Working on mowers...

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by allstar, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    When working on your mowers(changing blades,cleaning the deck,etc.) what's the best way to gain access to the undersurface?Personally,I just jack up the front end and lie on my back but that's a real pain.Where would you purchase some sort of rack to use for this purpose?Or is this something I could make?Thanks for the help. Jim
  2. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    All i do is lock my brakes and tip the mower back and put the cacher under the point of the deck.

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    on belt drives I just physically lift up the deck and put a jack stand under the edge of deck and reach under with hand, on the stand on units I have I use a floor jack to jack them up as High as possible and then use the jack stand to support it and do what I gotta do... I have seen some jungle jack thing, not sure what it was called but its' like some sort of fulcrum lever that you hook under deck and pivot and it lifts and supports the deck in the air. Looks pretty simple to use, but havent used one yet...... I have heard some people pull the machine up onto the ramp of the trailer hanging off the edge ?? but I cant do that on my trailer cause there are cables supporting the ramp.....
  4. gimpyrobb

    gimpyrobb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I built my mower stand out of pieces of L steel. I made the box just big enough to go inbetween the deck and the wheels, that way if I need to rotate the cutting blade while cleaning things up I have no obstructions.
  5. Buzzman

    Buzzman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I use 10 cinder blocks, 2, 2"x8" 8 feet long, the 2x8 ramp I use to load it into the truck, and my creeper... but I'm getting too old and gimpy to physically lift the thing up by myself. :(
  6. cbelawn

    cbelawn LawnSite Member
    Male, from syracuse
    Messages: 96

    I put the front wheels on my car lift and hit the switch and up it goes. then under with the creeper and air wrench..........going into lawn care from auto repair is a hoot.
  7. Buzzman

    Buzzman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Sounds good to me... :drinkup:
  8. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    If you can afford it and would need it often enough, there is like a small lift for a lawnmower that I saw in the June Power Equipment Trade, it has a website listed as and shows a price in the publication of $2,395.00.

    Maybe a little pricey..
  9. Buzzman

    Buzzman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Wow! That's a nice one, but I can't afford it right now...
    I wonder if ALLSTAR has seen this? Maybe he can?
    Thanks for the link, Beransfixitinc!
    If he's seen this, I'm sure he appreciates it too.
  10. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Z-Stand works well for me.

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