Scag Turf Tiger II

Scag Turf Tiger IIAre you looking for a top-of-the-line commercial mower? The Scag Turf Tiger II improves upon the standard Turf Tiger, providing a flexible, high-speed mowing platform. With several powerplant and deck options, this mid-deck ZTR is bound to fit your needs.

Power

Scag offers 6 different powerplants from air-cooled gas V-twins to an inline diesel:

The Liquid-cooled Kohler Command Pro EFI V-Twin has made a name for itself by offering low fuel consumption and easy starting. This 26 hp motor is available with 52, 61 and 72-inch decks.

Kawasaki’s FD-Series has been a mainstay of commercial mowers for years; a 25 hp model is available with the 61-inch deck, and the new DFI (Digital Fuel Injection) equipped version is available in 26 and 31 hp versions on 61 and 72-inch deck mowers.

Briggs & Stratton’s Vanguard Big Block may be air-cooled, but it’s the most powerful engine option at 35 hp. It’s available with 61 and 72-inch decks.

Prefer diesel? Scag offers a 25 hp Kubota with 61 and 72-inch models.

These engines have all the features you expect from a commercial-grade motor including electric start and full pressure lubrication. Scag also adds an auxiliary canister air filter for longer filter life and easier service and mounts the radiator on liquid-cooled engines behind the seat to protect it from impacts. Fuel is provided by a 12-gallon tank with a top-mounted fuel gauge.

Hydraulic Drive

The drive system uses a pair of 16 cc Hydro-Gear pumps coupled to Parker wheel motors and a large auxiliary oil cooler to increase durability. Gas-powered models can reach a top speed of 12 mph, while diesels can hit 10 mph.

Deck

The Tiger has Scag’s signature Velocity Plus deck which is constructed from steel sheets of varying thicknesses to provide strength where it’s needed including a nearly ½ inch thick top plate to support the spindles. Scag uses cast iron spindles with tapered roller bearings, grease fittings mounted on top for easy access, and a relief port to prevent over-greasing.

Power is transferred from the Ogura GT 3.5 PTO clutch to the deck via a shaft drive. The clutch can be adjusted to compensate for wear, and it’s easy to access via the mower’s rear panel. This clutch rated at 250 ft lbs. for the Kohler and Kawasaki engines, and 350 ft-lbs. for models powered by the 35 hp Vanguard engine.

The deck can be set to a mowing height between one and 6 inches. Adjusting the height is simple: just push down on the adjustable foot pedal, then move the pin to one of the clearly-marked holes next to the seat.

Comfort and Ease of Use

The operator sits in a suspension seat with four iso-mounts that can be adjusted using a dial to match the rider’s weight. The seat position, back angle and armrest angle are also adjustable, while the lap bars can be positioned without using tool to match the operator’s reach.

The Tiger II comes with a new digital version of the Tiger Eye display, putting all the engine controls and information within easy reach. Opposite of this display is a 12-volt accessory plug for powering accessories and charging phones and a cup holder.

This equipment sits in a double tube welded steel frame designed to keep the center of gravity low for hill stability. Giant 26 inch drive tires provide traction with minimal scrubbing, while flat-free front caster wheels reduce maintenance. The caster extension is replaceable should it become dented from an impact. A built-in hood on liquid-cooled models and access panels on air-cooled models provide protection without getting in the way during servicing.

Accessories

There are several ways to set up the Tiger II to fit your mowing needs:

  • Set up the deck for mulching with the chamber-shaping Hurricane Plus mulching kit and either a mulch plug or operator-controlled chute that can be opened and closed as needed.
  • Collect clippings with a 16-bushel bag system or an easy-to-unload 12-bushel clamshell loader.
  • Get a ballpark finish with the Tiger Striper.
  • Know when to change the air filter by adding a monitor that sends information to the Tiger Eye display.

When You Think “Scag,” Think “Shanks”

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag as well as Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki, and Kubota, so we can help you with anything on your mower. If you’re looking to buy a Turf Tiger II or need your mower serviced, visit us at our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

We also ship parts and accessories for Scag and many other brands across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Choosing a Leaf Blower

choosing a leaf blower

While raking can be effective on small areas, even homeowners with small yards can save time by using a leaf blower. Which one is right for you? Here’s what you need to consider from flow ratings to engine designs.

