Shindaiwa’s New Edger and Trimmers

Shindaiwa’s New Edger and TrimmersEach year, manufactures gather at the GIE+ Expo to show off the latest in landscaping equipment, from handheld devices to the largest commercial mowers This year, Shindaiwa came to the show with two new trimmers and a new edger, delivering higher performance, lower weight, and better ergonomics.

T302 String Trimmer

This new trimmer is built to deliver maximum power while keeping weight in check. That starts with a professional grade 30.5 cc two-stroke engine that produces 1.8 horsepower surrounded by a lightweight magnesium fan housing. Power is sent to the cutting head via a flex cable drive to limit vibration, while a 1.62:1 reduction gear increases torque output to cut through thick grass. A bellows intake makes the engine easier to start when hot.

Both the loop front handle and rear throttle handle have over-molded grips to shield the operator from vibration. A small profile shield further reduces weight; as equipped, the T302 tips the scales at just 13.7 lbs. As equipped from the factory, this trimmer has a 20-inch wide cutting swath.

Available accessories include kits to turn the T302 into a pole pruner, power broom, or brushcutter. The brushcutter kit comes with a bicycle handle for easier control. Shindaiwa also offers high capacity manual heads and heavy-duty fixed line heads for string trimming.

T262 String Trimmer

This small trimmer shares many of the design features of the T302. It has the same 20-inch cutting swath, small profile shield and loop handle, but it’s powered by a smaller 25.4 cc two-stroke engine. A Speed-Feed 400 head comes standard and is designed for Shindaiwa’s own 0.095-inch Silentwist spiral line. The aerodynamic shape of this line decreases wind resistance, improving fuel efficiency. As equipped, this string trimmer weighs just 12.4 lbs.

The T262 can be used for a variety of lawn cleanup duties thanks to a long list of accessories. Shindaiwa offers kits to convert the trimmer into a hedge trimmer, pole pruner, powered broom, and brushcutter. The standard head can also be swapped out with a heavy-duty fixed line head for cutting thick grass.

LE262 Edger

This edger uses the same 25.4 cc two-stroke as the T262 and weighs in at just 12.8 lbs. Since it’s built specifically for edging instead of adapting a string trimmer design, Shindaiwa was able to add features that make it more effective and easier to use. The flex cable drive allows the LE262 to use a curved shaft for clear sight lines and better ergonomics. Captive wheel mount hardware makes it easy to adjust wheel height, and since it can’t be removed, there’s no chance of losing the nut or washer when moving the wheel. A powder-coated aluminum debris shield deflects pebbles and other debris thrown up by the blade, while an extended skid plate lasts longer than standard blades. The drive has a 2:1 ratio gear case for added torque to cut through overgrown grass and compacted dirt.

Warranty

Like all Shindaiwa products, these new machines are covered for 5 years of consumer use or two years of commercial use. The flex drive cable comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Your Source for Serious Lawn Care Equipment

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landscape professional, you can get the equipment and service you need at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re more than just an authorized Shindaiwa dealer: we have a massive warehouse that lets us keep most parts in stock for quick repairs. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 81, Take Exit 10 to Marion and drive East one mile.

Not in the area? We ship OEM Shindaiwa parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Installing a Tiller Attachment on Your BCS Tractor

Installing a Tiller Attachment on Your BCS TractorBCS’s walk-behind tractors can be set up to do a wide range of tasks, but they’re known first and foremost as powerful tilling machines. If you just got a tiller attachment, there are some things you’ll need to do to set it up and attach it to your tractor.

Checking Gear Box Oil Level

The oil level should be checked before use in case there was some leakage during transport.

1. Support the drive shaft so that it’s parallel to the ground.
2. Remove the two 8 mm bolts connected to the top center of the tine assembly. One bolt connects the depth control assembly to the tines, and the other goes through the tine assembly cover.
3. Pivot the cover forward. This will give you access to the gearbox.
4. Remove the plug on the top of the gearbox.
5. Get a stick or other small object and make a mark on it 4 inches from the tip. Drop the stick into the hole until the mark lines up with the top of the case.
6. Measure the distance between the mark and the oil level. If the case is properly filled, the distance should be about two inches. If the oil level is low, add SAE 80-90 EP (Extreme Pressure) gear oil. Do not overfill: the air space keeps internal pressure down during operation. If there’s too much oil, it will increase internal pressure, pushing the oil past the seals.

