Yanmar Snowblower Attachments

Yanmar snowblower attachmentsAre you having trouble finding a snowblower that strikes a good balance between size and power? Walk-behind snowblowers aren’t good for large jobs, while most tractor attachments are either underpowered single-stage units or huge devices built for commercial users with giant tractors. Yanmar fills this gap with their line of two-stage snowblower attachments. While they’re built to work with Yanmar’s SA, YT2, and YT3 series tractors, they’ll work with any small or mid-sized tractor with a compatible hitch and PTO.

Why Should I Choose a Yanmar Snowblower Attachment?

The biggest advantage of these attachments is a clever design that maximizes auger performance and durability. The PTO connects to a gearbox mounted behind the auger housing. It directly drives the chute fan, while a jackshaft connected to a side-mounted chain drive drives the auger. This keeps the drive system out of harm’s way and lets the auger reach the entire length of the housing. Even with the housing’s thick steel sides, each attachment is only a couple inches wider than its total working width.

While other manufacturers use solid augers in their tractor attachments, Yanmar manufactures their augers using two-inch-wide flighting. This reduces weight and helps the auger slice through chunks of snow after the initial cut. The steel fan at the back of the housing breaks up snow even further, pushing fine powder out of the chute. These attachments work effectively at ground speeds ranging from 1.5 and 8 MPH. This gives you the option of crawling through thick snow, reducing the number of passes needed to get the job done.

The auger is mounted on shear bolts that break away when the mechanism gets jammed. Yanmar also uses a shear pin on the driveshaft, so jams don’t damage your tractor’s PTO.

The chute has 270 degrees of rotation. The angle can be adjusted manually using a factory-installed crank. If you want to change snow direction on the go, Yanmar offers hydraulic and electric chute rotators that can be used from the tractor’s operator position. The chute angle is controlled by a 5 position lever mounted on the chute.

The replaceable skids work just like the ones on a walk-behind snowblower. Once the mounting bolts are loose, you can slide the skids up and down to set a minimum height for the auger. That way you can transport the attachment and lower it to the same height every time. The mounting spaces have enough range for everything from skimming off pavement to removing snow on gravel driveways without picking up rocks.

Which Model is Right for My Tractor?

Yanmar makes three snowblower attachments ranging from 54 to 74 inches wide. All three connect to a Cat 3 Driveline and a three-point hitch. They’re also ASABE quick hitch compatible, letting you connect to the attachment by backing up to the mount points and lifting the snowblower as a single unit. If you want to add a quick hitch to your tractor, Yanmar makes an adapter that works with this application. All models are designed to operate with a PTO spinning at 540 RPM.

Depending on your tractor and snowblower model, you may need to add front weights to keep your tractor balanced. With the attachment mounted, at least 20% of the tractor’s weight should be on the front wheels.

YSB54S

Required PTO HP: 15-25
Hitch: Cat 1
Transport width: 56 inches
Working width: 54 inches
Working height: 24 inches
Weight: 415 lbs.
Fan: 22 x 6 inches

YSB64S

Required PTO HP: 15-35
Hitch: Cat 1
Transport width: 66 inches
Working width: 64 inches
Working height: 24 inches
Weight: 436 lbs.
Fan: 22 x 6 inches

YSB74C

Required PTO HP: 30-50
Hitch: Cat 1 and 2
Transport width: 76 inches
Working width: 74 inches
Working height: 26 inches
Weight: 592 lbs.
Fan: 24 x 8 inches

We Have What You Need to Deal With Snow

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries everything you need to tackle winter weather, including snowblowers, plows and salt spreaders. We carry Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet and Honda snowblowers, Yanmar and Woods attachments, and Yanmar and BCS tractors. Need parts or service for your equipment? We do that, too. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA for all of your outdoor equipment needs. To get here, take Exit 10 to Marion from I-81 and drive West one mile. You can also check our current inventory and order OEM parts and accessories at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the USA and Canada.

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Which Honda Snowblower is Right for You?

Honda Snow Blower Two StageIs your current snowblower not cutting it? Do you want something that has more power and better reliability? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a Honda snowblower. They make models to cover every need, from sweeping off driveways to clearing large parking lots. Here’s what you need to know to pick a model that will fit your needs.

Single-Stage Snowblowers

These snowblowers use an auger with rubber paddles to scoop up snow and push it through the chute. As they spin, the paddles also pull the machine along the ground, requiring just a little pressure on the handle to move and steer. These machines are perfect for smaller jobs, like clearing driveways and sidewalks.

Honda fits their single-stage snowblowers with their residential grade 190cc GC-Series engine. The auger has a working width of 20 inches, and the housing can scoop up snow up to 12 inches deep. These models can move up to 1,800 lbs. of snow per minute and can propel that snow up to 33 feet away. Honda backs these models with a two-year residential warranty. Honda offers three versions of their single-stage snowblower:

– The HS720AM is the basic model. It has a manual chute.

