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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Summer Lawn Care Tips

Summer Lawn Care tipsAfter the spring rush to get new landscaping put in and existing growth fertilized and trimmed, summer lawn care can seem somewhat relaxed. However, high temperatures and reduced rainfall can really stress turf, turning it into a brown, spotty mess, and some lawn care can make the situation worse. These tips can help you provide the care the grass needs to stay green and healthy during the summer.

Watering

Make sure your lawn gets at least an inch of water per week, but remember that includes rain: have a rain gauge set up so you can supplement Mother Nature and keep soil moisture balanced. Spacing out waterings will help encourage the growth of drought-resistant roots, and watering in the morning will give time for the water to absorb into the soil without evaporating or pooling on the surface, encouraging mildew.

If you don’t water enough, the lawn will turn brown. This means the grass has turned dormant to protect itself from drought and will return once temperatures drop in the fall. If this happens, don’t try to pull it back out of dormancy with watering: this forces the grass to use reserves that would normally be saved for the winter. Instead, cut back to a quarter to a half inch of water every couple of weeks to keep the roots and crowns alive.

Mowing

Taller grass is more resistant to heat, adding shade and helping the root structure penetrate deeper into the soil. Aim for a height between three to four inches for cool season grasses and two to three inches for warm season grasses. When mowing, don’t take more than a third of the height off at a time to make it easier for the grass to recover. Clippings should be mulched to both feed the grass and create a protective layer of thatch to further shield your lawn from heat.

Keep your mower’s blades sharp: dull blades will tear the ends of the grass blades instead of slicing them, and that can increase stress and open a pathway for diseases.

Fertilizer Usage and Pet Waste

Ideally, you shouldn’t spread any fertilizer from a month before the hottest summer days, and you should never fertilize a dormant lawn. If your lawn is still growing and you’re having trouble keeping grass on high traffic areas, use an organic fertilizer: they’re slower acting, which means they’ll be less likely to burn your lawn. If this is a consistent problem, consider placing some stepping stones to keep people from walking on the grass.

Dog urine contains high levels of nitrogen so it can burn the lawn just like fertilizer. Diluting the area with water can reduce the effect, but the best long-term solution is to make a mulch or pebble-covered area and train your dog to use that spot. Making sure your dog isn’t getting too much protein and has plenty of water to drink can reduce the nitrogen concentration in their urine.

Herbicides, Pesticides, and Fungicides

Herbicides can be used, but its best if they’re applied when temperatures are below 85 degrees F (30 degrees C.) While they may not directly kill grass they can increase the stresses encountered during hot days. Pesticides should also be reserved for major infestations. Grub infestations are common this time of year, but they’re easy to confuse with burning. To tell the difference, pull on the grass in brown spots: if the grass comes out of the ground with ease, it’s being attacked by grubs.

Fungicide can be applied if brown patch and mildew are showing up on the grass. While it may be tempting to water late in the day if you forgot to do so that morning, this will increase the chance of mold growth.

Keep Your Equipment in Top Condition

When you need to add something to your lawn care arsenal or you need to have your current equipment serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for most popular equipment and engine brands including Honda, Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet. Our shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just off Route 11. To get there from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

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

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Dixon SpeedZTR Series – 30, 42, 46, 54, 42 SE, 48 SE

Shank's DixonTop speed isn’t the only factor to consider when you want to mow fast: the closer you can get to trees, fences, and landscaping, the less time you’ll have to spend trimming. Dixon’s Speed ZTR mowers are built with homeowners in mind, delivering the same performance as their professional models in a compact platform that works great for lawns of any size and with any number of obstacles.

Easy to Use and Easy to Maintain

Whether this is your first ZTR or your newest one, it doesn’t take much to get accustomed to the controls thanks to dampened lap bars that provide smooth resistance throughout their movement range. This is coupled with a new control panel puts everything next to the operator. Depending on the model, this includes the choke, throttle, blade clutch, starter, fuel gauge and hour meter. Need to change the deck height? There’s a clearly-marked lever within each reach of the operator’s position.

All models use Dixon’s tungsten carbide Fusion blades which last up to twice as long as standard steel blades and can go up to three times as long before needing to be sharpened.