Checking Bolts and Fitting the Cover

Now is a good time to check the tightness of the bolts on this attachment, paying particular attention to the tines. There are also 22 mm bolts deep inside the center of the tine shafts that are easy to miss. You’ll need a ratchet with an extension to reach these bolts.

Next, flip the hood forward and reinstall the two 8 mm bolts. Leave the bolt connecting the depth control lever slightly loose so the bar can pivot. Pull up on the depth control rod and push the spring pin on top of the cover into the third hole from the top of the rod.

Attaching the Rear Flap

1. Cut ¼ inch of material off of the small ends of the rubber bushings. This will make them easier to fit.
2. Remove the washers and cotter pins from the prongs on the cover. Apply a spray lubricant to the prongs and the bushings.
3. Slide the bushings into the holes on the rear cover with the wide, rolled end facing to the left.
4. Slide the rear cover onto the prongs from right to left. Install the washers and cotter pins.

Quick Coupler

While optional, most tiller attachments will come with a quick coupler. To mount this coupler, you’ll need a 10 mm hex wrench and 9 mm open-end wrench.

1. Remove the male tang from the QH bushing by flipping the lever on top of the bushing.
2. Remove the nuts and washers from the bolts mounted on the tang.
3. Slide the bolts through the holes on the driveshaft cover, mating the tang with the driveshaft. The hole in the tang should be pointed up.
4. Install the nuts and washers, getting them hand tight.
5. Attach the QH bushing. The heads of the bolts will fit into the holes on the bushing, lining everything up. Tighten down the bolts.
6. Remove the QH bushing and reinstall it to make sure the bolts are properly aligned.
7. Remove the QH bushing again and apply spray lithium grease or an anti-seize lubricant to the outside of the tang.

Get the Most from your BCS America Tractor

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for BCS as well as their manufacturing partners, which means we’re able to sell and service everything on your tractor. If you’re looking for tractors, attachments or parts, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10.

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

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Exmark’s New RED Technology: Getting More from Your Mower

Exmark’s New RED TechnologyAs commercial engines switch to electronic fuel injection, they’ve added control systems that offer engine management and diagnostic tools similar to what automakers have offered in cars for the past 30 years. Exmark took that a step further with RED technology, working with the engine’s ECU and other mower components to improve performance and make their mowers easier to use. Their second generation system adds more features and works with more models, improving performance, reducing fuel consumption, decrease wear and simplifying troubleshooting.

What is RED Technology?

In 2013, Exmark rolled out a new electronic control system for mowers equipped with Kohler EFI engines under the “RED Technology” brand. On the surface, it may have looked like nothing more than a digital gauge and hour meter, it used a control unit that works with the engine, PTO and drive system to improve efficiency and reduce wear. The new second generation system adds better controls and more functions to reduce throttle droop, identify problems before they become expensive to repair, and reduce overall running costs. It also works with more engines.

New Features

Like the first generation system, RED handles the throttle automatically. The engine can be operated in three RPM modes: Low, Efficient and Max. Low helps the mower handle wet, dense grass without deck build-up, Max provides maximum power to handle dense growth, and Efficient is perfect for normal mowing. This new update lets each mode can be used with or without the PTO engaged. The clutch saver reduces engine RPM automatically when PTO clutch engages to reduce wear and allows the deck to be engaged while in motion.

RED also has an automatic idle mode that engages when the operator leaves the seat, and a new throttle-down mode reduces RPM when mowing near objects that are easy to damage like cars, windows and landscape features before returning to the previous operating mode. If there’s a problem with the mower, like overheating, safe transport mode disengages the clutch and reduces engine speed to limp the mower back to the trailer.