– The HS720AA adds the Snow Director chute control, which lets the operator aim the chute from the handle.

– The HS720AS comes with the Snow Director and has an electric starter.

Two-Stage Snowblower

A two-stage snowthrower has a steel auger that picks up snow, chopping it up into a fine powder. From there, a fan pushes the snow through the chute. This two-step process improves performance in thick snow and increases throwing distances.

All of Honda’s two-stage snowblowers are built for commercial use. They come with GX-Series engines, and are warrantied for three years of residential or commercial use.

Each design comes in a standard recoil starter version and a “D” model with both an electric starter and a backup recoil starter. An onboard battery powers the starter, so there’s no need to plug the snowblower into an outlet.

Hydrostatic drive comes standard. Unlike geared drive systems, this transmission design has infinite speed adjustment, letting you get just the right clearing speed without having to slow down the engine.

Honda offers most of its two-stage blowers with tracks or wheels. Tracks offer superior traction, making them the best choice if you need to clear snow off the pavement or on sloping surfaces. Wheeled snowblowers are lighter, cheaper and easier to maintain. They’re also a little easier to turn.

All two-stage snowblowers have a 21.7-inch working height. A drift breaker kit can be added to cut tall snow and drop it into the auger housing. Chute angle is controlled by a remote joystick.

HSS724AT/ATD and HSS724AW/AWD
198cc engine
24-inch working width
1,500 lbs. of snow per minute
49-foot throwing distance
The AT comes with track drive, while the AW uses wheels.

HSS928AT/ATD and HSS928AW/AWD
270cc engine
28-inch working width
1,900 lbs. per minute
52-foot throwing distance
The AT uses track drive, while the AW uses wheel drive.

HSS1332AT/ATD
389 cc engine
32-inch working width
2,750 lbs. per minute
56-foot throwing distance
Honda only offers the HSS1332 with track drive

Hybrid

The HSM1336i is a two-stage snowblower, but its drive system gives this machine better overall performance. Instead of using the engine to directly power both the tracks and the augers, the drive-side end generates electricity. Electric motors turn the tracks, providing more low-end grunt for climbing hills and pushing snow. This drive system also works with the engine off, making this snowblower easy to transport.

The HSM1336i’s iGX engine is based on the GX-Series, but it uses an ECU to control the throttle. This helps the engine respond faster to load changes, so it’s harder to bog down the augers when hitting patches of compacted snow. Of course, electric start comes standard.

The auger has a 36-inch working width and can cut through snow up to 22.8 inches high. At full throttle, it can move 3,000 lbs. of snow per minute. This performance is in line with tractor-based snow moving equipment, without the added cost and weight of using a tractor.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the Tools You Need to Manage Winter Weather

Do you need better snow moving equipment? We carry snowblowers from Honda and Cub Cadet as well as attachments from BCS, Woods, and MultiOne. Need parts and service for your current snowblower? We do that, too. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or check our current inventory at www.shankslawn.com. We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. To order, visit our website.

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Pressure Washing in Winter Weather

Pressure WasherWhile pressure washing is the last thing most of us want to do in the winter, cleaning is critical this time of year. Salt corrosion is a serious issue, especially if you’re managing a fleet. These tips will help you use your pressure washer safely and effectively as temperatures reach freezing.

Don’t Work at Temperature Below Freezing

The water you use may be warm, but it only takes a little wind for cold air to draw that heat away. If water freezes inside your pressure washer, the expansion will destroy your pump. If you need to clean when it’s near freezing, keep a thermometer on hand. For cold water washing, stop when the temperature reaches 34°F. This gives you a bit of a buffer to empty the pump and lines. Hot water systems can run at a wind chill of 25°F. Once the temperature is below freezing, adding wind speeds up the transfer of heat from the pump to the air.

Whether you run hot or cold water, plan to do your washing in the afternoon during peak temperatures.

Work Indoors Where Possible

Obviously, if you have a heated garage with a dedicated wash bay to work in, it doesn’t matter what temperature it is outside. However, even a portable bay will help. The walls block the wind, and the drainage system helps keep runoff from freezing on pavement.

Work in the Sunlight

If you have to clean outdoors, try to do it out of the shade. Sunlight heats surfaces, making them easier to clean.

Use More Detergent

Cleaning chemicals become less effective as temperatures drop. Expect to mix in more detergent when cleaning than you need during the summer.

Use Hot Water

If your pressure washer has a heater, turn it on. Hot water will run off before it freezes, and it helps detergents do their job.

Wear Waterproof Clothing

Clothing stops holding in heat once it gets wet, making hypothermia a serious risk when pressure washing. Use rubber overshoes, slickers, and other waterproof clothing to create a protective layer around your winter clothing.

