Yanmar Bull and Longhorn UTVs

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UTVs have become indispensable tools in farming and industry, so it seems natural that Yanmar has entered the market, partnering with Yamaha to build the Bull Series. How do these new side-by-sides fit the needs of their tractor customers?

Performance with an Eye Toward Reliability

The Bull Series UTVs use a liquid-cooled, fuel injected 686cc gasoline engine with a four valve head design for high efficiency and reliability: Yanmar says owners can expect a 30% improvement in fuel economy when compared to air-cooled two valve engines. This motor is paired with a CVT designed to maintain constant tension on the V-belt for reduced wear. It has low and high final drive ratios and sends power through a three-way locking differential. The system can operate in two wheel drive and four wheel drive modes, as well as four wheel drive with locked differentials for climbing extremely difficult terrain. Unlike most CVTs on the market, this transmission provides engine braking for descents in all drive modes. The axles are connected to the transmission using shafts for reduced maintenance.

While most UTVs place the rear axle somewhere below the center of the cargo box, the axles on both the Bull and Longhorn are at the ends of the vehicle, giving them a longer wheelbase for increased comfort and better approach angles. They also come with skid plates across the frame protect sensitive components. Both axles are fully independent, improving ride and traction.

Cargo and Towing

At the rear of the UTV, there’s a reinforced 14 cubic foot steel bed with mounting points on the rails and four tie down hooks to secure whatever you’re carrying. The bed can carry up to 600 lbs. and has handles on both the driver and passenger side to unlatch the front for dumping. A pair of lift assists makes it easy to tip the box, even when fully loaded. For bigger loads, a two-inch receiver hitch lets this vehicle tow trailers weighing up to 1,500 lbs.

Comfort

Electric power steering is standard, varying assist depending on speed to keep steering effort steady at any speed for better control. An LCD screen provides all the information the driver needs thanks to its built-in speedometer, clock, gear indicator, fuel gauge and two trip meters.

Each passenger has their own seat and their own cup holder, while under seat storage makes it easy to keep tools on hand. The ROPS comes with a roof, while half height doors with automotive-style latches deflect most of the dirt and mud kicked up by the tires.

Bull and Longhorn: Compact Utility or Maximum Crew Space

The Bull Series is offered in two models: the YU700G Bull and the YU700GMP Longhorn. The Bull carries up to three passengers, while the Longhorn has room for 6 people. The Longhorn’s rear center seat is slightly offset from the front, giving the passenger a better view.
Ground clearance for the Bull is 11.8 inches, keeping sensitive mechanical components safe from rocks, logs, and other hazards. The Longhorn’s clearance is slightly lower at 11.4 inches.

Accessories

Getting the best use out of a side-by-side is a matter of outfitting it with accessories to fit your work environment, and Yanmar has gone out of their way to make sure you can build a vehicle that will fit your needs.

Need to operate in harsh weather? Add a full cabin, a windshield, some wipers or a set of soft doors. For working in the winter, there’s a heater and heated seat covers, and for mud and rough terrain, brush guards, and extended fenders can be added.

Want better off-road performance? The Fox 2.0 Podium shock kit adds adjustability to both rebound and ride height while fitting into the stock mounts without modification.

To protect your gear, there are mounts for bows, guns, and chainsaws, while a cargo cover ensures loose materials like sand stay in the cargo bed.

Up front, a hitch receiver can be added for pulling trailers out of awkward spaces, or it can be used to mount a Warn Provantage winch rated at either 3,000 or 3,500 lbs. This hitch and winch can be paired with a snow plow.

Want to listen to music while you work? Yanmar offers a self-contained all weather audio system with the option of adding extra speakers and subwoofer.

When You Think “Yanmar,” Think “Shank’s”

Want to add a Bull or a Longhorn to your fleet? Own one already and need parts or service? Visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re not just a Yanmar dealer, we’ve been helping customers with their outdoor equipment for over 30 years so we can help you outfit your UTV to fit your needs. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just off Route 11 near Marion.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for Yanmars and most other major equipment brands across the US. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Jrco’s Attachment System: Turning Your Mower into a Multipurpose Machine

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Mower attachments are usually limited to garden and lawn tractors, but thanks to Jrco, you can increase the capabilities of ZTRs, standers, and even UTVs thanks to their clever attachment systems. These provide a way to quickly connect and remove lawn care tools without getting in the way of your mower’s functions.

