Jrco Zero Turn Sprayer

Jrco Zero Turn Sprayer

When it comes to professional lawn care, applying chemicals can be just as important as mowing. To keep turf at its best, weeds and insects need to be controlled with herbicides and pesticides, while fertilizer is needed to keep the soil nutrients balanced for optimum growth. Usually, getting full coverage means using a sprayer trailer and a walk behind unit, but with Jrco’s Model 800 Zero-Turn Sprayer, the application system can move with your ZTR to get into narrow areas for precise application.

A Trailer that Works with Your ZTR

The Model 800 is built into a rigid frame that is supported by caster wheels and connected to the mower using a model-specific hitch bracket. The entire trailer is held on by just four clevis pins for quick removal and installation, and since the unit is self-powered, there’s no need to connect the pump to a hydraulic line or PTO.

This connection is rigid, much like a three point hitch uses for tractor attachments. This lets the sprayer move with your mower, acting as an extension of it. This design is impossible to jackknife, and it lets you operate your ZTR normally, taking tight turns around obstacles so that chemicals can be applied to the entire yard.

A Pumping System Built for Flexibility

This attachment has a 30-gallon polycarbonate tank connected to a Udor Kappa-15 diaphragm pump with a built-in pressure regulator and a glass-filled nylon head. This pump is driven by a 3.5 hp Briggs & Stratton 550 Professional Series engine.

Chemicals are spread by a three section breakaway boom that lets you attach and remove sections to get a 5, 8 or 11-foot wide spray pattern. Each part of the boom has its own control valve which can be mounted within easy reach of the mower’s operating position, letting you alter the spray amount for each zone.

Each of the seven spray nozzles has a line strainer to prevent clogging, a check valve that prevents drips when the pump is off and strainers to prevent clogging. The system also has a spray gun with 10-foot hose getting coverage to hard-to-reach areas and for spraying down shrubs and bushes.

Balanced Performance

The pump and engine combination can run at pressures up to 90 psi, although Jrco recommends setting the system at 50 PSI or less to prevent spray drift. Likewise, operating speed is limited to 5 mph to ensure even chemical application.

Within this pressure and speed range, the supplied tips can lay down between 0.32 and 1.53 gallons of liquid every 1,000 square feet. Jrco also offers tips for spraying more or less per acre, letting you get the right balance of operating speed and coverage for the chemicals you’re using.

Want to Know More? Need Help with Your Current Jrco Attachments? Visit Shank’s

Want to add a Model 800 sprayer to your lawn care arsenal? Need to have your Jrco attachments serviced? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Jrco and Briggs & Stratton, so we can help you with anything on your equipment. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, one mile east of I-80 from the Exit 10 to Marion.

We can also ship any parts you need for your Jrco equipment to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit our site to search for parts with our easy to use parts look up diagrams tool.

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Jrco – Dethatchers

Jrco - Dethatchers

Need an easy way to dethatch lawns without having to buy another stand-alone piece of equipment? Jrco’s dethatcher attachments use your mower to push its tines along the ground, lifting packed down organic material off of the soil surface to improve water and oxygen absorption, increase root penetration and reduce the chance of pest infestations. Its clever design reduces turf impact and can be flipped upright to reduce space when being loaded on a trailer.

A Tool for the Entire Season

Since these attachments mount to your mower, you can lift thatch and dispose of it in one step: light buildup can be mulched, while heavy buildup can be bagged. They can also be used for several tasks outside of spring and fall dethatching: in the spring, the tines can be used to lift up matted down leaves covering the soil. In the summer, the dethatcher can be used to aerate surface soil to keep compaction in check while helping the root system absorb moisture. When it’s time to overseed, the tines can rake the seeds into the soil, and then when the season ends, it can clean up the turf after the final mow.

Jrco makes two versions of their dethatcher: the 470 Series, which uses their mounting system, and the 460 Series, which mounts directly to the front of garden tractors.

