Vortexx Hot Water Pressure Washers

Vortexx Hot Water Pressure WashersIs your commercial pressure washer not as effective as you’d hoped? Do you feel like cold weather cuts into your workdays? Vortexx has a solution: a new pair of hot water pressure washers. By combining the power of their commercial washers with an advanced heating system, you can make quick work out of grease and oil while keeping the water warm enough to work in the fall and early spring.

Why should I Use Hot Water?

Standard pressure washers use brute force to get surfaces clean. The higher the pressure and the more gallons per minute, the better it can clean. Adding heat improves overall performance, so you don’t need to depend as much on water pressure or cleaning chemicals. Heat can be useful for any type of cleaning, but there are three areas in particular that heated water will give you a major advantage:

Petroleum – Heating petroleum products makes them flow faster. This is useful when getting oil out of porous concrete and removing tar, grease and oil leaks from equipment.

Gum – Hot water melts lumps of chewing gum off of driveways and sidewalks with ease, while cold water does almost nothing.

Cold weather – The water coming out of your pressure washer doesn’t have to be burning hot. By having the burner running on low, you can keep cleaning until temperatures are below freezing. Cleaning chemicals are also more effective when warm, so you don’t have to increase the detergent ratio to get the job done. This is especially true of mold and mildew removing products used to clean siding.

What does Vortexx offer with their Hot Pressure Washers?

Vortexx already has a reputation for top quality commercial washers. When they decided to enter the hot water market, they went all out to make sure their new models would be up to customers’ high expectations.


Vortexx worked with AR to combine their RRV Series triplex pump with a stronger commercial-grade unloader. This pump is protected by their new Triple Protect Safety Shut-Off System. A pressure sensor and flow sensor can detect overloading and shut off the engine. If both sensors don’t work, a built-in rupture disc prevents catastrophic failure. Both models use Honda GX engines filled with Opti-4 oil. If you register your engine with Opti-4 and use their oil, they will warranty the engine for twice as long as Honda.


To heat the water, Vortexx equips these washers with a Beckett burner and Genisys Brain Control that automatically adjusts heat output to maintain water temperatures. Heat is transferred to the water using US-made Coils-R-Us coils. Both the heater and coils are surrounded by a stainless-steel shield. The burner can run on No. 1 or No. 2 diesel, ASTM D396 No. 1 or No. 2 heating oil or kerosene. Fuel is stored in tanks that are integrated into the cart, making the unit more compact.

Hot water is sent through a custom-made commercial grade wire braided hose rated to 250°F, ending up at a 48-inch insulated gun and lance. For easier hose winding, the pressure washer can be fitted with an optional pivoting heavy-duty hose reel.


All this equipment is bolted to a cart made of welded aluminum, so you never have to worry about rust. It rolls on a pair of run-flat tires on one and a set of 360-degree swivel coasters on the other end. This lets you move the pressure washer around with one hand. A wheel lock comes standard to keep the cart in place once it’s in position.

The Tow & Stow handle which folds down when not in use, keeping the unit compact for transport. Fork channels are integrated into the cart between the engine, the heater, and the deck. This lets you use a forklift to load the washer onto a trailer or truck bed sideways, keeping it from rolling around. An oversized deep cycle battery powers both the engine starter and burner igniter.


Vortexx offers two versions of its hot water pressure washer:

The Professional 3400 Hot (model VX60505H) is powered by a Honda GX270. It moves water at a rate of 3,400 PSI at 3.2 GPM (10,880 CU.)

The Professional 4000 Hot (model VX70606H) is powered by a Honda GX390. It moves water at a rate of 4,000 PSI at up to 4 GPM (16,000 CU).

Are You Ready to Get Serious about Cleaning?

If you’re looking for a pressure washer, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re an authorized dealer for Vortexx, Honda Engines, and AR Pumps, so we can provide the service you need for your professional cleaning equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s on the south end of town, one mile from I-81 Exit 10. We also ship OEM parts across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Jonsered Zero Turn Mowers

Jonsered Zero Turn MowersJonsered is famous for the durability and forward-thinking designs of their chainsaws, but that’s not all they make. They apply the same thinking to their zero turning radius mowers. Bridge the gap between residential and commercial models, they offer high-quality components and a choice of decks to fit any landscape. If you’re looking for a new ZTR that you can rely on for your lawn at home or want something that can do light commercial work, these mowers may be exactly what you need.


All of Jonsered’s ZTRs are powered by engines from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Turf line. These use ejector valves, a chopper fan and cyclone intake that separates out debris before it reaches the air filter and cooling fins. The result is an engine that stays clean on the inside and cool on the outside. While these engines use carburetors, an electronic control system helps with fuel management and eliminates the need for a manual choke. Output for the engines used in these mowers ranges from 22-24 HP depending on the deck size.


