Easy set-up vehicle lift
Each Mach 4 column has a rated capacity of 18,000 lbs. and can raise a vehicle 69 in. within 78 seconds. Powered by two deep-cycle marine batteries and equipped with an onboard waterproof charger, the columns can be used in wash bays as well as outside the shop. Because the columns connect using three — rather than four — cables, technicians drive in and out of the bay area without disconnecting and reconnecting cables. Each column is identical, so a single technician can control the entire lift from any column. Options include an LED lighting system for hands-free lighting under the vehicle. Rotary Lift. www.rotarylift.com.
Root and weed control system
Dotted with the non-systemic herbicide tri-fluralin, BioBarrier keeps tree roots from infiltrating pipes, sidewalks, levees, curbs, swimming pools, parking lots, swimming pools, and foundations for up to 15 years without harming the tree. It also kills weeds for up to 10 years without harming surrounding shrubs. Because the system uses standard drainage fabric, water, air, and nutrients reach the trees and plants the community wants. The barrier does not extend beyond the edge of the fabric. Fiberweb PLC. www.biobarrier.com.
Upgraded asset-management software
GIS-integrated PubWorks allows users to tie work orders, service requests, and job-costing to their existing geodatabases. Tracker Software Corp. www.trackersoftwarecorp.com.tr
95-gallon roll-out carts
A one-piece, molded-in handle and built-in foot tilter provide a strong gripping area and easy maneuverability. A reinforced top lip adds strength and rigidity, as do the molded-in lift points. It's shipped with lids attached so that only wheels need to be snapped on upon delivery. Also available in 20-, 35-, and 65-gal. capacities. Rehrig Pacific Co. www.rehrigpacific.com.ca
Hinged manhole unit enhances safety, security
Designed with a safety catch at 90 degrees, a patent-pending hinge allows crews to open covers to 120 degrees, where the cover can be removed. The hinge feature can be incorporated into current local standards. An “MPIC” pickslot eliminates surface water inflow (like a closed pick hole) while providing a solid point of contact (like a pick bar), and accepts virtually any removal tool. Cam lock eliminates loose fasteners. It exceeds AASHTO M306 and M105 standards. East Jordan Iron Works Inc. www.ejiw.com.
Keep dog feces outut of stormwater
The newest iteration of Dogipot's pet station is plastic instead of aluminum to lower the “pollution solution's” price. The product line also includes biodegradable bags, bag dispensers, and signs; the company claims customers receive orders within three days. Dogipot Inc. www.dogipot.com.
Treatment-plant-friendly grease liquefier
Ten gals. of noncorrosive, biodegradable, nonacidic, and non-caustic Jet Power II can treat 1,000 ft. of sewer pipe after dilution in any standard jet-spray truck. Crews inject the solution upstream of the affected pipe, wait 10 to 15 minutes, set PSI and reel speed to maximum levels, and then spray. (For best results, the company recommends using a rotating nozzle.) The liquid grease washes downstream and won't re-coagulate. Duke's Root Control Inc. www.dukes.com.
Quick-change rotary drum chippers
The company's 1290 and 1690 drum chippers now feature an advanced design that cuts knife-changing time in half, making it easier to set the knife to the anvil and to remove the shaft of the drum from the rotor —without cutting and damaging the drum or shaft, as what oftentimes happens with conventional systems. Ideal for light-duty utility line and tree maintenance activities, the 1290 Drum Bandit has a 12-in.-wide drum and the 1690 drum is 16 in. wide. Bandit Industries. www.banditchippers.com.
LAN-based fleet management software
CFA Software adds two options to its core Windows-based CFAWin product. Compatible with desktop PCs, notebook and tablet computers, and handheld devices like PDAs, Shop Floor gives managers a global view of operations while tracking individual technicians and repairs. e-Service Request allows internal customers to submit and track repair requests via the organization's intranet, creating an auditable trail of service requests in the process. Computerized Fleet Analysis Inc. www.cfasoftware.com.