The Attachments

Jrco currently makes 9 attachments designed to work with commercial mowers:

Tine Rake Dethatcher
Broadcast Spreader
Hooker Aerator
Leaf Plow
Blower Buggy
Transporter
Zero-Turn Sprayer
Spot Sprayer
Garden Tractor Dethatcher

What sets these apart from trailer-based equipment is the way they integrated with the mower, allowing full movement, even on ZTRs, while still being able to be removed by detaching a few clevis pins.

The Front Mount Bar

Most of Jrco’s attachments are designed to use their front mount bar system. It’s designed to attach to a wide range of mid and front-deck ZTRs as well as wide deck walk-behind and standing mowers.

Jrco keeps an updated list of compatible mowers on their website. A complete list would cover dozens of models, so to give you an idea of what the bar can be installed on, here’s a list of just the compatible mower manufacturers: Ariens, Bad Boy, Better Outdoor Products, BOB-CAT, Bunton, Bush Hog, Country Clipper, Cub Cadet Commercial, Dixie Chopper, Dixon, Encore, Everride, Exmark, Ferris, Grasshopper, Gravely, Great Dane, Honda, Howard Price, Husqvarna, Hustler, Jacobsen, John Deere, Kubota, Landpride, Lesco, Massey Ferguson, MTD, Rich, Scag, Simplicity, Snapper, Steiner, Toro, Walker, Woods, Worldlawn, Wright, Yazoo/Kees and Zipper. While not every mower by every one of these manufacturers is supported, there’s a good chance that the mower you own will work with this mounting system.

For most mowers, this bracket is designed to clamp onto the arms supporting the front caster wheels. The bar has U brackets that allow vertical adjustment so the attachment can be at the right height for your mower. Attachments mount to the front of the bar, creating a solid connection akin to a three point tractor hitch so everything moves as a unit. This retains your mower’s maneuverability and eliminates jackknifing when in use. With the attachment removed, the bar doesn’t interfere with the mower’s function.

Powering Attachments

There’s no need to worry about a PTO with Jrco’s attachment system: anything that needs power has its own engine on board. The only attachment that has any connection outside of the mount is the spot sprayer, which draws from the 12-volt power supply to operate the electric pump, while the Blower Buggy is designed to carry a walk-behind leaf blower, letting you clear leaves by pushing the blower around with your mower.

Using the Jrco Broadcast Spreader with UTVs

The 504U spreader is designed to attach to Jrco’s 1 ¼ inch hitch receiver mount. This lets it be used with a wide range of UTVs and even some commercial ATVs, functioning equally well whether it’s placed in a front or rear receiver hitch.

Rear Mounting with the Zero Turn Sprayer

You don’t want to be driving into the fertilizers and lawn chemicals you’re spraying, so this attachment comes with its own rear-mounted hitch bracket, offering the same ease of use as the front mount bar. The control levers for the spray valves also use a Clevis pin mounting system, letting you attach a bracket to your mower that lets you mount the levers within reach without interfering with your mower’s controls.

Garden Tractor Dethatcher

Garden tractors may come with the most OEM attachments, but Jrco also offers their popular tine dethatcher for a few models. The company makes versions of this dethatcher that is compatible with the Kubota BX, Simplicity Sovereign and Legacy, the Toro 5xi and Cub Cadet’s 2000 and 3000 Series tractors.

Where to Get Attachments, Mounts Parts and Accessories

Want to see if Jrco’s attachments will work with your mower? Talk to the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We have over 30 years of experience selling and servicing outdoor power equipment and we sell most major brands of lawn mowers, so we know what will work best with your mower. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion. Not in the area? We can ship parts and accessories for Jrco attachments to any address in the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.

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Caring for Hydro-Gear’s Transaxles

Hydro-Gear's Transaxles

If you have outdoor power equipment that uses a hydrostatic drive system, there’s a good chance it uses something from Hydro-Gear. This company manufactures transmissions and transaxles for everything from residential riding mowers to the biggest commercial ZTRs. What do you need to know to take care of this equipment?

Identifying Your Hydro-Gear Equipment

Your equipment’s Hydro-Gear transmission or transaxle will have a large sticker on it with the Hydro-Gear logo. This sticker has all the information you need to identify this component so you can get the correct parts.

