Briggs & Stratton Two-Stage Snowblowers

Briggs & Stratton Two-Stage SnowblowersLooking for a residential snow blower that doesn’t skimp on power or features? Then a Briggs & Stratton two-stage snow blower may be right for you. With 7 models available, you can get heated grips, electric starters and remove chutes make them easy to use while their winter-specific engines and snow-cutting augers give you the power you need to clear out the deepest snow.

Features

All Briggs snow blowers are powered by their Snow Series engines. These are designed to start in temperatures as low as -20°F, whether you’re using a recoil or electric starter. The starter handles and controls on these engines are large enough to be operated while wearing gloves. The handles and control panel are designed so that one hand can engage the drive while the other hand is free to make adjustments to the chute and throttle.

Snow is picked up by an auger with a notched edge that helps it bite into packed snow. A high-speed impeller gathers this snow and forces it out of the chute. For durability, power is transferred from the impeller to the auger using a transmission with an aluminum case, while the chute is made from steel. All models come with electric or crank-based remote chute controls.

These snow blowers have a transmission with 5 or 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds. The drive system connects to the wheels using a friction disc to save on weight and mechanical complexity. Briggs uses Arctic Trac tires to provide maximum grip on snow and ice.

BL924R Light-Duty

The Snow Series 900 in this model drives a 10-inch auger and 10-inch impeller. It can handle snow up to 20 inches high and has a maximum clearing width of 24 inches. The BL comes with dual halogen work lights mounted high up on the handle. It’s covered by a two-year residential warranty.

Heavy Duty

These models aren’t just more powerful than the BL924R: they have dual trigger steering and come with heated hand grips. The Heavy Duty series is covered by a two-year residential warranty.

BM1227SE
This model comes with an 1150 snow series engine equipped with an electric starter. It has a clearing width of 27 inches, can tackle snow pack up to 20.8 inches high, and can throw that snow a maximum distance of 35 feet. The chute rotation and deflector control are electric. The skid shoes are reversible for longer wear.

1024MD
With a Snow Series 900, 24-inch wide auger and maximum 20-inch clearing height, it doesn’t have quite as much snow clearing power as the BM, but it can throw snow up to 40 feet, letting it work in larger spaces. LED work lights come standard, and it can be fitted with drift cutters and a snow cab.

1227MD
This model has the same features as the 1024MD, but it uses an 1150 engine, giving it more power to handle thick, heavy snow.

Elite Series

Briggs’ top snowblower line comes with a warranty that covers 3 years of consumer use or 90 days of commercial use. All models come equipped with LED headlights and electric start, they can handle snow up to 20 inches tall, and they can throw snow up to 40 feet.

1696807
Powered by a 950, this machine has a 24-inch auger width.

1696815
This model uses an 1150 engine and has a 27-inch wide auger.

1696828
Briggs & Stratton’s most powerful snow blower comes with a Snow Series 1450 engine and an auger that’s 30 inches long.

Get the Power You Need to Tackle Winter Weather

Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services a wide range of power equipment including Briggs & Stratton’s engines and power products. If you’re looking for a new snow blower, or you need your equipment serviced, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 from I-81 and drive one mile East.

Not in the area and need something for your B&S equipment? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship parts and accessories for your snowblower to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Briggs & Stratton Single Stage Snowblowers

Briggs & Stratton Single Stage SnowblowersBriggs & Stratton may be the first name to come up when talking about small engines, but they also make a range of quality power equipment including snow blowers. Their single stage models don’t just showcase their Snow Series engines, they come with innovative features that bridge the gap between single and two stage designs.

Snow Series: A Briggs Engine Built For Cold Weather

Briggs & Stratton’s Snow Series engines are based on their 950 and 1150 Series designs, but they’ve been altered to handle extreme winter temperatures. The company is so confident of their cold weather performance that they guarantee electric start models will fire up after the second starting attempt at temperatures as low as -20°F. These engines also have oversized controls designed to be used while wearing gloves, so there’s no need to be bare-handed when adjusting the choke or priming the carburetor.

Single Stage Snow Blowers

Standard single-stage snow blowers are powered by the 950 Snow Series engine, a 208cc powerplant that produces 9.5 lb-ft. of torque. This engine drives an auger lined with rubber paddles that scrape up surface snow for a clean finish while propelling the machine, lowering the amount of effort required by the operator. The auger rides on ball bearings and is surrounded by a one-piece housing for durability.
All models have 22-inch wide housings and can handle snow up to a foot tall. Maximum throwing distance is 30 feet.