With so much water around, ice is always a danger. Add in the force of your pressure washer’s wand, and you have a high chance of falling over. Spiked shoes or a set of ice cleats will help you keep your grip on the ground.

De-Ice Ahead of Time

All the water you’re spraying will end up on the ground, turning the area into an ice rink. Lay down some salt before you start working to keep ice formation down. Be sure to match the de-icer to your current weather conditions. Magnesium and calcium chloride work well in sub-zero temperatures, preventing ice formation over cold nights. However, they can leave a slick film if temperatures hover just above freezing.

Protect Hinges, Levers, and Locks

Be careful where you spray: you want to clean dirty surfaces without forcing water into crevices. Avoid direct spray around door gaps, levers and mirrors. After cleaning, move these parts around to push out trapped moisture and wipe away water to keep them from freezing. Spraying lock cylinders with a water displacer like WD-40 will keep water from collecting inside and freezing.

Use Narrow Tips to Remove Ice

Used correctly, a 15 or 0-degree tip can slice ice into small chunks that can be pushed off with wider spray tips. Skip the 0-degree tip if you’re working around wood or paint.

Keep Your Pump from Freezing

When you’re done cleaning, extra care needs to be taken to protect the pump from freezing. After going through your usual drainage routine, spray compressed air into the pump inlet can help flush out any remaining water. Fill the pump with antifreeze as you would for long-term storage. If you used detergent, be sure to flush the chemical line. If pressure washer antifreeze isn’t available, RV antifreeze or winter formula washer fluid can be used to flush out water.

Where possible, store your pressure washer indoors to prevent freezing.

Keep Your Equipment Running through the Toughest Conditions

Do you need a better pressure washer that can tackle the cold? Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries a wide range of residential and commercial-grade machines from Cub Cadet, Billy Goat and Vortexx. Need parts, accessories, and repairs to keep your washer at peak performance? We do that, too. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship parts and accessories for every brand we carry through our website, www.shankslawn.com. We can have your order delivered to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Techniques and Tools for Dealing with Ice

dealing with iceGetting rid of snow is easy: just get a shovel or a snowblower and move it out of the way. Getting rid of ice is a lot harder. It sticks to cement, and it’s dangerous to walk and drive on. If you try to scrape it off, you might take some of the pavement with it. If you apply the wrong deicer, it won’t melt. Even if you apply an effective deicer, you may damage your property. Here’s how you can be sure you’re picking the right equipment and chemicals for ice removal.

How, Why and Where Ice Forms

For ice to form on pavement, the air temperature needs to be below freezing and there must be some form of water on the pavement surface. This moisture can be from frost, fog, freezing rain or snow.

The local landscape influences which areas ice over. Lower areas will have cooler, denser air, while trees, buildings and other objects can block the heat from the sun. This can leave spots of ice in some areas while the rest of the pavement is clear.

What makes ice slippery isn’t the ice itself: it’s the thin layer of water on top of the ice. This layer is thickest between 26 and 32°F, when the ice is almost warm enough to melt completely. Preventing and reducing ice formation cheaply and effectively requires a strategy that uses the right kinds of deicers and applications.

Choosing a De-Icer

Deicers can be broken down into three main chemical categories: chlorides, acetates, and carbohydrates. Each type of chloride is effective down to a minimum temperature.

Chlorides
Sodium chloride, AKA dry salt or halite: 15°F
Magnesium chloride: -10°F
Calcium chloride: -20°F.

All three chemicals can corrode metal, and they can cause scaling, especially magnesium chloride. Over time, temperature differences between salt-treated and untreated cement alongside crystal formation in cracks will break down pavement. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride can pull moisture out of cement, making surfaces slick if the pavement is over 35°F.

Salt runoff inhibits root and leaf growth, killing plants. Additives can increase the tackiness of salt brine, reducing run-off and associated plant damage and corrosion.

Acetate

Calcium magnesium acetate: 20°F
Sodium acetate: -10°F
Potassium acetate: -15°F

Calcium and potassium acetate can cause scaling, but acetates do little to cause rust. They also don’t cause damage to plants if they reach the soil.

Carbohydrates

Beet juice, molasses and corn syrup are pitched as green alternatives to salts due to their low environmental impact. They aren’t well documented when it comes to freezing points. Cement, metal and soil impacts are minimal. This makes carbohydrates a great choice for de-icing in areas with sensitive landscaping, or where pavement repairs would be prohibitively expensive. However, once they reach waterways, they can cause algae blooms.

Methods of Application

Icing conditions vary greatly, even across a single parking lot, so you’ll need to do your own testing to find out what works for the area you’re clearing.

Anti-Icing

If you put down ice melting products before snow falls, the snow and ice will have a harder time bonding to asphalt and pavement. This makes it easier to clean up snow and ice after a winter storm, and it reduces the chance of slipping.

