Brown Products – BVZ4000 Blower-Vac

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

BVZ4000 Blower-Vac: A Base to Build On

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

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

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

ALU4000 Attachment Unit

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

BVAC4000 Vacuum System

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

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

Multi-Directional Nozzle

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

BAER4000 Aerator

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

BLP4872 Leaf Pusher

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

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

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

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

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Shank’s Dixon’s Ultra – 52, 52 SE, 61

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

Built for the Needs of Professional Landscapers

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

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

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

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

Three Sizes to Fit Your Needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Tree Care Tips

tree care tips

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

Hibernation

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

Using Mulch for Heat and Water Management

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

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

Watering

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

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

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

Pruning and Sun Scalding

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

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

Protecting the Bark

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

Keep Your Equipment in Shape to Prevent Tree Damage

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

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

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Summer Lawn Care Tips

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

Watering

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

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

Mowing

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

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

Fertilizer Usage and Pet Waste

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

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

Herbicides, Pesticides, and Fungicides

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

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

Keep Your Equipment in Top Condition

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

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

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

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

Easy to Use and Easy to Maintain

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

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

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

Power and Performance

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

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

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

Decks

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

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

Keeping Your Dixon Speed ZTR Running

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

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

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Bennche Cowboy 400S

Bennche Cowboy 400S

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

Performance

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

Equipment

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

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

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

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

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

Just One Accessory

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

Colors

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

Warranty

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

Find Out More at Shank’s Lawn Equipment

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

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

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Dealing with Lawn Clippings: Mulching, Bagging, Side Discharge and Rear Discharge

download (7)Which type of deck is right for your needs? Whether you’re buying a walk-behind for a small lawn or you’re a commercial operator that needs to deliver beautiful lawns quickly, there are a lot of considerations to be made when choosing how your mower deals with clippings.

Side Discharge

Almost every mower on the market can send clippings out of a chute, although there are some serious disadvantages with this method. The clippings are concentrated into a thin stream, leaving long piles behind. Add in some wind, and the operator will get a nice coating of clippings and dirt on them while mowing. Hit an object? The velocity from the edge of the blade can propel it at speeds that can do some serious damage. Have a deck with multiple blades? More power is needed to push clippings along the deck to the chute.

Why is side discharge still an option when it has so many problems? It’s simple, fast and works in any condition. Side discharge equipment is less complex, and this type of mowing can handle wet and tall grass with ease. When you have to mow in less than optimal conditions, this is a great option.

Mulching

Mulching cuts down the clippings into small pieces before they fall to the ground, helping them integrate into the thatch that covers the turf’s surface. These tiny pieces are digested quickly by microorganisms, returning their nutrients to the soil.

Old mowers used pairs of blades situated 90 degrees from each other in an attempt to cut the clippings multiple times before they hit the ground. Modern decks pair high lift blades with tall mowing chambers, using force and air flow to bounce clippings around for multiple cuts. Once a piece is small enough, it can fall through the blades and onto the turf. However, all that extra cutting can cause problems on tall and wet grass, clogging the deck and leaving behind large clumps of grass.

Constructed vs. Stamped Decks

The shape of the deck can have a major effect on mulching quality. The smooth curves on the inside of stamped decks help maintain vacuum for a fine cut, while constructed decks have box-like interiors that created dead spaces the grass can fall through. Some manufacturers have turned to hybrid designs that add curved plating to the inside of constructed decks, providing better suction while retaining the durability of a thick steel exterior.

Bagging

Bagging can be used to remove seeds from weeds when they’re germinating and reduce the amount of thatch for better penetration of water, seed, and fertilizer.

Large commercial mowers use bagging systems that integrate an impeller. This works like an onboard lawn vac, actively pulling clippings from the deck and compacting them to increase the amount of material that can be held inside the bags.

Rear Discharge

When you need to quickly mow areas in residential areas with lots of landscaping, nothing beats a rear discharge deck. They don’t have a chute, so they’re as narrow as possible. The clippings are spread across the entire width of the deck, which reduces clumping. This spread also lets the blades eject clippings directly, reducing noise and power requirements.

These abilities come at the cost of flexibility. A traditional deck design can be set up for side discharge, mulching or bagging, but the wide outlet of a rear discharge deck means it can only discharge clippings. There are specialty mowers that combine a rear discharge deck with a specially constructed bagging system to get the close clipping advantages of these decks, but these models tend to be slow and very pricey.

Get the Deck You Need

Whether you’re looking to buy a new mower or make some changes to your current deck, you can get the advice and support you need at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’ve been helping homeowners and professionals alike for over 30 years, selling and servicing a wide range of popular brands. Visit us at our shop located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We can ship parts and accessories for mowers from a wide range of manufacturers, letting you set up your current deck for mulching, bagging and side discharge or just get the parts you need to repair it. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Dixon DX200 Series – DX254, DX260, DX272

Dixon DX200 SeriesWhen you need a quality commercial ZTR, why not go with the company that invented them? Dixon’s DX200 line of mowers have over 40 years of development behind them to ensure they meet the needs of professional landscapers.

Power

The DX200 uses a Kawasaki FX Series engine. These motors have become the standard for high-end commercial mowers thanks to thoughtful engineering that makes them reliable and easy to care for. A large, multi-stage air filter keeps the inside of the motor clean, a built-in cleaning ports make it easy to keep dirt from building up on the cooling fins and an oil cooler helps control temperatures. Add in an advanced head design, and you get a motor that is both extremely reliable and fuel efficient.

