Mantis Tillers

Mantis TillersMantis invented the mini tiller over 40 years ago, and since then their models have remained the best-selling on the market thanks to constant innovation. Today, their lineup includes models with tillers with two-stroke and four-stroke engines as well as plug-in and battery-powered electric motors, letting gardeners and landscapers get a machine that perfectly fits their needs.

Why Mantis?

Mantis has created a range of models that have full-size performance in a package that’s easy to manage in small gardens. Instead of relying on brute strength, these tillers use design features to the most out of their small engines to keep weight low.

Their 7000 Series uses tines with a curved shape that cuts down on bouncing and deflection, so they’ll dig into soil with less effort. The tines can be flipped to limit the depth to two to three inches, which is perfect for weeding and shallow cultivation. 3000 models have trowel tines that scoop as they cut, making them ideal for shallow cultivating. Mantis guarantees the tines on all of their machines for life.

The powerplant is placed directly over tines to help push them down into the soil. It connects to the tines using a solid metal worm gear transmission designed to last the life of the tiller.

7000 Series 2-Cycle

The classic Mantis mini tiller is the lightest at just 20 lbs, but the can still cut up to 10 inches deep, have 9 inches of tilling width and can hit a top speed of 240 RPM. Mantis makes a standard 2-Cycle as well as a Plus version with FastStart. This adds fuel directly to the ignition point using a fuel bulb, making the engine easier to start. Two strokes work best when running at top speed, so the throttle lever is built to fit flush with the handles, letting the operator use a comfortable hand position when keeping the throttle open. These handles can be folded down, allowing the tiller to be lifted and carried using a grab handle.

7000 Series 4-Cycle

Want the features of a 2-Cycle with the ease of use you get with a four-stroke engine? The 4-Cycle uses all the same components, but it’s powered by a Honda Mini 4 Stroke. Thanks to clever baffling in the crankcase, this engine will stay lubricated and fueled no matter how it’s tilted, just like a two-stroke. Opting for this engine increases the tiller’s weight to 24 lbs. The 4-Cycle XP comes with a 16-inch wide tine bar.

7000 Series Electric

This plug-in electric tiller is just one pound heavier than the 2-Cycle. It uses a 3-speed transmission with the same top speed as the other tillers in this model range thanks to a 540 watt, ¾ hp motor.

3000 Series Tiller Cultivator

Mantis recently introduced the 3000 series, an even smaller mini tiller that uses either A/C or battery power. It’s built for shallower work, tilling up to 8 inches deep and a width of 12 inches. Instead of separate handles, these tillers use a padded V-shaped loop handle with three height positions for a comfortable arm position for all operators.

The plug-in Tiller/Cultivator weighs in at 24 lbs. and uses a 9 amp motor. The cordless version weighs two pounds more with the battery installed. The 58-volt system can power the tiller for up to 30 minutes on a charge and takes just 90 minutes to fully recharge. Both corded and cordless motors have two speeds for a maximum speed of 300 rpm for cultivating or 200 rpm with added torque for tilling.

Warranty

The 3000 series is guaranteed for two years of residential use, while the 7000 series is covered for 5 years. Tines are replaced free for the life of the tiller. Honda guarantees the Mini 4 stroke for three years of residential use.

Large or Small, Shank’s Lawn Equipment Has What You Need

Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services most major brands and types of power equipment from mini tillers to larges commercial mowers. If you’re looking for a new tiller or need parts or service for your current equipment, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 81, take Exit 10 and drive East one mile.

Need parts or accessories for your tiller? We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Lazer Z E-Series

Lazer Z E-Series

Are you looking for a ZTR that has the features and quality you need for professional landscaping without breaking the bank? eXmark’s E-Series includes the most basic mowers in their Lazer Z lineup, but they still have high-quality engines, low maintenance components and a high level of operator comfort. eXmark even offers the E-Series with a pair of rear discharge decks, a rarity in this segment.

Engines

The Kohler Command Pro EFI is available with a 48-inch deck. This was the first EFI small engine on the market, becoming a favorite for buyers looking to reduce operating costs. Thanks to fuel injection, this powerplant recovers from droop faster, uses 25% less fuel than similar carbureted engines, and it’s less sensitive to aging fuel.