The RED Control Panel

The new system has an LCD display with three multi-function buttons in place of the rocker switch on older RED control panels. During normal use, the display tracks total fuel usage, average fuel consumption per hour, and both fixed and resettable engine and PTO hour meters to keep track of maintenance.

The system also tracks machine health and displays notifications for engine and transmission oil service intervals. It also displays error and troubleshooting codes on screen for easy reference. These codes and the mower’s service history are logged, making it easy for owners and repair technicians to troubleshoot issues.

Which Models Come Equipped with RED Technology?

Second generation RED Technology is available on Lazer Z ZTR mowers with EFI-equipped Kawasaki and Kohler engines. It’s also included with Yanmar-powered Lazer Z Diesels, making this the first time RED has been available on a diesel mower. This covers a wide range of ZTRs with deck options ranging from a 52-inch constructed deck to the 96-inch flex wing deck, making this system available on mowers that fit a wide range of commercial needs.

Is an Exmark ZTR Right For You?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized Exmark, Kohler, Yanmar and Kawasaki dealer, which means we can offer the support you need for your professional mower. If you need a new ZTR or you need your current Exmark serviced, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 to Marion from I81.

Need parts? We can ship what you need to any address in the United States or Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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New from Echo: Industry-Leading Blowers and Their First Hardscape Saw

CSG-7410 cut-off sawFor the outdoor equipment industry, the Green Industry and Equipment Expo, or “GIE+,” is equivalent to the Detroit Auto Show or CES, showcasing the latest models and innovations. Echo went big this year, showing off three industry-leading products: the most powerful backpack blower on the market, the most powerful handheld blower on the market and the company’s first hardscape saw. Here’s what you can expect from these new machines as they reach the market this year.

PB-8010: The Most Powerful Backpack Blower on the Market

This leaf blower has an all-new 79.9cc engine that gives the fan enough power to output 1,071 CFM at 211 MPH with 44 Newtons, or about 10 lbs, of force. That’s 7% more power than any other backpack blower available today. The high output alone would be noteworthy, but it also uses the industry’s first carbon fiber plastic frame and fan case. Echo says this switch reduced the PB-8010’s weight by about two pounds. Even with the bigger engine, it tips the scales at 24.5 lbs, which is about the same as the smaller PB-770T.

The fan and engine are mounted on a padded, vented back designed to draw air across the operator’s back on its way to the fan chamber to help them stay cool. Air exits a 3.6-inch wide blower tube that has a wear ring, letting you know ahead of time when it’s due for a replacement. This blower is available as the PB-8010 with a tube-mounted throttle and as the PB-8010H with a hip-mounted throttle.

PB-2620: The Most Powerful Professional Handheld Blower on the Market

Handheld blowers are mostly used by homeowners handling small jobs, but they can be invaluable to commercial landscapers who need to do cleanup in tight spaces. Despite its size, this new lightweight commercial blower moves 456 CFM at 172 MPH, delivering 15.8 Newtons (3.5 lbs.) of force.

The engine has all the features you expect from a commercial device including a hard-wearing chrome-plated cylinder and paper filter surrounded by a foam pre-filter. It’s also designed to deliver best-in-class hot restartability.

A rubber main handle quells vibrations, while the secondary handle holds the throttle controls, including a variable locking cruise control. The round pipe has a wear indicator like their new backpack blower along with a flared end pipe for peeling up layers of packed down leaves.

CSG-7410: Echo’s First Hardscape Saw

This heavy-duty handheld circular saw is built to cut through bricks, pavers, stepping stones and cultured stones for landscaping installation, and since it’s hand-held, it can be used on installed landscape features.

The 73.5 cc two-stroke engine delivers the highest torque of any engine in its class, and its high maximum RPM lets it use a low 2.6:1 drive ratio without reducing blade speed. A spring-assist starter, decompression valve, automatic fast idle and fuel purge bulb work together to make starting easy. Since this machine will be covered in dust while it’s working, Echo fitted the engine with a four-stage air cleaner.

