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Whether you are transporting a mower to a customer, or relocating it to a new site, hauling this equipment requires the right hauling vessels and expertise. If you plan on doing it yourself, you will require a suitable shipping trailer or truck, heavy-duty ramps, technical know-how, and extra help. Some of the common types of mowers include:
- Ransomes 2130 Highway Triple Lawn Mowers
- Chipperfield Lawn Mowers
- Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Mowers
- Feider FRT-75BS125 Ride-On Lawn Mowers
- Stiga Tornado 398 M Lawn Mowers
- Oleo-Mac OM84/14.5KH Lawn Mowers
- Bosch Rotak 34 R Electric Rotary Mowers
- Husqvarna LC 247S Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers
- Honda HRG 416 PK IZY Push Petrol Lawn Mower
- John Deere Z 545 Lawn Mowers
Whichever type of mower you want to transport, you might want to work with a professional heavy hauling company for a safe, hassle-free, and cost-efficient shipping process. After all, a lot can go wrong if you are not well prepared, equipped, or experienced in handling such complex shipping services.
How to Prepare Your Mower for Transport
Drain The Fuel From Your Mower
Before anything, drain and empty the gas and fuel from the mower’s tank and store them in a tight-lid container. Gasoline gas is a highly hazardous and explosive material. Besides, the oil might leak during transit leaving behind permanent messy stains.
Clean Your Mower
Clean the remaining debris, including dirt and grass straw, from the equipment using a sponge, soap, and water. This will make it easy for you to access its condition, notice any hidden scratches, and document them before the move.
Remove the Spark Plug
This is a crucial safety measure when shipping your mower. If left connected, the plug might start even without fuel or oil in the farm machinery, and it is, therefore, best if it is disconnected before moving.
Detach Blades and All Other Attachments off the Mower
Be sure to remove the blades from the mower to keep them from injuring the loading team and damaging the shipping equipment. Remember to wear heavy protective gloves and secure the edges with thick covers. If you are unsure how to do it, check out your owner’s manual for a detailed guide. Be sure to remove all other attachments from the equipment and park and label them accurately.
How to Load and Secure your Mower on a Truck
Ensure The Truck Sits on a Level Surface
Park your truck on a flat surface with no bumps. The truck motor should be turned off, and the brakes engaged to keep the truck from moving during loading.
Have the Ramps Ready and Attached to the Truck
Open up the ramps and secure them to the truck’s tailgate while following the manufacturer’s instructions. Ramps are equipped with safety straps which you will tighten to the truck’s open bed. The straps should be tight to prevent the ramp from slipping and loading, which might translate to severe injuries to you and damage to the equipment.
Load Your Mower up the Truck
Check and adjust the ramps’ width and ensure that it matches the width of the mowers’ front tires so that they move up the center of both ramps. Set the equipment into low gear and give it sufficient throttle to move it up the ramps to ensure it does not stop halfway during loading. If your mover has a hydrostatic transmission, moving it up the ramps at a significantly lower speed is safer.
Drive your mower up the ramps and unto the truck at a steady speed. Position it as forward as possible on the trick bed to ensure that most of its weight is supported by the truck’s rear axle for a safe, smooth ride during shipping.
Safely Secure Your Mower with Straps
Turn off the mower’s engine and engage its parking brake to keep it from dislodging during transit. Next, use the ratchet straps to secure the mower in position to ensure it does not slip. Finally, close the tailgate, disconnect the ramps and load securely on the truck to use them during the unloading process once you are at your destination.
The easiest and safest way of shipping your mower is by seeking the services of renowned heavy hauling companies such as Tractor Transport. Besides having all the equipment required for the hauling process, they are trained and experienced in handling such tasks from start to finish leaving you to handle other important aspects of your project.
Transporting a mower doesn’t have to be a hassle. Knowing how to prepare your mower for pickup and what to do upon delivery will save you time and money. Whether you have a short mower haul or a long distance transport, working with licensed and experienced professionals is the best way to haul it.