All other E-Series mowers are powered by a Kawasaki FX. It has all the features you expect from a high-end commercial engine including built-in clean out ports and a multi-stage canister air filter.

Deck

All E-Series mowers are fitted with a fully-floating Ultracut Series 4 Deck. It’s constructed using a 10 gauge steel top plate and reinforced 7 gauge side skirts, and it uses eXmark’s trademark sealed spindles. Splined blade mounts keep the bolts from over-tightening if the blade tip collides with a rock or other obstacle. The deck connects to the engine using a MagStop PTO clutch rated at 175 lb-ft. in Kohler-equipped mowers and 200 lb-ft. in Kawasaki-powered mowers.

The E-Series is available with side discharge decks in 48, 52, 60 and 72-inch widths as well as rear discharge decks in 60 and 72-inch widths.

Comfort and Maintenance Features

Unlike other Lazer Z’s, these mowers don’t get eXmark’s RED control technology, but the same digital display carries over, combining a fuel gauge, battery voltage meter, hour meter and an indicator for the Operator Presence Control safety switch.

One thing that does carry over from the rest of the Lazer Z line is a full suspension seat. To fit the arm length and control style of different operators, the lap bars have two height settings, and their dampers have three stiffness settings to get the right amount of sensitivity.

Gas is carried in a single 8-gallon tank, making these mowers simple to refuel. There are only four grease points on the entire mower, and these only need to be serviced annually. Belts for the PTO and deck can be replaced without tools.

Hydrostatic Drive

eXmark worked with Parker to develop wheel motors and pumps specifically for these mowers. The pump, motor and fluid reservoir are integrated so there are no hoses. The Kawasaki-powered 46-inch deck model can reach 8 mph going forward and 5 mph in reverse, while all other E-Series mowers have a top speed of 10 mph going forward and 6 mph in reverse.

Accessories

Looking for more comfort? The seat isolation system adds a half inch of free movement in all directions, keeping vibration and bumps from being transferred from the mower to the operator, while the air ride seat adds another layer of vibration control. Extended drive levers provide more room to maneuver, and a ROPS-mounted sun shade helps keep the operator cool. There’s also a 12-volt power adapter that can be used to keep your phone charged. Working early or late? The Hella work lamp kit mounts to ROPS and has a pivot to get the light just where you need it.

Need to mulch or collect clippings? The Micro-mulch system adds high lift blades and baffles to slice up and disperse grass clippings back into the soil. For bagging, there’s the Ultravac collection system which holds up to 7 bushels of clippings. Opt for the quick dump version, and the bags can be emptied by moving a release lever that’s within reach of the operator position. A turf striping kit is available for 48, 52 and 60-inch decks. It adjusts for different deck height settings and won’t get in the way when you need to drive over curbs. The foot-operated discharge control allows the deck discharge to be closed when driving around cars and windows.

Warranty

eXmark guarantees the E-series for 5 years with up to 1,250 hours of operation and unlimited hours for the first two years of ownership. Kawasaki and Kohler both guarantee their engines for three years with no hour limit.

When You Need a Pro Mower, Go to a Pro Shop

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for eXmark, Kohler, and Kawasaki, so we can provide you with the parts and support you need to get the most from your ZTR. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion. We also ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Little Wonder Hedge Trimmer

Little Wonder Hedge Trimmer

Little Wonder is known for their top performing commercial blowers and vacuums, but that focus on design isn’t limited to their largest machines. Their gas trimmer is built for landscapers who need something that works day in and day out, while their electric models carry many of the same features, making them easier to use than comparable consumer models.

Built for the Serious Work

Little Wonder knows these trimmers will be bought by people who will put some serious time into trimming, so they’ve taken steps to get better wear and comfort than run-of-the-mill models.

This starts with a blade made from a high carbon tool steel, giving it enough abrasion resistance to last 6-10 times longer than standard blades. These blades are driven by the motor through case-hardened steel drive gears. This process creates a super hard outer surface around softer, less brittle metal, making them hard wearing and shock resistant.

While other trimmers have a single blade moving back and forth, Little Wonder uses dual reciprocating blades. By moving in opposite directions, these blades counteract the forces of their motion, reducing vibration.