The reversible cutting arm lets the CSG-7410 be used for standard cutting or close cutting near buildings and obstacles. A stainless steel shield deflects dust, while the aluminum handle has a rubber grip to reduce the transfer of vibrations to the operator. There’s also a standard water kit to keep the blade cool when cutting through hard materials. A 14-inch masonry abrasive wheel is included from the factory, and it can use a variety of other blades thanks to 20 and 25.4 mm arbors.

Upgrade Your Lawn Care Arsenal with Help From Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than just an Echo dealer. We’ve been in business for over 35 years, selling and supporting the equipment professional landscapers depend on. If you’re looking for new lawn care equipment, or you need parts or service for your current equipment, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10/Marion from I-81.

We can also ship the parts you need for your Echo equipment to any address in the United States or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Using a Tractor to Move Snow

673293When you need to do serious snow clearing, a big, purpose-built snow blower may be out of your budget, or simply too small to be up to the task. However, if you own a tractor, you may be an attachment or two away from having all the snow moving capability you need. Here are some ways you can equip your tractor to clear snow.

Snow Blades

A standard blade can be used to push snow around, gathering it into a pile, but it’s not an ideal solution.
The metal edge can damage sensitive surfaces including brick paths and granite walkways, and the blade shape and angle can keep it from pushing snow effectively. You may find that you have to constantly overlap passes to pick up snow that spread out from the blade on the previous pass.

Snow blades are shaped to roll the snow more effectively, and often have coatings that keep snow from sticking. They also come with plastic blade edges and skids that won’t damage pavement. By adjusting the skid height, you can have the blade scrape close against ice or push snow without picking up gravel.

Snow blades also have articulation to angle them left or right. This rolls and pushes the snow to the side of the machine. Cheaper options will skip the hydraulics, requiring the operator to stop the machine to make adjustments.

Depending on your tractor, you may need to add a front mount to use a blade, increasing upfront cost. However, this is still the most cost-effective option for snow clearing.

Snow Blowers

Single stage blowers have a single, high-speed auger that picks up snow and pushes it through a chute. Two-stage blowers have a slow speed auger that picks up large chunks of snow which are fed to a high-speed fan or impeller that breaks the snow into powder and pushes it through the chute.

When it comes to purpose-built machines, single stage blowers are limited to small jobs, while two-stage snow designs are the standard for commercial and large residential jobs. However, the added power of your tractor means that single stage attachments can remove snow as well as larger two-stage blowers without the added complexity and cost of an impeller. Two-stage attachments also have an advantage over stand-alone snow blowers because they use a chain drive to connect the auger to the transmission instead of using a gearbox between the auger and the fan. This makes them more durable and increases the amount of auger contact across the machine. Chute controls are optional on most attachments, letting you choose between electric or hydraulic assist to best fit the power sources available on your tractor.

These attachments are almost always rear-mounted, so they’re a little more difficult to operate than blades. However, their snow clearing ability easily surpasses walk-behind models, and since most models can throw snow 30-40 feet, you won’t need to overlap your passes to create a pile like you do with a blade.

For heavy accumulation, Woods makes attachments with two augers stacked on top of each other, increasing working height while keeping the overall attachment size small.

BCS walk-behind tractors can be used with the PTO facing front or back, so the snow blower attachments they offer are front-mounted, making operation similar to a standard blower. These attachments can match or exceed the performance of the largest stand-alone blowers, but they’re limited to use on the company’s larger models.

Front End Loaders

Can you use the bucket on your front end loader to move snow? Yes. Is it a good idea? Usually not. There’s no way to angle the bucket side to side, so the snow has to be repeatedly scooped and pushed to pile it up, increasing job times. It’s also hard to keep the bucket consistently above the ground without missing snow, which inevitably leads to lawn and even pavement damage. Unless you need to clean up a pile of snow gathered using other cleanup methods, you should avoid using your loader.

Power Sweepers

A snow blower or blade can get 99% of the snow, but the remaining layer can pack down, turning into ice. Power sweepers use flexible bristles that can scrape against pavement, removing remaining snow, whether left over from larger removal equipment or light precipitation.

