New BCS America Spreader

New BCS America SpreaderThere’s now one more way you can use your BCS America two-wheel tractor to take care of your lawn and garden. The new spreader attachment lets you lay down a consistent layer of soil amendments including compost and sand. Since this attachment is self-powered, it’s easy to hook up, easy to use and gives consistent results at any operating speed.

Built by People Who Know Top Dressing

When BCS decided they needed a top dress attachment for their tractors, they turned to Earth and Turf. This Pennsylvania-based manufacturer specializes in spreaders and aerators covering a wide range of sizes and applications. Together, the companies developed a trailer that fills the gap between Earth and Turf’s TruFlow walk-behind models and their large tow-type top dressers. By using your BCS tractor to pull the spreader, you can get the performance of a self-propelled spreader at a lower cost.

How Does it Work?

There’s no PTO attachment needed to drive the spreader. It just hitches to the back of your tractor. As the trailer’s wheels turn, they operate a chain drive connected to a heavy-duty conveyor belt. Since belt speed is controlled by wheel speed, it always drops the same depth of material no matter how slow or fast you’re going.

The scallop-tread belt runs the length of the bed, pulling material out of the bottom of the bin and depositing it in an even layer across the ground. It spreads out material across a 30-inch wide strip. The trailer is 36 inches wide, and it can straddle raised beds up to 6 inches tall.

The trailer is designed to be used with your tractor’s controls tilted to the side. This gives you a clear view of where you’re dropping material and keeps you from walking over freshly dressed ground. All-terrain tires keep the trailer planted and maintain grip to drive the belt. A lever on the drive mechanism disconnects the chain drive, so you can stop dropping once you reach the end of a row.

A 6.5 cubic foot stainless steel bin holds the top dressing material. The spreader works with dry, loose material including compost, sand and other soil amendments. Since there’s nothing to break material in the bin, bedded manure needs to be chopped up thoroughly before use. The drop rate is controlled by an end gate. It has 13 height settings from 1/8 inch to 1 inch.

Compatibility

This new trailer attachment fits Model 732 and larger tractors. BCS recommends fitting your tractor 5X10 or larger tires to maintain traction.

To attach the spreader to your tractor, you will need a curved coupler. BCS offers two sizes of couplers. The small coupler will work with 732 to 739 tractors, while the large version will work with 749 and larger tractors. If you pull a utility trailer with your tractor, you already have the right coupler for this attachment.

Big or Small, Shank’s Has It All

No matter what your lawn care needs are, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has everything you need. We’re an authorized dealer for a wide range of outdoor equipment manufacturers including BCS America. That means we don’t just sell equipment, we also provide the parts and service you need to keep that equipment running. If you need help with your two-wheel tractor, or you want to add some attachments, come see us. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Not in the area? We can ship the parts you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com. Our site has sections for commonly ordered parts, or you can use our search engine to find parts specific to our model. It even has built-in factory diagrams, making it easy to see exactly what you’re ordering.

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Multi-One Attachments for Groundskeeping

Multi-One Attachments for GroundskeepingWhat does it take to maintain the ground at large facilities? Sometimes you have to be a landscaper, other times you need to do building maintenance, and occasionally you need to be a construction worker. How do you handle a wide range of tasks without a large fleet of equipment? With a Multi-One mini-loader. With dozens of tools to choose from, one machine can handle almost any job. Here are just some of the attachments they offer for grounds keeping.

Buckets

When you need to move dirt and materials, you have several options. The high tip bucket is just like the ones you’ll find on front loaders. The combo bucket adds a joint between the back plate and the rest of the bucket, letting you use it as a standard bucket, a grapple or a dump bucket.

The grapple bucket pairs the bucket with a long-toothed grapple that grips onto branches, logs, rocks, and other loose material. If you need to tear out material, the demolition grapple bucket has a sharper edge and stronger teeth.

Aerators

Multi-One offers both spike and core aerators to fix soil compaction and ready lawns for overseeding. These attachments have adjustable support wheels to get a consistent hole depth. Since they’re mounted to the boom, it’s easy to lift the tines out of the ground before making turns.

Mowers

Need a standard mower? The Tornado lawnmower has a collection system built into the top of the deck, letting you dump out clippings like a high lift bucket.

The flail mower makes quick work out of thick brush. It’s available as a standard front mount attachment or mounted to a side shifting arm to reach into gutters and mowing steep slopes. The side flail mower is perfect for tackling extremely thick vegetation. For tall grass, Multi-One makes a sickle bar mower.

Want to save time trimming around landscape features? The inter-row mower’s side-shifting mount, low profile and built-in shock absorber make it ideal for trimming around bushes and fence posts.

