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Raising Toro Grandstand to Remove Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JohnnyRocker, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    hello good people!

    So I have finally broken down and purchased my own impact wrench to make life easier. Today I used the method where you drive your front castors up on your trailer gate to get underneath to remove the blades. The only blade that I had enough clearance to remove was the center blade. The side ones were too close to the ground still. I tried several angles, etc. Any bright ideas would be great, besides buying one of those jacks. I am in search of a very cheap, temporary fix for now....if there is one. At least my middle blade is sharp! ha ha.

  2. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 969

    Drive the mower up the ramp, with only 1 wheel on the ramp. If needed then back down, and switch to the other side.
  3. ArtLikeLandscapes

    ArtLikeLandscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    I have a electric winch hanging from the ceiling in my shop. Takes less than 5 minutes to change out a set.
  4. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Yes, I do not have a winch. And I have already drove it up the trailer ramp....still the side blades are too close to the ground. Need another 4 inches.
  5. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    Can't you put a caster on a floor jack and get to them?
  6. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    This may work. Drive the front wheels of the tow vehicle up on a raised spot or curb, that will make the angle of the trailer tailgate steeper so you can get under the deck. Just a no cost idea.
  7. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,686

    If you can't get any of the above suggestions to work, invest in a floor jack. Can be had very reasonable at harbor freight and you can have your blades off in 5 mins. You'll use it a lot.
  8. ozarkbilly

    ozarkbilly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    I pull mine up with one tire hanging off the ramp, set parking brake, & shut it down. Grab into the front arms leading out to the front wheels & tip the mower onto its back. Pull old blades off, do a good scraping on the deck, put new set of blades on. Then tip mower back upright. First time I heard of this method I was terrified to try it, thinking my mower was gonna go crashing to the pavement. But its not hard at all, I dunno if its due to how well-balanced Grandstands are or what. Oh & I always let it sit for several minutes after sitting it back upright, just because it seems like a good idea.
  9. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Are you serious?
  10. ozarkbilly

    ozarkbilly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    yes. I do it once or twice weekly

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