Need to grease the spindles or replace a belt? The foot pan is removable for easy access. Need to clean the deck? Stamped models have a built-in wash port.

Power and Performance

The SpeedZTR 30 comes with a Briggs & Stratton Intek XRD that produces 16.5 hp. A B & S Professional Series motor rated at 19 hp can be found in the 42, while the 46’s motor is rated at 22 hp.

The 54 and SE mowers use Kawasaki FR Series motors that produce anywhere from 21.5 to 24 hp. These engines come with features usually limited to commercial models including a full pressure lubrication system with a filter.

Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear EZT transmissions. They’re maintenance free and have a cooling fan for the pump to ensure long term reliability. Top speed for all Speed ZTR models is 6.5 mph, while the 30 can go up to 3 mph in reverse and all other models can reach 3.5 mph.

Decks

Dixon offers the Speed ZTR with 30, 42, 46 and 54-inch stamped decks. The 30 uses aluminum to help save weight, while the other motors have decks made of steel for better impact resistance. The 42 SE and 48 SE use fabricated decks made from 11 gauge steel and cast iron spindles. The mowing finish quality isn’t quite as good as the stamped decks, but the heavy construction shrugs off impacts, making the SE’s a good choice for rough terrain and areas filled with obstacles. Anti-scalp wheels are included with the 46, 48 and 54-inch wide decks to help them follow hilly terrain without cutting into the soil. All decks are designed for mulching and side ejection with the option of adding a bagging system for clipping collection.

Which deck is right for you? Dixon says the 30-inch deck can handle up to 1.5 acres per hour, 42-inch decks can cut 2.2 acres/hr, 46-inch decks up to 2.4 acres/hr, and the 54-inch deck as much as 2.8 acres/hr. Need to pass through a gate? Total width is 6-7 inches wider than the deck area with the chute down or a bagging system attached.

Keeping Your Dixon Speed ZTR Running

Looking to buy a Dixon or need it serviced? Shanks’ Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Dixon, Briggs & Stratton and Kawasaki, and we have over 30 years of experience helping residential and commercial users with their outdoor power equipment. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re just off Rt. 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not a local? We can ship anything you need for your Speed ZTR to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Bennche Cowboy 400S

Bennche Cowboy 400S

Early this year, Texas-based manufacturers Bennche and Massimo announced a new partnership, bringing their manufacturing expertise and dealer support together under one roof. The first new product to come out of this new company is the Cowboy 400S, a UTV that aims for a low price while including everything buyers want from the start.

Performance

The Cowboy uses a 391 cc SOHC engine with fuel injection that produces 25.8 hp, which is an increase over Bennche’s older 500cc motor. The engine is connected to a CVT with a high and low range. Power can be routed to one or both axles using the selectable four-wheel drive, while a locking rear differential helps with climbing difficult surfaces. The 400s uses hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners, and aluminum wheels come standard. An independent A-arm suspension is used on both front and rear, and all the shocks are adjustable.

Equipment

Look at the price, and you’d think there was somewhere that the company cut corners. However, you’d really have to nitpick to find something missing from this vehicle.

LED headlights, brake lights, turn signals and side mirrors are included, which is enough to get the Cowboy licensed as a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) or Neighborhood Vehicle (NV) in many states. This means you can legally drive it on the road for short distances, letting you move between properties without having to haul the vehicle on a trailer.

The 47 x 34.5-inch dump bed can carry up to 400 lbs. Long rails on the sides provide plenty of space for tie downs, while the bed can be tilted from either side thanks to dual dump handles. A 3,500 lb. winch helps pull the UTV out of tight spots, while a hitch receiver that lets this side by side tow trailers weighing up to 1,000 lbs.

Look in the cab area and you’ll see the usual LCD gauge cluster along with some storage spaces and a 12-volt power outlet. The bench seat has headrests that mount to the top of the roll cage, keeping the seating comfortable while letting the driver and passenger reach into the bed without getting out of the vehicle. The ROPS-mounted folding windshield and roof are included for weather protection.