Hedge cutter

This tool lets you drive by hedgerows and bushes, trimming them down to a uniform length. It’s available with a single vertical bar and with vertical and horizontal bars that let you trim both the sides and top of bushes with one pass.

Bulk Materials Hauling

If you need to move palletized material, Multi-One makes a fork to fit your needs. That includes a standard pallet fork, as well as versions with a hydraulic clamp for awkward objects and a side shift to reach into corners.

If you can wrap straps around it, you can lift it with the jib crane. The standard crane has a lifting capacity of 440 lbs. The telescopic jib crane extends from 43 to 66 ½ inches and has a lifting capacity of 1,100 lbs.

The big bag lifter carries oversize bags full of leaves, compost, mulch, and other bulk materials. Side bars keep the bag from swaying while in motion. This attachment can lift up to 2,645 lbs, but the actual weight limit may be lower depending on the capabilities of your mini-loader.

The landscape pot clamp gently lifts clay pots and roof balls to position them for planting and landscaping. The jaws can grab objects ranging from 10 to 47 inches.

Sprayer

This attachment holds almost 32 gallons of lawn chemicals or detergents. With the bar fully extended, it can cover 59 inches with each pass. It also has a wand for spot treatment connected to a 164-foot hose.

Solar Panel Washer

A 9 foot long soft-bristled rotary broom wipes away dust and dirt to keep your facilities’ solar panels working at maximum efficiency. This broom mounts to a rotating boom, letting you clean panels mounted at any angle.

Aerial Work Platform

This platform safely lifts workers up high to reach windows, light fixtures, and tree branches. Two models are available, reaching a working height of 27.5 or 32 feet.

When You Need Professional Equipment, Visit Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is your complete outdoor power equipment dealer. We don’t just sell mowers: we’re an authorized dealer for a wide range of equipment manufacturers including Multi-One. If you think one of these do-it-all machines is right for you, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also check our current stock at www.shankslawn.com.

Need parts for your Multi-One? You can order whatever you need from our website and have it shipped to your door, whether you live in the United States or Canada.

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Multi-One 6 Series

Multi-One 6 SeriesHow much power can you squeeze into a vehicle without having to compromise maneuverability? The Multi-One 6 Series manages to pack over a ton of carrying capacity into a vehicle that can squeeze through most gates. Thanks to a new, more powerful engine, this loader can handle a wide range of attachments to fit any need from construction to lawn care.

More Power, Less Emissions

The 6 Series is now powered by a Kubota D1205. This diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards, so it’s legal to use across the U.S. This 25 HP diesel also delivers 30% more torque than the outgoing engine and has better low RPM performance. That means more speed, more power for equipment and lower engine speeds that improve fuel economy.

To get the most from the new engine, the hydraulic pump was upgraded, increasing output by 20% to 13.2 GPM. Since both the drive system and boom are hydraulically powered, this means better performance for everything on this loader.

Performance

Front mount tools connect to a boom that raises and extends, reaching a 115-inch lift height. This boom is self-leveling, making it easier to keep loads stable. It also lets you use attachments like the mowing decks without changing their angle, lifting them and lowering them as you move past curbs and other objects.

How much can this loader carry? The boom has 2,116 lbs. of lifting capacity with back weights installed or 1,720 lbs. when fully extended. These weights mount inside the loader’s body, so using them doesn’t increase its footprint. The tipping load is 2,646 lbs.

What makes this performance truly impressive is the 6 Series’ compact size and maneuverability.
The 6 Series is just 42 inches wide, so it can pass through most gates. By using a hinged platform for the wheels, this loader has a turning radius of 79.5 inches, making it almost as maneuverable as a skid steer. However, unlike a skid steer, it won’t tear up your work area. The DBS dynamic block system comes standard, controlling the wheels independently to eliminate scrubbing for better traction and less damage to turf.

Attachments

Multi-One makes 84 compatible attachments for this loader, letting it do almost any job you can imagine.

If you’re a landscaper or groundskeeper, one 6 Series can replace a wide range of stand-alone equipment. The same machine can cut grass in ravines, mulch branches, lift workers up high to replace light bulbs, and clear off snow-covered parking lots.

Farmers will like the assortment of ground working tools, mowers and hay forks. A simplified mount and single hydraulic connector makes changing attachments on a mini-loader easier than swapping out attachments on a tractor’s three-point hitch.

Need something for construction? Multi-One makes a mixer that lets you dump concrete directly onto the area being filled. There are also several specialized buckets available for carrying large amounts of concrete, rock, and aggregate.