To keep the mower compact, all of Jonsered’s mowers use a mid-deck design built around a steel tube frame. Decks are available in 42, 46, 48 and 54-inch widths and have a cutting height ranging from 1.5-4 inches.

The Z42F, Z48f, and Z54FX come with constructed decks. By building these decks out of thick sheets of steel, they can withstand repeated impacts with obstacles. To add to this toughness, Jonsered fits these decks with cast iron spindle housings that suspend the blade axles on sealed ball bearings. This helps the blades and deck-top handle jolts while reducing maintenance. This design is a good choice if you mow in areas filled with trees, bushes and other obstacles.

The Z46R and Z54R have stamped decks, giving them better vacuum for a superior cutting finish. Steel reinforcements make these decks more durable than competing stamped designs. Jonsered fits these decks with vented aluminum spindles. This helps them dissipate heat faster, making this deck a great choice if you have large, open spaces to mow.

From the factory, both deck designs are side discharge. Kits are available to use the decks for mulching or bagging.


The rear wheels are motivated by a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-2200 EZT hydrostatic transmissions. These units combine the hydraulic pump and motor into a single case, saving weight, eliminating hoses and reducing the number of seals. This makes them less likely to leak, improving reliability. These transmissions can propel the mower to a 6.5 mph top speed. All Jonsered ZTRs use lap bar controls.

With all mowers capable of the same speed, mowing speed is dependent on deck size. Users can expect to cover about 2.4 acres per hour with the Z46R and around 3.5 acres per hour with the Z54XF.


The lap bars on these mowers are fixed, but the seat is adjustable, making it easy for operators of any size to get in a comfortable position. All of the mower’s controls are clustered together on a control panel next to the driver, and a digital hour meter comes standard to keep track of maintenance. A kit is available to add armrests to the seat.


Jonsered guarantees their mowers for three years of residential use and one year of commercial use. Briggs & Stratton guarantees their Commercial Turf engines for 24 months of residential use or 12 months of commercial use.

When it Comes to Mowers, No One Beats Shank’s

Whether you’re a homeowner or commercial operator, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the mowers you need to keep your lawn looking great. We’re now a certified Jonsered dealer, and we’re also an authorized dealer for Briggs & Stratton and Hydro-Gear. That means we don’t just sell these mowers: we can provide the parts and support you need to keep them running. If you’re looking for a new ZTR, tractor or walk-behind mower, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship OEM parts for every brand we carry. If you need something for your Jonsered equipment, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Multi-One Attachments for Landscaping

Multi-One Attachments for LandscapingDo you hate having to rent landscaping tools, but can’t justify a dedicated machine? Maybe you should consider a Multi-One mini-loader. Thanks to their extensive attachment range, these vehicles can do any lawn or gardening job you can think of. Here are just some of the attachments Mutli-One makes for landscaping.

Tree Care

Log Splitter: This vertical splitter exerts 7 tons of force, splitting logs up to 15 ½ inches in diameter and up to 39 ½ inches tall.

Hydraulic bio shredder: Using the mini-loader for transport, this chipper shredder can go places out of reach to tow-behind machines. It breaks down branches up to 3 ½ inches in diameter to chips, then shreds those chips into fine mulch.

Stump grinder: With 18 teeth and up to a 40 degree slewing angle, this attachment makes quick work of stumps. As it cuts, it sweeps side to side automatically, so you don’t need to reposition the loader.

Power auger: Built for tree planting, this auger is available with 31.5 and 39.4-inch cutting heads, exerting almost 2,900 ft-lbs. of torque.

Tree spade: This attachment’s overlapping blades can cut through soil and lift out trees for removal, transplanting or balling. After cutting, the blades can swing forward for easy access to the root ball. Available in versions that cut either a 10.6-inch diameter or 15.7-inch diameter hole.

Landscape pot clamp: Move pots, potted plants, and balled plants without damaging them. The articulated jaws have an opening range of 9.8 to 47.2 inches.

Shoot mower: This specialty side-shifting mower cleans outshoots and plants around tree trunks.

Soil Preparation

Rotary tiller: Break up soil, grass and scrub up to 5 ½ inches deep. Multi-One makes three models with working widths ranging from 40 to 59 inches.

Stone burier and seeder: This unit mills soil, burying stones and creating a uniform surface that’s ready to plant. Multi-One makes versions with working widths ranging from 39 ½ to 52 ½ inches. Add a seeding unit, and you can prepare and seed-soil in one pass.

Power harrow and seeder: Remove weeds and prepare soil for planting with one pass using this harrow. Units are available with widths ranging from 43.3 to 59 inches. Like the stone burier, the power harrow can be fitted with a seeder to prepare and seed-soil in one pass.

