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Securing mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by plantzpropertymanagement, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    I was just wondering if anybody has the prolockers on there trailers? And how do you like them. And also if you dont use them how do you lock down your mowers. Im curious because i dont secure my mowers and im getting a little tired of them jumping around and constantly looking in the review mirror to see if there still there haha. I dont want to use straps though it seems like that would take a bit to long to do.
  2. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 741

    MICHIGAN LAW ONLY******Two straps are required by LAW on all machines under 10,000 pounds (4 if over 10,000) Its a 2 point moving violation. Just think if you got t-boned by a SUV or bigger vehicle, your mowers just became flying objects that will hurt someone and you just became the subject of a very big lawsuit. buy some straps and take the 3 min to secure your load. Keep the roads safe.
  3. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    THey also are not legal in ontario according to the MTO. My choice are fast straps by greentouch. They are awsome.

  4. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 741

    Whatever you use in MI has to meet 1/2 the working load limit (WLL). I dont know what those things are the guy in the first post is talking about. But unless they meet the WLL they are not legal. When it comes to mowers most straps you by that are at least 2 inches wide will work. Unless you by the crap from dollar general store.

    They are not on my federal chart of WLL's so unless it has the WLL stamped on it its not legal.
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    There is not replacement for a product from GreenTouch called Fastraps.

    A pair of them per machine is the ONLY way to secure zero turn equipment quickly, effectively and ALSO KEEP IT STILL.

    I know prolockers sponsors this forum and Greentouch does not.
    But I'm sorry, they have them beat on the product.

    1) Prolockers are more expensive

    2) I don't believe it is a good idea to secure a mower by one caster tire

    3) Securing a mower by (even both) front caster tires will NOT keep it still.
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    This man speaks the truth :clapping:
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Thank you... Thank you :cool2:
  8. Beau Rivage

    Beau Rivage LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218

    Yikes...:eek: :eek: :eek: I hadn't thought of that one...I'm almost positive the law doesn't require anything here, but we grow more lawyers than Yale...and the roads here are simply writhing with SUVs and large pickups. Thanx, d&r...I love this site.:clapping:
  9. parkeeee

    parkeeee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 227

    I use ratchet straps. The only time that I do not strap down my equipment is if I am moving the trailer a block or less.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    what about for enclosed trailers?

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