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#1 glgrumpy ONLINE  

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Posted March 28, 2016 - 02:41 PM

So, everyone has those mower lifts that pick-up tractor by front wheels on sale in spring. I used to think I wanted one. They seem good for cleaning deck, change blades maybe, and that's about it.  Most of my tractors have no decks, so probly don't even need one. Can't do oil changes, decks are in way. or if no deck, maybe could get under on some tractors. Most later models tho, have easy access drain tubes on sides and don't need to get under.  Old Briggs on my Speedex's and some others still need plug out bottom, hard to see. AND, even with this lift, still have to pretty much lay on floor to work on it anyway, one of things I'm getting too old and tired of doing anymore. SO, what you guys think of them?  Think I already talked my way out of the need, ha!  Just wanted opinions. I see them used at shows, but they want almost same price as sale ads.


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 03:31 PM

I have never tried one, but I think about the same as you. I don't see a point to them. I have a 3 ton floor jack that will lift nearly as far as one of those, it takes up less space and it will also lift my truck and my wife's car. 

 

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Posted March 28, 2016 - 03:31 PM

I've never seen one of those things in person. Just the ads that are around. Seem kind of gimmicky to me. If you have a tractor lifted up on one and you are under it shouldn't you have a jack stand in place. The ads never seem to show that.

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Posted March 28, 2016 - 03:43 PM

We bought one and I love it.
It will pick up the front of the Roper without issue and is very nice for getting a bigger version of me under the darned thing.
Cleaning, belt replacement, etc all made easier.

Not perfect, but if on sale and a decent unit, I enjoy having mine.
Read the reviews on them. They vary wildly from store to store and even model to model.
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 03:51 PM

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Bought this one 750# when I bought the ZTR specifically to clean the underside of the deck and remove blades for sharpening , my days of "enjoying" removing the deck doing said work and re-attaching it are over. This has proved to be a worthy addiction to the garage. A plus is you can run it up and down with a battery drill.
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 04:00 PM

I have a Harbor Freight one. Comes in handy for taking mower blades off to sharpen, and cleaning under the deck. They have safety pins that you use when up, so you don't need a jack stand. Other than that, I'm not sure what else they would be good for
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Mine stays mainly folded and stored as it is a pain to drag out to use it, and takes up a butt-load of floor space when assembled. I probally would use it more if I left it assembled outside for easier access.


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 04:07 PM

I  bought a used pair of steel ramps intended for cars. They have removable ramps that then leave the front wheels up and easy access to the deck. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 05:26 PM

hi all: I was of the same mind, who needs it, wont use it, I got a jack. well all that changed when I was at harbour freight last year and they had them on sale with a store coupon for $59. I thought what the hey and bought it, if I hated it I would just resell it. well I love that thing. I can pick up the front put a saw horse under it then pick up the back and its at a great working height for me. would I buy a more expensive one? I doubt it as I have seen some upwards of $300 but if you can get one on sale I would go for it, you would be surprised how many times you would use it. just my thoughts. have a great day. john
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 06:30 PM

I  bought a used pair of steel ramps intended for cars. They have removable ramps that then leave the front wheels up and easy access to the deck. Good Luck, Rick

This is probably a lot safer too!

Put the front on the ramps, jack the rear up for "jack stands" and a fat boy (like me) can get under these GT's!


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 06:58 PM

I look at them and thought about them but then  - - ?  I built my work table, 36" wide and 5' long with removable center sections, 32" off the ground. Drive up on and off, or if it is a dead one use the electric which to pull it up on.  Can do about anything you want with one up there.  And didn't cost anything to build as It was all left over material from a pole building project.  Have about $20 in the 2  2X10-10' planks for ramps.  For deck cleaning I use a 8" post set in the ground at an angle with a hand winch.  Crank the front up, wash it off, run it, grease it and done deal.  Washed grass get raked out onto the gravel road is gone the next day.  To each his own - when I don't have a tractor on mine it makes one heck of a work bench.


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 11:51 PM

Being in the chair I needed something to lift my tractors to work on them. So I went with the H.F. electric hoist...

Mounted it to the rafters with extra supports, it'll lift 800# double line like nothing. I use it from my original to the super 1872 without an issue.

It comes in real handy for changing blades, cleaning the deck, mounting the deck or push blade, changing oil. I'm using it for pulling engines, the possibilities are endless, and it takes up NO floor space... The perfect tool for us that can't get down on the floor and get back up, to just being at a comfortable height while working on tractors.

Here's a couple pictures using it with my original. First picture is it standing on end while I was installing the clutch, others are picking the whole tractor off a table and putting it on the floor. I've picked up complete narrow frames without busting a sweat... :thumbs:  

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Posted March 29, 2016 - 06:50 AM

Looks like you have a good set up that works for you zippy 1.  I am working on a truss support to lift motors out while up on the table.  Trusses are built to take the down pressure from the top and not being pulled on from the bottom so have to come up with a support to the floor that will be out of the way at the same time.


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Posted March 29, 2016 - 07:48 AM

Looks like you have a good set up that works for you zippy 1.  I am working on a truss support to lift motors out while up on the table.  Trusses are built to take the down pressure from the top and not being pulled on from the bottom so have to come up with a support to the floor that will be out of the way at the same time.

I have seen lots of people that forget or never knew " Trusses are built to take the down pressure from the top and not being pulled on from the bottom" can be disastrous....


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Posted March 29, 2016 - 08:05 AM

Being in the chair I needed something to lift my tractors to work on them. So I went with the H.F. electric hoist...

Mounted it to the rafters with extra supports, it'll lift 800# double line like nothing. I use it from my original to the super 1872 without an issue.

It comes in real handy for changing blades, cleaning the deck, mounting the deck or push blade, changing oil. I'm using it for pulling engines, the possibilities are endless, and it takes up NO floor space... The perfect tool for us that can't get down on the floor and get back up, to just being at a comfortable height while working on tractors.

Here's a couple pictures using it with my original. First picture is it standing on end while I was installing the clutch, others are picking the whole tractor off a table and putting it on the floor. I've picked up complete narrow frames without busting a sweat... :thumbs:  

Looks good :thumbs:  After much study and cost comparisons I too went with that set-up hanging from a 2 ton gantry crane, unfortunately it is holding a 7.3 diesel engine project with the F250 taking up ALL the rest of the space, so ALL my GT work has been OUTSIDE since Dr's release last fall :wallbanging:  The F250 project is stalled because apparently it is not O.K. to re-use my as it turns out "two-piece flywheel" Allegedly I need to spend another $600-800 for a new flywheel !! What ever happened to the days of re-surfacing the flywheel and re-install :( They tell me the two-piece flywheel was "engineered" to "smooth out the shifts" and take up some of the torque to frame rails ? I thought the driver was responsible for smooth shifts...So the decision waits, performance one piece flywheel (which sells as a set with matched plate and clutch) or factory two-piece using the clutch and plate already purchased...GT work only on dry days for now...


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