470 Series Dethatcher

This aerator is built around a powder coated 12 gauge steel deck. It carries Jrco’s exclusive double looped spring tines. These tines twist back and forth as they move over the soil to remove thatch more effectively than single spring tines. A stabilizer tube runs through the lower loops to maintain tine spacing and allows the deck to be left down during turns. Even when using a ZTR, the tines won’t get stuck or damage the turf. The sides of the deck are supported with two casters with 8-inch wheels that use either semi-pneumatic or foam-filled tires.

The lift handle is positioned to be within reach of the operator, letting you tilt the deck up when traveling over pavement. A ratcheting mechanism gently lowers the deck when you’re ready to aerate again. Remove one Clevis pin, and the deck can be raised to a 90-degree angle, saving space when you load your mower onto a trailer. In this position, it adds just 14 inches to the mower’s overall length.

The deck of this aerator is 36 inches long and is available in three widths: 36 inches with 27 tines, 46 inches with 35 tines, and a 60 inches with 47 tines. There’s also a heavy-duty version of the 60-inch rake.

This aerator uses Jrco’s mount bar, so if you already have one installed to use one of their other products, it can be reused for this attachment. Don’t have one? Jrco makes mounting kits for dozens of riding, standing and wide walk-behind mowers from manufacturers ranging from Ariens to Zipper.

460 Series Garden Tractor Dethatcher

Jrco doesn’t make mount bars for garden tractors, but they do make versions of this dethatcher that attach directly to these models:

Model 463 – Kubota BX series, Simplicity Sovereign & Legacy
Model 464 – Toro 5xi
Model 466 – Cub Cadet 2000 Series
Model 467 – Cub Cadet 3000 Series

These dethatchers have all the features of the 470 Series, although there’s no heavy duty version.

Get the Most from Your Jrco Attachments by Visiting Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Want to add a Jrco dethatcher to your mower? Need to have your Jrco equipment serviced? Talk to the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re not just a Jrco dealer, we’re a full-service outdoor equipment shop, so we have experience with almost every mower that is compatible with their attachments. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east on Rt. 11.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for Jrco attachments across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our site, www.shankslawn.com.


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Brown Products Bed Edger

BedEdger-NewFrom physical barriers to sloped cuts, edging helps separate concrete, trees, flower beds and other parts of your lawn to help each element stand out. With Brown Products’ BedEdger and BedEdger Bantam, getting a professional-looking finish is fast and easy, and with a wide range of rotors available one machine can be used for everything from creating borders around ground cover to digging trenches for wires and landscaping blocks.


This edger is powered by a 9 hp Honda GX engine that is connected to the rotor by a pair of drive belts for superior durability. Depending on the rotor being used, it can make cuts in the soil that are between a half inch and 9 inches in width. With cutting speeds up to 30 feet per minute, this tool can quickly and effectively edge gardens, make trenches for irrigation or create space to lay down landscape borders ranging from plastic barriers to blocks and timbers.

Brown offers this edger in two versions: the F791H has a maximum cutting depth of 7 inches and weighs 170 lbs, while the F991H can cut up to 9 inches deep and weighs 175 lbs.

BedEdger Bantam

Don’t need all the cutting performance of the BedEdger and want something that’s easier to load when moving to different jobs? The BedEdger Bantam is a scaled down trencher that can still cut up to 5 inches deep at rates ranging from 10 to 30 feet per minute. It’s offered in two versions: the B565 comes with a 6.5 hp Honda engine and weighs 110 lbs, while the B590 has a 9 hp and weighs 130 lbs.

Brown Products also offers a kit to turn the Bantam into a Bantam Mole, letting the edger lay cable and drop the dirt over the trench that was just dug for quick wire installation.


Both the BedEdger and BedEdger Bantam using a mounting system with a single nut to make it easy to switch to the rotor design that best fits both the digging task and the soil. Brown Products offers dozens of rotors in a variety of lengths, widths and cutting head designs for a wide range of jobs:

Clay – This design will go through all but the rockiest and wettest soil, and it can be used to cut through asphalt and gravel. The 7 point rotor has the same cutting profile of the 5 point rotor, but the added cutting surfaces increase overall life by up to 90%. Both cut trenches that are three inches wide. The three point rotor cuts a two-inch wide trench, while the two-point makes a one-inch trench. There are designed for burying edging and cables.