On transaxles, the model number will include two four digit numbers separated by a dash for the specific model followed by the model series, such as “ZT-1800.” Transmission labels start with the series name followed by the model number.

Hydro-Gear issues serial numbers based on the day the product was manufactured. This serial number includes a single-digit year, a three digit day of the year, a letter indicating product information, and the serial number.

Addressing Common Problems

It may be easy to jump to the conclusion that an internal failure is preventing the hydrostatic system from working correctly, but in most cases, problems are due to external issues that are easy to fix.

Start with the basics: if the engine isn’t at full throttle or the brake is partially engaged, the equipment can’t reach full speed. If one of the tires on the drive wheels has less air than the other tire, the equipment won’t track straight. Like the engine, transmission overheating can be caused by layers of dirt that block the transfer of heat to the outside air.

A linkage transfers movement from the controls on the equipment, whether it’s a pedal or lever, to the transmission or transaxle. If it’s bent, it can prevent the valves from being opened to move the vehicle at full speed, turn, or even move at all in one or both directions. Likewise, a slipping drive belt can cause similar problems.

Air inside the hydraulic system can also cause several performance problems as well as increased noise and internal temperatures.

Changing the Oil

Currently, Hydro-Gear’s hydraulic systems are designed to work with 20W50 motor oil. Some residential models may be designed to be maintenance free, but may require an oil change after severe use or overheating. Most commercial models need to be changed after the first 75-100 hours of use, then every 400 hours thereafter.

The fill port should be opened before draining. If the transmission has an expansion tank, the cap should be removed before draining the oil. On the RT-310, which is found in snowblowers, a piece of transparent tape should be applied over the holes in the expansion plate at the top of the unit, then removed after the transaxle has been filled.

If your model has a filter, it can be accessed after removing a guard that screws into the bottom of the transmission case. The filter itself spins on and off like an automotive filter, and once removed, will allow the oil to drain out of the transmission. If the filter is above the drive axle, open the drain port on the bottom of the case to let the oil flow out.

On some smaller units, there are no drain plugs. To get the oil out, the transmission needs to be removed from the equipment and tilted to let the oil flow out of the fill port.

To fill the transmission, add oil until it’s at the top of the fill port. If there is a vertical filler neck, there will be a clear mark on the inside of the neck.

Purging Air from the Hydraulic System

Air compresses, while liquid doesn’t. If there’s air in the hydraulic system, the transmission won’t work effectively, reducing power while increasing noise and oil temperatures.

To perform this procedure, the transmission needs to be mounted in the mower and the drive wheels need to be raised off of the ground.

1. Open the bypass valve.
2. Start the engine and set the throttle to ¾ open.
3. Slowly move the directional control, whether it’s a pedal or lap bar, forward and back 5 or 6 times. Some air should be pushed out of the system.
4. Close the bypass valve.
5. Slowly move the directional control forward and back 5 or 6 times.
6. Check the oil level. If it’s low, shut off the engine and add more oil.

If the wheels aren’t moving at full speed, steps 1-6 may need to be repeated to get any remaining air out of the system.

Getting Parts for Your Hydro-Gear Transmission

If you need parts for your Hydro-Gear transmission or the equipment it propels, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for almost every major outdoor equipment manufacturer. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Rt. 11. Not in the area? We ship across the U.S. and Canada. To order from us, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Jrco Zero Turn Sprayer

Jrco Zero Turn Sprayer

When it comes to professional lawn care, applying chemicals can be just as important as mowing. To keep turf at its best, weeds and insects need to be controlled with herbicides and pesticides, while fertilizer is needed to keep the soil nutrients balanced for optimum growth. Usually, getting full coverage means using a sprayer trailer and a walk behind unit, but with Jrco’s Model 800 Zero-Turn Sprayer, the application system can move with your ZTR to get into narrow areas for precise application.

A Trailer that Works with Your ZTR

The Model 800 is built into a rigid frame that is supported by caster wheels and connected to the mower using a model-specific hitch bracket. The entire trailer is held on by just four clevis pins for quick removal and installation, and since the unit is self-powered, there’s no need to connect the pump to a hydraulic line or PTO.

