Vortexx Cold Water Heavy Duty Pressure Washers: Maximum Reliability for Tough Jobs

Vortexx Cold Water Heavy Duty Pressure Washers: Maximum Reliability for Tough JobsAre you a professional cleaner? Are you looking to add pressure washing to your landscaping business? Do you need to keep a fleet of vehicles clean? If you have demanding jobs, you need a Vortexx pressure washer. Their cold water commercial pressure washers don’t cut corners. From their pumps to their frames, every component is built for maximum reliability, making the best choice for commercial operations.

Why Should I Choose a Vortexx Commercial Washer for My Business?

The most important reason: COOLFLO pump protection. These pressure washers don’t use off-the-shelf pumps. Vortexx works directly with AR’s engineers, adding re-buildable unloaders, extra filters, three-foot bypass hoses, and thermal relief valves to their pumps. Stainless steel quick connectors are used on every connection from the pump to the gun. These modifications reduce or eliminate the most common points of failure. Vortexx guarantees these pumps for 6 years of commercial use, something you will never see from other manufacturers.

Everything is mounted on a one-piece welded aluminum frame. That means you don’t have to worry about corrosion, and there are no frame bolts that will vibrate loose during use. This frame has built-in storage for the hose and wand. There are also cutouts in the frame to drain oil, making maintenance cleaner and easier.

Vortexx’s exclusive tow and stow handle slides out when you need to move the cart, and folds back down to take up less space during transport or storage. All three of these commercial models use foam-filled tires that won’t go flat.

Models

VX3000HD

3 GPM
2,950 PSI
8,850 Cleaning Units

The smallest of these commercial models uses a Honda GX200 to power an AR VRT3 triplex plunger pump. This sends water through a 50-foot non-marking hose. The gun handles a maximum of 4,500 PSI and has a 48-inch long lance.

VX4000HD

4 GPM
4000 PSI
16,000 Cleaning Units

Look at the GPM and PSI ratings, and you might think that this pressure washer is only about 30% more powerful than the VX3000HD. However, when you put the added flow rate and pressure together, you get almost double the cleaning power.

To deliver this much power, Vortexx pairs a Honda GX390 with an AR RRV Series pump. The VX4000HD comes with a 50-foot Uber-Flex hose by Propulse. This hose is kink and abrasion resistant, and its textured finish reduces surface friction, making it easier to wind, unwind and drag. The gun is rated at 5,100 PSI, and it comes with a 48-inch lance.

VX4000XG

4 GPM
4,000 PSI
16,000 Cleaning Units

On the surface, this washer doesn’t seem much different from the HD. The two pressure washers share most of the same components, but the XG has a gear drive that reduces pump speed by 50%. This extends service intervals on the unit’s AR RX Series pump. Otherwise, you get all the same features as the HD, including the Uber-Flex hose.

Accessories

Vortexx has everything you would expect for your pressure washer. Need a foam lance to lay down cleaning chemicals? What about a surface cleaner for pavement, or a deck cleaner to spread out spray for faster cleaning? Want to use a rotojet or turbo nozzles for quick coverage and less chance of surface damage? What about a longer lance that can reach up high to clean windows and gutters? They have all of those attachments, often with several different size options. They also have a couple of unusual attachments you may want to consider.

The sludge vac turns your pressure washer into a trash pump, moving up to 15 times the rated pump GPM. This lets you use it for everything from cleaning out car wash pits to emptying flooded basements. It uses water flow from the pump to drag along gray water and trash. That means there are no moving parts involved, making it less susceptible to damage than a standard trash pump.

The industrial and professional wet sandblaster kits use water pressure to draw in and mix sand with water. This is as effective as a regular sandblaster, but since the sand is wet, it doesn’t create dust. The industrial sandblaster has the option of using different sizes of tungsten carbide nozzles.

We’re Your Professional Equipment Headquarters

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Vortexx, AR Pumps, and Honda Engines. That means we don’t just sell these pressure washers, we can service everything on them. If you’re looking for a new pressure washer, or you want parts or service for your current machine, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Do you need parts or accessories for your Vortexx pressure washer? Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com. You can order what you need from our website and have it delivered to your door, whether you live in the United States or Canada.

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Troy Bilt Tillers

Troy Bilt TillersWhether you want to do some minor landscaping or turn your back yard into a garden, Troy Bilt makes a tiller that fits your needs. However, with multiple lines spanning 12 models, finding the right tiller can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know to get the right tiller for your next landscaping or gardening project.

How Features Affect Performance

Tine Direction

Forward rotating: The blades move in the same direction as the wheels. This pushes through soft soil with ease. Forward rotating tillers are a good choice if you’re preparing already tilled ground.

Counter-rotating: The blades move in the opposite direction of the wheels. This helps them cut deep into unplowed soil. They also don’t transfer as much vibration to the handle when cutting through heavy clay or rocks.

Dual direction: The Mustang Dual Direction tiller can switch between forward and counter-rotating the tines. This lets you choose between heavy ground turning or working tilled soil.

