Wright Fence Mowers

Wright Fence Mowers

Taking care of a fence around your home is a nuisance, but taking care of one that surrounds pasture land or other large properties can be a nightmare requiring either a lot of time or a lot of herbicide. The Wright fence mower takes the effort out of this job by using a low-profile deck that slips under the fence and moves away from posts automatically. Since it’s entirely mechanical, the mower can attach to almost any tractor.

How Does it Work?

The mower mounts to the tractor using a standard three-point hitch. The minimum height is set using spacers on the trailing wheels; Wright recommends a two-inch cutting height for most areas.

The deck is pushed out toward the right side of the tractor by a swing arm. The outer edge of the deck shell has a tapered nose with a bumper bar. As the mower pushes into the post, the pressure on the bar makes the swingarm retract, pulling the deck out of the way. As soon as the post has passed, the pressure on the swingarm is released, pushing the deck back out. This mechanism lets the mower cut within ½ inch of each fence post. The effort needed to move the deck is very low so it won’t damage metal or wooden posts.

What Fences can I Use it On?

Wright recommends using the mower with fences that have a bottom wire or board that is no less than 7 inches above the ground. The swingarm mechanism works on posts of any diameter or material.

What Can it Cut?

These models come fitted from the factory with a grass blade like you’d find on any lawnmower. Wright also offers a brush removal blade for heavy vegetation and small saplings up to 1 ½ inches in diameter. In some cases, a tree that is thin enough to be cut by the blade will still activate the swingarm. If this happens, the operator can back over the tree to keep the deck from moving.

The mower is built on a steel tube frame and uses ¼ inch plate steel for the deck walls, making it as tough as any deck you’d find on a top quality professional mower.

Will the Fence Mower Fit My Tractor?

Wright makes two versions of their fence mower: the FM30 is designed for tractors that have a wheelbase that’s 48-66 inches wide, while the FM60 extends further so it can be used with tractors that are 68-92 inches wide.

The mower deck is designed to work on any tractor operating in low gear. Both models use a swingarm that moves up to 22 inches, cutting 11 inches of grass on each side of the fence. The distance the mower needs to be to get an even cut will depend on its width. Both models use a cast iron gearbox rated for 40 hp.

Is the Wright Fence Mower Right for My Needs?

If you’re looking to get a fence mower for your tractor, or you need parts or service for your current mower, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We have over three decades of experience with outdoor equipment, so we know how to get the best setup for your tractor. Stop by our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive East one mile.

We can also ship the parts you need for your Wright fence mower to any location in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Bennche Cowboy EV60

Bennche Cowboy EV60What is the Bennche Cowboy EV60? Is it a UTV, even though it uses electric power? Can it be used as a golf cart? What about a neighborhood electric vehicle, or a people carrier? Whether you need something that’s safe to use in buildings, want something that’s emissions-free or just want something simple to operate and maintain, this electric vehicle can fit your needs.

As Simple as it Gets

The EV60 is powered by a brushless 60V DC motor. It can spin up to 12,000 RPM, letting it power the rear wheels directly without the need of a CVT. What about low range? Electric motors make maximum torque as soon as they start spinning, so a separate gearset isn’t needed to get the hill climbing power of a gas-powered UTV. Just shift the vehicle into forward or reverse, and the motor handles the rest. Otherwise, control is like any other UTV. Vehicle information is displayed on a digital cluster with speedometer, odometer and battery charge gauge next to an analog tachometer.

Power comes from 5 12 volts, 100 amp deep cycle batteries mounted under the seat. While it does mean there’s no need to add fuel or change the oil, those batteries give this EV a dry weight 1,236 lbs, about 400 lbs. heavier than the Cowboy 200 it’s based on. However, the added torque of the motor keeps this from being felt when driving the vehicle.

Flexibility

The EV60 has two front seats along with a rear-facing bench seat for two additional passengers. This rear area is surrounded by rails that can be used as armrests or as a place to strap down two sets of golf clubs. Need to haul tools and materials? The rear seat bottom folds forward, turning the seating area into a 45 x 40-inch diamond plate bed with a 220 lb. Capacity.

