Need the right equipment to get the job done? From the tip of your fingers to moving materials, here are a few pieces of equipment to get landscapers started.
Terex’s Generation 2 (GEN2) line of skid steers and compact track loaders are available in radial and vertical lift-path patterns with rated operating capacities (ROC) ranging from 665 to 2,300 pounds: R070T, R160T, R165S, R185S, R190T, R200S, V200S and V230S. Additional models with 2,300- to 3,600-pound ROC will be added to the line in the next few months. All of the GEN2 models have Tier 4 Final engines, a cylinder seal package and upgraded hydraulic couplers.
Designed to fit skid steers and tractors with quick-attach plates, the Land Pride SBL25 front-mount snow blower is a fully hydraulic unit. It has a 24-inch impeller and 16-inch auger. Its skid shoes are adjustable and replaceable. The SBL25 is available in 66-, 74- and 84-inch widths, and it has 3/16-inch side plate material and 10-gauge main housing material.
Move leaves and debris with Troy-Bilt’s Jet leaf blower. The Jet features a mixed-flow fan design that maximizes air volume and harnesses speed. As the fan rotates, it pulls in and pressurizes 650 cfm of air, which is pushed out the nozzle at 130 mph. The Jet can be started when owners prime it, flip the choke lever and pull start. The leaf blower has an optional weight balance.
When you’re wearing gloves, using your phone can be a hassle. But with ThumbDogs, you won’t have to take your gloves off. They fit over the thumb and index fingers and make a touchscreen work using a medical-grade, conductive fabric. The stretchable material fits snug and secure over your glove tips. An adjustable Velcro strap and leash system makes sure you don’t lose the two pieces. Designed originally for skiers and snowboarders, ThumbDogs are also being used by construction workers, motorcyclists and the military.
String it up
For both commercial and residential landscapes, the FX Luminaire VE hanging LED light fixtures are available in a choice of four metal finishes on a copper sleeve. There are also 10 powder-coat finishes made of anodized die cast aluminum with 1 or 3 LED. An optional perforated sleeve can be used to create a starlight effect. Each fixture includes four colored filters (amber, blue, green and frosted) for color temperature customization.
Meese Orbitron Dunne’s line of rugged, underbody truck storage boxes mount underneath the body of landscape trucks to create extra space for secure storage. Ideal for storing and transporting lawn and landscape equipment, the underbody boxes are rotationally molded from 100-percent waterproof polyethylene. The line of underbody storage boxes features three sizes spanning 2, 3 and 4 feet in length by 18 inches high and 18 inches deep. Locks and mounting kits are separate.
Design, price projects
The PRO Landscape Contractor app allows users to create visual designs and price quotes on an iPad or Android tablet. Users take a photo with the tablet and can then drag and drop plants, add in mulch, grass, hardscapes, statuary and more. The PRO Landscape library has more than 11,000 photos on a cloud-based server. Designs can be emailed to customers, printed, saved or posted on social media sites.
Light your path
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting’s LED Path Light Series includes four ready-to-install luminaires: the 4708, 6507, 6509 and 6511. The American-made lights come factory fitted with T3 LED lamps and are constructed of heavy-gauge, copper-free die-cast aluminum. Each light is fitted with a 20-watt equivalent T3 lamp. Available in 15 polyester powder-coat finishes, the LED fixtures can be customized.