What’s missing? The steering rack is manual with no option for an electrically assisted unit, but with a dry weight of 1,100 lbs, it’s not really necessary. There’s also no option for a buss bar nor are there loads of mounting points for added lights, but for the majority of buyers, the included lighting is more than sufficient.

Just One Accessory

With so much already included, there’s only one piece of equipment Bennche offers for this UTV: a snow plow. This blade bolts to the underside of the frame and is raised and lowered by the winch.

Colors

The 400S is available in Candy Red, Pearl White, Sapphire and Vista Camouflage.

Warranty

Bennche guarantees the entire Cowboy 400S including the engine for 12 months with no limit on operation hours.

Find Out More at Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Whether you’re looking to buy a Cowboy 400S or have one serviced, stop by Shank’s Lawn Equipment, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or you can get here by taking Exit 10 to Marion from I81. We’re a certified Bennche dealer with over three decades of experience helping locals with their outdoor power equipment.

Not in the area? We can still supply you with all the parts you need to keep your Bennche UTV in top condition, even if you live in Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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Dealing with Lawn Clippings: Mulching, Bagging, Side Discharge and Rear Discharge

download (7)Which type of deck is right for your needs? Whether you’re buying a walk-behind for a small lawn or you’re a commercial operator that needs to deliver beautiful lawns quickly, there are a lot of considerations to be made when choosing how your mower deals with clippings.

Side Discharge

Almost every mower on the market can send clippings out of a chute, although there are some serious disadvantages with this method. The clippings are concentrated into a thin stream, leaving long piles behind. Add in some wind, and the operator will get a nice coating of clippings and dirt on them while mowing. Hit an object? The velocity from the edge of the blade can propel it at speeds that can do some serious damage. Have a deck with multiple blades? More power is needed to push clippings along the deck to the chute.

Why is side discharge still an option when it has so many problems? It’s simple, fast and works in any condition. Side discharge equipment is less complex, and this type of mowing can handle wet and tall grass with ease. When you have to mow in less than optimal conditions, this is a great option.

Mulching

Mulching cuts down the clippings into small pieces before they fall to the ground, helping them integrate into the thatch that covers the turf’s surface. These tiny pieces are digested quickly by microorganisms, returning their nutrients to the soil.

Old mowers used pairs of blades situated 90 degrees from each other in an attempt to cut the clippings multiple times before they hit the ground. Modern decks pair high lift blades with tall mowing chambers, using force and air flow to bounce clippings around for multiple cuts. Once a piece is small enough, it can fall through the blades and onto the turf. However, all that extra cutting can cause problems on tall and wet grass, clogging the deck and leaving behind large clumps of grass.

Constructed vs. Stamped Decks

The shape of the deck can have a major effect on mulching quality. The smooth curves on the inside of stamped decks help maintain vacuum for a fine cut, while constructed decks have box-like interiors that created dead spaces the grass can fall through. Some manufacturers have turned to hybrid designs that add curved plating to the inside of constructed decks, providing better suction while retaining the durability of a thick steel exterior.

Bagging

Bagging can be used to remove seeds from weeds when they’re germinating and reduce the amount of thatch for better penetration of water, seed, and fertilizer.

Large commercial mowers use bagging systems that integrate an impeller. This works like an onboard lawn vac, actively pulling clippings from the deck and compacting them to increase the amount of material that can be held inside the bags.

Rear Discharge

When you need to quickly mow areas in residential areas with lots of landscaping, nothing beats a rear discharge deck. They don’t have a chute, so they’re as narrow as possible. The clippings are spread across the entire width of the deck, which reduces clumping. This spread also lets the blades eject clippings directly, reducing noise and power requirements.

These abilities come at the cost of flexibility. A traditional deck design can be set up for side discharge, mulching or bagging, but the wide outlet of a rear discharge deck means it can only discharge clippings. There are specialty mowers that combine a rear discharge deck with a specially constructed bagging system to get the close clipping advantages of these decks, but these models tend to be slow and very pricey.