This connection is rigid, much like a three point hitch uses for tractor attachments. This lets the sprayer move with your mower, acting as an extension of it. This design is impossible to jackknife, and it lets you operate your ZTR normally, taking tight turns around obstacles so that chemicals can be applied to the entire yard.

A Pumping System Built for Flexibility

This attachment has a 30-gallon polycarbonate tank connected to a Udor Kappa-15 diaphragm pump with a built-in pressure regulator and a glass-filled nylon head. This pump is driven by a 3.5 hp Briggs & Stratton 550 Professional Series engine.

Chemicals are spread by a three section breakaway boom that lets you attach and remove sections to get a 5, 8 or 11-foot wide spray pattern. Each part of the boom has its own control valve which can be mounted within easy reach of the mower’s operating position, letting you alter the spray amount for each zone.

Each of the seven spray nozzles has a line strainer to prevent clogging, a check valve that prevents drips when the pump is off and strainers to prevent clogging. The system also has a spray gun with 10-foot hose getting coverage to hard-to-reach areas and for spraying down shrubs and bushes.

Balanced Performance

The pump and engine combination can run at pressures up to 90 psi, although Jrco recommends setting the system at 50 PSI or less to prevent spray drift. Likewise, operating speed is limited to 5 mph to ensure even chemical application.

Within this pressure and speed range, the supplied tips can lay down between 0.32 and 1.53 gallons of liquid every 1,000 square feet. Jrco also offers tips for spraying more or less per acre, letting you get the right balance of operating speed and coverage for the chemicals you’re using.

Want to Know More? Need Help with Your Current Jrco Attachments? Visit Shank’s

Want to add a Model 800 sprayer to your lawn care arsenal? Need to have your Jrco attachments serviced? Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Jrco and Briggs & Stratton, so we can help you with anything on your equipment. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, one mile east of I-80 from the Exit 10 to Marion.

We can also ship any parts you need for your Jrco equipment to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit our site to search for parts with our easy to use parts look up diagrams tool.

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Jrco – Dethatchers

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Need an easy way to dethatch lawns without having to buy another stand-alone piece of equipment? Jrco’s dethatcher attachments use your mower to push its tines along the ground, lifting packed down organic material off of the soil surface to improve water and oxygen absorption, increase root penetration and reduce the chance of pest infestations. Its clever design reduces turf impact and can be flipped upright to reduce space when being loaded on a trailer.

A Tool for the Entire Season

Since these attachments mount to your mower, you can lift thatch and dispose of it in one step: light buildup can be mulched, while heavy buildup can be bagged. They can also be used for several tasks outside of spring and fall dethatching: in the spring, the tines can be used to lift up matted down leaves covering the soil. In the summer, the dethatcher can be used to aerate surface soil to keep compaction in check while helping the root system absorb moisture. When it’s time to overseed, the tines can rake the seeds into the soil, and then when the season ends, it can clean up the turf after the final mow.

Jrco makes two versions of their dethatcher: the 470 Series, which uses their mounting system, and the 460 Series, which mounts directly to the front of garden tractors.

470 Series Dethatcher

This aerator is built around a powder coated 12 gauge steel deck. It carries Jrco’s exclusive double looped spring tines. These tines twist back and forth as they move over the soil to remove thatch more effectively than single spring tines. A stabilizer tube runs through the lower loops to maintain tine spacing and allows the deck to be left down during turns. Even when using a ZTR, the tines won’t get stuck or damage the turf. The sides of the deck are supported with two casters with 8-inch wheels that use either semi-pneumatic or foam-filled tires.

The lift handle is positioned to be within reach of the operator, letting you tilt the deck up when traveling over pavement. A ratcheting mechanism gently lowers the deck when you’re ready to aerate again. Remove one Clevis pin, and the deck can be raised to a 90-degree angle, saving space when you load your mower onto a trailer. In this position, it adds just 14 inches to the mower’s overall length.

The deck of this aerator is 36 inches long and is available in three widths: 36 inches with 27 tines, 46 inches with 35 tines, and a 60 inches with 47 tines. There’s also a heavy-duty version of the 60-inch rake.

This aerator uses Jrco’s mount bar, so if you already have one installed to use one of their other products, it can be reused for this attachment. Don’t have one? Jrco makes mounting kits for dozens of riding, standing and wide walk-behind mowers from manufacturers ranging from Ariens to Zipper.

