The New Woods Turfkeeper Pro Finish Mower

Do you need to clear a lot of land with a better finish than what you can get with a brush mower? Woods’ new Turfkeeper Pro finish mower decks give your tractor the ability to cut fields of grass in no time. Thanks to their deep shells and high lift blades, they can trim and mulch like a standard tractor, so you can get a great finish with one pass. 

Cutting Performance 

The Turfkeeper Pro has features normally reserved for residential mowers. These decks come with high lift blades, plus low lift and mulching blades as well, giving you the choice between fast cuts or fast absorption of clippings back into the soil. The deck is almost 5 ½ inches deep, so there’s plenty of space in the mowing chamber to trim down clippings after the initial cut. The deck is only one inch wider than the total cutting width, maximizing coverage, even around fences and other obstacles. 

The Turfkeeper Pro uses a rear discharge design, spreading out trimmings across the width of the deck. This helps break down mulch and doesn’t leave unsightly clumps behind. Cutting height ranges between 1.5 and 5 inches. 

Built for Durability and Easy Maintenance 

To strengthen the constructed deck shell, Woods added parallel side frames. These add rigidity without increasing the deck’s overall width. A built-in driveline holder keeps the deck’s driveshaft from resting on the ground. It also makes positioning easier when you attach the deck to your tractor. 

The top deck shield is held on by large knobs that can be removed by hand, removing the need for need tools to inspect the belts or spindles. The drive pulleys use cast iron sheaves that reduce belt slip. This increases the life of the already tough Aramid-reinforced belts used on the Turfkeeper. The spring-actuated belt tensioner uses a replaceable ball-bearing pivot, further increasing its service life. 

 Essentials Needed to Use a Turfkeeper Pro Deck 

Depending on the model, you will need a tractor with a CAT 1 or Limited CAT 1 three-point hitch. These decks are also CAT 1 quick hitch ready, requiring no additional hardware. The Turfkeeper uses a floating lower hitch, so there’s no downward pressure placed on the tractor. Cutting height is set by swapping out spacers on the caster arms. 

All three models are designed for PTO’s with up to 50 HP. The smallest deck only needs 15 HP at the PTO. All versions of the Turfkeeper Pro use a CAT 3 driveline. 

Accessories 

Woods offers two ways to upgrade your finish mowing deck: 

Adding chain shielding to the rear of the deck slows exiting debris. This prevents rocks and other hidden obstacles from turning into high-speed projectiles. 

The caster wheels do well on their own navigating terrain. However, if you’re cutting in an unusually hilly area, you can add a front roller to the deck. This pushes the nose up as it approaches inclines, which keeps the deck from scalping the soil. 

Models 

TKP60.40 

  • Compatible with Cat 1 and Limited Cat 1 three-point hitches 
  • 60-inch cutting width 
  • 15-50 PTO HP 

TKP72.40 

  • Compatible with Cat 1 three-point hitches 
  • 72-inch cutting width 
  • 20-50 PTO HP 

TKP84.40 

  • Compatible with Cat 1 three-point hitches 
  • 84-inch cutting width 
  • 25-50 PTO HP 

Warranty 

Woods offers a 6-year warranty on the gearbox and a three-year warranty on the spindles. The rest of the mower is guaranteed for one year. 

We’re Serious About Outdoor Equipment 

When you depend on your equipment for your landscaping business, you need to visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We have over 35 years of experience selling and repairing commercial-grade equipment, including Woods attachments and Yanmar tractors. If you’re looking for a finish mower, or you need parts and service for your equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 from I-81. 

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

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The New Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro Mower

The new Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro has everything you want from a lawn tractor. Thanks to a complete redesign, this model line has a shorter turning circle, a more comfortable seating position, and a better selection of decks. The new XT2 series also add several small improvements that make these mowers one of the easiest to maintain. 

Standout Features 

Power is supplied by Kawasaki FR Series engines. Though aimed at the residential market, the FR series is based on the company’s commercial engines. Each model in the series has a full pressure lubrication system and cast-iron cylinder liners for durability, as well as a rotating grass screen to help keep the engine clean and cool. The torque curve for these engines is almost flat, making it hard to bog down. 

