Kubota introduces four new models to its popular B Series compact utility tractor line. The new Kubota B2320, B2620, B2920 and the B3200 tractors are versatile, powerful and productive, featuring more horsepower, hydrostatic transmission (HST) with three-range transmission speeds to choose from, giving the operator enhanced power and control. The B2320, B2620 and B2920 come equipped with three-cylinder Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engines rated at 23, 26 and 29 Hp, while the B3200 features a four-cylinder engine rated at 32 Hp. Kubota’s B-Series tractors come standard with multiple safety and comfort features. All models in the series are equipped with a variety of safety features including: multi-reflective headlights for better visibility, backlit dash panel for tracking vital functions, and a slanted metal hood that offers a clear view of front loader operations. A foldable roll-over protection structure (ROPS) is standard. The B-Series also provides the operator with a high-back seat and large flat deck platforms for more leg room and a wider step area. Kubota’s B2320, B2620 and B2920 standard tractors are performance-matched with Kubota’s LA304/364 front loaders and BH65 backhoe. The B3200 is performance matched with the LA504 front loader and BH76 backhoe. The LA504 loader includes an optional Kubota quick coupler for easy attach/detach of attachments. The series is equipped with a four-position loader valve and lever control that is integrated with the tractor and ergonomically positioned for easy and quick use of a front loader and other front implements. These tractors also feature a new backhoe reversible seat (optional with backhoes) that swivels from front to back to provide more leg room for backhoe operation. BH65 and BH76 backhoes are also available with an optional 6-position mechanical thumb. Visit http://www.kubota.ca for more information and dealer locations.
EARTH & Turf Products, LLC, has announced new, higher-capacity models in its line of topdresser spreaders. The new, larger units can be classified in two categories: The LANCO ST-100 Series models are 1.0 cubic yard mounted or 1.0 cubic yard pull-type topdressers with galvanized hoppers. They offer a choice of tractor hydraulics or 13-hp Honda engine-driven hydraulics, with standard or deluxe controls. Their wide, 20-inch conveyor belt moves different kinds of material smoothly through a large, 7-inch X 20-inch metering gate. There is a choice of fixed or tilt spinners. Standard turf tires are 25.6 X 14-12 NHS turf for maximum flotation. If the LANCO ST-100 is not large enough to handle the needs, three additional, larger capacity topdressers offer capacities of 3.5, 5.0 or 6.5 cubic yards. They can spread dry or wet material of all kinds, many with more than 40-feet-wide spread pattern. These topdressers have a 31-inch wide, crescent-style conveyor belt and a 15-inch X 31-inch metering gate opening for quick unloading withour bridging. These units will also offer “pin-on" attachments. Their large capacity drastically cuts labour cost and reduces trips. Large, 33-15.0 X 16.5 flotation tires are standard for low ground pressure and good stability. The topdressers are available from Eastern Farm Machinery Ltd. in Guelph, Ont., 519-763-2400, http://www.easternfarmmachinery.com/.
TurfEX, a new product division of TrynEx International, has introduced the TS-75 commercial-duty push spreader. Ideal for distributing seed and fertilizer on smaller applications, this manually powered spreader also has the ability to spread ice melt for winter maintenance applications. The TS-75 features a heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant polyethylene hopper. The hopper has a capacity of 1.3 cubic feet and is easy to load and manoeuvre. Nylon axle and wheel bearings provide self-lubrication with outstanding wear and load carrying performance. Large gears are constructed of durable Nylatron® GS nylon which provides superior wear and impact strength. Furthermore, a rugged gear cover with quick release clamps keeps gears well protected while also allowing for quick and easy serviceability. Large 13-inch diameter pneumatic tires are featured on the spreader to easily traverse rough, uneven terrain and to minimize pushing effort for the operator. Other standard features include a clear, fitted hopper cover and one-year warranty. In addition to the commercial-duty push spreader, TurfEx offers six additional heavy-duty polyethylene top spreaders with a choice of PTO-driven or electric-powered models and capacities of three, seven or 12 cubic feet of material.
GRASSHOPPER PTO-driven snowthrowers deliver "no-clog" performance, even in deep or heavy, wet snows. A discharge spout controlled from the operator's seat rotates a full 180 degrees to propel snow up to 30 feet away. Available for Grasshopper zero-turn FrontMountTM power units in 48- and 60-inch models, snowthrowers feature heavy-gauge welded steel construction, a high-speed 12-inch-diameter auger and a heavy-duty replaceable scraper blade for reliability season after season. The exclusive Grasshopper QuikConverterTM implement system lets you remove the mowing deck and add a snowthrower in minutes without tools. An optional winter enclosure and 16,000 BTU/hr heater protect operators from the elements for enhanced comfort and efficiency. Available in Ontario from DFK Equipment Sales Inc. in St. Marys.
Restrictions on pesticide use are becoming an issue across North America when it comes to maintaining lawns and other weed-prone areas. Rittenhouse (www.rittenhouse.ca) offers a unique solution. Using patented technology, the Green Steam produces super-heated steam to 650° F to quickly and effectively kill weeds without chemicals. The Green Steam unit uses a standard 20lb. propane tank that will last for approximately eight hours of continuous operation, while the 10-gallon water tank provides three hours of constant operation. The unit uses a deep cycle 12-volt battery to operate the diaphragm pump. The Green Steam can be outfitted with an optional hose reel including 25' of hose. The reel swivels and features an automatic rewind for ease of operation. The compact design of the machine also increases usability, at only 60 lbs. the Green Steam can be transported easily from site to site. A skid mount version is also available for placement in the back of a truck or utility vehicle. Cities and municipalities will find the Green Steam to be a very useful tool as part of their regular maintenance programs. It is perfect for eliminating weeds in sidewalks, parking lots and other hardscaped areas. The use of steam means there is no concern over spray drift or residue. In addition to government organizations, private landscapers will appreciate this convenient alternative to chemical weed control. The Green Steam provides a unique opportunity to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the competition when it comes to implementing a green care program. Visit www.rittenhouse.ca or call toll free 1-800-461-1041 to inquire further about the Green Steam and other great landscaping products.
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