I've been doing searches, but have not been able to find anything on how to safely change the blades on a riding lawn mower. I have a new Sears 42" Limited Edition Yard Tractor coming on Monday and want to put two mulching blades on it. Weighing in at over 600 pounds, I realize I can't just lift this thing up and slap the new mulching blades on it without some kind of help.
Someone suggested a pully lift and a tree limb to raise the mower up with, but I'm not so sure I would trust a the tree limb to hold it securely. (Lot of dead looking limbs out back...)
My son-in-law left me some automotive drive-up ramps, but I was told the blade deck will not allow the tractor to get up the ramps.
He also left a floor jack and a couple of jack stands, but I'm not sure where to safely place the jack or the stands. (Don't want to damage the mower either...) Should I lift the tractor up to one side and take off one blade, let it down and lift it to the other side to get at the other? Or is there a better (safer) approach?
I sure don't want to screw this up. I did discovered there is a blade holding tool that looks like it would be worth the $8 purchase instead of faking it with my vice grips the way I have with push mowers... Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance for the reply,