Dixon Lawn Tractors

Dixon Lawn Tractors

You read that right: Dixon, the company that invented the zero turning radius mower, also manufactures lawn tractors. While they might not have the sharp handling of their most famous models, these mowers still benefit from the development the company has put into their decks and frames to deliver a solid option for those looking for an affordable quality lawn tractor.

Drive System

Motivation is provided by a Tuff Torque hydrostatic transmission that has a top speed of 5.2 mph going forward and 2.9 mph in reverse. Cruise control comes standard, letting you keep a consistent speed for an even finish. Instead of using a gearshift and single throttle pedal, speed control is split between forward and reverse foot pedals.

A high-backed seat paired with an angled steering wheel makes these lawn tractors more comfortable than competing models, while a step-through design with a low profile center molding makes it easy to get on and off.

Deck

These mowers come with stamped decks that can be used at heights ranging from 1.5-4 inches. These decks have tall, high vacuum chambers and high lift blades from the factory. A plug can be added for mulching or a collection system for bagging clippings.

Models

D20KH42

This model is designed for buyers who want a basic mower with good build quality. Power comes from a 20 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin. Designed with residential users in mind, everything from the low resonance intake to the variable fin cooling fan helps minimize noise. The front end of the KH42 is lower than Dixon’s other tractors, giving the operator a better front end view to avoid debris. The 42-inch deck has 6 height settings and it connects to the engine via a manual PTO. The 1.5-gallon fuel tank is plenty for small lawns.

D26KH48

Fitted with a 48-inch deck, this mower uses a 26 hp version of the Courage V-Twin and has a 3-gallon fuel tank. It has the same deck adjustment system as the KH42, but it uses an electric PTO that can be turned on and off with a switch. A front bumper bar comes standard.

D24KH54

At first glance, it may seem that this model is just a KH48 with a 54-inch deck, but almost everything on this mower is upgraded. This starts with a 24 hp Kawasaki FR-Series engine. Although marketed as a consumer model, it’s based on the engine block used in their commercial engines. Several features carry over including cast iron cylinder liners and a rotating grass chopper screen that helps deflect debris away from the air cooling system.

A nose roller and anti-scalp wheels keep the 54-inch deck from cutting into the soil when making turns or driving over uneven turf, and the electric deck height control is infinitely adjustable. Like the KH48, it uses an electric PTO clutch. A 4-gallon fuel tank keeps this engine running when covering large lawns, and a standard brushguard protects the front end.

Warranty

Dixon guarantees their lawn tractors for two years of residential use. Kohler guarantees the Courage for two years of residential use or 90 days of commercial or rental use, while Kawasaki guarantees the FR for three years of residential or commercial use.

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

Whether you’re looking to buy a Dixon mower or have one that needs to be serviced, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Dixon as well as Tuff Torq, Kohler Power and Kawasaki Engines USA, so we can help you with everything on your mower. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from Interstate 81, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive East one mile. We can also ship the OEM parts and accessories you need to any location in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Oregon Cordless Tool System

Oregon Cordless Tool SystemThanks to improvements in batteries and motors, electric power is becoming a viable alternative to sub-50cc engines in residential lawn care equipment. To see how far these systems have come, just look at Oregon Products’ PowerNow cordless tool system. Known mostly for their commercial and forestry chainsaws, this company has brought their knowledge to the line, offering commercial features with all the benefits of electric power. That means less maintenance, no fuel, and ¼ of the noise of gas engine-powered equipment.

Batteries and Charging

Everything is compatible across their 40-volt PowerNow line including older equipment and batteries, so you can add new products to your collection or use new high-capacity batteries and fast charger with the devices you already own.

Each piece of equipment can be bought as a bare tool or with any of the currently available battery packs. Oregon currently offers lithium-ion batteries with 2.6, 4 and 6 Ah ratings. Every pack is built to be recharged up to 1,000 times.

Taking care of these batteries is easy: they retain their charge after months of storage, and since there’s no memory effect, they don’t need to be fully discharged and recharged to extend their life. That means you can keep a charged pack on hand when you need to do some work, then put it back on the charger afterward whether you drained it completely or just needed it for a few minutes. A power gauge is built into the end of every battery, letting you check the charge at a glance, even when it’s powering a piece of equipment.

Oregon offers two chargers for the PowerNow system. The C600 can charge a flat 1.25 Ah battery packs in 60 minutes and a 2.4 Ah packs in 120 minutes. The C750 Rapid Battery Charger takes about a half hour to charge either 1.25 or 2.4 Ah battery packs.

Multi-Attachment System

Why buy separate devices when you only need to use one at a time? The multi-attachment system is built around the PH600 powerhead, a unit combining an electric motor and battery port. Oregon offers four attachments for the PH600:

EG600 Edger – An 8-inch cutting blade and depth adjustment wheel define pavement edges.

HT600 Hedge Trimmer – Fitted with a 15-inch bar, this trimmer has 120 degrees of rotation with 7 positions so you can keep your hands in a comfortable position no matter how you cut. The pole is 7’4”, or 9’7” when used with the EX600 extension.