Looking for a robust alternative to a standard forklift? Multi-One offers a variety of forks including side shift and clamp models, as well as several buckets, a bag lifter, and a jib crane. No matter what attachment you’re using, you control it with the same joystick. This makes it easy to learn new tools.

Models

Multi-One makes two 6 Series models. The difference comes down to gearing, letting you choose between maximum force or maximum speed.

6.3+ K: Top speed is limited to 5.6 mph, but it can exert up to 3726 lb-ft. of pushing force. This model is a good choice if you plan on primarily using your loader with buckets, forks and other high weight tools.

6.3S K: Top speed increases to 7.7 mph, but pushing force drops to 2,557 lb-ft. If you need a loader more for attachment flexibility than pure power, this model is a great choice.

Equipment

The 6 Series comes standard with a Level 1 ROPS and roof, as well as a pair of work lights. From there, you can configure the cab with equipment for night work, cold weather and trailer towing.

If you need maximum traction, you can add a Dynamic Block System (DBS). It redirects power to prevent wheel spin. This improves traction on slick surfaces while reducing turf damage.

From Push Mowers to Multipurpose Machines, Shank’s has You Covered
Since 1984, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped their customers with every type of lawn and outdoor equipment on the market from string trimmers to large commercial mowers. We’re a certified dealer for a wide range of brands including Multi-One and Kubota, making us your one-stop-shop for equipment, parts, and service. Come see us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also sell parts and accessories online for every brand we carry at www.shankslawn.com. We can ship your order to any address in the United States or Canada.

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Masport Mowers: Better By Design

Masport MowersMasport may be unknown in the U.S, but they’ve been a mainstay of their New Zealand home market for over 100 years. While they use the same Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines you find on domestic mowers, they’ve taken a different path with the development of their mowers. The result is a set of unique features that make them easier to use and more effective than almost any other walk-behind on the market. If you’re a homeowner looking for a reliable walk-behind mower, or you’re a professional landscaper who needs a walk-behind that can handle professional use, there are plenty of reasons you should consider one of these mowers. Here are just a few of the unique features they offer.

Cam Locks

These lock down the handle the same way a quick-release keeps wheels fitted to a bicycle. By flipping up both levers, you can fold the handle forward for storage. Flip them back, and the locks will be at the right tightness to keep the handle from flexing during use.

Washport

For years, riding mowers have included wash ports that let you flush out stuck grass by hooking up a garden hose. Masport is one of the few manufacturers to include this feature in a walk-behind deck.

Dual Bearing Wheels

Masport fits their mowers with large, rubber-covered wheels that reduce scrubbing. These ride on ball bearings that sit on threaded mounts. While the wheels of other mowers will get loose after break-in, you can simply tighten the nuts on the end of your Masport’s axles to take up the slack.

Smartchute

Want to use a side discharge, but hate how it leaves clumps behind? If you have a bagging mower, all you have to do is remove the grass bag and pull up on the corner of the chute cover. Grass clippings spray across the opening, spreading out over a wide area. This prevents the formation of clumps without forcing you to walk on fresh clippings like you would with a rear discharge mower.

Dual Mowzone

Mowers with this feature have a deck that extends past the wheels, so you can get closer to fences, buildings, and curbs. If you have a lot of obstacles in your yard, this can cut the amount of trimming you need to do after mowing.

Chipper Chute

Masport’s 4’N 1 mowers include a chipper chute that can handle branches up to 1 1/3 inches in diameter. Unlike similar mowers and lawn vacuums, this chute is behind the engine, putting it within easy reach of the operator. Limbs are chopped by a blade mounted directly to the engine shaft, making them easier to access and sharpen than the flails found on other machines.

Handle Lift System

Need to remove the bag? Push the foot lever next to the rear wheel, and the handle flips forward, giving you easy access.

Blades

All models except 4’N 1 mowers come with a standard, low lift bar blade. If you want better mulching performance you can fit your Masport with a Quickcut blade. It increases lift, giving the blades more time to chop up clippings. 4’N 1 mowers pair a Quickcut blade with a second blade designed for chipping.

The Two/Four blade disc is compatible with MSV mowers. It uses two blades for maximum vacuum, delivering the best finish and mulching performance.

One of the Best Warranties Available

Like any piece of lawn equipment, the engines in these mowers are warrantied by the manufacturer. Masport guarantees everything else on their standard mowers for four years of residential use or 6 months of commercial use. Contractor mowers are covered for 5 years of residential use or one year of commercial use.

For Masports and More, Go to Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and commercial operators with their outdoor equipment since 1984. We’re now a Masport dealer, and we’re also an authorized dealer for Briggs & Stratton and Honda Engines. If you’re looking for a better mower or you need parts and service for your Masport, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.

