What's new on the landscape horizon
New products come out a top favourite every time Landscape Trades surveys readers.
With that in mind, grab a Tim’s and browse the new-and-improved offerings for 2020.
The Artex Panel System from Permacon lets contractors create a variety of landscaping elements, such as benches, planters, privacy screens or fireplaces.
Hex shaped paver
Unilock introduces the Umbriano Hex Shape to its paver lineup. The Umbriano Hex Shape has a granite-like surface with a subtly mottled colour, Unilock says.
Fibramulch introduces the Finn HT330/400 hydroseeder. The new hydroseeder provides more power and distance; its long-distance nozzle allows for a spraying distance of over 360 ft. from the boom.
Radial lift skid steer
The SW17 radial lift skid steer from Wacker Neuson delivers 1,700 lbs. of rated operating capacity at 50 per cent and a lift height over 118 inches. The machine is equipped with a 74 hp turbo-charged Kohler Tier 4 Final engine.
Outdoor kitchen and barbecueGardenzzz now offers Italian-made Fogher barbecues and outdoor kitchens. Fogher barbecues “stand out from the crowd for their exclusive design and patented cooking systems,” the company says.
Battery powered pruner
Zero turn riding mowerThe new PRO Z 972 SDL from Cub Cadet features a 35 hp Kawasaki FX1000v engine and a 72-in. triple-7-gauge fabricated steel cutting deck with top, bottom and side reinforcements.
Stump grinderCompatible with most Avant loader models, the new Avant Stump Grinder features a cutting disc that is mounted crosswise, throwing wood waste to the right side – avoiding the operator or the loader. In addition, the stump grinder is equipped with a protective rubber cover which prevents the wood from flying around.
Natural stone style slabThe new Permacon Stellar slabs are enhanced by Satura technology to recreate the beauty of natural stone without any of the inconveniences, the company says. The technology also makes the slabs stain resistant.
Hedge trimmersEcho’s new HC-2210/2810 hedge trimmers come equipped with patented three-sided RazorEdge blades, three-position 180 degree rotating handle, i-30 starter, plus a full spring suspension system.
Tile-look slabThe new Nueva Slab from Oaks Landscape Products delivers a tile-like appearance with its smooth face, clean finish and subtly-chamfered edges. This 50-mm. slab integrates with Nueva walls and steps, and is compatible with Oak’s textured 50-mm. slab products, Rialto and Monterey.
Oaks Landscape Products
New skid steer and track loader featuresJohn Deere enhances its lineup of small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders (312GR, 314GR, 316GR, 317GR and 318GR) with new features including an integrated four-point tie-down system and an optional rear view camera.
Stand-on mower seriesThe new PRO X Series stand-on mowers from Cub Cadet PRO have an easy step-on/step-off design that allows for quick debris pickup, and a bigger deck to max out traction and reduces turfing.
Compact excavator lineupBobcat Company introduces the R2-Series compact excavators. R2-Series excavators have been redesigned to deliver enhanced performance, control and efficiency, Bobcat says.
Modular systemUnilock’s new U-CARA Modular System offers a variety of stainless steel frames that can be mixed and matched to construct grill islands, backsplashes, fire tables, pillars and bars.
Heavy duty tractor
Riding mowerThe Walker B27i is a new addition to the Model B lineup featuring a 27 hp Kohler EFI engine in a simplified chassis/body design. A variety of decks are available including seven discharge (36-74-in.) and six mulching (36-52-in.)
Shot blast slabRevela is a new shot blast slab from Unilock, available in two sizes and four colours: Mica Grey, Pewter, Metallic Grey and Savannah.
Battery powered cut-off sawMilwaukee’s new 14-in. MX Fuel cut-off saw has a 5-in. cut depth, push start and an onboard water connection.
Remote control mowerSpider introduces the Cross Liner, equipped with a terrain copying platform, integrated stabilizing winch, skid-steering option and a commercial Honda engine. These features allow you to achieve the perfect cutting result even on the steepest slopes, the company says.
Square cut flagstoneThe new Square Cut Flagstone from Colonial is sawn from natural stone and is available in various colours, sizes, and thicknesses. With Colonial’s “textured” finish, the Square Cut Flagstone is suited for sidewalks, driveways, pools, and patios. The texturing process creates a non-slip surface that gives traction even when wet.
Colonial Brick & Stone
Wheel loader design enhancementsCaterpillar launches several new design enhancements for its 926M, 930M and 938M small wheel loader line, centered on improving attachment visibility, operator comfort and machine performance. The Fusion Quick Coupler improves visibility to the attachment in material handling applications. LED lighting options help improve machine visibility, and seat upgrades promote comfort.
Zero turn mowersThe new Zero-Turn-Radius (ZTR) mower line from Kioti includes four series: the ZXR, ZXRSE, ZXC and ZXCSE — with a total of 12 riding mower models. Models range from 21- to 27-hp, feature traveling speeds of 8- to 10-mph, and include Briggs & Stratton or Kohler engines combined with Hydro-Gear transmissions.