2230 Two-Stroke

The 2230 is a gas-powered trimmer built for landscaping. Power comes from a 21.2cc two-stroke engine. It’s CARB-certified, so it’s legal to use in California, and it has an electronic ignition and primer bulb carburetor, making it easy to start. The fuel line is weighted, keeping it in place to supply the engine with fuel and oil no matter how the trimmer is tilted.

The two position handle is attached with shock mounts, reducing hand stress and keeping vibrations at bay. For safety, the finger throttle is fitted with lockout to prevent accidental drive engagement. The 2230 has a 30-inch long single-sided blade that can make up to 3,500 cuts per minute and can go through branches up to one inch thick. This model weighs just 12.25 lbs.

Little Wonder guarantees this trimmer for 5 years, the longest warranty in the industry.

Electric Models

Little Wonder’s electric trimmers are powered by a motor that draws 4.5 amps at 462.33 watts, which is enough to cut 2,700 times per minute with the strength to slice through branches up to ½ inch thick. Thanks to redesigned gears with angled teeth, the drive system is stronger than earlier models and runs 20% faster. This gearset can be retrofitted to older trimmers.

There are four models available, letting you choose two lengths of single and double-edge blades. The single edge trimmer weighs 7.9 lbs. with a 24-inch blade and 8.8 lbs. with a 30-inch blade. The double edge models weigh 8.4 lbs. with a 24-inch blade and 10.1 lbs. with a 30-inch blade.

Like the gas model, there are switches on both handles that have to be on for cutting. A built-in blade brake goes beyond legal safety requirements, stopping the blades in less than half a second with triggers are released.

The base of the handle has a place to hook the extension cord to keep it from becoming disconnected.
Improvements to the overall design have cut nose by 10 db at operator’s position and by 8db in total noise level during operation.

Like the 2230, care was taken to ensure reliability and easy servicing. Both ends of the motor shaft ride on ball bearings, increasing the motor’s life and reducing the amount of heat it generates. A small cap built into the top of the trimmer can be removed to access the motor brushes and gear case without taking the entire back of the trimmer apart.

All electric models are backed by a two-year warranty.

Get Professional Support for Your Professional Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services most professional outdoor equipment brands including Little Wonder. If you’re looking for a new trimmer or you need to have your current equipment serviced, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Are you looking to upgrade your trimmer’s gears? Do you need other parts for your Little Wonder? We ship OEM replacements across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Yanmar EVO/Center: Building the Support You Need for Your Equipment

Yanmar Evo CenterWhat does being a “certified dealer” mean? It’s more than just signing up to sell a company’s parts. A dealer gets direct access to the company’s resources, and they work together to ensure owners get the best possible service and use from their equipment. To see what manufacturers do to ensure the reliability and performance of their equipment after the sale, you only need to look at Yanmar’s new EVO/Center.

Putting Yanmar On the Map

While the company is based in Japan, they’ve had a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S. for decades. Yanmar America is located in Adairsville, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta. For the past 37 years, over 200 employees at this 500,000 square foot facility have designed, tested and built products for the North American market. Today, the company is well-known for their marine engines, but they’re still a minor player in the construction and agricultural markets despite being a major player worldwide.

To help boost their equipment sales, the company came up with a plan to better support dealers and connect with customers, culminating in the EVO/Center. Completed in late 2017, this 50,000 square foot facility built next to their factory houses a product showroom, a museum, an auditorium, meeting rooms, classrooms and an equipment training room.

Yanmar Academy

The EVO/Center’s main purpose is to serve as the home of Yanmar Academy. This training center has 8 schools: 6 for dealer training, one for employee training and one for customer training.

Technicians train on computer simulations in the classroom and on real engines in the equipment training room. This room has all the tools and equipment you’ll find in a repair shop, plus bench testing equipment, exhaust extraction and vehicle cut-aways. This lets students repair simulated problems, getting hands-on experience with equipment as it’s launched instead of having to learn on the job as models need repairs. These classes are available for technicians of all skill levels from beginners to educators. The company is partnering with schools to have instructors trained at the center, passing on knowledge and techniques to their students, so they’ll be fully prepared to work on Yanmar equipment when they enter the workforce.

The other aspects of running a shop are also covered with courses in parts management, service management, finance, sales, and marketing. They’re also working with dealers to create new courses to help them with issues. Computer instruction and leadership courses have already been created as part of this program.

