Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – X-Series

Exmark Radius X-SeriesWant a mower big enough for the toughest commercial jobs that’s also easy to own? The Exmark Radius X combines some of the best engines and hydraulic components on the market with the company’s trademark features to create a ZTR that is easy to both maintain and operate.

Power and Speed

All Radius X mowers are powered by a Kawasaki FX Series engine. These commercial grade motors have a full pressure lubrication system with an oil cooler and a canister-style air filter to keep temperatures and dirt at bay for reliable performance hour after hour.

Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro Gear ZT3400 hydrostatic transmissions which can propel the X Series to a top speed of 10 mph going forward and 6 mph in reverse. These transmissions have an external oil filter and built-in shock valves for easy maintenance and a long life. On the deck side, power is transferred from the engine by a MagStop PTO clutch rated at 125 lb-ft.

Cutting Deck

The Exmark UltraCut Series 4 is constructed using 10 gauge steel for the top plate to provide rigidity for the blade spindles, while a 7 gauge side skirt resists bangs and bumps. It’s set up from the factory for side discharge, but it can also be used for mulching. Add the Ultravac bagging system, and clippings will be drawn through an impeller to be deposited into a set of rear-mounted bags, compacting debris to hold more with each load while maintaining cutting performance.

Features to Make Your Life Easier

Where the Radius X really shines is its attention to detail, eliminating common nuisances you may have experienced with other ZTRs.

The mower needs to hug the terrain to get an even cut, and that can mean a bumpy ride. The Radius X’s seat rides on a suspension with three inches of travel, keeping those shocks away from the operator for all day comfort.

The deck can be set to a height between 1 and 5 inches using a foot lever and a clearly laid out diagram. Instead of moving an unmarked lever and hoping for the best, this system lets you see exactly where the deck is, makes it easy to return to your preferred height after raising the deck to clear obstacles

Need to perform an engine tune up? Exmark packages everything you need for engine maintenance into a single kit. Want to make sure the engine runs cool? Kawasaki builds their FX series engine with clean out ports to keep dust and dirt off of the fins, while a rotating steel guard keeps clippings from being drawn through the flywheel fan.

The UltraCut deck uses Exmark’s exclusive sealed bearing spindles, which means one less area to lubricate. Replacing broken and worn belts is easy thanks to a deck top and belt shields that can be removed without tools.


Exmark makes three versions of the Radius X, giving you a choice of deck widths with engines to match:

A 48-inch deck with an FX651V producing 20.5 hp
A 52-inch deck with an FX691V producing 22 hp
A 60-inch deck with an FX730V producing 23.5 hp


Exmark offers a sunshade that attaches to the ROPS bar, and a trash bag can be added so you have a convenient place to put cans, bottles and other debris that can get in the way of your mowing.

The deck can be set up for mulching with a baffle kit that keeps clippings in the mowing chamber until they’re cut down to size, while a striping kit provides a ballpark-style finish.

Want easy access to the bottom of the deck without the expense of an electric lift? Exmark offers a mechanical jack that fits the edge of the side skirt, giving you quick access to the blades.


Exmark covers the Radius X with a 500-hour warranty for the bags, belts and tires, and four year/1,000 operation hour warranty on everything else outside of the battery and engine. Kawasaki guarantees FX Series motors for three years with no hour limit.

Where to Get Parts for the Exmark Radius X

Keeping your Exmark operational is just as easy as using it thanks to Shank’s Lawn Equipment. Our experience staff and massive parts stock helps us service your mower quickly so you can keep working. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for these mowers across the U.S. and Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – S-Series

Exmark S SeriesAny manufacturer can pick up some off-the-shelf parts and build a mower, but it takes a lot of attention to detail to build something that really stands out. With the Radius S-Series, Exmark worked to make minor annoyances like spindle lubrication and deck height adjustment trouble free so you can spend less time working on your ZTR and more time using it.


The S-Series is powered by a 21 hp Kohler Confidant engine. This commercial-grade motor has several features to ensure a long life and reliable performance: the cyclone air cleaner removes most dirt and dust before it reaches the air filter, keeping the motor clean while reducing filter maintenance. The lubrication system is fully pressurized, uses an automotive-style filter for longer oil life and includes an oil cooler to help keep temperatures under control.