UTV as Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

The EV60 has seat belts, turn signals, brake lights and headlights, and its top speed is limited to 25 mph. In most areas, all it takes to make this UTV legal for on-road use is a set of mirrors. That means you can use it to drive to the golf course without needing to tow a cart or drive on the street when going between properties. This makes it a great choice for transporting people across campuses, factories, truck yards and other large facilities.

Off-Roading

Going electric doesn’t mean sacrificing off-road performance. The EV60 has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and uses an independent suspension with double A-arms on both the front and rear axles. Hydraulic disc brakes, 26-inch off-road tires and aluminum wheels. are fitted on all four corners.

Colors

This UTV is available in Pearl White, Sapphire, and Candy Red.

Accessories

The mirror kit adds side mirrors, which are usually required to make this UTV meet legal requirements for use as a neighborhood vehicle. For increased comfort and weather protection, Bennche offers a foldable windshield and solid composite roof that covers the front passenger area.

Warranty

Bennche guarantees the entire vehicle for 12 months.

Is the Bennche EV60 Right for You?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than a Bennche dealer: we have decades of experience in the outdoor equipment market. We can help you whether you’re looking to get a UTV or you need to have yours serviced. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile East of Interstate 81 from Exit 10 to Marion.

Do you need parts or accessories for your Bennche UTV? We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. Ordering is simple, too: our site can show your factory diagrams and descriptions so you can see the exact part you need. Visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Should Your Next Commercial Mower Have Fuel Injection?

Should Your Next Commercial Mower Have Fuel Injection?When electronic fuel injection was introduced to automobiles in the mid-1980s, it let cars make more power while still meeting emissions and fuel efficiency regulations. Today, we’re seeing the same switch in the landscaping industry with large commercial mowers. What benefits can you expect to see with one of these engines, and is it worth the cost?

Fuel Issues

We run our mowers on fuel designed for fuel injected vehicles, and that’s been causing some problems with modern fuel formulations. If the fuel contains ethanol, it will absorb moisture from the air, leading to corrosion. If the fuel doesn’t contain ethanol, it degrades quickly, turning into wax and lacquer. Either way, the fuel will go stale quickly, leading to problems starting and running the engine. Long term storage, even with treated fuel, will result in either needing to clean off corrosion or cleaning out the fuel system and rebuilding the carburetor so the engine can get the fuel it needs.

Fuel injectors keep the fuel system sealed and spray the fuel at high pressures, avoiding the issues with current gasoline blends. Straight fuel can be used through most of the season, and the engine can be stored with

Efficiency

A carburetor uses the Venturi effect to mix fuel with the air. As air passes through the carburetor, a small needle drips fuel into the Venturi chamber, a constricted area in the intake. As the air goes through this small tube, its pressure increases. Immediately afterward, it goes into a larger tube, dropping the pressure and atomizing the fuel. This works fairly well, but not all the fuel gets properly mixed, and it’s harder to get the fuel to atomize when it’s cold.

A fuel injector sprays gas into the intake runner during the intake cycle. This fine spray atomizes the fuel immediately, and just the right amount of fuel is added to the air to get a clean burn. This makes the engine easier to start and keeps emissions low. More importantly, it reduces fuel consumption by around 25%. For most operators, this means they can get back the added cost of an EFI system in one or two seasons, even at today’s low gas prices.

Maintenance

Since it doesn’t pick up unburnt fuel that would have been left behind by a carburetor, the oil stays cleaner longer, reducing oil change intervals.

These engines come with diagnosis systems similar to what you’ll find on your car. By plugging in a computer, the repair technician can get information including fuel pressure, engine temperature and air/fuel ratios for fast diagnosis.

Performance

Better fuel mixtures mean more power across the board. On average, an EFI-equipped model will make one to two horsepower more than its carbureted equivalent while having a wider torque band.
Since the fuel mixture can be altered by the ECU, fuel injected engines can adjust to load changes quickly, keeping the engine from bogging down when starting a new pass or going over tall weeds. Since the system can also adjust fuel to match incoming air, it doesn’t need modification to work at high altitudes, and it loses less power.

Who Makes EFI Engines?

Briggs & Stratton Vanguard offers EFI versions of their 810cc V-Twin and Big Block V-Twin, offering engines ranging from 24 to 37 HP.

