If you want to sharpen your rider blades for a more even cut, or perhaps clean your deck out to remove any debris buildup and prevent corrosion of the deck, there becomes a problem with trying to get enough clearance off the ground to remove the blades for most DIY service men and women. This problem has a fairly inexpensive solution – the invention of the mower lift as pictured to the right. With a little more than a push and a few pumps or cranks, you can lift your mower a little more than 2′ off the ground, which should be enough clearance to reach the blades and/or deck for routine maintenance.
There are a few things to remember when using a lift to make sure you don’t get severely hurt however. First, perform all work on a level surface so that the mower or lift does not start to slide. Then make sure that once you have reached the working height you plan to work at that any and all safety pins or latches are in place to prevent the lift from dropping your mower on top of you! You’ll also be wise to chock the wheels of your mower to ensure it doesn’t start to roll whilst working under it. When you’re done with the job, make sure you stand to the side of the lift while lowering the mower. You do not want to stand in front of or behind it in the event the lift fails and either the lift or mower shoot forward or backward and into or over you or another person. And never, ever work on equipment that is heavier than the rated capacity of the lift!
These are just a few tips on how to get a job done quickly with fairly new and inexpensive gadgets while also ensuring that you are not hurt while working on your investment.
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