Product Demonstrations

The fields around the center are used for on-site demos. Salespeople get hands-on experience so they can help their customers find the perfect machine for their needs, while customers learn best practices so they can get the most out of their equipment.

To boost the brand’s visibility, the center is also being pitched as a corporate retreat, offering an alternative to standard team building exercises. The appeal is obvious: would you rather do a rope course and practice trust falls, or spend the day using an excavator?

When You Need Professional Expertise, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment

As a certified dealer, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has access to training and information direct from Yanmar, so we can provide you with top quality service. If you’re looking for a Yanmar tractor or UTV, or you need help with your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 and drive east one mile.

Do you need parts for your Yanmar? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Scag Turf Tiger II

Scag Turf Tiger II

Scag’s Turf Tiger has been a leader in the professional ZTR market for over 20 years, offering state-of-the-art performance in cutting, control and operator comfort. Today, the Scag Turf Tiger II continues the tradition, packaging Scag’s best features together with a wide range of engine choices and a unique frame design that gives it a low center of gravity.

Where’s the Fuel Tank?

Unlike almost every other ZTR on the market, the Turf Tiger has metal fenders over the drive wheels, not fuel tanks. The mower’s wide double tube frame has enough space to fit a 12-gallon fuel tank under the seat. This gives this mower a very low center of gravity for better stability on hills, and it means the tank can be filled and checked from a single location.6

Comfort

Scag equips the Turf Tiger II with all of the company’s comfort features straight from the factory. The Quick-Fit control levers can be tilted to match the reach of the operator, while dual dampened levers stop vibrations. The seat moves forward and back, and both the seat back and armrest angle are adjustable. That seat mounts to a torsion spring suspension that has adjustable dampening to match operator weight. There’s even a cup holder and a 12-volt accessory plug for convenient smartphone charging.

The drive tires are extra wide to absorb impacts, while a set of 6 flat-free caster tires help spread out weight, absorbing bumps and minimizing scrubbing.

Deck

The Turf Tiger is available with 52, 61 and 72 inch wide decks. Scag’s Velocity Plus deck combines shaped mowing chambers with a constructed shell made from different thicknesses of steel. This adds reinforcement at points of stress and impact while keeping overall weight low. To change the mowing height, the deck is lifted using a foot lever, then a pin is inserted into the plate next to the operator. Height settings range from 1-6 inches.

Most models use an Ogura 3.5 PTO clutch that can handle 250 lbs. of torque, while Vanguard-equipped models use a GT5 that can handle up to 350 lbs. of torque. Power is transferred to the deck using a drive shaft, so there’s one less belt to service, while the belt drive between the clutch and engine can be accessed by flipping down the rear cover plate.

Marbain blades come standard. They require less frequent sharpening than standard steel blades, especially when used in areas with sandy soil.

Engines

Scag offers 7 engine configurations, letting you pick the perfect powerplant and fuel to fit your needs.

Kohler Command Pro EFI – Kohler was the first on the market with a fuel injected small engine, delivering lower emissions, better fuel economy, better reliability and less sensitivity to fuel freshness. This 25 hp engine is the only one offered with the 52-inch deck. Scag also offers a version of this engine designed to run on propane and a dual fuel model that can use propane or gas depending on what’s available.

Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Big Block – This is the most powerful engine available for the Tiger Cat. Carburetor-equipped engines make 35 hp, while EFI engines make 37 hp.

Kawasaki FD – The company’s top-of-the-line engine is fuel injected and liquid-cooled, giving it a longer service life than air-cooled engines. It produces 31 hp.

Kubota Diesel – With 25 hp and loads of low-end torque, this engine is a great choice for low operating costs. Like the FD, it’s liquid-cooled. This diesel can run on fuel blends containing up to 5% biodiesel (B5.)

All engines are fitted with auxiliary canister air filter for better filtration and longer service intervals.

Drive

Scag fits the Turf Tiger with a pair 16cc Hydro-Gear pumps paired with Parker wheel motors. Built-in pressure relief valves reduce strain on the hydraulic system, while a front-mounted oil radiator and oversized components ensure a long service life. Together, these parts can get the Turf Tiger to a top speed of 12 mph on gas models and 10 mph on diesels. Reverse tops out at 5 mph.

