View Full Version : Trailer ramp angle for mower clearance.

04-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Does anyone know the maximum angle of a trailer ramp that a mower deck can clear??

I have a box truck with a 41" high deck. Toro states that the angle from ground to ramp not to exceed 15 degrees. That would put the length of the gate + beaver tail at 13 feet, which seems too long. (Right angle calculations complementary of http://www.csgnetwork.com/righttricalc.html)

Before I start rigging up trailers to jacks and making measurements with the mower on the ramp, does anyone else have experience with this??

04-18-2011, 08:43 PM
To answer my question:

After plenty of experimentation, 15 degrees is the maximum angle of a trailer ramp for a Toro to clear. At 16 degrees the blade bolts will catch, not going forward, but backing off the trailer. While backing off, the casters spin around, creating a slightly longer wheel base.

04-19-2011, 08:03 PM
so are you going on with the project?

04-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Yep. 4 foot beaver tail, 9 foot ramp. I'll post some pics when done.

04-19-2011, 09:06 PM
cool, lookin forward to seein the pics