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Market Report: Garden Care : Latest products
Handy GeoRipper trencher
The GeoRipper from Four Ashes Machinery is designed to enable the operator to cut a clean, 38mm wide and up to 700mm deep trench into most types of ground, for applications such as laying pipes and cables with minimum disruption.
The machine, which will be displayed at Saltex, can be transported in the back of a vehicle and there is a choice of 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines, a heavy duty power head and three different bar lengths. It can be used hand-held or mounted on an optional trolley called the EZ Kart.
New GreenMech chippers
GreenMech will show its EVO 165 series of petrol and diesel wood chippers, including tracked variants, at the Saltex grounds care exhibition being held at the NEC on 30 and 31 October.
The machines are designed to give more aggressive torque and greater throughput, and incorporate the manufacturer’s disc blade chipping technology, twin horizontal hydraulic rollers and ‘no-stress’ controls for efficient operation.
Power comes from either a 25hp Kubota diesel or 37hp Vanguard petrol engine and GreenMech says the EVO’s one-piece chassis gives greater durability in demanding operational conditions. The 165DT model shares the same diesel engine as the road-tow version, with the addition of horizontally expanding tracks for manoeuvrability and stability.
PSD for tough cutting
PSD Groundscare has chosen the Saltex exhibition to launch the Taurus 2-wheel tractor for cutting long grass and embankments. Made by the German manufacturer, Koppl, it can be operated via an optional remote control and can operate on slopes up to 50°.
Visitors will also be able to view the AS 1040 Yak ride-on flail mower. Its flail rotor drive diminishes the need for path overlap for high work rates, reaching 6,800m2/hour as an efficient alternative to rotary mowing.
PSD’s range of debris clearance machinery includes the lightweight AS30 E battery powered weed brush for removing weeds on uneven surfaces such as cobblestones, along walls and kerb stones,
and in narrow areas.
Green plate from Altrad Belle
Altrad Belle says its PCLX12/40E electric plate compactor offers landscapers and contractors an eco-friendly alternative when working with base materials for hard landscaping projects. It produces zero exhaust emissions and low noise.
Available in 110V and 240V, the 50kg machine has a removable low-vibration handle for easier transportation and storage, and incorporates a 12kN vibrator unit. Full guidance on safe use is available by scanning a QR code on the machine, a feature now included on all Altrad Belle products.
Remote control Avant backhoe
A version of Avant’s 260 backhoe is now available with radio remote control. This allows the operator to stand next to the unit while digging and have an unrestricted field of vision to the work area. This can be useful for tasks undertaken for utilities, in cemeteries and similar places where space is limited and exact results are required, says the company, which will be exhibiting at Saltex.
The backhoe has a proportional control valve for smooth operation and precise movements of the booms and bucket using joysticks on the remote-control unit, which has an approximate range of 100m.
HSC expands its portfolio
The Hire Supply Company (HSC) reports that garden machinery sales have been positive
this summer compared to last. In particular, there has been an increase in sales across its Active garden machinery range, notably the ‘ultralight’ long reach hedge trimmer and long reach pole pruners.
Heavy-duty landscaping equipment such as Barreto and Dosko machines continue to be popular. The former machines, which include rotavators and trenchers, come with a four-year warranty as standard, while Dosko root and stump grinders have a two-year tool hire warranty.
A new launch is the Weber CF1 MK11 350cm forward compaction plate, developed after extensive market research by HSC. Also new is the SRV300 trench rammer with a 95mm width shoe designed for use when laying fibre optic cables in trenches just 100mm wide.
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Stihl launches cordless chainsaw
New from Stihl is the MSA 220 C-B cordless chainsaw, which will be shown on the company’s stand at Saltex. Powered by a 36V lithium-ion battery, it incorporates Stihl’s Picco Super 3 chisel saw chain for efficient cutting, regardless of the battery charge level, and has a guide bar length of 35cm.
Tufftruk’s efficient conveyor
Tufftruk’s portable Tuffbelt conveyor system comes in 3m Mini and 4.5m Maxi sizes. The units can be positioned at any angle via a removable support stand, and can be linked together to move materials over longer distances. The manufacturer says that the belt speed of 24m per minute achieves a productivity rate of 50 tonnes per hour. A selection of hopper sizes are available.
The Tuffbelt can be used alongside Tufftruk’s battery powered Truxta. This mini dumper can now be fitted with a retrofit Power Tip to increase the skip discharge tipping height to 252mm, and the Power Tip Plus which gives a height of 589mm.
Bobcat launches flail mower decks
Bobcat has launched a new range of self-levelling flail mower attachments for its mini excavators. The first two models - the SL FM 60 and SL FM 85 - are compatible with the E17 to E20 (1.7-2.0 tonne), and E26 to E35z (2.6-3.5 tonne) minis, respectively.
The SL FM 60 and SL FM 85 have cutting widths of 600mm and 850mm. The former is equipped with 32 knives as standard, suitable for cutting tall weeds and overgrowth. The larger model can be supplied with a 36-knife deck or as a hammer version aimed at heavier applications such as cutting saplings and denser vegetation.
Light-footed McConnel Robocut
McConnel is expanding its Robocut remote controlled mower line-up with the launch of the RC28. It has been developed for fine turf applications where a light footprint and minimal surface disturbance is paramount.
It can tackle slopes of up to 55° and GPS enabled, allowing automatic tracking for straight mowing on lateral slopes. Cutting height is adjustable between 30mm and 180mm, and the mowing decks are raised and lowered electrically, eliminating the need for hydraulics. Powered comes from a 28hp fuel-injected Vanguard petrol engine.
Hooka handles tight corners
Designed to combine the capabilities of a micro forklift, a tracked dumper and a spider crane for lifting and shifting heavy landscaping materials, the Hooka is 1m wide to accept pallets and bulk bags.
It can gain access to tight work areas and a patented Load-lock system has been developed to eliminate the inherent instability of traditional Forklifts by effectively turning suspended payloads into safety ballast for the machine.
Made by Hook-up Solutions, the machine can handle loads of up to 1.5 tonnes and runs on a wide rubber track base for stability and low ground pressure.
Husqvarna highlights battery models
Husqvarna says that its stand at Saltex will highlight a number of innovations in battery powered equipment for the landscaping industry, including the new 535iRXT brush cutter and the 520iHT telescopic hedge trimmer. They will be shown alongside the manufacture’s existing battery lawnmowers and chainsaws.