Tine Shape

Troy Bilt’s bolo tines have a unique shape that captures dirt as it’s sliced, chopping and turning each clump before being dropped on the ground. All tillers except the Ranger FT have these tines.

Tine Placement

Front-mounted tines work best for previously tilled soil, picking up and turning dirt with little effort. The Ranger FT, Colt FT and Colt FT XP are front tine tillers. All other Troy Bilt tillers have rear-mounted tines. This helps the tines dig into packed down soil, making them the best choice for difficult jobs.

“Just One Hand” Operation

Troy-Bilt designs their tillers to be used with one hand on the controls. This lets you walk alongside the tiller, staying out of the path of the dirt. It also keeps you from compacting the freshly turned soil with your feet.

Tilling Width

A wider width reduces the time it takes to make new garden plots, while a narrow width tiller can easily pass between plants. Some models have adjustable width tines for both jobs.

Gearing

Forward rotating tines push the tiller along automatically, so there’s no drive system required for the wheels. Most Troy Bilt counter-rotating models have a single speed transmission that matches wheel speed to tine speed. Power reverse helps pull the tiller out when it gets stuck, and makes the tiller easier to maneuver. The Big Red and Horse have multiple gears to match the tiller speed with the ground condition and your walking speed.

Tine Drive

The Colt FT and FT XP use a chain drive, and the Ranger has a light duty gearbox. All other tillers have a heavy-duty gearbox with a limited lifetime warranty.

Engine

Most Troy-Bilt tillers are powered by the company’s own line of residential engines. Pro Line tillers use Honda’s GC residential engine, while the Pony, Horse and Big Red use Briggs & Stratton commercial engines.

Models

There are a lot of similarities between model lines, which makes it hard to find the right model for your needs. This breakdown pairs similar models, noting their different features for apples-to-apples comparisons.

Unless otherwise noted, these tillers are powered by a 208cc Troy Bilt engine and have rear mounted tines.

Ranger FT
– 140cc Troy Bilt engine
– 7 inch adjustable depth, adjustable width up to 24 inches
– Front-mounted forward rotating tines

Colt FT and FT XP
– The Colt FT comes with a folding handle.
– 13/22/24 inch tilling width
– Front mounted forward rotating tines
– Chain drive
– 7-inch depth

Bronco CRT
– Counter-rotating blades
– 6 inch tilling depth, up to 14 inch tilling width

Super Bronco CRT, Mustang Dual-Direction Rear Tine and Pro-Line CRT
– Counter-rotating blades
– Mustang can switch between counter and forward rotating tines
– Pro-Line powered by a Honda GC160 engine
– 7 inches deep, 16 inch width
– Power reverse
– Front bumper

Pony, Pony ES and Pro-Line FRT
– Pony and Pony powered by a 250cc Briggs & Stratton commercial engine
– Pony ES comes with electric start
– Pro-Line powered by a Honda GC160 engine
– 7 inch tilling depth, 16 inch width
– Forward rotating tines
– Front bumper
– Power reverse

Horse and Big Red
– 306cc Briggs & Stratton
– 4 forward and 2 reverse speeds
– Big Red transmission has a neutral to run the tines in place
– 7 inch tilling depth, 20 inch width
– Forward rotating tines
– Front bumper

We Cover All Your Lawn and Garden Equipment Needs

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries most major equipment brands including Troy Bilt, Honda and Mantis. We also service everything we sell, and we have a massive warehouse full of OEM parts. That means we can help you keep your tiller running long after the sale. If you’re looking for new equipment, or need help with your current tiller, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. Need parts or accessories? We ship across the United States and Canada. To see what we offer, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Brown Products Bed Edgers

Brown Products Bed EdgersA Brown Products BedEdger does more than edging. Thanks to a wide selection of rotors, these machines can edge and trench surfaces, preparing them for a wide range of landscaping tasks. Naturally, it can make angled cuts in the soil, creating defined edges between landscape features and lawns. Switch to a different rotor, and you can dig shallow or deep trenches for installing everything from irrigation to walkways. It even removes small stumps. Which model should you buy, and how can you use it for your landscaping business?

Rotors for Every Purpose

While the machines themselves are solidly constructed, what makes the BedEdger line stand out is their flexibility. Brown offers rotors in a wide range of sizes and designs to handle most common trenching and edging jobs. A single nut mounting system makes it easy to change rotors at your worksite. This lets you use your edger for multiple jobs in one visit. Here’s what they currently offer for the BedEdger and BedEdger Bantam:

Clay – Need to make a trench in hard ground? Despite the name, these rotors are strong enough to cut through hard, rocky, and wet soil as well as asphalt and gravel. Brown offers a two-point rotor that cuts one-inch trenches, a three-point rotor that cuts two-inch wide trenches, and 5 and 7 point rotors that cut three-inch wide trenches. The 7 point rotor’s extra cutting surfaces increases its service life as much as 90% compared to the 5 point rotor.

Rock – While soil performance is poor, this rotor design has no trouble cutting through rocks thanks to its replaceable tungsten carbide bits. These rotors are available in 1.5 and 3-inch widths.

