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gettting a ZTR SAFELY into a truck bed, how to?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TClawn, May 25, 2005.

  1. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I was wondering if there is a safe way of geting a Z into a truck bed. the first thing that came to mind was 11ft ramps, but having no margin for error going down that kind of slope would take someone with more guts than me.

    so, do any of you put your Z in the truck bed? if so, how do you do it safely?

    remember, this is a lazer hp, not a lawn tractor, so it's not like I can just set it streight and go for it.
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    You can't. If for no other reason than your tailgate isn't rated for that. Use a trailer or rent a box truck or get a buddy to do it.

    And what if it shifts while you drive and you can't get it out. The upside to that is you would have a story to rival Fareway's SCS mower story.
  3. extoro

    extoro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    It can be done, just have to very careful and take your time. If it's bigger than a 44" it won't fit between the wheel wells
  4. Grass-Buster

    Grass-Buster LawnSite Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 17

    Ah Lowes sell's Trailers for 600-800 Buck's
  5. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459


    I have been using the same ramp since 1989. The largest mowers I have had on it were 48" Lazers, Walker GHS 48" mowers and Toro Groundsmaster 120 out front mowers. The ramp was lightly refurbished in 2004 after I forgot to tighten the hangars and it came off at about 30 mph.

  6. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I wish, all they carry is the 4'X6' model, which is not wide enough or long enough.
  7. Grass-Buster

    Grass-Buster LawnSite Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 17

    No thats not the only one they carry either.

    They have the folowing trailer's at our local lowes and on their website

    Carry-On 5' x 8' Trailer with Gate

    Item # 100369
    Model # 5X8G
    In Store Pick-up
    Lowe's Home Delivery

    5 X 8 Wire Mesh Trailer With 5 x 8 Gate
    Wire mesh floor and gate
    2000 pounds gvw with C range 12" tires, with white mod. Wheels
    Black with white pin stripes
    Removable tongue with ramp gate
    1 7/8" coupler with safety chains and hardware

    Carry-On 4' x 6' Highway Trailer

    Item # 145557
    Model # 4X6XG
    In Store Pick-up
    Lowe's Home Delivery

    Carry-On 5' x 10' Flatbed Trailer

    Item # 185886
    Model # 5X10GW2

    Single axle wood floor utility trailer
    Completely welded and ready for your use
    Title for registration included
    17/8" coupler with straight removable tongue with safety chains
    Fully lighted to DOT specifications, legal in all states
    Steel frame with 2" X 8" pressure treated floorboards
    4' tall mesh gate is standard
    Black coat paint with white pinstripes
  8. The Dude

    The Dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Remember, He lives in Hawaii. Stores over there don't always carry the same things due to the high costs of shipping.
  9. Grass-Buster

    Grass-Buster LawnSite Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 17

    Oh crap that's right , hmmmmm well fudge . well anyway maybe the spec's above will help someone else later on. :)
  10. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,939

    So you take the tailgate off. Takes about three seconds with a Ford. Not sure of the other pickups.

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