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Multi-One 5 Series

Multi-One 5 SeriesAre you looking for a piece of equipment that can do just about anything? The Multi-One 5 Series mini-loader has enough power to work with almost all of Multi-One’s attachments while still remaining small enough to fit anywhere. With over 80 equipment options, this machine can be used for any commercial task you can think of from laying down cement to mowing steep ditches.

What Makes the 5 Series Different from Tractors and Skid Steers?

Unlike a tractor, there’s no direct connection between the engine and the wheels. The engine is only there to power a large hydraulic pump, while fluid pressure powers everything on the vehicle. The cab sits on a hinged platform with four wheels, each driven directly by a hydraulic motor. This gives the 5 Series a tight turning circle and less scrubbing than a skid steer. It also eliminates gears and wheel brakes, making it easy to operate.

The mini loader’s boom can go up and down and tilt the mounting plate like a front loader. It also extends for extra reach, reaching a maximum lift height of 108 inches. This boom exerts up to 2,000 lb-ft. of pushing force, so it can be used for high power tasks including groundbreaking. The result is something that can compete with a large tractor, but at just under 40 inches wide and 95 inches long, it also fits in small spaces that are out of reach to similar vehicles.

The boom and attachment controls are built into a single control stick, so it’s easy to learn how to use new attachments. Everything you need to know about the vehicle from speed to operation hours is displayed on a digital gauge cluster.

Attachments

What can you do with a 5 Series? Multi-one makes 82 attachments that are compatible with the 5.2 and 5.3, covering jobs ranging from stacking hay bales to removing snow. These include tools for construction, groundbreaking, landscaping, groundskeeping, factory work and farming.

Every front-mount attachment uses the same plate mount, and every powered attachment connects using the same hydraulic multi-connector. At most, you may need to add some ballast weights or a floating boom valve to use an attachment with your loader. By adding a Multi-One to your fleet, you gain access to a wide range of specialty tools without the expense of stand-alone equipment. Along with expected tools like mowers, buckets, and forks, there are plenty of unusual special use tools available. Here are just four examples:

– An aerial work platform for cleaning windows or changing light bulbs in high fixtures
– A dual blade hedge trimmer that cuts the sides and tops of bushes in one motion
– A solar panel washer that has a brush designed to safely remove dust from panels without damaging them
– The hives handler, a fork with a clamp that gently grips beehives for transport

These mini-loaders can be tailored to fit your operating conditions. You can add an enclosure for all-weather comfort, a trailer hitch or additional connectors for trailers and rear-mount tools. or brighter lights for on-road use.

Models

5.2
This loader is powered by a Kubota D902 diesel engine producing 25 HP. The hydraulic pump moves fluid at a rate of 9 GPM. The maximum tipping load with the boom retracted and the vehicle fitted with ballast weights is 2,249 lbs. Top speed is 8.7 MPH.

5.3
This model uses a 28 HP Yanmar 3TNV76 diesel, increasing the pump’s hydraulic flow rate to 11.1 GPM. It has a tipping load to 2,513 lbs, while top speed increases 9.3 MPH.

No Matter the Job, Shank’s has the Equipment you Need

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped residential and commercial buyers with their outdoor equipment since 1984. We’re a certified dealer for Multi-One and their manufacturing partners including Kubota and Yanmar. That means you can get accessories, parts, and service for everything on your mini-loader at one place. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take the Route 11/Marion exit from I-81. You can also order parts and accessories from our website, www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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Vortexx Hot Water Pressure Washers

Vortexx Hot Water Pressure WashersIs your commercial pressure washer not as effective as you’d hoped? Do you feel like cold weather cuts into your workdays? Vortexx has a solution: a new pair of hot water pressure washers. By combining the power of their commercial washers with an advanced heating system, you can make quick work out of grease and oil while keeping the water warm enough to work in the fall and early spring.

Why should I Use Hot Water?

Standard pressure washers use brute force to get surfaces clean. The higher the pressure and the more gallons per minute, the better it can clean. Adding heat improves overall performance, so you don’t need to depend as much on water pressure or cleaning chemicals. Heat can be useful for any type of cleaning, but there are three areas in particular that heated water will give you a major advantage:

Petroleum – Heating petroleum products makes them flow faster. This is useful when getting oil out of porous concrete and removing tar, grease and oil leaks from equipment.

Gum – Hot water melts lumps of chewing gum off of driveways and sidewalks with ease, while cold water does almost nothing.

