Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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134 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Echo introduced the PB-8010 backpack blower , featuring a new 79.9-cubic centimeter engine, which the company says delivers the highest blowing performance of any backpack blower on the market: 1,071 cubic feet per minute and 211 mph, with 44 newtons, according to the ANSI B175.2 standard. That's at least 7 percent more performance than any other back- pack blower on the market, the company says. All that performance is directed through huge 3.6-inch-diameter blower tubes, featuring a wear ring on the end to prevent wear. PB-8010 also features what Echo calls "an industry- first carbon fiber plastic frame and fan case." This new technology cuts 1.9 pounds compared to standard plastic and allows the PB-8010T to tip the scales at 24.5 pounds, comparable with ECHO's PB-770T. It also features an oversized pleated paper main filter and foam prefilter for use in high-dust environments, along with toolless latches for easy in-field maintenance. An extra-large 83.8-ounce fuel tank delivers long run times, and padded backpack straps and a padded backrest keep things comfortable for Hunter Industries launched the all-new I-80 gear-driven rotor . Hunter calls it "the most technologically advanced commercial rotor available." Engineered for sports turf and large park applications, the I-80 is built with a robust, dirt-tolerant gear drive that offers the highest torque output of any rotor in the commercial sphere, and extends a radius range up to 97 feet. The I-80 features a wide range of dual-trajectory, wind-fighting nozzles for highly efficient performance in a range of applications. Exclusive to the commercial sector, the I-80 provides total top-serviceability via its integrated, surface-mounted snap ring. This no-dig solution makes maintenance quick and easy and is ideal for both profes- sional and recreational venues alike. In addition, the I-80 offers an advanced ProTech Turf Cup System — an indus- try first. With ProTech TC, living or synthetic turf is retained in a cup mounted to the top of the rotor and installed flush with the surrounding turf. The special retaining rings in the turf cup add surface area for increased root adhesion, which helps keep turf securely in place. The net result is an aesthetically pleasing installation that ensures safety during sports field play. The no-dig ProTech TC is also totally top-serviceable and features no-tool, quick-release removal of the turf cup, arc adjustments without riser removal and a fully contained riser assembly that stays together when removed from the sprinkler's body. An optional rubber cover kit is available for the I-80 that is perfect for polo field applications, and a riser-mounted version is available for turf or dust control in pastures, corrals and sand arenas. Visit Hunter Industries, www.hunterindustries.com. (product news) Lightweight ENGINE Kubota unveiled its newest engine, the D902-T-E4, which the company says proves it's possible to pack a lot of power into a compact premium package. The D902-T-E4 is far lighter and more compact than comparable engines, according to the company, offering an output of 18.5 kW at 2800 rpm and a maximum torque of 78 newton meters at 2000 rpm. The lightweight, high-torque engine is designed for use in the turf industry, as well as applications including utility vehicles, mini excavators, mini-track loaders, trenchers and weld- ers. The high torque with the lower rpm produces minimal noise, making it an ideal option for the turf industry. The addition of a turbocharger makes it a versatile and powerful engine especially useful for applications at high altitudes. The engine complies with U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V. Visit Kubota, www.kubotaengine.com/newheights. Hunter Industries

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