Yanmar EVO/Center: Building the Support You Need for Your Equipment

Yanmar Evo CenterWhat does being a “certified dealer” mean? It’s more than just signing up to sell a company’s parts. A dealer gets direct access to the company’s resources, and they work together to ensure owners get the best possible service and use from their equipment. To see what manufacturers do to ensure the reliability and performance of their equipment after the sale, you only need to look at Yanmar’s new EVO/Center.

Putting Yanmar On the Map

While the company is based in Japan, they’ve had a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S. for decades. Yanmar America is located in Adairsville, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta. For the past 37 years, over 200 employees at this 500,000 square foot facility have designed, tested and built products for the North American market. Today, the company is well-known for their marine engines, but they’re still a minor player in the construction and agricultural markets despite being a major player worldwide.

To help boost their equipment sales, the company came up with a plan to better support dealers and connect with customers, culminating in the EVO/Center. Completed in late 2017, this 50,000 square foot facility built next to their factory houses a product showroom, a museum, an auditorium, meeting rooms, classrooms and an equipment training room.

Yanmar Academy

The EVO/Center’s main purpose is to serve as the home of Yanmar Academy. This training center has 8 schools: 6 for dealer training, one for employee training and one for customer training.

Technicians train on computer simulations in the classroom and on real engines in the equipment training room. This room has all the tools and equipment you’ll find in a repair shop, plus bench testing equipment, exhaust extraction and vehicle cut-aways. This lets students repair simulated problems, getting hands-on experience with equipment as it’s launched instead of having to learn on the job as models need repairs. These classes are available for technicians of all skill levels from beginners to educators. The company is partnering with schools to have instructors trained at the center, passing on knowledge and techniques to their students, so they’ll be fully prepared to work on Yanmar equipment when they enter the workforce.

The other aspects of running a shop are also covered with courses in parts management, service management, finance, sales, and marketing. They’re also working with dealers to create new courses to help them with issues. Computer instruction and leadership courses have already been created as part of this program.

Product Demonstrations

The fields around the center are used for on-site demos. Salespeople get hands-on experience so they can help their customers find the perfect machine for their needs, while customers learn best practices so they can get the most out of their equipment.

To boost the brand’s visibility, the center is also being pitched as a corporate retreat, offering an alternative to standard team building exercises. The appeal is obvious: would you rather do a rope course and practice trust falls, or spend the day using an excavator?

When You Need Professional Expertise, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment

As a certified dealer, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has access to training and information direct from Yanmar, so we can provide you with top quality service. If you’re looking for a Yanmar tractor or UTV, or you need help with your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-81, take Exit 10 and drive east one mile.

Do you need parts for your Yanmar? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Scag Turf Tiger II

Scag Turf Tiger II

Scag’s Turf Tiger has been a leader in the professional ZTR market for over 20 years, offering state-of-the-art performance in cutting, control and operator comfort. Today, the Scag Turf Tiger II continues the tradition, packaging Scag’s best features together with a wide range of engine choices and a unique frame design that gives it a low center of gravity.

Where’s the Fuel Tank?

Unlike almost every other ZTR on the market, the Turf Tiger has metal fenders over the drive wheels, not fuel tanks. The mower’s wide double tube frame has enough space to fit a 12-gallon fuel tank under the seat. This gives this mower a very low center of gravity for better stability on hills, and it means the tank can be filled and checked from a single location.6

Comfort

Scag equips the Turf Tiger II with all of the company’s comfort features straight from the factory. The Quick-Fit control levers can be tilted to match the reach of the operator, while dual dampened levers stop vibrations. The seat moves forward and back, and both the seat back and armrest angle are adjustable. That seat mounts to a torsion spring suspension that has adjustable dampening to match operator weight. There’s even a cup holder and a 12-volt accessory plug for convenient smartphone charging.

The drive tires are extra wide to absorb impacts, while a set of 6 flat-free caster tires help spread out weight, absorbing bumps and minimizing scrubbing.