Four versions are available, letting owners choose between manual or electric start, either with or without a remote chute. Pitch is adjusted by moving a large, glove-friendly handle on top of the chute.

SnowShredder

Want the power of a two-stage snow blower with the compact size, mechanical simplicity and low weight of a single stage blower? Briggs & Stratton has managed to make such a machine by designing a unique hybrid auger.

The SnowShredder uses the same rubber paddles to pick up snow as their standard single stage blowers, but they’re mounted on an auger with 14 serrated surfaces. As the snow is drawn toward the chute, these edges break up clumps, turning them into powder that can be thrown further without the help of a second auger. This makes the SnowShredder the perfect choice for handling heavy, compacted snowfall. In the company’s own testing, these models clear snow about 30% faster than their standard single stage snow blowers.

Briggs offers the SnowShredder in two versions. When equipped with the 950 Series engine, it comes with hand-operated remote chute rotation. Step up to the 1150 Series, and you get a 250 cc motor that produces 11.50 lb-ft. of torque as well as push-button electric chute rotation and a work light mounted to the handle. Both models have the same width, snow height capacity and throwing distance of the company’s standard single stage blowers.

Warranty

Briggs & Stratton guarantees their single stage snow blowers and their engines for one year of residential use or 90 days of commercial use.

Make Snow Clearing Easier This Winter

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a full-service Briggs & Stratton dealer, which means we don’t just sell their engines and equipment, we can also provide you with the parts and service to keep them running. If you’re looking for a new snow blower or you need help with your current machine, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10.

Need parts for your Briggs & Stratton engine or equipment? We can ship the OEM replacements you
need to your door, whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Echo Leaf Blowers

Echo Leaf BlowersWith 15 models to choose from, Echo offers gas-powered leaf blowers for everyone from homeowners who need something light for quick cleanup to landscapers who want as much power as possible from their backpack blower. Here’s how you can narrow down your choices to find the right Echo leaf blower for you.

How do I Choose a Leaf Blower?

Handheld vs. Backpack: While handheld blowers are normally used for small jobs and backpack blowers are good for large jobs, some of Echo’s models cross over in terms of specs. A backpack blower puts the engine and impeller on your back, taking the weight off of your arms, making it more comfortable for longer jobs. A handheld blower is easy to pick up and set down, making it great for small cleanup jobs. In either case, lower weight means more comfortable operation.

Power: The volume of air moved by the blower is measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM.) More air means more leaves can be moved with each pass. Speed is measured in miles per hour. The faster the air moves out of the tube, the more force it has. High-velocity blowers are great for moving wet layers of leaves.

Echo offers a couple of handheld models with flared end tubes. By concentrating the air into a small, flat opening, air can be directed across the surface of the ground, making the blower more effective at peeling up layers of compacted leaves.

Throttle Location: This is mostly a point of personal preference. Echo includes cruise control on all of their backpack throttles, so you only need your hand on the throttle when you need to change speed. If you’re used to having a hand free when using a tube-mounted throttle, adjusting to a hip-mounted throttle will be easy because you’ll only need to use the throttle occasionally.

Both throttles are susceptible to damage but in different ways. The cables connecting a tube throttle to the engine can be stretched or broken if they get hooked onto tree limbs and other obstacles during use, while a hip throttle can be broken off during transport if it isn’t folded in first.

Warranty: Even if you get the smallest handheld model, you’re still getting a quality product. All Echo leaf blowers are covered for two years of commercial use or 5 years of residential use.

Handheld Blowers

All of Echo’s handheld blowers are powered by a professional grade 25.4cc two-stroke engine. Here are their specs and major features.

PB-250: 165 mph, 391 CFM, 9.5 lbs.
PB-2520: 170 mph, 453 CFM, 8.6 lbs.
Comes with cruise control and shoulder harness attachment points.
PB-255LN :191 mph, 354 CFM, 10.5 lbs.
Uses a rubber handle grip to isolate vibration and has a flared end pipe.
PB-2620: 172 mph, 456 CFM, 9.7 lbs.
Uses an upgraded engine with better air filtration and a long-lasting chrome-plated cylinder. Comes with a secondary handle and a rubber main grip. Includes both round and flared end tubes.