On average, it takes ¼ as much ice melting agent for anti-icing than it does for de-icing, while reducing the labor needed to keep ice under control. This can mean significant savings in materials and labor.

Pre-Wetting and Spraying

Salt only melts ice when it’s in a solution. This can be done in one pass with a spray bar by using a liquid solution, or in two passes by laying down water followed by the deicer. Salt doesn’t bounce on wet surfaces like it does on dry surfaces, keeping it exactly where you want it. This can cut deicer usage by up to 30%.

Spreading Solid Deicers

Why pre-wet and spray when you can apply a liquid de-icer? Rock salt processing is relatively crude, leaving bits of grit and gravel in the final product. This improves grip for people and vehicles crossing the ice. A spreader lays down salt evenly for consistent results. Ideally, enough deicer should be applied to break the bond between the ice and pavement. Once loose, the resulting slush can be scraped off without harming the pavement. Rotary brooms and snow buckets with plastic blades work great for this purpose.

We Have the Snow and Ice Equipment You Need This Winter

Whether you’re clearing a driveway or several parking lots, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the tools you need for ice removal. This includes handheld, backpack and powered sprayers and spreaders from Shindaiwa, Echo, Exmark and Multione. If you’re looking for new equipment, or you need your current equipment serviced, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order parts and accessories from us at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Snowblowing Tips

getting your snowblower ready for winterLooking for ways to make snowblowing less of a chore? Wish you didn’t have so many problems with clogs? These tips will help you use your snowblower more effectively, so you can spend less time outside clearing your driveway and more time indoors staying warm.

Inspect Your Snowblower

While your owner’s manual will tell you what you need to do to get your snowblower out of storage, there are a couple more things you should check before you use your equipment:

– Remove the shear pins and make sure the auger moves independently of the axle. If these parts rusted together during storage, a jam may bend the axle instead of breaking the pins.

– Check the engine manual for oil recommendations based on temperature. You may need to use a lightweight or synthetic oil to keep the engine lubricated when temperatures are below freezing.

Prepare the Area Before Your First Snow

Chains, rocks, toys, and other obstacles can hide in the snow, causing serious damage. Add some snow, and these objects become invisible. Clearing the area now will prevent breakdowns in the future.

Thick snow will obscure boundaries between turf and pavement. Placing tall reflectors along the edges of driveways and sidewalks will help you keep your machine on the asphalt.

Dress for Cold Weather

Reduce skin exposure as much as possible. Cuffed coats, long gloves, and balaclavas all help your neck and wrists. Dress in layers instead of depending on heavy clothing items. This lets you remove clothing as you warm up, preventing sweat and condensation that can freeze.

If you’re working on snow, you’ll probably need to walk over some ice. Cleats will help your shoes grip slick surfaces, while ankle-high boots will keep your ankle from twisting if you start to slip.

Consider getting a snow cab. It may be little more than a plastic bubble, but it’s effective at deflecting wind. This can have the same effect on your body as increasing the temperature by 15-20 degrees.

Keep the Fuel Fresh

It may be a few days or a few months before you need your snowblower again. This makes it easy to forget about fuel, letting it go stale and clog the fuel system.

Always add a fuel stabilizer when purchasing gas for your snowblower. This will extend the life of the fuel for up to three months. If the fuel is still in the gas tank after three months, drain it out and replace it with new fuel.

Let the Engine Warm Up

Carburetor-equipped engines need to be warm to use the right air/fuel mixture to produce maximum power, and that can take a few minutes in cold weather. Don’t start clearing snow until the engine idles smoothly with the choke off.

Look for Objects that May Clog Your Machine

While you’re waiting on the engine, check the area for loose items, particularly newspapers. They can easily jam your snowblower’s auger if you run over them.

Adjust for Snow Density

If you aren’t getting enough throwing distance, change how you’re picking up the snow. Increase the engine speed, move forward more slowly, and add more overlap to your passes.

Stay Safe When Fixing Clogs

Of the 6,000 or so snowblower-related injuries that happen each year in America, nearly all of them involve an operator trying to clear a jammed impeller.

Start by shutting off the engine and letting the augers come to a complete stop. Use your blower’s clear out tool to remove the clog. If it didn’t come with one, use a shovel or a broom handle to break up the snow. Never use your hands. Auger blades are sharp, putting you at risk of a cut, even if the machine isn’t running.

You can prevent clogs by keeping the inside of the auger housing and chute waxed. Snowblower-specific waxes are available, or you can use synthetic car wax.

Need to Refuel? Take a Break!

Trying to pour gas next to a hot engine is a good way to start a fire. Instead, you should go inside and warm up for a few minutes while your engine cools down.

After refueling, move your snowblower a few feet away before starting. This way you won’t ignite the vapors coming off of the gas tank.

