverse speed controls, freeing up the operator’s other hand to manage the spread and spray system controls or to perform spot spraying with an easy-to-access spray wand. Spray nozzles can be utilized to select narrow (5.5 ft.) or wide (11 ft.) spreads, and dual induction nozzles inside the tank provide aggressive agitation of spray mixtures to keep materials in suspension while maintaining maximum spray consistency, even when using wettable powders. The spreader-sprayer runs on a Subaru Ex27 commercial engine and utilizes a 20-gallon tank as well as a 175-pound capacity hopper.
Peer-to-peer equipment rentals
Launched in late 2015, Dozr is an equipment rental platform that allows contractors to earn money from underutilized equipment by renting it out to verified contractors. Currently available in Ontario, equipment on the Dozr network can be rented with or without an operator and the terms of each rental are clearly defined by contract.
Snow removal equipment
Caterpillar is launching a material handling bucket and a straight snow push that will convert the brand’s skid steer, compact track, multi-terrain, compact wheel, backhoe and small wheel loader lines into snow, slush and ice clearing machines. The 102-in. material handling bucket is the largest in its class, capable of moving up to 1.7 cubic yards of material at a time. The attachment is suited for a variety of conditions and can be used to handle snow, dirt, mulch or stone. The straight snow push, available with steel or rubber cutting edges, offers a bolt-on back drag that can be used to pull material away from a structure.
Hustler’s new SS stand-on mower line features the patented SmoothTrak steering system and a compact stance for precise handling in tight spaces. Available in four deck sizes, the SS mowers employ ergonomic controls and the toughest frame and deck in the industry, according to Hustler.
Atlas Copco Construction Equipment introduced a pair of light towers, the HiLight V4 and the LED HiLight V5+, both featuring the company’s patented HardHat canopy for durability in rugged applications. The HiLight V5+ minimizes operational costs with its long-lasting LED bulbs, while the HiLight 4V utilizes four metal-halide floodlights to give contractors a dependable light source for a variety of job sites. Each tower is powered by a Tier 4 Kubota diesel engine.
Atlas Copco Construction Equipment
The ½-in. Muskoka granite for interior and exterior use is the latest offering from Keystone Granite. Blasted, cut and processed at a family-owned quarry in Huntsville, Ont., the Muskoka granite is custom made for flagstone, stair tread or block applications. Wire sawn, making the top and bottom sides of each stone exactly parallel for easy installation, this durable material is also suited for use in bathrooms, around fire places or for kitchen floors.
Garden hose tap
The Oasis Garden Hose Tap from Good Ideas creates a three-foot tall, stationary, fully pressurized spigot anywhere it’s needed. By attaching the end of a regular garden hose to the Oasis receptacle and the other end directly to a house spigot, the Oasis becomes a full pressure outlet. Placed in a convenient location, the Oasis prevents trampling and reaching around flowerbeds and shrubs. With an extra long hose installed underneath the frost line, the Oasis can be used as a long-term fixed spigot near remote or faraway gardens and lawns.
With their unique design, Cassara plank pavers by Permacon deliver a modern long and lean look. With a smooth texture and monochromatic tones, Cassara plank pavers offer clean lines reminiscent of modern hardwood flooring styles. The pavers are available in shaded grey, rockland black and amber beige.
The Eazy2load aluminum flatbed body makes loading and offloading easier with its three removable sides. Compatible with all pickup and light-duty trucks sold in Canada and the United States, the Eazy2load bed is 50 per cent lighter than the average stock truck bed body, allowing for bigger payloads and better fuel economy.
Kubota’s new WG14-36, WH15-48 and WHF19-52 commercial walk-behind mowers utilize Kawasaki V-Twin engines that put out 14-19 hp. The 36-in. deck model employs a five-speed gear-drive transmission, while the 48- and 52-in. models use a hydro-gear variable displacement pump with Parker wheel motors. Each mower is equipped with a 125 ft.-lb. electric clutch and a fabricated welded steel deck that can be adjusted between 1 3/8-in. and 4 5/8-in.
The new Lawnaire ZTS stand-on aerator from Ryan is the first of its kind from the turf renovation equipment manufacturer. The Lawnaire ZTS features an automatic chain tensioning system, a sturdy, shock-absorbing operator platform, a low centre of gravity for optimal maneuverability, a fast hydraulic tine lift and precise aeration depth stopping and can travel up to seven mph.
Trimmer line system
Oregon recently introduced the Gator SpeedLoad Cutting System, an integrated head and disc line system they promise will dramatically reduce the time it takes to replace trimmer line. With an integrated head and disc line system, Oregon has cut out the need for winding, spooling and cutting, simplifying the process. The system works with 95 per cent of trimmers on the market and is available in three sizes.