Backpack Blowers

Models ending in “H” have a hip-mounted throttle, while models ending in “T” have a tube-mounted throttle. All engines are two-stroke.

PB-265LN: 158 mph, 375 CFM 13.3 lbs, 25.4 cc.
The i-30 starting system has a helper spring to help kick over the engine for easy starts.
PB-580H and PB-580T: 215 mph, 510 CFM 22.6 lbs, 58.2 cc
The frame has a four-point vibration reduction system, and the intake draws air around the harness to keep the operator cool.
PB-755SH and PB-755ST: 233 mph, 651 CFM 24.7 lbs, 63.3 cc
These blowers are mounted on an L-shaped frame, making it more comfortable to carry.
PB-760LNH and PB-760LNT: 214 mph, 535 CFM, 24.5 lbs, 63.3 cc
A sound-reducing baffle limits noise to 65db, while dual stage air filtration keeps the engine clean.
PB-770H and PB-770T: 234 mph, 756 CFM, 24.3 lbs, 63.3 cc
A dual stage air filter decreases engine wear.
PB-8010H and PB-8010T: 211 mph , 1,071 CFM, 24.5 lbs, 79.9 cc
These are the most powerful backpack blowers on the market. A carbon fiber frame and fan case saves weight, a wear ring reduces tube wear, and a large top-mounted paper air filter stops dust while letting the engine breath.

When You Need Equipment for Your Home or Business, Go to Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been in the outdoor equipment business for over 40 years, providing customers with the service and support they need for everything from leaf blowers to ZTRs. If you’re looking for a leaf blower or you need help with your Echo equipment, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile East.

As an authorized Echo dealer, we’re able to ship OEM parts and accessories for their equipment to any location in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Scag Giant-Vac Truck Loaders

Scag Truck Mount LoaderHow do you get massive amounts of leaves up from the ground into your truck or trailer? Use a truck loader. Want to save money on disposal fees? Use a truck loader. Want something that will pick up and compact leaves quickly while being built strong enough to rely on season after reason? Get a Scag Giant-Vac truck loader. Thick steel construction and big commercial engines across the lineup make these machines a great choice whether you run a small lawn care service or do municipal cleanup.

Why Giant-Vac?

All of their loaders come with features that make them durable and easy to use. They use all steel construction including the chute, impeller housing, and constructed impeller, and ¼ inch steel wear plates are fitted to every model. Electric start is standard on all models, the boom can be locked into place for transport, and the outlet is fitted with a flexible end, making it easy to direct debris into truck beds and trailers.

TLS Skid Mount

This compact skid mount loader is powered by an 18 HP Vanguard V-Twin. This engine drives a 20 x 5.25 inch, 4 blade impeller made from 3/8 inch steel plate.

Debris is drawn through a 10-inch diameter intake hose. Coiled metal wire supports the 0.045-inch black thermoplastic rubber lining with a built-in wear strip to let you know when the hose is due for replacement. The intake nozzle is made out of 16 gauge steel with a 7 gauge reinforcement plate to support the handle. Debris exit through a 7-inch diameter discharge tube.

The removable skids have fork pockets, making it easy to transport and position for mounting. Multiple mounting holes add some flexibility when attaching the loader to a truck bed or trailer.

TLS20W Industrial Skid Mount

Need more power? The 20W uses a 29 HP Vanguard with heavy-duty air filter. It comes with a 5.5-gallon fuel tank with a built-in gauge for all day use and a remote oil drain to make oil changes easier.

The hose is the same as the TLS, but its diameter increases to 12 inches. The boom’s hose support chain can be adjusted without tools. Debris exit through an 8-inch discharge tube.

TL20W

This loader is mounted to a trailer with DOT approved lighting, license plate bracket and reflectors. It uses a two-inch ball hitch but can be fitted with a 2 5/16 inch ball or a pintle hitch. This trailer comes with a built-in three hole broom and rake holder.

Buyers can choose between a powerful 29 HP Vanguard or an efficient, easy-starting 26.5 HP Kohler EFI engine. Both engines come with heavy-duty air filtration systems. Like the TLS20W, it comes with a 5.5-gallon fuel tank. The intake hose is 12 inches in diameter, while the discharge tube is 8 inches in diameter.

