Landscape & Irrigation

November/December 2017

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10 November/December 2017 Landscape and Irrigation SPECIAL FEATURE GIE+EXPO 2017 Post-show Recap Briggs & Stratton continues innovation tradition Briggs & Stratton Corporation continued its focus on bringing innovation to outdoor power equipment. The company showcased new commercial products, power and technology under its Briggs & Stratton, Ferris and Billy Goat brands. "Briggs & Stratton's mission remains focused on providing practical innovations driven by our customers' needs," said Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton's chairman, president, and CEO. "GIE+EXPO provides a great opportunity to showcase how our most recent user-driven problem-solving process has resulted in innovations that increase productivity, offer greater product performance, and improve the user experience." New Ferris 400S, IS 600Z and SRS Z3X zero-turn mowers allow commercial cutters to reach new levels of productivity, agility and comfort with features that complement the brand's patented suspension technology. The new Billy Goat debris loader with a Vanguard EFI engine offers easier starting and fuel savings of up to 25 percent over carbureted equivalents. Billy Goat also featured a new Force II wheeled blower and a new laser clad blade on the Next Gen Hydro-Sod Cutter, offering precision cut and longer blade life. Briggs & Stratton launched more than just products to increase productivity for commercial cutters. InfoHub for commercial turf is a new Internet of things, Web-based business solution that enables them to be more productive in the office too. With less time and less work, InfoHub for commercial tu r f h e l p s c ut ters m a ke m ore m on e y through features such as real-time crew and equipment tracking, simplistic job scheduling, profitability and efficiency analysis, and more. Michelin expands Tweel airless radial line and distribution network Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., showcased a new 26-inch zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower size for four-bolt wheel-pattern hubs, and a new 18-inch stand-on mower size for a 2018 John Deere model. Scag and other operators of ZTR mowers utilizing a 26-inch, four-bolt patter n rear wheel will now be able to buy the no-compromise airless solution for their commercial mowers. Available through the Tweel dealer network, the black hub version of the Michelin X Tweel Turf is a single unit, replacing the current tire/wheel/valve assembly. It performs like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with flat tires and unseated beads. Featured on the 2018 John Deere QuikTrak Stand-On commercial lawn mowers, the new 18-inch Michelin X Tweel Turf will be available on this new equipment. The QuikTrak is John Deere's top-rated stand-on machine for commercial mowers and landscapers. The four-bolt pattern yellow hub is also available on the 24-inch Michelin X Tweel Turf, designed exclusively for the John Deere ZTrak 900 Series mowers with 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes. Toro introduces New Z Master 7500-D Series, next generation of Horizon Technology, and TacTec flat-free tires Toro introduced new diesel-powered commercial zero-turn mowers — the Toro Z Master 7500-D Series. This new series from Toro features side- and rear-discharge commercial cutting decks ranging from 60 to 96 inches for maximum productivity. The adjustable wing decks of the 96-inch cutting deck model flex up and down to hug the contours of the terrain for a smooth and consistent cut. The Turbo Force cutting deck features a bullnose bumper, greaseless cast-iron spindles, side bumpers and is equipped with a hydraulic deck lift. Powered by a Tier-4, four- cylinder, 1.6-liter, 37-hp., Yanmar diesel engine, the new Z Master 7500-D Series provides ample power to handle the most challenging mowing conditions. This new mower can reach ground speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour. Toro also launched enhancements to Horizon Technology, an onboard intelligence system designed to increase productivity through defined performance modes, reduce fuel consumption, monitor machine health and allow for operator-defined maintenance reminders. The system features three performance modes: Low mode helps reduce deck packing and discharge clumping in wet conditions; economy mode provides excellent performance in typical mowing conditions with reduced fuel consumption, emissions, noise and wear; and max mode o f f e r s m a x i mu m p owe r f o r t h e m o s t demanding conditions. Toro introduced the TacTec flat-free tires for select Toro zero-turn mowers. The new TacTec tires will eliminate the possibility of flats, resulting in less downtime and increased productivity. The TacTec tires feature a greater contact area, resulting in more even wear. In addition, the new tires absorb bumps and can improve comfort and reduce operator fatigue. The new 24-inch Toro TacTec drive tires are available for 48- to 72-inch Z Master models.

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