Mower on trailer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Db966, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Db966

    Db966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Is it bad to leave your mower in gear on the trailer? If so how bad and how long does it take to start to damage your transmission? I have a swzt 36 walk behind and it keeps moving, was wondering how bad it was to leave it in gear.
  2. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    Maybe you should do a better job tying it down.
  3. Koehn's Lawn Service

    Koehn's Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 882

    My dealer I bought 32 scag from said do not transport it in gear it will damage transmission I'm just going to strap it down good and tight wirh a good quality watched strap
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  4. Jmcculler

    Jmcculler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Umm, if its moving around it's called an "unsecured load" and is illegal for transport in all 50 states.
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    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,893

    I keep mine in neutral, 2x4 cut offs behind the wheels, and usually a chain with j hooks
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  6. flybynite

    flybynite LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,153

    Yes it can damage the transmission. Strap it down so it can't bounce around.
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  7. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,783

    Won't hurt a bit to keep it in gear if you chose. I always left mine in gear when it was transported, but i also strapped it down. Bouncing around the yard mowing while in gear is no different that it moving a little on a trailer. just my 2 cents.
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    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,893

    Dealer strongly suggested to keep mine In neutral and use the parking brake. No way I’ll leave it in gear to smack around

    The impact of the mower smashing into the trailer floor makes a lot more impact than a lawn with cushion
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  9. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,783

    Yeah, i understand how it might not settle well, but if you think about, when the machine is running and with a belt drive, the gears do the same exact thing and even more so with power applied or when you let off and what not. It's whatever helps a guy sleep at night, but a little forward and back on a trailer isn't as much pressure and what goes to those gears when you're actually using them. IF it actually had a clutch that would be a different story, but with the belt drive there's no clutch.
  10. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,893

    I know I’ve moved onto j hooks and chain because I’m tired of the rope breaking over time. The 2x4 just keeps its position
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