Rock – This design doesn’t trench as well in clay, but its four replaceable tungsten carbide bits have no problem cutting through rocky soils. It’s available in one-and-a-half and three-inch widths.

RainDrain – This rotor makes a flat 4.5-inch trench for burying four-inch drain line used to divert water from gutter downspouts or for laying down brick and block edging.

Root Pruner – With a cutting width of a half inch, this rotor is ideal for cutting away roots at the edge of sidewalks and driveways to prevent concrete damage. It also works well for creating trenches for irrigation control wires, low voltage lighting, and underground dog fence.

BedMaster – The angled profile of this rotor creates a sloped trench for a sharp definition between grass and landscape features. The three-inch wide rotor can be used to define beds, while the four and 5-inch rotors are built for installing a range of edging materials.

Re-Defining – This three-inch wide rotor is less aggressive than the BedMaster, re-establishing existing edges while minimizing tool wear and dirt cleanup.

Curbing – This flat profile rotor cuts a 9-inch wide trench for installing wide landscaping materials like timbers and blocks.

StumpMaster – This tool removes face roots and trunks up to 6 inches tall, cutting one inch into the soil’s surface.

When You Think Brown Products, Think Shank’s

Whether you’re looking to get an edger, need to have your BedEdger serviced, or just need a new rotor, visit the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for both Brown and Honda so we can help you with everything on your edger. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, one mile east of I-80.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.


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Brown Products WireMaster Mole & Bantam Mole Fence Installers


It’s possible to hand dig a trench to lay wire, but with the right tolo, the results can be cleaner and the installation can be a lot faster. Brown Products’ edger-based Moles are designed to cut trenches, lay wire and bury it all in one motion, laying several feet of cable per minute, and they’re designed to weather the rigors of the professional operators and rental customers who will use them. With two models and several rotors to choose from, there’s a combination to fit any wire laying need.

WireMaster Mole

Built around Brown Products’ ReDefiner chassis, this compact digging machine is designed for laying underground boundary wire used in invisible dog fences.

It’s powered by a Honda GX160, an engine renowned for its reliability and built for high-dust applications with features like a dual element air filter. A twin belt pulley system provides a durable connection between the motor and the rotor.

The wire spool rides on a peg, mounted on the handle, letting it spin freely as the wire is channeled through a tube down to the rotor housing. The Mole’s rotor is fully enclosed by a rubber hood, deflecting dirt downward and inward, forcing it into the trench just cut by the rotor, filling it as the wire is being laid and forcing more wire to be drawn from the spool for one step installation. The digging height can be adjusted to two, three or four inches deep, putting it within the recommendations of a wide range of wire products.

While most models on the market will lay down only 10 feet or so per minute, the WireMaster can lay up to 25 feet of wire per minute, significantly cutting installation times. Transport is easy thanks to a total weight of just 95 lbs. and a folding handle for transport.

Bantam Mole

Like the WireMaster, the Bantam is built on another of Brown Products’ designs, the Bededger Bantam. This model cuts trenches that are anywhere from 3 ½ to 7 inches deep, which allows the installation of dog fence wire and low voltage wires used in landscape lighting. To handle thicker cables and deeper cuts, it’s powered by a Honda GX200 and it comes with a larger spool carrier. This model can lay down between 10 and 30 feet of wire per minute.


Brown Products makes 12 rotor designs in a variety of lengths to fit the task at hand. This includes cutting surfaces designed for clay, rocky soil and roots available in small widths to cut a narrow channel with minimal soil interruption. With a single nut holding on the rotor, it’s easy to switch to the best design for the job.

When selecting a rotor, keep in mind that 3.5 inches of the length from the hole to the end of the rotor is needed to reach the ground. That means a 9-inch rotor has a maximum cutting depth of 5.5 inches.

Conversion Kits

Already own a ReDefiner or Bededger Bantam? Since both of these wire laying tools are based around these machines, turning your edger into a wire installation machine is simply a matter of installing the right parts. Brown Products offers kits with everything you need for both machines, but since they’re bolt-on assemblies, the device can’t be converted back without the use of tools.