JCB has introduced a demolition application package for its lineup of skid steers and compact track loaders, available for factory installation during the manufacturing of the machine. The specialty package is designed to enhance the durability and safety of JCB equipment through features like a fire extinguisher, Level Two FOPS guard, a twine cutter, front screen guard and heavy-duty rear bars. The package also includes JCB’s PowerBoom design, which boasts a single arm, rather than the conventional dual arm skid steer design. This enables the machine operator to enter and exit the equipment clear of the attachment and loader arm, regardless of the arm’s position. The PowerBoom design also allows for 270 degree visibility, which JCB says is 60 per cent greater than its competitors.
Zero turn mower
The latest addition to John Deere’s lineup of zero turn mowers, the Z960M, comes equipped with a 31 hp engine and is available in three deck sizes: 60-in., 60-in. mulch-on-demand or 72-in. The Z960M also comes with improvements that are new to John Deere for 2016, including front tie down points that make securing the machine easier and a toggle style switch to replace the push/pull PTO switch of earlier models.
Techo-Bloc has augmented the popular Brandon line of stone products with a matching cap as well as rectangular and square fire pits. The double sided interlocking walls come in two height options that stand alone or can be combined, while the associated masonry products are well suited for custom features or veneer applications. Colour options include: sandalwood, shale grey, champlain grey, onyx black and chestnut brown.
Launched at Landscape Ontario Congress 2016, the Probarrow is a professional grade electric wheelbarrow designed, built and tested in Canada. With a 500 lb. capacity, a full-working day run time, variable speed control and heavy gauge steel construction, the Probarrow was designed to combine the power of a machine with the maneuverability of a manual wheelbarrow. Powered by an 24v motor, the Probarrow easily switches between forward and reverse functions.
The new Weber MT VPR 700 paver roller was specifically designed for compacting large slabs and pavers in a gentle and efficient manner. Easy to use and functional even in cramped, tight spaces, the machine moves smoothly atop rubber coated rollers, which Weber MT says are effective at protecting the surface of slabs and pavers while also preventing shifting, cracking and chipping.
Commercial engine line
Briggs & Stratton recently introduced the Commercial Series V-Twin engine line, offering nine horsepower options from 16-27 across 656 cc, 724 cc and 810 cc displacements. The Commercial Series V-Twin engines also feature longer filter intervals, tool-less covers, debris inspection ports, drop-in air filters and a spring loaded snap.
Briggs & Stratton
The soft colour and clean, even texture of the new Beacon Hill Smooth pavers from Unilock, creates a sleek look and feel. Available in almond grove, desert sand, granite, opal, sierra, sycamore or sunrise, the pavers come in three sizes: large rectangle (21 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 2 3/8-in.), square (14 1/8 x 14 1/8-in.) and small rectangle (7 1/16 x 14 1/8-in.).
Worksaver introduces a pair of new adapters, the mini universal to standard skid steer and the three point hitch to skid steer, designed to increase the versatility of skid steer attachments. The mini universal attachment for mini-skid steers and compact tool carriers allows standard size skid steer attachments to be connected to a variety of major brands, including Toro, Dingo, DitchWitch and Ramrod. The three point adapter fits category I and II hitches and is quick hitch compatible.
Inspired by the shade sails common in Australia and New Zealand, Nesling’s new Coolfit canopy is made with high-density polyethylene that provides 95 per cent protection against ultra violet rays. Easy to install and clean, Nesling’s canopies are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
The new mineralized Gala Deko Stixx mulch combines the advantages of wood and stone mulch, Savaria Landscape Products says. Produced using a method developed in Europe, the mulch holds its shape and colour longer than traditional products, according to Savaria. Safe for plants, the mineralized mulch is also rot, fungus, rodent and fire resistant.
The QuickCat is the first stand-on mower from Bob-cat, who says its latest offering brings an intuitive design and unrivaled handling to the market. The QuickCat has a top mowing speed of 8 mph and a transport speed of 10.5 mph. The mower also has a 6.5 gallon tank with a low placement for improved balance on uneven ground, extra large drive tires for better traction and a true floating deck that maximizes cut quality.
The walk-beside, centre-articulated PTX40 plow/trencher from Vermeer is designed for installing fiber optic, electrical, gas and irrigation services. The PTX40 provides greater maneuverability, traction and power over its predecessor (the LM42), Vermeer says, and it utilizes a 46.8 hp liquid-cooled Kubota gasoline engine.
Exmark introduces two new utility vehicles for 2016, the 500S and the 700S. Each machine can switch on-the-fly between two- and four- wheel drive, and both have two-in-one tilting cargo boxes that can transform from flatbed to box in minutes. The 500S is equipped with a 443 cc engine and has a maximum payload of 1,000 lbs., while the 700S is powered by a 695 cc engine and can carry up to 1,500 lbs. Both vehicles have 10-in. of travel at each wheel with 10-in. of ground clearance, and can traverse virtually any terrain, Exmark says.