Get the Deck You Need

Whether you’re looking to buy a new mower or make some changes to your current deck, you can get the advice and support you need at Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’ve been helping homeowners and professionals alike for over 30 years, selling and servicing a wide range of popular brands. Visit us at our shop located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We can ship parts and accessories for mowers from a wide range of manufacturers, letting you set up your current deck for mulching, bagging and side discharge or just get the parts you need to repair it. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Dixon DX200 Series – DX254, DX260, DX272

Dixon DX200 SeriesWhen you need a quality commercial ZTR, why not go with the company that invented them? Dixon’s DX200 line of mowers have over 40 years of development behind them to ensure they meet the needs of professional landscapers.

Power

The DX200 uses a Kawasaki FX Series engine. These motors have become the standard for high-end commercial mowers thanks to thoughtful engineering that makes them reliable and easy to care for. A large, multi-stage air filter keeps the inside of the motor clean, a built-in cleaning ports make it easy to keep dirt from building up on the cooling fins and an oil cooler helps control temperatures. Add in an advanced head design, and you get a motor that is both extremely reliable and fuel efficient.

The engine sends power to the wheels through a set of Hydro-Gear ZT 5400 transmissions fitted with 16 cm pumps. This all-in-one transaxle design reduces the number of leak points and uses a paper filter to keep the hydraulic oil clean for a long life. They can propel this mower to a top speed of 12 mph when going forward and up to 6 mph in reverse.

Deck

Dixon fits the DX200 with a fabricated deck made from 7 gauge steel all around. It uses a set of three 1/4 inch steel blades are supported by cast iron blade hubs with ball bearings. These are driven by a belt system connected to a 250 ft-lb. PTO clutch. The deck can be set to 17 heights ranging from 1-5 inches using a spring assist foot lever, letting you change the cut height without having your hands leave the controls.

The deck is set up for side discharge from the factory. Dixon offers a triple bag collection system that holds up to 13 bushels. It’s designed to allow installation and removal in just a few minutes, letting you set up your mower for your needs that day.

Practicality

All the power in the world doesn’t do any good if a mower is hard to use.

The foot pan and lap bars are over-sized, while the bars are fully adjustable and hydraulically dampened for comfortable operation. This makes the mower comfortable for all sizes of operators. Need to get into areas with low hanging branches? The ROPS can be folded 90 degrees from the operator’s position.

For easy maintenance, the mower is fitted with a removable foot pan to give quick access to the spindles and belts, while the chassis is designed for easy access to electrical, fluid and filter service points. It has dual fuel tanks that hold a total of 11 gallons of gas. Large, tilted filler necks make them easy to refill.

Models

The DX200 is offered with three deck sizes and engines to match.

DX254 – 54-inch deck, 24.5 hp, mows up to 5.2 acres per hour
DX260 – 60-inch deck, 31 hp, mows up to 5.8 acres per hour
DX272 – 72-inch deck, 31 hp, mows up to 7 acres per hour

Warranty

Dixon provides a limited lifetime warranty on the frame, spindle housings and the leading edge of the deck, while the rest of the mower is covered by a three-year warranty. Kawasaki warranties their FX Series engines for three years. There is no operation hour restriction on any of these guarantees.

Where to Get Parts for Dixon’s DX200 Mowers

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been helping commercial operators with their landscaping equipment since 1984. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Hwy in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, which you can get to from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not a local? We can ship parts for the DX200 and its Kawasaki engine to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Visit our websites, www.shankslawn.com.

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Woods KLS Log Splitter

WOODS KLS Log Splitter

When you have a lot of wood to split, it seems like the longest part of the job is waiting on the splitter to go through the wood. With the new Woods KLS wood splitter, that wait can all but be eliminated: it uses a kinetic energy system that delivers cycle times that are unheard of with hydraulic systems. Together with features like a wide worktable and an easy to operate lever system, the KLS takes a lot of the effort out of splitting wood.

Splitting with Kinetic Power

In a hydraulic log splitter, the mechanical advantage of the hydraulic system turns the fast movement of the engine into slow moving, high torque power. This method is effective, but it can take up to 15 seconds for the wood to be pushed through the wedge.

With the KLS’s kinetic system, the engine indirectly powers the splitting system. First, the engine spins a pair of 70 lb. flywheels to a speed of 325 RPM. Pull the handle, and these flywheels connect to a gear system, releasing this stored energy in a single burst, pushing the wood through the wedge. It delivers so much force over such a short period that the cycle time is just two to three seconds, roughly 5 to 6 times shorter than an equivalent hydraulic splitter. Faster cycle times also decreases log movement, letting it get clean cuts through crotches and knotted wood.

