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Arbor Age Winter 2015

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SNOW AND ICE MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT Bobcat HS8 Spreader The Hydraulic Spreader (HS8) attachment is Bobcat's first hydraulic spreader. The self-loading hopper on the HS8 has an open top and can be used as a bucket, allowing an operator to efficiently fill the spreader from a pile rather than pour material into the top. With an 8-cubic-foot hopper, the spread pattern is controlled by a hydraulic motor and three material flow gates that spread from 18 to 28 feet. The three individual gates, located on the hopper, maintain the rate of material spread. Hopper grate: Filters unwanted debris from spread material. Hydraulic system: Spread pattern controlled by hydraulic motor that gives spread pattern of 18 to 28 feet. Self-loading hopper: Allows the operator to use the hopper as a bucket, filling the spreader from a pile. Quickly and efficiently reload the spreading material into the hopper for big parking lot or road coverage jobs. Boss Snowplow HTX straight-blade plow series Designed for durability and reliability, Boss Snowplow introduced a new series of HTX straight-blade plows for half-ton and light-duty trucks, SUVs and Jeeps. Available in mild-steel, super-slick-poly or stainless-steel finishes, the HTX straight-blade plows come in 7-foot or 7-foot-6-inch widths. Built-in mounting locations for plow shoes and snow deflectors make rigging for options easier and quicker. Standard features include the Boss SmartTouch2 control system and a high-performance, fully enclosed hydraulic system. Caterpillar material-handling bucket Caterpillar Inc. introduced a new material-handling bucket for skid-steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders, compact track loaders and compact wheel loaders. These buckets have 25 percent more capacity than light material buckets of the same width, and a new widest offering 102-inch bucket. High visibility is maintained through the honeycomb see-through opening for line of sight to the entire cutting edge. The bucket is designed for year-round use, especially for stockpile loading, carrying, dumping, mulching and light grading applications in the warm months, and snow removal during the winter months. The versatile bucket is built to last with rigid reinforced floor, bolt-on cutting edge and robust rear step for safe access and exit of the machine. Eighty-four (1.40CYD), 96 (1.63CYD), and 102 (1.74CYD) inch width versions are available, all with skid-steer loader universal coupler interface. Exmark 36-inch walk-behind rotary broom The Exmark 36-inch walk-behind rotary broom raises the bar for rotary broom versatility and maneu- verability with a patented steering system and a choice of bristle materials to accommodate virtually any surface, or varying terrain. A patented power steering system includes easy-to-use fingertip trigger con- trols, and independent levers control drive and broom engagement. Convenient thumb-operated broom angle adjustment system allows up to 20 degrees left/right adjustment. Positive pin-type broom-height adjustment system offers adjustment in 1/8-inch increments. Two available bristle materials provide all- season versatility, delivering maximum cleaning effectiveness with minimal surface impact. Fisher HDX snowplow The Fisher HDX snowplow from Fisher Engineering offers an adjustable attack angle that can be set to 55, 65 or 75 degrees to accommodate different plowing surfaces, weather conditions or operator preferences. The plow also features an articulating A-frame that allows the blade to pivot from side to side to freely follow the contours of the plowing surface for a cleaner scrape and more even cutting edge wear. 28 WINTER 2015 ARBOR AGE EQUIPMENT FOCUS

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