No matter the task at hand, the right piece of equipment can mean the difference between a job done and a job well done.

Getting the job done these days requires extra personnel power – without the extra personnel. That’s where good, solid, reliable equipment comes in. One of the items featured here just may help you accomplish all the day-to-day tasks that your contracts require.

Grapple rake attachment

The Toro® grapple rake attachment, for use with Toro Dingo® compact utility loaders, is ideal for picking up and removing trees, bushes, roots and rocks – as well as demolition and construction debris. The grapple rake attachment is 34.5 inches wide, weighs 270 pounds and includes two hydraulic cylinders. Its compact design allows operators to fit through gates and narrow access openings to pick up materials.

The grapple rake attachment’s clamping force from tip to tip is 3,000 pounds, and its tines are strong enough to dig up roots and rocks. The thick AR400 teeth of the grapple are nearly four times stronger than regular steel and almost three times as hard, making it one of the strongest and most durable grapples on the market.

For more information, visit Toro at www.toro.com/dingo.

High-value zero turn mowers

Designed to meet the exacting standards of lawn care professionals, the new Husqvarna P-ZT line of zero-turn mowers presents professionals an opportunity to increase their productivity without breaking the bank. The heart of the P-ZT series is the rugged, 2- by 3-inch tube style frame, with extreme-duty front caster assemblies that include pneumatic tires as standard equipment.

The fabricated cutting deck is constructed from twin 11-gauge steel sheet construction, which equates to a 1/4-inch-thick top deck area for added structure and spindle support. Cast aluminum blade spindles feature tapered roller bearing construction for increased service life. The cutting deck also includes heavy-duty scalp roller mounts and a rubber discharge shield. To meet the reliability and performance expectation of the ground drive system, the new P-ZT mowers utilize commercial-duty integrated ZT3400 transmissions with 12 cc pumps. This allows smooth operation, speeds up to 10 mph and reduced potential for hose and fitting leaks. The integrated design also creates a cleaner and wider open area under the seat to improve serviceability.

For more information, visit Husqvarna at www.husqvarna.com.

Skid-mounted spot sprayers

Two new spot sprayers are available from TurfEx, a divison of TrynEx International. The US500 has a 50-gallon capacity, while the US1000 holds 100 gallons. Both feature flow/pressure of 2 gpm measured at 60 psi; 50-foot hose length (on a 100-foot capacity reel) and on/off switch speed control. They are completely electric driven and draw power from the vehicle’s battery. For maximum control, the units come standard with a heavy-duty, adjustable spray wand.

For more information, visit TurfEx at www.turfexproducts.com.

Advanced-technologychain saw

With advanced reduced-emission engine technology, the Stihl MS 201 C-E chain saw cuts engine emissions by a remarkable 70 percent over previous models. Plus, improved fuel efficiency delivers longer run times and helps reduce fuel costs. An improved air filtration system allows for 30 percent longer operation between filter maintenance as compared to previous models.

Innovative design and reliable performance make the MS 201 C-E ideal for cleanup and firewood-cutting tasks, and it still packs plenty of power for professional applications. Low vibration and improved ergonomics make the chain saw comfortable to operate longer. The Stihl Easy2Startsystem provides a simplified startup, while the Master Control Lever gives operators convenient control over starting, operating and stopping.

For more information, visit Stihl Inc. at www.stihlusa.com.

Fuel-efficient zero-turn mower

Cheap gas is a thing of the past, so John Deere has introduced its ZTrak Pro Z925 with electronic fuel injection, which can save landscape professionals up to 25 percent in fuel costs. The 27-hp engine includes an exclusive Tuff Torq® integrated transmission. The transmission, which is standard across the ZTrak PRO 900 Series, features 13 cc piston-style pumps and 13 cc wheel motors for increased efficiency. Another series exclusive is the cross-porting system that routes the coolest hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic pump doing the most work.

The Z925 EFI offers a 54-inch or 60-inch, 7-IronTM PRO mowing deck. The decks are stamped from 7-gauge steel for maximum durability and enhanced mowing performance. The 54-inch deck also includes exclusive Mulch-On-Demand technology that allows the operator to switch between mulching and side discharging without ever leaving the seat. For durability, the Z925 EFI, and the entire Z900 Series, provides a C-channel frame, and cast iron rear bumpers and front forks. Additional confidence is provided by internal wet disk brakes for superior braking.

For more information, visit John Deere at www.johndeere.com.

WorkPro cab system for Kubota

Curtis Industries LLC offers another new cab system for the Kubota line of compact tractors. The new WorkPro Cab System for the Kubota L3200/L3800 attributes a commercial grade enclosure that maintains full ROPs certification, to work with a host of loader and backhoe attachments. A soft rear panel is required for backhoe use and is available separately.

This new cab system is available in a soft-sided version with double-polished zippered windows and a hard-sided version, which includes full, sliding-glass side windows for optimum ventilation. Doors are pin-hinged for easy removal in seconds.

The windshield is made of molded, tempered safety glass with internal latches to allow ventilation for maximum air circulation. Also standard is 12-volt, heavy-duty electric wiper.

All WorkPro Cab Systems feature additional optional accessories that include high performance heaters, defroster fans, work lights, strobe or beacon lights.

For more information, visit Curtis Industries at www.curtisindustries.net.

Towable hydraulic digger

With labor in scarce supply these days, a digger that offers one-man operation comes in pretty handy. The 660 Dig-R-Mobile from General Equipment Company can be towed at legal highway speeds, and includes a quick-attach towbar with adjustable ball coupler and 4.80 x 12 wheels and tires with separate hubs. The digger quickly produces clean, usable holes in a wide range of soil classifications; the high-performance, 13-hp Honda gas engine allows operation at reduced speeds – helping to extend component life and making a little less neighbor-annoying noise.

For added versatility, the 660’s high-performance, 8 GPM hydraulic system also operates popular HTMA Class II hydraulic tools. It features the largest oil reservoir in its class, providing maximum system cooling. An exclusive Snap-Lok® Auger Storage system eases maneuvering on the job site.

For more information, visit General Equipment Company at www.generalequip.com.