Leveler: This simple metal grid levels and grades surfaces. Great for laying out sand, preparing a lawn bed, or leveling out a driveway.


Tornado lawn mower: This all-in-one mower cuts and collects up to 7 bushels of clippings, which can be dumped like they’re in a standard front bucket. Available in 47.2 and 59-inch cutting widths, its floating supports help it track uneven ground, cutting at heights ranging from 0.4-5 inches.

Lawnmower: This standard deck is available in widths ranging from 39.4 to 70.8 inches. It can be used for side or rear discharge from the factory, or as a mulching mower when fitted with the mulching kit.

Side slope mower: The side shifting boom on this attachment lets you mow in areas too dangerous to drive including ditches and steep slopes. Multi-One makes two booms with a reach of 9.8 or 11.5 feet. These booms work with 31.5 and 39.4 inch-wide cutting heads.

Flail mower: Quickly removes tall grass and scrub. Available in widths ranging from 39.4 to 57 inches.

Sickle bar mower: Clear tall grass quickly with this attachment. Available in 57 and 65-inch widths.

Inter-row mower: Save time trimming by cutting grass between fence posts, signposts, and other obstacles.

Hedge Trimming

Hedge Cutter: Why cut with handheld tools when you can drive by hedges with this side-shifting cutting bar? This attachment is available in versions that can handle branched up to 0.4 or 1.2 inches.

Dual blade hedge trimmer: Cut the sides and tops of hedges and shrubs at the same time using this two-bar attachment. It comes with a 63-inch horizontal bar and a 15.7-inch vertical bar, each capable of cutting branches up to 0.4 inches thick.

Lawn Maintenance

Sprayer: While most sprayer attachments have a separate engine, this unit is powered by your loader’s hydraulic system. The maximum spray width is 59 inches when fully extended. For spot treatment, this attachment includes a wand with a 164-foot hose. The tank holds up to 31.7 gallons of lawn chemicals.

Spike aerator: Wedge-shaped spikes slice through sandy and loamy soil, alleviating compaction and increasing root access to water and oxygen. This aerator has a working width of 51.2 inches and penetrates up to four inches deep.

Core aerator: This model has the same maximum depth and working width as the spike aerator, but its tines stars cut holes in the soil instead of slots. It works with all soil types.

When You Think “Multi-One,” Think “Shank’s”

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Multi-One, offering loaders and attachments as well as service and parts support for everything they make. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

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

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Is a Stander Mower Right for You?

Exmark Stand-On MowerWhether you’re looking for some end-of-season deals, or you’re planning to upgrade your lawn equipment, there’s a lot to consider when buying a mower. While you probably know if you want a ZTR, there’s one main choice to make beyond engines and decks: standing or sitting? Here’s why you may or may not want to add a stand-on mower to your lawn care fleet.

The Advantages of Stand-on Mowers

They’re More Maneuverable
By having the operator stand behind the engine, a stander mower can be significantly shorter than an equivalent riding mower. This lets standers maneuver in tight spaces with ease, saving time trimming.

It’s Easy to Get On and Off
With a stander, the operator can easily step off the footplate. This cuts the time needed to move branches and other obstacles out of the way.

Increased Visibility
By standing on the footplate, the operator has a clear view of the deck and its surroundings. This makes it easier to make tricky maneuvers without running into obstacles.

Small Footprint
Standers take up less space, so you can fit more equipment on your trailer.

Reduced Fatigue
It may sound counter-intuitive, but using a stander mower is less fatiguing than a riding mower. Having an upright body position is more natural, and constant shifting around on the platform reduces muscle fatigue. The body is able to absorb shocks better when standing, while sitting directs impacts towards the spine. That said, these mowers aren’t a panacea for comfort issues: users do report fatigue of their back, legs, and feet.

Sitting for hours at a time can cause problems with hip flexors and calves, and can result in lower back pain.

The Disadvantages of Stand-on Mowers

Reduced Bagging
With a ZTR, there’s plenty of space to mount bags to hold clippings. Bagging designs for stand-on mowers either need to be built to fit the side of the mower, or use a shorter rack so that the operator can still step on and off of the footplate. Even the best bagging designs will be a third smaller than their ZTR equivalents.

Attachment Compatibility
There are few if any attachments available for stand-on mowers. Standers also can’t be used to pull trailers. ZTRs and lawn tractors can also be used for other lawn care tasks like spraying chemicals, dethatching and transporting mulch.

Lower Ground Speeds
Standers don’t move as fast as ZTRs, and have significantly slower transport speeds. The effect of this will depend on your mowing conditions. On open terrain, a ZTR can handily outrun a stander. In areas that have obstacles and require frequent turns, both ZTRs and standers have to move slower.