All models in the XT2 series come with an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery. These batteries use cells made of lead plates coiled between fiberglass mats. This increases the plate density, adds shock absorption, and prevents battery acid spills. The result is a battery with a longer life, faster charging period, withstands vibrations better, and is safer to transport than a regular plate battery. 

Cub Cadet only offers fabricated AeroForce decks on these models. They’re made by welding together thick steel sheets, making them better at shrugging off impacts. Internal baffles increase vacuum, delivering a cut quality on par with weaker stamped decks. A spring-assisted lever lets the operator change the cutting height from the seat. The deck can be set from a height of one to four inches, with a total of 12 settings within that range. Some models come with FastAttach, a blade mounting system that allows blades to be removed and installed without tools. 

This new lawn tractor line has improved ergonomics, including a new steering wheel and an adjustable spring-mounted seat with bolsters to help the operator stay in place while mowing on steep hills. Better wheel bearings help the XT2 roll smoothly, while a redesigned front axle increases maximum wheel angle, resulting in a 16-inch turning radius. 

All models use Tuff Torque hydrostatic transmissions. Speed is controlled with a foot lever, and it can be set using built-in cruise control. Top speed for all models is 5.5 MPH. LED headlights come standard, offering excellent visibility in low light conditions. 

Models 

Cub Cadet makes 6 versions of the XT2 Enduro. 

  • LX42: 18 HP, 42-inch deck 
  • LX 46: 21.5 HP, 46-inch deck 
  • SLX54: 21.5 HP, 52-inch deck with FastAttach 
  • SLX50: 21.5 HP, 50-inch deck with FastAttach 
  • GX54 D: 24 HP, 52-inch deck with FastAttach 
  • GX50: 23 HP, 50-inch deck with FastAttach 

Accessories 

While these are great mowers on their own, the XT2 series can be outfitted with accessories that let them tackle common landscaping tasks – ranging from leaf collection to snow removal. 

Want more cutting options? There’s a double bagger collection system for leaf and clipping pickup, as well as a mulching kit that includes baffles and high lift blades. Add a rear sprayer, and you can apply herbicides, pesticides, and liquid fertilizer. 

Want a machine you can use in winter? Cub Cadet makes a 42-inch snowblower for these models. It uses the company’s three-stage system, which adds an impeller to break up chunks of snow before it’s pushed through the chute. You can also install a snow cab for weather protection while you’re clearing snow. Suitcase weights and tire chains are available for more stability and traction. 

Want weather protection in the summer? Cub Cadet offers two designs of sun shades. 

Do you mow around trees and bushes? You can protect your mower’s front end by installing a brush guard. 

Want to move materials with your XT2? Cub Cadet’s hauler trailer has foldable sides, converting it as a bucket for loose materials, or as a flatbed for maximum space. There’s also a rear cargo bed that attaches to the rear hitch, so you can haul supplies without maneuvering a trailer. 

Warranty 

Kawasaki guarantees their FR Series engines for three years. 

Cub Cadet offers a 5-year limited warranty on the frame and front axle, a lifetime warranty on deck shell, and a three-year warranty with unlimited hours for the rest of the mower. These guarantees are for residential use only. 

When You Need Help with Your Equipment, Visit Shank’s 

Shank’s Lawn Equipment is more than just a Cub Cadet dealer. We have over 35 years of experience helping local residential and commercial customers with their mowers and outdoor equipment. If you need a new mower, or you need help fixing your current lawn tractor, come visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here, take Exit 10 from I-81. 

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

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Wright ZXT: Built for the Biggest Mowing Jobs

What do you want most from a ZTR mower? More power? Wider decks? Less maintenance? A bigger fuel tank? The new Wright ZXT has all that, and more. Built for the demands of the toughest commercial customers, this new line of mid-mount ZTRs offers some of the best performance you can get from a mower today.