TLB

The TLB is offered with three engines: a 35 HP Vanguard, a 37 HP Kohler and a 48 HP Kubota diesel. The Vanguard and Kubota are 50 state emissions compliant, and all three engines come with heavy-duty air filtration systems. These engines drive a ½ inch thick four-blade impeller, and they’re supplied by an extra large fuel tank.

The 16-inch diameter intake hose is made from a translucent polyurethane rubber, making it easy to locate clogs. It’s 84 inches long, and is capped with a nozzle that has an ambidextrous handle can be used with one or two hands to reduce fatigue. Debris exit through a 12-inch discharge tube.

The trailer is similar to the TL20W, but it gets a couple of upgrades. The loader is supported by a Dexter Troflex Axle rated at 3,500 lbs. It’s mounted on forged torsion arms for a smooth ride on the highway. Wheel chocks with boxes and traffic cones are included.

Accessories

The hitch receiver mount lets you carry the TLS behind your truck. It has a locking joint that can keep the loader directly behind the truck for transport, and then lets it swing out to 90 or 180 degrees while in use.

Need a little more reach? The stack extension increases the discharge chute height to get over high sided trailers and trucks.

Are your working days limited by the sun? The halogen work light kit gives you the visibility to keep working through the evening.

The trailer brake package adds remote-activated brakes to your TL20W or TLB loader, while the roadside package has the same traffic cones and reflective chocks that come with the TLB.

Get the Tools You Need for Fall Lawn Care

As a certified Scag Giant-Vac dealer, Shank’s Lawn Equipment doesn’t just sell their machines, we’re able to offer the service and support you need to keep your equipment running. If you’re looking to take the work out of leaf collection, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10.

We can also ship parts and accessories to you whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Scag Giant-Vac Leaf Blowers

Scag Giant-Vac Leaf BlowersMost leaf blowers are noisy, thirsty, uncomfortable, and unreliable, but they don’t have to be. Scag Giant-Vac wheeled leaf blowers are mounted on carts so they can use big engines and impellers, handily outperforming the best backpack blowers, while keeping the weight and vibration off of the operator. With models sized for everyone from homeowners to contractors, these blowers are a great choice for people looking for cleanup equipment that works faster, is easier to use and is more reliable.

The Best Choice for Leaf Cleanup

Backpack and handheld leaf blowers are limited to using two-stroke engines to keep weight down, but by mounting everything on a wheeled cart, Giant Vac is able to use quality four stroke engines that last longer, are easy to start, can use straight gasoline and make a lot less noise. The operator pushes the blower using an isolated handle, taking the weight and vibration out of operation.

For homeowners, it means they can clean up their lawn faster and with less effort. For professional landscapers and contractors, using a walk-behind leaf blower decreases job time, labor costs and running costs compared to backpack leaf blowers.

Giant-Vac isn’t the only company making wheeled blowers, but it’s their design that makes them stand out. The engine drives a constructed steel impeller that is balanced to minimize vibration and strain on the crankshaft. The discharge opening is angled down slightly to get right at the surface of the ground to peel up wet leaves. Move the lever-activated flap, and this air can be directed to the side for maximum clearing power or front discharge to push leaves away from buildings and fences.

LBC Classic

The classic offers most of the features of Scag’s larger blowers at a size and price that puts it within reach of residential buyers. Its 5.7 hp Subaru SP170 drives a 15 inch, four blade impeller to blow at a rate of 1,392 cubic feet per minute. That’s more than double the air volume of the most powerful backpack blowers. The handle uses anti-vibration mounts at four points and a padded handle limits the transmission of vibrations to the operator.

LBX Extreme

Power and flexibility make this model a great choice for landscapers. This blower’s 9 HP Subaru EX27 spins the 15-inch, 6 blade impeller with enough force to move air at a rate of 2,293 CFM. The handle has a control for a door on the discharge opening. When left flat, the door lets the air skim across the surface of the ground to peel off thick layers of wet leaves. Turn the angle up, and the blower will roll piles of tall piles into place for collection. That handle uses 8 anti-vibration mount points and is curved to make it comfortable to use the blower either head-on, standing to the right to see the path of leaves, or to the right to stay out of the path of moving debris. The engine throttle is also remote-mounted, letting you adjust airspeed during operation.