Cubic Feet Per Minute vs. Miles Per Hour

More CFM means more power. The higher the CFM rating, the better the blower will be at moving leaves and handling wet debris. A high MPH speed indicates a more concentrated blast of air, which is easier to control when working around bushes, buildings and other obstacles. For example, a typical backpack blower will move between 500 to 1,000 CFM of air at 200+ MPH, while a wheeled blower will usually move between 1,500 and 2,500 CFM at 150-200 MPH. This makes a wheeled blower better for wide areas and a backpack blower better for areas with bushes and fences.

Two Stroke, Four Stroke, or Something In Between?

Two-stroke engines ignite fuel every time the piston reaches the top of the cylinder, so a smaller, lighter engine can produce as much power as a larger four stroke. They also don’t use valves, making them simpler and cheaper to build, and since they’re lubricated by oil mixed with the fuel, there’s nothing that can leak into the combustion chamber, making them ideal for handheld devices that are used at several different angles. However, two-strokes don’t last as long as four strokes, they’re harder to start, and less fuel gets burned inside the motor, increasing emissions and fuel consumption.

To get around the two stroke’s problems, manufacturers have come up with novel power plant solutions. Honda’s Mini 4-Stroke uses a baffling system to keep the oil where it needs to be, while Shindaiwa’s C4 Technology engines are four strokes that use mixed gas for lubrication like a two-stroke. Both engines can be used at any angle, bringing four-stroke performance to small power equipment.

Since wheeled blowers don’t have to be carried, weight isn’t a major design factor. These models use full-size four-stroke engines like the type you’d find in a mower or other large professional equipment to deliver maximum power.

Handheld Leaf Blower

Electric models are much quieter than their gas-powered counterparts, but they simply can’t match the power of an internal combustion engine. Battery-powered models are pricey and the least powerful, but their portability, low weight and simple maintenance may be a good fit for your needs. Even with heavy-duty extension cords, plug-in models are realistically limited to a distance of 100 feet from an outlet. They’re more powerful than battery-powered models and work just fine for homeowners that want to clear off a short driveway. Gas-powered models can clear areas in as little as a third of the time of an electric blower.

Backpack Blowers

By carrying the motor on your back instead of in your hands, it’s easier to handle more weight. This lets designers pack more power into a backpack blower than is practical with a handheld blower. Low-end backpack blowers can be cheaper than rechargeable handhelds, while professional models have been a mainstay of lawn care services for decades.

Wheeled Blowers

Need to clear a wide area quickly? A wheeled blower can do the jobs of several backpack blowers, saving considerable time on jobs. Push models can be hard to maneuver on hills, but some manufacturers now offer blowers with self-propulsion systems.

Wheeled blowers are available with metal or plastic housings. While plastic may be seen as cheap, it’s definitely the best choice. Because the housing can be formed for a tight fit around the impeller, it reduces turbulence and increases air pressure. The end result is lower noise, lower power requirements, and less vibration, reducing wear and tear on the engine and the operator.

Metal housings may be lacking, but they’re also cheaper to build. If you need big power on a tight budget, this may be the way to go.

Get What You Need for Fall Lawn Care from Shank’s Lawn

No matter what size of leaf blower you’re looking for, we can help: we’re a certified dealer for most makes of lawn care equipment including popular leaf blower brands like Little Wonder, Shindaiwa, and MTD, as well as the manufacturers of the engines that power these machines. To find the right equipment for your needs, visit us at our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, just off Route 11 in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada for every brand we carry. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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BCS Tiller Attachments for Fall

BCS attachmentWhether you think of BCS’s equipment as tillers or tractors, there’s no denying their flexibility when used with the right attachments. While it may seem like it’s ready to put it in storage now that harvest season is ending, there are still plenty of ways you can put this machine to work to help you get ready for winter.

Chipper Shredder

This attachment makes it easy to clean up fallen limbs, create mulch to outline and protect gardens and flower beds, and even turn newspaper into bedding for stalls. A heavy rotor maintains speed for shorter cycle times, while 26 steel flails have no problem chewing through limbs up to three inches in diameter. This attachment works with the 722 and larger models. BCS also offers the EC100 which uses the same construction but has a Subaru EX27 engine on board to provide power, letting you tow it with a 710 or 718 tiller.

Flail Mower

From tall grass to saplings, if it can be bent, the flail mower can cut it. While this mower is intended for heavy vegetation, BCS offers scoop blades and an anti-scalp roller to adapt it for use on turf.

The RollerBlade isn’t as good at general mowing as the standard flail mower, but it can produce smaller debris and its shape and lack of caster wheels makes it more stable when cutting through ditches. This makes it the perfect choice when cutting on difficult terrain and for growers who need to shred cover crops at the end of winter. An anti-scalp roller is included to get a close cut without damaging the soil.

