High and Mighty

The Caterpillar-certified Super Z-Diesel from Hustler has certified, folding, two-post ROPS and seat belt. It features one of the only hydraulic-drive decks in its class, with no belt misalignment to worry about. It also has one of the largest cutting-height ranges and highest cutting heights among mid-mount mowers as well as among the largest fuel capacities in its class. Auto-reversing fans automatically clear the cooler core. The Super Z comes with a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, parts and labor, as well as a lifetime warranty on the tractor frame and leading edge of the deck.

Hustler Turf Equipment: 800-395-4757

Keep Your Stripes

Newstripe, Inc. introduces the ProLine Field Marking System, a simple, easy and low-cost way to keep your athletic fields permanently marked, year after year. Just drive the rugged nylon locators into the ground at key field positions, attach the supplied string line to the locators, and you're ready to stripe. The locators are then left in place so you can precisely remark your field without ever having to re-measure. This safe super-tough nylon system has no open holes to catch cleats or fill with debris. The ProLine locator's one-piece design eliminates the need for additional pegs or plugs.

Newstripe: 800-624-6706

Mower With Muscle

For operators seeking a heavy-duty mower with zero-turn-radius maneuverability, John Deere offers the 997 Diesel Z-TrakTM Mower, the newest, toughest addition to the John Deere Z-TrakTM family. Designed for heavy-duty commercial and governmental applications, the 997 features a powerful 31-horsepower Yanmar engine and the industry-exclusive 7-IronTM deck. The three-cylinder, liquid-cooled Yanmar diesel engine provides plenty of torque to power through the toughest conditions. A fully enclosed engine compartment reduces overall engine noise, making it effective for governmental requirements. Choose from a 60- or 72-inch 7-IronTM side-discharge deck or a 60-inch rear-discharge deck. A heavy-duty canister air-filtration system comes standard.

John Deere Worldwide: 800-537-8233

Finish Faster

The Level Best laser grading box automatically finish-grades up to 1/8-inch accuracy in narrow band. The digital-proportional hydraulic system makes the adjustments automatically, enhancing the skills of your operator. One operator can finish-grade up to 50,000 square feet in an eight-hour day. Tractor-mount and skid steer-mount boxes are available, ranging from 60-inch through 108-inch widths. Level Best laser grading boxes may be equipped with Laser Alignment, Apache, Trimble or Topcon laser controls.

ATI Corporation: 800-342-0905

Riding on a Walker

Contractors, municipalities and homeowners all find the Walker Riding Mower to be one of the most compact zero-turn-radius mowers available. The tractor's size and maneuverability are designed to fit and do the work of mid-size walk-behind mowers with the increased productivity of a rider. Seven tractor models are offered ranging from 13 to 26 horsepower with gas or diesel engines and 11 mower deck sizes measuring from 36 inches to 74 inches, with grass collection, side discharge and mulching capability. All decks tilt up to 90 degrees for easy maintenance and compact storage.

Walker Manufacturing: 800-279-8537

Utility Vehicle

Broyhill's new TerraSportTM utility vehicle boasts 1,500-pound total capacity and robotic-welded tubular steel frame construction for exceptional strength and durability. With a 16-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine, continuously variable transmission (CVT), power steering, and multi-leaf spring dual shock suspension, the TerraSportTM provides a smooth ride at speeds up to 20 mph. Optional rear cargo box can carry toolboxes, sprayer tanks or line-marker paint tanks and is conveniently located behind the seat. Steel or wood boxes (with removable 10-inch sides) easily convert to a 48-inch-by-48-inch flatbed. Accessories include Broyhill's dedicated VacMate® vacuum, Refuse Mate® refuse box and Fastliner® line marking system.

Broyhill: 800-228-1003

Ride That Steer

Vermeer Manufacturing Company offers the Vermeer® S600 compact skid-steer for rental centers, landscape professionals and small contractors. The versatile, ride-on unit can be mounted on rubber tires or rubber tracks over tires. With various attachments, it's a laborsaving alternative for small-scale dirt-handling, utility installation and lifting projects. Choose either the 25-horsepower Kohler Command Pro gas engine or 24.8-horsepower Kubota D905 diesel engine. An Operator Presence feature stops all functions when the operator leaves the platform. A universal attachment mounting plate, combined with high hydraulic flow to attachments, allows the S600 to perform a number of duties with power and efficiency.

Vermeer Manufacturing Company: 888-VERMEER (837-6337)

Turn the Corner

Rain Bird® offers a new solution to eliminate over-spraying and water waste in long narrow turf or shrub areas: Right and Left Corner Strip Nozzles. The new 15RCS and 15LCS nozzles cover difficult areas that are up to 4 feet wide by 15 feet long. Designed to enhance water-distribution efficiency and meet tough design challenges, the nozzles also illustrate Rain Bird®'s commitment to The Intelligent Use of WaterTM . They provide precise irrigation at the end of turf and shrub strip areas, such as between sidewalks and streets, and they provide overlapping spray patterns with the 15SST (side strip) nozzles.

Rain Bird: 800-RAINBIRD (724-6247)