Brown Products warranties both the Bantam and the WireMaster for one year whether they’re used by rental businesses, professionals or residential owners. Likewise, Honda guarantees the GX series of engines for three years no matter how they’re used.

Keep Your Brown Products Mole Running with Shank’s

Whether you’re looking to buy a WireMaster Mole or you need to get parts or service for your Brown Products equipment, you can get everything you need at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east on Rt. 11.

Need replacement parts? Want to convert your edger to a wire laying machine or need a different rotor for your next job? We ship parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Brown Products – BVZ4000 Blower-Vac

blower-vac1While large-scale equipment including wide deck mowers, batwing aerating trailers, towable seed spreaders and tractor-based snowblowers are common, most landscapers are stuck using backpack and walk-behind blowers. Brown Products’ BVZ4000 Blower-Vac fixes this problem by combining a standing ZTR platform with a massive impeller and an array of attachments that deliver the speed and performance you need to keep up with the rest of your equipment.

BVZ4000 Blower-Vac: A Base to Build On

The BVZ4000’s design is similar to a standing ZTR. The operator stands on the back of the unit, giving them a clear view of the area being cleaned up, while independent hydrostatic transmissions let the blower move like a zero turn radius mower. In fact, it uses the same Hydro-Gear ZT-3100 transaxles found on a wide range of commercial ZTRs. The hydraulic motors are controlled using two pairs of levers, letting the user hold onto the handlebar while pulling the upper levers to go forward or the lower levers to go in reverse. Damper and engine controls are mounted next to the levers for easy access.

The Blower-Vac is offered with two engines: The 22.1 hp Honda GX690 and the 25 hp Subaru EH720. With either motor, the blower can move 4,500 cubic feet of air per minute. The damper control system lets the operator open and close the front and rear flaps independently, aiming the airflow to best fit the task at hand.

Starting with the base unit, attachments can be added to turn the Blower-Vac into a multi-purpose landscaping tool, letting you collect debris, gather them for easy truck loading and even aerate.

ALU4000 Attachment Unit

This carriage is designed to carry attachments on the front of the blower. It can be used free-floating or can be fixed into place by inserting a single pin, while its position and angle can be adjusted from the control panel. The mounting points allow a single person to attach and remove this unit and the tool it’s carrying.

BVAC4000 Vacuum System

The front of this assembly attaches to the Blower-Vac using the ALU4000 and adds a trailer with two mount points and two caster wheels to the back that carries the debris container.

Debris enters through a 42-inch wide opening or an 8-inch wide auxiliary hose that attaches to the vacuum hood. This hood can be lifted hydraulically from the operator’s position to a height of 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) for passing over obstacles and loading onto a trailer, while the wheels on the hood can also be adjusted to set a minimum height when in use. After passing through the intake hose, impeller and exhaust hose, debris and dust move through a cyclonic separator before being deposited in the 10.3 bushel (363.4 liter) container. When the container is full, it can be rolled off using the built-in ramp on the back of the trailer.

Multi-Directional Nozzle

This attachment allows more flexibility by allowing air to be aimed at up to 100 degrees left or right and up to 60 degrees up, making it easy to clear off curbs, fences, and bushes. It can be set up to mount directly to the blower or on the ALU4000 for easy attachment and removal, while the actuator mounts to the blower’s control panel for aiming during operation.

BAER4000 Aerator

Another ALU4000-compatible attachment, this 40-inch wide aerator uses 48 tines to cut up to four inches deep, leaving a 5 5/8 by 7 ¾ inch core pattern. When mounted on the Blower-Vac, it can cover up to 2.8 acres per hour.

BLP4872 Leaf Pusher

This attachment makes it easy to move collected leaves into a single location for easy pickup. It’s 48 inches high and 72 inches wide with a concave shape to gather and move large piles of leaves, while a structure made out of ½ inch steel tubing makes it exceptionally durable. The wings can be folded in to reduce the total width to 59 inches for passing through gates and loading onto trailers.

