GIE+EXPO 2012, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 24-26, 2012
Editor’s note: The GIE+EXPO 2012, held Oct. 24-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., brought together an estimated 18,000 participants, including exhibitors, dealers, retailers, manufacturers’ representatives, rental shops and distributors of lawn, garden and outdoor products and equipment for consumer and commercial use as well as other related industries. There were 750 exhibits of lawn and garden products, landscape maintenance, outdoor leisure products, hardscape products, rental lines, outdoor power equipment and related products throughout 500,000 sq. ft., as well as in the 642,000-net-sq.-ft. outdoor demonstration area. The following are some of the new products introduced at the show.
More comfort. The 200 series skid-steers from New Holland Construction, Racine, Wis., include a new cab equipped with keyless start, an ergonomically designed joystick with switchable ISO and H-pattern options, heating and air conditioning, and a heated air-ride seat option. The skid-steers have larger fuel tanks to allow operators to work 10 to 12 hours before refueling, the company says. The machines have a longer wheelbase than predecessors and are designed to be more stable with greater lifting capability. All models include proportional auxiliary control as a standard feature to be able to use a variety of attachments, the company says.
The grind. The Stump Beaver compact hydraulic stump grinding attachment from Geko Engineering, Chorley, Lancashire, U.K., is for use with mini excavators. The grinder will turn at 1,200 rpm at 5.3 gal./min. of hydraulic flow. The motor is rated to 2,400 rpm. The company says the attachment is effective at low flows, but is capable of handling high outputs as well. The attachment comes with a stand that allows the attachment to be strapped down during transport to help prevent damage to the grinding teeth.
Magnetic attraction. The battery-powered string trimmer from CORE Outdoor Power, Polson, Mont., has an electric motor designed to eliminate the copper windings found in traditional motors. The company says the electric motor uses a multi-layered circuit board stator that works in conjunction with permanent magnets and a power cell to more efficiently produce high torque and significant power. The company says its batteries provide power equal to a full tank of gas and that the trimmer is virtually maintenance free. CORE also offers a handheld blower and a hedge trimmer that are powered by the same technology.