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electric winch for lifting mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lasko's Lawn Service, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Lasko's Lawn Service

    Lasko's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Any of you fellas ever used an electric winch to lift the front end of the mower to change blades and clean the deck? I'm looking at an 880 lb one for my garage. keep in mind I'm just lifting the front end of my Scag TC....I'm not lifting the whole thing off the ground.
  2. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 402

    Block and tackle
  3. rmdm94

    rmdm94 LawnSite Member
    from 34240
    Messages: 28

    Got one from Harbor Freight and installed it.Works great, no jack to work around.
  4. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
    from Online
    Messages: 731

    look for a Hoist it would be a lot safer, the breaking system is designed to hold something in the air, a wench is designed for horizontal pulling
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    And what is wrong with a simple floor jack? Doubt that you can use
    a chain hoist to lift up the unit to change hydro belt.
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    ^ all depends on how much load the anchor point can support..
  8. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,382

    I've used an electric hoist rated at 1350 lbs (with cable doubled) for years and it works great. I used it for many years on a cub loboy that is much, much heavier in the front than a ZTR. As someone else said, make sure it's attached securely, and be sure you use an additional safety chain. I used a 4" x 6" timber across 6 ceiling joists located close to a wall (for extra strength). In addition, I ran upright 2 x 4's from the ceiling joists to the rafters for even more support. As I said, the most important thing is to make sure you use a totally different LOG chain as a back up. I have a bad back and neck and it's really nice to be able to sit under a mower that's at a 45 degree angle and use an impact wrench to R/R blades, grease etc.
  9. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Get a Grasshopper with the power fold.
  10. Southern Pride

    Southern Pride LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Memphis
    Messages: 1,382

    Sounds sketchy. I use my trailer rails that way the mower is near my height, works great. 100% safe but then again its just a exmark 36 not ZTR, but yeah sounds dangerous. Winch only has that little hook...

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