Power

This mower has a 40 HP Vanguard Big Block V-Twin with EFI and electric start. Vanguard Oil Guard comes standard, which adds an oil cooler and extends oil change intervals to 500 hours. The ZXT has a built-in oil drain for mess-free changes. Refueling is also infrequent, thanks to a 15.5 gallon gas tank. Wright replaces the stock air filter box with one from Enginaire. This triples the life of the filter.
The drive system uses Hydro-Gear 16 cc pumps and 18 cubic inch planetary drive motors. The hydrostatic drive holds a total of 8 quarts of oil and has built-in filters. The fluid and filter only needs to be changed every 1,000 hours. The ZXT has a top speed of 13 MPH. The engine is forward mounted, shortening the area behind the rear wheels for better maneuverability.

Deck

The ZXT uses Wright’s Aero Core Decks. Available in 52, 61 and 72 widths, these constructed decks have a cutting height ranging from 1.5 to 6 inches. This height is selected using pin rows. Just put the pin in the slot you want the height to be, and use the foot pedal to lift the deck into place. The lift also allows the operator to raise the deck to its highest position momentarily to get over curbs. A rubber side discharge chute won’t scrape up fencing, and it allows the deck to squeeze into tight places. The caster arms are 2.5 times larger than the industry standard, which helps support the deck.

Comfort and Control

The seat on this mower is fully adjustable, and it rides on a long travel suspension with its own spring and shock.
Large pneumatic turf tires come standard, as do anti-scalping wheels for the deck. Optional tweels and dual wheel options offer more traction on slopes and wet grass.
The ZXT has a hands-free parking brake that engages when the steering levers are opened. This ZTR also has an integrated tow hitch, letting you pull seeders, sprayers and other utility trailers.

When You’re Serious About Mowing, You Need Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped commercial customers with their equipment for over 35 years. We’re an authorized dealer for Wright and Vanguard, so we’re able to fully support your mower. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or online at www.shankslawn.com. Need parts for your Wright mower? We can ship whatever you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Wright Velke Walk-Behind Mower: Is it the Right Size for Your Mowing Jobs?

Sometimes, a ZTR can’t go where you need it, and a walk-behind mower takes too long to get the job done. If you want something that replaces both mowers, maybe you should look into a wide area walk behind mower. Add a sulky, and they become stander mowers. Leave it off, and you can get into tight quarters, while still having the cutting power of a riding mower. This makes them ideal for difficult, obstacle-filled lawns. With the new Wright Velke series, you can get Wright’s superb decks and useful features in a standing ZTR.

Power

All versions of the Velke come with a Kawasaki FS600E rated at 18.5 HP. This powers a drive system that uses Danfoss 12 cubic inch motors paired with Hydro-Gear 10cc pumps. Top speed moving forward is 6.5 MPH forward, while reverse tops out at 2.5 MPH. The 5.5 gallon fuel tank is more than enough to keep the engine running over a full day of work.

Deck

The Velke uses Wright’s Aero Core decks. These are constructed decks built using 7 gauge sheets of steel, yet they’re just ½-1 inch wider than the total cutting width. The spindles, pulleys and belts are accessed from the top of the deck for easy maintenance. Deck height is adjusted by setting pins in a pair of adjustment rods at the front of the deck. While height can’t be adjusted from the operator’s position, this makes it easy to get the right deck position every time. Cutting height ranges from 1 ½ to 4 ¼ inches.
Wright estimates the 36 inch deck can mow about 2 1/3 acres per hour, while the 48 inch deck can cover 3.15 acres per hour.

Control

The controls are rubber-mounted to limit the transfer of vibration to the operator. The control rods connect directly to the pump arms, reducing slop that can make maneuvers around obstacles a challenge.
Thanks to 9 x 3.5 inch front tires and 8 x 7.5 inch rear tires, the weight of this machine is spread out over a wide contact patch. This minimizes turf damage, while maintaining traction on wet surfaces. The 36 inch deck Velke is just 75 inches long, while the 48 inch deck version is slightly shorter at 74 inches long. That’s a full foot shorter than a comparable mid-deck ZTR.
Want to turn the Velke into a stander mower? There’s an integrated, spring-loaded sulky latch that lets you hook up and remove a chariot when you need it without any tools.

We’re Your Mower Headquarters

Is it time to get a better mower for your business? Do you need to get your equipment fixed before your lawn care business picks up? Since 1985, Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped residential and commercial customers with their lawn equipment. We sell and service most major brands, including Wright, Exmark and Scag. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or see our current inventory at www.shankslawn.com. Need parts for your mower? We ship across the United States and Canada.