Sickle Bar Mower

This type of mower is usually used for cutting hay, but its low, slim profile lets it get into places other mowers can’t including fences and the edges of steep hills and ponds. Since it only slices at the base of the plant leaving the rest intact, it doesn’t turn rocks and other small debris into flying projectiles. This simple design also reduces power requirements for lower fuel consumption and a larger cut area, letting you get the fastest cut possible from your tiller.

BCS makes a low-cost single action bar and a high efficiency, low vibration dual action bar. The dual action mower is available with fingers for reduced vibration and without for greater durability when cutting saplings and thick vegetation. If you don’t need the power of the flail mower, a sickle bar is a great choice for clearing brush and cropland.

Brush Mower

With a pair of ¼ inch blades, this attachment has all the cutting power of a standard tractor brush mower, but in more manageable sizes ranging from 21 to 32 inches. This mower isn’t as effective at cover crop mowing as the flail or lawn mower, but it works well for clearing thick vegetation.

Power sweeper

This tool may be used mostly for snow cleanup, but it’s also great for removing dust off of paved surfaces and can be used to pull up thatch, making it indispensable for fall lawn care. A long handle allows the angle to be adjusted from the operator’s position. This attachment can be used at the same time as the sulky for more comfort during long stretches of use.

Log splitter

Designed to be used horizontally or vertically, the log splitter attachment has a four-inch diameter cylinder and a 16 gpm pump that exert up to 20 tons of force, cutting through crotches and knots with ease. Total cycle time is just 14 seconds when splitting a 24-inch log. This attachment needs to be used with the power cradle to get the necessary PTO speed and the curved coupler to attach it to the tiller.

Water Transfer Pump

In most areas of the country, fall brings heavy rains that can cause drainage and flooding issues. The water transfer pump can move up to 147 gpm at a pressure of 50 psi for draining ditches, ponds, and pools. A 25-foot long suction hose and 50-foot long discharge hose let it move water over long stretches, while the self-priming pump design only needs a little water added to the pump chamber before operating. This attachment requires the power cradle to get the required PTO speed.

Get More Use from Your BCS Tiller

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than just a BCS dealer: we have over 30 years of experience helping customers with their outdoor power equipment. If you need parts, accessories or service for your BCS tractor, visit us at our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, one mile east of I-81. We also ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Scag Liberty Z

Scag Liberty Z

Since homeowners don’t rack up hundreds of hours on their mowers each season, manufacturers use lower quality components than their commercial offerings to keep the price down at the cost of reliability. The Liberty Z is Scag’s first residential mower, but they’ve taken a different approach, carrying over many of the parts and features of their professional mowers to create something that owners can rely on year after year.

Borrowing from the Pro Mower Parts Bin

The Liberty Z may be a residential mower, but it comes with many of the parts Scag uses on their pro models to ensure excellent performance, easy maintenance, and a long service life.

Instead of stamping the deck out a thin piece of sheet metal, Scag welds together several thick pieces of steel to create a deck that can withstand major impacts without denting. The rear of the mower gets the same treatment with a tall steel plate rear bumper that protects the engine.

Scag offers the Liberty Z in three deck sizes: 36, 48 and 52 inches. Like their other mowers, the cutting height is adjusted using a foot pedal and can be set between 1 ½ to 4 ½ inches in ¼ inch increments.

The blades are bolted onto ball bearing sealed aluminum spindles require no maintenance, while grease points for other moving parts are within easy reach. The Liberty also uses the same hard-wearing Marbain blades as their commercial mowers, and several types are available including an abrasion-resistant model for use on sandy soil. The deck can be paired with a mulching plug or bagging system, as well as the mower chamber-sealing Hurricane system, which increases vacuum for stamped deck mulching performance. They even offer the Tiger Striper for getting a ball park finish.

A wide foot plate and an adjustable high-backed, bolstered seat make it comfortable to operate, even when mowing across inclines. On one side of the seat, there’s a gas tank with a molded-in cup holder that holds 3.5 gallons in 36-inch deck mowers and 5.5 gallons in the 48 and 52 deck mowers. On the other side, there’s a panel with the mower controls including the PTO, starter and an hour meter with maintenance reminders.

All this equipment rides on a set of 20-inch drive tires and 11-inch caster tires. Their large size improves the ride and traction while spreading out the mower’s weight to decrease turf damage.

Quality Parts from Pro Equipment Manufacturers

Like the rest of the mower, the engines used in the Liberty are top quality residential units built by companies that specialize in professional equipment.