To ensure this new system would meet the needs of commercial users, Woods sent development units to professional woodcutters across the country, letting them use them over several months. Using their feedback, they were able to refine the design for reliable performance and ease of use.

Easier Maintenance

With no hydraulic system to take care of, maintaining this splitter is easy. There are a few grease fittings and oiling spots that need to be taken care of once a season, and the belt tensioner is marked so you can see at a glance if the belt needs to be replaced.

The KLS is powered by a Kohler SH265 rated at 6.5 hp. Since this motor doesn’t need to constantly drive a hydraulic pump, it uses a lot less fuel than a conventional splitter, reducing operation costs.

Thoughtful Design

A 32 inch wide work table with slanted edges ensures logs won’t roll off when they split, while the lever and safety switch are mounted on the top of the flywheel case, making them easy to reach. Woods designed the work area so it can be used from either side, letting you operate the splitter from the position that makes the most sense for where you’re working. Since the lever isn’t holding the pressure of a hydraulic system, it takes much less effort to move.

Need to move between jobs? The splitter is mounted on a trailer rated for a maximum speed of 45 mph.

Where to Get Parts for the Woods KLS Log Splitter

From maintenance items to major components, you can get everything you need for your KLS from Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Woods Equipment Company and the manufacturers of their engines, including Kohler. Stop by our shop located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway. That’s in Chambersburg, PA, just a few miles north of Marion. We’re just off Route 11, and you can get here from Interstate 81 by taking Exit 10.

Not a local? We can supply the parts and accessories you need whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – X-Series

Exmark Radius X-SeriesWant a mower big enough for the toughest commercial jobs that’s also easy to own? The Exmark Radius X combines some of the best engines and hydraulic components on the market with the company’s trademark features to create a ZTR that is easy to both maintain and operate.

Power and Speed

All Radius X mowers are powered by a Kawasaki FX Series engine. These commercial grade motors have a full pressure lubrication system with an oil cooler and a canister-style air filter to keep temperatures and dirt at bay for reliable performance hour after hour.

Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro Gear ZT3400 hydrostatic transmissions which can propel the X Series to a top speed of 10 mph going forward and 6 mph in reverse. These transmissions have an external oil filter and built-in shock valves for easy maintenance and a long life. On the deck side, power is transferred from the engine by a MagStop PTO clutch rated at 125 lb-ft.

Cutting Deck

The Exmark UltraCut Series 4 is constructed using 10 gauge steel for the top plate to provide rigidity for the blade spindles, while a 7 gauge side skirt resists bangs and bumps. It’s set up from the factory for side discharge, but it can also be used for mulching. Add the Ultravac bagging system, and clippings will be drawn through an impeller to be deposited into a set of rear-mounted bags, compacting debris to hold more with each load while maintaining cutting performance.

Features to Make Your Life Easier

Where the Radius X really shines is its attention to detail, eliminating common nuisances you may have experienced with other ZTRs.

The mower needs to hug the terrain to get an even cut, and that can mean a bumpy ride. The Radius X’s seat rides on a suspension with three inches of travel, keeping those shocks away from the operator for all day comfort.

The deck can be set to a height between 1 and 5 inches using a foot lever and a clearly laid out diagram. Instead of moving an unmarked lever and hoping for the best, this system lets you see exactly where the deck is, makes it easy to return to your preferred height after raising the deck to clear obstacles

Need to perform an engine tune up? Exmark packages everything you need for engine maintenance into a single kit. Want to make sure the engine runs cool? Kawasaki builds their FX series engine with clean out ports to keep dust and dirt off of the fins, while a rotating steel guard keeps clippings from being drawn through the flywheel fan.

The UltraCut deck uses Exmark’s exclusive sealed bearing spindles, which means one less area to lubricate. Replacing broken and worn belts is easy thanks to a deck top and belt shields that can be removed without tools.