RainDrain – This rotor cuts a flat 4 ½ inch trench. This trench is perfect for laying down four-inch drain lines used to transfer water from gutter downspouts. It’s also great for laying down edging built using bricks and cinder blocks.

Root Pruner – A 1.5-inch cutting width makes this rotor ideal for slicing roots next to driveways and sidewalks. This keeps roots from growing under and lifting up concrete while minimizing the harm to the plant they’re growing out of. The root pruner is also a good choice if you need to make trenches to lay down invisible dog fences, low voltage lights or wiring for irrigation controllers.

BedMaster – This rotor has angled points that create sloped trenches. This helps create sharply defined borders around landscape features. The three-inch rotor is good for simple trenches, while wider four and 5-inch rotors provide the space needed to place plastic retaining walls and edging fences.

Re-Defining – Less aggressive points make this tool a better choice than the BedMaster when you need to re-establish previously cut bed edges. This design throws less dirt and lasts longer, saving money on cleanup and replacement costs.

Curbing – This flat rotor cuts a 9-inch wide trench that’s perfect for installing blocks and timber landscape borders.

StumpMaster – This rotor only cuts up to an inch deep into the soil, but it can remove trunks and roots up to 6 inches tall.

Models

The standard BedEdger cuts between 10 and 30 feet per minute when edging and 7 to 30 feet per minute when trenching. It’s powered by a 9 HP Honda GX270 and uses a double belt and pulley drive.

Brown offers two versions of the BedEdger. The F791H has a depth adjustment ranging from 2 to 7 inches, while the F991H can cut up to 9 inches deep. Trenching width for both models ranges between ½ inch and 9 inches depending on the rotor.

The BedEdger Bantam is smaller and uses a three-step depth adjustment instead of the infinite adjustment of the standard model. Cutting depth can be set to 3 ½, 4 ½ or 5 inches. Brown makes two versions: the B590 uses the same GX270 as the regular BedEdger, while the B565 comes with a 6.5 HP GX200.

Warranty

Honda guarantees GX Series engines for three years of commercial use. Brown Products guarantees the rest of the BedMaster for one year, excluding wear parts.

We Cover All of Your Landscaping Equipment Needs

Shank’s Lawn Equipment doesn’t just carry major brands, we also sell and service equipment from specialty manufacturers like Brown Equipment. If you’re looking for a new edger or trencher, or you need service or parts for your current edger, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order OEM parts and accessories for your Brown Products equipment from our website, www.shankslawn.com. We can ship your order to any address in the United States or Canada.

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Which Honda Generator is Right for You?

Honda EB 5000 GeneratorBuying a generator is confusing. How much power do you need? What makes a home generator different from an industrial one? What’s so special about a pure sine wave inverter? Here’s what you need to know to pick the right Honda generator for your needs, whether you want backup power for emergencies or just want to have a TV on at your next tailgate party.

Why Honda?

In recent years, the market has been flooded with cheap generators using generic engines. While the price tag of these models may be enticing, there are plenty of reasons to spend extra to get a Honda generator.

When you buy a Honda, you get a reliable Honda engine instead of a no-name engine with questionable build quality and limited parts support. There’s no reason to check valve adjustment or replace components before you first use your generator: just add some oil and gas, and it’s ready to go.

All Honda generators have a pure sine wave inverter. Small fluctuations in motor speed results in “dirty” power from the generator. By passing this power through an inverter, these fluctuations are smoothed out. The result is the same smooth cycling between positive and negative electricity you get from household outlets. This makes it safe to use your generator to power sensitive electronics including TVs, computers, and smartphones.

Honda’s Smart Throttle changes the engine speed automatically to meet demand, so it always provides the right amount of power while minimizing fuel consumption and noise.

How Much Power Do I Need?

To figure out how many watts you need, start by checking the power specifications on the appliances you want to use. This information is either stamped on the housing or listed in the owner’s manual. Multiplying amps by 120 tells you how many watts a 120-volt appliance uses. Remember that you probably won’t use all of your appliances at the same time.

Electric motors need 1.5 to 3 times as much power to start as they do to run. Honda builds its generators to handle short bursts of extra power to get these appliances working. Devices with these loads include power tools, refrigerators, and air conditioners.

240-volt connections are needed for well pumps and high power RV air conditioners. However, since this power is single-phase, it can’t power multiphase equipment like welders. 240-volt connectors can be used in 120-volt mode for home and RV shore power.

Choosing the Right Generator for the Job

Honda separates their generators into 5 broad ranges. Depending on your use, there may be more than one range you should consider.

Tailgating and Camping: EU and EG Series
EU-i models are fully enclosed to be quiet, while EU models produce more power. Both ranges are parallel capable. That means you can connect two generators together, doubling the available power across all outlets without having the bulk of a large generator.

All EU Series generators are fully enclosed. This blocks engine noise, making them quieter. If you don’t care much about sound, EG Series generators offer ample power at lower cost.

Home Power: EG and EM
EG models generate between 2,800 and 5,000 watts, making them a good choice if you just want to keep your refrigerator and a few electronics running. EM Series generators produce between 4,000 and 6,500 watts, letting you power more devices at a time.