460 Series Garden Tractor Dethatcher

Jrco doesn’t make mount bars for garden tractors, but they do make versions of this dethatcher that attach directly to these models:

Model 463 – Kubota BX series, Simplicity Sovereign & Legacy
Model 464 – Toro 5xi
Model 466 – Cub Cadet 2000 Series
Model 467 – Cub Cadet 3000 Series

These dethatchers have all the features of the 470 Series, although there’s no heavy duty version.

Get the Most from Your Jrco Attachments by Visiting Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Want to add a Jrco dethatcher to your mower? Need to have your Jrco equipment serviced? Talk to the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re not just a Jrco dealer, we’re a full-service outdoor equipment shop, so we have experience with almost every mower that is compatible with their attachments. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east on Rt. 11.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for Jrco attachments across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit our site, www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Brown Products Bed Edger

BedEdger-NewFrom physical barriers to sloped cuts, edging helps separate concrete, trees, flower beds and other parts of your lawn to help each element stand out. With Brown Products’ BedEdger and BedEdger Bantam, getting a professional-looking finish is fast and easy, and with a wide range of rotors available one machine can be used for everything from creating borders around ground cover to digging trenches for wires and landscaping blocks.

BedEdger

This edger is powered by a 9 hp Honda GX engine that is connected to the rotor by a pair of drive belts for superior durability. Depending on the rotor being used, it can make cuts in the soil that are between a half inch and 9 inches in width. With cutting speeds up to 30 feet per minute, this tool can quickly and effectively edge gardens, make trenches for irrigation or create space to lay down landscape borders ranging from plastic barriers to blocks and timbers.

Brown offers this edger in two versions: the F791H has a maximum cutting depth of 7 inches and weighs 170 lbs, while the F991H can cut up to 9 inches deep and weighs 175 lbs.

BedEdger Bantam

Don’t need all the cutting performance of the BedEdger and want something that’s easier to load when moving to different jobs? The BedEdger Bantam is a scaled down trencher that can still cut up to 5 inches deep at rates ranging from 10 to 30 feet per minute. It’s offered in two versions: the B565 comes with a 6.5 hp Honda engine and weighs 110 lbs, while the B590 has a 9 hp and weighs 130 lbs.

Brown Products also offers a kit to turn the Bantam into a Bantam Mole, letting the edger lay cable and drop the dirt over the trench that was just dug for quick wire installation.

Rotors

Both the BedEdger and BedEdger Bantam using a mounting system with a single nut to make it easy to switch to the rotor design that best fits both the digging task and the soil. Brown Products offers dozens of rotors in a variety of lengths, widths and cutting head designs for a wide range of jobs:

Clay – This design will go through all but the rockiest and wettest soil, and it can be used to cut through asphalt and gravel. The 7 point rotor has the same cutting profile of the 5 point rotor, but the added cutting surfaces increase overall life by up to 90%. Both cut trenches that are three inches wide. The three point rotor cuts a two-inch wide trench, while the two-point makes a one-inch trench. There are designed for burying edging and cables.

Rock – This design doesn’t trench as well in clay, but its four replaceable tungsten carbide bits have no problem cutting through rocky soils. It’s available in one-and-a-half and three-inch widths.

RainDrain – This rotor makes a flat 4.5-inch trench for burying four-inch drain line used to divert water from gutter downspouts or for laying down brick and block edging.

Root Pruner – With a cutting width of a half inch, this rotor is ideal for cutting away roots at the edge of sidewalks and driveways to prevent concrete damage. It also works well for creating trenches for irrigation control wires, low voltage lighting, and underground dog fence.

BedMaster – The angled profile of this rotor creates a sloped trench for a sharp definition between grass and landscape features. The three-inch wide rotor can be used to define beds, while the four and 5-inch rotors are built for installing a range of edging materials.

Re-Defining – This three-inch wide rotor is less aggressive than the BedMaster, re-establishing existing edges while minimizing tool wear and dirt cleanup.

Curbing – This flat profile rotor cuts a 9-inch wide trench for installing wide landscaping materials like timbers and blocks.

StumpMaster – This tool removes face roots and trunks up to 6 inches tall, cutting one inch into the soil’s surface.