Digital fleet services
Husqvarna Fleet Services is a cloud based service that connects machine fleet and landscaping teams directly to an online portal, allowing landscape professions to monitor their operations at anytime, anywhere. By mounting a small wireless machine sensor to an outdoor power product, the fleet service system captures data such as engine-on time, engine RMP, distribution and temperature. The system can also be used to track a workday log, store user-manuals for equipment and set off alerts for maintenance intervals.
With a rated tip capacity of 2,145 lbs. and an SAE operating capacity of 750 lbs., Vermeer’s S725TX mini-skid steer can efficiently lift and transport large loads of material in and around confined spaces. The S725TX is powered by a 24.8 hp Kubota diesel engine and utilizes a hydraulic system capable of providing 13.5 gpm (51.1 L/min.).
New for 2016, the H-Max hydraulic power mini-dumper Muck-Truck from Domax can carry loads up to three times heavier than conventional wheelbarrows. Equipped with a 5.5 hp Honda GXV 160 engine, the H-Max has a maximum carrying capacity of 1000 lbs. and can climb slopes up to 38 degrees when fully loaded. Just 30-in. wide, the H-Max has a heavy duty, Peerless axle transmission and a top speed of 3.5 mph.
With the new SRS Z2 stand-on mower, Ferris unveils its patent pending operator platform with suspension technology the company hopes will set a new standard for comfort. With the option of either the Vanguard 810 cc or the Kawasaki FX801V engines, the zero turn mowers have three-speed controls and can reach a maximum of 10 mph. For cutting precision, the mower features the iCD Cutting System, equipped with ¼-in. Marbain steel blades that come in 52-in. or 61-in. mower deck sizes.
Rocketliner is an improved version of the classic 4-in. young plant, Van Belle Nursery says. In-house researchers determined through multiple years of study that plant quality, fresh root weight, root training, and surface area could all be improved through the new design. Rocketliners provide 18 per cent greater surface area for roots, better drainage and oxygen delivery, and containers become retail ready faster.
Van Belle Nursery
Deer Fence Canada has redesigned its post pounder, increasing pneumatic compression for enhanced efficiency. The new driver is powered by a four-stroke Honda GX35 engine and is available at 52-mm for tree stakes, ground bar and rebar, or the larger model which can handle posts or tubing up to 83-mm in diameter. Using feedback from industry professionals since its first model was released four years ago, Deer Fence Canada significantly reduced the number of external small parts on the new post pounder and enclosed the ant-vibration springs inside the machine, making it more rugged.
Deer Fence Canada
Rear discharge deck
The new 64-in. DR64-3 rear discharge deck from Walker is compatible with the company’s Model-H mowers. Developed from the DR52-3 design, the new deck is larger and is intended for high-production commercial applications. The DR64-3 features a footrest design that is integrated into the carrier frame, allowing for tilting without removal.
The ultra-modern, sleek lines of the Belmuro Wall will complement any contemporary landscape design, according to Unilock. The new wall variety is an EnduraColor Plus product and features the same properties as the popular Umbriano series.
Battery powered outdoor equipment
Dewalt’s new line-up of battery-powered outdoor power tools includes the 40V MAX Brushless blower and the 40V MAX Brushless Chainsaw. The new blower generates up to 450 cubic feet per minute of air volume at 140 mph and is available with one or two 7.5Ah lithium ion batteries. The 40V MAX brushless chainsaw’s motor achieves up to 100 cuts per charge using a DCB406 40V MAX 6.0Ah lithium ion battery or up to 70 cuts per charge with a DCB404 40V MAX 4.0Ah lithium ion battery. Dewalt has also added to its 20V MAX line with a new 5.0Ah hedge trimmer that features a 22-in. laser cut, hardened steel blade, providing ¾-in. cut capacity.
The new Camisa TP 500 hydraulic power mini-dumper from Domax Construction Equipment provides a variety of functions including: forklift, interlock stack transporter, mini-excavator, concrete mixer and concrete bucket.
Domax Construction Equipment
With a pair of new mulching heads, Caterpillar has added three tooth options to its lineup, along with a colour coded gauge system that will allow operators to monitor how effectively their tools are running. Available in standard or high flow, the C-Series works with all Cat mulchers. The standard flow model is equipped with a new adjustable multi-tooth push bar, designed to help redirect tree placement while laying them on the ground. The high flow model is now 72-in. wide, and comes with single bolt retention that allows for a quicker replacement time.
The new Melville plank pavers from Permacon have a clean, modern look, complemented by sharp edges and a smooth texture. Installed in a linear pattern, the plank pavers fit the long and narrow trend and can be paired with the wide variety of existing Melville products. Available in five colours (margaux beige, scandina grey, rockland black, newport grey and savannah beige) and two widths, the plank pavers offer a lean, contemporary appearance.