Both EG and EM Series models are transfer switch capable. With the right equipment and professional installation, these switches can send power through your home wiring. This lets you use your wall outlets instead of depending on extension cords.

Work: EB Series
The EB Series draws from Honda’s other models, offering everything from the portable EB2200 to the 10,000 watt-producing EB10000. Features like external ground connections and GFCI outlets make them safe to use outdoors to power equipment. Wheeled cart models have a steel loop to hoist the generator out of reach when storing at worksites.

RV Shore Power: Many Choices Depending On Your Setup
There’s no RV-specific line, but you can still use home, work and quiet generators for shore power. Look for something that has locking plugs that are compatible with your RV’s wiring system. For small RVs, Honda recommends generators with a 3,000-4000 watt output including the EG4000, EM4000, and EU3000. If you have a large RV with two air conditioners, they recommend 240 volt-capable generators including the EG6500, EM8500 or EU7000.

We Can Help You Get the Right Generator and Keep it Running

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified Honda Power Equipment dealer, carrying Honda generators along with the accessories you need to put your generator to work. If you want a quality generator, or you need help with your current generator, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Yanmar Brahma: The UTV With Diesel Power

Yanmar Brahma: The UTV With Diesel PowerYanmar is famous for their diesel engines, and their Bull UTVs have been a popular choice for commercial users since their introduction. It was just a matter of time before they put the two together. That has finally happened with the introduction of the Brahma line of Utility Task Vehicles. They combine a three-cylinder diesel from their tractor line with a new chassis that offers high cargo and towing capacity. Add in a long list of convenience features, and you have the perfect vehicle for commercial farmers, groundskeepers and construction workers.

Power

The Brahma uses the same one liter, three-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel found in their compact tractors. In this application, it produces 24 HP. This engine is Final Tier 4 compliant, so it meets emissions standards everywhere including California and Quebec.

Next to the driver’s seat, there’s a small, high-mounted grille. That’s the air intake. By fitting the Brahma with a snorkel from the factory, you don’t have to worry about water, mud or dirt clogging the engine. Need a vehicle that can work all day without interruption? The fuel tank holds 10.5 gallons, so the Brahma rarely has to stop to refuel.

The rest of the drivetrain is more conventional. Power goes through a CVT to keep the engine at its peak power range. The drivetrain can operate in 2×4 or 4×4 modes, and the rear differential locks to increase traction for steep climbs.

Working on this new UTV is easy. Flip up the dump bed, and you have easy access to the engine and transmission for maintenance.

Payload and Towing

The Brahma has a 1,400 lb. payload capacity. Its all-steel 17 cubic foot dump bed can carry up to 1,000 lbs, 400 lbs. more than Yanmar’s gas-powered Bull UTVs. Towing capacity is also higher at 2,000 lbs, 500 lbs. more than the Bull. The bed measures 47.4 x 52.8 x 11.8 inches. Yanmar includes 2-inch hitch receivers front and back for towing and attaching equipment.

To keep all this weight under control, the Brahma has 10-inch disc brakes on the front and 8.7-inch discs on the rear. All four discs are gripped with twin piston calipers. Electric power steering comes standard.

Off-Road Capabilities

This UTV has a maximum ground clearance of 12.2 inches, a number more typical of sports side-by-sides. This ride height is adjustable, letting you balance rock crawling ability with stability. The wheels have 10.6 inches of travel at the front and 10.2 inches in the rear. A 47-inch wide track keeps the vehicle planted on rough terrain. Skid plates come standard.

Cabin

Since this vehicle will be used for full work days, Yanmar decided to focus on comfort. The Brahma seats two passengers instead of three like the Bull, giving riders more space.

The cabin uses an open design with a flat floor that has a tiny center cover for the front driveshaft. There’s also no need for the side guards found on other UTVs, since every model comes with a roof and roll structure. The seats slide and tilt, and they have adjustable lumbar support, making them comfortable for passengers of all sizes.

LED projector beam headlights, side mirrors, turn signals, horn and hazard lights are standard. This lets the Brahma comply with neighborhood vehicle standards, so you can drive it short distances on the road.

Need to carry tools and equipment? The Brahma has a 30-gallon side storage bin below the bed and a 17-gallon bin under the hood.

Models

Yanmar makes two versions of the Brahma. The only difference is the amount of standard equipment. The base Canopy weighs 1,762 lbs. The Semi-Cab adds front and rear windows, wiper washer, center mirror, and bumper. It also has an 18.23-gallon under-seat storage bin. As equipped, it weighs 1,848 lbs. Yanmar offers everything on the Semi-Cab as an accessory, so you can add what you want to the Canopy.

Accessories

The Optional PRO front brush guard has a built-in winch mount, freeing up the front hitch receiver for other equipment. Aluminum wheels are available, as well as turf tires that won’t tear up landscaping. Expect Yanmar to add more accessories over time, matching what you can get for their gas-powered UTVs. This including winches, plows and work lights.

Colors

Yanmar offers both the Canopy and Semi-Cab in green and metallic red. You can also get Yanmar Red to match your tractor.

