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12 Nov 2018

Next Gen 25-inch PLUGR Aerator Provides Unprecedented Productivity

Ideal for commercial applications, the Next Gen 25-inch PLUGR® aerator from Billy Goat Industries offers up to 42,550 square feet of aeration per hour in a single pass and an estimated 30-plus percent greater return on investment versus traditional drum units.

With its exclusive Variable Aeration Density (VAD™), operators can vary hole spacing from 8 to 45 holes per square foot, allowing for the versatility of pulling plugs at the density suited for turf conditions, plus at .5 mph will produce 45 holes per square foot for patch repair and seed bed prep. The machine’s reciprocating action drives plugs up to 2x the depth of drums and aerates in wet or dry conditions, saving time and maximizing productivity.

aeratorThe unit features self-propelled rear-wheel hydro-drive and front wheel casters for ultimate in-ground turning. Along with patent pending EZ Lift n Drop™ tine engagement/disengagement, the tines gently drag across obstacles in the aeration path with the simple release of a lever — without interrupting aeration. There’s simply no aerator easier to maneuver, smoother to operate or more efficient to use.

Simple, intuitive hydro-drive controls allow feathering the speed with finger-tip access and matches Billy Goat’s family of hydro-drive products for common “feel” and fleet consistency. The patent pending EZ Lift™ rear foot pedal conveniently lifts and locks tines for added maneuverability when using the reverse feature or when transporting the unit.

Convenient no-tool flip-up hoods offer best in class interior machine and belt access for easy service, plus a mere six tines versus up to 42 on a 26” drum unit gives a whole new meaning to quick and easy service!

Top it off with a 40-pound capacity water weight tank positioned directly over the tines for better aeration depth and wheel traction in drier conditions.

The Next Gen PL2501 ser. aerator is powered by your choice of a 163cc Honda or a 203cc Vanguard 200. The new Vanguard 200 dimensions and bolt configuration make it a drop-in solution for equipment powered by other engine manufacturers. This high performing engine is 40% quieter* and has 15% less vibration** and includes TransportGuard® to prevent oil dilution during transport, an industry-leading oil management system that allows the engine to run efficiently for up to 200 hours between oil changes, and an advanced fully cyclonic air filtration system which extends air filter replacement intervals to 600 hours.

* As compared to Honda GX200 at 3600 RPM full load with standard muffler. Sound levels may vary based on application and conditions.
** As compared to Honda GX200. Vibration may vary based on application and conditions.

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06 Nov 2018

Cushman Hauler 4×4 For The Heavy Lifting

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has introduced the new Cushman Hauler 4×4. The Hauler 4×4 series has been built to handle tough jobs for many types of facilities, including golf courses, rental facilities, construction sites, and municipal parks.

With a 2,000-pound towing capacity, 1,500-pound payload, and 1,000-pound cargo box, The Hauler 4×4 series is ideal to perform the heavy lifting at a facility. A purposeful dash includes a multi-function display that communicates vehicle performance and diagnostics. Hauler 4×4 models offer several storage locations, including behind and under the seat, and a glove box ideal for transporting gear such as gloves, goggles and tools.

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The new Cushman Hauler 4×4

“The new Cushman Hauler 4×4 offers our customers four-wheel-drive capability, with the cargo capacity and a feature set designed to get challenging tasks done and make the work shift more efficient,” said Mike Parkhurst, TSV vice president, Golf & Turf North America. “It’s the latest expansion of our versatile Hauler line of utility vehicles, which provides a complete, robust line of gas, diesel and electric utility vehicles to tackle any job.”

The Hauler 4×4 is available as a three-person vehicle, and the Hauler 4×4 Crew accommodates up to six people. Both models are available in either a whisper-quiet 50hp gas engine, or a robust 25hp diesel engine. Electronic power steering is standard on Crew models, and available as an option on three-passenger models.

With standard safety features such as seat belts, doors, and a rollover protection system, the Hauler 4×4 was developed to protect the crew. Other standard features include high/low-beam headlights, LED brake lights and taillights, and a locking rear differential.

Hauler 4×4 series vehicles can be equipped with a wide selection of options and accessories to exceed job requirements, including a glass windshield, canopy, center seat console, under seat storage, a rear-view mirror, and more.

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05 Nov 2018

This Week’s Cool Threads November 5, 2018








From purchasing the right equipment to preventing winter damage, popular questions posted by the ice and snow management professionals on PlowSite forums this past week.