Smaller Fuel Tanks

Even with the efficiency of EFI, a stander won’t be able to mow as long as a riding mower due to a smaller fuel tank.

Which One Do I Need?

Most landscapers end up with both types of mowers because they fit different kinds of jobs.

Standers are ideal for a half-acre and smaller lawns. Their small size and maneuverability make them easy to use in areas filled with trees, landscape features, and other obstacles. Loading is also easier, so you can keep moving from job to job as you work your way through neighborhoods.

The higher speed, larger fuel tank and increases bagging capacity of a riding mower makes it the best choice for big lawns and wide-open areas. These are great for lawn care on large properties.

Used together, you can play toward each mower’s advantages. The ZTR can cover open areas, while the stand-on mower can cut close to property lines and around trees. This saves time covering turf and reduces the need for trimming.

Stander, ZTR, or Tractor, Shank’s Has It

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a dealer for a wide range of stand-on and regular ZTR brands including Toro, Wright, and Exmark. We can help you find the right mower to fit your needs, whether you’re a homeowner, landscaper or groundskeeper. We also provide parts and service for everything we sell. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

Need something for your mower? We ship parts and accessories across the United States and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Multi-One 2 Series tractor

Multi-One 2 Series tractorThere are always jobs that you don’t do often enough to require a dedicated machine, but at the same time are frequent enough to make it a pain to rent equipment. The Multi-One Series 2 solves this problem by going all out on flexibility. Their 2.3 mini loader is small enough to fit anywhere, can make sharp turns without destroying turf, and is compatible with dozens of attachments. Whether you’re a farmer, groundskeeper, construction worker or plant manager, a Multi-One is a good fit for your business.

What is a Mini Loader?

At first glance, it’s easy to confuse the Multi-One 2.3 with a skid steer or a forklift. However, its drive design makes it something totally different. All four wheels are driven directly by hydraulic motors attached to a hinged frame. Each wheel motor is independently controlled by a dynamic block system. This gives the 2 Series an extremely tight turning circle with virtually zero scrubbing when making turns.

There’s no rear wheel steering like a forklift, nor does it have individual wheel brakes like a tractor. The Series 2 is controlled by a steering wheel, throttle, and brake pedal. If you can drive a car, you can operate a mini loader.

With most tractors and front loaders, switching attachments is a complicated process. Since Multi-One developed their machines and attachments together, they’re built around a universal mounting system. Everything attaches to the boom’s mounting plate and single hydraulic connector, letting you switch tools in minutes instead of hours.

Power and Performance

The 2.3 is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 8270 producing 25 HP. It drives a hydraulic pump, moving up to 11.1 gallons of fluid per minute. Hydraulics are used to power the boom, attachments, and wheel motors. Top speed for this loader is 9.3 MPH.

The boom both lifts and extends, reaching up to 63-inch maximum lift height. With rear weights installed, the boom can lift up to 926 lbs. with the arms retracted, and up to 750 lbs. when fully extended. The mounting plate is self-leveling, so attachments stay at the same angle as you move them up and down.

At just 41 inches wide, it can pass through all but the smallest gates. This makes the Series 2 a great choice for landscaping and other work in tight quarters.


The operator sits in an adjustable high back seat with dual armrests. To protect the operator, the 2.3 comes with a Level 1 ROPS that has a built-in roof. Front and rear lighting also come standard.

From the factory, the cab is open on the left side to make it easier for the operator to get in and out of the loader. For better rollover protection, a lockable bar can be added to this side.

For better weather protection, the cab can be fully enclosed in plexiglass or glass. A heater and a heated seat are available for winter use.

Multi-One also offers several lighting options, including LED headlights for road use, extra working lights, and a beacon light.

Need more grip? Tire chains help with traction on snow and ice, while the torque divider helps deliver equal power to all wheels for traction on soft ground.


All attachments are controlled using the same four-way control stick, making it easy to learn how to use new equipment. Multi-One offers 65 compatible attachments for the Series 2.

Landscaping: sickle bar mower, sprayer, weed brush, lawn mower, leaf vacuum, landscape pot clamp, leaf blower, auger, flail mower, hedge cutter, dual blade hedge trimmer, and a trailer

Groundskeeping: rotary sweeper, salt and sand spreader, rubber scraper, snow blade, snow plow, snow blower, vacuum sweeper, street washer and pressure washer

Construction: Leveler, light material bucket, high tip bucket, grapple bucket, general bucket, dozer blade, combo bucket, and cement mixer

Excavation: ripper, trencher, mini digger and hydraulic breaker

Forestry: Log grapple, log splitter, and timber grab

Farming: harrow, plow, rake, vineyard tool carrier, stone burier, hives handler, rotary tiller, screw feed pusher, tree auger, manure fork, shoot remover, inter-row mower, horse arena harrow, bale fork, hay bale grapple, silage fork, feed dispenser, and drop spreader