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How to Stripe Your Lawn

Have you ever wondered how they get the diamond pattern on baseball fields? Do you like the stripes left behind when your neighbor has their lawn mowed? Getting that look is easier than you think. With a striping kit and the right mowing techniques, you can create these designs on your own lawn.

Why Do Some Lawns Look Striped?

A blade of grass has a light side and a dark side. By bending the grass, you can make one of these sides face up, making a patch of grass look lighter or darker. Striping takes advantage of this by bending grass in different directions to create patterns.

Can I Stripe with My Mower?

You can stripe with any mower by using alternating passes. However, for the best visibility, you need a striping kit. This adds a tool to the back of the deck to bend the grass. These tools use one of three methods to bend grass:

– A rubber lip pushes down on the grass
– A roller bends the grass
– A spring-loaded roller bends and pushes down on the grass

Don’t worry too much about which method is best. They all work, and you probably have just one striping option for your mower.
For the best results, you need sharp mower blades and dry grass. This leaves an even surface that won’t look matted. Using a higher cutting height lets the grass bend more, making the effect more dramatic. For the health of your lawn, you should change the mowing pattern occasionally to bend the grass in different directions.

Is There a Reason to Stripe, Other Than Looks?

Trying out different patterns keeps you from mowing the same way twice. This prevents the creation of ruts, and limits scalping. It’s also a great way to mark areas for seeding and fertilizing.

How to Get Different Stripe Patterns

Basic Stripes: Make alternating passes across your lawn.
Checkerboard and diamond pattern: Put down a basic stripe, then drive over the lawn again, this time at a 90 degree angle to the first stripes. This leaves a pattern of squares across the lawn. If you want a diamond pattern, like those used for most ballparks, make all of your passes at a 45 degree angle to the edges of the lawn.
Once you finish your passes, drive over the perimeter of the lawn to cover your turns.

When You Think Mowers, Think Shank’s

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has been in business since the 1980s. Over the decades, we’ve helped homeowners and lawn care professionals find the right mowers for their needs and kept them running. We carry most major brands, including Honda, Cub Cadet, Scag, Exmark and more. If you need a new mower, or want to get your current mower ready for spring, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. Want to install a striping kit yourself, or get some parts to fix your mower? Visit us online at www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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The New Exmark Lazer Z X-Series: Maximum Speed and Durability for Professionals

Do you want to mow faster? Exmark’s new Lazer Z X-Series comes with decks up to 96 inches wide, so you can cover as much ground as possible with each pass. Add in features like specialized hydrostatic components, a drive management system and engine choices from Kohler, Kawasaki and Vanguard, and you have a line of mowers that deliver everything a professional landscaper needs.

Power

The X-Series is available with a choice of Kawasaki FX, Kohler Command Pro and Vanguard EFI engines. If you get the Vanguard, you can option it with Vanguard Oil Guard, which adds an oil cooler. This extends oil change intervals to 500 hours.
All mowers come with Exmark’s EGov and RED technology. This engine management system has profiles for different operating modes, letting you balance power against fuel economy. It also has a clutch saver mode that gently engages the deck drive. An engine hour meter comes standard, as does a massive 12 gallon fuel tank.

Deck

The Lazer Z’s UltraCut Series 6 deck is available in 60, 72 and 96 inch widths. These decks have sealed spindles that don’t require maintenance, while belt removal is completely tool free. The deck has a cutting height ranging from 1 to 5.5 inches. This height is set in ¼ inch increments using a pin board next to the operator. A MagStop electromagnetic clutch rated for 200 ft-lbs. connects the deck to the engine.

Control

The X-Series uses 16cc Parker pumps and wheel motors designed exclusively for Exmark. These parts are integrated into a single, hose-free unit with spin-off hydraulic fluid filters. Top forward speed is 11.5 MPH, while top reverse speed is 7 MPH.
The lap bars come with steering dampers that have three adjustments, letting you dial in response. They also have two length positions to fit operators of all sizes. Exmark pairs these handles with an iso-mount seat that has multiple adjustment points.

