ztr blade change

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by roadking35, Apr 23, 2003.

  1. roadking35

    roadking35 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Some ideas please!
    I am taking delivery of a Hustler Z in the next couple of days and was wondering if I could get some ideas of how people are getting under the deck for blade change, sharpening?
    I was thinking that a couple of ramps might give me the room that I need?
    Didn't have this trouble with the old JD lol.
    thanks for any imput
    mark
     
  2. HOWARD JONES

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Most commercial guys drive their mower up on the ramps they already have for their trailer. You could get ramps just for maintenance, or a good hydraulic floor jack would be good - you might even be able to tilt the machine up with a lever, (such as 2 by 4) - then be sure to use jack stands or blocks to avoid slipping while you're under there! Overall, I think I would recommend a floor jack and safety blocks.
     
  3. roadking35

    roadking35 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Do you think that drive up ramps would work (like they use for cars)?
    thanks
     
  4. HOWARD JONES

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Yes, they would work fine - would have to anchor them down or push up against something solid to be sure they don't try to slide when driving up. Your mower probably has a parking brake, right? If not, be sure to chock wheels good to avoid rolling.
     
  5. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Ask your dealer, there is a company that makes a device that looks like a dolley that hooks the front underside of the deck then you simply tip the dolley back and it lifts the whole front of the mower up for easy blade access.

    Another one of the many reasons I like Toro products. The new Z-Masters come stock with the Z-Stand. Flip it down drive up on it, lock the arm in place, set the e-brake and you're done.
     
  6. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,760

    This is what you need.
    The Super Jack.
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  7. sjz60

    sjz60 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 43

    car ramps for front wheels..

    Then get yourself a piece of 2x4 that you can use under the frame in the rear..floor jack under the rear, up against the 2x4 works great..get the whole machine off the ground.
     
  8. roadking35

    roadking35 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Thanks for all the help.... any ideas are great!
    Is it ok to lift the machine by the deck? (from the front)
    I'm not sure but it looks like the Super Jack is hooked under the deck lip?
    thanks
     
  9. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    That's what I was thinking... That doesn't look like a good way to lift a ZTR with a floating deck (?).
     

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