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Product roundup: Gravely introduces new Pro-Turn Z
Jill Odom | March 27, 2018
Gravely Pro-Turn Z series zero-turn mower

Photo: Gravely

Gravely has added the new Pro-Turn Z series to the Pro-Turn lineup of zero-turn mowers for professionals.

The company says the Gravely Pro-Turn Z has a number of the commercial elements landscapers enjoy from the Pro-Turn line while at a more affordable price point.

“The new Gravely Pro-Turn Z is the perfect machine for landscapers who want commercial features at an affordable price,” said Matt Medden, Ariens Company vice president of marketing. “With this new series, we’ve worked hard to incorporate the commercial features our professional landscapers need to complete their jobs. We focused on comfort, durability and efficiency with this series, and are positive our customers are going to love the new Pro-Turn Z.”

The new mower has a 10-gauge welded deck that’s 5 ½ inches deep and comes in deck sizes of 52 or 60 inches. The Pro-Turn Z is built on a large formed tubular frame rail that supports the loads on the mower. Larger front and back tires were added to help the machine’s efficiency and the Hydro-Gear ZT-3100 transmission reduces downtime.

Gravely has reduced and minimized maintenance needs with its constant belt tensioning system (CBT) that enhances belt life and forged aluminum spindles that reduce bearing temperatures for an overall cool operation.

Users can access maintenance items on the top of the deck with ease thanks to a flip-up foot pan.

For operator comfort, Gravely has included a custom high-back seat with padded arm rests, seat isolators and large diameter steering arms.

Operators can adjust the mower’s 15 cutting positions at their fingertips and the foot-operated deck lift was added to increase efficiency.

The Pro-Turn Z comes standard with a roll-over protection system (ROPS) and all models are available with the new Gravely 23.5-horsepower engines that are directly serviced by Gravely.

The product comes with a two-year limited commercial warranty on the unit, a five-year limited warranty on the frame and deck shell, and a four-year, 500-hour warranty on the Gravely-branded engine.

The mower models start at a list price of $6,585 ($5,899 manufacturer’s advertised price) and are available at Gravely dealerships only.

Bobcat adds on to attachment lineup

Bobcat has added to its options of attachments with its redesigned trenching bucket and all-new grading buckets for the E26 through E85 compact excavators.

Photo: Bobcat

Compact excavator operators will have increased durability and reliability with the new buckets thanks to the greater digging capabilities and easier cleanout for tasks such as backfilling, leveling or grading.

The new grading buckets have the same profile as Bobcat’s trenching buckets and do not have internal center gussets. The buckets come in 36-, 48- or 60-inch widths.

The buckets are designed to have a larger capacity, moving more material in one cycle. Bobcat says it also comes with waffle plates to add extra strength and rigidity to the bottom of the bucket for longer life.

The trenching buckets come with a replaceable cutting edge and a toothed version is also available, with the same teeth as the previous model for customer convenience. These buckets are available in 12-, 16-, 18-, 20-, 24-, 30- and 36-inch widths. A scalloped cast side cutter has also been included for functionality.

The buckets can be interchanged with the X-Change attachment mounting system that is standard on most Bobcat excavators.

John Deere redesigns pallet forks for durability and power

The Worksite Pro pallet forks have been redesigned for more durability and power, according to John Deere.

The attachment will work with John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, and L K-II and K-Series compact wheel loaders, as well as the majority of competitive models.

Photo: John Deere

The new and improved pallet forks can handle up to 6,200 pounds and the brick guard design adds strength. A load-securing “D” ring is on the new frames for safe transportation of materials.

“Knowing that pallet forks are staple attachments for our customers, we designed a better, more durable frame for years of wear and tear,” said Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments at John Deere. “Owners and operators can have peace of mind knowing that they can transport heavy loads without worrying about damage to their materials or machines.”

The new forks allow for unrestricted visibility and angled side corners and steps allow for safe access in and out of the cab.

John Deere offers the forks in a 45-inch and 60-inch frame. The 45-inch frame is available with 42-inch and 48-inch tines and has 3,750-lb., 5,500-lb. and 6,200-lb capacities while the 60-inch frame comes with 48-inch tines and has a capacity up to 6,200-lbs.

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