Riding Mower Jacks Choosing the Right Mower Jack

Published: 04th July 2011
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A riding lawn mower is more than most prominent suburban boy toy. They can help to relieve stress on your body, especially if you are responsible for mowing large lawns or fields. Lawn care professionals depend on them to keep work quick and profitable. Your riding lawn mower is an investment. If you take care of this investment, it will last for many years to come. However, some of the routine care required on riding lawn mowers can be difficult if you do not have the right tools. For instance, riding mower jacks are the safest and most effective ways to lift riding mowers for cleaning under the deck, changing belts, and sharpening the cutting blades.



Owners of riding lawn mowers have hurt themselves and others throughout the years trying to lifts hundreds of pounds of mowing machine by themselves. Car jacks and floor jacks are often unstable when used on riding mowers. Cinder blocks, boards, and other homemade concoctions are simply dangerous. Riding mower jacks are designed specifically for the way a mower works. They lift under the front wheel axle and hold the front end of the mower up as much as twenty-eight inches off the ground so you can get to the deck more easily and safely.



When you are looking for a riding mower jack, there are specific features to look out for. First of all, check your make and model of mower before shopping so you can check that the jack will fit your particular machine. It's also a good idea to measure the width of the front wheel base from the outside of one tire to the outside of the other. Since most mower jacks lift by the wheels, this will help you determine the size you need.



Second, check the riding mower jacks you are considering to see if you can drive the mower onto the jack or if you still need to pick up the front end of the mower and put it on the jack.



Third, the jack should be easy to crank up with one hand or even an electric drill motor so you do not injure yourself trying to use the jack.



Fourth, the safest riding mower jacks have locking mechanisms that ensure that the jack will not fall even if bumped. This keeps you from getting crushed under the weight of the mower, but it is also a protection for the children in your life who may get near the mower and jack.


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