Big mower little gate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Trimline, Feb 13, 2001.

  1. Trimline

    Trimline LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I have heard guys say they can jockey a 48 walk behind through an opeaning smaller than that. I was wondering if someone could give me a little insight on this.

  2. Mike Paulsen

    Mike Paulsen LawnSite Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 99

    With my Walker I can flip up the 48" deck then hook one side in putting that side tire against the post. Then drive forward and put the deck down. I don't remember right now but I think it will make it in a 46 1/2 opening.If your close on making it in see if you can change the gate hanger so you can lift the gate off to get though.On our account that have been with us awhile we change them to 5'gates. It doesn't take long to pay for it.
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    2 summers ago i helped out a local landscaper during the drought because it was a slow time for me. His smallest mower was a 48 walkbehind. He had many accounts with 36 inch gates. what i did was go in on a angle putting one side of the deck in first then pulling the mower in from the other side... this sometimes required lifting and tilting... but i always got it in.
  4. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    This is very easy with a little practice..We have to do this on several yards..The easiest way to do it is to take the gate off, it's a chain link fence..You just have to loosen two nuts and slide one bracket down and lift the gate off..15 seconds tops..Then put the side of the mower facing the opening, then get one of the front wheels inside and turn the mower around facing frontwards..By now you should be inside the gate...Derrick
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    52" cut through a 36" gate. I do it all the time. With the gate open, pull the mower up and turn it sideways.(not up on it's side, but facing the same way as the length of the fence) Roll it back just a little, and stick the sied edge of the deck into gate opening. If the gate opens to th left as you're looking at it, then stick the right side through first. If the gate opens to the right as you're looking at it, then stick the left side through first. This is only if the gate opens inward-if it opens outward,(toward you) then it is the opposite of this. Now, once you have the edge of the deck poking into the gate opening, shimmy the mower toward the fence (pivot the front and pulling the back sideways) so the rear tire goes right up against the pole. Now, this SHOULD be the pole opposite the one with the gate. Pull the mower back slightly and pivot the whole mower so that the post goes between the front of the back tire, and the rear of the deck. (that little gap) As you pivot the mower in, the front caster(s) will hit the gate and post. Push down on the handlebars to raise the front of the mower (keeping the other post still tucked in that gap) and follow through with the pivot - the front casters will roll or rub on the gate at what ever height they are at (usually about 18" or so) Make sure your casters are swiveled inward of the mower to shorten it's length. After you pivot it straight, set the front end down, and wha-lah! you're in! When coming back out, repeat, only I pull the back of the mower through first, then tick it in to the post and lift. Also, I try to do this on the opposite side of my battery. I know this sounds like alot, but it really isn't all that bad, as I have just explained it in detail. The whole procedure takes only about 30 seconds each way. Once you do it a few times, it comes naturally.
  6. SodFather

    SodFather LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Here on Long Island most gate openings will just fit a 32". what I used to do before I bought a 32 is tilt the mower up on one of its sides and slowly let it inch its way in, and once the wheels clear turn it so the handles fit. It was a real pain so I just broke down and bought a smaller mower.
  7. Trimline

    Trimline LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Thanks for the feed back. I have a few accounts with gates but not sure it is enough to justify buying a 36. All I can think about is how much I hate push mowing!
  8. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I'd buy the 36" before I tried some of those wrestling techniques. If you don't, you'll probably be called Stubby! Russ

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    on most gates you can loosen up one of the bolts hold the hing and remove the gate in under a minute.. most customers don't mind after you tell them with a smaller mower the charge would be more...
  10. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    I have a 36" for the small gate issues but also some hilly areas just need a small deck to avoid lines ....and some clients just like the wb mowers on the lots

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