Accessories

As you’d expect, you can get kits for mulching and bagging with this mower. There’s also a turf striping kit and an anti-scalping kit available. If you need to switch between mulching and side-discharge, you can add a chute control that can be used from the operator’s position. These ZTRs can tow seeders and other lawn care trailers using the optional hitch.

Warranty

All three engine manufacturers guarantee their engines for three years. Exmark guarantees the rest of the mower for 5 years or 1,500 hours. This warranty has no hour limit during the first two years of ownership.

We’re Your Commercial Mowing Headquarters

Whether you want a new mower, or you need to keep your current lawn care fleet in action, visit Shank’s Lawn Equipment. As an authorized dealer for Exmark, Kawasaki, Kohler, Parker, and Vanguard, we can cover any repair you need for your Exmark mower. Stop by our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or visit us online at www.shankslawn.com. You can see which mowers we currently have in stock, and order accessories and replacement parts for your equipment. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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The New Crary Bear Cat CH1015H Chipper: Serious Power for Professional Tree Services

Bear Cat is mostly known for their chainsaws, but they also make other tree care products, including commercial chipper shredders. The new CH1015H is their biggest model yet, capable of shredding branches and trunks up to 10 inches wide.

Power
The CH1015H has a dynamically balanced 32 inch diameter rotor that is 1 ¼ inches thick. This rotor weights 308 lbs, giving it the inertia to maintain speed during chipping. The rotor has a series of reversible, offset chipper blades.
A triple banded belt drive works together with hydrostatic feed control, letting the operator get the exact speed they want for any size of debris. Powering this beast is a 1.5 liter, 57 HP Kubota gas engine with an electric starter. There’s a 20 gallon fuel tank on board to keep this machine running all day.

Cutting and Loading
Debris enter a foldable 31 x 21 inch chute opening. The opening to the rotor is 10 by 10 inches wide. If it fits through this square hole, the CH1015H can cut it. Stop bars on the top and bottom of the chute let the operator shut off the chipper from almost any position.
The CH1015H comes with a 360 degree rotating chute with a built-in deflector, so it can dump debris into just about any truck or trailer.

Maintenance
Maintenance is simple for such a large machine. There are four greasable bearings, which are accessed from the outside of the housing for easy service. A digital display controller shows the rotor RPM, and it can show maintenance reminders and error codes for troubleshooting. There are only two bolts to remove to access rotor housing. Built-in steps make it easy to access both the engine and back of the rotor housing.

A Trailer with Every Feature You Need
The CH1015H is mounted on a trailer with a 2 inch ball and an adjustable tongue, so it can be pulled by most trucks. It uses a 7 pin connector to control the lighting and electric brakes. The trailer has the axles, wheels and lighting required to make it highway ready. It also comes with built-in safety cone storage, as well as integrated tool storage for rakes and other tools.

Get Professional Service for Your Professional Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped professional landscapers with their equipment since 1985. As a certified Bear Cat dealer, we don’t just sell their equipment, we also provide the parts and service you need to keep it running. If you need a new chipper, or you need help with your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also see our current inventory and order parts from our website, www.shankslawn.com. We can ship parts and accessories to any address in the United States and Canada.

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Demystifying Water Pump Terminology

Buying a water pump can be downright confusing. Instead of simply buying by engine size or flow rate, there are several factors to consider, including pressure, head and water type. What do all these terms mean, and what do you need to look for to get the right pump for your needs?

What is Head, and How Does it Affect Performance?

Head is the pump’s maximum pumping height. Static head is the theoretical maximum height a pump can move water. Dynamic head takes friction into account, compensating for losses from hoses, fittings, strainers and other parts connected to the pump. Dynamic head figures that are quoted by manufacturers are based on hoses and other parts included with that model. If you add accessories or use different hoses, it will affect performance.

Head can be split into suction head, the height between the body of water being drained and pump, and discharge head, the height difference between the pump and the end of the discharge hose. If you drop a hose in the water, it fills up to the body of water’s surface level. That means suction head is measured from the water surface to the pump, since that’s where it has to start pumping. The discharge head is the height difference between the pump and the height of the discharge hose.

Pump pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). You can calculate pressure by multiplying the total head in feet by 0.433. If you have a total head of 10 feet, the pump is generating 4.333 PSI.

