Landscaping equipment

Commercial and domestic landscaping will be covered at IoG Saltex 2010, says Sally Drury.

New excavators, loaders and rotary cultivators mean more choice for landscapers when it comes to the kit needed for digging, shifting and tilling. But IoG Saltex also offers the products needed to complete commercial and domestic landscaping.

Avant Tecno's little green machines will be demonstrated on stand DAA22. The small articulated loaders match a range of attachments and this year there will be a completely new range of lawn and flail mowers to inspect along with a new loader.

The 400 Series, powered by 20hp Kubota diesel engines, feature ROPS safety frame and plexiglass roof cover. The units weigh 980kg and can reach 12kmph. With the seat positioned in the front half of the machine, plus an off-centre boom, the driver has an unrestricted view of the job. A telescopic boom provides a 2.75m lift height.

New-generation Bobcat compact loaders and excavators can be seen for the first time on stand U16, along with the new MT55 mini tracked loader for working in confined spaces and a range of attachments. It has an overall width, with bucket, of 90cm and is 3.11m long, standing on rubber tracks and with a weight of 7.19kg.

Bobcat's mini-excavators range from one to six tonnes. Nine new models have been introduced over the past two years, with all models designed for faster work cycles with smooth and precise work group functions.

There will also be an opportunity to see the new S630 radial lift path skid-steer loader. This has a 3,496kg operating weight, 989kg rated operating capacity and 1,978kg tipping load. The standard hydraulic flow has been increased to 87.1litres/min to provide better attachment performance. A high-flow version offers 115.5litres/min.

Doosan and Montabert authorised dealer Promac Solutions will exhibit on stand DAA41e, featuring the Doosan DX27Z Zero Tail Swing mini-excavator along with the DX80R midi-excavator.

The smallest Loadall telescopic handler ever produced by JCB will be on stand R17. The small but mighty 515-40 is 1.8m high, 2.97m long and weighs less than 3.5 tonnes, to bring the Loadall range to previously inaccessible applications. For the horticultural industry, the versatile model is able to perform many on-site tasks that would otherwise have required several different machines.

Designed for efficient manoeuvrability in restricted spaces and difficult ground conditions, the JCB 515-40 features four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and hydrostatic transmission. It is powered by a 50hp Deutz engine and can handle a 1,500kg payload at a 4m lift height.

Moving tools and materials on-site can be time consuming and tiring. There are plenty of new solutions to be seen at IoG Saltex this year. The Altrad Belle Group will exhibit wheelbarrows from its Fort, Limex and Belle ranges, but prime focus is expected to be on the Belle Warrior.

Designed for builders, landscapers and horticulturists, the Warrior has a 100-litre, high-density polyethylene tray with a one-year warranty. Completing Belle's line-up on stand T28a will be the BMD300 powered barrow, low-vibration plate compactors plus hydraulic power packs and breakers.

Zero emissions is the theme from Bat-trac and Zallys as both companies come to IoG Saltex to show off the latest in battery-powered materials-handling kit.

Bat-trac (H09) is the sole UK and Ireland importer for Alitrak. The Tug-trak, J-trak 300L and D-track 500 are said to have a daily fuel cost of less than 10p based on an average three-day operation on a single charge. Zallys' electric utility vehicles (T24) are offered as 500kg capacity barrows, a range of trolleys and 12 ride-on trucks with towing capacities of up to 1,000kg.

For soil cultivation, Tracmaster is launching a hydraulic rotavator. The Camon C8000 has a 50cm working width and is powered by a 13hp Honda petrol engine. "The C8000 is the culmination of extensive research and development," says Tracmaster sales and marketing director Alex Pitt. "The hydraulic drive allows an infinitely variable speed to suit all ground conditions."

Another newcomer to the show this year will be the Rotodairon. This tractor-mounted stone-burying seedbed-forming machine can be seen on the Grass Group's stand (DAB60).

As the landscaping section of IoG Saltex continues to grow, so you will find more exhibitors showing hard landscaping materials. Chestnut pale fencing, cleft post and rail, panels, post and rail, knee rail, chestnut stakes, posts and hurdles and border panels - just some of the products offered by Torry Hill Chestnut Fencing (C09a). The Torry Hill estate has pure Forest Stewardship Council certification, both for chain of custody and woodland management.

One-man, safe and speedy installation of posts is possible with the new Mini Vibrating Postmaster from Autoguide (V21/V21a). The unit is designed for mounting to mini excavators upwards of 1.2 tonnes. It can be used to drive or extract posts up to 160mm in diameter.


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