Deck

The Turf Tiger is available with 52, 61 and 72 inch wide decks. Scag’s Velocity Plus deck combines shaped mowing chambers with a constructed shell made from different thicknesses of steel. This adds reinforcement at points of stress and impact while keeping overall weight low. To change the mowing height, the deck is lifted using a foot lever, then a pin is inserted into the plate next to the operator. Height settings range from 1-6 inches.

Most models use an Ogura 3.5 PTO clutch that can handle 250 lbs. of torque, while Vanguard-equipped models use a GT5 that can handle up to 350 lbs. of torque. Power is transferred to the deck using a drive shaft, so there’s one less belt to service, while the belt drive between the clutch and engine can be accessed by flipping down the rear cover plate.

Marbain blades come standard. They require less frequent sharpening than standard steel blades, especially when used in areas with sandy soil.

Engines

Scag offers 7 engine configurations, letting you pick the perfect powerplant and fuel to fit your needs.

Kohler Command Pro EFI – Kohler was the first on the market with a fuel injected small engine, delivering lower emissions, better fuel economy, better reliability and less sensitivity to fuel freshness. This 25 hp engine is the only one offered with the 52-inch deck. Scag also offers a version of this engine designed to run on propane and a dual fuel model that can use propane or gas depending on what’s available.

Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Big Block – This is the most powerful engine available for the Tiger Cat. Carburetor-equipped engines make 35 hp, while EFI engines make 37 hp.

Kawasaki FD – The company’s top-of-the-line engine is fuel injected and liquid-cooled, giving it a longer service life than air-cooled engines. It produces 31 hp.

Kubota Diesel – With 25 hp and loads of low-end torque, this engine is a great choice for low operating costs. Like the FD, it’s liquid-cooled. This diesel can run on fuel blends containing up to 5% biodiesel (B5.)

All engines are fitted with auxiliary canister air filter for better filtration and longer service intervals.

Drive

Scag fits the Turf Tiger with a pair 16cc Hydro-Gear pumps paired with Parker wheel motors. Built-in pressure relief valves reduce strain on the hydraulic system, while a front-mounted oil radiator and oversized components ensure a long service life. Together, these parts can get the Turf Tiger to a top speed of 12 mph on gas models and 10 mph on diesels. Reverse tops out at 5 mph.

Get Professional Support for Your Professional Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified dealer for Scag and their manufacturing partners so we can service everything on these mowers. If you’re looking to add a new mower to your fleet or you need parts or servicing, visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. We’re on the south end of town, one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10.

Do you need parts or accessories for your Scag ZTR? 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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Scag Tiger Cat II

Scag Tiger Cat II

Are you looking for a smaller ZTR that doesn’t skimp on top shelf performance and comfort? The Scag Tiger Cat II is available with decks from 48 to 61 inches wide, can mow up to 24 acres per work day and comes with features that make operation comfortable for all day use.

Deck

The Tiger Cat is offered with Scag’s Velocity Plus decks in 48, 52 and 61-inch widths. These use the company’s Tri-Plate design, combining different thicknesses of sheet steel to reinforce areas that see the most impacts and stress without making the deck overly heavy. These layers come together to form a top plate that’s almost ½ inch thick. For easy maintenance, the footplate can be removed to access the belts, and the deck can be leveled by turning a single bolt.

The pulleys are formed from a single piece of steel, keeping them light without sacrificing strength. They’re mounted on spindles that use automotive quality tapered bearings. Thanks to a unique heat treating process, the included Marbain blades are exceptionally resistant to abrasion, so they require far less sharpening than standard steel blades.

The deck connects to the engine using an Ogura GT 3.5 PTO rated at 250 ft.-lbs. It has an adjustable spring mechanism that brings the clutch faces closer as they wear, extending the life of the clutch.

Power

Buyers have a choice of two engines: the Kawasaki FX and the Kohler EFI V-Twin. Scag uses the Kawasaki 691FX in models fitted with a 48 or 52-inch deck, while the 61-inch deck is paired with a 730FX. The Kohler EFI is available on all models.