You may be surprised to see that most pumps have a maximum total head of 26 feet. That’s because centrifugal pumps depend on atmospheric pressure to help pull water through the pump. Since air is less dense at higher altitudes, there’s less atmospheric pressure. On average, the pump’s maximum head decreases by two feet for every 1,000 foot increase in elevation. Positive displacement pumps use a sealed chamber with a piston to move water. These aren’t affected by atmospheric pressure, but they’re also less efficient.

What’s the Difference Between Standard, Self-Priming and Trash Pumps?

A standard pump is only built to move water. Water must be added to the volute case before starting, or it won’t be able to draw water through the hose.

A self-priming pump isn’t just water tight, it’s also air tight. This lets it pump air through the hoses until water reaches the volute case.

A trash pump has a heavy-duty pump seal and extra space between the impeller and volute case. This lets rocks and other debris pass through without damaging the pump.

Cavitation and Water Hammering

Pressure increases suddenly as water moves between the suction and discharge sides of the pump’s volute case. This is balanced out by using a large intake and matching hose. However, if the water flow is out of balance, it can cause cavitation. This creates vacuum bubbles that exert massive amounts of force on the impeller, splitting it apart. Cavitation is usually caused by using hoses that are too small.

If the discharge hose is blocked, water flow stops, increasing pressure through the hose up to the impeller. The resulting pressure wave is called “water hammer.” This wave can damage the volute case and seals.

Where Can I Get a Quality Water Pump?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment carries the full line of Honda Power Equipment pumps, including everything from 50cc watering pumps to large industrial trash pumps. We service everything we sell, and we carry all the OEM parts and accessories you need for your equipment. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also order parts and accessories for your pump by visiting our website, www.shankslawn.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.

Billy Goat’s New Vanguard Single Cylinder Powered Equipment
Honda’s GX Series dominates the commercial market, especially now that Subaru has shut down their small engine division. However, Vanguard is aiming to change that with their new line of single cylinder engines. They bring the improvements that have made their V-Twins the leading choice for large commercial mowers and tractors. This new engine is being added to several Billy Goat models, including the AE402V, PL1802V and PL2501SPV aerators as well as F1402V and F1402SPV blowers.

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Outfitting Your Snowdog Power Sled

Snowmobiles are great for winter fun, but they’re big, heavy, thirsty and expensive. If you’re looking for something more affordable and manageable, a Snowdog is a great alternative. Modeled after dog sleds, these machines can be used on their own, or in combination with trailers and other accessories. This makes it easy to transport cargo and people, and they can even be used to maintain snow trails. Here are some of the ways you can outfit your motorized sled.

Cargo and Passenger Accessories

Sled: While the sled may look like a simple composite bucket, it has rails built into the bottom to glide over snow and ice. This keeps the center of gravity low for stability. A damper device built into the hitch keeps the sled from jiggling around when accelerating and braking. You can outfit the sled with narrower steel skates for better performance on ice.

Standard chair: This heavy-duty chair has a built-in hand rail. One passenger can sit in the chair, while a second passenger can stand behind them.

Rotating chair: If you prefer comfort over capacity, Snowdog makes a rotating seat without the hand rail. This rotating chair has built-in storage for drinks and small items.

Cargo semi-trailer: This trailer comes with the standard chair from the factory. It rides on low pressure tires, allowing it to be used year-round to carry people and cargo. The back of the trailer folds down, so it can be used to carry boards, skis and other long items.

Sport semi-trailer: This is a stand-on trailer that functions like a sulky on a commercial walk-behind mower. It gives you a more comfortable platform to stand on, providing a clear view of the surrounding area while operating your vehicle. This chariot uses the same low pressure tires as the cargo semi-trailer. It has a hitch on the back to connect additional cargo or passenger trailers.

Snowdog Upgrades

Handlebar warmer mitts: These mitts are made from three layers of waterproof Oxford fabric. They have plenty of room to let you reach the controls while shielding your hands from snow and wind. Snowdog offers these in plain black and a white camo pattern that blends in with winter forests.

Handlebar bag: This bag is made from the same fabric as the mitts, and is offered in the same color options. It has a transparent window sewn into the top that protects your phone or navigation device while keeping the screen visible.