Get the Most from Your Blower-Vac with Help from Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Looking to buy a Blower-Vac? Need some parts or want to add some attachments? Visit Shanks Lawn Equipment, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re a certified dealer for Brown Products, and with over 30 years in the outdoor power equipment business, we can help you get the equipment that will fit your needs. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.

Need parts for your Brown Products equipment? We can ship anything you need to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Shank’s Dixon’s Ultra – 52, 52 SE, 61

dixon-ultra-52-se-70271b09Dixon invented the Zero Turning Radius Mower, and with their Ultra series, they show that they can still lead the market with a quality professional model. By carrying over features from their residential mowers and adding practical solutions for commercial operation, they’re able to deliver something that’s easy to use and maintain while still delivering a quality finish.

Built for the Needs of Professional Landscapers

The Ultra comes with Dixon’s Tri-force cutting deck. It’s constructed using 11 gauge steel and has a deep mowing chamber to get the finish and mulching performance you would expect from a stamped deck without sacrificing durability. The deck can be set to a cutting height between 1.5 to 5 inches using a foot lever, letting you change its position while your hands stay on the controls. The Tri-force is designed for side discharge and mulching, and it can be fitted with a collection system that can store up to 9 bushels using three rear-mounted bags. The entire collection system can be installed or removed in a matter of minutes, letting you switch to the clipping mode that best fits the job at hand.

The deck attaches to an oversized tube steel frame that rides on giant tires – 13 x 6.5 inches on the front and 23 x 9.5 inches. This limits shocks and vibration which are further tamed by the suspension seat to keep the operator comfortable throughout the work day. Fully adjustable, dampened lap bars provide smooth control that can be positioned to be comfortable for users of all sizes.

Working on the Ultra is easy, too. The chassis is designed with easy access to the oil plug, filters and electrical components for quick service, while a removable floor pan makes it easy to clean and repair the deck’s belts, pulleys, and spindles. The blades are mounted on cast iron spindles with greaseable ball bearings for long term durability, while a digital hour meter is included to keep up with the mower’s maintenance schedule.

The Ultra comes from the factory with Dixon’s Fusion cutting blades. These use a tungsten-carbide treatment that doubles blade life and can go up to three times as long as standard blades before needing to be sharpened.

Three Sizes to Fit Your Needs

Dixon offers the Ultra in three versions with two deck sizes:

The 52 uses a 52-inch deck and a 25 hp Kohler engine. Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT 3100 transaxles fitted with 10 cubic centimeter pumps. This allows the mower to reach a top speed of 8.5 mph going forward and 5 mph in reverse. Dixon says owners can expect to cover around 3.5 acres per hour when using this model.

The 61 has a 61-inch deck and a larger engine that produces 26 hp. A set of ZT 3400 transaxles and 12 cubic centimeter pumps increases forward speed to 10 mph, which allows this mower to cover an estimated 4.9 acres/hr.

Want more power without increasing the deck size? The 52 SE uses the same ZT 3400 pumps as the 61 and is powered by a 24 hp Kawasaki engine, letting it cut up to 4.2 acres/hr.

Want to Know More? Talk to the Experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment.

Whether you want to buy a Dixon or have one serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re not just a certified dealer for Dixon, we’ve spent over three decades helping our customers with their outdoor power equipment. Visit us at our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 to Marion from I-80 and drive one mile east.

Need parts for your Dixon mower? Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Summer Tree Care Tips

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Grass may be first on your mind when trying to keep your property looking green through the summer, but what about the trees? They undergo the same stresses from heat and drought as your lawn and need some special care to make it through the season. These tips will help you keep them healthy whether they’re mature or recent transplants.


Just like grass, trees can go into hibernation if the heat and lack of water become too stressful, causing it to drop leaves in an attempt to conserve energy. In most cases, the tree just needs more water. A tree will also hibernate if the surrounding soil is compacted or becomes saturated with water. It’s also more likely to hibernate if it doesn’t have the right amount of shade: some trees need to be shielded, while others prefer lots of sun exposure. Unlike grass, it won’t hurt the tree to bring it out of hibernation. If leaves start to fall, go ahead and do what you can to correct the situation.