Get the Tools You Need to Tackle Winter Weather

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and commercial customers with their snow moving equipment for over 35 years. We’re a dealer for several major snow blower, tractor and attachment brands including Yanmar, BCS, and Woods so we can help you find the right combination of equipment for your snow clearing needs. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, just off route 11. To get there from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Do you need parts for your snow clearing equipment? We ship across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Yanmar Snow Blower Attachments

Yanmar snowblower attachmentsSnow plows and walk-behind snow blowers are fine for small jobs, but if you need to clear a lot of snow quickly, nothing beats a tractor-driven two stage snow blower. Yanmar’s line of rear-mounted attachments are designed for compact and subcompact tractors ranging from 15 to 50 HP. By using your tractor’s PTO to power a wide auger and high capacity fan, they can snow faster than stand-alone blowers with less pass overlapping than plow attachments.

Features

The auger flighting used in these attachments measures just 0.31 x 2 inches. By using narrow helicoil strips instead of a solid auger, the snow blower is lighter and can pick up larger chunks of snow. That snow is fed to a massive four blade fan that turns hardened accumulation into fine powder which is ejected through a chute with an optimized shape that resists clogs.

The fan is driven directly by the gearbox, while a side-mounted chain connects the gearbox to the auger. This keeps the transmission out of the path of the snow, protecting it from damage, yet the housing is only a couple inches wider than their working width. That means you should have no problem getting close to fences, buildings and other obstacles.

The chute has 270 degrees of rotation. It can be coupled to an optional hydraulic or electric rotator, letting you use your tractor’s available hydraulic connections or outlets to adjust snow direction during operation.

The skids can be adjusted to get the right auger height for a variety of surfaces from ice to gravel. They’re also replaceable, increasing the blower’s service life.

Compatibility

These snow blowers connect to the PTO using a Cat 3 driveline. A shear bolt is built into the shaft to protect your PTO if the impeller or fan jams. Depending on the model, the blower can be used with a Cat 1 or 2 three point hitch. All models are ASABE Quick Hitch compatible. This hitch adapter uses automatically locking lower arms, letting you switch tools faster. Don’t have one for your tractor? Yanmar makes an adapter that fits standard three-point hitches.

Models

YSB54

Works with tractors between 15-25 HP.
Compatible with Cat 1 hitches.
56-inch transport width
54-inch working width
24-inch working height
22 inch wide, 6-inch deep fan
Weighs 415 lbs.

YSB65

Works with tractors between 15-25 HP.
Compatible with Cat 1 hitches.
66-inch transport width
64-inch working width
24-inch working height
22 x 6-inch fan
Weighs 436 lbs.

YSB74

Works with tractors between 30-50 HP.
Compatible with Cat 1 and Cat 2 hitches.
76-inch transport width
74-inch working width
26-inch working height
24 x 8-inch fan
Weighs 592 lbs.

Turn Your Tractor Into a Snow Moving Machine

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than a Yanmar dealer: we’ve helped everyone from homeowners to farmers and professional landscapers with their equipment for over 30 years. If you’re looking at snow blower attachments, or you need help with your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile East.

Need parts for your Yanmar tractor or attachments? We ship across the United States and Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.

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Woods Snow Blower Attachments

woods snowblower attachmentsNeed something more powerful than a plow to move snow? Woods’ snow blower attachments use the same auger and impeller combo as a two-stage snow blower, but they’re able to expand their scale by harnessing the power of your tractor. With 7 models to choose from, they have complete attachments designed for tractors with anywhere from 15 to 175 HP.

The Snow Blower Advantage

A snow plow pushes snow directly to the left or right, clearing the way while creating a massive snow drift. While that may be fine if you’re clearing a path or a driveway, it can quickly become impractical to clear fields and parking lots, requiring repeated passes to collect the snow in one small area.

A snow blower picks up snow and pushes it through a chute, moving it far away from where it is being picked up. That means you won’t be moving the same snow over and over again, significantly reducing the time it takes to clear large areas.