Kohler’s Command PRO EFI engines are available with outputs from 19-35 HP. The liquid-cooled Aegis series is available in 27 and 30 hp versions, although these engines find most of their use in heavy-duty equipment rather than turf applications.

Kawasaki offers EFI as an option on the FS730V, FX730V, and FX850V, ranging from 25.5 to 29.5 hp.

Which Mowers have EFI?

Two of the brands we carry, eXmark and Scag, have several models with available EFI engines. eXmark’s offerings include the mid-deck Lazer, front deck Navigator, stander Vantage, and walk-behind Turf Tracer mowers. Scag provides the EFI on the Turf Tiger II, Cheetah, and V-Ride II mid-deck ZTRs.

Looking for an EFI Engine? Talk to Shank’s Lawn.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped professionals with their landscaping equipment for over 30 years, so we know what works. If you’re looking into buying a fuel injected mower or you need to have your EFI engine services, visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off I-80 near Marion. We’re a certified dealer for Vanguard, Kohler, and Kawasaki as well as many of the equipment brands they power.

Need parts for your engine? We ship across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Subaru Ends Small Engine Production

Subaru Ends Small Engine Production

On October 2nd, 2017, Subaru Corporation announced that they were shutting down their small engine power product business. What does that mean for owners of these engines?

What Was Subaru Power?

Subaru Industrial Power Products was formed in 1968 as an engine supplier for Polaris Industries. Over the next 30 years, their Star engines were used in ATVs and snowmobiles. Eventually, Subaru bought out Wisconsin Engine’s Robin small engine division and combined it with their existing manufacturing. Subaru re-branded the division several times, starting with Robin, then Subaru Robin and finally Subaru Power. Under this new ownership, the division developed the EX series, the first small engine on the market with a chain drive overhead cam.

Other engines followed, but the EX remained their best-selling product, finding its way into a range of small commercial power equipment. Most of the brands we carry including Little Wonder, eXmark, Echo Bear Cat and Scag have sold equipment powered by the EX Series. These engines quickly gained a reputation for top quality construction which was bolstered by a 5-year commercial warranty, the longest in the business.

Why was Subaru Power Shut Down?

While the division was far smaller than brands like Honda, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton, Subaru’s combined engine and equipment sales were just ahead of Kawasaki, a mainstay of the commercial mower business. This meant the division’s business was sound, but it couldn’t compare to the company’s automobile division.

Subaru went from being a niche player to a major manufacturer in the 90s and 2000s, but it’s the crossover craze that has pushed them to an all new high with 10 years of consecutive growth and 9 years of record-breaking sales. In recent years, the company has entered into partnerships with Toyota and Mazda, building Camrys at their Indiana assembly plant and co-developing the BRZ, FR-S and GT86 sports cars. These three companies are also working together on an electric powertrain that will be used in production vehicles starting in 2021.

Subaru’s automobile manufacturing arm has been so successful that their plants can’t keep up with demand, and they need to dedicate more resources to design new models and make the switch to electric power. The company’s other divisions, aerospace, and eco-technology, are dedicated to supplying partners far into the future. The only way left to free up more resources was to drop the small engine line.

Can I Still Get My Subaru Engine Serviced?

Production of engines, generators, and pumps has stopped, but there are still enough engines in storage to supply manufacturers while they transition to different powerplants. Most equipment manufacturers have already rolled out new versions of their models fitted with engines from Honda or Briggs & Stratton Vanguard.

As for Subaru Power, the division is now handled by Industrial Power Products of America, Inc. While mostly unknown to end users, this company handles distribution of Yamaha industrial products across North America. The company will provide parts and information for Subaru engines, and they’re maintaining Subaru’s power product websites. They will also honor Subaru’s warranties. While Subaru-powered outdoor products will disappear from the market, you should have no problem getting the parts and service to maintain the engines you already own.

Where Can I Get Parts and Service for my Subaru Engine?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been a certified Subaru Power dealer, and we will continue to service these engines. If you need repairs or parts for your engine, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-80 via Exit 10 to Marion.

Need parts for your engine? We ship to the United States and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Is an ECHO Bear Cat Trash Pump Right for You?

