RedMax adds 2 new trimmers

RedMax adds 2 new trimmers

The SRTZ235 and LRTZ235 Articulating Hedge Trimmers are the company’s most versatile and ergonomic trimming options.

RedMax, a manufacturer of commercial-grade outdoor power equipment, introduces two new articulating hedge trimmers: the SRTZ235 and LRTZ235. These trimmers, distinguished by their short- and long-reach configurations, are the lightest trimmers for their blade size on the market and include a longer blade length than previous models to easily trim hard-to-reach areas.

At 24 inches, the trimmers’ blade length allows lawn maintenance professionals to cut more in one pass and extends so the operator can reach hedges and shrubs without requiring a ladder or bending down, helping get the job done quickly. Operators can select from one of the trimmers’ ten locking positions to change the angle of the blade, which improves maneuverability around bushes, shrubs or other vegetation.

“Pro users who run the SRTZ235 and LRTZ235 will find the trimmers are lightweight, extremely versatile and offer large fuel capacity for more runtime in between refueling,” said Jack Easterly, product manager at RedMax. “Durability, as well as speed and ease of use, helps us elevate RedMax trimmers above the competition and improve the user experience for our customers.”

The 21.6 fl. oz fuel capacity of the SRTZ235 and LRTZ235 trimmers enables long running time, while the commercial-built gearbox allows users to quickly switch between cutting angles with a single pull-down motion. Easily accessible grease fittings make lubrication and maintenance a breeze.

Extended-reach trimmers are increasingly popular amongst professionals, as the blades are located further away from the operator. SRTZ235 and LRTZ235 trimmers offer that added peace of mind, as well as performance and versatility. Additionally, the trimmer’s articulating head can fold all the way to 0-degrees for easier transport when moving from one job to the next.

Learn more about the RedMax SRTZ235 and LRTZ235 articulating hedge trimmers and the entire commercial lineup at

The new postmark deadline is Oct. 3, 2022.

The deadline for the Richard Foster Award has been extended to Oct 3, 2022.

The Richard Foster Award is available to outstanding students planning careers in the landscape, lawncare or horticulture business.

To be eligible for an academic scholarship, you must be enrolled at a recognized two-or four-year college or university working toward a degree in horticulture, turfgrass management, agronomy, environmental science or other field related to a segment of the green industry.

To view requirements, click here.

Hilltip introduces SprayStriker 2600 De-Icing Sprayer

The SprayStriker 2600 has a 265-gallon capacity with a polyethylene tank and powder-coated stainless-steel frame.

Hilltip now offers the SprayStriker™ 2600 sprayer for de-icing and anti-icing applications ? it is engineered to be the most efficient truck-mounted brine sprayer on the market.

The SprayStriker 2600 has a 265-gallon capacity with a polyethylene tank and powder-coated stainless-steel frame, making the unit durable, yet lightweight. It is equipped with a 6’7″ wide spray bar with 14 nozzles for excellent coverage. The spray bar can be flipped up when needed.

Dual 12V pumps apply liquid at rates up to 20 gallons per lane mile at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. GPS speed control automatically adjusts the flow according to the vehicle speed to consistently achieve the desired rate across the treated area. A color screen controller offers easy adjustment of application rates and other sprayer functions from the cab.

Like all SprayStriker sprayers, the 2600 includes Hilltip’s exclusive HTrack™ tracking software. This system offers two-way GPRS capability, allowing users to create work sites, set customized application rates, monitor drivers and document all activities remotely using a computer, smartphone or tablet. The unique technology offers unmatched benefits for both managers and drivers in the winter maintenance business.

Other standard features of the SprayStriker 2600 include a 2-inch camlock inlet for filling the sprayer, an additional rinse tank for cleaning the spray system after each use, and built-in tie-down straps for strapping the unit to the truck. It is also equipped with an accessory wire for powering the optional beacon light. Other options include a manual spray nozzle with a 40-foot hose reel, adjustable leg stands, and solenoids on the end nozzles.

Sales Rep Craig Haire joins Aspen Outdoors in serving turf and lawn care professionals in North Carolina.

Aspen Investments, a holding company that supports the golf, lawn care, landscape, nursery & greenhouse, erosion control and site work materials markets, has hired Craig Haire to help strengthen its sales team in Eastern North Carolina as a rep for their newest brand, Aspen Outdoors. The Middlesex, N.C., site will service the Carolinas as part of the brand’s mission to support turf professionals in all regions within the continental U.S. by providing them with turf management products. This Aspen Outdoors location will share a facility with the Aspen Investments headquarters. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Craig aboard our team at Aspen Outdoors,” said Keith Montgomery, chief business development officer for Aspen Investments. “It’s truly an exciting time for our growing company, and our focus is set on serving turf managers throughout the region. Craig will play a key role in this endeavor, and his wealth of industry knowledge and experience will be a great asset for both our team and our customers.”

Haire brings more than 30 years of experience in turf supply and irrigation sales, golf course construction and customer service to Aspen Outdoors, having worked with companies like Eastern Turf Equipment and Smith Turf & Irrigation. He most recently ran his own business, named Neptune Turf Solutions, which sold turf supplies for chemical, fertilizer and irrigation services.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the important role that Aspen Outdoors will play here in North Carolina,” said Haire. “I have a lot of respect for this organization and it’s fulfilling to see our values so closely aligned. I’m looking forward to making new connections and building trusted relationships with turf managers across the Carolinas.”

Haire is a graduate of North Carolina State University and earned his degree in Agronomy, with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management.

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Ewing promotes Bower to new Florida division VP position

Jeff Bower has extensive experience in Florida’s green industry, both in distribution and manufacturing.

As a key market, and with the significant opportunities for further growth and expansion to its 13-store footprint in the state of Florida, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply  is promoting a dedicated Division Vice President over Florida. 

Starting Sept. 1, 2022, Jeff Bower will serve is the Florida Division Vice President, a promotion from his current role as National Irrigation Category Manager. Bower has extensive experience in Florida’s green industry, both in distribution and manufacturing. He brings a wealth of knowledge and long-standing relationships to his new role. Ewing’s strategic plan for Florida includes opening two new locations in the next six months. 

“Florida continues to be one of Ewing’s largest growth opportunities, and having Jeff in this position enhances our ability to grow and expand throughout the state,” said Phil Kerchner, Ewing Eastern Territory President. “Our existing sales and operations leadership in Florida have done an outstanding job leading us into this opportunity for continued growth and will continue to be instrumental in our future.” 

Earlier this year, Bower joined Ewing’s category management team. He quickly proved to be a great asset in the irrigation category, with extensive product knowledge and a strong understanding of distribution, from vendor relations and sourcing to counter sales and delivery. His experience includes 15 years of managing sales, marketing, operations and procurement as VP and Chief Operating Officer for FIS Outdoor. Prior to FIS, Bower was with Hunter Industries for 12 years, where he worked his way up through the sales ranks to become National Sales Manager. In his early years in the industry, he worked for Century Rain Aid, working in design, estimation and sales. 

Bower is a longtime resident of the Tampa Bay area and will continue to be based in that market.

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