Industry: winch, stainless steel tipping dumper, pallet fork, hydraulic clamp pallet fork, side shift pallet fork, jib crane, big bag lifter and dumper

Expand Your Tool Set with Shank’s Lawn

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Multi-One and Briggs & Stratton, so we can service everything on your mini loader. If you want to see if a Multi-One mini loader is right for your business, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

You can also visit our website, www.shankslawn.com, to see which loaders and attachments we have in stock, or order parts and accessories for your mini-loader. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Woods HLS3 Three Point Log Splitter

Woods Log SplitterSince Woods Equipment started building wood and brush equipment, customers and dealers have been asking for a tractor-powered log splitter. The new HLS3 delivers on these requests, designed with the power, durability and usability Woods is known for. Since it can be transported and powered by a Category 1 or 2 tractor, it’s easy to position, and has more power than small engine-powered splitters. It’s also quick hitch compatible, making it easy to mount and unmount from your tractor’s three point hitch.

Tractor Compatibility

This splitter is compatible with Cat 1 and Cat 2 three point hitches. This means it will work with most tractors with 20 to 100 hp. Like many of Woods’ attachments, the HLS3 is ASABE quick hitch compatible. Woods offers their own quick hitch adapter, the TQH1, for Cat 1 hitches.

The tractor’s hydraulics need to provide a flow rate between 6 and 20 GPM at 1,500 to 2,500 PSI to operate the cylinder. The hydraulic system also needs a cooling system that can control fluid temperatures under temporary loads. Since the connector size and distance between the hydraulic connections and cylinder can vary widely between tractor models, hoses and couplers need to be sourced separately.


The entire 400 lb. unit is built to be carried by the tractor’s hitch instead of being towed. This makes it easier to transport and maneuver into position than trailer-based splitters. With the beam in the horizontal position, the HLS3 measures 82.5 x 48.2 inches.

Once the splitter is in the work area, it’s lowered to the ground onto three stands. These are adjustable, so you can support the HLS3 on uneven ground. With the beam mounted horizontally, this splitter has a 25-inch working height. Switching between horizontal and vertical use is easy since the tractor can lift the entire unit off of the ground. With the splitter in the air, just remove the square locking pin, tilt the beam, insert the pin, and lower the splitter onto the ground.

Cutting Performance

The HLS3 is built around a 6 x 6-inch high-strength steel beam supported with added steel reinforcements. A 4 x 42-inch stroke cylinder drives the splitter’s 8-inch tall wedge. Running at the cylinder’s maximum capacity of 3,200 PSI at 20 GPM, the cylinder pushes the wedge with 20 tons of force. The HLS3 handles all types and species of wood including wet elm. It also has no problem powering through crotches and knots.

Woods also designed the HLS3 to work fast, cutting total job times. The cylinder has a 13 second cycle time at maximum pressure. Expect the wedge to move a little slower if you have a small tractor. An auto-return valve and a fixed stripper plate separate and remove the cut log while you ready the next piece of wood. The log cradle is built into the beam, making it more durable than stand-alone plates. It handles logs up to 24.5 inches long.

Want to break up logs faster? Woods offers a 4-way wedge to break soft logs apart in fourths, and a log catcher to keep the operator from needing to pick split logs off of the ground.


Woods guarantees the beam for 5 years of residential use or 3 years of commercial use. The hydraulics are guaranteed for two years no matter how this splitter is used.

Work More Efficiently With Help from Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Big or small, when you need outdoor equipment, visit Shank’s. We’re an authorized Woods Equipment dealer, so we sell their equipment, service it, and offer OEM parts if you want to repair it yourself. Looking for a tractor that can handle heavy equipment like the HLS3? We’re also a Yanmar tractor dealer. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories for everything we sell across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Summer Weed Control

Summer Weed ControlAre weeds showing up on your lawn? There’s more to getting rid of them than just grabbing a bottle of herbicide. These tips will help you improve the quality of your turf to keep weeds out and create care strategies that will stop weeds for good.

A Healthy Lawn is a Weed Free Lawn

The best strategy for controlling weeds is improving your turf grass. Your soil will only support so much plant life. If it’s already covered in grass, there won’t be space for weeds to sprout.

Knowing the types of weeds on your property can help you find soil problems that are holding back your grass.