Woods’ two-stage design uses an auger to chop up snow and feed it to a large fan that pushes the snow through a chute. However, the similarity to stand-alone commercial snow blowers ends there. The gear case is built into the back of the auger housing and uses chains to connect to the auger and impeller. That means the auger runs the entire length of the housing instead of being split around the gear case, increasing snow moving capability, preventing clogs and reducing the chance of damage from front-end impacts. The sides of the auger housing are reinforced with steel plates to resist impacts and help cut through the snow.

Single Auger Attachments

All single auger models are designed to be used with a Cat 1 driveline, and they’re compatible with ASABE quick hitches. Optimum PTO speed is 540 RPM. The chute has 270 degrees of rotation and can be paired with an optional electric or hydraulic rotator for quick adjustments.

SB54S – 54-inch wide auger, 24 inches high
Compatible with tractors with 15-25 HP and a Cat 1 three point hitch.
SB64S – 64 x 24 inches
15-25 HP, Cat 1 hitch
SB74C – 74 x 26 inches
30-50 HP, Cat 1 or Cat 2 hitch
SB84C – 84 x 26 inches
35-60 HP, Cat 1 or Cat 2 hitch

Dual Auger Attachments

These attachments have two augers, one positioned on top of the other. This lets them pick up thick accumulation with a single pass.

The chutes on these models rotate 200 degrees and are adjusted using a standard hydraulic chute rotator. These models are compatible with Cat 2 and 3 hitches and Cat 4 drivelines. They’re designed to operate at a PTO speed of 540 or 1,000 RPM.

SS84-2: 84 x 38 inches, 60-80 HP
SS96-2: 96 x 38 80-150 HP
SB108-2: 108 x 38 inches, 125-175 HP

Get the Snow Clearing Power You Need This Winter

Whether you’re taking care of your lawn or you handle commercial contracts, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has everything you need to get the job done. We service and sell a wide range of outdoor equipment from walk-behind mowers to tractor attachments like these Woods snow blowers. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10/Marion.

Need parts for your Woods equipment? We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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BCS Snow Blower Attachments

BCS Snow Blower AttachmentsMost people buy a BCS tractor to use it as a tiller, but with the right attachments it can do so much more. In fact, right now you could be using it to clear snow with less effort and time than it takes with most purpose-built snow blowers. Here’s how you can outfit your tractor for winter.,

Single Stage Snow Thrower

Stand-alone single stage snow blowers are only powerful enough to clear light accumulation, but thanks to the power of the tractor, this attachment out-powers most stand-alone two stage snow blowers. The auger can reach a speed of 1,200 RPM, picking up snow and throwing it up to 40 feet away.

This blower is purely gear driven, so there’s no need to worry about belts snapping during use. The skids on the base of the auger housing have 6 height settings from 0-2 inches, letting you skim off of the top of driveways or safely remove snow on top of gravel. The chute is adjusted using a handle that reaches the operator’s position so you can make adjustments on the fly.

BCS offers the single stage blower in 24 and 28-inch widths. This attachment requires either a PTO extension or a Quick Hitch to connect to your tractor.

Two Stage Snow Thrower

Need more power than the single stage blower can deliver? The two-stage snow thrower has a 23-inch intake height and a 15-inch diameter auger to collect deep snow accumulation, while the impeller pushes the snow through the chute, propelling it up to 45 feet away. Power is transferred between the impeller and auger using a cast iron gearbox. It has the same adjustable skids as the single stage blower. Working around curved landscape features and tight areas? Replacing the skids with the included adjustable rollers makes the tractor easier to turn.

This snow thrower is available in a 28-inch wide version that’s compatible with 739 and larger tractors, and a 33-inch wide version that works with 749 and larger models.

Snow Blade

While it may look like BCS’s dozer blade, this 40-inch blade is curved differently to roll snow without sticking. The pitch of the blade can be adjusted to gather more snow with each pass or push it further.
Like BCS’s snow blower, the blade is mounted to adjustable skids that let it be used on pavement or gravel. There’s also a non-metallic cutting edge available that picks up surface accumulation without damaging sensitive surfaces like granite.