This engine drives a pair of Hydro Gear ZT3400 transaxles. These have shock valves to protect the hydraulics and an external oil filter, making them easy to maintain. They can propel the mower to a top speed of 9 mph when going forward and up to 5 mph in reverse. The motors are controlled by lap bars that can be adjusted for height as well as the total distance they can be moved forward and back, ensuring a comfortable reach for any operator. The PTO uses a maintenance free Warner Electric MagStop electromagnetic clutch rated at 125 ft-lbs.

All this equipment is mounted to a heavy duty frame made of thick tubing that allows major components to mounted low for increased stability and traction on slopes. Fuel is stored in a 7-gallon tank directly below the seat with a window positioned so that it can be checked from the operator’s position.


The Radius S-Series is available with a full-floating UltraCut Series 3 deck set-up from the factory for side discharge. It can also be used for bagging and mulching with optional equipment. This fabricated deck uses a 10 gauge steel top plate with 7 gauge side skirts. Exmark offers this mower with a choice of 48, 52 and 60-inch width decks.

Exmark also makes a version of the S-Series with a 60 inch rear discharge deck. Instead of sending all the clippings through a small chute, it spreads them across the width of the deck, preventing clumping while reducing fuel consumption and shortening the deck’s overall width. The rear discharge deck is a great choice if you need to maneuver around landscaping or regularly cut through thick, tough grass in areas like ditches. There are even bumpers on the sides of the deck so you won’t damage obstacles or the side skirts if you get too close.

With any deck, the height is adjustable using a foot lever. This lever has a clearly laid-out chart next to it, making it easy to find the height you want. These decks also use Exmark’s exclusive sealed spindles, eliminating the need for maintenance.


This mower comes with a foldable tubular ROPS that is designed to mount accessories including a sunshade and LED lighting. If you operate on rough terrain, the high-backed seat can be upgraded with a suspension system to help smooth out bumps, and a small trash bin can be added to store cans, bottles and other debris picked up while mowing.

Plates can be added to seal the UltraCut’s mowing chambers for mulching, while there’s an impeller-driven clipping collection, drawing and compacting clippings to keep the blades from bogging down while increasing total storage capacity. The company also offers a trailer-style jack, making it easy to lift the deck for cleaning and blade access. Worried about flats? Upgrade the caster wheels with a set of flat free tires.

Where to Get Parts for Your Exmark Radius S-Series Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the experienced staff and parts stock to get your Exmark back to mowing quickly, whether you need repairs or want to add accessories. Visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can get here by taking Route 11, or take Exit 10 to Marion from I-81.

Not in the area? We can provide you with OEM parts for your Exmark mower as well as the Kohler engine that powers it, even if you live in Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – E-Series

Exmark Radius E-SeriesEvery commercial mower manufacturer brags about reliability, but what if you want a ZTR that is both reliable and easy to care for? After all, downtime can make a huge difference to your bottom line. The Radius E-Series is built with this in mind, delivering commercial cut quality and durability together with unique features that can help you keep your mower working.

An Engine Built Specifically for ZTRs

To ensure the durability, performance and easy maintenance of their mowers, Exmark spent over four years developing a V-Twin powerplant with extensive testing both on dynos and in real world conditions. First debuting on some of their Quest mowers in 2015, this commercial grade 708 cc motor was built specifically with ZTR mowers in mind. It has a wide powerband with a peak output of 24.5 hp, but where this motor really shines is its focus on easy maintenance and operation.

The choke is set manually, but vacuum pressure will open the choke automatically as the engine warms up, keeping it running smoothly. The quick drain system replaces the drain plug with a long hose that snaps into mounts on the side of the motor. This allows the oil to be changed without needing tools: just detach the hose, which is long enough to go past the frame and body to eliminate drips, and let the oil flow out. Once the motor is empty, the automotive-style filter can be twisted off and replaced. The fill cap is even designed to require just a quarter turn to remove and install.

The air box uses a hinged cover, making it easy to inspect the filter element. The element will only fit the correct way, and if it isn’t perfectly lined up, it will be aligned and sealed onto the intake when the cover is closed. The bottom of the box has three intakes ports that pass through a sloped chamber, letting dust slide off before it can reach the filter, reducing maintenance. Airflow is generated by fins on the flywheel. It’s also the only engine of its type on the market with a dual barrel carburetor, ensuring even air and fuel flow to both cylinders.

The engine cover is attached with 6 bolts. Once removed, the carburetor and coils are easy to access, and the cooling fins can be cleaned off with compressed air. Have a dead battery? There’s a negative lug on the motor for hooking up jumper cables or a battery charger.