We’re Your Yanmar Headquarters

Looking for a UTV that’s built for commercial use? Visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a Yanmar UTV and tractor dealer, and we have over 35 years of experience helping owners with their outdoor equipment. If you think a Brahma is right for you, or you need parts and service for your Yanmar, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order parts and accessories for your UTV and have them delivered to your door. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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Picking a Tractor for Lawn Care

Dixon Lawn TractorsAre you looking for something that can mow your lawn, and help out with a few other lawn care duties? Tractors come in all shapes and sizes, and the terms used for them can be confusing. Can you use a regular tractor for mowing? Is a garden tractor better for gardening than a lawn tractor? How do you know which hitch you need? Here’s what you need to know about picking the right size and type of tractor for your needs.

Tractor Types: Lawn, Garden, Compact and Two Wheel

A lawn tractor is built for mowing lawns and little else. They can be used to tow small trailers for seeding and moving materials.

A garden tractor is built for mowing, but it has a heavier frame and better attachment points for towing and front-mounted equipment. This is usually limited to unpowered attachments like gravel and snowplows. Attachment power comes from the deck’s pulley drive. For example, Cub Cadet makes a three-stage snowblower attachment for their Enduro lawn tractor. This uses bolt-on supports that run under the frame and guide a belt between the engine pulley and the snowblower pulley. This takes some work and a few tools to get on and off. However, flexibility isn’t a big deal since you won’t need to switch between mowing and snow removal during winter. While trailer pin hitches are standard, other attachment points are brand specific. This limits your equipment choices to a few options, mostly from the tractor manufacturer.

If a garden tractor is a beefed-up lawn tractor, two-wheel tractors like those from BCS America are beefed up tillers. These are a great option for home gardeners, or as a complement to a lawn tractor. BCS offers a wide range of soil attachments for gardening, as well as snow removal and cleaning tools. As with garden tractors, your options are limited to BCS’s own attachments. However, they offer a wide range of options. One two-wheel tractor can replace a shed full of walk-behind equipment.

Compact tractors are designed to let you add attachments to fit your needs. Unlike lawn and garden tractors, a compact tractor comes with a Power Take-Off (PTO). This sends power to attachments via a splined shaft at the end of the transmission. Rear-mounted attachments connect with a three-point hitch. Since hitch and PTO sizes are standard, you have a wide range of attachment options from a variety of manufacturers. Finish mower attachments let you use a compact tractor for mowing wide-open land, but you’ll want a regular mower for working in tight spaces.

Three-Point Hitch Types

A three-point hitch uses two lower hitches and one upper hitch point to connect attachments. These links connect to hydraulic cylinders that can lift and lower the attachment. There are 5 three-point hitch sizes. Compact tractors use a Cat 0 or 1 hitch.

Cat 0
Up to 20 HP
20-inch space between lower hitches
5/8 inch upper and lower link hitch pins

Cat 1
20-45 HP
28 inches between lower hitches
¾ inch upper and 7/8 inch lower hitch pins

Most attachments that don’t need pitch adjustment are quick hitch compatible. A quick hitch attaches to a three-point hitch and has three hooks in place of pinholes. This lets the operator back up to the attachment and uses the hydraulics to lift the hitch and connect to the attachment’s mounting points. Woods and Yanmar both offer quick hitches for Cat 1 tractors. Quick hitch attachments can still mount to a standard hitch.

PTO Types

Like hitches, PTOs are available in different types designed to handle varying amounts of power. There are three types used on compact tractors.

Type 1
1 3/8 inch diameter shaft
6 splines
540 RPM operating speed

Type 2
1 3/8 inch diameter shaft
21 splines
1,000 RPM operating speed

Type 3
1 ¾ inch diameter shaft
20 splines
1,000 RPM operating speed

Some attachments are designed for multiple hitches, so they come with a transmission that works with both 540 and 1,000 RPM PTOs.

We Have the Equipment to Fit Your Needs, No Matter How Big or Small

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries several brands of mowers and tractors, including BCS America, Cub Cadet, and Yanmar, as well as attachments from Woods. If you’re looking for a tractor, attachments, or parts and service for your current equipment, come see us. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re just one mile off of I-81.

Need parts for your tractor or attachments? We ship OEM replacements for every brand we carry. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com. We can have your order delivered to any address in the United States or Canada.

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Honda’s New HRN Mowers: The New Standard for Residential Walk-Behinds

Honda’s New HRN MowersIt’s not often that Honda rolls out a new product line, and it’s even rarer to see a new engine from the company. That makes the new HRN line of mowers one of the biggest releases from the company in several years. Developed for North American lawns at Honda’s R&D center in North Carolina, this successor to the HRR Series uses an all-new design. Some features like the Smart Drive return, while increased power and better deck flow improve overall performance, comfort and serviceability.

An All-New Engine

This mower is the first model from Honda to get an engine from its new GCV line. Soon to be available in 145, 170 and 200 sizes, it’s the first major update to these residential engines in 17 years.