When You Think Brown Products, Think Shank’s

Whether you’re looking to get an edger, need to have your BedEdger serviced, or just need a new rotor, visit the experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for both Brown and Honda so we can help you with everything on your edger. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, one mile east of I-80.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Brown Products WireMaster Mole & Bantam Mole Fence Installers

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It’s possible to hand dig a trench to lay wire, but with the right tolo, the results can be cleaner and the installation can be a lot faster. Brown Products’ edger-based Moles are designed to cut trenches, lay wire and bury it all in one motion, laying several feet of cable per minute, and they’re designed to weather the rigors of the professional operators and rental customers who will use them. With two models and several rotors to choose from, there’s a combination to fit any wire laying need.

WireMaster Mole

Built around Brown Products’ ReDefiner chassis, this compact digging machine is designed for laying underground boundary wire used in invisible dog fences.

It’s powered by a Honda GX160, an engine renowned for its reliability and built for high-dust applications with features like a dual element air filter. A twin belt pulley system provides a durable connection between the motor and the rotor.

The wire spool rides on a peg, mounted on the handle, letting it spin freely as the wire is channeled through a tube down to the rotor housing. The Mole’s rotor is fully enclosed by a rubber hood, deflecting dirt downward and inward, forcing it into the trench just cut by the rotor, filling it as the wire is being laid and forcing more wire to be drawn from the spool for one step installation. The digging height can be adjusted to two, three or four inches deep, putting it within the recommendations of a wide range of wire products.

While most models on the market will lay down only 10 feet or so per minute, the WireMaster can lay up to 25 feet of wire per minute, significantly cutting installation times. Transport is easy thanks to a total weight of just 95 lbs. and a folding handle for transport.

Bantam Mole

Like the WireMaster, the Bantam is built on another of Brown Products’ designs, the Bededger Bantam. This model cuts trenches that are anywhere from 3 ½ to 7 inches deep, which allows the installation of dog fence wire and low voltage wires used in landscape lighting. To handle thicker cables and deeper cuts, it’s powered by a Honda GX200 and it comes with a larger spool carrier. This model can lay down between 10 and 30 feet of wire per minute.

Rotors

Brown Products makes 12 rotor designs in a variety of lengths to fit the task at hand. This includes cutting surfaces designed for clay, rocky soil and roots available in small widths to cut a narrow channel with minimal soil interruption. With a single nut holding on the rotor, it’s easy to switch to the best design for the job.

When selecting a rotor, keep in mind that 3.5 inches of the length from the hole to the end of the rotor is needed to reach the ground. That means a 9-inch rotor has a maximum cutting depth of 5.5 inches.

Conversion Kits

Already own a ReDefiner or Bededger Bantam? Since both of these wire laying tools are based around these machines, turning your edger into a wire installation machine is simply a matter of installing the right parts. Brown Products offers kits with everything you need for both machines, but since they’re bolt-on assemblies, the device can’t be converted back without the use of tools.

Warranty

Brown Products warranties both the Bantam and the WireMaster for one year whether they’re used by rental businesses, professionals or residential owners. Likewise, Honda guarantees the GX series of engines for three years no matter how they’re used.

Keep Your Brown Products Mole Running with Shank’s

Whether you’re looking to buy a WireMaster Mole or you need to get parts or service for your Brown Products equipment, you can get everything you need at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east on Rt. 11.

Need replacement parts? Want to convert your edger to a wire laying machine or need a different rotor for your next job? We ship parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Brown Products – BVZ4000 Blower-Vac

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

BVZ4000 Blower-Vac: A Base to Build On

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

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

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

ALU4000 Attachment Unit

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

BVAC4000 Vacuum System

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

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

Multi-Directional Nozzle

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

BAER4000 Aerator

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

BLP4872 Leaf Pusher

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

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

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

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

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Shank’s Dixon’s Ultra – 52, 52 SE, 61

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

Built for the Needs of Professional Landscapers

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

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

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

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

Three Sizes to Fit Your Needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Tree Care Tips

tree care tips

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

Hibernation

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

Using Mulch for Heat and Water Management

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

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

Watering

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

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

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

Pruning and Sun Scalding

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

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

Protecting the Bark

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

Keep Your Equipment in Shape to Prevent Tree Damage

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

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

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