Using Mulch for Heat and Water Management

Walls, water, glass and hardscaping including decomposed granite and gravel absorb and reflect heat into the tree, heating it up. Replacing these materials where possible with mulch can reduce heat by deflecting it, and can help retain moisture, keeping the tree hydrated.

Follow the “3-3-3” rule: spread a ring of mulch three feet wide and three inches deep around the tree with three inches of space between the mulch and the trunk. When you lay down mulch, try to spread it evenly. “Volcano” mulching, in which mulch is piled up against the tree, can lead to insect infestations, rot and even reduced root growth, making the tree more susceptible to storms.


Trees need water, but if they get too much water, they can be pushed into hibernation: if the soil is soggy, it blocks the flow of oxygen to the roots, halting growth. A tree that is less than three years old needs about one-and-a-half inches of rainfall or 25 gallons of water per week. While you could soak the ground all at once, it’s better if the water is slowly added to the soil to prevent over-saturation. There are three easy ways to do this:

– A slow release water bag holds a whole week of water, slowly releasing it into the soil.
– A 5-gallon bucket can be used the same way as a water bag. Drill a couple holes in the bucket to let water drip into the soil and refill it throughout the week.
– A water hose can be used by opening the spigot just enough for a small trickle of water to run out. Form a berm using the mulch to contain the water and let the hose flow for about a half an hour.

If you are watering with the hose, either with the trickle method or all at once with a sprinkler, dig a small trench in the soil and check for moisture. The ground should be wet to a depth of about two inches below the surface.

Pruning and Sun Scalding

Just as cutting your lawn too short stresses the grass, cutting off limbs stresses the tree as it tries to make repairs. Pruning should be limited to removing limbs that have died or pose a safety hazard. Cut limbs at the branch collar: stubs left over from trimming can rot, opening up the tree to disease, while trimming through the collar can prevent healing. Don’t apply wound dressing to a fresh cut as this can trap bacteria, fungus and even insects, increasing the chance of infections and infestations.

If too much foliage is removed, the bark can be scalded by the sun, leaving it cracked. This opens the tree up to infection, and the dying bark can break off of the tree when winter temperatures make it brittle. Scalded bark should be cut off of the tree and any edges smoothed out. Treat this cut area with a fungicide to prevent infections.

Protecting the Bark

Sun isn’t the only thing that can harm the bark of the tree: when trimming weeds, it’s easy to get a little too close and cut into the bark, limiting the flow of water and nutrients between the roots and the leaves. Tree guards are inexpensive and keep trimmer string and brushcutter blades away from the bark.

Keep Your Equipment in Shape to Prevent Tree Damage

Chainsaws and trimmers need to be kept in good shape to make clean, disease free cuts. Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for a wide range of popular brands including Oregon and Echo Bearcat so we can provide you with the parts and service you need to keep your outdoor power equipment in top condition. Visit us at our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, one mile east of I-81.

Live in the U.S. or Canada? We can still ship the parts and accessories you need. To order online, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Summer Lawn Care Tips

Summer Lawn Care tipsAfter the spring rush to get new landscaping put in and existing growth fertilized and trimmed, summer lawn care can seem somewhat relaxed. However, high temperatures and reduced rainfall can really stress turf, turning it into a brown, spotty mess, and some lawn care can make the situation worse. These tips can help you provide the care the grass needs to stay green and healthy during the summer.


Make sure your lawn gets at least an inch of water per week, but remember that includes rain: have a rain gauge set up so you can supplement Mother Nature and keep soil moisture balanced. Spacing out waterings will help encourage the growth of drought-resistant roots, and watering in the morning will give time for the water to absorb into the soil without evaporating or pooling on the surface, encouraging mildew.

If you don’t water enough, the lawn will turn brown. This means the grass has turned dormant to protect itself from drought and will return once temperatures drop in the fall. If this happens, don’t try to pull it back out of dormancy with watering: this forces the grass to use reserves that would normally be saved for the winter. Instead, cut back to a quarter to a half inch of water every couple of weeks to keep the roots and crowns alive.