Kohler’s 7000 Series Pro is adapted from their commercial Command Pro series, carrying over many of its features including cast iron cylinder liners, a large commercial duty air filter, and a full pressure oil system. The company says this design should last twice as long as the engine it replaced. The 7000 is available in mowers with 48 and 52-inch decks.

Kawasaki may be a new player in the residential market, but they’ve long been a dominant force in commercial mowers. The new FR Series delivers their high build quality and design to a price point within reach of home buyers: even their unique grass chopper system carries over, which keeps the fan intake from being clogged with debris. Scag fits the 18 hp FR600V in mowers with the 36-inch deck and the 21.5 hp FR651V in mowers with 48 and 52-inch decks.

The wheels are driven by equipment from another pro mower mainstay: Hydro-Gear. The Liberty uses a pair of 2800 transaxles which come equipped with cooling fans and all metal gears for reliable performance. These units can propel the mower to a top speed of 7 mph.

Power is transferred to the deck using an automatically adjusting belt system and an Ogura PTO clutch brake that can be adjusted to compensate for wear, greatly increasing its service life.

Warranty

Scag guarantees the Liberty Z for 5 years or 750 hours of operation. Kawasaki backs the FR Series for three years, while Kohler backs the 7000 Series Pro for three years of residential use or one year of commercial use.

Parts and Service

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag and their equipment partners so we can provide you with the service and support you need for your entire mower. If you need help with your Liberty Z, visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.

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

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Little Wonder BRC-26 Hydro Brush Cutter

BrushCutterBrush cutting is difficult and sometimes dangerous work, which means you don’t want to skimp on features that will make the job easier to handle. That’s why Little Wonder’s BRC 26 Hydro Brush Cutter goes beyond raw power by adding features that make it easy to use and care for.

Power

This brush cutter is powered by Honda’s single cylinder GXV390. The GX-Series is a popular powerplant for professional lawn equipment, and for good reason: everything about this motor is designed for maximum durability and reliable use so you know you’ll always be able to get the job done. An automatic decompression system makes the engine easy to turn over when starting, a large fuel tank lets it run for long periods, and a dual element air cleaner reduces maintenance. This motor also comes with Oil Alert, which will shut the engine off automatically if the oil level is too low, protecting the motor from serious damage.

The engine drives a Hydro-Gear T2 transaxle. This unit has a built-in fan to control fluid temperatures and sends power to the wheels via a pair of ¾ inch solid steel axles. It provides the BRC 26 with a top speed of 4.2 mph when moving forward and 1.7 mph in reverse.

A single belt connects the engine to a quarter inch thick, 26-inch wide tempered spring steel cutting blade. Together, this blade and motor combination can cut through saplings up to two inches in diameter and can mow down plants up to 5 feet tall. The blade is shielded by a 30-inch wide deck.

Durable Construction

The blade is held in place by a one-inch diameter spindle that rides on a pair of sealed ball bearings. In turn, these bearings are held in a large welded steel flange that both resists impacts and protects the bearings from moisture. Both bearings can be greased at the same time using a single zerk fitting.

Surrounding this powerful equipment is a frame, deck and handle made from a combination of welded 7, 10 and 12 gauge steel. The front of the brush cutter is supported by a pair of 1.5-inch wide skid shoes made out of ¼ inch plate steel which can be adjusted to set the cutting height anywhere between 3 to 5 inches. The back of the unit is supported by a pair of 16-inch foam-filled puncture proof tires with bar treads designed for traction on dirt.

Controls that Make Sense

The transaxle is clutchless and can go from forward to reverse without using a shift lever. For easy operation, Little Wonder designed the speed control as a lever that can be closed against the handle to go forward or pushed down with a small thumb tab to go in reverse. Worried about having the BRC 26 run away when mowing difficult terrain? There’s a limiter dial on the handle that lets you set the maximum speed so it never moves too quickly.

When the work is done, a parking brake keeps the brush cutter from rolling, while a bypass control located at the base of the handle allows the transmission to be put into neutral, making it easy to roll into sheds or onto trailers.

The handles are surrounded by a wrap-around hand guard, protecting the operator when working near bushes, trees, and fences. Every control is connected using metal rods, eliminating issues with maintenance and failure due to pinching and rusting associated with cable-operated controls.

Warranty

Little Wonder guarantees the BRC 26 for two years of commercial or rental use, while Honda backs the engine with a three-year warranty.