Models

Exmark makes three versions of the Radius X, giving you a choice of deck widths with engines to match:

A 48-inch deck with an FX651V producing 20.5 hp
A 52-inch deck with an FX691V producing 22 hp
A 60-inch deck with an FX730V producing 23.5 hp

Accessories

Exmark offers a sunshade that attaches to the ROPS bar, and a trash bag can be added so you have a convenient place to put cans, bottles and other debris that can get in the way of your mowing.

The deck can be set up for mulching with a baffle kit that keeps clippings in the mowing chamber until they’re cut down to size, while a striping kit provides a ballpark-style finish.

Want easy access to the bottom of the deck without the expense of an electric lift? Exmark offers a mechanical jack that fits the edge of the side skirt, giving you quick access to the blades.

Warranty

Exmark covers the Radius X with a 500-hour warranty for the bags, belts and tires, and four year/1,000 operation hour warranty on everything else outside of the battery and engine. Kawasaki guarantees FX Series motors for three years with no hour limit.

Where to Get Parts for the Exmark Radius X

Keeping your Exmark operational is just as easy as using it thanks to Shank’s Lawn Equipment. Our experience staff and massive parts stock helps us service your mower quickly so you can keep working. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Route 11, or you can drive in from I-81 by taking Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories for these mowers across the U.S. and Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – S-Series

Exmark S SeriesAny manufacturer can pick up some off-the-shelf parts and build a mower, but it takes a lot of attention to detail to build something that really stands out. With the Radius S-Series, Exmark worked to make minor annoyances like spindle lubrication and deck height adjustment trouble free so you can spend less time working on your ZTR and more time using it.

Power

The S-Series is powered by a 21 hp Kohler Confidant engine. This commercial-grade motor has several features to ensure a long life and reliable performance: the cyclone air cleaner removes most dirt and dust before it reaches the air filter, keeping the motor clean while reducing filter maintenance. The lubrication system is fully pressurized, uses an automotive-style filter for longer oil life and includes an oil cooler to help keep temperatures under control.

This engine drives a pair of Hydro Gear ZT3400 transaxles. These have shock valves to protect the hydraulics and an external oil filter, making them easy to maintain. They can propel the mower to a top speed of 9 mph when going forward and up to 5 mph in reverse. The motors are controlled by lap bars that can be adjusted for height as well as the total distance they can be moved forward and back, ensuring a comfortable reach for any operator. The PTO uses a maintenance free Warner Electric MagStop electromagnetic clutch rated at 125 ft-lbs.

All this equipment is mounted to a heavy duty frame made of thick tubing that allows major components to mounted low for increased stability and traction on slopes. Fuel is stored in a 7-gallon tank directly below the seat with a window positioned so that it can be checked from the operator’s position.

Decks

The Radius S-Series is available with a full-floating UltraCut Series 3 deck set-up from the factory for side discharge. It can also be used for bagging and mulching with optional equipment. This fabricated deck uses a 10 gauge steel top plate with 7 gauge side skirts. Exmark offers this mower with a choice of 48, 52 and 60-inch width decks.

Exmark also makes a version of the S-Series with a 60 inch rear discharge deck. Instead of sending all the clippings through a small chute, it spreads them across the width of the deck, preventing clumping while reducing fuel consumption and shortening the deck’s overall width. The rear discharge deck is a great choice if you need to maneuver around landscaping or regularly cut through thick, tough grass in areas like ditches. There are even bumpers on the sides of the deck so you won’t damage obstacles or the side skirts if you get too close.

With any deck, the height is adjustable using a foot lever. This lever has a clearly laid-out chart next to it, making it easy to find the height you want. These decks also use Exmark’s exclusive sealed spindles, eliminating the need for maintenance.

Accessories

This mower comes with a foldable tubular ROPS that is designed to mount accessories including a sunshade and LED lighting. If you operate on rough terrain, the high-backed seat can be upgraded with a suspension system to help smooth out bumps, and a small trash bin can be added to store cans, bottles and other debris picked up while mowing.

Plates can be added to seal the UltraCut’s mowing chambers for mulching, while there’s an impeller-driven clipping collection, drawing and compacting clippings to keep the blades from bogging down while increasing total storage capacity. The company also offers a trailer-style jack, making it easy to lift the deck for cleaning and blade access. Worried about flats? Upgrade the caster wheels with a set of flat free tires.