Cold weather – The water coming out of your pressure washer doesn’t have to be burning hot. By having the burner running on low, you can keep cleaning until temperatures are below freezing. Cleaning chemicals are also more effective when warm, so you don’t have to increase the detergent ratio to get the job done. This is especially true of mold and mildew removing products used to clean siding.

What does Vortexx offer with their Hot Pressure Washers?

Vortexx already has a reputation for top quality commercial washers. When they decided to enter the hot water market, they went all out to make sure their new models would be up to customers’ high expectations.

Power

Vortexx worked with AR to combine their RRV Series triplex pump with a stronger commercial-grade unloader. This pump is protected by their new Triple Protect Safety Shut-Off System. A pressure sensor and flow sensor can detect overloading and shut off the engine. If both sensors don’t work, a built-in rupture disc prevents catastrophic failure. Both models use Honda GX engines filled with Opti-4 oil. If you register your engine with Opti-4 and use their oil, they will warranty the engine for twice as long as Honda.

Heat

To heat the water, Vortexx equips these washers with a Beckett burner and Genisys Brain Control that automatically adjusts heat output to maintain water temperatures. Heat is transferred to the water using US-made Coils-R-Us coils. Both the heater and coils are surrounded by a stainless-steel shield. The burner can run on No. 1 or No. 2 diesel, ASTM D396 No. 1 or No. 2 heating oil or kerosene. Fuel is stored in tanks that are integrated into the cart, making the unit more compact.

Hot water is sent through a custom-made commercial grade wire braided hose rated to 250°F, ending up at a 48-inch insulated gun and lance. For easier hose winding, the pressure washer can be fitted with an optional pivoting heavy-duty hose reel.

Cart

All this equipment is bolted to a cart made of welded aluminum, so you never have to worry about rust. It rolls on a pair of run-flat tires on one and a set of 360-degree swivel coasters on the other end. This lets you move the pressure washer around with one hand. A wheel lock comes standard to keep the cart in place once it’s in position.

The Tow & Stow handle which folds down when not in use, keeping the unit compact for transport. Fork channels are integrated into the cart between the engine, the heater, and the deck. This lets you use a forklift to load the washer onto a trailer or truck bed sideways, keeping it from rolling around. An oversized deep cycle battery powers both the engine starter and burner igniter.

Models

Vortexx offers two versions of its hot water pressure washer:

The Professional 3400 Hot (model VX60505H) is powered by a Honda GX270. It moves water at a rate of 3,400 PSI at 3.2 GPM (10,880 CU.)

The Professional 4000 Hot (model VX70606H) is powered by a Honda GX390. It moves water at a rate of 4,000 PSI at up to 4 GPM (16,000 CU).

Are You Ready to Get Serious about Cleaning?

If you’re looking for a pressure washer, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re an authorized dealer for Vortexx, Honda Engines, and AR Pumps, so we can provide the service you need for your professional cleaning equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s on the south end of town, one mile from I-81 Exit 10. We also ship OEM parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Jonsered Zero Turn Mowers

Jonsered Zero Turn MowersJonsered is famous for the durability and forward-thinking designs of their chainsaws, but that’s not all they make. They apply the same thinking to their zero turning radius mowers. Bridge the gap between residential and commercial models, they offer high-quality components and a choice of decks to fit any landscape. If you’re looking for a new ZTR that you can rely on for your lawn at home or want something that can do light commercial work, these mowers may be exactly what you need.

Power

All of Jonsered’s ZTRs are powered by engines from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Turf line. These use ejector valves, a chopper fan and cyclone intake that separates out debris before it reaches the air filter and cooling fins. The result is an engine that stays clean on the inside and cool on the outside. While these engines use carburetors, an electronic control system helps with fuel management and eliminates the need for a manual choke. Output for the engines used in these mowers ranges from 22-24 HP depending on the deck size.

Decks

To keep the mower compact, all of Jonsered’s mowers use a mid-deck design built around a steel tube frame. Decks are available in 42, 46, 48 and 54-inch widths and have a cutting height ranging from 1.5-4 inches.

The Z42F, Z48f, and Z54FX come with constructed decks. By building these decks out of thick sheets of steel, they can withstand repeated impacts with obstacles. To add to this toughness, Jonsered fits these decks with cast iron spindle housings that suspend the blade axles on sealed ball bearings. This helps the blades and deck-top handle jolts while reducing maintenance. This design is a good choice if you mow in areas filled with trees, bushes and other obstacles.

The Z46R and Z54R have stamped decks, giving them better vacuum for a superior cutting finish. Steel reinforcements make these decks more durable than competing stamped designs. Jonsered fits these decks with vented aluminum spindles. This helps them dissipate heat faster, making this deck a great choice if you have large, open spaces to mow.