Parts & Service

Need to have your BRC 26 serviced or just need some parts? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for both Little Wonder and Honda, and with over 30 years helping customers with their outdoor equipment, you know we’ll do the job right. Stop by our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or take Exit 10/Marion from I-81 and drive one mile east.

We also ship parts across the U.S. and Canada so we can send you anything you need to keep your brush cutter working. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Briggs & Stratton Q6500 Generator

Briggs & Stratton Q6500 Generator

Briggs & Stratton may be famous for their small engines, but their generator division has long been a major player in the market, offering everything from portable units for tailgating to large standby generators that keep small businesses up and running during blackouts. The Q6500 is their first entry into the inverter generator market, but it’s not just a copy of existing designs: by combining features of portable and standby generators, they’ve created something that delivers plenty of power in a package that’s unusually quiet and easy to use.

The Merging of Backup Power Capacity, Portable Packaging, and Lawn Care Technology

At first glance, the Q6500 looks like a scaled up portable generator. This is due to a design that takes features from both designs, combining a steel frame with a fully enclosed shell. The result is a device that has a rigid structure and internal grounding with built-in weather protection and noise reduction.

Briggs & Stratton’s engine division developed a new 306 cc motor with an integrated alternator for this model. This combination keeps the generator’s overall size small and lightweight. At just over 25.5x21x21 inches, it’s about the size of a large cooler, and it weighs just 128 lbs. That’s about 45% smaller and 30% lighter than equivalent backup generators. A built-in telescoping handle and flat-free wheels make the Q6500 easy to transport, while the engine is designed to shut off automatically if the oil level is low to prevent mechanical damage.

Where this generator really shines is noise and efficiency, courtesy of the full enclosure and Briggs & Stratton’s QuietPower system. First used on B&S’s lawn mower engines, QuietPower technology allows the engine to run efficiently across a wide RPM range. In this application, the throttle to be adjusted automatically to match current power demands without major losses in efficiency, letting it run up to 14 hours at a 25% load. Between low engine speeds and the sound-blocking enclosure, this generator produces 60% less noise than a standard metal frame generator.

Performance

The alternator can supply 6,500 starting watts for brief spikes caused by electric motors cycling on, while the maximum sustainable load is 5,000 watts. A built-in inverter creates a clean power waveform, making this generator safe to use with sensitive electronics including TVs and computers.

This power is available via a pair of GFCI-protected 120 volt / 20 amp duplex outlets for a total of four three-prong sockets, a 120-240 volt locking outlet that can connect to your household wiring via a transfer switch and two USB ports for charging small devices like smartphones.

All the outlets, controls and gauges are mounted to a side panel that lights up once the engine is running. To get the generator started, there’s a pull start, choke and on/off switch. The outlets are protected from the weather by a set of plastic covers, and there are indicator lights to monitor power draw and indicate problems like low oil. Need to add an external ground? There’s an attachment point next to the outlets.

Currently, the only model uses an engine that is 49-states compliant; for the time being, buyers in California and Quebec will need to look elsewhere.

Warranty

Briggs & Stratton guarantees the Q6500 for 24 months of residential use or 12 months of commercial use.

Parts & Service

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for all of Briggs & Stratton’s products, as well as many of the brands that use their engines. If you need parts or service, visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10/Marion.

Live in the U.S. or Canada and need parts for your Briggs & Stratton engine or equipment? We can ship anything you need. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Scag Patriot Zero Turn Rider

scag patriotWhen it comes to mowers, the word “value” usually means leaving off so many features that there’s a lot to be desired. Not so with Scag’s Patriot mower: these mid-deck ZTRs still have all the features that make their mowers some of the best in the industry.

More than Just a Choice of Deck Sizes

Scag offers the Patriot in two versions: the SPZ52-22FX, which has a 52-inch deck, and the SPZ61-23FX, which uses a 61-inch deck.

Both models are powered by Kawasaki’s FX Series. These commercial quality engines come with a twin barrel carburetor, electronic ignition, hemispherical combustion chamber and overhead valves for maximum power along with a full pressure lubrication system, cast iron cylinder sleeves and a solenoid-shift electric starter for reliability. These engines are topped with a giant canister air filter that keeps the intake clean while reducing the frequency of filter cleanings and replacements. The 52 inch Patriot has an FX691 rated at 22 hp, while the FX 730 comes with an FX730 rated at 23 hp.

To match these engines, Scag fits the 52-inch Patriot with Hydro-Gear ZT-3100 transaxles for a top speed of 8.5 mph, while the 61-inch model uses Hydro-Gear ZT-3400’s for a top speed of 10 mph. Both models can reach 5 mph in reverse, and both transaxle models have spin-on filters for easy maintenance.

