Cub Cadet Ultima Series ZT

Cub Cadet Ultima Series ZTDo you think a zero turning radius mower would make mowing your lawn easier, but it would be too expensive? Then the Cub Cadet Ultima Series ZT is for you. This line of mowers costs about the same as equivalent lawn and garden tractors without cutting corners on components. This makes them a great choice for larger lawns filled with landscape features. If you’re new to ZTRs, the model choices can be confusing. This breakdown will help you pick the features you need to take care of your lawn.

Decks

A mower’s top speed is only important during transport. To get a good cut, you’ll go the same speed on any mower. As a result, deck width is the most important factor in determining mowing speed. However, wider isn’t automatically better. A smaller deck can get into tight spaces, and it tilts less from left to right, getting a cleaner cut with less scalping on uneven terrain.

Cub Cadet offers the ZT series with 42, 46, 50, 54 and 60-inch width decks. A 42 or 46-inch deck is a good choice for up to two acres, while a 50 or 54-inch deck is a good choice for properties up to four acres. A 60-inch deck can cover up to 5 acres.

All but one ZT model comes with an 11 gauge fabricated steel deck. These decks are built by welding together pieces of flat steel sheet, creating a deck that can withstand hard impacts. Cub Cadet backs these decks with a lifetime warranty.

The ZT1’s 42-inch deck is made from 13 gauge stamped steel. This deck won’t take the abuse of the fabricated decks. However, by forming the deck using a single piece of metal, the sides curve around the blades. This increases the mowing chamber vacuum, resulting in a cleaner cut.

Engines

The ZT1 46 uses Cub Cadet’s own 679cc V-Twin. Like the company’s single-cylinder engines, this twin was developed in-house specifically for their equipment. That means you can expect the same easy starting and maintenance their walk-behind mowers are known for.

The Kawasaki FS Series is built for use in a variety of mower applications, including ZTRs and wide-area walk-behinds. Kawasaki focused on low weight and emissions requirements when designing these engines. However, you still get cast-iron liners, a full pressure lubrication system and integrated clean out ports. It’s only offered with a 60-inch deck.

The Kawasaki FR Series is basically a low cost, consumer-oriented version of their professional FX Series. It may not have the FX’s advanced air filtration system, but it comes with features like cast iron cylinder liners and a grass chopping screen to ensure a long service life. This engine is offered with 50 and 54-inch decks.

The Kohler 7000 is a consumer version of their professional grade Command Pro. Kohler’s Consistent-Cut governor helps the engine react quickly to load changes. This maintains blade speed for an even finish. The 7000 is offered with 42 and 52-inch decks.

Hydrostatic Drive

By using valves to control the flow of fluid, a hydrostatic drive unit can change speed independently of the engine. This keeps blade speed up no matter how fast or slow you’re moving. A ZTR uses two drive units, one for each drive wheel. Wheel speed is controlled independently by the lap bars. Move one wheel faster than the other, and the mower will turn. With one wheel spinning in reverse, and the other forward, the mower will spin in place, hence “zero turning radius.”

Cub Cadet uses Hydro-Gear integrated transaxles in the ZT Series. These units have a built-in pump and motor, making them compact and eliminates hoses that can leak. The ZT 2200 EZT is designed to be basically maintenance free. It has a top speed of 7 MPH. Cub Cadet uses this transaxle on 42, 50 and 54 inch ZT1 mowers.

The ZT 2800 is the company’s largest residential transaxle. It has an external oil filter, and needs occasional fluid changes. This unit has a top speed of 7.5 MPH. Cub Cadet uses this transaxle on 50, 54 and 60 inch ZT2 mowers.

Big or Small, We Have Mowers to Fit Your Needs

When you need a lawn mower, talk to the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We carry all types of mowers, including walk-behinds, tractors and ZTRs for both homeowners and commercial users. We’re also a dealer for most major brands, including Cub Cadet, Exmark, and Wright. Need parts or repairs for your mower? We have a massive parts warehouse and a service department that is certified to repair everything we sell. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We also ship parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. To order, or to see the equipment we currently have in stock, go to www.shankslawn.com.

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Trimming and Edging: Getting the Borders that Give Your Lawn a Professional Finish

Shindaiwa’s New Edger and TrimmersTrimming, watering, overseeding and fertilizing can help you get a thick, green lawn. However, to get a great looking lawn, you need to make defined borders between your grass and the surrounding pavement and landscape features. These tips will help you get these crisp lines without damaging your landscaping.

Use the Right Angles: Hardscaping vs Landscaping

Driveways, sidewalks, stepping stones and solid edging have flat sides. They need a sharp 90-degree edge next to them to look their best. This keeps grass from hanging over these materials, and helps visually separate landscape and hardscape.

With mulch piles, trees, flower beds and other landscaping features, you need a 45-degree edge to get a good transition. This creates a bowl-shaped depression that holds in mulch, and helps feather in the border between different types of plant growth.

Choosing the Best Tool for the Job

An edger will get a sharper, straighter line than a string trimmer around hardscaping. However, a string trimmer is more forgiving around landscaping. Here, a sharp line will look out of place unless you have metal or plastic edging in place.

Need to create a new border around landscaping features? For the best results, use a bed edger. It has the power and size to cut through untouched soil in a couple passes. Bed edgers are also great for re-establishing edges, but you can also get good results by fitting your standard edger with a redefiner blade. This blade has stacks of angled teeth that claw through the soil, reshaping the border.

If you keep digging into the soil, the edge will spread. Once you have defined lines, only trim new growth. You’re less likely to cut soil using a string trimmer. Keep the head at 90 degrees from the ground at all times when edging hardscaping, and at 45 degrees around landscaping.