From the factory, both deck designs are side discharge. Kits are available to use the decks for mulching or bagging.

Speed

The rear wheels are motivated by a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-2200 EZT hydrostatic transmissions. These units combine the hydraulic pump and motor into a single case, saving weight, eliminating hoses and reducing the number of seals. This makes them less likely to leak, improving reliability. These transmissions can propel the mower to a 6.5 mph top speed. All Jonsered ZTRs use lap bar controls.

With all mowers capable of the same speed, mowing speed is dependent on deck size. Users can expect to cover about 2.4 acres per hour with the Z46R and around 3.5 acres per hour with the Z54XF.

Comfort

The lap bars on these mowers are fixed, but the seat is adjustable, making it easy for operators of any size to get in a comfortable position. All of the mower’s controls are clustered together on a control panel next to the driver, and a digital hour meter comes standard to keep track of maintenance. A kit is available to add armrests to the seat.

Warranty

Jonsered guarantees their mowers for three years of residential use and one year of commercial use. Briggs & Stratton guarantees their Commercial Turf engines for 24 months of residential use or 12 months of commercial use.

When it Comes to Mowers, No One Beats Shank’s

Whether you’re a homeowner or commercial operator, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the mowers you need to keep your lawn looking great. We’re now a certified Jonsered dealer, and we’re also an authorized dealer for Briggs & Stratton and Hydro-Gear. That means we don’t just sell these mowers: we can provide the parts and support you need to keep them running. If you’re looking for a new ZTR, tractor or walk-behind mower, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship OEM parts for every brand we carry. If you need something for your Jonsered equipment, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Multi-One Attachments for Landscaping

Multi-One Attachments for LandscapingDo you hate having to rent landscaping tools, but can’t justify a dedicated machine? Maybe you should consider a Multi-One mini-loader. Thanks to their extensive attachment range, these vehicles can do any lawn or gardening job you can think of. Here are just some of the attachments Mutli-One makes for landscaping.

Tree Care

Log Splitter: This vertical splitter exerts 7 tons of force, splitting logs up to 15 ½ inches in diameter and up to 39 ½ inches tall.

Hydraulic bio shredder: Using the mini-loader for transport, this chipper shredder can go places out of reach to tow-behind machines. It breaks down branches up to 3 ½ inches in diameter to chips, then shreds those chips into fine mulch.

Stump grinder: With 18 teeth and up to a 40 degree slewing angle, this attachment makes quick work of stumps. As it cuts, it sweeps side to side automatically, so you don’t need to reposition the loader.

Power auger: Built for tree planting, this auger is available with 31.5 and 39.4-inch cutting heads, exerting almost 2,900 ft-lbs. of torque.

Tree spade: This attachment’s overlapping blades can cut through soil and lift out trees for removal, transplanting or balling. After cutting, the blades can swing forward for easy access to the root ball. Available in versions that cut either a 10.6-inch diameter or 15.7-inch diameter hole.

Landscape pot clamp: Move pots, potted plants, and balled plants without damaging them. The articulated jaws have an opening range of 9.8 to 47.2 inches.

Shoot mower: This specialty side-shifting mower cleans outshoots and plants around tree trunks.

Soil Preparation

Rotary tiller: Break up soil, grass and scrub up to 5 ½ inches deep. Multi-One makes three models with working widths ranging from 40 to 59 inches.

Stone burier and seeder: This unit mills soil, burying stones and creating a uniform surface that’s ready to plant. Multi-One makes versions with working widths ranging from 39 ½ to 52 ½ inches. Add a seeding unit, and you can prepare and seed-soil in one pass.

Power harrow and seeder: Remove weeds and prepare soil for planting with one pass using this harrow. Units are available with widths ranging from 43.3 to 59 inches. Like the stone burier, the power harrow can be fitted with a seeder to prepare and seed-soil in one pass.

Leveler: This simple metal grid levels and grades surfaces. Great for laying out sand, preparing a lawn bed, or leveling out a driveway.

Mowing

Tornado lawn mower: This all-in-one mower cuts and collects up to 7 bushels of clippings, which can be dumped like they’re in a standard front bucket. Available in 47.2 and 59-inch cutting widths, its floating supports help it track uneven ground, cutting at heights ranging from 0.4-5 inches.

Lawnmower: This standard deck is available in widths ranging from 39.4 to 70.8 inches. It can be used for side or rear discharge from the factory, or as a mulching mower when fitted with the mulching kit.

Side slope mower: The side shifting boom on this attachment lets you mow in areas too dangerous to drive including ditches and steep slopes. Multi-One makes two booms with a reach of 9.8 or 11.5 feet. These booms work with 31.5 and 39.4 inch-wide cutting heads.

