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Old 03-14-2013, 07:01 PM
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Using lift gate to load mowers/sprayers? good idea?

I'm considering adding a used lift gate to a 1 ton with a 10ft flat bed. I wanting to get rid of a trailer when having to haul small mowers, ride on sprayer, aerators and so forth. I was wondering if anyone had experience using a lift gate with a 48" plus platform with a 2klb + lift capacity on a 1 ton truck. I'm not sure how fast these lift or if they will be to large for this size truck. The seem to be pretty cheap on the used market. Maybe a an aluminum unit that folds would work?
I realize a removable dovetail and ramp would work but thats more money and alot hanging off the back of the truck.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:05 PM
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Its not a terrible idea, but they are not fast thats for sure. The gate should lift things easily, but it may be hard to position the mowers/sprayers on there and stand on there, it can get awkard. Its not a bad idea, but it wont win any races
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:01 PM
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I don't know about on a flat bed. You'll want one of those larger liftgates 6' or so. Sometimes you'll see those on big vans and the liftgate folds up as a door.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:05 PM
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My buddy actually did this when he mowed In high school and it worked good for his 48" bobcat. It's faster and easier then using ramps. Just make sure you get one your mower can fit on my buddy's was on a pickup so it was small his bobcat just fit but my longer scag hydro didn't
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:50 AM
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A larger platform would be nice but I'd have to find a way to hinge it even with a 48" so I don't have a 4-6ft tailgate. Room to stand may be an issue as well but I really only plan to load stand on units with this so that will help reduce the footprint. Anyone else have experience with this set-up?
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:17 AM
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I have a lift gate on a F150. If I position my toro 32" just right it is a good way to hoist it into the back of the pickup. If the gate hinges out it would be better. It really comes in handy when lifting Aerators power rakes, 21" mowers, snow blower, etc. I like it better then messing with ramps
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