What’s the difference? Brand preferences aside, both engines are professional grade, have a reputation for reliability and use high-quality construction including features like full pressure lubrication systems and advanced air filtration systems. The 730FX is more powerful than the Kohler, while the Kohler’s fuel injection system uses less fuel, starts easily in all weather conditions and is less sensitive to stale fuel.

The hydrostatic drive system uses 12 cc hydraulic pumps with cooling fans that send fluid to a pair of cast iron motors. Together, these propel the Tiger Cat to a top speed of 12 mph.

Comfort

Models with 52 and 61-inch decks come with a cushion spring suspension seat that can be dampened to compensate for the operator’s weight as well as four rubber iso-mounts that stop the transfer of side-to-side movement. These features can be added to 48-inch models by installing an accessory pack. The seat, seat back and armrests are adjustable, while the lap bars have multi-point steering dampers and can be set to one of three positions.

Engine and PTO controls are clustered together on a panel next to the operator. Scag’s Tiger Eye display lets the operator check the running condition at a glance including the charging system, and a nearby 12-volt accessory plug gives you a convenient place to charge your smartphone.

The deck is lifted using a foot pedal, while the height is set by inserting a pin into one of the marked holes next to the operator. This layout allows adjustments in ¼ inch increments from 1-5 inches.

Accessories

Want to make your Tiger Cat more comfortable? Quick Fit steering levers let you fine tune the position of the lap bars so you can get a comfortable arm position.

Scag offers several ways to set up the mower deck. For mulching, there’s a standard mulch plate and a chute that can be opened and closed from the operator’s position. The Hurricane Plus mulching system combines baffles and high lift blades to get increased vacuum for effective mulching. For clipping collection, there’s a 16-bushel bag collector for dumping into a truck or trailer and a 12-bushel clamshell collector that is perfect for dumping on a tarp or on-site. The Tiger Striper rolls cut grass to leave a striped ballpark finish.

Hate having to constantly check the air filter when mowing in dusty conditions? The air filter monitor measures intake pressure, lighting up the Tiger Eye display when it’s time to replace the filter.

Adding the trailer hitch lets the mower tow up to 250 lbs, which is enough for carts and lightweight attachments.

Need to work early or late? The halogen light kit adds 76 watts of lighting to the front of the mower.

Looking for a New Mower? Talk to the Experts at Shank’s Lawn Equipment.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped professionals with their lawn equipment since 1984. As a certified dealer for Scag and their manufacturing partners, we’re able to offer service and parts for everything in their lineup. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to highway 914 and drive one mile east.

Need parts and accessories? We ship across the United States and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

 

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Scag Cheetah

Scag Cheetah

Scag’s Cheetah is the fastest and most comfortable ZTR in their lineup. With decks up to 72 inches wide, transport speeds up to 16 mph and engines making up to 31 hp, this ZTR makes quick work of the biggest jobs, making it a great choice for groundskeepers and landscapers who need to take care of massive lawns.

Power

The Cheetah comes with a choice of two engines: the Kawasaki FX and the Kohler Command Pro EFI. Both engines use full pressure lubrication systems, have high volume air filters and use high-quality materials and parts including cast iron cylinder sleeves and ball bearing-supported crankshafts to deliver the reliability you expect in a professional mower. Choosing an engine comes down to picking ease of use or power.

The Command Pro EFI’s closed loop fuel injection system reduces fuel consumption significantly, makes the engine less sensitive to stale fuel and extends service intervals.

The FX may have carburetors, but it beats the Command Pro when it comes to power. Both the FX691V and EFI make about the same power, but the FX850V has 27 hp, two more horsepower than the most powerful Kohler, while the FX921V produces a whopping 31 hp.

48 and 52-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 hydrostatic transaxles, combining the pump, engine and drive shaft into a single fan-cooled unit. With this drive system, these mowers can reach 10.5 mph.

61 and 72-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxles. These units have two drive modes: in low range, they can propel the mower to a top speed of 12 mph while still having the fine control needed to make tight maneuvers. Shift into high range, and the mower can reach 16 mph.

