Toro acquires Astec Underground product line
Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro Co. has acquired certain utility and underground product assets of Astec Underground, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astec Industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Through the acquisition, Toro has acquired Astec Underground’s equipment line of vibratory plows, trenchers and horizontal directional drills for the underground utilities market. These products, which are used in the installation, repair and replacement of utilities with minimal impact on surrounding landscapes or structures, are designed for power distribution, telecommunications, utility companies, and landscape and irrigation contractors.
“This acquisition helps further grow Toro’s product presence in the landscape and ground engaging markets, along with providing access to a new category close to our core businesses,” said Rick Rodier, general manager of Toro’s Sitework Systems Business. “The underground utilities space represents a market in which we don’t compete today, but one we believe provides great opportunity to drive global share growth in these new categories.”
Chattanooga, Tenn-based Astec Industries is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, pipeline and utility trenching and wood processing. The products Toro is acquiring, which does not include Astec’s Trencor product line, are manufactured at the Astec Underground facility in Loudon, Tennessee.
AZEK switches on outdoor lighting offerings
AZEK Building Products has added new outdoor lighting options to its AZEK Rail product line: two styles of Lighted Post Caps and Under Top Rail Lighting.
The Lighted Post Caps include the Villa Cap, available in White and Black, and the Island Cap, available in White, Black, Brownstone and Kona (dark brown). Both caps include multiple LEDs and fit all AZEK 5X5 Rail Post sleeves and complement existing post caps.
AZEK Under Top Rail Lighting, which tucks under the top rail, workw with AZEK Premier and Trademark Railings. The patent pending lighting system requires no extra fasteners and is virtually hidden. The LED lighting strips, which can be cut to fit any length of railing, fit into a semi-rigid extrusion and then press between the top rail retainer and top rail.
The AZEK Under Top Rail Lighting and Lighted Post Caps are powered by 12-Volt DC power.
Metabo launches new hammer drills
Metabo Corp. has unveiled two new 1/2-in. hammer drills that promise to increase productivity on the job site. The SBE710 and the SBE 1100 Plus can be used on various construction materials, including concrete block, solid concrete and brick.
The SBE710 hammer drill features the company’s Variospeed electronic speed control, which allows users to regulate the speed from the lowest value to the highest. The hammer drill has a maximum impact rate of 59,000 bmp, is rated at 5.8 amps and provides a maximum drilling diameter of 3/4-in. concrete, 1/2-in. mild steel and 1-and-9/16-in. softwood.
The two-speed aluminum die cast gear box in the hammer drill offers a no-load speed of 0 rpm to 1,000 rpm in first gear and 0 rpm to 3,100 rpm in second gear with a maximum tightening torque of 248 in.-lbs.
The SBE710 features a 710-watt motor and a ‘LongLife’ motor design that withstands abuse from dust and overload conditions.
The SBE 1100 Plus hammer drill features Metabo’s Vario Tacho Constamatic (VTC) speed stabilization that increases efficiency by working at nearly 100% of the no-load speed up to the full-rated amp load of 9.6 amps. The tool’s ‘LongLife’ motor has 1,100 watts of power.
In addition, it features a two-speed die cast aluminum gear box and offers a no-load speed of 0 rpm to 900 rpm in first gear and 0 rpm to 2,800 rpm in second gear with a maximum tightening torque of 389 in.-lbs.
Safety features for both hammer drills include a rubber coated grip, safety non-slip side handle, Metabo’s safety slip clutch, auto-stop carbon brushes and winding protection grid.