PS600 Pole Saw – Fitted with a 10-inch bar and a 3.4 oz chain oil tank, this saw has a 6’8” shaft which can be increased to 8’11” with the EX600 extension.

ST600 String Trimmer – Fitted with a head that takes Gator SpeedLoad line, this trimmer has a cutting swath of 14 inches and can spin up to 5,500 RPM.

Independent Tools

Oregon also offers stand-alone tools that run on PowerNow batteries for jobs requiring compact equipment.

CS300 Chainsaw – It wouldn’t be Oregon without a quality chainsaw offering. A new brushless motor provides 40% more torque than its predecessor, and it comes with a steel backing plate, a rare sight in this market segment. The 16-inch bar is fitted with Oregon’s PowerSharp self-sharpening system. This uses a built-in sharpening stone to sharpen the included softwood chain in just three seconds without having to remove the chain or use an awkward sharpening rig. The bar is also compatible with 91 hardwood chain, but this chain can’t use the PowerSharp system. With either chain, this model has no problem going through two to three-inch branches, and it weighs just 13 lbs. with the battery.

WL275 Portable Light – This work light can be powered by an A/C or battery power. It outputs 1,091 lumens for 12 hours on High when using the battery or 584 lumens for up to 24 hours in Low. It weighs 7 lbs.

PS250 Pole Saw – A mid-mount motor provides better balance, while the shaft can extend from 7-10 feet. The 8-inch bar comes with a branch hook for limb removal.

ST275 Trimmer/Edger – The Oregon Swift Load trimmer head has a bump feed for two lines of Advanced Platinum Gatorline. This model also has a flip-down guide for edging.

ST250 Trimmer/Edger – With a smaller head than the ST275, this trimmer is built to use 0.80 inch Platinum Gatorline.

HT250 Hedge Trimmer – Since it has no shaft and a 24-inch blade, it’s best suited for close-up work.

BL300 Blower – Moving up to 507 CFM at a maximum speed of 131.5 MPH, this blower can run up to 90 minutes. The 64.6 DB Turbo mode meets most residential noise regulations.

Getting Oregon Cordless Tools is Easier than You Think

Shank’s Lawn Equipment can ship Oregon electric tools, batteries and accessories to any address in the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com. Live in south-central Pennsylvania or north Maryland? Stop by our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion.

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Briggs & Stratton Redesigns Professional Series Engines

Briggs & Stratton Redesigns Professional Series Engines

Briggs & Stratton’s Professional engines can best be labeled “prosumer” as they bridge the gap between the company’s EX Series residential engines and the company’s horizontal shaft Vanguard commercial engines. These engines are mostly known for their use in top quality walk-behind mowers, but they’re also found in true professional equipment where weight is at a premium. With the newly redesigned 775, 850 and 875, these engines further blur the line by bringing improvements from both ends of the market to improve reliability and ease of use.

Better Air Filtration

The panel air filter has been replaced with a radial air filter. This increases the filter surface area and has two seals to sandwich the filter between the cover and the intake side of the carburetor. Since it doesn’t depend entirely on the pressure and angle of the cover, the provides a better seal to keep dust out of the intake. The air box still uses a tool-free design with large thumb screws built into the cover.

Better Packaging with Easier Operation

The engine controls have been moved from the front to the side of the engine, making them easier to access and cooler to touch now that they’re further from the cylinder head.

The ReadyStart system has also been repackaged, moving the starter handle to the rear left side of the engine where it’s surrounded by the engine cover. This keeps the handle from getting hung up on debris and makes it easier for manufacturers to extend the starter handle to the operator’s position. These engines are covered by the company’s Starting Promise: if it takes more than two pulls to start while the engine is still under warranty, Briggs & Stratton will pay for repairs.

No More Oil Changes

The 775 and 875 are the latest Briggs & Stratton engines to get their “Just Check & Add” technology. Along with the new air filter box, the oil filler neck has also been redesigned to minimize the amount of debris that can enter the engine, keeping the oil cleaner for longer periods. The oil does need to be topped up occasionally to account for burn off, but improved cooling and tighter clearances have made that less of an issue. If the oil does become contaminated, it can be changed just like any other engine. The recommended oil also remains the same, so owners have their choice of off-the-shelf conventional and synthetic formulations.

Models

These engines are named after their torque output:

775 – 175cc, 7.5 lb-ft.
850 – 190cc, 8.5 lb-ft.
875 – 190cc, 8.75 lb-ft.

The 850 still requires oil changes, but otherwise, these models are nearly identical down to their 24.5 lb. dry weight.

Getting Parts and Service for Your Briggs & Stratton Engine

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than a Briggs & Stratton dealer: we’ve been helping homeowners and professionals with their outdoor equipment since 1984, and we’re a dealer for many of the brands that use the Professional Series including Troy-Bilt and Little Wonder. If you need help with your engine, visit our shop, located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just south of Marion. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 and drive one mile East.

Need parts for your Briggs-powered equipment? We cover most brands including MTD and Murray, and we can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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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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