Taller grass is more resistant to heat, adding shade and helping the root structure penetrate deeper into the soil. Aim for a height between three to four inches for cool season grasses and two to three inches for warm season grasses. When mowing, don’t take more than a third of the height off at a time to make it easier for the grass to recover. Clippings should be mulched to both feed the grass and create a protective layer of thatch to further shield your lawn from heat.

Keep your mower’s blades sharp: dull blades will tear the ends of the grass blades instead of slicing them, and that can increase stress and open a pathway for diseases.

Fertilizer Usage and Pet Waste

Ideally, you shouldn’t spread any fertilizer from a month before the hottest summer days, and you should never fertilize a dormant lawn. If your lawn is still growing and you’re having trouble keeping grass on high traffic areas, use an organic fertilizer: they’re slower acting, which means they’ll be less likely to burn your lawn. If this is a consistent problem, consider placing some stepping stones to keep people from walking on the grass.

Dog urine contains high levels of nitrogen so it can burn the lawn just like fertilizer. Diluting the area with water can reduce the effect, but the best long-term solution is to make a mulch or pebble-covered area and train your dog to use that spot. Making sure your dog isn’t getting too much protein and has plenty of water to drink can reduce the nitrogen concentration in their urine.

Herbicides, Pesticides, and Fungicides

Herbicides can be used, but its best if they’re applied when temperatures are below 85 degrees F (30 degrees C.) While they may not directly kill grass they can increase the stresses encountered during hot days. Pesticides should also be reserved for major infestations. Grub infestations are common this time of year, but they’re easy to confuse with burning. To tell the difference, pull on the grass in brown spots: if the grass comes out of the ground with ease, it’s being attacked by grubs.

Fungicide can be applied if brown patch and mildew are showing up on the grass. While it may be tempting to water late in the day if you forgot to do so that morning, this will increase the chance of mold growth.

Keep Your Equipment in Top Condition

When you need to add something to your lawn care arsenal or you need to have your current equipment serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for most popular equipment and engine brands including Honda, Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just off Route 11. To get there from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We can ship the parts you need to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Dixon SpeedZTR Series – 30, 42, 46, 54, 42 SE, 48 SE

Shank's DixonTop speed isn’t the only factor to consider when you want to mow fast: the closer you can get to trees, fences, and landscaping, the less time you’ll have to spend trimming. Dixon’s Speed ZTR mowers are built with homeowners in mind, delivering the same performance as their professional models in a compact platform that works great for lawns of any size and with any number of obstacles.

Easy to Use and Easy to Maintain

Whether this is your first ZTR or your newest one, it doesn’t take much to get accustomed to the controls thanks to dampened lap bars that provide smooth resistance throughout their movement range. This is coupled with a new control panel puts everything next to the operator. Depending on the model, this includes the choke, throttle, blade clutch, starter, fuel gauge and hour meter. Need to change the deck height? There’s a clearly-marked lever within each reach of the operator’s position.

All models use Dixon’s tungsten carbide Fusion blades which last up to twice as long as standard steel blades and can go up to three times as long before needing to be sharpened.

Need to grease the spindles or replace a belt? The foot pan is removable for easy access. Need to clean the deck? Stamped models have a built-in wash port.

Power and Performance

The SpeedZTR 30 comes with a Briggs & Stratton Intek XRD that produces 16.5 hp. A B & S Professional Series motor rated at 19 hp can be found in the 42, while the 46’s motor is rated at 22 hp.

The 54 and SE mowers use Kawasaki FR Series motors that produce anywhere from 21.5 to 24 hp. These engines come with features usually limited to commercial models including a full pressure lubrication system with a filter.

Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear EZT transmissions. They’re maintenance free and have a cooling fan for the pump to ensure long term reliability. Top speed for all Speed ZTR models is 6.5 mph, while the 30 can go up to 3 mph in reverse and all other models can reach 3.5 mph.