Comfort and Maintenance

Speed is only part of what makes a mower able to tackle big jobs. To keep from beating up the operator when driving full speed, the Cheetah’s seat and foot platform rest on an isolated suspension system. The entire platform is supported using two pivots and a single shock, so it doesn’t add much to overall maintenance. An adjustable deck height foot pedal and steering dampers make the Cheetah comfortable for operators of any size.

The ROPS folds down to fit in enclosed trailers, and the seatbelt retracts automatically, so it won’t get hung up when loading.

Scag’s Tiger Eye display makes it easy to check the condition of the mower by including a digital hour meter and gauges for voltage, and oil pressure. Lights for the parking brake, seat sensor, and PTO are also included so you can find out at a glance what is keeping your mower from moving.

Dual fuel tanks let these mowers carry enough gas to run all day. 48 and 52-inch deck models have a 10-gallon fuel capacity, while 61 and 72-inch deck models can carry up to 15 gallons of fuel.

Deck

The Cheetah’s deck use Scag’s Tri-Plate construction. By reinforcing impact and stress points with multiple layers of steel, overall weight is kept down without sacrificing durability. Each layer comes together to form a 0.485-inch thick deck top using layers of 7, 10 and 11 gauge steel.

The spindles use angled bearings to spread the load over a wider area for increased service life. These are driven by split steel pulleys formed from a single piece of metal, making them extremely strong and light. Even the blades are heavy-duty: the Marbain heat treating process leaves an extremely hard surface that requires less frequent sharpening, even in areas with sandy soil.

The PTO uses an Ogura GT3.5 clutch 250 lb-ft. to engage the deck. This clutch can be adjusted as the friction surfaces wear down, so it lasts longer than more common fixed clutches.

Low profile dust caps on the caster pivots let the mower deck slip under fences and patios, getting in areas that would normally need to be cut with a string trimmer.

Warranty

Kohler and Kawasaki both guarantee their engines for three years of commercial use. Scag guarantees the spindles and deck for three years, while the rest of the mower is guaranteed for two years of commercial use or either three years or 500 hours of residential use.

Get Professional Service for Your Professional Mower

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and professionals with their outdoor equipment since 1984. If you’re looking for a new ZTR or you need parts or service for your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.

Not in the area? Go to www.shankslawn.com. We ship OEM parts and accessories across the United States and Canada.

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Little Wonder C5 Blower

Little Wonder C5 Blower

You wouldn’t use a push mower to mow a large property, so why would you use a small two-stroke blower to remove leaves and debris? Little Wonder’s C5 walk-behind blower is small enough to be practical for homeowners, but it comes with the power and features of a professional model. With four times the power of a backpack blower, it turns big cleanup jobs into small ones.

Engine

Little Wonder equips this blower with a 5.7 hp Subaru SP 170. Although aimed at the consumer and light commercial market, it still has most of the features that have made their EX Series a mainstay in commercial outdoor equipment. Its overhead cam design reduces the number of engine components, making this engine quieter, smoother and more efficient than overhead valve engines. This design also increases the engine’s surface area for better cooling, increasing engine life.

Fan

The engine drives a 16-inch composite fan mounted in a composite housing. By casting these pieces out of plastic, Little Wonder is able to get extremely close tolerances that would be impossible with a metal design. By eliminating gaps and dead spaces, this blower is able to move more air, makes less noise and produce less vibration. Low weight and smoother flow also takes the strain off of the crankshaft, resulting in longer engine life.

This model can move up to 1,100 cubic feet per minute, while an air velocity of 200 mph gives the blower the power to lift matted, wet leaves. Together, this gives the C5 four times the power of the most powerful backpack blower.

Get Airflow Where You Need It

Air exits the fan housing via a 3.5-inch wide Aim Rite discharge nozzle. This nozzle offers tool-free adjustment to change air direction during use: move the nozzle down to skim the surface and pull up wet leaves, raise it to get wide coverage or tilt it forward to blow leaves away from curbs and buildings.

Easy to Use on Any Terrain

The blower rides on flat-free tires mounted on wheels with ball bearings, cutting out maintenance and making it easy to push. A 10-inch wheel up front and 16-inch wheels at the rear give it the same stability on rough terrain as a high wheel push mower.