Slider suspension: This replaces the sprung wheels that support the bottom of your Snowdog’s tracks. By adding full length support, this suspension improves traction on deep snow.

Snow Maintenance

Groomers: The low ground pressure of a Snowdog makes it an ideal vehicle for dragging a groomer. These devices use a weighted flat plate to smooth out snow for recreational use. There are two versions available:

The ski trail groomer compacts snow, preparing trails for cross-country skiing. It creates a wide compacted snow surface.

The single track groomer prepares single track trails. The groomer by itself is 20.5 inches wide, extending to 34 inches wide when used with the included side panels. This groomer is ideal for preparing fat tire bike trails.

Shank’s Lawn is Your Source for Winter Power Equipment

Shank’s Lawn Equipment has more than lawnmowers and string trimmers. We carry a wide assortment of snow clearing equipment and accessories from brands like Honda, MultiOne, Cub Cadet, Woods and more. If you’re looking for something fun, we also carry Snowdog power sleds and Argo amphibious ATVs. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or see what we offer at www.shankslawn.com. We can ship parts and accessories for everything we carry to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Solving Common Winter Problems for Outdoor Equipment

It should be no surprise if you have trouble with your equipment now and then, but winter adds extra problems, thanks to ice, snow, cold and long term storage. These tips will help you address common issues, whether your snowblower isn’t working, you have failing batteries, or you need to run your mower to just long enough to move it out of the way.

Starting in Cold Weather

Small engines need longer to warm up than normal, especially if they’re built for summer use. If the engine has a manual choke, open it slowly after starting. The engine is warm when it runs smoothly with the choke fully open.

Are you using the right oil for the current weather? Thick oil also makes the engine harder to turn over. Synthetic oils may be stable at lower temperatures, but you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for viscosity. For example, Vanguard recommends their 15W40 synthetic oil for all temperatures, but Honda still recommends thinner oil in the winter, whether it’s synthetic or conventional.

Keeping Batteries from Dying

Most issues with dead and weak batteries can be solved with proper care:

– Store batteries in a climate controlled area when possible
– Connect the battery to a trickle charger, or give it a full charge every month or two
– Disconnect the battery while in storage to prevent drain from phantom loads.

Your Snowblower Augers aren’t Spinning

Snowblowers use shear pins and belts as sacrificial parts. If the auger jams, the shear pins break before the force damages the drive system. Likewise, drive belts will stretch and break before the engine is harmed.

To check these parts, start by shutting off the engine and let all moving parts come to a complete stop. Use a clean out tool to remove any snow or ice packed into the auger housing and discharge chute. If your snowblower doesn’t have a cleanout tool, use a stick or piece of wood, not your hand. The auger is very sharp, and it’s easy to get fingers pinched between the auger and the housing.

Once everything is clear, check the shear pins. These are located on the ends of the auger and chute impeller, both at the edges of the housing and next to the transmission. Replace these as needed. If they still won’t turn, check the drive belt and clutch mechanism for wear and damage.

How Do I Safely Move Stored Equipment?

Start by checking the air cleaner box. This is a common target for squirrels, mice and other rodents.

Air up the tires. If you move them while they’re low on air, you could roll them off of the bead. You can usually find the recommended tire pressure on the sidewall. Need to seat the tire on the bead? If air pressure isn’t enough, wrap a ratchet strap around the center of the tread and tighten it down. This pushes the sidewalls out, helping the tire make contact with the rim when inflating.

If the fuel tank is empty, add just enough fuel to run the engine for a few minutes. Remove the gas once you’re done running your equipment to prevent stale fuel problems.

Push the equipment out of the building and start the engine. Don’t be surprised if you see smoke. This is normal if you added oil directly to the cylinder before storage. You may also see smoke if you previously coated unpainted parts with fogging oil.

Need Help with Your Outdoor Equipment?

Shank’s Lawn Equipment sells and services most major equipment brands, including Honda, Cub Cadet, Exmark, MultiOne, Scag, Woods, Wright and more. If you’re looking for new snow clearing equipment, or you need help getting your other equipment running, come see us. We’re located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. You can also check our current inventory and order parts and accessories for your equipment at our website, www.shankslawn.com.

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