As the name suggests, the GCV170’s displacement is slightly higher, increasing horsepower by 9% and torque by 18% compared to the GCV160 used in the HRR. Inside, the engine gets Honda’s new CycloFlow combustion chamber. It uses the engine’s increased stroke to create more turbulence inside the cylinder. This helps with fuel mixing, widening the powerband, improving combustion, making starts easier and reducing problems with stale fuel. Work was also done to lessen vibration and lower the exhaust note to improve operator comfort.

Honda Auto Choke carries over from the old engine. This system acts as a thermostat, keeping the choke closed until wax inside a cylinder melts and moves the choke control arm. That way, the choke only opens when the engine is up to operating temperature. No operator intervention needed, and it uses fewer parts than competing systems. A manual fuel shut-off valve keeps fuel from leaking into the carburetor or air filter when storing, transporting or repairing the mower. A larger fill opening on the fuel tank makes it easier to use with modern gas cans.

Servicing also sees major improvements. The GCV170 uses just 39 parts compared to 106 for the old GCV. The engine can be stripped down to replace the crank without removing it from the mower. To make oil changes easier, the oil inlet is taller and wider, while the drain plug is higher and closer to the crankshaft for faster flow. The spark plug now sits at the front of the engine near the top of the head, making it easier to access.

Improved Deck Performance

Changes to the deck’s shape together with a larger discharge improve airflow efficiency and reduce clogs. In Honda’s own test, the mower was able to mow 5-inch tall grass for twice as long as the HRR before its first clog.

The 3-in-1 Clip Director is carried over from the HRR. This tool-free system switches between bagging, mulching, and side discharge by moving a lever next to the engine. All models come with a bag that holds 1.9 bushels of grass clippings. The Microcut twin blade system also carries over. It uses two closely-mounted blades to chop grass in two places with each pass, improving mulching performance, especially on wet grass.

The left and right wheels are connected by an axle, so there are only two levers for setting the mower height. This makes setting the height easier while letting you lift the front end for better bagging performance.

Models

Honda offers four versions of the HRN. As you move up the model range, you get all the features of the previous models.

HRN216PKA – This push mower has all the benefits of the new deck and engine.

HRN216VKA – This model comes with Smart Drive, which propels the mower to a top speed of 4 MPH. Large padded levers next to the handle let you get exactly the speed you want and keep it there while making changes to your hand position.

HRN216VYA – This model comes with Honda’s Roto-Stop blade. It uses a brake to stop the blade from spinning when the operator leaves the controls. This lets you step away from the mower without shutting off the engine.

HRN216VLA- The engine comes with a keyed electric starter. The battery and switch are held in a small box on the handle, so there’s nothing to get in the way when working on the engine.

Warranty

Honda guarantees the entire mower including the engine for 3 years of residential use and 90 days of commercial use.

We’re Your Honda Headquarters

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Honda Power Equipment and Honda Engines. That means we don’t just sell these mowers. We also offer the service and parts you need to keep these mowers running for years to come. If you’re looking for a new mower, or you need help with your old equipment, come see us. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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Getting Your Mower to Start: Solutions for Common Problems After Storage

mowerThe snow is gone, your grass is turning green, and it’s time to cut grass for the first time this season. There’s just one problem: you can’t get your mower to start after it’s been in storage all winter. Here are the most common reasons your mower won’t run, and how you can fix them.

Operator Presence Systems: Keeping Things a Little Too Safe

Modern mowers are designed with fail-safes that cut engine power if the operator leaves the controls. If you don’t know how to use them, even a perfectly functional mower won’t start or stay running.

Walk-behind mowers have an operator presence bail on the handle that must be held closed. Make sure the cable connected to the bail is pulled tight. Over time, the cable will stretch, keeping it from engaging the lever on the engine. Depending on your model, you may have a second hole to slip the cable end into account for this stretching. If the cable is still loose, you’ll need a replacement.

Riding mowers have several switches that must be on for the engine to run. The operator needs to be in the seat, the PTO must be off and the parking brake must be engaged before the engine will start. The clutch also has to be pushed in on geared mowers. If you lifted the seat recently to access the battery, make sure it’s clipped into place. Otherwise, the seat sensor won’t work.

Oil

Without oil, an engine will go from running to seized in minutes. To prevent this, most modern small engines have an oil sensor that cuts the ignition. Check the oil level to make sure you aren’t triggering this switch.

Fuel

If you left gas in your mower’s fuel tank over the winter, you’re going to have problems. Even fuel treated with a stabilizer will start to break down after three months. Start by draining out the old fuel into a gas can. The EPA recommends using old fuel in your car. The fresh fuel inside the tank dilutes the old fuel, and your car’s fuel injectors are less sensitive to stale fuel.

If your mower has a V-Twin or a commercial single-cylinder engine, it probably has an in-line fuel filter between the tank and the carburetor. Check this filter for blockages and replace as needed.

Waxes and varnishes in old fuel can block the jets in your mower’s carburetor. If your engine doesn’t want to run on fresh fuel, try spraying the jets with carburetor cleaner.

Air Filter

A clogged filter will keep the engine from drawing in the air it needs to run. Even if you replaced the filter elements before storing your mower, they could be damaged. Filters and air cleaner boxes are a common target of rodents, whether they chew up the filter, or leave nutshells and other debris in the box.