At 102 lbs, this blower weighs less than many walk-behind mowers. A thick, padded 1 ¼ inch steel tube handle reduces vibrations and hand stress, making it comfortable for long jobs. Once the work is done, the handle folds down for storage and transport.

Warranty

Little Wonder covers the C5 for two years of residential use or 90 days of commercial use. Subaru guarantees the SP 170 for three years of residential use or one year of commercial use.

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is Your Little Wonder Headquarters

Is the C5 just what you need to take care of your lawn? Do you need parts or service for your other Little Wonder equipment? Shank’s Lawn Equipment can help. We’re a certified dealer for most outdoor equipment manufacturers including Little Wonder and Subaru Power. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile East of I-81 from Exit 10.

Need parts for your walk behind blower? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Little Wonder Optimax Blower

Little Wonder Optimax Blower

What’s the best alternative to backpack blowers? Just ask Rental Magazine. Last year, they gave the Editor’s Choice Award to the Little Wonder Optimax blower. Why? It has a patented impeller design that delivers far more power than backpack models while avoiding many of the design pitfalls of competing walk-behind blowers.

The Smart Alternative to Backpack Blowers

The Optimax uses Little Wonder’s patented scroll housing and reverse angle blade steel impeller. This gives it superior performance and lower cost compared to plastic housing blowers without the dead spaces, vibration, and noise of other metal housing designs. Since they use large four-stroke engines, they’re able to deliver enough power to do as much work as four backpack blowers. That power lets professional landscapers and groundskeepers cut job times and labor costs by using one of these machines, while reduced fatigue and easier starting makes the Optimax a great choice for residential owners and renters.

Superior Air Discharge

The Optimax uses a square air discharge that sits just two inches off the ground. This creates an air stream that skims the surface of the ground to move the maximum amount of leaves and debris. While there are competing blowers with more power, the air from their high-mounted round outlets doesn’t have the reach of the Optimax, requiring more passes to clean large areas.

The opening of this discharge has a split-stream air deflector, separating airflow into two unique channels. It can be used to deliver high-pressure air along the surface to dislodge wet leaves and low pressure to push the leaves into a pile, or it can be raised to move tall piles of loose leaves without blowing them upward.

The nozzle can be angled without using tools, going from side discharge for maximum distance to front discharge to remove leaves and debris next to buildings with minimal blow back.

Walk-Behind Models

Do you have a favorite small engine manufacturer? The Optimax is offered with engines from Honda, Subaru, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, so there’s a model to fit your preferences. This range of powerplants also lets you pick a model that has high airflow to move massive quantities of debris, high speeds for lifting heavy material, or a little of both for all-purpose use.

9160-02-01: Honda GC160, 1,397 CFM at 153 mph
9270-02-01: Honda GX270, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9390-02-01: Honda GX390, 2,530 CFM at 160 mph
9270-03-01: Subaru EX27, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9270-06-01: Kohler Command Pro CH395, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
8570-04-01: Vanguard 570cc V-Twin, 2,850 CFM at 179 mph

Self-Propelled

These models add a single speed transmission with a maximum speed of 4.1 mph going forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. This doesn’t just make it easier to use, it also increases the speed operators can clear areas of debris.

9270-12-01: Honda GX270, 2,260 CFM at 143 mph
9390-12-01: Honda GX390, 2,530 CFM at 160 mph
9570-14-01: Vanguard 570cc V-Twin, 2,850 CFM at 179 mph

Accessories

Want a little more from your Optimax blower? Little Wonder offers three add-ons for these machines:

The parking brake uses a metal bar to stop the movement of both rear wheels, letting you park the blower on slopes. It can be added to any push blower.

The tool holder bolts to the side of the handle, providing a place to carry a shovel, broom or anything else you may need when using your blower.

Do you mostly use your blower on paved surfaces? The front pneumatic tire can be replaced with a solid tire that is more abrasion resistant.

Warranty

Little Wonder backs the Optimax with a 5-year warranty. Honda, Vanguard, and Kohler warranty their engines for three years, while Subaru warranties their engines for 5 years.