Get Professional Support for Your Professional Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag and their manufacturing partners so we can service everything on these mowers. If you’re looking to add a new mower to your fleet or you need parts or servicing, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re on the south end of town, one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10.

Do you need parts or accessories for your Scag ZTR? We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Scag Tiger Cat II

Scag Tiger Cat II

Are you looking for a smaller ZTR that doesn’t skimp on top shelf performance and comfort? The Scag Tiger Cat II is available with decks from 48 to 61 inches wide, can mow up to 24 acres per work day and comes with features that make operation comfortable for all day use.

Deck

The Tiger Cat is offered with Scag’s Velocity Plus decks in 48, 52 and 61-inch widths. These use the company’s Tri-Plate design, combining different thicknesses of sheet steel to reinforce areas that see the most impacts and stress without making the deck overly heavy. These layers come together to form a top plate that’s almost ½ inch thick. For easy maintenance, the footplate can be removed to access the belts, and the deck can be leveled by turning a single bolt.

The pulleys are formed from a single piece of steel, keeping them light without sacrificing strength. They’re mounted on spindles that use automotive quality tapered bearings. Thanks to a unique heat treating process, the included Marbain blades are exceptionally resistant to abrasion, so they require far less sharpening than standard steel blades.

The deck connects to the engine using an Ogura GT 3.5 PTO rated at 250 ft.-lbs. It has an adjustable spring mechanism that brings the clutch faces closer as they wear, extending the life of the clutch.

Power

Buyers have a choice of two engines: the Kawasaki FX and the Kohler EFI V-Twin. Scag uses the Kawasaki 691FX in models fitted with a 48 or 52-inch deck, while the 61-inch deck is paired with a 730FX. The Kohler EFI is available on all models.

What’s the difference? Brand preferences aside, both engines are professional grade, have a reputation for reliability and use high-quality construction including features like full pressure lubrication systems and advanced air filtration systems. The 730FX is more powerful than the Kohler, while the Kohler’s fuel injection system uses less fuel, starts easily in all weather conditions and is less sensitive to stale fuel.

The hydrostatic drive system uses 12 cc hydraulic pumps with cooling fans that send fluid to a pair of cast iron motors. Together, these propel the Tiger Cat to a top speed of 12 mph.

Comfort

Models with 52 and 61-inch decks come with a cushion spring suspension seat that can be dampened to compensate for the operator’s weight as well as four rubber iso-mounts that stop the transfer of side-to-side movement. These features can be added to 48-inch models by installing an accessory pack. The seat, seat back and armrests are adjustable, while the lap bars have multi-point steering dampers and can be set to one of three positions.

Engine and PTO controls are clustered together on a panel next to the operator. Scag’s Tiger Eye display lets the operator check the running condition at a glance including the charging system, and a nearby 12-volt accessory plug gives you a convenient place to charge your smartphone.

The deck is lifted using a foot pedal, while the height is set by inserting a pin into one of the marked holes next to the operator. This layout allows adjustments in ¼ inch increments from 1-5 inches.

Accessories

Want to make your Tiger Cat more comfortable? Quick Fit steering levers let you fine tune the position of the lap bars so you can get a comfortable arm position.

Scag offers several ways to set up the mower deck. For mulching, there’s a standard mulch plate and a chute that can be opened and closed from the operator’s position. The Hurricane Plus mulching system combines baffles and high lift blades to get increased vacuum for effective mulching. For clipping collection, there’s a 16-bushel bag collector for dumping into a truck or trailer and a 12-bushel clamshell collector that is perfect for dumping on a tarp or on-site. The Tiger Striper rolls cut grass to leave a striped ballpark finish.

Hate having to constantly check the air filter when mowing in dusty conditions? The air filter monitor measures intake pressure, lighting up the Tiger Eye display when it’s time to replace the filter.

Adding the trailer hitch lets the mower tow up to 250 lbs, which is enough for carts and lightweight attachments.

Need to work early or late? The halogen light kit adds 76 watts of lighting to the front of the mower.

Looking for a New Mower? Talk to the Experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped professionals with their lawn equipment since 1984. As a certified dealer for Scag and their manufacturing partners, we’re able to offer service and parts for everything in their lineup. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to highway 914 and drive one mile east.