Wet soil: Chickweed, crabgrass, ground ivy, knotweed, sedge and spotted spurge
Dry soil: Nettle, Pigweed, sorrel, thistle, and yarrow
Compacted soil: Chickweed, dandelion, goosegrass, knotweed, mustard, nettle and plantain
Nutrient deficiencies: Clover, crabgrass, dandelion, fennel, oxeye daisy, plantain, Queen Anne’s lace, and ragweed
Acidic (sour, low pH) soil: Knotweed, plantain, oxeye daisy and sorrel
Alkaline (sweet, high pH) soil: Chicory, chickweed, Queen Anne’s lace, and spotted spurge

There are four ways you can increase grass density:

Overseed your lawn with warm-season grasses every three or four years. New plants fill in spaces around mature growth, increasing turf density through the summer.

Get a soil test. This will tell you what you need to add to your soil to bring nutrients and pH in line for optimum grass growth.

Eliminate soil compaction. Aerating breaks up already compacted soil, and changing how you use your lawn can reduce future compaction. Avoid driving vehicles or walking on your lawn during the peak of summer heat. If you need to walk through your lawn, put down a sidewalk or stone path so you don’t have to walk on the grass.

Keep thatch under control. Remove layers over ½ inch thick to help with drainage and improve both sunlight and oxygen exposure. When possible, mulch your grass. The clippings boost the microbe population in your lawn, which in turn increases their ability to digest thatch and bring nutrients back to the soil.


There are two types of herbicides: pre-emergent and post-emergent. Pre-emergent herbicides coat seeds to prevent them from sprouting. By mid-summer, most weeds are already sprouting on your lawn, so it’s too late to use these chemicals. However, by taking note of which weeds are showing up on your lawn, you can plan the herbicide application for next spring.

Most pre-emergent herbicides need to be applied when ground temperatures are above 60°F. This usually coincides with the first buds on trees and blooms on smaller plants. If you need to aerate or dethatch, do so before applying the herbicide. Doing either after the herbicide is applied can disturb the protective barrier, opening spaces for weeds to bloom.

Post-emergent herbicides are applied directly to the plant to kill it. These are sprayed onto the plant instead of applying them across the entire lawn. Most treatments work best when temperatures stay below 85°F.

Many weeds are closely related to turf grass, which means the same herbicides that kill these unwanted plants will also damage your lawn. To keep this from happening, the grass needs to be at its strongest. For most pre-emergent herbicides, the lawn needs to be mowed at least three times before application. Apply post-emergent herbicides at least a month or two mowings after grass starts germinating. After the application of any herbicide, it may take two to four months for the chemicals to dissipate to a point that newly overseeded grass can bloom.

Most weeds can be stopped by making a few small lawn care changes in combination with one or two herbicide applications. However, stopping crabgrass is a battle of attrition. These plants produce a lot of seeds, even when mowed as short as ¼ inch. It can take years of applying pre- and-post-emergent herbicides in combination with better turf care to eliminate these plants from your lawn.

Get the Equipment and Parts You Need to Maintain Your Lawn

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries a wide range of outdoor equipment from popular brands including Woods, Scag, Exmark, Little Wonder, Troy-Bilt, and Echo. We have everything you need to get the best looking lawn including lawn sprayers, aerators, dethatchers, mowers and more. If you’re looking for new ways to improve your turf or need your current equipment serviced, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories for everything we sell across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Kawasaki FT-Series Maintenance

Kawasaki FT-SeriesThe FT730V-EFI is the latest commercial engine from Kawasaki. It combines their high efficiency open loop fuel injection system with the new Vortical Air Filtration system. Together, these reduce wear and tear on the engine’s internals, ensuring a long service life. Here’s what you need to do to keep these engines running reliably.

Maintenance Schedule

Daily: Check the engine oil and battery. Look for fuel and oil leaks, and make sure all fasteners are tight.
Every 50 hours of operation: Check the inspection ports and clean the foam air filter element.
Every 100 hours: Clean the paper air filter element. Change the oil. Clean and regap the spark plugs.
Every 200 hours: Change the oil filter.
Every 250 hours: Replace the paper air filter element.
Every 300 hours: Have the engine professionally serviced. This includes valve lapping, adjusting valve clearance and cleaning the combustion chamber.


Check the oil level with the dipstick inserted into the fill tube but not screwed in. The oil level should be between the “ADD” and “FULL” marks.
Kawasaki recommends SAE SJ or SL oil. 10W-40 is recommended for most operating conditions. When operating at temperatures above 100°F, use 20W-50 oil to reduce oil consumption.
To change the oil, remove the plug, located on the base of the engine. Once the crankcase has drained, torque the drain plug to 65 in-lbs. The oil filter can be unscrewed by hand. When installing a new filter, apply a thin layer of clean oil to the seal. Screw on the filter until it seats, then hand tighten the filter an addition ¾ turn.
This engine holds 1.8 quarts if the old oil filter is left on the engine, and two quarts with a new filter.

