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Homemade Lawn Tractor Lift
Blue on white ink drawing of a lawn tractor with rear wheels blocked by a board and front wheels lifted by a jack with frame for the mower front wheels.
Blue on white ink drawing of the measurements for the front-wheel attachment that fits on the jack.

Consisting of a two-wheel support system that's secured to a floor jack, this Homemade Lawn Tractor Lift provides Donald Kalla (South Haven, MN) access to the machine's undercarriage for needed cleaning and maintenance tasks. The support system includes the following: (a) two 1-inch-square tube-steel wheel cradles that are 10 inches wide and 8 inches deep; (b) two 1-inch tube-steel Z-shaped connectors that are welded into the 8-inch side of the wheel cradles; and (c) one 11/4-inch tube-steel T-bar that's 16 inches long, with its vertical piece being 31/2 inches long. That vertical piece lowers onto the saddle of the jack's lifting arm. To raise his mower, Kalla slips the support onto the jack, drives the front wheels onto their respective supports, and pumps the jack handle. (The support system reportedly adjusts to fit any width wheel track by simply sliding it out from or closer to the center of the T-bar.)

Estimated Cost Cost range: See below

Limitations Limitations Addressed by Product: Upper extremity, Strength/endurance, Back

SourceAdapted from Progressive Farmer Magazine (February 2020, page 30)
Donald Kalla
South Haven, MN, 55382
Est. Cost$100 for steel and welding
Last updated: Feb 08, 2022

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