Is an ECHO Bear Cat Trash Pump Right for You?

From draining flood water to cleaning up construction drainage, Echo Bear Cat’s trash pumps are a portable and inexpensive option for commercial users. Are they suitable for your needs?

What You Can and Can’t Do with a Trash Pump

Echo Bear Cat’s trash pumps use centrifugal pumps. This design provides maximum pumping performance while still being able to handle water with up to 25% solids. Twigs, small sticks, rocks and concrete chips are no problem, and mud can be pumped as long as it’s thin enough to flow through the hose. With the right filter screen, there’s no need to worry about objects getting into the pump and damaging the housing or impeller. If the pump can’t handle the load, it will just bog down. Even if you need to have a diaphragm pump on hand for liquids with a high solids content, a trash pump can remove the top layer of water faster, reducing total job time.

Water boils when the excitability of hot water molecules overcomes atmospheric pressure. Since the pressure inside the pump is significantly lower than outside air pressure, water can boil at temperatures as low as 115ºF. This can cause cavitation that will damage the impeller. A special high-temperature pump should be used to move hot water.

All models have a total head of 85 feet with 26 feet of suction lift. The 26-foot maximum lift is due to air pressure and is the same for all pumps operating at sea level. As air pressure decreases, so will the maximum lift: on average, maximum pumping head decreases by one foot for every 500 feet above sea level.

Most water is safe to pump, but chemical-filled wastewater and acidic mine runoff can damage the pump and seals.

How Does the Maximum Solids Size Affect Performance?

A standard water pump can handle clear water with the occasional bit of debris. This is fine for draining hot tubs, swimming pools, and minor flooding.

A “semi-trash” pump can handle solids up to 5/8 of an inch. That’s the same size as a marble. This type of pump is perfect for pumping muddy and sandy water, making it the most common type used on construction sites and for irrigation.

A standard trash pump handles debris up to one inch in diameter, which is about the size of a U.S. quarter. These pumps handle leaves, pebbles, and twigs, making them ideal for dirty water.

5/8 inch pumps usually use a solid pump case, but Echo builds all of their trash pumps with a split case that’s easy to open for cleaning.

Are these Pumps a Good Choice for Commercial or Rental Use?

Everything on these pumps is built for maximum durability, making them a great choice for heavy commercial use.

All models are powered by Honda’s GX-series engines. Whether you specialize in construction or landscaping, it’s likely that you already have at least one piece of equipment powered by these engines. They’ve become a staple of the outdoor equipment industry because they’re extremely reliable, meet emissions regulations across the country, are less noisy than competing motors and have high fuel efficiency.

The pump itself uses an aluminum housing with a cast iron impeller designed to withstand shocks from debris. Silicon carbide and carbon ceramic seals keep water and debris in when subject to thermal shocks and abrasion, yet they’re also inexpensive and easy to replace.

The engine and pump are housed in a steel frame to protect them from damage and make it easy to carry and position the unit.

Pump Models

5/8 Inch Solids
The TP2158 and TP2156 are both powered by a GX200 engine, have two-inch inlets and outlets and weigh 90 lbs. The TP2156 has a flow rate of 156 GPM, while the TP2158’s flow rate is 158 GPM.

1 Inch Solids
The TP3264 uses a GX200 to pump water through a three-inch inlet and outlet. It flows up to 264 GPM. The TP3266 uses the same pump and engine, flowing 266 GPM.

For maximum power, the TP4361 comes equipped with a GX390 engine. It has a four-inch inlet and outlet and can pump up to 361 GPM.

If You Need Pumps or Parts, Go to Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Echo and Honda Engines, and we have over 30 years of experience helping commercial customers with their outdoor equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 80, take Exit 10/Marion and drive East one mile.

Need a strainer or a new set of seals? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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ECHO Bear Cat Wheeled Trimmers

ECHO Bear Cat Wheeled Trimmers

When it comes to clearing land, nothing can beat the power and maneuverability of a wheeled trimmer. Big engines and tough cutting heads make quick work of tall grass, branches and small trees that would stop a regular mower or string trimmer. Echo Bear Cat makes a range of trimmers that are perfect for users ranging from residential owners who need to clean out woods and pastures to equipment rental businesses who supply professionals.