Commercial Features without the Commercial Price

Like other Scag mowers, the Patriot uses a Velocity Plus deck. This design combines a tough fabricated shell combined with inner plating that shapes the mowing chamber for near-stamped deck performance. Adjustment brackets on each corner of the deck make it easy to level, while the discharge chute is built for high flexibility so it can bounce back from impacts. The cutting height can be set from 1.5 to 5 inches in ¼ inch increments using a foot pedal and a clearly marked adjuster knob.

Scag worked with Fisher Martin to deliver OEM blades using their hard wearing Marbain technology. These are available in low, medium and high lift shapes as well as an abrasive resistant version for sandy soils.

To reduce refueling frequency, there’s a 6.5-gallon tank built into the side of the mower. It comes with a molded-in storage caddy and cup holder for the operator. Extra large tires (22/23 rear, 13×5-6/6.5 front) reduce ground pressure to reduce turf damage, and Ausco disc brakes ensure the mower will stay in place, even when parking on hills.

A lot of thought went into the Patriot to make it easy to service. The spindles are made of aluminum and use sealed ball bearings, so they don’t need to be greased, and the rear frame design exposes the oil drain and air filter for quick access. The Ogura PTO clutch has an adjustable air gap so it can be brought back into spec when the clutch plate wears down instead of being replaced. Keeping track of the maintenance schedule is easy thanks to an hour meter that includes built-in alerts for upcoming service.

An adjustable, high-backed seat isn’t a standout feature at this part of the mower market, but Scag also uses a foot plate is mounted on rubber bushings to isolate it from vibrations. Paired with dual steering dampers and thick padded handles, this is an exceptionally comfortable mower.

Warranty

Scag covers the mower for two years of commercial use and 3 years or 500 operating hours of residential use, while Kawasaki warranties the FX Series for three years with no hour limit.

Accessories

While most companies offer one option for each task, Scag designs accessories to let you pick the features that best fit your operating conditions and budget.

The mower can be used to mulch by adding a mulch plate while mulching performance can be improved by adding the Hurricane mulching system. This kit divides the deck into individual chambers for each blade, creating the same amount of vacuum as a tall chamber stamped deck. For the ultimate finish, add the Tiger striping kit.

For collecting clippings, there’s a 7-bushel capacity twin bag system that can be used by itself or paired with a spindle drive to help push clippings through when they’re wet or tall.

ZTRs aren’t known for towing capacity, but Scag offers a trailer hitch that can handle up to 250 lbs. which is enough for many pull-behind implements including overseeders and fertilizer spreaders.

Need to see in low-light conditions? The mower can be fitted with 76-watt halogen headlights. Wish your mower looked as sharp as your truck? Add some chrome wheel covers.

Getting Parts and Service for the Patriot

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag and Kawasaki so we can provide parts and service for your entire mower. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10. We also ship parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our site, www.shankslawn.com.

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Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Small Block V-Twin

Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Small Block V-Twin

The words “small block” may bring to mind classic muscle cars, but when it comes to outdoor equipment, it’s the label given to Briggs & Stratton’s small displacement V-twins. Found in everything from residential lawn tractors to high power professional landscaping and construction equipment, these motors have become a staple of the industry. What is it that makes these engines so popular?

V-Twin Power in a Single Cylinder Package

The overhead valve design keeps the engine light and compact while offering excellent valve life and fuel economy along with lower emissions and vibrations. In fact, it’s so small that manufacturers can design their equipment to work with both this engine and single cylinder engines, giving the buyers the option of more power without stepping up to a heavier, more expensive model.

Lower Temperatures and Less Vibration for Better Reliability

Briggs & Stratton’s “Cooler / Cleaner Technology” high-efficiency fan reduces engine and oil temperatures by 25 to 30 degrees compared to competitor’s designs while also pre-filtering air before pushing it into the air cleaner. It’s surrounded by a poly core housing that helps reduce noise coming from the engine.

The air box uses a paper filter with foam pre-cleaner to minimize dirt entering the engine while lengthening service intervals. Dirt is also reduced by a full pressure lubrication system that uses a spin-on filter like you’d find on an automobile engine.

Inside the engine, cast iron cylinder sleeves provide maximum resistance against wear, while angled intake ports tumble the air fuel mixture as it enters the cylinder. This action helps with fuel mixing for increased power and better fuel economy. The electronic ignition requires no maintenance and ensures a reliable spark for clean ignition.

