How do pros elevate tractor for maintenance?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by richard904, May 21, 2010.

  1. richard904

    richard904 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I have a Craftsman lawn tractor for home use. I now want to clean the mower after each use on the 3 acres I have to mow. I thought the easiest way was to elevate the front to make the mower visible. Now, I have to lay next to the mower, reach in by hand, and scrape by feel. What equipment do the pros use to elevate a tractor or ZTR for maintenance? My Operator's Manual says no water, so I have to scrape manually or use compressed air, but access is my main problem.
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Ramps....and I'm not talking about wild onions here! :cry:
    Ramps that are rated for the weight of your mower + extra margin of safety.
    Ramps that are 'chucked' or secured top & bottom so they won't shift to the side when wheels begin their ascent/descent.
  3. jsmonroeCT

    jsmonroeCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 82

    I use the same ramps that I use to change the oil in the cars. As stated above, make sure they're secure...

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    I use one car ramp. Gives me more room. Back down and roll up the other side.
  5. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    Wow... I thought I was the only one who heard of Ramps (the greens), They stink real bad!!
  6. newdude

    newdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Advice from homeowner to homeowner:

    The best way to clean the underside of your mower to take it off!!

    Get familiar with the procedure, take your time if you would like. Best way imo though, is to take the deck off, flip it over, and get scraping!

    Do it all the time with my Deere, and its a breeze removing and installing it. Gives me time to look at everything too, and grease the spindle zerks.

    I tried ramps...will never do it again. To me, access was very limited.

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    My deck weighing in at 250 lbs I'm not going to get that familiar doing it. The Bad Boy ain't no lawn tractor. :cry:
  8. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    Ramps or pull one wheel on the side of the trailer change the end and middle. Pull on the other side of the trailer and change the last blade.

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    YEA! That's what I'm talking about! Easy as can be!

  10. newdude

    newdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    ...A Craftsman deck isn't going to weigh as much as a big ZTR deck. On an LT, you just slide it out, and flip it. Different story with ZTR's and commercial mowers...

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