Features

Echo’s wheeled trimmers have a 12 gauge steel body that fully encloses the drive system. The wheels mount on the axles with sealed bearings for years of trouble-free use, and the whole unit is designed to be stable enough to operate continuously on slopes up to 15 degrees. With the stock cutting head, the trimmer has a 24-inch cutting swath, three inches wider than the machine itself.

Engines

Echo Bear Cat offers their trimmers with a choice of four engines.
Briggs & Stratton’s EXi is built to be as easy to use and maintain as possible. There’s no need to prime or set a choke before starting, and improvements throughout the engine from air filtration to cooling all but eliminate the need for oil changes.

The 190cc Quantum comes from Briggs & Stratton’s Professional line. This prosumer model bridges the gap between their residential and Vanguard professional lines.

Like the Quantum, Honda’s GC-Series offers professional quality with consumer ease of use. A lightweight overhead cam valvetrain cuts down on noise, while an automatic decompression system makes the engine easy to start.

The Subaru EA-Series is a commercial engine backed by a 5-year warranty, the longest in the industry. Like Honda’s GC-Series, it has an overhead cam design which makes it quiet and efficient. A fully pressurized lubrication system reduces wear on internal components.

Cutting Options

These models come with a mow ball that uses lengths of .155 mil nylon string. This ball is made from heat treated metal for durability. If you’re working around dry areas, Echo offers a plastic-bodied version that won’t produce sparks when bumping against pavement and rocks. For closer cuts, the Proline head replaces the ball with a flat disc.

Need more cutting power? The triple blade brush cutter goes through heavy weeds with ease, while the Saber Tooth blade can cut saplings up to 4 inches in diameter.

High Wheel Trimmers

Large wheels make these trimmers easy to move, while a composite guard deflects debris away from the operator. These models can operate at an offset of up to 13 degrees. This helps the trimmer reach tight quarters and cut under decks, fences and other obstructions. Echo Bear Cat makes three versions, letting you pick your preferred powerplant:

HWXH — 160cc Honda GC-Series

HWXB — 163cc Briggs & Stratton EXi

HWTB — 190cc Briggs & Stratton Quantum

Wheeled Trimmer

Built for professional use, these trimmers come with metal guards to deflect rocks, twigs and other hard debris. Except for the WT189, all models are powered by a 190cc Briggs & Stratton Quantum Professional Series engine.

WT190
This basic model has the same infinitely adjustable offset as the high wheel models.

WT189
This trimmer is powered by a Subaru EA190V.

WT190T
A tilt mechanism allows the left side of the machine to be pointed downward at a 5,10 or 13-degree angle. This lets the cutting head reach into trenches and drainage ditches to get a consistent cut height.

WT190S
This model comes with a self-propulsion system that has three forward speeds, making it easier to tackle large jobs.

Is an Echo Bear Cat Wheeled Trimmer Right for You?

If you’re interested in one of these trimmers, or you need service or parts for your Echo Bear Cat equipment, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Echo and their manufacturing partners, and we have over 30 years of experience helping businesses and homeowners with their lawn care tools. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 80, take Exit 10/Marion and drive East one mile.

No matter where you are in the U.S. or Canada, we can ship the parts and accessories you need for your Echo Bear Cat equipment. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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ECHO Bear Cat Water Pumps

ECHO Bear Cat Water Pumps

If you need a lightweight solution for construction dewatering or firefighting, Echo Bear Cat has the pumps you need. Built for portability, these Honda-powered pumps are protected by steel frames, making them easy to transport and deploy. From draining stormwater to putting out small fires, there’s a model that’s perfect for your application.

Engine

Echo uses Honda GX-series engines in their pumps. A high-efficiency design, automatic decompression system, and low noise make them a great choice for a range of applications. When it comes to pumps, the best feature is Oil Alert. Unlike most equipment, pumps see hours of continuous use, and it’s easy to forget to check the oil level, especially when you need to stop flooding. This makes the engine susceptible to oil burn off that can leave internal components unprotected. The Oil Alert system prevents this problem by cutting off the ignition when the oil level is too low. This protects the engine and lets you remedy the situation immediately instead of having the pump break in the middle of a job.