A dynamically balanced crankshaft reduces vibrations that can make equipment uncomfortable during use while also decreasing wear on the bearings and other engine components.

All small blocks have a mechanical compression release system that makes the engine easy to turn over when starting. For electric start models, the reduced power requirements are easier on batteries and allow the engine to be turned over with a smaller starter motor.

This motor is guaranteed by Briggs & Stratton for three years of commercial use with no limit on operation hours.

Models

Briggs & Stratton makes 9 versions of the small block Vanguard:

Horizontal Shaft
479 cc, 13, 16 and 18 hp
627 cc, 21 and 23 hp

Vertical Shaft
479 cc, 16 hp
570 cc, 18 hp
627 cc, 21 and 23 hp

Options

Since these engines are used in a range of operating environments and temperatures, Briggs & Stratton offers equipment that can improve reliability.

An oil cooler can be added to engines used in high-temperature applications such as lawn mowing, and it can be paired with an oil pressure switch to prevent engine damage if the pump fails or the oil level is too low for effective lubrication.

For engines fitted to equipment like wheeled blowers and truck loaders that are used in dusty environments, a cyclonic air cleaner can be added to remove large dirt particles using centrifugal force before the air reaches the filter.

Getting Parts For Your Vanguard Small Block Engine

Briggs & Stratton stamps the model number into the engine itself, which will be an 11 or 12 digit code, either as a string of numbers and letters, such as “12A345-6789-B1,” or separated into “Model” and “Type” categories that will be clearly engraved on the motor. On these engines, this engraving can be found next to the oil filter, and it includes all the information about the engine and any extra equipment that came with it from the factory.

Need to pick up some parts for your small block or have it serviced? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Briggs & Stratton as well as many of the equipment companies that use their engines. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or you can take Exit 10 to Marion from I-81 and drive one mile east.

Not in the area and just need some parts? We ship across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Yanmar T80 Tractor

Yanmar T80 Tractor

How do you get a tractor big enough for your needs without having something so big that it breaks up and compresses the soil you’re working on? Yanmar’s T80 tractor delivers the power needed to handle up to 25 acres of land and uses an innovative track system that reduces ground pressure while still handling like a wheeled tractor.

Tracked Performance with the Ease of a Wheeled Vehicle

The T80 is available in a standard configuration using 18-inch wide rubber tracks for a total width of 65 inches, while the narrow version has 11 inch wide tracks for a total width of 52 inches. Although this tractor weighs just over 7,400 lbs. with fluids, the ground pressure is just 3.2 psi for the wide track model and 4.9 psi for the narrow track model. For comparison, the average adult’s footstep exerts 8 psi. This means the T80 can float over mud and soft surface while greatly reducing ground compaction that can cause problems with the growth of grass and crops.

Each track is mounted on a pair of equalizers, each with two rollers. This allows enough flex to keep the track planted when driving over small obstacles. The tracks are made out of rubber with reinforced metal plates and wires, making it tough enough to withstand almost any terrain while still being compliant enough to use on paved roads without damaging the asphalt. As the tracks stretch, they can be tightened by adding grease to the tension cylinders located on the sides of the tractor.

The steering system is built around a pair of planetary gear systems that vary the speed of the tracks independently by using a combination of engine and hydraulic power. When driving in a straight line, both tracks operate at the same speed, eliminating the correction needed with lever-based systems. When turning, the hydraulic motors kick in, increasing or decreasing power to the gears for smooth turns. This makes the T80 handle and steer like a wheeled tractor.

Performance

The T80 is powered by a Yanmar 3.3 liter four cylinder turbo diesel that produces 78 hp at 2,600 RPM. It’s paired with an open center PTO that provides up to 66 hp at a running speed of 540 RPM with three ranges. Attachments can be linked to the PTO using a 3 point hitch can support 4,400 lbs. at a height of 24 inches. Up to 1,000 lbs. of ballast can be added to the front end for stability when using heavy attachments. The hitch lift and other hydraulic components are supplied by a 12.6 gpm pump.

Movement is controlled by a hydraulic shuttle transmission has four speeds and three ranges with a top speed of 10 mph for transport. With up to 38 gallons of fuel on board, the T80 can be used for hours between fill-ups.

Comfort Cab

When you have a tractor that can do so much work, you need to be able to use it comfortably all day. Yanmar’s Comfort Cab is designed to provide all weather protection and comfort with a nearly unobscured view.