Need parts and accessories? We ship across the United States and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Scag Cheetah

Scag Cheetah

Scag’s Cheetah is the fastest and most comfortable ZTR in their lineup. With decks up to 72 inches wide, transport speeds up to 16 mph and engines making up to 31 hp, this ZTR makes quick work of the biggest jobs, making it a great choice for groundskeepers and landscapers who need to take care of massive lawns.

Power

The Cheetah comes with a choice of two engines: the Kawasaki FX and the Kohler Command Pro EFI. Both engines use full pressure lubrication systems, have high volume air filters and use high-quality materials and parts including cast iron cylinder sleeves and ball bearing-supported crankshafts to deliver the reliability you expect in a professional mower. Choosing an engine comes down to picking ease of use or power.

The Command Pro EFI’s closed loop fuel injection system reduces fuel consumption significantly, makes the engine less sensitive to stale fuel and extends service intervals.

The FX may have carburetors, but it beats the Command Pro when it comes to power. Both the FX691V and EFI make about the same power, but the FX850V has 27 hp, two more horsepower than the most powerful Kohler, while the FX921V produces a whopping 31 hp.

48 and 52-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 hydrostatic transaxles, combining the pump, engine and drive shaft into a single fan-cooled unit. With this drive system, these mowers can reach 10.5 mph.

61 and 72-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxles. These units have two drive modes: in low range, they can propel the mower to a top speed of 12 mph while still having the fine control needed to make tight maneuvers. Shift into high range, and the mower can reach 16 mph.

Comfort and Maintenance

Speed is only part of what makes a mower able to tackle big jobs. To keep from beating up the operator when driving full speed, the Cheetah’s seat and foot platform rest on an isolated suspension system. The entire platform is supported using two pivots and a single shock, so it doesn’t add much to overall maintenance. An adjustable deck height foot pedal and steering dampers make the Cheetah comfortable for operators of any size.

The ROPS folds down to fit in enclosed trailers, and the seatbelt retracts automatically, so it won’t get hung up when loading.

Scag’s Tiger Eye display makes it easy to check the condition of the mower by including a digital hour meter and gauges for voltage, and oil pressure. Lights for the parking brake, seat sensor, and PTO are also included so you can find out at a glance what is keeping your mower from moving.

Dual fuel tanks let these mowers carry enough gas to run all day. 48 and 52-inch deck models have a 10-gallon fuel capacity, while 61 and 72-inch deck models can carry up to 15 gallons of fuel.

Deck

The Cheetah’s deck use Scag’s Tri-Plate construction. By reinforcing impact and stress points with multiple layers of steel, overall weight is kept down without sacrificing durability. Each layer comes together to form a 0.485-inch thick deck top using layers of 7, 10 and 11 gauge steel.

The spindles use angled bearings to spread the load over a wider area for increased service life. These are driven by split steel pulleys formed from a single piece of metal, making them extremely strong and light. Even the blades are heavy-duty: the Marbain heat treating process leaves an extremely hard surface that requires less frequent sharpening, even in areas with sandy soil.

The PTO uses an Ogura GT3.5 clutch 250 lb-ft. to engage the deck. This clutch can be adjusted as the friction surfaces wear down, so it lasts longer than more common fixed clutches.

Low profile dust caps on the caster pivots let the mower deck slip under fences and patios, getting in areas that would normally need to be cut with a string trimmer.

Warranty

Kohler and Kawasaki both guarantee their engines for three years of commercial use. Scag guarantees the spindles and deck for three years, while the rest of the mower is guaranteed for two years of commercial use or either three years or 500 hours of residential use.

Get Professional Service for Your Professional Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and professionals with their outdoor equipment since 1984. If you’re looking for a new ZTR or you need parts or service for your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.

Not in the area? Go to www.shankslawn.com. We ship OEM parts and accessories across the United States and Canada.

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Little Wonder C5 Blower

Little Wonder C5 Blower

You wouldn’t use a push mower to mow a large property, so why would you use a small two-stroke blower to remove leaves and debris? Little Wonder’s C5 walk-behind blower is small enough to be practical for homeowners, but it comes with the power and features of a professional model. With four times the power of a backpack blower, it turns big cleanup jobs into small ones.