An automotive-style angled cylinder head increases power, while a 5 bolt head attachment system with an extra wide sealing surface ensures durability. Thick cast iron cylinder liners allow the cylinders to be rebored for an engine rebuild. Air cavities between the pushrods and cylinder improve cooling, while a governor with three weights provides quick response to handle load changes. The oil pump is mounted at the bottom of the engine so it can maintain oil pressure even if the oil level is a little low.

There’s a tag on the motor identifying the engine part number and serial number, and these numbers are also stamped into the block in case the tag gets damaged. Need repair information? There’s a QR code that will let you quickly bring up the service manual on your smartphone.

Speed and Cut

A lot of development went into the motor, but the rest of the mower has the same attention to detail. Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT2800 transaxles with charge pumps, relief valves and independent, replaceable filters, ensuring they’ll last just as long as the engine. They can move the Radius E to a top speed of 8 mph when going forward and 5 mph in reverse.

The E-Series uses an UltraCut Series 3 constructed deck. It has a 10 gauge top plate and a 7 gauge skirt, while the blades are mounted to maintenance free spindles. A foot-controlled deck lift makes it easy to raise the deck to get over obstacles or put in the transport position. The mower comes from the factory set up for side discharge, but can also be equipped for mulching or bagging. Exmark offers the E Series with 48, 52 and 60-inch decks.

Parts and Service

When you need to fix something on your E-Series, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified Exmark dealer with decades of experience helping owners get the most out of their equipment. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We can still supply you with all the parts you need to keep your Exmark working, whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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Dixon Zero Turn Mowers – DX100 – DX152, DX161 Overview

Dixon DXLooking to buy a ZTR? Why not go with Dixon, the inventor of the Zero Turning Radius mower? They may have created the segment, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of reach. Dixon’s DX100 Series mowers are designed to be affordable without cutting corners on features. That means commercial quality engines and hydraulics, durable components and easy to use controls at a size and price that puts them within reach of residential and small commercial buyers.


These mowers are powered by a Kawasaki FX series engine. It uses a large capacity canister-style air filter with multiple filtration stages for improved flow, better engine protection, and longer maintenance intervals. An integrated oil cooler and a heavy duty steel guard over the fan further ensure durability.


Engine power is sent to the wheels via a Hydro-Gear ZT 3400 transmission which uses a fan-cooled 12-cubic centimeter pump to send fluid through the hydraulic system. This lets the DX 100 move at speeds up to 10 mph when going forward and up to 5 mph in reverse.

Cutting Performance

The DX 100 uses a flat-sided fabricated deck made from 11 gauge steel, keeping the overall profile compact. Anti-scalp wheels come standard. It cuts using three blades mounted on tapered roller bearings inside greaseable aluminum spindles. Deck height is controlled by a foot lever so your hands can stay on the controls. It can be set to one of 12 height settings ranging from 1.5-5 inches.

The deck can be set up to mulch, collect clippings, or send them through the side discharge. The three-bag collector can hold up to 9 bushels, and it’s designed to be installed or removed in a matter of minutes.

Comfort and Ease of Use

Operator comfort is taken into account with a large foot pan and bars along with a seat with a contoured backrest. Dampers on the lap bars provide steady engagement for smooth, easy control, and they’re adjustable to fit the operator’s preferences. A foldable ROPS reduces total height for storage.

Durability and Maintenance

Components are mounted on a heavy duty welded tube frame. The layout is built with maintenance in mind with easy access to filters, electronic components, and the oil drain. Belts, pulleys, and spindles on the deck can be accessed by removing the foot pan.

Dixon guarantees these mowers with a two-year warranty for commercial use, while Kawasaki guarantees the engine with a three-year warranty.

Two Models to Fit Your Needs

There are two mowers in this series: the DX 152 and the DX 161. The DX 152 comes with a 22 hp engine and a 52-inch deck. It can mow up to 4.2 acres per hour. The DX 161 comes with a 23.5 hp engine and a 61-inch deck. It can mow up to 4.9 acres per hour.

Where to Get Parts for Dixon ZTR Mowers

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries everything you need for your Dixon, including parts for Kawasaki engines. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, or you can get here from Interstate 81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

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


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6 Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

spring-lawn-care-guide-2It’s that time of year again: winter weather has finally slowed and temperatures are rising. These tips will help you start spring off right, ensuring your lawn will flourish while reducing the maintenance it will need throughout the year.

