Sleek Look

This handrail system, made from a variety of materials including schedule 40 steel pipe sleeved in HDPE thermoplastic tube, aluminum, stainless steel and welded steel, is available in sections as well as continuous units. It has a sleek look and is capable of withstanding a concentrated load of 200 lb. Users can build completely new railing systems or expand their current system. The railing system is offered in a variety of styles and installation options. It meets OSHA, BOCA, SBC and UBC standards. Ideal Shield; 800/731-1722; www.idealshield.com

Auxiliary Hydraulics Circuit

An 84-in. attachment helps make jobsite preparation easier for landscapers, golf courses and general contractors. Primary application is for seeding or laying fresh sod, but it also works well for grading, leveling, filling and pulverizing dirt clumps as well as for separating and windrowing debris and rocks, the maker says. The drum can be adjusted to any angle (up to 25� left or right) by fingertip controls from the handles on the steering levers. It has a direct-drive motor, an oscillating front bolster and is approved for use on Bobcat loader models. Bobcat Co.; 701/241-8756; www.bobcat.com


New Spectra Precision laser tools for short- range positioning, measuring or alignment jobs are available. They include the LP series of laser pointers (three models) and the LG2 line generator. Both are easy-to-use, self-leveling, multiple-beam units that allow one person to perform a range of interior and exterior layout and alignment work. With two simultaneous beams projecting a 90� angle, the LG2 generator is best suited for the precise layout of tile, stone, brick, carpet, hardwood flooring, interior walls and more. Trimble Navigation Ltd; 408/481-7808; www.trimble.com

Time- and Labor-Saving Features

A new large-capacity version of the Ditch Witch FX30 vacuum excavation system is now available with a 1,200-gallon vacuum tank and a fresh water capacity of 500 gallons. It is designed for municipalities and contractors with a need to perform utility cleanup and nonintrusive soft excavation tasks where large debris capacity is required. Features such as its innovative rear tank door latch, space-efficient trailer configuration and hose reel provide big-machine productivity in applications with small, confined workspaces, the company says. It is also designed with time and labor-saving features including quick setup, curbside user-friendly controls, hose reel, low center of gravity, hydraulically opening rear tank door and more. The Charles Machine Works Inc.; 800/654-6481; www.ditchwitch.com

Lightweight, Flexible, Easy to Operate

Three new HandyCrane models with maximum lift capacities of less than two tons have been added to the manufacturer's product line. Model 0.5/4 has a lifting capacity of 950 lb. It is a compact unit with low self-weight, few wearing parts and can be directly mounted to the chassis frame or truck bed with a 15-in.-sq stationary base. Other models include the 1.5/10 with a lifting capacity of 2,700 lb and the 1.7/12 with a maximum lift of 3,195 lb and an optional manual extension. Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT); 515/557-2062; www.imt.com

Padded Side Handle

TE6-S and TE6-C rotary hammer drills are designed to handle diverse applications, ranging from drilling anchor and through holes in concrete and masonry to concrete cleanup work. Both models provide improved engineering to deliver up to 50% longer life than the previous TE 5 model. The new drills are equipped with an ample D-handle grip and padded side handle for operator comfort. They also feature oversized controls with easy-grip access and synchronized function selection as well as full power forward and reverse operation. TE6-S is engineered to provide solid power and can drill at full speed with hammering at only 30% of the full impact energy. Hilti Inc.; 800/879-8000; www.us.hilti.com