Engine

Little Wonder equips this blower with a 5.7 hp Subaru SP 170. Although aimed at the consumer and light commercial market, it still has most of the features that have made their EX Series a mainstay in commercial outdoor equipment. Its overhead cam design reduces the number of engine components, making this engine quieter, smoother and more efficient than overhead valve engines. This design also increases the engine’s surface area for better cooling, increasing engine life.

Fan

The engine drives a 16-inch composite fan mounted in a composite housing. By casting these pieces out of plastic, Little Wonder is able to get extremely close tolerances that would be impossible with a metal design. By eliminating gaps and dead spaces, this blower is able to move more air, makes less noise and produce less vibration. Low weight and smoother flow also takes the strain off of the crankshaft, resulting in longer engine life.

This model can move up to 1,100 cubic feet per minute, while an air velocity of 200 mph gives the blower the power to lift matted, wet leaves. Together, this gives the C5 four times the power of the most powerful backpack blower.

Get Airflow Where You Need It

Air exits the fan housing via a 3.5-inch wide Aim Rite discharge nozzle. This nozzle offers tool-free adjustment to change air direction during use: move the nozzle down to skim the surface and pull up wet leaves, raise it to get wide coverage or tilt it forward to blow leaves away from curbs and buildings.

Easy to Use on Any Terrain

The blower rides on flat-free tires mounted on wheels with ball bearings, cutting out maintenance and making it easy to push. A 10-inch wheel up front and 16-inch wheels at the rear give it the same stability on rough terrain as a high wheel push mower.

At 102 lbs, this blower weighs less than many walk-behind mowers. A thick, padded 1 ¼ inch steel tube handle reduces vibrations and hand stress, making it comfortable for long jobs. Once the work is done, the handle folds down for storage and transport.

Warranty

Little Wonder covers the C5 for two years of residential use or 90 days of commercial use. Subaru guarantees the SP 170 for three years of residential use or one year of commercial use.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is Your Little Wonder Headquarters

Is the C5 just what you need to take care of your lawn? Do you need parts or service for your other Little Wonder equipment? Shank’s Lawn Equipment can help. We’re a certified dealer for most outdoor equipment manufacturers including Little Wonder and Subaru Power. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile East of I-81 from Exit 10.

Need parts for your walk behind blower? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Little Wonder Optimax Blower

Little Wonder Optimax Blower

What’s the best alternative to backpack blowers? Just ask Rental Magazine. Last year, they gave the Editor’s Choice Award to the Little Wonder Optimax blower. Why? It has a patented impeller design that delivers far more power than backpack models while avoiding many of the design pitfalls of competing walk-behind blowers.

The Smart Alternative to Backpack Blowers

The Optimax uses Little Wonder’s patented scroll housing and reverse angle blade steel impeller. This gives it superior performance and lower cost compared to plastic housing blowers without the dead spaces, vibration, and noise of other metal housing designs. Since they use large four-stroke engines, they’re able to deliver enough power to do as much work as four backpack blowers. That power lets professional landscapers and groundskeepers cut job times and labor costs by using one of these machines, while reduced fatigue and easier starting makes the Optimax a great choice for residential owners and renters.

Superior Air Discharge

The Optimax uses a square air discharge that sits just two inches off the ground. This creates an air stream that skims the surface of the ground to move the maximum amount of leaves and debris. While there are competing blowers with more power, the air from their high-mounted round outlets doesn’t have the reach of the Optimax, requiring more passes to clean large areas.

The opening of this discharge has a split-stream air deflector, separating airflow into two unique channels. It can be used to deliver high-pressure air along the surface to dislodge wet leaves and low pressure to push the leaves into a pile, or it can be raised to move tall piles of loose leaves without blowing them upward.

The nozzle can be angled without using tools, going from side discharge for maximum distance to front discharge to remove leaves and debris next to buildings with minimal blow back.

Walk-Behind Models

Do you have a favorite small engine manufacturer? The Optimax is offered with engines from Honda, Subaru, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, so there’s a model to fit your preferences. This range of powerplants also lets you pick a model that has high airflow to move massive quantities of debris, high speeds for lifting heavy material, or a little of both for all-purpose use.

