There is plenty for landscapers to see and do at IoG Saltex. For starters, there is the intermediate final of the annual WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition. Another highlight this year is the show's new Nursery Stock area and, of course, there is loads of machinery to view.
Designed in the UK for British ground conditions, the Muck-Truck pedestrian micro dumper, with its 5.5hp engine and 250kg payload, has already found applications with landscapers and contractors. Now the Cornwall-based company is ready to introduce the BIZZY and the MAX Dumper.
Likely to appeal to groundsmen, the BIZZY is powered by a 6.5hp Briggs & Stratton engine and fitted with turf tyres as standard. The MAX Dumper is for the heavier jobs – having a 34 per cent greater weight-carrying capability than the standard unit.
Compact utility loaders can be found on the GreenMech stand. The company has added Boxer models 322D and 532DX to its portfolio. Both feature diesel engines, are fitted with rubber tracks and have operator riding platforms. The 322D is less than 88cm wide and is powered by a 22hp Kubota engine while the 532DX boasts a 32hp engine and has variable track-width capability. More than 50 attachments can be run by the power units.
The new 700 Series loaders from Avant Tecno promise plenty of action in the demonstration area. The little green machines boast a good turn of speed – 25km/h in the case of range-topping model 750. Both the 745 and 750 units have auxiliary hydraulic systems with oil-flow rates of up to 70 litres/min, making them ideal for power-hungry attachments.
Bobcat's smallest tracked loader, the new T110, can be seen for the first time at the show. At just 1.2m wide and less than 2.3m long, the 2.3-tonne model can be transported on a lightweight trailer towed by a mid-sized vehicle. It has a rated operating capacity of 505kg and a tipping load of 1,443kg. A hydraulic flow of 52.2 litres/min enables fast bucket rollback/dump and other work-group functions.
If you want a bigger loader, Bobcat is also displaying the T320 – its largest compact tracked loader – with a rated operating capacity of 1,461kg, offering increased productivity and a wider range of attachments.
Doosan is displaying a range of mini and midi excavators. Of particular note is the DX27z, a true zero-tail-swing unit weighing just 2.69 tonnes. Powered by a 21.2hp diesel engine, this digger is said to be ideal for use in tight spaces, with an overall width of just 1.57m but a dig depth of 2.78m.
Also on the Doosan stand is the DX60R. This 50.4hp midi excavator has a reduced tail-swing as the superstructure overhangs the tracks by 11.2cm while rotating. Maximum digging depth of this unit is 3.73m when equipped with the standard arm.
There are"outdoor dining" ideas on Inside2Outside's stand. The firm is launching the Al Fresco Octagon – a canopy with rain and UV protection.
In addition to the kit on show, Global QA Consultants – which specialises in the new National Highways Sector Scheme 18 for landscape and ecology contractors – can offer assistance with certification to ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environmental) and health and safety management.
ONES TO WATCH
Along with the latest loaders, a 4WD utility vehicle and upgraded mower attachments, Bobcat is expected to make several launches in its excavator range.
Having won a bronze medal for its stand last year, Practicality Brown is set to display the biggest trees at the show.
For use as both a rotary cultivator and a stone burier, the new Camon Hydraulic Rotavator is launched by Tracmaster.
IoG Saltex sees the launch of a brand new company – Grillo Agrigarden UK – and with it come two new transports, one with a four-wheel steering system.
Leaving mud on site? Take a look at the Tornado Mini Bowser Washer unveiled by Demon International.