Getting a Good Cut

When it comes to hardscaping, evenness is everything. Stay against the pavement, especially when using a string trimmer. Veering away will cut into neighboring grass roots, damaging your lawn. This can create a jagged space full of bald spots.

When you establish a new border around landscaping, start with a 90-degree cut. This defines the border between the bed and the lawn. Next, go back and make a 45 degree cut around this edge. This feathers in the grass, creating a smooth transition.

If you want the best results, trim after mowing. It may be easier to mow after trimming to mulch all the grass clippings at once. However, if the grass is already cut, it’s easy to get trimmed areas to match. This creates a clean, even surface.

Taller grass and harder soil take more effort to cut. If you use a bed edger on clay soil, make a pass using the edger’s shallow setting, then a second pass using its deep setting. Why tidying up edges in dense soil, you will get better results with a pole edger than a string trimmer. The pole edger makes it easier to move slowly across the ground while maintaining a straight line. This gives the blade more time to cut.

When working on mulch beds, make sure the mulch is in a pile that slopes down into the border. The edge of the much should be slightly lower than the top soil. This slope keeps the mulch from rolling into the yard, and makes it easier to cut the surrounding grass. This pile needs to be at least two inches deep to suppress weed growth. That means the edge of the border should be three to four inches below the surface of the top soil.

Get the Equipment You Need for a Great Lawn

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the tools you need for lawn care, whether you’re a homeowner or a professional landscaper. We carry string trimmers, edgers and bed shapers from several major brands including Brown Products, Cub Cadet, Echo, Little Wonder and Shindaiwa. We service everything we sell, and we have the parts you need to repair and upgrade these machines yourself. Visit us in person at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or online at www.shankslawn.com. We ship parts and accessories across the United States and Canada.

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Cub Cadet CC 30 H Riding Mower

Cub Cadet CC 30 H Riding MowerThe Cub Cadet CC 30 H’s rear-engine design may seem old-fashioned, but there’s a reason why this riding mower is the best-selling model in its segment. Simple construction, great visibility, and compact size makes it a practical alternative to walk-behind mowers. If you’re tired of using a walk-behind mower on your lawn, it’s definitely worth a look.

Bigger isn’t Always Better

A wide deck and a big engine are great to have if you need to mow a big yard. However, it doesn’t do much good if you have a regular suburban yard, and you can’t get your mower across most of it. That’s where this Cub Cadet really shines.

The CC 30 is small enough to fit through most gates. It’s not as nimble as a ZTR, but its 18-inch turning radius is far smaller than a front engine lawn tractor. That means most owners can easily get into narrow spaces, mowing their entire lawn with one machine instead of switching to a walk-behind mower for part of the job. By putting the engine in the back, the operator has a clear view, making tight maneuvers even easier.

Cub Cadet recommends this mower for cutting up to 1 acre of flat terrain, but it can handle up to a 21% slope. This makes it a great upgrade from a walk-behind mower.

Power

The CC 30 uses a single-cylinder 382cc OHC engine designed and built by Cub Cadet. Unlike other engines in this class, it uses a fully pressurized oiling system with an oil filter. This keeps the engine fully lubricated for longer service life. It also has an automatic choke and an electric starter. Most maintenance on this engine is limited to yearly services: changing the oil, replacing the fuel filter, and cleaning a few key components.

Transmission

While the overall design of the CC 30 hasn’t changed in years, there’s one huge upgrade: a hydrostatic transmission. The Hydro-Gear T2HP gives the CC 30 has a top speed of 4 MPH going forward, and 2 MPH in reverse. The transmission is controlled using two foot levers. The largest one on the right side acts like a gas pedal: the more you push down, the faster the mower goes. Push the small lever next to the driver’s seat, and the mower backs up. Combined with the rack-based steering, it makes operating this mower feel like driving a car.

The hydrostatic transmission is maintenance free. A built-in cooling fan and die-cast aluminum case maintain fluid temperatures, so the hydraulic fluid will last the life of the mower. Using a hydrostatic drive separates mower speed from engine speed, so the blade can run at full speed 100% of the time, improving cut quality.

Deck

The CC 30 H uses a 30-inch deck made from stamped 14 gauge steel. This lets Cub Cadet form a mowing chamber that hugs the blade, increasing vacuum for a precise cut. It has a built-in wash port, so you can hook up a garden hose to clean out grass buildup without removing the deck. Deck height can be set to one of 5 positions ranging from one to 4.5 inches.

Accessories

Cub Cadet offers several ways to change how this mower handles grass clippings. The mulching kit comes with a deck plug and a high lift blade. This traps clippings inside the deck housing, where they pass by the blade multiple times. With each pass, the blade chops them into finer and finer pieces, turning them into a fine mulch. Want to remove clippings? The bagger kit has a 3.25-bushel capacity, and it’s designed to be easy to install and remove.

This mower can also pull small trailers. Cub Cadet offers a 12.5 cubic foot utility cart and a 12 cubic foot steel cart. There’s also the hauler trailer, which has fold-down sides. This lets you use it as a bucket-shaped box or flatbed trailer.

The CC 30 can also be used for other jobs around the yard. The 44-inch sweeper picks up leaves and lawn debris for easy disposal. The 175 lb. broadcast spreader is handy for overseeding as well as spreading pelletized fertilizer and herbicides.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees the CC 30 H for three years or 120 hours of residential use. This warranty extends to the engine.

Big or Small, We Have the Equipment You Need

Shank’s Lawn Equipment doesn’t just sell to commercial landscapers. We carry a wide range of brands, including Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt. If you’re looking for a new mower, or you need accessories or repairs for your old mower, come see us. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Need parts or accessories for your Cub Cadet? We can ship what you need to any address in the USA or Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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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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