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going down ramps w a belt-drive walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tiner, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. tiner

    tiner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    what is the preferred (correct) way to back down ramps w a belt drive WB mower?
    in neutral,using brakes? (seems very tricky) or in gear using belts to slow you down?
  2. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,521

    I did it in neutral coming off of pick up bed.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,391

    with a belt drive,

    Dont start it,
    Put it in neutral.
    Pull it back to the edge of the ramp.
    Get set with your feet about half way down the ramp (handle bars are a little below your shoulder level)
    "pop a wheelie" so you are balancing the weight on the drive tires.
    Make sure you are line up.
    Give it a tug and let er rip.
    Basically you just got to stay out of the machined way... you can use the brakes to slow down stop if you want/need, but typically once you get used to it, its not necessary.

    The trick is the wheelie and balance, you can come down fast or slow, as long as you control the balance and the brakes.

    Once the whole machine is solidly on the ramp, the wheelie is no longer necessary so you can let that fade out as the machine is rolling down the ramp.

    I should make a video.
  4. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,521

    Yeah a video is a good idea..I never actually stood on ramps. I would stand on ground in between ramps and did the wheelie as mentioned just focusing on keeping rear wheels on ramps. Then it's all gravity and brakes. I guess if the brakes aren't good then that's bad news..But I had wooden ramps and wouldn't trust the weight of myself and the mower to walk on them.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
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  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,953

    Id use the belts . that's how I do pulling off trailer , ramps... would never put a WB in a truck bed.
  6. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,521

    Yeah not the safest option but efficient for just mowing. I did it for a whole season as I saved up for trailer. But looking back I can see how there's room for error. Plus it kills the suspension and brakes carrying extra 500 lbs around with you 5 days a week
  7. ltdlawn

    ltdlawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,273

    Couldn't imagine not using hydro. Buy some decent ramps. I used 7.5 foot bi folding aluminum ones cost like $130 as the treads started to bend dropped another $100 at a welder and they are built like a brick now. The real concern with working from the bed is the tailgate. Its rated at 500 or less usually. Once you do it for a while it's almost natural.
  8. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,953

    Good argument for a belt drive.

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,547

    The metal atv ramps come w straps that attach to ur bumper to keep the ramps from slipping. That eliminates one danger .but The biggest hazard is if you ever loose your footing backing down. My mom had a friend that died that way...slipped backwards and mower came down onto his chest/head.
    I slipped forward w my snowblower and luckily only smacked my chin on the ground and semi crushed a finger when the snowblower came down on it.
    Point is : ramps are dangerous w large machines. Get a trailer if at all.possible.
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  10. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,521

    Yes mowers you need a trailer but for snow blowers use an equipment hitch carrier with drop down gate. Not perfect but safer then ramps and slippery surface...

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