What Can You Expect From Little Wonder Edgers?

little wonder pro edgerNot all commercial equipment is big: Little Wonder has been building industrial grade walk-behind and hand-held lawn care equipment since they invented the first hedge trimmer over 90 years ago. In that time, they’ve single-handedly created entire markets by inventing high-performance compact devices from mini tillers to blowers. Their Pro Edger is no different, delivering serious cutting performance without serious weight and size.

Power without Bulk

The Pro Edger has a 10-inch steel blade that can cut up to four inches deep for a clean finish. This blade is sharpened on all four sides, so you can simply flip the blade around when one side gets dull. Power is transferred to the blade using a pair of shielded belts to ensure minimal debris and slippage. Depth, belt tension, and blade engagement can all be adjusted from the control panel at the operator’s position. Continue reading

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The Versatility and Features of the Little Wonder Gas Hedge Trimmer

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The Little Wonder gas hedge trimmer offers plenty of versatility for almost any trimming project a homeowner encounters. The features of this trimmer, along with the innovative design, make hedge trimming a breeze. These are some of the features and versatility that make the Little Wonder Gas Hedge Trimmer a favorite:

  • Positioning
  • Gear Design
  • Blade Design
  • 13 Ounce Fuel Capacity
  • Commercial Grade Quality
  • Electronic Ignition
  • Convenient Position of Triggers and Switches
  • Added Safety Features

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How to Quickly and Easily Trim Overgrown Shrubs

Hedges_and_lawn_Santa_Clara_CaliforniaBushes and shrubs typically found in landscaping are different from trees in that they have multiple stems and a shorter height. They are usually perennial and may get as high as 20 feet depending on the plant. Once they become overgrown, they can be problematic in any well-maintained landscaping, and cutting them back is vital for the overall health of the plant.

When To Trim Overgrown Shrubs

Many landscapers trim bushes and shrubs to both keep the plant healthy and also to maintain its attractive appearance. Sometimes overgrowth will also prevent the plant from producing many blooms or flowers. Overgrowth can cause an increased risk of infestation and disease as well. Pruning the shrubs helps rejuvenate the plant, returns it to an attractive visual state and can be useful in training it to grow in a certain way.
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The Top 5 Pieces of Outdoor Power Equipment for a Beautiful Lawn

When maintaining your lawn, the types of tools and power equipment you use are important. You always want to work smarter rather than harder, so consider what you will need before beginning your projects.

Lawn Mower

It all starts with the lawn mower. You will first want to consider your needs. Do you have a large lawn or just a small area to mow? If you have a large area to cover, you may want to consider a riding lawn mower or a garden tractor. You will want to consider the width of the deck if you will be using it in smaller sections or passing through a gate. The comfort of the seat and steering wheel are also important factors to consider.
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How to Change the Blades on your eXmark Mower

There are a number of reasons you may be wanting to change your mower blades. In many cases, age and rust make the blades inefficient, and dull blades cause damage to your grass. Rocks, sticks and other debris can also damage the leading edge of your blades, leading to inefficient and uneven cutting. On the other hand, you may be upgrading your blades for mulching or extremely thick growths of weeds that need to be cut down. Fortunately, eXmark has made it relatively simple for anyone to change out their blades in no time and get back to mowing.

Safety First

Before you even think about getting under the mower to change the blades, you first need to ensure that there is absolutely no chance of the engine turning over or the blades rotating unexpectedly. Apply the parking brake so that the mower cannot move while you’re working, and go ahead and put a block behind the rear tires just in case. Remove the key from the ignition completely, and pull the spark plug wires off of the plugs, tucking them away from the engine. This will keep any spark from reaching the engine altogether.

Raise the Mower

The easiest way to access the blades is simply to adjust the mowing deck up to its highest position. On most eXmark mowers this is the 5″ cutting height, set by the handle on the side of the deck. We recommend using a MoJack lift, specifically designed for zero turn mowers to lift the front of your tractor the rest of the way. Regular automotive jacks and ramps are more difficult to line up with a tractor frame and do not provide the same level of security as the MoJack system.

Removal

Use a socket with a long breaker bar to loosen the center bolt. A properly torqued bolt will be very difficult to get loose, so you will need the leverage of a breaker bar in most cases. In addition, mowers that have been left to collect dirt or rust will be harder to work with. Loosen the bolt completely and remove the washer. Make sure to keep both together for reassembly. Remove the mower blades from the shaft, and be careful not to let them fall.

Inspection

Now that you have the blades off take some time to inspect them, along with the shaft for any signs of wear, damage or rust. Hopefully, even if your blade becomes dull over time, its remained in good shape otherwise. These blades can typically be sharpened and reused. However, a blade that has sustained heavy damage from rocks or other debris may not be reusable.