Pump

All pumps except the fire cart use an aluminum centrifugal pump with a cast iron impeller. This combination creates a total head of 85 feet with a suction head of 26 feet. This includes both water pumps and trash pumps.

These pumps use inlets and outlets that have MNTP standard threads, making them compatible with off-the-shelf hoses and ends. Hoses are included with the fire cart, while Echo lets buyers choose the right hose combination to fit their needs when buying their other pumps. The pump and engine are housed in a metal frame, protecting them during transport and use.

Water Pumps

WP2158
Powered by a GX200, this model has two-inch intake and outlet connections. It can pump up to 158 Gallons Per Minute (GPM.) It weighs 55 lbs.

WP3264
Although it uses the same engine and head as the WP2158, a larger pump and three-inch ports increase maximum pump volume to 264 GPM. Weight increases to 67 lbs.

WP4422
A GX390 paired with four-inch ports lets this model pump 422 GPM. It weighs 112 lbs.

Trash Pumps

Not sure what you’re pumping? Trash pumps are designed to lift small solid objects as well as water without damaging the pump’s case or impeller.

TP2156 and TP2158
These models both have a two-inch intake and outlet ports, they’re both powered by the GX200, and they can both handle solids up to 5/8 inch in diameter. The TP2156 has a flow rate of 156 GPM, while the TP2158 has a slight edge at 158 GPM. The TP2158 also has a split case that’s easy to open for cleaning. Both models weigh 90 lbs.

TP3264 and TP3266
With three inch inlets and outlets, these pumps can handle solids up to one inch in diameter. The TP3264 is powered by a GX200 and can pump up to 264 GPM. The TP3266 uses a GX270 and can pump up to 266 GPM.

TP4361
Need more power? This model pairs a GX390 with a pump that uses 4-inch ports to move water at a rate of 361 GPM. Like the three inch models, it can handle solids up to one inch.

FP2126 Fire Cart
This model puts the engine and pump into a cart with large 5 spoke wheels, making it easy to move over uneven terrain. Weight is saved by using a pump with an aluminum impeller and housing, but the volute case is still cast iron. This model comes with a 50 foot by 1.5-inch fire hose, a fire nozzle and a 12 foot by 2-inch suction hose with a foot valve. These hoses can be wrapped onto the frame for transport.

A GX200 operates the pump, producing a flow of 126 GPM at up to 85 PSI. It uses two-inch intake and outlet connections. To get a better reach than standard models, this pump is designed to provide a total lift of 197 feet with
26 feet of suction lift. A priming jug is included for quick startup.

Warranty

Echo Bear Cat guarantees these pumps for three years of commercial use, and Honda offers a similar three-year warranty on their GX-series engines.

For Everything Echo Bear Cat, Visit Shank’s Lawn

Whether you’re looking for a pump or need to have one serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Echo Bear Cat and Honda Engines, and we have over 30 years of experience helping professionals with their outdoor equipment. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off I-80 near Marion.

Not in the area? We can ship the parts and accessories you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Slicer Seeder

Exmark Slicer SeederSpring and fall, overseeding is the same process: remove thatch, cut the soil and lay down seed. Combination vertislicer/seeders have been around for a while, but eXmark’s Slicer Seeder can slice, seed and dethatch at the same time, completing all three steps in one pass. This saves time and eliminates the need for purpose-built machines for each job.

Verticutting and Dethatching

This unit uses a 20-inch reel lined with high carbon steel blades that serve two duties. The hardened blade surfaces cut through soil, leaving narrow trenches up to one inch deep. As these blades move out of the soil, the notches between them grab onto thatch, pulling it away from the turf. This effectively cleans off the surface and provides seeds with entry into the soil in one step. The blades can also be raised to pass over the soil so they can dethatch while leaving the turf intact.

Seeding

The Slicer Seeder has a large steel hopper that can carry up to 40 lbs. of seed. That’s enough to overseed a quarter of an acre with most seed blends. The mixer at the base of the hopper is linked to the hydrostatic drive. This regulates the drop rate so coverage is consistent no matter how fast or slow the device is moving.

