Oct. 23-25, 2013, Louisville, Ky.
Editor’s note: The GIE+Expo, The Green Industry & Equipment Expo, held Oct. 23-25, 2013, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., had total participation this year of just over 18,000 attendees with a 6 percent registration increase across the board. Including the co-located Hardscape North America, there were 637 indoor exhibits, also a 6 percent increase over last year. The GIE+EXPO dates for next year are Oct. 22 for dealers, distributors, retailers and media and Oct. 23-24, 2014, for all in the industry. This year, alternative power for lawn, garden and landscaping equipment was a definite trend, with many exhibitors showing off mowers and other machines with more powerful lithium-ion batteries or those powered by propane. The following are some of the new products that were on display.
|John Deere propane kit
A propane kit manufactured by EnviroGard™ can be dealer-installed on equipment from John Deere, Cary, N.C. It is available for the John Deere ZTrak™ zero-turn mowers, QuikTrak™ stand-on mowers and commercial walk-behind mowers. EnviroGard also is providing dealer training to ensure the installation of each conversion kit adheres to EPA standards. The company says the kit also can be used to retrofit many John Deere commercial mowers from previous model years. The kit meets the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) requirements for funding — up to $1,000 credit — and some units converted after the initial purchase may be eligible for a $500 credit.
||iQ Power Tools cut-off saw
The PC912™ 12-in. gas-powered cut-off saw from iQ Power Tools, Mareno Valley, Calif., is fully integrated with a dust collection system. Used properly, the company says the saw can dry-cut concrete and masonry products capturing up to 90 percent of the dust, including brick, pavers, stone and tile. The handheld saw collects dust, which can then be dumped into any container by turning the knob to open the bin. The company says the dust collection system helps eliminate slurry cleanup and allows the user to make cuts in the work area.
|Polaris Industries commercial vehicles
The Brutus™ commercial vehicle line from Polaris® Industries, Medina, Minn., has
front-end power take-off (PTO) capability to operate hydraulic and PTO attachments.
The line of vehicles includes a 24-hp diesel engine with hydrostatic transmission,
on-demand true all-wheel drive, and treadle pedal for seamless- and shiftless-forward and reverse travel. The base model also includes a cab, heat and air conditioning.
||JCB mini excavator
The 8026 CTS mini excavator from JCB, Pooler, Ga., has short pitch tracks and auto kick-down, with an 11 percent increase in travel speed to 3.1 mph, the company says. The 2.7-ton 8016 is powered by a three-cylinder, 24-hp engine and has a maximum digging depth of just under 9.2 ft. A handheld tool circuit on the 8026 is designed to power a range of hydraulic hand tools, including hammers, drills, pumps and cutters.
|Billy Goat brushcutter
The BC2600HM and BC2600ICM mechanical drive, fixed-deck Outback® brushcutters from Billy Goat Industries, Lee’s Summit, Mo., have a 26-in. deck, higher tip speed than previous models, a rubberized rear deck trim for added stump clearance in reverse and a low engine oil alarm. The brushcutters are powered by either a 11.5-hp Briggs & Stratton or 13-hp Honda engine.
||Mean Green Mowers electric mower
The Stalker stand-on, walk-behind mower from Mean Green Mowers, Hamilton, Ohio, is designed to mow all day on one charge for its green lithium energy modules. The 48-in. cordless mower has more than 350 ft. lbs. of torque per drive wheel, a 7-gauge steel chassis, welded steel deck and a 5/8-in.-thick lower deck edge designed to handle commercial operations. The Night Stalker version includes LED floodlights and the company says the battery-powered mower is so quiet that operators can mow at night without disturbing anyone. The mower also has an inverter to allow the user to plug in and power other electric tools, such as a hedge trimmer, and a USB port to charge cell phones or other electronic devices.