Get the Blower You Want and the Parts and Support You Need

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a dealer for Little Wonder and every engine manufacturer they partner with, so we’re able to fully support these blowers. We can repair your blower, install accessories and provide you with the OEM parts you need to do your own repairs. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, just south of Marion.

Not in the area? We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada. To order from us, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Bennche Spire 1000

Bennche Spire 1000

Bennche may be best known for the utility-focused Cowboy and truck-like Warrior side-by-sides, but they also make UTVs that focus less on work and more on fun. The two seat Bennche Spire 1000 and four seat Spire 1000 X swap the big cargo beds for sporty styling and all out performance, making them a great choice for trail riding.

Power

Both the Spire 1000 and 1000 X are powered by a liquid-cooled 976 cc V-Twin fitted with electronic fuel injection. By using an overhead valve design, this engine is able to make loads of low-end torque, while an 11:1 compression ratio helps the engine reach a peak output of 65.5 hp.

Off-Road Performance

This engine is connected to a CVT with low and high range gearing. The drivetrain has two-wheel drive and on-demand four-wheel drive modes, and the rear differential can be locked for tough climbs.

The standard Spire 1000 has 13 inches of ground clearance, while the Spire X has 12 inches, putting them near the top of the market when it comes to rock crawling ability. Each wheel is supported by dual A-arms, while sway bars keep body roll under control at high speeds. To reign in the engine’s power, ventilated hydraulic disc brakes are present behind all four wheels. 14-inch alloy wheels are standard with 27 x 9 tires fitted to the front and 27 x 11 tires on the rear.

Utility

Despite high ground clearance, the Spire’s seats are just 28 inches from the ground, while the Spire X’s are just a bit higher at 31 inches. Bennche still managed to fit a 7.6-gallon fuel tank under the seats so you can drive these vehicles all day without refueling. Electric power steering is an option on both models.

While focused on sport riding, both models still have small beds for carrying cargo. The Spire’s box measures 51.5 x 27 inches, while the Spire X’s is 46 x 24 inches. Both beds can carry up to 350 lbs.

Maintenance requirements are also lower than competing sport UTVs. Shaft drive front and rear eliminate the need for chain oiling, while fuel injection makes the engine less sensitive to stale fuel.

Accessories

The Spire comes well-equipped from the factory, including features like turn signals, brake lights, and net doors. A roof and windshield can be added for increased weather protection while installing a rear view mirror is usually enough for these UTVs to meet neighborhood vehicle requirements. That makes it legal to drive on roads for short distances so you can travel between area trails. A 4,500 lb. The capacity winch can be installed inside the front bumper to pull the vehicle out if it gets stuck between rocks and trees.

Colors

Both the Spire and Spire X are available in black, red, white and yellow.

Warranty

Bennche covers these vehicles for 12 months.

If It’s Bennche, You Can Get It at Shank’s Lawn Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than just lawn mowers: we service and sell a wide range of outdoor equipment from commercial snowblowers to powersports machines like the Spire 1000. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

Are you looking for parts or accessories for your Bennche UTV? Visit www.shankslawn.com. We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Bennche Spire 150

Bennche Spire 150

Most UTVs are either intended to be small off-road trucks or high-speed trail vehicles with prices encroaching into new car territory. What if you just want something that’s affordable, simple and fun? The Bennche Spire 150 has enough power and features to be usable for regular off-road driving while staying small, light and cheap enough to be a great alternative to an ATV. It even comes fully equipped so you won’t be faced with sticker shock loading it up with accessories to make it usable.

Side-by-Side Usability in an ATV-like Package

This model is powered by a 150cc air-cooled engine with an automatic choke and an output of 8.5 hp. To make the most of this power, the Spire comes with a CVT that keeps the engine in its peak powerband when you floor the throttle. There’s no low range, and the drive system only sends power to the rear wheels, so it can’t tackle technical trails. However, by keeping everything simple, this UTV weighs just 467 lbs. That’s just a little more than a 250cc ATV. Likewise, the 65-inch wheelbase makes the Spire about a foot longer than a small ATV, and its 7.9 inches of ground clearance is right in line with this segment. For most users, this is more than enough power and traction to fit their needs.