Installation

Put your new blade on the same way you pulled the old ones off. Make sure you have the blade on in the right direction and reinstall both the washer and the bolt. Check your owner’s manual for proper torque specifications. After the blades are safely installed, carefully lower your mower and reconnect your spark plug wires before testing it.

For more helpful hints about eXmark mowers, and other landscaping equipment visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment today. Their shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, off of Route 11 in South Central Pennsylvania. If you live outside of Pennsylvania, Shank’s Lawn is happy to provide you parts and accessories over the web at shankslawn.com. They will ship any part throughout the US and Canada, and can help you find the right fit for your equipment.

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How to Keep Your eXmark Mower In Tip Top Shape

Lawn equipment is often one of the most neglected appliances around your home. Forgetting to do regular oil changes and other basic maintenance procedures will cause your mower to break down long before it should. The good news is that most maintenance on the eXmark mower is easy to do and should only take a few extra minutes of your time.

Cleaning Your Mower

One of the biggest problems homeowners experience with their eXmark mowers is trouble getting it started after a long period of sitting, or trouble keeping the mower running smoothly. In many cases, this problem can be resolved simply by cleaning your mower on a regular basis. Dust and debris builds up in and around your mower over time, getting into the air intake, and sometimes even building up around your fuel and oil filler caps, contaminating your fluids. The simple solution is to quickly clean off your mower after each use and at the beginning of the season when it has been sitting all winter long. Don’t use water, as this can also contaminate your fuel and oil, and cause rust. Instead, a quick brush with a rag or an air compressor can blow out all the cobwebs and keep your engine clean. You should also take a moment to check under your mower before you start it up to make sure no animals have nested between the blades and nothing has gotten lodged under the mower before you try to turn it over for the first time. Continue reading

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Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Before Shopping for a Honda Push Mower

Honda has long been a power player in the landscaping industry with high-quality equipment and tons of options. The type of push mower you choose is going to depend on the features you need, the budget you have to work with, and the type of mowing you plan on doing. Here are some questions that you should ask while you’re surveying Honda’s huge line of push mowers this season.

1. How Much do You Want to Spend?

Honda offers four distinct lines of push mower products. Each one is designed with a different set of budget guidelines in mind. Starting with the HRS line, Honda offers push mowers that are both powerful and reliable at a no frills low price. On the other hand, their HRC line is built with commercial customers in mind and carries a higher price tag along with the heavy duty performance. The HRR and HRX lines offer convenience features and easier operation for a small markup.
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Troubleshooting your ECHO String Trimmer Step by Step

String trimmers are handy devices for cleaning up grass and weeds along fences, houses, and trees in your yard. They use a thin line that whips around quickly to cut down grass that your mower can’t reach on its own. While many people have used trimmers to clean their yard up, few people take the time to properly maintain and repair their trimmers when trouble strikes. Here are few hints and tips for troubleshooting your Echo String Trimmer throughout the year.

Regular Maintenance Tasks

If your ECHO String Trimmer seems to have lost power or if it is having trouble starting and running, you should first start by checking your filters and lines for obvious problems. You should be changing fuel filters and air filters on a regular basis anyways to ensure that the engine on your trimmer is not getting blocked by debris while you’re out in the yard. If you have never changed these out before, check your manual to see how to properly replace the air filter and fuel filter, and inspect them for obvious signs of blockage while you’re at it. Double check your fuel to make sure you have plenty in the tank and look around for any signs of leakage. Also, make sure the choke is in the proper position before you try to start the trimmer.
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How to Use Cab Cadet Zero Turn Mowers

zero_product_listingCub Cadet’s Zero Turn mower line is the perfect solution for anyone who has a large size yard and needs a powerful tool to get the lawn cut in a timely fashion. Not only are zero turn mowers wider and faster than the traditional walk behind mowers, but they also allow the user to ride along in the comfort of a padded seat, so there is very little manual labor involved. Here’s what you need to know about operating a Cub Cadet zero turn mower before you buy:

Easy Steering

Cub Cadet has two different basic steering mechanisms in their zero turn mowers. On the one hand, many of their mowers use a straightforward steering wheel, allowing you to drive the mower just the same way you would drive a car. Intuitive and easy to control, these mowers are a breeze.
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Tools to Get Rid of Crabgrass for Good

Crabgrass has earned a reputation for its indomitable spirit. Many homeowners are faced with an annual battle against the course grass that takes over their yard and kills off some of the softer grass species. Fortunately, with just a few simple tools you can take action now to get rid of this pesky intruder.

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