March 11, 2020

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.

Panel system

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. 

Wacker Neuson

Outdoor kitchen and barbecue 

Gardenzzz 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

The battery powered Stihl GTA 26 garden pruner has a four-inch guide bar and a chain speed of 26.3 feet per second. The first product of its kind from Stihl, the GTA 26 is designed for pruning small trees and shrubs, as well as precise woodworking projects.


Zero turn riding mower

The 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.

Cub Cadet

Stump grinder

Compatible 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. 

Avant Tecno

Natural stone style slab

The 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 trimmers

Echo’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 slab

The 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 features

John 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.

John Deere

Stand-on mower series

The 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. 

Cub Cadet

Compact excavator lineup

Bobcat Company introduces the R2-Series compact excavators. R2-Series excavators have been redesigned to deliver enhanced performance, control and efficiency, Bobcat says. 


Modular system

Unilock’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  

John Deere introduces the 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor, designed for commercial customers and large property owners. The 4M Heavy-Duty is available in two output ratings, the 52 hp, ​4052M HD and the 66 hp ​4066M HD​. Both units feature John Deere’s three range eHydro transmission with Twin Touch pedals.

John Deere

Riding mower

The 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 slab

Revela 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 saw 

Milwaukee’s new 14-in. MX Fuel cut-off saw has a 5-in. cut depth, push start and an onboard water connection.


Remote control mower

Spider 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 flagstone

The 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 enhancements

Caterpillar 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 mowers

The 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 slab

At 60-mm., the new BW300 slab paver from Best Way Stone is well suited for both patio and rooftop applications. 

Best Way Stone

Tractor series

The 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 wall 

The new Mackinaw Wall from Unilock provides the look of split limestone. Available colours are Coastal Slate and Grindstone.


One-handed cordless reciprocating saw

Dewalt 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 mower

The 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 slab 

The 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 attachment

Fibramulch introduces the Mini SR landscape rake attachment, designed to create a de-compacted, seed-and-sod-ready finish.


Battery powered chainsaw

The 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 slab

Permacon’s new Mega-Melville slab pavers are perfect for arranging large spaces in a checkerboard or Japanese path pattern, the company says.


Zero turn mower

The 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 wall

Linum slab and wall provide an “elegant, timeless look,” Permacon says. Enhanced with Saturo technology, Linum slabs and walls are stain resistant. 


Backpack blower

The 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 table

Quarried 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

Rinox introduces the 100 mm-thick Tena and Tena Mega pavers. These pavers are thick enough to withstand heavy vehicle traffic and are available in ash, charcoal and midnight black.


Battery powered cut-off saw

Milwaukee’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 system

The 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 pools

The Rinox Group recently introduced Aquarino inground pools, made with side reinforcements, urethane steps and 


Modern-style slab

The 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 loader

The 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.



Commercial-grade trimmer 

The new Echo SRM-2320T trimmer has a 21.2-cc professional-grade engine, and comes with chrome cylinder plating and a two-stage air filtration system.



Large slab

Unilock’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 mower

The 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 wall

The 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 blower

Shindaiwa’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

The new Stihl RMA 510 V self-propelled lawn mower features a 21-in. deck, a 75-litre grass catcher bag and a holding slot for a second battery. The RMA 510 V is the self-propelled version of the RMA 510 mowerand comes with all the same features. 


New colour for slab and paver lines

Best 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

Mini excavator

Doosan expands its mini excavator lineup with the new ​DX62R-3. The new mini excavator features a reduced tail swing profile — just 4.9-in. of side overhang — that allows contractors to work in confined areas with more flexibility to maneuver. 


Stronger paving slabs

The 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.


Power swivel site dumper

Mecalac introduces the TA3SH Power Swivel Site Dumper, designed to deliver superior versatility and performance. The TA3SH is 13 ft. long and 73 in. wide, and features forward and swivel tipping mechanisms, allowing the load to rotate 90 degrees on either side before being tipped. 


One-man hole digger

General Equipment Company introduces the 242H one-man hole digger to its new Epic Series. Exclusive to the 242H is the new Power-Grip operator handle to maximize control, strength and balance, while dampening vibrations. The handle includes a Magura twist-grip throttle for confident control. Its Auger-LOK technology uses a spring-loaded actuator to lock the auger in place so operators can simply twist the auger out of the hole. 

General Equipment​


Zero turn mower

The new IKON XD from Ariens has a solid tubular frame and is available in 42-, 52- or 60-in. cutting widths. The IKON XD also comes with a plush, high-back seat and large tires for stability and comfort, Ariens says.


Rotary cutter attachments

John Deere updated its line of rotary cutter attachments with the new RX72 and RX84 models. These new models are designed for heavy-duty vegetation management applications, including property maintenance and right-of-way clearing. The rotary cutter attachments are compatible on large-frame skid steer and compact track loaders, such as the 330G through the 333G, and they are equipped with high-flow hydraulics.

John Deere