Introduce Yourself to the Community

  • A  Junior Member who is new to both PlowSite.com and the industry is looking for ways to work more efficiently so he can grow his business before adding a second truck. He’s always used a strait blade, but is being advised that a v-plow will cut his plow times by at least 30%. Share your thoughts…. 

Heavy Equipment

  • A PlowSite.com addict from Bethany, CT is considering purchasing skid steer snow blowers. Both of his current machines are not high flow, and he wants to know what to expect from the lower flow units. Share your thoughts… 
  • A Senior Member from Lincoln, IL is looking for feedback on the HLA EdgeFlex plow. If you’re familiar with this product, share your experience…  

Bidding & Estimating

  • A PlowSite.com Junior Member from Albany, NY wants to know how much to charge for plowing a one-and-a-half acre parking lot. Share your thoughts….

Commercial Snow Removal

  • A PlowSite.com Junior Member is the groundskeeping manager at small college in New York, and was asked to pull up speed bumps for the winter. He’s concerned about water creeping in the empty bolt holes and damaging the driveway. What’s your experience? Share your thoughts… 

Residential Snow Removal

 

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05 Nov 2018

This Week’s Hot Threads November 5, 2018








From pricing leaf removal jobs to hiring irrigation technicians, here are some questions from the landscape professionals on LawnSite forums this past week.

BIDDING, ESTIMATING AND PRICING

 

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • A LawnSite Member is struggling with scheduling his biweekly customers, and is wondering if the consistency of having weekly customers makes it worth dropping the biweekly jobs. Share your thoughts….

 

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

  • A LawnSite Member is asking for feedback on how to price planting materials that the homeowner already purchased. Do you charge an hourly rate, or use some other method? Share your thoughts….

 

HEAVY EQUIPMENT & PAVEMENT

  • A LawnSite Member from Middleburg FL is seeking landscape professionals who have done hurricane debris removal for FEMA or other insurance agencies, and advice on how to break into this kind of business. Share your thoughts…

 

PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSIONS

  • A LawnSite Bronze Member from Kansas is looking for advice on hiring quality irrigation technicians. Share your thoughts…

 

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30 Oct 2018

Survey Studies What It Takes To Have A Winning Season

In a recent survey of lawn and landscape professionals, Environmental Science, a business unit of Bayer Crop Science, garnered data that emphasized what nearly every lawn care company is struggling with — a lack of qualified folks on the field.lawn and landscape

According to the survey findings, maintaining strong customer satisfaction doesn’t appear to be a key challenge for lawn and landscape companies. In fact, nearly six in 10 survey respondents noted that they have die-hard customers. And to further underscore that confidence, 42% of the respondents also ranked “an unhappy fan base” as having the least impact on whether or not their business is winning. The challenge with the most impact, according to more than four in 10 survey respondents, is “a shallow bench” or not enough team members.

“The lawn and landscape industry is built on leaders who understand what it takes to satisfy customers and to rally teams that can deliver on that,” says Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., Green Solutions Team specialist for Bayer. “It’s a classic story of finding the right talent to get the job done — to push through the last yard, to win the next new account or to beat the elements and keep your fans happy.”

According to the survey, the ability to build and operate a team likely comes second-nature to lawn and landscape professionals — with 84% of respondents reporting that they played a team sport in high school or college.

“As the Bayer Green Solutions Team, our goal is to get in the huddle, so to speak, to provide lawn and landscape companies with the tools and training they need to succeed,” Golembiewski says. “When customer expectations are high and teams are lean, building a strategy that improves efficiency and keeps lawn and landscape professionals ahead of the game is critical.”

Playing too much defense was also a common concern among lawn and landscape professionals. Survey respondents reported that they are typically taking on curative or reactive activities about 37%t of the time, but they would prefer it to be even less (closer to 27%).

“It’s easy to understand why this preference for a strong offense is top of mind,” Golembiewski says. “With the right product portfolio and the right strategy at the right time, there’s a lot lawn and landscape companies can do to reduce repeat applications, callbacks, and other activities that increase costs in the long-run.”

Visit the Bayer website to view full stats from this survey and to learn more about addressing these business management challenges.

The Bayer Lawn & Landscape Survey was distributed to 4,437 green industry representatives who have opted in to receive email communications from Bayer. Of 537 total survey respondents, 220 were qualified and analyzed in these findings. 

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