I have a 10 year old Deere lawn mower, and decided to have the blade
sharpened. The last time I did this was about 4 years ago. I made a ramp for
one set of wheels, left probably, from a 2x6 and used 8" high concrete brick
then drove up it. I got the blade off pretty easily, as I recall. Not so
this time. Maybe rust or something has tightened it up. This time I put two
2x6s on bricks and rolled it up. The center of the blade is about 3" from
the left wheel track and the distance from the ground to the blade increased
by maybe 4-6", so clearance is tricky to work. I have no vehicle to put the
mower into, or I'd be tempted to take it to a dealer.
Any suggestions on how to build a ramp that would make this easier to service?
After reading your other post concerning a heavy tool box, I am
suggesting (like another poster) you get a engine hoist,cherry picker,
shop crane (they are all the same thing, just different names). They
can be bought brand new for under $200. Used ones for about $100. You
will learn that it will save you TONS of money and frustration. Sorry
about the pun.
re: you get a engine hoist, cherry picker, shop crane (they are all
the same thing, just different names).
Kind of reminds me of the kid's game of "One of these things is not
like the others." <g>
I'm not so sure I would say "easy" but it isn't awful.
It would be easy if the holes in the studs were on the outboard side so I
could actually *see* the pins to pull or place them. Somewhere there is an
engineer that cackles merrily everytime he thinks of people trying to
blindly find the damn holes.
For a Deere, removing the deck may be overkill, especially if it's been on
for a decade.
For my Deere, I tried the car ramp thing but for reasons I've forgotten,
didn't think it would work. My next effort was to drive it up the edge of a
ramp going into the storage shed, which was possible but still awkward.
Finally I went to Sears and got a light-weight hydraulic car jack for about
$30. Now I can just jack up one side and do the work, or put supports
under it, jack up the other side and have it completely raised up.
Some people run the fuel tank dry, drain the oil, remove the battery, and
either stand the mower up on its back end or lay it over sideways. Requires
strength and care to prevent damage or injury but it is done.
I was kind of looking forward to using a fairly high ramp, but when it got
down to it, my neighbor's long handled wrench did the trick. I did get it up
on an 8" slanted ramp, and with some fooling around while lying on one's
back, and using a 2x4 to make sure the blade didn't move, off it came.
Actually, there were two blades--to my surprise. The blades are now off
As someone else pointed out, it's easy to put them back on improperly. For
that reason, and for convenience, I bought a second set of blades, so when
it's sharpening time I take the dull pair off and immediately put the
sharpened ones on. Then I can sharpen the removed blades at my convenience.
It's half as much work because the hardest part is getting the dang thing up
high enough to work on the blades, and this way I only have to do it once.
I use a come-a-long and hoist the front end high off the ground and lay
on the floor with an air wrench to remove the blades for sharpening.
Put some grease on the bolts before you replace them and next time......
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