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Need opinions fast (impact wrench and winch)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Howie's Lawn Care, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    Hey guys,
    I bought an electric impact wrench and I ended up not being able to jack my mower up high enough. The impact wrench was $70.00 and is 120 volt. It seems pretty nice. It claims up to 180 ft/lbs of torque. I was talking to the guys at TSC and they recommended a one ton chain hoist or the 1500lb electric winch. The winch was $82.00, and I went ahead and bought it. Will it work if I mount the winch on a beam on the ceiling of my garage and use it like a hoist for my ZTR. I want to be able to change the blades fast. I know its a decent amount of money to spend on changing blades, but I think its convenience will pay off and I could always mount it on my trailer later on. Also, what do you guys think about the stats and prices I paid for the equipment? Is this a decent way to change blades? Thanks for your help and advice.

    -Nick Howard
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Beam? Wooden 2x6 type beam? If you reinforce it then sure.
  3. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    I'm talking about a real thick support beam going across the top of the garage. I'm wondering if a winch is alright or if I should be using a hoist.
  4. brudot

    brudot LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 57

    Some of the cheaper electric winches ($82 is on the cheaper side) are only good for pulling loads. They cannot be used for lifting because they don't have a way of controlling lowering anything that you would lift. I.E. they are free spooling when you let the cable out.
  5. treemeat

    treemeat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    how about a floor jack?

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 981

    How about pulling your mower up on the ramp of your trailer with one side hanging off slightly? It works for me in a pinch.

    I also use automotive ramps at home. I get enough to clear my 18volt Ridgid impact wrench.
  7. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    Thsnks for the idea. I'll try that.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Yes just pull the front end up on the trailer gates and use a simple socket wrench...one on top and one on bottom. And if you got spindles that don't have bolts with nuts ...use simple blade block(2/4 with clamp) and socket.
  9. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    I don't understand the simple blade block part.
  10. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    dont do it, buy your self a cordless impact. i bought a ridgid it works great. i damn near cut my thumb off using wrenches with good protective gloves on(we sharpen the blades daily).

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