Flail mower: Quickly removes tall grass and scrub. Available in widths ranging from 39.4 to 57 inches.

Sickle bar mower: Clear tall grass quickly with this attachment. Available in 57 and 65-inch widths.

Inter-row mower: Save time trimming by cutting grass between fence posts, signposts, and other obstacles.

Hedge Trimming

Hedge Cutter: Why cut with handheld tools when you can drive by hedges with this side-shifting cutting bar? This attachment is available in versions that can handle branched up to 0.4 or 1.2 inches.

Dual blade hedge trimmer: Cut the sides and tops of hedges and shrubs at the same time using this two-bar attachment. It comes with a 63-inch horizontal bar and a 15.7-inch vertical bar, each capable of cutting branches up to 0.4 inches thick.

Lawn Maintenance

Sprayer: While most sprayer attachments have a separate engine, this unit is powered by your loader’s hydraulic system. The maximum spray width is 59 inches when fully extended. For spot treatment, this attachment includes a wand with a 164-foot hose. The tank holds up to 31.7 gallons of lawn chemicals.

Spike aerator: Wedge-shaped spikes slice through sandy and loamy soil, alleviating compaction and increasing root access to water and oxygen. This aerator has a working width of 51.2 inches and penetrates up to four inches deep.

Core aerator: This model has the same maximum depth and working width as the spike aerator, but its tines stars cut holes in the soil instead of slots. It works with all soil types.

When You Think “Multi-One,” Think “Shank’s”

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Multi-One, offering loaders and attachments as well as service and parts support for everything they make. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

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

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Is a Stander Mower Right for You?

Exmark Stand-On MowerWhether you’re looking for some end-of-season deals, or you’re planning to upgrade your lawn equipment, there’s a lot to consider when buying a mower. While you probably know if you want a ZTR, there’s one main choice to make beyond engines and decks: standing or sitting? Here’s why you may or may not want to add a stand-on mower to your lawn care fleet.

The Advantages of Stand-on Mowers

They’re More Maneuverable
By having the operator stand behind the engine, a stander mower can be significantly shorter than an equivalent riding mower. This lets standers maneuver in tight spaces with ease, saving time trimming.

It’s Easy to Get On and Off
With a stander, the operator can easily step off the footplate. This cuts the time needed to move branches and other obstacles out of the way.

Increased Visibility
By standing on the footplate, the operator has a clear view of the deck and its surroundings. This makes it easier to make tricky maneuvers without running into obstacles.

Small Footprint
Standers take up less space, so you can fit more equipment on your trailer.

Reduced Fatigue
It may sound counter-intuitive, but using a stander mower is less fatiguing than a riding mower. Having an upright body position is more natural, and constant shifting around on the platform reduces muscle fatigue. The body is able to absorb shocks better when standing, while sitting directs impacts towards the spine. That said, these mowers aren’t a panacea for comfort issues: users do report fatigue of their back, legs, and feet.

Sitting for hours at a time can cause problems with hip flexors and calves, and can result in lower back pain.

The Disadvantages of Stand-on Mowers

Reduced Bagging
With a ZTR, there’s plenty of space to mount bags to hold clippings. Bagging designs for stand-on mowers either need to be built to fit the side of the mower, or use a shorter rack so that the operator can still step on and off of the footplate. Even the best bagging designs will be a third smaller than their ZTR equivalents.

Attachment Compatibility
There are few if any attachments available for stand-on mowers. Standers also can’t be used to pull trailers. ZTRs and lawn tractors can also be used for other lawn care tasks like spraying chemicals, dethatching and transporting mulch.

Lower Ground Speeds
Standers don’t move as fast as ZTRs, and have significantly slower transport speeds. The effect of this will depend on your mowing conditions. On open terrain, a ZTR can handily outrun a stander. In areas that have obstacles and require frequent turns, both ZTRs and standers have to move slower.


Smaller Fuel Tanks

Even with the efficiency of EFI, a stander won’t be able to mow as long as a riding mower due to a smaller fuel tank.

Which One Do I Need?

Most landscapers end up with both types of mowers because they fit different kinds of jobs.

Standers are ideal for a half-acre and smaller lawns. Their small size and maneuverability make them easy to use in areas filled with trees, landscape features, and other obstacles. Loading is also easier, so you can keep moving from job to job as you work your way through neighborhoods.

The higher speed, larger fuel tank and increases bagging capacity of a riding mower makes it the best choice for big lawns and wide-open areas. These are great for lawn care on large properties.

Used together, you can play toward each mower’s advantages. The ZTR can cover open areas, while the stand-on mower can cut close to property lines and around trees. This saves time covering turf and reduces the need for trimming.

