Did you pay extra for the longer legs or just have the one right off of deck dolly's website?I have one bought it two months ago. Good product, shipped fast. Little expensive along with shipping. It works great I like better than the wheel stands. It is a little heavy up until you get it to the wheel barrow stage to move, then up all the way to have it vertical. I would buy again if need be.
GreenHarley,I looked at the Deck Dolly and the Mower Axles. After much thought I bought the Deck Dolly for these reasons.
Ease of attaching:
Mower Axles the deck needs to be lifted with the FEL two gage wheels removed and then install the axles.
Deck Dolly you just drop the deck anywhere, lay the dolly on it and insert the rod. Pick it up by hand and move anywhere.
Mower Axles there are four wheels and none of them swivel.
Deck Dolly two wheels on a cart that you can easily maneuver like any other two wheel dolly. ( Do wish the wheels were a little larger )
Mower Axles they recommend attaching to a wall for safety.
Deck Dolly is very stable. I can put it anywhere without worrying about it being bumped and falling over.
I appreciate that Mower Axles is a sponsor but when I thought it through I had to go with the Deck Dolly. Very happy with the product. When I got it the brackets were for a 54" deck and I have the 60". Sent them an email and my correct brackets were here in two days.
Just my humble two cents worth.
I made my own mower deck stand but its time for the nice one from deck dolly. The one I made stood up the same way. I had it upright on the stand all winter and it never leaked.I thought that storing the mower deck vertically allowed the gearbox oil to drain out. Is there a particular vertical orientation of the deck that prevents that from happening? I see the deck dolly has the front of the deck in the up position.
According to the Deck Dolly web site, this is a problem with both the 60 inch deck and not with the 54 inchI've had my 54" deck stored on a Deck Dolly for the last 2 winters and never any leaks. After reading of some others having that problem here I checked the level in mine this time before putting it back on the tractor and it was full. Don't understand why some have the problem and some don't.
UPDATE: The above was true for me, but not any more. It never leaked a drop for 2 years, but I walked past it today (3rd year) and there was a puddle of oil on the floor, coming out of the small breather.I've had my 54" deck stored on a Deck Dolly for the last 2 winters and never any leaks.
I put the 54D mower on and off my 1025R weekly. I remove it after mowing. I have too much other work with dirt to carry the mower around all week. I stand the mower on the axles, wash it off, roll it over near a wall. No leaks, but only 14 months old. I can lift one end of the mower, slide the axle out and install the gauge wheel, then go repeat that on the other end. For installing the axles, it's not too tough when wearing gloves. My mower has never seemed wobbly or unstable when on edge on the mower axles.I had the Deck Dolly for my 60" deck from my 455. I didn't care for it. It is heavy to lift and you have to rotate your grip mid range, which means you are then holding it up with one hand. When transporting, you have to hold the handles very low to the ground so the stand supports along the wheels clear the ground. Very awkward.
I went back to Mower Axles and that is what I purchased for the 54" deck for the 1025R. I can roll it across the grass on the mower axles by myself. Yup, as the one poster stated, you do have to lift the deck up and place it on a block to remove the guide wheels as the Mower Axles install in their place. However, if he has to utilize a FEL to do so as he states---how would he ever lift it with a Deck Dolly? Yup, you have to drag or lift one end to steer it. The Mower Axles are very stable--without the safety chain. I believe that is more of a preventing stupid people from suing him. I service my decks on the Mower Axles and pressure wash them as well. They never even hinted at tipping over.
I do the same thing but use my forks and Oblong RingSling (KBOGH) to lift the deck (bad back). I do this and drive over to my hose bib to wash / clean then set it down outside the garage and roll her in.I put the 54D mower on and off my 1025R weekly. I remove it after mowing. I have too much other work with dirt to carry the mower around all week. I stand the mower on the axles, wash it off, roll it over near a wall. No leaks, but only 14 months old. I can lift one end of the mower, slide the axle out and install the gauge wheel, then go repeat that on the other end. For installing the axles, it's not too tough when wearing gloves. My mower has never seemed wobbly or unstable when on edge on the mower axles.