Dixon offers the Speed ZTR with 30, 42, 46 and 54-inch stamped decks. The 30 uses aluminum to help save weight, while the other motors have decks made of steel for better impact resistance. The 42 SE and 48 SE use fabricated decks made from 11 gauge steel and cast iron spindles. The mowing finish quality isn’t quite as good as the stamped decks, but the heavy construction shrugs off impacts, making the SE’s a good choice for rough terrain and areas filled with obstacles. Anti-scalp wheels are included with the 46, 48 and 54-inch wide decks to help them follow hilly terrain without cutting into the soil. All decks are designed for mulching and side ejection with the option of adding a bagging system for clipping collection.

Which deck is right for you? Dixon says the 30-inch deck can handle up to 1.5 acres per hour, 42-inch decks can cut 2.2 acres/hr, 46-inch decks up to 2.4 acres/hr, and the 54-inch deck as much as 2.8 acres/hr. Need to pass through a gate? Total width is 6-7 inches wider than the deck area with the chute down or a bagging system attached.

Keeping Your Dixon Speed ZTR Running

Looking to buy a Dixon or need it serviced? Shanks’ Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Dixon, Briggs & Stratton and Kawasaki, and we have over 30 years of experience helping residential and commercial users with their outdoor power equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re just off Rt. 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not a local? We can ship anything you need for your Speed ZTR to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Bennche Cowboy 400S

Bennche Cowboy 400S

Early this year, Texas-based manufacturers Bennche and Massimo announced a new partnership, bringing their manufacturing expertise and dealer support together under one roof. The first new product to come out of this new company is the Cowboy 400S, a UTV that aims for a low price while including everything buyers want from the start.


The Cowboy uses a 391 cc SOHC engine with fuel injection that produces 25.8 hp, which is an increase over Bennche’s older 500cc motor. The engine is connected to a CVT with a high and low range. Power can be routed to one or both axles using the selectable four-wheel drive, while a locking rear differential helps with climbing difficult surfaces. The 400s uses hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners, and aluminum wheels come standard. An independent A-arm suspension is used on both front and rear, and all the shocks are adjustable.


Look at the price, and you’d think there was somewhere that the company cut corners. However, you’d really have to nitpick to find something missing from this vehicle.

LED headlights, brake lights, turn signals and side mirrors are included, which is enough to get the Cowboy licensed as a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) or Neighborhood Vehicle (NV) in many states. This means you can legally drive it on the road for short distances, letting you move between properties without having to haul the vehicle on a trailer.

The 47 x 34.5-inch dump bed can carry up to 400 lbs. Long rails on the sides provide plenty of space for tie downs, while the bed can be tilted from either side thanks to dual dump handles. A 3,500 lb. winch helps pull the UTV out of tight spots, while a hitch receiver that lets this side by side tow trailers weighing up to 1,000 lbs.

Look in the cab area and you’ll see the usual LCD gauge cluster along with some storage spaces and a 12-volt power outlet. The bench seat has headrests that mount to the top of the roll cage, keeping the seating comfortable while letting the driver and passenger reach into the bed without getting out of the vehicle. The ROPS-mounted folding windshield and roof are included for weather protection.

What’s missing? The steering rack is manual with no option for an electrically assisted unit, but with a dry weight of 1,100 lbs, it’s not really necessary. There’s also no option for a buss bar nor are there loads of mounting points for added lights, but for the majority of buyers, the included lighting is more than sufficient.

Just One Accessory

With so much already included, there’s only one piece of equipment Bennche offers for this UTV: a snow plow. This blade bolts to the underside of the frame and is raised and lowered by the winch.


The 400S is available in Candy Red, Pearl White, Sapphire and Vista Camouflage.


Bennche guarantees the entire Cowboy 400S including the engine for 12 months with no limit on operation hours.

Find Out More at Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Whether you’re looking to buy a Cowboy 400S or have one serviced, stop by Shank’s Lawn Equipment, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or you can get here by taking Exit 10 to Marion from I81. We’re a certified Bennche dealer with over three decades of experience helping locals with their outdoor power equipment.

Not in the area? We can still supply you with all the parts you need to keep your Bennche UTV in top condition, even if you live in Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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