LBXP Extreme Pro

Need to clear a lot of land quickly? The LBXP is perfect for resealing contractors who need to clear parking lots and roads quickly so they can get to work.

It comes with all the features of the LBX, but it’s powered by an 11.7 hp Honda GX390 which spins a 17 inch, 6 blade impeller. That’s enough to increase output to 2,824 CFM.

When You Need Lawn Care Equipment, Go to the Experts

Are you looking for a better way to clean up lawns and pavement? Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services most major brands of outdoor equipment including everything from Scag and their Giant Vac line of debris clean-up tools. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. If you need something for your Scag Giant-Vac equipment, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Preparing Your Garden for WinterYou may be used to winding down lawn care as winter approaches, but what about your garden? By doing a few things now, you can help your plants survive winter weather and get a head start on spring.

Don’t Stop Watering

Plants will still need water as they go dormant, especially if you’re having a dry fall. Keep watering until the first freeze.

Use Your Leaves

Instead of disposing of leaves, mulch and collect them with your mower. As long as you don’t have black walnut trees on your property, the resulting mulch is perfect for applying to garden beds. What’s wrong with black walnut leaves? They contain high levels of juglone, a chemical that is used by the tree to push out competing plants. Many ornamental and edible plants are susceptible to this poison.

Collected leaves can be used as mulch and ground cover, or they can be composted, creating rich organic material both directly and through the growth of leaf mold. This also breaks downs juglone, making black walnut mulch to use on all plants.

Remove Dead Vegetation

Cleaning out your garden doesn’t just make it look better, it also stops the spread of plant diseases that can survive the winter.

Prepare the Soil for Spring

Now is a great time to fertilize your soil for the next growing season. A soil test will tell you what nutrients need to be added to give your plants the nutrient support they need. If your soil needs lime, applying it now will give it time to dissolve and reduce acidity.

Plant Bulbs

Bulb plants, including tulips, daffodils, crocus, onion, and garlic need exposure to cold weather before they’ll come out of dormancy. Planting needs vary from plant to plant, but most varieties do best when evening temperatures are in the 40s. All bulb varieties do best if they’re planted in soil with good drainage.

Lay Down a Thin Layer of Mulch

Adding one to two inches of mulch over gardens and around trees will shield plants from the worst effects of winter. However, a thicker layer may insulate the underlying soil, keeping it from freezing. This can leave insects, weeds and other detrimental organisms alive come spring.

Protect Your Trees

If you have young, thin-barked trees, they’ll need some protecting from temperature fluctuations in the winter. As the surface heats up, water thaws in the bark and trunk, only to refreeze at night, splitting the bark. To keep this from happening, apply a paper wrap, covering the trunk from an inch below the soil surface. The ends can be taped together with some duct tape.

Evergreens are still active in winter, but they can dry out easily in the winter air. Keep them watered and consider applying an antidesiccant.

Protect Roses with Cones

Roses should be protected with a rose cone after the first hard freeze, the point at which temperatures dip below 20°F. Prune the plant just enough to fit into the cone. Filling the cone with leaf mold or straw will add extra protection if you live in a very cold climate or you’re growing a cold-sensitive variety like a hybrid tea. When temperatures rise in the spring, remove the cone when temperatures are above 30 degrees, then put it back over the plant at night.

Get Caught Up on Equipment Maintenance

Whether you’re looking to add a bagging system to your mower, or you have equipment that’s due for a yearly tune-up, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re an authorized dealer for a wide range of consumer and commercial brands including everything from BCS to Yanmar. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship parts and accessories for all the brands we carry to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Echo Bear Cat LS22 Log Splitter

ECHO Bear Cat Log Splitter LS22The leaves have fallen, and that means log splitting season is here again. If you have an Echo Bear Cat LS 22, there are a few things you should know about maintaining and operating your log splitter so you can get the most from it.

Engine

The LS 22 is powered by a Subaru SP170. For detailed use and maintenance information, check the engine owner’s manual: service intervals and methods can vary widely from version to version.

Before shutting off the engine, move the throttle lever to “slow” and let the engine return to idle speed. This makes shut down easier on the engine and the hydraulic pump.

Hydraulic System

When operating at temperatures below 20ºF, let the engine warm up and fully extend and retract the cylinder four times to warm up the hydraulic fluid. Using the log splitter in temperatures below 0ºF can damage the hydraulic system.

