Latest Combi News
Aug 4, 2021
Hilltip introduces IceStriker 6000CM Combi Spreaders Along with the new size, Hilltip is adding chain-driven options for all other IceStriker Combi Spreaders. LAKESIDE PARK, Ky. – Hilltip is now offering its IceStriker™ Combi Spreaders in a 6.0 cubic yard capacity, 12-inch pintle chain-driven unit. The new 6000CM model is the largest Hilltip model available in the North American market. Along with the new size, Hilltip is adding chain-driven options for all other IceStriker Combi Spreaders, including the 2000, 2800, 3400 and 4200 models. Previously, these models were only offered as auger-driven machines. Hilltip is expanding the option to meet the preferences of all winter care professionals. The new 6000 model will only be offered in the chain-driven system at this time. Customers can expect all chain-driven models to be available for the 2021-22 season. Designed for ½-ton trucks and larger, the electric-powered IceStriker spreaders (12- or 24-volt dual motors) are now available in capacities of 2.0, 2.8, 3.4, 4.2 and 6.0 cubic yards. They not only offer the unique ability to spread granular salt, sand and gravel, but can also be transformed into a liquid deicing sprayer – either pre-wetting material as it’s spread or directly spraying brine to the driving surface for anti-icing applications. Every IceStriker spreader features liquid tanks integrated into both sides of the double-walled poly hopper, which hold up to 220 gallons of liquid. By adding the optional pre-wet liquid kit, which includes a pump and spray nozzle, an operator can pre-wet spreading materials to help activate the salt as it’s spread and to reduce material bounce. Furthermore, by adding the optional 6-foot, 7-inch dual spraybar, an operator can now spray brine directly onto the driving surface with a maximum 16-foot spraying width. This makes the spreaders ideal for all operations, whether they are just getting into liquid applications or are well experienced in brine. The addition of a 40-foot hose reel and hand-held spray nozzle allows for easier spraying in hard-to-reach areas, such as on sidewalks and steps. Also, an optional bladder tank increases the unit’s overall brine capacity to 550 gallons. All spreader and sprayer functions are operated using the advanced StrikeSmart controller. Featuring a detailed color screen, the controller allows operators to customize virtually every aspect of their spreading sessions, such as adjusting vibrator settings, blast settings and more. Also, the controller allows for exact material feed and spreading width settings (between 2 and 40 feet), and all systems can be calibrated from within the cab. Using the GPS speed-control function, the spreader will automatically adjust the chain or auger speed depending on vehicle speed to achieve consistent material delivery, while the manual mode allows for setting a fixed speed. The controller also automatically collects and saves essential data. Logging data 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this feature provides operators with spreading reports that can reduce potential liability issues. Accessory buttons are built into the controller, making the actuation of any standard or optional accessories simple. Another exclusive ability with the advanced controller is the optional adjustable spreading symmetry function. Typically only found on larger truck spreaders, this feature allows the operator to adjust the direction of material off of the spinner from the cab-mounted control. This is ideal when working in parking lots or when working on properties adjacent to other businesses, so the operator can ensure that material is only being directed onto a paying customer’s property and away from vehicles. A graphic indicates the current direction of the material, which can be easily adjusted with the integrated dial. For maximum control and observation of an equipment fleet, all IceStriker spreaders come standard with Hilltip’s exclusive HTrack™ tracking software option. This allows for remote tracking and management of all spreaders from a computer, tablet or smartphone. One can monitor treatment routes, vehicle speed, GPS location and material usage in real-time. Also, the two-way GPRS communication channel allows application rates to be remotely set and adjusted for each customer’s site depending on weather conditions. Other standard equipment on the IceStriker Combi Spreader includes a sealed, weather-resistant motor enclosure, automatic vibrator, integrated tie-down loops, top screen and pre-routed accessory wire for simplified light/rear camera installation. Auger models include an inverted-V structure over the auger drive to reduce heavy start-up loads on the feed mechanism. Additional accessory options include an LED work light, strobe lights, illuminated license plate kit, rear and indicator lights, leg stand for more convenient storage/installation, end material alarm sensor on the spinner, tarp cover and an extended auger for axle loading optimization. One can also choose to get the hopper in orange instead of the standard gray color. PALMDALE, Calif. — Sun Valley Lighting announces the introduction of the classically-styled Marbella LED luminaire for street and public area lighting. The fixture is offered in three models: post top, arm mount and wall mount, all featuring graceful, curving details reminiscent of traditional European lanterns. Marbella fixtures are available in three sizes that feature consistent styling and optics across the family line. Three diffusers