9160-02-01: Honda GC160, 1,397 CFM at 153 mph
9270-02-01: Honda GX270, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9390-02-01: Honda GX390, 2,530 CFM at 160 mph
9270-03-01: Subaru EX27, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9270-06-01: Kohler Command Pro CH395, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
8570-04-01: Vanguard 570cc V-Twin, 2,850 CFM at 179 mph

Self-Propelled

These models add a single speed transmission with a maximum speed of 4.1 mph going forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. This doesn’t just make it easier to use, it also increases the speed operators can clear areas of debris.

9270-12-01: Honda GX270, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9390-12-01: Honda GX390, 2,530 CFM at 160 mph
9570-14-01: Vanguard 570cc V-Twin, 2,850 CFM at 179 mph

Accessories

Want a little more from your Optimax blower? Little Wonder offers three add-ons for these machines:

The parking brake uses a metal bar to stop the movement of both rear wheels, letting you park the blower on slopes. It can be added to any push blower.

The tool holder bolts to the side of the handle, providing a place to carry a shovel, broom or anything else you may need when using your blower.

Do you mostly use your blower on paved surfaces? The front pneumatic tire can be replaced with a solid tire that is more abrasion resistant.

Warranty

Little Wonder backs the Optimax with a 5-year warranty. Honda, Vanguard, and Kohler warranty their engines for three years, while Subaru warranties their engines for 5 years.

Get the Blower You Want and the Parts and Support You Need

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a dealer for Little Wonder and every engine manufacturer they partner with, so we’re able to fully support these blowers. We can repair your blower, install accessories and provide you with the OEM parts you need to do your own repairs. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just south of Marion.

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

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Bennche Spire 1000

Bennche Spire 1000

Bennche may be best known for the utility-focused Cowboy and truck-like Warrior side-by-sides, but they also make UTVs that focus less on work and more on fun. The two seat Bennche Spire 1000 and four seat Spire 1000 X swap the big cargo beds for sporty styling and all out performance, making them a great choice for trail riding.

Power

Both the Spire 1000 and 1000 X are powered by a liquid-cooled 976 cc V-Twin fitted with electronic fuel injection. By using an overhead valve design, this engine is able to make loads of low-end torque, while an 11:1 compression ratio helps the engine reach a peak output of 65.5 hp.

Off-Road Performance

This engine is connected to a CVT with low and high range gearing. The drivetrain has two-wheel drive and on-demand four-wheel drive modes, and the rear differential can be locked for tough climbs.

The standard Spire 1000 has 13 inches of ground clearance, while the Spire X has 12 inches, putting them near the top of the market when it comes to rock crawling ability. Each wheel is supported by dual A-arms, while sway bars keep body roll under control at high speeds. To reign in the engine’s power, ventilated hydraulic disc brakes are present behind all four wheels. 14-inch alloy wheels are standard with 27 x 9 tires fitted to the front and 27 x 11 tires on the rear.

Utility

Despite high ground clearance, the Spire’s seats are just 28 inches from the ground, while the Spire X’s are just a bit higher at 31 inches. Bennche still managed to fit a 7.6-gallon fuel tank under the seats so you can drive these vehicles all day without refueling. Electric power steering is an option on both models.

While focused on sport riding, both models still have small beds for carrying cargo. The Spire’s box measures 51.5 x 27 inches, while the Spire X’s is 46 x 24 inches. Both beds can carry up to 350 lbs.

Maintenance requirements are also lower than competing sport UTVs. Shaft drive front and rear eliminate the need for chain oiling, while fuel injection makes the engine less sensitive to stale fuel.

Accessories

The Spire comes well-equipped from the factory, including features like turn signals, brake lights, and net doors. A roof and windshield can be added for increased weather protection while installing a rear view mirror is usually enough for these UTVs to meet neighborhood vehicle requirements. That makes it legal to drive on roads for short distances so you can travel between area trails. A 4,500 lb. The capacity winch can be installed inside the front bumper to pull the vehicle out if it gets stuck between rocks and trees.

Colors

Both the Spire and Spire X are available in black, red, white and yellow.

Warranty

Bennche covers these vehicles for 12 months.

If It’s Bennche, You Can Get It at Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than just lawn mowers: we service and sell a wide range of outdoor equipment from commercial snowblowers to powersports machines like the Spire 1000. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

Are you looking for parts or accessories for your Bennche UTV? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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