The hydraulic tank is built around the trailer axle. To check the level, set the splitter on a flat surface with the jack extended, then remove the filler cap on the left side of the tank. The entire hydraulic system holds four gallons of Dexron III/Mercon automatic transmission fluid.

The hydraulic filter should be changed after the first 50 hours of use, then every 200 hours thereafter. To install a new filter, lubricate the seal with Dexron III, tighten it by hand, then tighten it an additional ½ turn with a filter wrench.

Spacer Plate Alignment

Check the alignment of the splitting wedge spacer plates before using this equipment. If they’re misaligned, the wedge won’t travel in a straight path, causing it to rub against and can damage the splitter. It’s normal for the plates to move with use, especially if the full power of the hydraulic system is used repeatedly to cut difficult logs.

To adjust the plates, loosen the three bolts clamping them to the beam. The bolts and nuts do not need to be removed. Push the plates against the beam, positioning them so they’re parallel with the wedge, and tighten the bolts by hand. Once everything is lined up, torque the bolts to 110 ft-lbs.

Check the alignment by extending and retracting the wedge. If the plates are in the right position, the wedge will move without binding.

The wedge is bolted on using a Grade 8-rated black oxide ½ by 4-inch carriage bolt. If this bolt is damaged, replace it with an identical bolt before using the splitter. When installing, position the cylinder ram so it’s against the wedge and tighten the bolt to 110 ft-lbs.

Using the Splitter

The splitter can handle logs that are up to 24 inches long. Both ends of the log must be cut square.

Lift the log into place by picking it up by its sides. Set it on the tray so that the wedge will cut with the grain.

Stand behind the splitting area and use the controls to extend the wedge. If you need to support the log, place your hand on the side, well away from the wedge.

Once the log has split or the wedge is fully extended, use the controls to retract the cylinder. Wait until it’s fully retracted before removing the log pieces.

Vertical Operation

In most cases, it’s best to use the beam in the horizontal position. However, having it in the vertical position makes it easier to split large logs. It’s best to keep the trailer hitched to the tow vehicle for stability when cutting vertically.

To switch modes, pull out the spring-loaded pin on the main beam and tilt the beam until it locks into place.

When placing a log on the end plate, turn the log until it leans against the beam.

Towing

Before towing, lock the beam in the horizontal position and fully extend the wedge to increase the stability of the trailer. As with any trailer, you need to make sure the safety chains are attached to the tow hitch and the hitch bolts are tight before transport. The trailer is designed for a maximum towing speed of 45 mph.

Need Something for Your Log Splitter?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for a wide range of professional outdoor equipment brands including Echo Bear Cat and Subaru Power. That means we can service your equipment or provide you with the parts you need to do it yourself. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway at the south end of Chambersburg, PA. We also ship parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. If you need something for your Echo Bear Cat, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Briggs & Stratton CO Guard: Making Portable Generators Safer

Briggs & Stratton CO Guard: Making Portable Generators Safer

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious danger when using a portable generator, especially for impulse buyers who need power after natural disasters. While new industry-wide safety standards are going to be rolled out in the next two years, Briggs & Stratton is taking the lead by adding their new CO Guard to their models ahead of time.

Solving the Leading Safety Problem with Portable Generators

Carbon monoxide emissions from portable generators are responsible for approximately 70 deaths and 2,800 injuries each year. While these devices are safe if used correctly, it’s common for new owners to ignore instructions and set up their equipment in areas that can lead to poisoning.

Why is this such a big problem? When natural disasters shut off power for days, people buy units and use whatever extension cords they have on hand to plug in their devices. To get these cords to reach, they often place their generators inside garages, just outside windows or on covered porches where carbon monoxide can collect. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that attaches to red blood cells, preventing them from carrying oxygen. Early signs of poisoning including headaches and nausea are easy to ignore, increasing risk.

While this problem is well known, getting an industry-wide solution hasn’t been easy. When it comes to government regulation, it isn’t clear if carbon monoxide should be handled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because it’s a safety hazard or by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it’s a pollutant. To work around this problem, the Portable Generator Manufacturer’s Association (PGMA) was founded in 2009 to bring a voluntary standard. Today, this industry organization represents 80% of the market.