Space and Storage

Two bucket seats let you bring a passenger along, and at 21.65 inches, the seat height is almost a foot lower than comparable ATVs. Despite its sports-centric design, the Spire still has a small bed that can hold up to 100 lbs. of cargo.

Wheels, Suspension, and Brakes

The Spire is fitted with 19 x 7-8 front tires and 22 x 10-9 rear tires mounted on alloy wheels. This doesn’t just help its stance, it gives the rear extra traction while making the front end light for easy steering with the unassisted rack. The suspension uses double A-arms up front and a swing arm with a solid rear axle in the back. Both the front and rear axles are fitted with hydraulic brakes.

Equipment

Bennche doesn’t offer accessories for this model. Instead, they include just about everything you would want as standard equipment. That includes a windshield, side door nets, a fabric roof, alloy wheels a front bumper and side rock guards. Headlights, tail lights, turn signals and side mirrors are also included, which lets this UTV quality as a neighborhood vehicle in some areas

Colors

The Spire is available in blue, green and red.

Warranty

Bennche covers the Spire 150 with a 12-month limited warranty.

From ZTRs to UTVs, if it’s Outdoor Equipment, Shank’s Has It

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than a Bennche dealer: we have over 30 years of experience with outdoor equipment so we can help you find a UTV to best fit your needs whether you’re looking for fun or work. Need parts or service for your off-roader? Our staff can help you there, too.

Not in the area? We can ship the OEM replacements you need for your Bennche to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.

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Echo EA-410 Earth Auger

Echo EA-410 Earth Auger

Do you need an auger that can go anywhere and work with a wide range of bits? Echo’s EA-410 is both an ice auger and an earth auger thanks to compatibility with both 7/8 and 1-inch bits. A powerful two-stroke engine keeps it lightweight, while a unique handle design allows the unit to be used by one or two people. This makes the EA-410 a perfect for digging through ice, snow, and dirt to install fence posts, plant trees or make holes for ice fishing.

Power

The EX-410 is powered by a 42.7cc two-stroke engine built specifically for this model. It has the same Pro-Fire electronic ignition used in their chainsaws, making this motor easy to start while helping it keep a steady idle. This engine runs on fuel at a 50:1 gas/oil ratio or Echo’s own pre-mixed Red Armor fuel. It also has no problem using gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol.

The engine is connected to a gearbox that has a 30.2:1 gear ratio. Mechanical advantage turns the engine’s 1.62 ft-lbs. into 48.97 ft-lbs. of force on the auger, yet the power unit can still spin the bit up to 348 RPM.

Usability

The entire power unit weighs just 21.6 lbs. without an auger, making it light enough for use by a single person, but the double loop handle design also has space for a second person to help keep the bit in position. Padding helps quell vibration and reduce shocks when the bit makes contact with rocks and hard patches of ground.

Augers

The EA-410’s drive has a 7/8 diameter hole to accept ice auger bits. Echo offers 8 and 10-inch wide ice augers with replaceable blades. Both models have a length of 40 inches.

Echo makes two types of earth augers. 36-inch long bits are available in two, three and four-inch widths. These have a one-inch end and are designed to use an adapter with a built-in spring that keeps the auger from kicking back when striking hard objects. There are also 34-inch long auger bits available in 6, 8 and 10-inch widths. These have a ¾ inch end that connects directly to the auger and have a spring built into the shaft. All earth augers have replaceable blades and points.

For extra reach, any of these bits can be paired with a 12 or 18-inch extension.

Warranty

Echo guarantees the auger and its engine for 5 years of residential use or two years of commercial use.

Get the Parts and Accessories You Need to Get the Most from Your Echo Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is a certified Echo dealer, and we have over 30 years of experience helping professionals and homeowners with their outdoor equipment. If you need your auger serviced or if you’re looking for parts, bits or extensions, visit our shop. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion.

We can also ship blades, auger bits and other parts to any address in the U.S. and Canada. To order, visit us online at www.shankslawn.com.

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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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