Rectangular slabAt 60-mm., the new BW300 slab paver from Best Way Stone is well suited for both patio and rooftop applications.
Best Way Stone
Tractor seriesThe new Kubota LX Series tractors are available in 4WD in both a ROPS and cab, with an HST Transmission – with choices between 24.8 to 30.8 gross engine horsepower.
Limestone-look wallThe new Mackinaw Wall from Unilock provides the look of split limestone. Available colours are Coastal Slate and Grindstone.
One-handed cordless reciprocating sawDewalt expands the XTREME Subcompact Series with the introduction of the 12V Max Brushless One-Handed Cordless Reciprocating Saw. The new saw is designed for one-handed use across a wide range of applications, including: cutting PVC, metal pipe, wood, conduit and EMT.
Electric zero turn mowerThe new EVO electric zero turn mower from Mean Green Mowers provides up to eight hours of continuous mowing time, a 74-in. deck, and speeds up to 13-mph.
Mean Green Mowers
Wood-style slabThe new Balsam slab from Best Way Stone is designed to give the look and feel of a real wood deck, with the durability of concrete. The Balsam single-slab is available in three new colour blends.
Best Way Stone
Landscape rake attachmentFibramulch introduces the Mini SR landscape rake attachment, designed to create a de-compacted, seed-and-sod-ready finish.
Battery powered chainsawThe MSA 220 C-BQ is the most powerful Stihl cordless chainsaw to date, the company says. This new chainsaw is designed for wood care, small-sized timber felling, limbing, clearing young trees, timber construction, firewood sawing and use alongside a chipper.
Rectangular slabPermacon’s new Mega-Melville slab pavers are perfect for arranging large spaces in a checkerboard or Japanese path pattern, the company says.
Zero turn mowerThe new APEX zero turn mower from Ariens features fully tubular steel frame rails, a 10-gauge steel deck and a foot-operated deck lift system.
Slab and wallLinum slab and wall provide an “elegant, timeless look,” Permacon says. Enhanced with Saturo technology, Linum slabs and walls are stain resistant.
Backpack blowerThe new EB770RT backpack blower from Shindaiwa features a 63.3-cc engine, delivering 33.2 N, 756 cfm and 234 mph. The new blower is equipped with a variable-speed tube-mounted throttle with cruise control, side-mounted heavy-duty dual stage air filter, Posi-Loc pipes with integrated anti-static system and a leaf guard.
Polished tableQuarried from Manitoulin Island, Ont., the Weatheredge Polished Table is cut and polished to a glassy smoothness and shine. Coupled with a naturally weathered armour stone base, this table is suited for exterior and interior applications.
Colonial Brick & Stone
100 mm pavers
Battery powered cut-off sawMilwaukee’s M18 Fuel 9-in. cut-off saw runs on M18 Redlithium batteries and is up to 50 per cent lighter than a gas saw, according to Milwaukee.
Wall mount systemThe new U-CARA Wall Mount System from Unilock allows contractors to put the finishing touches on a project by cladding existing structures, like unsightly exposed foundation areas or concrete steps, with U-CARA fascia panels.
Inground fibreglass poolsThe Rinox Group recently introduced Aquarino inground pools, made with side reinforcements, urethane steps and
Modern-style slabThe Opus slab paver from Best Way Stone has smooth surfaces and sharp, clean lines that make it ideal for modern landscape designs, the company says.
Best Way Stone
Track loaderThe new RT-50 Posi-Track loader from ASV boasts a greater performance-to-weight ratio than any machine in its class, the company says. The track loader features a 1,400-lb. rated operating capacity while weighing just 5,350 lbs.
Large slabUnilock’s new Arcana slabs feature exposed granite, quartz and marble, and feature a fine blasted surface. The silky, matte appearance of Arcana is further enhanced with EasyClean technology for stain resistance and a non-slip surface, Unilock says.
Stand-on mowerThe Hustler Super 88 stand-on mower has an 88-in. cutting deck, but folds up to 76-in. to fit most trailers. Choose from Vanguard BigBlock or Vanguard BigBlock EFI Oil Guard engines.
Smooth face wallThe new Nueva 150 wall from Oaks Landscape Products was designed to help installers manage troublesome grade changes, the company says. The new wall has a sleek profile and smooth face, and utilizes Oak’s patented M-Lock technology.
Oaks Landscape Products
Backpack blowerShindaiwa’s new 79.9-cc EB810 backpack blower delivers 1071 CFM/211 mph, with 44 Newtons. The new blower weighs 24.5 lbs. and has a 83.8-oz. fuel tank.
Battery powered lawn mower
New colour for slab and paver linesBest Way Stone has expanded the colour options for its Adelaide and Richmond pavers and slabs to include Glacier Creek, one of the company’s most popular colours.
Best Way Stone
Stronger paving slabsThe new Everest paving slabs from Techo-Bloc are made with the patented HD2 process, providing strength 1.5 times
the industry standard, according to the manufacturer. The slabs come in four colours and three sizes, providing many design options. They are pedestrian friendly and de-icing salt resistant.