The engine sends power to the wheels through a set of Hydro-Gear ZT 5400 transmissions fitted with 16 cm pumps. This all-in-one transaxle design reduces the number of leak points and uses a paper filter to keep the hydraulic oil clean for a long life. They can propel this mower to a top speed of 12 mph when going forward and up to 6 mph in reverse.

Deck

Dixon fits the DX200 with a fabricated deck made from 7 gauge steel all around. It uses a set of three 1/4 inch steel blades are supported by cast iron blade hubs with ball bearings. These are driven by a belt system connected to a 250 ft-lb. PTO clutch. The deck can be set to 17 heights ranging from 1-5 inches using a spring assist foot lever, letting you change the cut height without having your hands leave the controls.

The deck is set up for side discharge from the factory. Dixon offers a triple bag collection system that holds up to 13 bushels. It’s designed to allow installation and removal in just a few minutes, letting you set up your mower for your needs that day.

Practicality

All the power in the world doesn’t do any good if a mower is hard to use.

The foot pan and lap bars are over-sized, while the bars are fully adjustable and hydraulically dampened for comfortable operation. This makes the mower comfortable for all sizes of operators. Need to get into areas with low hanging branches? The ROPS can be folded 90 degrees from the operator’s position.

For easy maintenance, the mower is fitted with a removable foot pan to give quick access to the spindles and belts, while the chassis is designed for easy access to electrical, fluid and filter service points. It has dual fuel tanks that hold a total of 11 gallons of gas. Large, tilted filler necks make them easy to refill.

Models

The DX200 is offered with three deck sizes and engines to match.

DX254 – 54-inch deck, 24.5 hp, mows up to 5.2 acres per hour
DX260 – 60-inch deck, 31 hp, mows up to 5.8 acres per hour
DX272 – 72-inch deck, 31 hp, mows up to 7 acres per hour

Warranty

Dixon provides a limited lifetime warranty on the frame, spindle housings and the leading edge of the deck, while the rest of the mower is covered by a three-year warranty. Kawasaki warranties their FX Series engines for three years. There is no operation hour restriction on any of these guarantees.

Where to Get Parts for Dixon’s DX200 Mowers

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been helping commercial operators with their landscaping equipment since 1984. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Hwy in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, which you can get to from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not a local? We can ship parts for the DX200 and its Kawasaki engine to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit our websites, www.shankslawn.com.

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Woods KLS Log Splitter

WOODS KLS Log Splitter

When you have a lot of wood to split, it seems like the longest part of the job is waiting on the splitter to go through the wood. With the new Woods KLS wood splitter, that wait can all but be eliminated: it uses a kinetic energy system that delivers cycle times that are unheard of with hydraulic systems. Together with features like a wide worktable and an easy to operate lever system, the KLS takes a lot of the effort out of splitting wood.

Splitting with Kinetic Power

In a hydraulic log splitter, the mechanical advantage of the hydraulic system turns the fast movement of the engine into slow moving, high torque power. This method is effective, but it can take up to 15 seconds for the wood to be pushed through the wedge.

With the KLS’s kinetic system, the engine indirectly powers the splitting system. First, the engine spins a pair of 70 lb. flywheels to a speed of 325 RPM. Pull the handle, and these flywheels connect to a gear system, releasing this stored energy in a single burst, pushing the wood through the wedge. It delivers so much force over such a short period that the cycle time is just two to three seconds, roughly 5 to 6 times shorter than an equivalent hydraulic splitter. Faster cycle times also decreases log movement, letting it get clean cuts through crotches and knotted wood.

To ensure this new system would meet the needs of commercial users, Woods sent development units to professional woodcutters across the country, letting them use them over several months. Using their feedback, they were able to refine the design for reliable performance and ease of use.

Easier Maintenance

With no hydraulic system to take care of, maintaining this splitter is easy. There are a few grease fittings and oiling spots that need to be taken care of once a season, and the belt tensioner is marked so you can see at a glance if the belt needs to be replaced.

The KLS is powered by a Kohler SH265 rated at 6.5 hp. Since this motor doesn’t need to constantly drive a hydraulic pump, it uses a lot less fuel than a conventional splitter, reducing operation costs.

Thoughtful Design

A 32 inch wide work table with slanted edges ensures logs won’t roll off when they split, while the lever and safety switch are mounted on the top of the flywheel case, making them easy to reach. Woods designed the work area so it can be used from either side, letting you operate the splitter from the position that makes the most sense for where you’re working. Since the lever isn’t holding the pressure of a hydraulic system, it takes much less effort to move.

Need to move between jobs? The splitter is mounted on a trailer rated for a maximum speed of 45 mph.

Where to Get Parts for the Woods KLS Log Splitter

From maintenance items to major components, you can get everything you need for your KLS from Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Woods Equipment Company and the manufacturers of their engines, including Kohler. Stop by our shop located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway. That’s in Chambersburg, PA, just a few miles north of Marion. We’re just off Route 11, and you can get here from Interstate 81 by taking Exit 10.

Not a local? We can supply the parts and accessories you need whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – X-Series

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

Power and Speed

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

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

Cutting Deck

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

Features to Make Your Life Easier

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

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

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

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

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

Models

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

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

Accessories

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

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

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

Warranty

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

Where to Get Parts for the Exmark Radius X

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

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

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