This starts with a standard heater and air conditioner as well as front and rear wipers. The inside of the cab has a flat floor, an adjustable steering wheel and an adjustable seat with arm rests to make the controls easy to reach for operators of any size while letting them change positions to reduce fatigue. Dual halogen headlamps complete the package, letting the operator see in dark and foggy conditions.

Sourcing Parts

Shank’s Lawn Equipment isn’t just a Yanmar dealer, we’ve been helping everyone from homeowners to professionals with their outdoor equipment for over 30 years, so we can help you find a tractor that will fit your needs. If you’re looking to get a T80 or need to have it serviced, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.

Not in the area? We can ship the parts you need to keep your tractor working. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Scag Tiger Cat II

Scag Tiger Cat IIIs durability first on your list when shopping for a commercial ZTR? Every part of Scag’s Tiger Cat II is built to be reliable under the most demanding conditions from its thick deck to its use of tubular steel for its frame without compromising performance or comfort.

Velocity Plus Deck

The heart of this new mower design is Scag’s Velocity Plus deck. Its Tri-Plate deck construction combines a 10 gauge shell with 10 gauge top reinforcement and 11 and 7 gauge side skirts, making it one of the thickest decks on the market. Replaceable trim side wear pads protect the deck from scrapes and impacts, while five anti-scalp rollers protect the turf.

Normally, the flat sides of a constructed deck keep it from providing a good finish, but Scag took a two-pronged approach to get near-stamped deck performance. Inside the deck, additional plating gives the mowing chamber a rounded shape for better suction and a large discharge chute to ensure even the thickest grass passes through the deck with ease. At the front of the chamber, there’s an adjustable baffle that lets you alter this suction. Set the baffle to its highest position or remove it, and the deck can handle leaves and tall grass with ease. Put it in the lowest position, and the deck provides maximum suction for a high-quality finish.

The blades are supported by cast iron spindles supported with dual tapered roller bearings for unparalleled durability. Scag offers several blade designs to fit specific cutting needs.

The Tiger Cat II is available with 48, 52 and 61-inch decks, which can be positioned at a height between 1-5 inches in quarter inch increments.

Durable Components

Every pulley on the Tiger Cat II is made from split steel, a technique that forms the entire unit from a single piece of metal. This makes them both stronger and lighter than cast iron units for faster starting and stopping and decreased wear on the PTO and spindles.

The mower is built around a welded tubular steel frame for higher strength and vibration reduction. Like the spindles, tapered roller bearings are used to support the front caster wheels.

Power

Scag offers this mower with a Kawasaki FS and Kohler Command Pro when paired with the 48-inch deck, while all models have the option of a Kawasaki FX or Kohler EFI engine with outputs ranging from 22 to 29 hp. An auxiliary air filter system with most motors to decrease service intervals.

The motor powers the drive wheels by using a pair of 12 cc Hydro-Gear pumps connected to Parker wheel motors for a top speed of 12 mph going forward and up to 5 mph in reverse. To power the deck, Scag fits this ZTR with an Ogura GT 3.5 PTO clutch rated at 250 lb-ft.

Comfort

No amount of toughness can make up for a mower that’s hard on the operator, so Scag made sure every part of the Tiger Cat II is easy to use. This starts with a high backed-seat mounted to a four point rubber iso-mount with a torsion spring suspension that adjusts automatically to the operator’s weight and reduces the transfer of vibrations. This seat has an adjustable back rest and arm rests and can slide forward and back to accommodate operators of any size. The lap bars are fitted high-quality dampers for smoothness across their movement range for accurate control.

Next to the operator, there’s a cup holder molded into the right fuel tank, a 12-volt accessory plug and a console with all the mower’s switches and information within easy reach. The dual gas tanks hold a total of 9.5 gallons for hours of mowing between refills. Servicing is easy thanks to access points for filters and oil drains as well as a large removable foot plate.

Accessories

Scag offers two clipping collection systems for this model: a 16-bushel triple bag system and a 12-bushel clamshell collector that can be dumped from the operator’s position. The deck can also be used for mulching by adding a block-off plate for the discharge chute, or a mulching system kit can be installed to separate each blade into its own chamber for maximum performance.

A trailer hitch can be added to pull equipment weighing up to 250 lbs.

Parts and Service

Looking to buy a Tiger Cat II, or need to have your Scag equipment serviced? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag as well as Kawasaki and Kohler, making us your one stop shop for everything on your mower. Stop by our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Need parts or accessories for your Scag equipment? We ship across the U.S. and Canada. To find what you need, visit us at Shankslawn.com.

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