1. Clean up the Lawn

Start off by removing downed branches and inspecting trees for any damage that may need to be addressed. Pay particular attention to split or broken branches and have them removed by a tree service so you can be safe while on your lawn. Raking up lawn debris will keep snow mold and insects at bay while making it easier for new blades of grass to penetrate the soil. Removing any snow left over from snowbanks will let your entire lawn come out of hibernation at the same time for even growth.

2. Reseed

Now that the lawn has been cleared, you can address damage to the ground cover caused by salt, snow, and snowplows. Reseeding early in the season will give the seeds a better chance of taking root.

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Overview of the Stander RH

stander-i-6-23-14Do you need the power and speed of a ZTR but want something with more flexibility, especially when dealing with different types of turf? The Wright Stander RH is designed with all the benefits of their standing position ZTRs and comes with a deck that can be moved on the fly to fit the terrain at hand.

Why Stand?

It’s called the “Stander” because the operator stands on a suspension-mounted platform at the rear of the mower instead of sitting on a seat at the center. This provides a clear view of the entire mower including the cutting deck. ZTR mowers turn by changing the speed of the drive wheels, and this design puts the operator directly over the axis of rotation. This makes it possible to turn quickly without being thrown around. Continue reading

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Midmount Z Overview

wright-z-3-4-right2Wright may be known for their standing mowers, but they also use their signature design to build some of the most advanced ZTR commercial mowers on the market. The Midmount Z Series combines a compact, lightweight frame with heavy duty components to provide impressive maneuverability and performance while reducing turf damage and delivering a top quality finish.

The Benefits of the Z

Z’s use Wright’s Aero Core deck, a constructed design that has air-tapered surfaces added to the inside so it performs like a stamped deck. That means high airflow, a uniform cut and minimal clumping without sacrificing deck strength. Anti-scalp rollers are included for an even cut on rough terrain, and a folding ROPS protects the operator without getting in the way when loading the mower onto a trailer.

Wright covers their mowers with a two year warranty that includes parts and labor.

There are two models of Midmount Zs: the MMZ and the ZTO. Continue reading

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Wright Standing Mowers Overview

stander-3-4-right-jpgWalk-behind mowers are easy to maneuver on steep terrain and easy to step away from when you need to pick up branches and other debris. Riding mowers have large decks and fast propulsion systems, letting them cover ground quickly. What if you want the advantages of both? Wright’s Stander mowers are built to combine the best features of riding and walk behind mowers to create a device that has advantages going beyond either design.

What is a Stander?

Wright’s Stander mowers are built like a mid-deck ZTR mower, but instead of having a seat over the deck, there’s a platform over the rear for the operator to stand. This shift in position puts the engine directly over the deck instead of behind the rear wheels for a more compact package. Recessed caster wheels in front of the deck make the footprint even smaller, providing all the power of a riding mower with far less length: the largest model equipped with a 72 inch deck is just 71 inches long. Continue reading

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Wright Walk-Behind Mowers Overview

Velke_Gear_DriveIf you’re in the market for a quality walk-behind mower, the Wright family of lawn care equipment has plenty to offer. Their walk-behind mowers come with several different size and equipment options to make your job easier and take less time. When you get behind a Wright mower you know that you are getting a dependable mower that will outlast the competition and leave your lawns looking great.

The Wright Velke Gear Drive

One of the most affordable gear drive walk-behind mowers on the market, the Wright Velke gear drive comes in 32, 36, and 48-inch models. It is both lightweight and compact, making it easy to maneuver and transport. It features dual belts to deliver consistent torque to the large wheels. It is known for being particularly gentle on turf due to its small footprint and light weight. Continue reading

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Wright Zero-Turn Mowers: Mid-Mount Z Vs. Sport RH/X

wright-z-3-4-right2If you’re shopping for a zero-turn mower, there are dozens of options to choose from. The Wright brand of mowers has a long history of delivering quality equipment for commercial grade jobs. Both the Wright Mid-Mount Z and the Sport RH/X models are competitive in their class and offer the support you need to get the job done right. Here’s what you need to know before you go shopping.


The Wright Mid-Mount Z and the Sport RH/X are similar in size. All of these models come with optional 48″, 52″, or 61″ decks. However, the Sport RH & X models are designed for more flexibility on the ground and have a smaller profile than the Mid-Mount Z. The narrower body of the Sport models make them easier to get onto a trailer. Even so, the Mid-Mount Z is roughly 3″ shorter than a standard mid-mount mower, so it can navigate corners deftly and offers better control on uneven surfaces. Continue reading

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