In the early 2010s, the CPSC developed a low CO emissions tech demo using laboratory conditions that the PGMA argued was unrealistic for real-world use. In response, the PGMA started two groups to develop a new solution: one group worked on low emissions engine akin to the CPSC proposal, while the other group worked on a shut-off system. The latter system won out as it was inexpensive and easy to implement, while plans are in the works to bring low emissions engines to market in the next few years.

A New Standard in Safety

The CPSC, PGMA and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) built on this work to create the new ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 standard. Along with safety requirements for electrical, thermal and mechanical dangers, this new standard finally applies a standard method for CO management. G300 applies to all generators 15kW and under including inverter generators, open frame, and construction models, with compliance expected by March 31, 2020. It’s estimated that these shut-off devices should be more than 99% effective at preventing fatalities if the generator is operated in an enclosed space.

CO Guard: Getting a Head Start on Safety Technology

While manufacturers have a while to comply, Briggs & Stratton announced last April that they would roll out their CO Guard protection system as soon as possible. The first generators are reaching the market now with a phase-in across their entire line over the next 18 months.

Designed to comply with the new standard, the system has a CO sensor built into the ignition system. When the sensor detects unsafe levels of the gas, it shuts off the engine and turns on a warning light. The system won’t reactivate the ignition system until CO levels drop.

How Well Does It Work?

Briggs & Stratton spent a lot of effort in research and development to make sure CO Guard works reliably. To conform to the new standard, the sensor is designed to work in temperatures ranging from -20 to 122ºF. In early tests, they found the system could be triggered by wind blowing exhaust gases directly onto the sensor. To stop these false triggers, the sensor is housed inside a case that prevents direct air contact.

While CO Guard makes these generators safer, it isn’t fool-proof. The generator still needs to be operated outdoors, and even minor exposure to carbon monoxide can cause tissue damage.

Looking for Help with Your Briggs & Stratton Generator?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized Briggs & Stratton dealer, selling and servicing everything from the company from small engines to power equipment like these new generators. If you’re looking for a portable power solution or you need help with your current equipment, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10/Marion from I-81 and drive one mile East.

Need parts for your generator? Visit our website, www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Echo Bear Cat DL 10 Debris Loader

Echo Bear Cat DL 10 Debris Loader

A debris loader is invaluable when you need to load fall leaves for disposal, but it can be hard finding something that’s the right size for your needs: small loaders are easy to use but are slow and can clog easily, while large loaders aren’t as flexible and can be pricey. Echo Bear Cat’s DL10 debris loader covers all the bases by being small enough to be hand-carried or mounted on a hitch receiver while using innovative design feature to make the most of its available power.

Better By Design

At 340 lbs, this machine is no lightweight, but high-mounted handles make it possible to move the loader and position it for mounting without needing a forklift.

Debris enters through a 12-foot intake hose capped with an aluminum nozzle with two handles, one for each hand. That puts less weight on the operator and offers more hand position options for reduced fatigue. The boom has a central swiveling joint and supports the hose with two chains, leaving less weight to lug around while reducing hose angles to preventing clogs.

While other brands may offer an adjustable chute as an upgrade, the DL10 comes with a 360-degree swiveling discharge tube straight from the factory. This lets you get just the right position when loading debris and move the chute out of the way during transport.

Power

The DL10 is powered by a 570cc Vanguard V-Twin. It comes with an electric starter and a pull start back up, as well as the features you expect in a commercial engine like full pressure lubrication and a heavy-duty air cleaner. This engine drives a 16-inch impeller with four serrated blades. These blades chop up leaves as they pass through the chamber, reducing their size so you can carry more debris with each load. A replaceable liner takes the brunt of the wear, protecting the impeller case for a longer service life. Maximum suction power for this unit is 3,900 CFM.

Accessories

Using the right combination of parts, you can get debris into any container. There’s a 16-inch vertical chute extension for reaching over tall beds, a four-foot flexible horizontal chute extension to drop debris directly into your truck or trailer, and a deflector cap that aims debris right where you need it.

From the factory, the loader is designed to be permanently bolted onto a flat surface, but it can also be attached to the rear of your truck as needed using the receiver mount kit.

Worried about shorter days cutting into your work time? The 12-volt work light runs off of the engine’s electrical system, shining light toward the rear of the loader to give you more time to wrap up the last job.