Power

The Slicer Seeder is powered by a Subaru EX27, a 9 hp overhead cam engine built for the needs of commercial users. Its overhead cam design produces 35% less vibration than other engines in this segment, and it reduces the number of valvetrain components, greatly reducing starting effort. It also has a full pressure lubrication system with a built-in rotary oil pump, a feature rarely seen on engines this size. Subaru is so confident about this design that they offer the longest warranty in the industry. This engine powers a hydrostatic drive that has a top speed of 3.8 mph.

Control

The seed drop rate is set using a clearly marked gate adjustment lever at the front of the hopper. Not sure what drop rate you need? There’s a handy chart on the side of the seeder listing rates for different kinds of turf. A side-mounted lever adjusts the height of slicer shaft to get the right depth to plant the seeds. Once loaded, the operator can control the engagement of the blades and hopper as well as the throttle and drive speed using a set of levers on the handles.
Once the job is done, lever pulls on the back of the unit can engage the parking brake to keep the Slicer Seeder from rolling or disengage the drive system, letting the machine roll freely.

Transport

Outdoor equipment is only useful if you can get it where you need it. With a total width of 30 inches, this machine can roll through small gates so you can cover both front and back lawns. When it’s time to move between job sites, integrated lift handles make it easy to get this machine onto trailers. A folding handle reduces the slicer seeder’s footprint, and since it’s secured with metal loops, it’s easier to fold and unfold than a screw-secured handle.

Warranty

The Slicer Seeder is covered by eXmark for one year of residential or commercial use. Subaru guarantees the EX27 for 5 years of commercial use.

Looking for a Better Way to Seed?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified eXmark and Subaru Power dealer, so we don’t just sell these products, we can provide the parts, service, and support you need to keep your equipment working. If you think a Slicer Seeder is right for you or you need your equipment serviced, visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile East of I-81 from Exit 10.

We also ship parts and accessories to the U.S. and Canada. If you need to repair your eXmark, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Stand-On Spreader/Sprayer

Exmark Stand-On Spreader/Sprayer

Need to spread seed, fertilizer and lawn chemicals? Wish there was a way to do it that was faster than walk-behind spreaders and less awkward than trailers? Then the eXmark Spreader Sprayer may be just what you need. By combining a stand-on design with a hopper and pump system, it has the maneuverability of a walk-behind without compromising speed.

Comfort and Control

This model comes with a unique lean-to-steer system. Speed is controlled like a stander mower, combining a lever with two grab handles. However, instead of using individual motor control, power is varied left-to-right by tilting the handle assembly. This allows all movement to be controlled with one hand while the other hand is free to make adjustments to the sprayer and hopper.

With no need to worry about a deck, eXmark was able to fit the front with 13 x 6.5-6 turf tires instead of the usual small casters. In the back, a Tuff Torq transmission drives a set of 18 x 7.5-8 tires. The Spreader Sprayer can reach a top speed of 5.5 mph going forward and 4 mph in reverse. Big tires also give a softer ride, further improved by isolation mounts used to hold the stainless steel operator platform.

Thanks to light power requirements, this model is powered by a 9 hp Subaru EX27. While small, this overhead cam single cylinder has all the features you expect from a commercial engine and is backed by the longest warranty in the industry.

Altogether, this equipment keeps the Spreader Sprayer small and light at 67.5 inches long, 35.5 inches wide and a curb weight of 500 lbs. Wide contact patches at all four corners minimize scrubbing, even on wet turf, and it can pass through all but the smallest gates.

Spraying

A 20-gallon tank wraps around the operator’s feet. It’s attached to a Remco pump driven by a two hp electric motor, delivering liquid to a set of spray nozzles directly ahead of the front wheels. Both the sprayer and hopper can be running at the same time, applying seed and fertilizer in one pass.

A built-in agitation system mixes chemicals and keeps them in suspension. Even dry powders stay mixed, so they end up on the lawn, not pasted against the walls of the tank.

The sprayer has two modes. In broadcast mode, it sprays in an 11-foot wide pattern, delivering 0.69 GPM of chemicals at 30 psi or 0.80 GPM at 40 psi. In narrow mode, it sprays a 5-foot wide stream at a rate of 0.35 GPM at 30 psi or 0.40 GPM at 40 psi. There’s also an on-board wand that’s kept next to the control panel. This lets the operator spray edges and around trees and bushes without having to get off of the machine.

