For the guys that are getting lifts for the first time . Congratulations and welcome to the 21 century of turf equipment repair . Lifts speed up production on repairs .Checking HOC safely can be done routinely with ease . Also makes catching hydraulics for potentially leaks a breeze.
Ah a new lift .....now what
Installers finishing up adjustments . Our lifts are safety inspected yearly . Read instruction before using . Invest in a couple of tripod jacks it will make some jobs easier .I also have a bottle jack to use on the plate . When your using your lift you will notice lots mower /carts have the same wheel base. I marked lines and equipment # on lift at the points where the plate slides on . A few pics below of my gear on lift . Everybody does things different . My preference is to back mowers onto flat plate . Keeping the plate fairly close to the uprights I find the weight distribution of engine and decks makes it mostly centered . For mowers I'll move the wheel buckets to marks before backing on .
Some times I'll use a 4"strap to anchor machine to lift . I've seen a few pics of triplexes that have fallen off sideways .... not pretty . Always think before you start working on a machine . Weight distribution... prying or hammering on something . You don't want the machine rocking on lift
I have 2 jobs on the go in this picture . Hdxd has some more service to be done but had an outside job for ski group to get tieded up . useing the lift for a paint booth works well .
Usually if the buckets are off the wheels I'll strap one front wheel so when I drop lift temporarily a few clicks to get wheels of. once off Ill raise it back up to level
Toro HDXD rear brake pad service . When its back to level I throw a 2x6 on bucket wheel bracket and slide it under axle .With the front wheel strapped ,leveled and a second safety of the 2x6 makes for safe work .
Rookie years with a new lift . Not the way to do it . Now Putting stands under frame rails and dropping lift down raise it were you want it to work on safely . I also will throw a tire in middle area of flat plate for a second safety .
Lots of lumber around to help out with the lift .
Ah the old girl from the last shop she had 10690 hours when we sold it still mowing great . Lifts are great to make your work come to you . It's just not for overhead work . You can raise and lower many time to suit the job your doing .
HOC adjustments on my reel mowers are made as they come off the course. To get a little height position the machine so the ROPS clear the stop bar .(old Shop )
No problem for the 5040 kubota with turf tires. A little grunting to get it up but tractor is still under the weight requirements. i only put these up to do hydraulic oil changes .The rest I do on the ground (old school ) ( old place pics )
Get those big fat tires centered on flat plate and put the park brake on . Been using a lift for a few years and still not comfortable with certain machines on lift .
Sometimes you have to think about the job your doing . This lift had 3 wheel on lift and one bucket slid under framing so one rear wheel could hang down .I'm remove axles etc.to get access to rear end cover to replace some bad bearings in rear end .
another angle of lift ( old shop )
You get the idea now ,same on TX gator
In this pic I now put top dresser the other way . Front wheels on plate and if I want the dump up , raise off the floor a bit and strap the front wheel and start machine to raise the dump bed . With Hopper up it makes the front pretty light . Actually really light you could lift it off the lift with your hands. If your doing wheel work leave hopper down . Also empty and as clean as possible .
I was a little surprised on the weight of the 5800 Toro sprayer we have . You don't even have to check the weight . When your using the lift a lot you get to know by the sound and How quick it drops down .
The JD 4320 lift easy doesn't sound any different than a rough unit or fairway mower .
JD 2500 E great little unit . Must be just blowing out some debris before putting it up for cut adjustments .
I only load this guy on for hydro changes and don't put it up to high . Our Beast JD 5055E . Dropping the front attachment lightens it up and I can get on the lift easier . Every bit as heavy as the Kubota 5040 . Caution easy them down they will drop quickly .
Even tractor implements can be loaded on with loader . I always put the attaching end on the plate (on a jack stand sometimes)and always strap it down
Made quick work to pull front axle out to replace pinion seal .The flat plate is close to upright post to keep weight centered for this job .
Like I said think of the job your doing and can it be done on the lift
welded up the buckets for traction to get the smoothy tire machines on lift easily. Seen It on a twitter picture in a guys shop . Great idea .
My widest machine JD 8800 . Now a days I strap the rear wheel . There is barely enough room to get tires off with out clearing top of bucket ramps . Once off I'll put the buckets in far enough and put it on hub (level) . I may start putting this unite on the other way . May be safer and more room to get the front tires off for park brake cleaning and adjustments .
Even the rollers go on . Easy to clean and grease .
My mod to keep ramp from sliding . The awd and 4 wheel drive machines can kick them back on ya . It can get frustrating . This mod works great
Marks for ramp position before loading machines on . Some machine like HDXD I'll drive the front on flat plate and jack rear in center to slid buckets in .
magnetic trays are stuck everywhere on my lift .
Power extension cord
Air line . this one has the oil drip for air tools .
Enjoy your new lift and take your time figuring things out .
When using your lift make sure that you drop it back onto the safety latches . ( safety latches ? ) Yes that's the clicking noise you here as its going up . Once your lift is in the work position desired ,drop it down till it rests . This way you won't load hydraulic lines with pressure . One more tip I can think of is if your going to hammer or pull on a part hard and wheels are on plates you can put a tripod jack under center of flat plate and center of machine between bucket ramps .