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    Lift lawn mower with pallet forks

    Does anyone use pallet forks to lift a riding lawn mower to clean the deck and sharpen blades? If so what do you use as the lifting points or do you just lift one end and chock/block the wheels and set the lifted end on cinder blocks in case of a hydraulic failure? Yes, I'm a newbie. I don't even own pallet forks yet.

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    It can be done but I don't think it is worth the risk just to clean the deck and sharpen blades.

    You're much safer with one of these:

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    Quote Originally Posted by danthoman View Post
    Does anyone use pallet forks to lift a riding lawn mower to clean the deck and sharpen blades? If so what do you use as the lifting points or do you just lift one end and chock/block the wheels and set the lifted end on cinder blocks in case of a hydraulic failure? Yes, I'm a newbie. I don't even own pallet forks yet.

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    I have picked up a Craftsman lawn mower and pulled the blades off to be sharpened. Its not a recommended practice I must say, as the hydraulics can and usually leak back just enough that will allow them to drop slowly. I actually picked it up from the back stuffing the forks back to front and most of it grabs the mower deck. As I get older and slightly wiser, next time I do this I will pick it up and lower it back down onto a set of 4 jack stands placed strategically at the rear axle near the tires and also at the spindles on the front tires. This should at least get it up high enough to safely maneuver around and get the blades off to be sharpened.


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    I loop a 10000# strap to the front weight hook and slowly lift it.


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    I've lifted my walk behind Gravely to remove the blades from the deck. But, the deck is out front so I can get (what I feel like is) a safe distance away in case of a catastrophic failure of my FEL. I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable being under the FEL working on a conventional lawn tractor with a mid mount mower.

    If I had a conventional lawn tractor, I would probably rig up some sort of work stand or saw horses and use the forks to lift the lawn tractor up on to that in order to work on it. But, I'm old and probably overly cautious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    If I had a conventional lawn tractor, I would probably rig up some sort of work stand or saw horses and use the forks to lift the lawn tractor up on to that in order to work on it. But, I'm old and probably overly cautious.
    No offense but putting your lawn tractor up on saw horses to service the deck and the words "overly cautious" do not seem to go together.
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    I use my tractor forks to lift the front end of my X530 all the time. If I've run over some wire or cord that I thought I would come back and pick up and now it's wrapped around the blades, I'll clear it out by lifting the front far enough to see what I'm doing and get my arm under there. I wouldn't have to do that, if it was easier to remove and reinstall the mower deck. I can remove and reinstall my backhoe faster than the mower deck on the X530. I want the Deere engineers to have to remove and reinstall the mower deck five times in a row on uneven ground (not in the lab) and ask themselves--"Is this the best we can do?" What a PITA!
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    Thanks for the all suggestions. I have some small ramps to lift the mower but they only raise one end 7 or 8 inches which means I'll have to lay on my back to work on it. Not a good position for me. I think I'll use the forks and a chain with a jack of some sort in case the hydraulics fail. That way I won't have to be underneath it.
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