Keep Spare Shear Pins and Belts On Hand

Shear pins and belts are sacrificial parts. If you get a major jam, these parts will break, protecting expensive components from being damaged. Have a few spares on hand, so you make immediate repairs and get back to work.

When you need parts or service for your snowblower, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We have a large parts warehouse, so we probably have what you need in stock. Looking for a new snowblower? We carry several major brands of machines and attachments, including Troy-Bilt, Honda, Woods, and Multi-One. We also ship parts and accessories for these brands and more across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Woods Snowblower Attachments

woods snowblower attachmentsDo you need to move a lot of snow? Do you have a tractor? Instead of struggling with a small, single-purpose machine, go with an attachment from Woods. They make two-stage snowblowers that work with tractors with as little as 15 horsepower, and their biggest models can clear snow over three feet deep. Which one is right for you?

What Do You Get with a Woods Snow Thrower Attachment?

Most tractor attachments are single-stage, using one auger to pick up snow and push it up through the chute. Woods adds a fan that moves snow through the chute, so the auger only needs to pick up and chop snow. The result is better performance per horsepower. Their design also positions the gearbox behind the housing, increasing auger coverage and reducing clogs. Reinforced steel side plates support the augers and protect the attachment against impacts.

All snowthrowers are ASABE quick hitch compatible. To mount the snowblower, just pull up in front of the attachment, lift the mount points with the hitch, and attach the PTO driveline and any hydraulic or electrical connections. Woods’ TQH1 ASABE quick hitch adapter is compatible with Cat 1 three-point hitches.

Single Snowblower Attachments

These attachments connect to a Cat 3 driveline and are designed for a PTO speed of 540 RPM. The chute has a 270-degree range of motion. It can be aimed manually, or from your tractor’s cab using an optional hydraulic or electric chute rotator.

SB54S
Woods’ smallest attachment has a 54-inch working width and a 24-inch working height. It can be driven by a tractor making between 15 and 25 HP and connects to a Cat 1 hitch.

SB64S
This attachment is slightly wider at 64 inches of working width, and it’s compatible with 15 to 35 HP tractors. Otherwise, it has the same features as the SB54S.

SB74S
This snowblower pairs a 74-inch working width with a 26-inch working height. The SB74S is compatible with 30-50 HP tractors and mounts to both Cat 1 and Cat 2 hitches.

SB84S
Offering a 10 inch wider working width than the SB74S, this snowblower needs a tractor making between 35 and 60 HP.

Dual Auger Snowblowers

Need to move deep snow? These tractor attachments have two augers stacked vertically, increasing the snow clearing height to 38 inches. They require a tractor with a Cat 4 driveline and a Cat 2 or 3 three-point hitch. Both models will work with a telescoping three-point hitch, making it easier to connect the driveline.

SS84-2
Aside from the tall intake, this attachment has all the same features as Woods’ standard two-stage snowblowers. Working width is 84 inches. It requires a tractor making between 60 and 80 HP.

SS96-2
This attachment is a foot wider than the SS84, but it also brings some features that make it a better fit for large tractors. The SS96-2 comes standard hydraulic chute rotator that moves 200 degrees.
The gearbox is designed to work at both 540 and 1000 RPM PTOs. It’s compatible with 80-150 HP tractors.

SS108-2
With a working width of 108 inches, this is the largest attachment Woods makes. The chute and multi-speed gearbox carry over from the SS96. It works with tractors making between 125 and 175 HP.

We’re Serious about Snow Clearing Equipment

If you’re looking for a snowblower, snow plow, rotary brush or salt spreader, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We carry a wide range of equipment and attachments from brands including Woods, Troy-Bilt, Honda, BCS America, and Multi-One. Need parts or service? We do that, too. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship parts across the United States and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Troy-Bilt Snowblowers: Built For Every Snow Clearing Situation

Troy-Bilt Snowblowers: Built For Every Snow Clearing SituationAre you looking for a better way to move snow from your property? Troy-Bilt makes a range of snowblowers including everything from small single-stage machines for clearing driveways to big two and three-stage snow throwers that can cut through the deepest, heaviest snow. With features like heated grips and powered steering systems, they’re some of the easiest, most effective snowblowers on the market. Here’s what you need to know to find the machine that will fit your needs.

Squall

This line of single-stage snowblowers makes it easy to clear snow from your driveway. They can handle snow up to 6 inches deep and have a 21-inch working width.

Troy Bilt makes 5 models, letting you choose between three engine sizes. The 208EX adds headlights, while the XP comes with headlights, a remote chute control, and a three-year warranty. All other models come with Troy-Bilt’s standard two-year warranty.

Storm

These may be Troy Bilt’s most basic two-stage snow throwers, but they come well equipped.
The Touch ‘n Turn power steering system sends power to the wheels independently. That means you can send power to just one wheel to help you make turns. The drive system is designed to be engaged with one hand, freeing up the other hand for using the chute control on the move. 6 forward and two reverse gears make it easy to get the right speed to clear snow quickly without getting bogged down.