BCS recommends installing wheel weights to balance out the weight of the attachment and the snow it collects during operation.

Power Sweeper

BCS’ newest attachment has a wide rotary brush that scrapes off surface snow to get a clean surface. By removing the last bit of accumulation, snow can’t pack down and turn into ice, making pavement safe to walk and drive on.

The power sweeper rolls on a pair of caster wheels that can be height-adjusted using spacers, while the angle can be adjusted from the operator’s position using the control lever. The sweeper attaches with a swivel joint, letting it track the ground independent of the tractor to get a clean finish on any surface.

The heavy-duty bristles on this machine are good for more than just snow. The sweeper can also be used to clean up debris on parking lots, industrial flat roofs and construction sites, and it can dethatch lawns without damaging grass. Wire bristles are available for heavy-duty cleaning jobs.

Power sweepers are available in 30, 40 and 48-inch widths.

Weight Kit for Snow Throwers

This kit adds 10-12 lbs. to the auger housing, balancing the tractor for more stability when climbing hills. BCS recommends installing the kit on models equipped with a Honda GX390 engine under all operating conditions, as the added weight of this engine can make the tractor feel imbalanced.

Tire Chains

Need more traction on slick surfaces? BCS offers tire chains that fit every stock tractor wheel and tire combo from 4×8 to 6.5×12. 5×12 and 6.5×12 chain sets can be used with spider bungies, which stretch over the sidewall to create uniform tension across the chain. This increasing chain life by up to 25%.

Want to Get More from Your BCS Tractor?

If you need something for your BCS tractor, go to Shank’s Lawn Equipment. As an authorized dealer for BCS and their manufacturing partners, we don’t just sell them, we also offer service and parts for tractors, attachments and the engines that power them. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Need something for your tractor and don’t live nearby? We ship OEM parts and accessories across the USA and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Briggs & Stratton Two-Stage Snowblowers

Briggs & Stratton Two-Stage SnowblowersLooking for a residential snow blower that doesn’t skimp on power or features? Then a Briggs & Stratton two-stage snow blower may be right for you. With 7 models available, you can get heated grips, electric starters and remove chutes make them easy to use while their winter-specific engines and snow-cutting augers give you the power you need to clear out the deepest snow.

Features

All Briggs snow blowers are powered by their Snow Series engines. These are designed to start in temperatures as low as -20°F, whether you’re using a recoil or electric starter. The starter handles and controls on these engines are large enough to be operated while wearing gloves. The handles and control panel are designed so that one hand can engage the drive while the other hand is free to make adjustments to the chute and throttle.

Snow is picked up by an auger with a notched edge that helps it bite into packed snow. A high-speed impeller gathers this snow and forces it out of the chute. For durability, power is transferred from the impeller to the auger using a transmission with an aluminum case, while the chute is made from steel. All models come with electric or crank-based remote chute controls.

These snow blowers have a transmission with 5 or 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds. The drive system connects to the wheels using a friction disc to save on weight and mechanical complexity. Briggs uses Arctic Trac tires to provide maximum grip on snow and ice.

BL924R Light-Duty

The Snow Series 900 in this model drives a 10-inch auger and 10-inch impeller. It can handle snow up to 20 inches high and has a maximum clearing width of 24 inches. The BL comes with dual halogen work lights mounted high up on the handle. It’s covered by a two-year residential warranty.

Heavy Duty

These models aren’t just more powerful than the BL924R: they have dual trigger steering and come with heated hand grips. The Heavy Duty series is covered by a two-year residential warranty.

BM1227SE
This model comes with an 1150 snow series engine equipped with an electric starter. It has a clearing width of 27 inches, can tackle snow pack up to 20.8 inches high, and can throw that snow a maximum distance of 35 feet. The chute rotation and deflector control are electric. The skid shoes are reversible for longer wear.

1024MD
With a Snow Series 900, 24-inch wide auger and maximum 20-inch clearing height, it doesn’t have quite as much snow clearing power as the BM, but it can throw snow up to 40 feet, letting it work in larger spaces. LED work lights come standard, and it can be fitted with drift cutters and a snow cab.