Spreading

The front-mounted hopper holds 175 lbs, and the top of the spray tank is shaped to hold an additional 50 lb. bag. eXmark offers three sizes of grates for the bottom of the hopper to match the seed or pellet size you’re applying.

Drop rate is adjusted using a knob just below the hopper. From there, everything else is set from the operator’s position. A deflector shield can be lowered to keep the product off of driveways and sidewalks, and delivery to the spinner can be altered to get the right distribution pattern. The spinner can be set to the desired speed then switched on and off as needed. Two distribution settings can be set up, letting you switch between seeding and pellet fertilizing throughout the day.

Warranty

eXmark guarantees the Spreader Sprayer for one year of commercial use with no hour limit. Subaru guarantees the engine for 5 years.

Ready to Add a Stander Sprayer to Your Fleet?

If you’re looking to buy some eXmark equipment or have it serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for eXmark and Subaru Power, and we have over 30 years of experience helping professional landscapers with their equipment. To learn more, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile East.

Not in the area? We can ship parts and accessories for your eXmark to any address in the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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eXmark Rotary Broom

eXmark Rotary Broom

If you have problems keeping sidewalks and driveways free of debris and precipitation, a rotary broom may be just what you need. eXmark’s Power Broom combines snowblower-style controls with bristles that remove snow without damaging pavement. Add a few attachments, and it can also be used for dethatching and leaf cleanup, making it useful throughout the year.

Precision Control from Clearing to Transport

At first glance, eXmark’s patented design looks like they come from a snowblower. However, it splits control of the hydrostatic drive for unparalleled control. The shift lever has 6 positions for forward motion and two for reverse to set the base speed. From there, trigger controls allow for small steering adjustments to hug curbs and obstacles. The drive and broom engage independently using the levers over the grips for quick switches between operation and transport.

There are two more levers next to the handles to change the broom angle. This power system can swivel the broom 20 degrees to the left or right to push debris and snow away from the pavement.

Power

The Power Broom uses a 7 hp Kohler Command Pro CH270 engine. It may be a small single cylinder, but it comes with the features and build quality needed for commercial use.

Debris removal can be dusty, so this engine comes with a cyclonic air box that pre-filters incoming air, reducing wear and maintenance on the filter elements. The intake on this box can be rotated by hand to aim outside the engine or toward the engine’s cooling fins to decrease warm-up times. It also comes with Kohler’s Oil Sentry system, which cuts the ignition if the oil level is too low, protecting internal components from damage. Filters in the filler neck, tank, and carburetor remove debris from fuel and a water trap reduces moisture contamination.

Broom

The bristles are mounted on a set of discs, creating a broom that is 36 inches wide and 25-inch diameter. When in operation, the broom spins at 200 RPM.

The broom comes from the factory fitted with eXmark’s concrete/snow bristles. These are engineered for abrasion resistance against concrete without damaging the surface. A pair of casters support the broom and can be adjusted in 1/8 increments to get the right amount of ground contact as the bristles wear down.

Accessories for Year-Round Use

Turf bristle discs replace the aggressive concrete discs, letting this broom be used for dethatching. The turf caster kit adds wider wheels, spreading out the weight of the broom for less damage when operating on grass.

For winter use, chains can be added to the rear tires, while installing a cab protects the operator from wind and snow. Snow removal often can’t wait for daylight, so eXmark offers a light kit for night time operation.

The debris box mounts to the front of the broom, picking up dust and leaves as they’re pushed up by the bristles.

Warranty

The Power Broom is guaranteed by eXmark for one year of commercial use. Kohler backs the Command Pro engine with a three-year commercial warranty.

Getting Parts and Service for the eXmark Power Broom

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than an eXmark dealer: we’ve helped everyone from homeowners to municipal customers with their outdoor equipment for over three decades. If you think the eXmark Power Broom can help you with cleanup or you need your equipment serviced, stop by our shop. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-80 — just take Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for eXmark and many other popular equipment brands across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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