Air Filter

The Vortical Air Filtration system draws air through the airbox and uses centrifugal force to separate dust and water from the air stream before it reached the filter elements. Over time, this debris will collect inside the dust ejector valve. To clean this valve, push in on the cap, located above one of the cylinder heads, and twist it counter-clockwise, like you would with a medicine bottle. Screw the cap back on after the debris pours out of the opening.
To access the filter, turn the two knobs on the cover counter-clockwise a half turn. Lift up on the cover and tilt it back to release it from the clips.
Clean the foam filter element with water and a mild detergent. Let it air dry before reinstalling. Do not oil this filter.
Clean the paper element by striking it against a hard surface to loosen surface dirt.

Spark Plugs

The plugs are located next to the valve covers, below the “V-Valve” labels. Clean the spark plugs with a non-metallic brush. Replace a spark plug if it has signs of damage, like a cracked insulator. The electrode gap should be 0.030 in. (0.75 mm.) When installing the plugs, thread them in by hand, then torque them to 16.6 ft-lbs.

Cooling System

Clean the air intake screen on top of the engine before each use.
To access the inspection ports, remove the air filter cover. These ports are at the corners of the airbox next to the filter screen.
To clean the cylinders and heads, you first need to remove the cooling system cover.
1. Pull out the quick rivets on the sides of the guard. Remove the guard.
2. Unscrew the air intake screen bolts that were beneath the guard. Unhook the clamp on the intake at the front of the engine.
3. Unscrew the regulator ground bolts on the side of the cover, then disconnect the regulators.
4. Unscrew the four fan housing bolts on the lower edges of the air intake.
5. Disconnect the intake tube between the air box and the throttle body.
6. Remove the fan housing.

Cover the throttle body intake to keep debris from entering the engine. Clean the cylinders and heads with a rag and a stiff bristled brush. Water can enter the engine, contaminating the oil. Once the engine is clean, reassemble the cooling system in reverse order. Torque the housing bolts to 86 in-lbs. and the regulator bolts to 39 in-lbs.

Get Professional Help for Your Professional Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for Kawasaki Engines USA and the companies that use their engines including Scag and Cub Cadet. If you need help with your engine, or you’re looking for top quality equipment, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 81, take Exit 10 to Marion.
We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the USA and Canada. To order, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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Watering Your Lawn in the Summer

Watering Your Lawn in the SummerWatering your lawn may seem simple, but getting it right can be a confusing process. Does the time of day matter? What’s the difference between sprinklers? Are you watering too much or not enough? Let’s demystify this lawn care task so you can keep your grass looking green and healthy all summer.

How Much Water Do I Use?

Most grass varieties need between one and one-and-a-half inches of precipitation each week to stay at peak growth, but this can vary a lot depending on the variety. Buffalo grass needs just a quarter to half an inch of water per week, while Kentucky Bluegrass can use up to 2 ½ inches per week in the peak summer heat.

After watering, the top 6-8 inches of soil should be moist. Penetration varies widely depending on soil type, so you’ll need to check your lawn to make sure it’s hydrated. A half-hour after watering, push a long screwdriver through the soil. If the soil is moist, it should be easy to push it through 6 inches of dirt.

Grass doesn’t need to be watered every day. Typically, sandy soils will stay damp when watered twice per week, while heavy clay can go up to a week before watering. Overwatering can lead to issues with fungus, weeds, thatch buildup and insect infestations. Don’t apply the same amount of water each week. Instead, use a rain gauge to keep track of precipitation, and add just enough water to make up the difference.

Construction packs down the soil. Even if you aerated your lawn recently, you should water in stages to give the soil more time to absorb the water.

What to Consider When Setting Up an Irrigation System

To calculate the amount of water you’re using, multiply your lawn’s size in square feet by 0.62. This is the number of gallons of water you need to get the equivalent of one inch of precipitation.

Irrigation systems need some fine-tuning to make them consistent. To check for wet and dry spots, set some cups or cans in your yard. You can place some rocks or coins in them to keep them from blowing over. After watering, remove the weights and check the levels of each cup.

When watering large plants, consider using water emitters or soaker hoses. These drop water right at the root system of bushes and shrubs. If you’re using a portable irrigation system, use the wand to direct water to the base of the root system.

Even if you’re watering by hand, you should consider upgrading your hose. Rubber hoses don’t kink or break down like plastic hoses, making them easier to deal with and more consistent. To water more accurately, add a shut-off valve between the hose and the sprayer.

There are several choices when it comes to lawn watering. Impact sprinklers irrigate a wide area evenly. Oscillating sprinklers are cheaper, but they need to be moved frequently to evenly distribute water. However, the spray is less intense than an oscillating sprinkler, so they won’t wash away new seeds. Fountain spray sprinklers water a small area. They’re a good choice if you’re establishing new plants.