Spark Plugs

Make sure the plug cap is fully seated. It’s standard practice to disconnect the plug when working on the engine to prevent accidental starts. If that doesn’t work, pull the plug and inspect it. Replace the plug if it’s worn out or damaged. The color of the electrode can tell you what’s going on with your engine:

Wet plug – Engine flooding
That shouldn’t be a surprise if you aren’t able to get the engine to start. Gas is entering the cylinder but isn’t being burned.
Ashy – Lean fuel mixture
Try cleaning the carburetor to restore fuel flow and bring the air/fuel mixture back into balance.
Black – Rich fuel mixture
Usually, this is caused by a dirty air filter. With less air coming into the engine, there’s too much fuel being added to the air/fuel mixture.

Battery

You can use a multimeter to test the condition of your mower’s battery. Set it to volts and connect the leads to the matching battery terminals. You should expect a 12-volt battery to have an output of 12-13.5 volts. If you get a reading of 10.5 Volts or lower, the battery is bad. If it’s between 10.5 and 12 volts, it may just need a recharge.

A mower battery is a lot smaller than a car battery, limiting the amount of current it can take when recharging. Limit your charger’s output to 1 or 2 amps if you’re recharging a riding mower battery. Batteries used in walk-behind mowers like Honda’s HRX series need a special low current charger.

Need Something to Get Your Mower Running?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment doesn’t just sell mowers. We have the parts you need to keep your mower running and a service department that can help you with bigger problems. We’re an authorized dealer for most major lawn mower and small engine manufacturers including Honda, Briggs & Stratton, Cub Cadet, Skag, Exmark and Kohler. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order parts from us on our website, www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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Exmark Wide Area Walk-Behind Mowers: Big Power for Small Spaces

Exmark Wide Area Walk-Behind Mowers- Big Power for Small SpacesAre you looking for a way to bridge the gap between a commercial ZTR and a walk-behind mower? Then you should take a look at Exmark’s wide-area walk-behind mowers. They have steerable drive systems like a riding mower, but they work better in narrow spaces and on small lawns. With decks up to 52 inches wide, you get increased flexibility without taking a hit to cutting speed.

Enhanced Control System: Rethinking the Mower Handle

While Exmark’s excellent decks are reason enough to consider these models, the biggest advantage they have over other walk-behinds is the control setup. Using a standard mower handle on a wide area mower doesn’t make much sense. The drive wheels act independently, so the operator doesn’t need leverage to steer. Exmark designed ECS around this fact, giving the operator controls that fit their body, increasing comfort and ease of use.

This starts with the handlebar itself. Instead of using a straight bar or adding a slight downward angle, the bar curves up and inward. This keeps the operator’s hands and arms in their natural resting position. The grips are also close together, keeping the operator’s hands away from tree branches and other obstacles. The drive levers are shaped to fold flat against the handle. This allows a neutral grip, reducing hand and finger strain. All other mower controls, including throttle and PTO, are built into a central control panel between the bars. A blade brake comes standard on all models, so the engine doesn’t have to shut off when the operator leaves the controls.

Metro Gear Drive: Keeping It Simple

This mower line uses a gear drive system with easy-to-access belts, making it cheaper and simpler to maintain than a hydraulic drive mower. The drive system can propel the mower at speeds from 2 to 6.2 mph. It also assists when moving in reverse, and has a neutral to make it easier to move the mower with the engine off.

These mowers are available with 32, 36 and 48-inch UltraCut Series 2 decks. They’re built with a 10 gauge plate steel top, 12 gauge side skirts, and a 7 gauge front bumper. From the factory, they’re set up for side discharge. Exmark offers a 3-bushel side-mount bagger and micro-mulch system with high lift blades and baffles, as well as an operator-controlled chute cover. A high clearance design helps the deck climb over curbs. The cutting height can be set from 1 to 4.25 inches in ¼ inch increments.

The sole engine fitted to the Metro is the Kawasaki FS481V. A dual-element air filter, built-in clean-out ports and rotating chopper screen help keep the engine cool and clean for a long service life.

Viking Hydro: ZTR Precision

There are few things more annoying than a hydrostatic drive that doesn’t track straight. To alleviate this problem, Exmark fits the Viking with its toolless Quick Track Adjustment. With a few twists, you can bring the motors back in sync. Twin Hydro-Gear variable displacement pumps paired with Parker/Ross wheel drive motors propel the Viking to a top speed of 6.2 mph going forward and up to 2.2 mph in reverse.

The Viking Hydro is available with 36 and 48 inch-wide UltraCut Series 3 decks. These decks have 7 gauge reinforcement plates surrounding the maintenance-free spindles. Like the Metro, the cutting height can be set between 1 and 4.25 inches. Both models are powered by a Kawasaki FS481V.

Along with mulching and bagging accessories, the Metro can be fitted with a StandOn chariot and front weights. This lets the operator stand on a platform while mowing, reducing fatigue and increasing mowing speed.