There are 8 models to choose from, letting you choose a working width of 24, 26, 38 or 30 inches. The 2410, 2460, 2860, and 2890 come with electric starters. The 2460, 2860, 2890 use airless tires, decreasing maintenance. XP models come with a three-year warranty. The maximum intake height for all Storm snowblowers is 21 inches.

Vortex

When you need to move heavy snow, getting a larger snowblower only does so much. The Vortex solves this problem by using a three-stage system collection system. After the main auger picks up the snow, a central accelerator auger chops it up, making it easier for the chute auger to launch it away from the cleared area.

The Vortex comes with the same Touch ‘n Turn drive system as the Storm, and heated grips are standard on both models. The 2490 has a 24-inch working width, while the 2890 has a 28-inch working width. Like the Storm, the Vortex has a 21-inch intake height.

Storm Tracker

This series delivers the power of a Storm snow thrower with the increased traction of a track drive. Troy Bilt’s D-tracks provide 50% more ground contact, improving performance on steep grades. It also makes the machine more stable when using the auger in its highest position to clear gravel. A three-position lever shifts the snowblower’s position forward and back on the tracks, giving you even better traction on uneven surfaces and when moving heavy snow.

The Storm Tracker has all the same features as a Storm, plus standard heated grips. The 2690 XP has a 26-inch working width and a 3-year warranty, while the 2890 has a 28-inch working width and a two-year warranty. Both models come with electric starters.

Arctic Storm

These are Troy-Bilt’s biggest, most powerful snowblowers, capable of cutting through snow up to 23 inches deep. The Arctic Storm comes with all of Troy-Bilt’s snowblower features including heated grips and electric start, as well as the XP 3-year warranty. Models are available in 30 and 34-inch clearing widths.

FLEX Snow Thrower Attachment

A snowblower is just one of several attachments Troy-Bilt FLEX power base. By using the same engine and frame for multiple attachments, you can get landscaping tools for the entire year at a much lower cost than buying stand-alone equipment.

Between the attachment’s 26 clearing width and the power bases’ 208cc engine, this combo delivers performance that’s similar to the Storm 2690XP. Due to its easy connect design, this attachment does not have a remote chute control.

Shank’s Lawn Has Everything You Need for Snow Cleanup

Shank’s Lawn Equipment offers everything you need to tackle winter weather. We’re an authorized dealer for Troy-Bilt, offering new snowblowers, accessories, parts, and service. Need something bigger? We also carry attachments from Woods and Multi-One. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just a mile off of I-81.

Not in the area? We can ship the parts and accessories you need to your door, whether you’re in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Outfitting Your MultiOne Loader for Snow Clearing

Multi-One 10 SeriesFrom wineries to warehouses, if there’s a job to do, MultiOne makes an attachment for their mini loaders that can do it. Even snow clearing is easy with these machines. Here’s what you need to know to equip your mini loader for snow removal and cold weather use.

Snowplow

Which shape of snowplow do you need to clear snow off of sidewalks and parking lots? With this attachment, you don’t have to choose. It has hydraulically-adjusted sections that tilt to the following configurations:
– 30 degrees left or right to push snow to the side
– “V” shape for busting through tall, thick snow
– Straight for gather snow into piles
– Scoop for shaping piles

This blade uses spring mounts that absorb shocks and allow the blade to trip forward when striking objects, saving wear on the blade.

The snowplow is available in three models with maximum widths ranging from 49.6 to 90.5 inches. Extension wings and a floating adapter can be added to any model to improve performance.

Snow Blade

This simple, flat blade is perfect for clearing light to moderate accumulation on sidewalks and driveways. Like the snowplow, its spring mount lets the blade to trip forward when striking objects. The plastic scraping edge is reversible and can be replaced once it’s worn out. A hydraulic tilt mechanism lets you angle the blade 30 degrees left or right using the in-cab controls. The snow blade is available in widths ranging from 55 to 83 inches. The largest blade is compatible with 4.2 and larger loader, although Multi-One recommends using a 7.3 or larger loader. A floating boom valve is required to use this attachment.

Snow Blower

Why buy a stand-alone snowblower when you can harness the power of your mini loader? This series of two-stage snowblowers come with a hydraulically-actuated chute that rotates 200 degrees, and a cable-operated deflector to change the height of the snow exiting the chute. Both controls are within reach of the operator’s seat.

MultiOne offers 6 snowblower models. The 100 has a clearing width of 39.4 inches, and the 120 has a clearing width of 47.2 inches. These attachments are compatible with most mini loaders. The 130 HD and 140 HD clear 51.2 and 55.1 inches respectively. They work with 4.2 and larger loaders. The 63 inch wide 160D works with 6.3 and larger loaders, while the 70.9 inch 180 HD is compatible with 9.6 and 10 Series loaders. A floating boom valve is required to use this attachment.

