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Deck bottoms out on ramp!?!?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BigLag, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. BigLag

    BigLag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    ZTR bottoms out sometimes on ramp of trailer. I cannot figure out why. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. It seems like I have to go up at a slight angle for it not to bottom out and that still does not work all the time. Could this be hurting my deck. Any suggestions????
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Yes, it can damage your mower. Especially if your spindle bolts are what's dragging.

    Buy a 6' long 2x12 and screw it to your trailer deck about 1-2' (depending on mower) in from your gate hinge.
  3. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    On my open trailer; I cut and re-welded the ramp so there is a bend in the middle. Instead of going over 1 large angle, you go over 2 smaller ones.
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,346

    I have the rapid height system on my mowers. It eliminates bottoming out.
  5. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    if you extend the gate it will have a less step angle to go up.
  6. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,755

    try raising the ball on your trailer
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    just raise your ball higher. if it is on a drophitch you can turn the hitch upsidedown. just 1 or 2 inches schould lower the back of trailer enough.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    But just don't do it to the extent that the trailer is riding improperly. Keep your trailer level. On one of mine, I built some small wooden ramps with a step for the gate to rest on. I've been meaning to extend it, but haven't done so, yet.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Big Lag....what brand mower?
  10. BigLag

    BigLag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    Hustler Mini Fastrak 16 42

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