Turf Tracer: Superior Cut Performance

A full floating UltraCut 3 deck helps the Turf Tracer get a consistent finish on uneven ground, and it prevents scalping. The Turf Tracer is available with 36, 48 and 52 inch wide decks fitted with front casters that use flat-proof semi-pneumatic tires. Cutting height can bet set between 1.5 and 4.5 inches in ½ inch increments.

The pump/motor combo of the Viking carries over to this model. Depending on the deck size, the mower comes with a Kawasaki FS481V, FS541V or FS600V. Looking to cut operating costs and emissions? You can pair the 52-inch deck with a Kohler Command EFI propane engine. All Turf Tracers come with a standard hour meter.

Bagging and mulching options are the same as Exmark’s other wide area walk-behinds. However, thanks to the higher weight of the floating deck, the StandOn chariot doesn’t require front weights.

No Matter Your Needs, We Have a Mower for You

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and professionals with their landscaping equipment since 1984. We carry most major brands including Exmark, Toro, Scag and Cub Cadet, and we offer parts and service for everything we sell. If you’re looking for a new mower or need help keeping your current mower running, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order parts and accessories for your mower at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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Exmark Laser Z X-Series: Big Performance for Big Jobs

Exmark Laser Z X-Series: Big Performance for Big JobsAre you looking for the ultimate in mowing productivity? Then Exmark’s new Laser Z X-Series should be at the top of your list. This top-of-the-line ZTRs offer all of Exmark’s best features, including RED technology, UltraCut constructed decks and custom-built wheel motors. That means better efficiency, better durability and better performance than almost any mower on the market.

Power

Exmark gives you a choice of Kawasaki FX or Kohler Command EFI engines. All engines come with heavy-duty canister air filters, reducing wear and service intervals.

Kohler models come with Exmark’s RED Technology. This electronic control suite lets you switch between Low, Efficient and Max modes at a touch of a button to get the right balance of performance, noise and fuel economy. It also comes with a digital display that lets you check the engine temperature, oil pressure and charging voltage. If something goes wrong, the mower can be put into a safe transport mode to get it back to your trailer or garage for repairs. The RED Technology system also automatically drops engine RPM when engaging the PTO clutch, reducing wear.

Want something simpler? The FX uses a carburetor, but it still has all the design features you expect in a modern commercial engine. A built-in oil cooler integrated clean out ports and a rotating grass chopper screen keep the engine clean and cool. Maintenance is simple thanks to Kawasaki’s tune-up kits. These contain the oil, filters and other parts you need in one box.

Deck

Exmark offers the X-Series with UltraCut Series 6 decks in 60, 72 and 96-inch widths. These are constructed decks that use 10 gauge steel for the top, 7 gauge steel for the side skirts, and have 7 gauge reinforcements for spindle mounts. Anti-scalp rollers come standard.

Want to leave clippings on the lawn without clumping? You can also get an X-Series fitted with a 60 or 72-inch wide rear discharge deck. These models are only available with Kohler engines.

With either deck design, you can change the deck height using an assisted foot-operated deck lift. Cutting heights range from 1 to 5 1/2 inches, adjustable in ¼ inch increments. Like Exmark’s other decks, the UltraCut uses sealed spindles that don’t require maintenance.

Drive System

Exmark worked with Parker to design unitized pump and wheel motors specifically for these mowers. A built-in fan and spin-on filter ensure long term durability. Models with the 52-inch deck can reach 10 MPH, while all other models have a top speed of 11.5 MPH.

Comfort

All the power in the world won’t do you any good if you have trouble staying on your mower through the workday. That’s why Exmark fits the X-Series with a high-backed suspension seat uses mounts that isolate all three planes of motion. This stops the transfer of vibrations from the engine and deck while absorbing bumps. The levers are hydraulically dampened and can be set to two heights and three positions to fit any size operator. These mowers also come with a 12-volt outlet to charge your phone and a cup holder.

Accessories

If you choose a mower with a side discharge deck, there are several ways you can outfit it to deal with clippings. The micro-mulch system adds baffles to increase vacuum along with blades that finely chop up clippings. For clipping collection, Exmark gives you the option of using the UltraVac that dumps with one motion, a three bag collector or a three-bushel side-mounted collector. You can also switch between cutting modes on the go with an operator-controlled discharge chute. This is handy for blocking the chute when operating near cars and windows.

If you have a rear discharge deck, there are still ways to customize your mower. This includes finish cut baffles for an even surface, a side wear bar to resist impacts, and white non-marking side bumpers that protect trees and buildings from scuffs.

No matter which deck you have, you can add a light kit if you want to work in low light conditions, and a ROPS-mounted sunshade to protect yourself from summer heat.

Warranty

Exmark guarantees the Laser Z X-Series for 1,500 hours and 5 years. These mowers are also guaranteed for the first two years with no hour limit. Kohler and Kawasaki both guarantee their engines for three years with no hour limit.

We’re Serious About Lawn Care

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been in the outdoor equipment business since 1984, providing landscaping professionals with top-quality equipment, parts, and service. We offer equipment, service, and parts for most commercial equipment brands including Exmark, Woods, Little Wonder, and Echo. If you’re in south-central Pennsylvania, stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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