Rotary Broom

This broom scrapes off caked-on snow, mud, and debris, leaving a clean surface. Adjustable casters make it easy to get a consistent height, while the blade can tilt 30 degrees in either direction to push debris to the side as they’re lifted off of the pavement. Extensions can be lowered to support this attachment, keeping the nylon bristles off of the ground during storage. The rotary broom is available in 44.5 and 54.7-inch widths. A floating boom valve is required to use this attachment.

Drop Spreader

This combination bucket and feeder makes it easy to lay down ice melting materials. The spreader can be loaded like a regular bucket, scooping up salt at ground level. Once filled, metallic mesh keeps the salt inside the bucket. A mixer axle in the bottom of the bucket breaks up salt, preventing clogs. Adjustable stop springs across the spreader bar ensure material is evenly distributed. This attachment is available with a 16.6 cubic foot bucket and 49.2-inch drop width for 4.2 and larger loaders, and a 20.5 cubic foot bucket with a 57-inch drop width for 6.3 and larger loaders.

Customizations for Comfort

Tools only go so far if the operator is fighting frostbite and exposure. Fortunately, it’s easy to outfit a MultiOne loader for the worst winter weather.

You can start by adding a smart cabin or enclose your loader’s cab in glass, protecting the operator from exposure without hindering visibility. Add a heater, and the cab will stay warm in the harshest conditions. Need to warm up faster, or want some protection without the cab? Add an electric heated seat.

To help your loader handle the cold, you can add a block heater to pre-heat the engine for cold starts. Attaching snow chains increases grip on slick surfaces while adding road lights lets you keep working when the sun goes down.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is Your MultiOne Headquarters

Whether you want a MultiOne mini loader or need help with accessories or repairs for your current loader, visit Shank’s. We’re an authorized dealer for MultiOne, offering equipment, attachments, parts, and service. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Need parts for your mini loader? Want to check out which attachments we have in stock? Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com. We ship parts across the U.S. and Canada.

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Getting Your Snowblower Ready for Winter

getting your snowblower ready for winterWinter is here, and that means it’s time to get your snowblower out and use it to keep your driveways and sidewalks clear. However, after months of storage, it’s probably not ready to use. Here’s what you need to do to get it ready for the season, from getting it running to preventing future breakdowns.

Tires

Before you move your snowblower, air up the tires. This will keep them from rolling off of the rim when the machine starts rolling. Check the sidewall for the correct pressure.

Struggling to get a tire back on its wheel? Wrap a tie-down strap around the tread of the tire. Tightening the strap will push the sidewalls out, making it easier to get them to seat on the rim.

Engine

Inspect the air cleaner. Foam and paper air filter elements are a common target for rodents.

Remove the spark plug and check for any damage. Poor storage conditions can lead to rust.

Check the oil level. If you didn’t change the oil before storage, do so now. Acidic compounds left by combustion will break down the oil over time.

Disconnect the spark plug before doing any more maintenance. This will keep the engine from kicking over and starting while you work on the rest of your snow thrower.

If you’ve lubricated the cylinders before storage, expect to have some black exhaust smoke when you start the engine. This is just the oil burning off.

Lubrication

Apply fresh grease to the auger shafts, spacers, and bushings. On some models, you may also need to apply grease to the wheel bearings or axles.

Two-stage snowblowers have an auger gearbox that requires some form of lubrication, whether it’s grease, anti-seize or oil. Check your owner’s manual for information on the correct lubricant and instructions on application.

Operate the controls to make sure everything is moving freely. If you have a sticking cable, spray a penetrating oil into the cable housing and work the controls. Once the cable is free, apply silicone lubricant or non-detergent oil to protect the cable. Replace the cable if it’s frozen or crimped.

Apply wax to the inside of the auger housing and chute. You can use either car wax or special purpose snow wax. This keeps the snow from sticking to your machine, preventing clogs.

Belts

Belts stretch with use and degrade over years of exposure to temperature and weather changes. If you see cracks in your blower’s belts, or you find that they’ve stretched too far to transfer power, replace them.

Skid Shoes

These plates on the side of the auger housing control how high the main auger sits during use. Keeping the auger low helps it scrape off snow on pavement, while a higher setting keeps the auger from picking up gravel and soil when clearing out unpaved areas. To set the auger height, support the auger housing on blocks. Loosen the nuts on the skid shoes, slide them up or down, and tighten the nuts. Lower the auger and make sure it’s sitting level.

Shave Plate

If you have a two or three-stage snow thrower, it will have a shave plate. This plate at the front edge of the auger housing scrapes up the bottom layer of snow to get a clean finish.

