Landscape & Irrigation

November/December 2017

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SPECIAL FEATURE Landscape and Irrigation November/December 2017 13 the next blade change. The FastAttach blade system is available on select 2018 Cub Cadet models. Although these units come standard with FastAttach High-lift bagging blades, Cub Cadet also offers the FastAttach Xtreme Mulching blade, which recycles grass into finer clippings, and the FastAttach Sand blade, which lasts up to 3 times longer than standard high-lift blades in sandy conditions. Cub Cadet also launched the new PRO HW Hydro Walk-Behind mower. The new mower features a fixed floating 10-gauge deck design with 7-gauge steel top and bottom reinforcements, available in 36-, 48- and 54-inch cutting widths. New sealed spindle assemblies with single-row ball bearings are maintenance-free for the life of the spindle. The Easy-Trac steering technology provides smooth steering with hand lever controls requiring less force to steer, along with single- lever cruise control and straight-line adjustable tracking with fingertip control. Belgard introduces new products and virtual reality Belgard showcased the future of its products and also featured initiatives and supporting tools to help contractors grow their businesses. "We are especially excited to showcase our virtual reality technology, with multiple vignettes to explore via VR goggles," said Billy Patterson, director of national residential hardscapes. "This year's showing is intended to demonstrate ways to better work with customers, using Belgard Design Studio, our new designs and trend insights, which are key to help our customers get the best options and value for their outdoor living space." The following products and services were on display: Ag i l i n a Pave r — O n e o f B e l g a r d 's newest pavers offers a smoother, more contemporary design that has a distinctive natural stone appearance. Lafitt Slabs — These slabs feature either a smooth contemporary look or mimic cut slate and have lasting power. Belair Wall 2.0 — A wall system that provides improved aesthetics and ease of installation. The new freestanding wall platform saves installation time by reduced cutting for curved walls. Landings Step Unit — A dry-cast step unit with through color that has two unique faces on the rise for ease of installation and aesthetics. Eco Dublin Permeable Paver — These permeable pavers have a look of cut stone with contemporary technology. Quarziti by Mirage — The resistant porcelain paver product suitable for high- traffic areas. Tandem Wall — An exciting retaining wall system provides the appearance of natural stone. Belgard Authorized Contractor Program — The BAC program features an array of suppor ting tools and resources for contractors to help them grow their business and serve their customers. Kubota unveils Z700 zero turn with premium suspension seat, and 21-inch self-propelled walk-behind commercial mowers K u b o t a ' s n e w c o m m e r c i a l m o w e r introductions include the new Z700 family of zero turns and a new 21- inch commercial walk-behind mower. The new Z700 Series offer exceptional p er for mance, indust r y-leading value and now unsurpassed comfort. The new premium suspension seat allows the operator to customize their ride with the weight adjustment knob. The new seat will allow for up to 3 inches of vertical travel while being able to slide fore and aft 6 inches. With Parker TorqPact HTG 14 transmissions, the most power-dense transmission available for commercial turf applications, the new Z700 Series is designed for an optimum combination of speed and torque to deliver higher efficiency. Kubota's new 21-inch commercial walk- behind mowers are available with a blade brake clutch in the WGC6-21 model and with a zone start option in the WG6-21 model. The cast aluminum deck with steel edge guards, and cast aluminum wheels with dual ball bearings and replaceable wide rubber tires meet the demands of the lawn care professional. The 3-speed heavy-duty transmission is designed for performance and long ser vice days. The new model features the Kawasaki FJ180 commercial duty engine. The ergonomic controls deliver easy operation and comfort throughout the day. With the introduction of this new deck size, Kubota's W Series now includes 21-inch, 36-inch, 48-inch and 52-inch deck options. Ariens introduces Professional 21 single-stage snow thrower, as well as RapidTrak Sno-Thro technology Ariens introduced the Professional 21 single-stage snow thrower, a 21-inch compact and durable solution for snow-removal professionals. The Professional 21 was created in response to the need for a single- stage solution that is tough enough for a commercial user. Designed for heavy-duty work, the Professional 21 is built to be durable, reliable, performance-driven and maintenance friendly. It features a spring-loaded scraper bar that self-adjusts to follow the contours of the ground, a thick paddle that cleans to the surface, and optimal handlebar positions for system performance and user comfort. The Professional 21 also features an open engine design with access to the carburetor, recoil and spark plug for easy maintenance. Keeping ease- of-use in mind, the machine also features an easy start sequence on the engine and an on/ off switch instead of a key to guarantee that the machine starts in any weather conditions. When the work is done, the easy load handlebar system helps guide the machine up onto the back of a truck with ease. Ariens also introduced RapidTrak Sno-Thro technology, an innovative system designed to combine the best of both wheeled and track

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