Warranty

The Vanguard engine is covered by Briggs & Stratton for three years of residential or consumer use. The rest of the DL 10 is guaranteed by Echo Bear Cat for three years of residential use, one year of commercial use or three months of rental use.

Spring or Fall, Shank’s Has You Covered

When you’re looking to add some equipment or have your current machines serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re an Echo Bear Cat Signature Elite dealer, which means we’re one of the top dealerships in the country, offering the service and support you need to get the most from your equipment. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of Interstate 81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

We can also ship the parts and accessories you need for your loader to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Shindaiwa Brushcutters

Shindaiwa Brushcutters

Whether you’re taking care of your own yard or you landscape for a living, having the right tool can make any job faster and easier. Shindaiwa has listened to their customers, updating their brushcutters to deliver more power and torque to get the most out of cutting blades while being easier to operate and maintain, so they’ll still be your first choice for trimming grass.

Shindaiwa currently offers four models. The C262 and C302 are all new, while the C282 and C344 have been updated.

C262

Shindaiwa’s smallest model is 70.5 inch long and weighs just 12.3 lbs. It’s powered by a 25.4 cc two-stroke and uses a 1.62:1 gear reduction for more torque at the head. The head and engine are linked using a solid steel drive shaft.

The C262’s 2-in-1 debris shield works with both trimmer line and blades, making it easy to switch between mowing and cutting. When using line, this model cuts a 20-inch swath. A shoulder harness is included.

C282

While slightly shorter than the C262, this brushcutter weighs in at 15.7 lbs. This added weight is due to a larger 28.9 cc engine with electronic ignition and a bicycle-style handlebar that makes the cutting head easier to control when cutting brush and saplings.

This model is intended mostly for cutting, limiting the maximum cutting swath to just 15 inches, Both a speed-feed head and blade hardware included. This model uses a solid steel drive shaft.

C302

With its 30.5 cc engine and 1.8 hp output, the C302 is the most powerful trimmer in Shindaiwa’s lineup. A 1.62:1 gear reduction head increases torque. Even with all this power, it weighs in at 14.8 lbs.

It has a bicycle handle like the C282, but it comes with over-molded hand grips like you’ll find on power tools. This adds a rubber layer around the plastic where you need it to quell vibration while keeping weight down. Weight is further reduced by using a magnesium fan housing. A flex cable sends power to the head while absorbing engine vibration. The cutting swath of this model is 20 inches.

For easier restarts, the carburetor is equipped with a bellows intake that draws in cool air away from the engine.

C344

Want a powerful brushcutter without the compromises of a two-stroke? This model comes with a 34 cc 2/4 stroke engine.
This Shindaiwa-exclusive design combines a four-stroke cycle with a two-stroke oiling system, so it stays lubricated no matter how you turn it. This keeps emissions and fuel consumption down and makes the engine much easier to start than two-stroke models.

The C344 is the heaviest brushcutter at 15.6 lbs, but otherwise, it’s mostly similar to the C262. A speed-feed head and blade hardware are included, it uses a solid steel driveshaft, and it cuts a 20-inch swath. The controls are mounted on a bicycle handlebar with rubber grips.

Blades and Accessories

The 9-inch. 4-tooth blade fits all blade-capable straight shaft brushcutters. It’s perfect for light brush, shrubs, and grass.

All other cutting blades are designed to fit the C242, C254, C282, and C344. The 10-inch, three tooth blade is perfect for cutting thick brush. The 9-inch maximum duty blade works well cutting undergrowth and thinning out small saplings. The 8-inch heavy-duty blade has saw teeth that can chip away wood, which is great for cutting down young trees.

Shindaiwa redesigned their debris shield, adding more protection while still being compatible with older models. The Pro Harness distributes weight using wide hip and shoulder pads, increasing operator comfort and reducing the chance of contact with the line or blade.

Getting parts for maintenance is easy thanks to Shindaiwa’s “Youcan” maintenance kits. Two versions are available: one has everything you need to do a tune up, while the other includes everything needed to rebuild the fuel system.

Warranty

Shindaiwa guarantees all of their brushcutters for two years commercial of commercial use or 5 years of consumer use.

When You Need Service for Your Shindaiwa, Go to Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Shindaiwa, so we can provide you with equipment, parts, and support for anything from the company. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of Interstate 81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories for Shindaiwa and many other brands across the U.S. and Canada. If you need something for your brushcutter, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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