Where to Get Parts for Your Exmark Radius S-Series Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has the experienced staff and parts stock to get your Exmark back to mowing quickly, whether you need repairs or want to add accessories. Visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can get here by taking Route 11, or take Exit 10 to Marion from I-81.

Not in the area? We can provide you with OEM parts for your Exmark mower as well as the Kohler engine that powers it, even if you live in Canada. Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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Exmark Radius line of commercial ZTRs – E-Series

Exmark Radius E-SeriesEvery commercial mower manufacturer brags about reliability, but what if you want a ZTR that is both reliable and easy to care for? After all, downtime can make a huge difference to your bottom line. The Radius E-Series is built with this in mind, delivering commercial cut quality and durability together with unique features that can help you keep your mower working.

An Engine Built Specifically for ZTRs

To ensure the durability, performance and easy maintenance of their mowers, Exmark spent over four years developing a V-Twin powerplant with extensive testing both on dynos and in real world conditions. First debuting on some of their Quest mowers in 2015, this commercial grade 708 cc motor was built specifically with ZTR mowers in mind. It has a wide powerband with a peak output of 24.5 hp, but where this motor really shines is its focus on easy maintenance and operation.

The choke is set manually, but vacuum pressure will open the choke automatically as the engine warms up, keeping it running smoothly. The quick drain system replaces the drain plug with a long hose that snaps into mounts on the side of the motor. This allows the oil to be changed without needing tools: just detach the hose, which is long enough to go past the frame and body to eliminate drips, and let the oil flow out. Once the motor is empty, the automotive-style filter can be twisted off and replaced. The fill cap is even designed to require just a quarter turn to remove and install.

The air box uses a hinged cover, making it easy to inspect the filter element. The element will only fit the correct way, and if it isn’t perfectly lined up, it will be aligned and sealed onto the intake when the cover is closed. The bottom of the box has three intakes ports that pass through a sloped chamber, letting dust slide off before it can reach the filter, reducing maintenance. Airflow is generated by fins on the flywheel. It’s also the only engine of its type on the market with a dual barrel carburetor, ensuring even air and fuel flow to both cylinders.

The engine cover is attached with 6 bolts. Once removed, the carburetor and coils are easy to access, and the cooling fins can be cleaned off with compressed air. Have a dead battery? There’s a negative lug on the motor for hooking up jumper cables or a battery charger.

An automotive-style angled cylinder head increases power, while a 5 bolt head attachment system with an extra wide sealing surface ensures durability. Thick cast iron cylinder liners allow the cylinders to be rebored for an engine rebuild. Air cavities between the pushrods and cylinder improve cooling, while a governor with three weights provides quick response to handle load changes. The oil pump is mounted at the bottom of the engine so it can maintain oil pressure even if the oil level is a little low.

There’s a tag on the motor identifying the engine part number and serial number, and these numbers are also stamped into the block in case the tag gets damaged. Need repair information? There’s a QR code that will let you quickly bring up the service manual on your smartphone.

Speed and Cut

A lot of development went into the motor, but the rest of the mower has the same attention to detail. Motivation is provided by a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT2800 transaxles with charge pumps, relief valves and independent, replaceable filters, ensuring they’ll last just as long as the engine. They can move the Radius E to a top speed of 8 mph when going forward and 5 mph in reverse.

The E-Series uses an UltraCut Series 3 constructed deck. It has a 10 gauge top plate and a 7 gauge skirt, while the blades are mounted to maintenance free spindles. A foot-controlled deck lift makes it easy to raise the deck to get over obstacles or put in the transport position. The mower comes from the factory set up for side discharge, but can also be equipped for mulching or bagging. Exmark offers the E Series with 48, 52 and 60-inch decks.

Parts and Service

When you need to fix something on your E-Series, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified Exmark dealer with decades of experience helping owners get the most out of their equipment. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s just off Rt. 11. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

Not in the area? We can still supply you with all the parts you need to keep your Exmark working, whether you live in the U.S. or Canada. Visit us on the web at www.shankslawn.com.

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