1227MD
This model has the same features as the 1024MD, but it uses an 1150 engine, giving it more power to handle thick, heavy snow.

Elite Series

Briggs’ top snowblower line comes with a warranty that covers 3 years of consumer use or 90 days of commercial use. All models come equipped with LED headlights and electric start, they can handle snow up to 20 inches tall, and they can throw snow up to 40 feet.

1696807
Powered by a 950, this machine has a 24-inch auger width.

1696815
This model uses an 1150 engine and has a 27-inch wide auger.

1696828
Briggs & Stratton’s most powerful snow blower comes with a Snow Series 1450 engine and an auger that’s 30 inches long.

Get the Power You Need to Tackle Winter Weather

Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services a wide range of power equipment including Briggs & Stratton’s engines and power products. If you’re looking for a new snow blower, or you need your equipment serviced, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 from I-81 and drive one mile East.

Not in the area and need something for your B&S equipment? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship parts and accessories for your snowblower to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Briggs & Stratton Single Stage Snowblowers

Briggs & Stratton Single Stage SnowblowersBriggs & Stratton may be the first name to come up when talking about small engines, but they also make a range of quality power equipment including snow blowers. Their single stage models don’t just showcase their Snow Series engines, they come with innovative features that bridge the gap between single and two stage designs.

Snow Series: A Briggs Engine Built For Cold Weather

Briggs & Stratton’s Snow Series engines are based on their 950 and 1150 Series designs, but they’ve been altered to handle extreme winter temperatures. The company is so confident of their cold weather performance that they guarantee electric start models will fire up after the second starting attempt at temperatures as low as -20°F. These engines also have oversized controls designed to be used while wearing gloves, so there’s no need to be bare-handed when adjusting the choke or priming the carburetor.

Single Stage Snow Blowers

Standard single-stage snow blowers are powered by the 950 Snow Series engine, a 208cc powerplant that produces 9.5 lb-ft. of torque. This engine drives an auger lined with rubber paddles that scrape up surface snow for a clean finish while propelling the machine, lowering the amount of effort required by the operator. The auger rides on ball bearings and is surrounded by a one-piece housing for durability.
All models have 22-inch wide housings and can handle snow up to a foot tall. Maximum throwing distance is 30 feet.

Four versions are available, letting owners choose between manual or electric start, either with or without a remote chute. Pitch is adjusted by moving a large, glove-friendly handle on top of the chute.

SnowShredder

Want the power of a two-stage snow blower with the compact size, mechanical simplicity and low weight of a single stage blower? Briggs & Stratton has managed to make such a machine by designing a unique hybrid auger.

The SnowShredder uses the same rubber paddles to pick up snow as their standard single stage blowers, but they’re mounted on an auger with 14 serrated surfaces. As the snow is drawn toward the chute, these edges break up clumps, turning them into powder that can be thrown further without the help of a second auger. This makes the SnowShredder the perfect choice for handling heavy, compacted snowfall. In the company’s own testing, these models clear snow about 30% faster than their standard single stage snow blowers.

Briggs offers the SnowShredder in two versions. When equipped with the 950 Series engine, it comes with hand-operated remote chute rotation. Step up to the 1150 Series, and you get a 250 cc motor that produces 11.50 lb-ft. of torque as well as push-button electric chute rotation and a work light mounted to the handle. Both models have the same width, snow height capacity and throwing distance of the company’s standard single stage blowers.

Warranty

Briggs & Stratton guarantees their single stage snow blowers and their engines for one year of residential use or 90 days of commercial use.

Make Snow Clearing Easier This Winter

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a full-service Briggs & Stratton dealer, which means we don’t just sell their engines and equipment, we can also provide you with the parts and service to keep them running. If you’re looking for a new snow blower or you need help with your current machine, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 from Exit 10.

Need parts for your Briggs & Stratton engine or equipment? We can ship the OEM replacements you
need to your door, whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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