Stander, ZTR, or Tractor, Shank’s Has It

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a dealer for a wide range of stand-on and regular ZTR brands including Toro, Wright, and Exmark. We can help you find the right mower to fit your needs, whether you’re a homeowner, landscaper or groundskeeper. We also provide parts and service for everything we sell. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Need something for your mower? We ship parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Multi-One 2 Series tractor

Multi-One 2 Series tractorThere are always jobs that you don’t do often enough to require a dedicated machine, but at the same time are frequent enough to make it a pain to rent equipment. The Multi-One Series 2 solves this problem by going all out on flexibility. Their 2.3 mini loader is small enough to fit anywhere, can make sharp turns without destroying turf, and is compatible with dozens of attachments. Whether you’re a farmer, groundskeeper, construction worker or plant manager, a Multi-One is a good fit for your business.

What is a Mini Loader?

At first glance, it’s easy to confuse the Multi-One 2.3 with a skid steer or a forklift. However, its drive design makes it something totally different. All four wheels are driven directly by hydraulic motors attached to a hinged frame. Each wheel motor is independently controlled by a dynamic block system. This gives the 2 Series an extremely tight turning circle with virtually zero scrubbing when making turns.

There’s no rear wheel steering like a forklift, nor does it have individual wheel brakes like a tractor. The Series 2 is controlled by a steering wheel, throttle, and brake pedal. If you can drive a car, you can operate a mini loader.

With most tractors and front loaders, switching attachments is a complicated process. Since Multi-One developed their machines and attachments together, they’re built around a universal mounting system. Everything attaches to the boom’s mounting plate and single hydraulic connector, letting you switch tools in minutes instead of hours.

Power and Performance

The 2.3 is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 8270 producing 25 HP. It drives a hydraulic pump, moving up to 11.1 gallons of fluid per minute. Hydraulics are used to power the boom, attachments, and wheel motors. Top speed for this loader is 9.3 MPH.

The boom both lifts and extends, reaching up to 63-inch maximum lift height. With rear weights installed, the boom can lift up to 926 lbs. with the arms retracted, and up to 750 lbs. when fully extended. The mounting plate is self-leveling, so attachments stay at the same angle as you move them up and down.

At just 41 inches wide, it can pass through all but the smallest gates. This makes the Series 2 a great choice for landscaping and other work in tight quarters.

Equipment

The operator sits in an adjustable high back seat with dual armrests. To protect the operator, the 2.3 comes with a Level 1 ROPS that has a built-in roof. Front and rear lighting also come standard.

From the factory, the cab is open on the left side to make it easier for the operator to get in and out of the loader. For better rollover protection, a lockable bar can be added to this side.

For better weather protection, the cab can be fully enclosed in plexiglass or glass. A heater and a heated seat are available for winter use.

Multi-One also offers several lighting options, including LED headlights for road use, extra working lights, and a beacon light.

Need more grip? Tire chains help with traction on snow and ice, while the torque divider helps deliver equal power to all wheels for traction on soft ground.

Attachments

All attachments are controlled using the same four-way control stick, making it easy to learn how to use new equipment. Multi-One offers 65 compatible attachments for the Series 2.

Landscaping: sickle bar mower, sprayer, weed brush, lawn mower, leaf vacuum, landscape pot clamp, leaf blower, auger, flail mower, hedge cutter, dual blade hedge trimmer, and a trailer

Groundskeeping: rotary sweeper, salt and sand spreader, rubber scraper, snow blade, snow plow, snow blower, vacuum sweeper, street washer and pressure washer

Construction: Leveler, light material bucket, high tip bucket, grapple bucket, general bucket, dozer blade, combo bucket, and cement mixer

Excavation: ripper, trencher, mini digger and hydraulic breaker

Forestry: Log grapple, log splitter, and timber grab

Farming: harrow, plow, rake, vineyard tool carrier, stone burier, hives handler, rotary tiller, screw feed pusher, tree auger, manure fork, shoot remover, inter-row mower, horse arena harrow, bale fork, hay bale grapple, silage fork, feed dispenser, and drop spreader

Industry: winch, stainless steel tipping dumper, pallet fork, hydraulic clamp pallet fork, side shift pallet fork, jib crane, big bag lifter and dumper

Expand Your Tool Set with Shank’s Lawn

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Multi-One and Briggs & Stratton, so we can service everything on your mini loader. If you want to see if a Multi-One mini loader is right for your business, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

You can also visit our website, www.shankslawn.com, to see which loaders and attachments we have in stock, or order parts and accessories for your mini-loader. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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