Tips for Watering Your Lawn

Water in the morning. This reduces evaporation and takes advantage of early day breezes. If you can’t do that, water in the early evening. Watering after 6 pm will leave the lawn damp, encouraging the growth of mold.

Use less water in shaded areas. Less water will evaporate, leaving more for the soil.

Thatch should be no more than ½ inch thick. A thicker layer will block water and can cause roots to grow out of the ground.

Construction, vehicle traffic, and foot traffic compact soil, stopping water from soaking into it. Aerating breaks up the surface soil, relieving this pressure. For the best results, dethatch your lawn to give your aerator’s tines a direct path to the soil.

Grass goes dormant and turns brown when it doesn’t get enough water. If this happens, stop watering your lawn. Bringing it back to life will stress it out.

Shank’s Lawn Can Help You With Your Equipment Needs

From push mowers to tractors, pumps to pressure washers, if it’s lawn equipment, we have it. Shank’s Lawn is an authorized dealer for a wide range of brands from Multi-One to Little Wonder, so we have your needs covered for residential and commercial lawn care. When you need new equipment or parts and service for your current tools, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re just one mile from I-81.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories for all the brands we sell across the United States and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Brinly-Hardy Garden Attachments

Brinley-Hardy Garden AttachmentsHow do you use a garden tractor to garden? With attachments from Brinly-Hardy. Their line of tools gives your mower the power to clear land and maintain soil, taking the work out of maintaining a garden or doing minor landscaping projects. Here’s how they can help you with your next project.

Why Brinly-Hardy?

All of these attachments are built using carbon steel for maximum durability. They connect to your garden tractor using a sleeve hitch, so they work with almost any tractor. These hitches are either built into your tractor from the factory or available as a factory accessory. Like all Brinly-Hardy products, these attachments are guaranteed for two years of residential use.

BS-38BH Box Scraper/Rear Blade

When fully assembled, the BS-38BH is a box scraper. This lets you spread out and flatten loose material, whether you’re evening out freshly broken ground or spreading out dirt and gravel. Take off the side plates and the scarifier bar, and it becomes a rear blade. Using the blade this way is great for pushing around large quantities of snow and dirt when you don’t care about getting a perfectly even surface.

Need to push heavy materials? A built-in weight tray lets you increase the pressure you’re putting on dense dirt and gravel. The blade can be used straight for leveling or locked into place at a 30° angle in either direction to spread material.

CC-56BH Cultivator

Why hoe by hand when you can do the work using this simple tractor attachment? The CC-56BH has V-shaped arms that move in and out, letting you adjust the working width from 18 to 40 inches for clearing anything from the sides of a garden path to open fields.

The height of the 7 12-inch spring steel shanks can be set by moving the adjustable control skids. As you drag the cultivator, these shanks bite into the soil, turning it up while shrugging off impacts with rocks. The ¼ inch angle steel frame designed to support added weight for digging into hard ground.

DD-55BH Disc Harrow

A disc harrow makes quick work of previously-planted soil, turning it to start fresh for a new growing season. It’s also great for breaking up and mixing virgin soil to create a new garden plot.

This attachment has 11-inch diameter discs made from 13-gauge steel. By adjusting the frame, the discs can be set to a 10, 15 or 20-degree angle to get the right cutting aggressiveness. Depending on the angle, this attachment has a working width ranging from 29 to 39 inches.

The frame has a built-in tray that can hold one or two cinder blocks. This added weight helps the discs cut into hard ground and virgin soil.

Two of these harrows can be bolted together to make one large tandem unit. When combined, the inner discs throw dirt out, while the outer discs throw it in, keeping dirt from spilling past the area you’re working.

PP-51BH Moldboard Plow

Moldboard plows are an antique design, but they’re still effective. Its simple, curved plate design reaches the desired cutting depth automatically without extra weight, reducing the stress on the attachment and your tractor. As it cuts, the soil is inverted, stopping the growth of surface weeds. This makes it easier to break new ground with the plow than it is with a tiller. The channels it leaves behind are ideal for planting seeds and running irrigation lines.

The PP-51BH uses a ¼ inch steel plowshare that adjusts to cut an 8 to 10-inch width furrow. The included 13 gauge steel colter adjusts without needing tools, making it easy to get the furrow shape you need.

Visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment for All of Your Small Equipment Needs

From Brinly-Hardy attachments to Scag mowers, if it’s used for lawn care, you can find it at Shank’s. We’re an authorized dealer for many popular equipment and engine brands, making us your best source for professional and residential lawn care equipment. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA.

We also ship OEM parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada for everything we sell. If you need something for your equipment, visit us at www.shankslawn.com.

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