and nine distribution patterns are available; diffusers include lens free, clear-patterned acrylic lens and white acrylic lens. The luminaire is available in three LED packages: 20, 36 and 48 LEDs, with CCTs that range from 3000K to 5000K, along with amber. Marbella utilizes a PLED optical system with a micro-reflector behind each LED to enhance forward throw of illumination and reduce backlight. Each LED is optically-controlled by a lens that has its distribution type and direction of light throw incorporated. LED circuit boards on all models are field rotatable in 90° increments and field replaceable. House shields are applied to individual LEDs to control unwanted brightness in residential areas. Marbella offers various dimming options, including HLSW that step dims the luminaire from 50% to 100%, utilizing an external timer, on/off signal, master motion sensor or other digital signal. The luminaire is available in a selection of standard textured finishes: black, white, grey, dark bronze and green, along with custom colors. Sun Valley Lighting supplied the electrical industry for more than 30 years, and all Sun Valley Lighting products are manufactured entirely in the U.S. AUSTIN & SAN DIEGO — LawnStarter , a provider of on-demand lawn and outdoor care, has acquired Lawn Love in a cash-and-stock deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. As people spend more time at home, they seek easier ways to manage upkeep and improve their homes, and are more comfortable doing so on a mobile app. Combined, LawnStarter and Lawn Love will benefit providers of outdoor home services by enabling them to take on more jobs, thereby boosting the revenue of thousands of small businesses across the country. “The combination of LawnStarter and Lawn Love will further propel growth of the on-demand economy for lawn care and other outdoor services,” said LawnStarter Co-founder and CEO Steve Corcoran. “Joining forces enables LawnStarter and Lawn Love to be even more disruptive together as we continue to revolutionize the outdoor services industry.” LawnStarter and Lawn Love are graduates of two prominent accelerators, Techstars and Y Combinator. The companies have benefited from the rise in on-demand marketplaces dominated by companies such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash and GrubHub, where PwC predicts the global value of the sharing economy —driven primarily by millennials — will reach $335 billion by 2025. Lawn Love Founder and CEO Jeremy Yamaguchi says his company’s acquisition by LawnStarter allows both businesses to better capitalize on the growth of on-demand, tech-enabled services since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and positions the combined company as a clear market leader. “This deal effectively teleports both Lawn Love and LawnStarter years into the future,” Yamaguchi said. “It’s a dramatic acceleration toward our goal of empowering small business owners by providing the technology and tools to help them grow their businesses, compete with the big guys and ultimately thrive.” The home services market has seen a flurry of activity in the last year. Home service marketplace Porch, which has been building market share through acquisitions , went public via SPAC and has a market cap of $1.7 billion. Thumbtack raised $275 million, nearly doubling its valuation since its last fundraise in 2019. Earlier this month, private equity firm KKR announced plans to acquire home services platform Neighborly from Harvest Partners. Contractor-management software provider ServiceTitan has raised a total of $1.1 billion with a valuation of $9.5 billion. LawnStarter and Lawn Love will operate as separate brands, led by Corcoran as CEO. LawnStarter’s headquarters will stay in Austin. Yamaguchi is remaining with the combined company. BLAINE, Minn. — Turfco TurnAer XT5 Aerators now come equipped with the Honda GXV160 engine. “We’re equipping the XT5 with the Honda GXV160 in response to customer requests,” said Scott Kinkead, executive vice president, Turfco Manufacturing. The company changeover to the new engine is already in place. The 163-cc, 4.3-hp GXV160 supplies more than enough power to keep the XT5 churning day-in, day-out. The large-capacity, 1.5-gallon gas tank allows for longer use between fills. It runs on regular unleaded pump gasoline. The OHV engine is built for high-output, fuel-efficient operation, while also delivering quiet, reliable performance. Highly maneuverable and user-friendly, the XT5’s hydrostatic controls make it a smooth walk-behind commercial aerators. Operators can turn and reverse direction with the XT5 while keeping the tines in motion, thanks to the hydrostatic drive system coupled to Turfco’s patented, steerable aerator technology. Turning with tines to the ground reduces operator fatigue and improves productivity. The XT5 is proven to be up to 30% more productive than traditional aerators. The XT5 also features EasyChange tines, reducing the amount of time required to change tines. Patent-pending tine wheels enhance steering and increase hill-holding stability. A removable tine cover helps speed up tine changing and cleaning. The XT5 also advances aerator durability with a low-profile design and rugged, unibody steel frame. Instead of belts, the XT5 uses drive chains that are covered and located outside of the frame for long-lasting, trouble-free operation. Landscape professionals can count on Turfco for continuing support right from the source. Turfco has been in the lawncare business for more than 100 years.