Place your machine on a flat, paved surface. Raise the skid shoes to their highest position. The edge of the plate, the wheels and the skid shoes should be flat against the ground. Adjust the position of the plate if you see a gap, or it’s lifting up the snowblower. Replace the plate if it’s bent, worn or cracked.

Clean Out Tool

If your machine came with a cleanout tool, make it’s on the machine. There will usually be a mount for it on the back of the auger housing.

Fuel

While you may have a consistent lawn care schedule, snow can be unpredictable. Snowblower manufacturers universally recommend using gasoline treated with a stabilizer. This keeps the fuel fresh for up to three months, so you’re unlikely to have starting problems if it’s been a while since the last snowstorm.

Stock Up on Parts

Sheer pins and belts are both sacrificial parts. They’re designed to fail in the event of a clog, protecting more expensive parts of your snowblower. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep some spares on hand, so you can make repairs and get back to work.

When you need snowblower parts, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We have a massive parts warehouse, so we have common parts for most major brands in stock. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or order from us online at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

Need a new snowblower? We carry stand-alone machines and attachments from several major brands including Honda, Troy-Bilt, Woods, and Multi-One. We also service the brands we sell, so we can help you get your snowblower back in working order.

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Using Your BCS Tractor to Clear Snow

BCS TractorsAt first glance, a BCS tractor may look a tiller, but its attachments let it do so much more. BCS makes a wide range of tools to handle landscaping tasks ranging from pressure washing to mowing, saving the cost of buying multiple machines. You can even put these tractors to work in winter, whether you need to clear deep snowdrifts or get the last layer of ice and snow off of your driveway. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right attachments and accessories for your snow clearing needs.

Single-Stage Snow Thrower

This type of snowblower uses a single auger to pick up snow and push it through the chute. The thrower attachment works best with any type of snow that is 3 to 16 inches deep.

The adjustable skids can be set from 0-2 inches, letting you scrape pavement clean or move snow without picking up gravel. The chute has a long handle that lets the operator swivel it 200 degrees without leaving the tractor. This attachment can throw snow up to 40 feet away.

BCS America offers single-stage snowblowers in 24 and 28-inch widths. These attachments work with any model of tractor equipped with a PTO extension or quick hitch.

Two-Stage Snow Thrower

Need to move snow drifts and heavy accumulation? The two-stage snow thrower can handle snow over 16 inches deep. It has a second impeller that pushes snow through the chute, moving heavy snow further. This attachment has an impeller housing made from 3/8 inch steel and a heavy-duty gearbox to handle commercial use.

That added structure makes this attachment heavy, so BCS includes rollers that can fit in place of the skids for easier transport. Otherwise, this snowblower functions just like the single-stage attachment, down to the operator position chute control. BCS offers a 28-inch width thrower that works with Model 739 and larger tractors. There’s also a 33-inch width model that’s compatible with Model 749 and larger tractors.

Power Sweeper

Snowthrowers can leave paved surfaces with a thin layer of snow that will pack down and turn into ice. If you need dry surfaces that are safe for vehicles and pedestrians, you need a power sweeper. Looking for a way to clear sidewalks? This attachment’s compact size is perfect for the job.

The sweeper works best on dry snow under 8 inches. It’s less effective with wet snow, which will cling to the bristles. The power sweeper is a great compliment to other snow attachments, letting you get the last bit of snow off of the ground. This attachment can also dethatch turf and remove dirt and loose materials, making it useful year-round.

BCS America makes sweepers in 30, 40 and 48-inch widths. These are compatible with all tractor models.

Snow Blade

This blade is a perfect complement to the power sweeper, as it’s designed to remove wet snow and slush up to 5 inches deep. While it may look similar to BCS’s dozer blade, the snow blade’s curved shape makes it better at rolling snow without it sticking to the metal surface. The blade can be set to one of 5 angles, letting you push snow forward or to either side of the tractor. Adjustable skids can lift the blade up to keep it from picking up gravel.

BCS recommends installing wheel weights on your tractor when using this attachment. If you need to remove snow from fragile surfaces, the blade can be fitted with a non-metallic edge.

Tire Chains

Snow moving equipment isn’t effective unless it can move on slick surfaces. That’s why BCS America offers chains that fit all standard wheel and tire sizes. These can be used alone or paired with spider bungees. These bungees create even tension across the chains, increasing their life by up to 25%.

Shank’s Lawn Has Everything You Need for Snow Removal

Does a BCS tractor sound like it fits your needs? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for BCS America and the Honda engines that power their tractors, so we offer tractors and attachments as well as the parts and support you need to keep them working. Looking for a stand-alone snow thrower? We’re a certified dealer for several manufacturers including Honda, Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet. Come visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or see our current stock on our website, www.shankslawn.com. Not in the area? We ship across the United States and Canada.

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