Most likely, you haven't moved your lawn mower since you bought it. Do you recall how nicely it was packaged and protected when you bought it?
The bad news is that you can't just bubble wrap and move your lawnmower. However, moving a lawn mower is not difficult if you follow a few easy packing and moving guidelines.
Read on to find out how to pack and transport your lawn mower, including how to transport a riding lawn mower.
How to prepare a lawn mower for moving
You can't just load your lawnmower onto a moving truck the way you left it. And you shouldn't either for safety concerns.
Preparing a lawn mower for safe transportation is required before loading it onto a moving vehicle.
The following procedures will help you prepare your lawn mower for a move:
1. Drain all liquids from the lawn mower
Gas and oil are hazardous materials that should not be carried by inexperienced movers. Prevent flammable liquids from spilling into moving automobiles by draining lawn equipment.
2. Clean your lawn mower
The second stage in preparing a lawn mower for relocation is to clean it before loading it onto the moving truck. The goal is to keep your other things clean and the inside of the moving car clean. Wash your mower using a big sponge and water, focusing on the wheels and underside.
3. Remove all attachments and blades.
Before packing your lawnmower for transport, remove the blades. To avoid injury, handle the blades with care and thick gloves. Wrap them in bubble wrap and store them in a cardboard box. Remove any additional lawn mower accessories that must be packed separately.
4. Disconnect the spark plug
The last step in prepping a lawn mower for transportation is to unplug the spark plug. Because of the fuel fumes building up in the tank, a lawn mower may sometimes start even with its gas drained. Take no risks! Disconnect the mower's spark plug, compress the push handle, and secure it to the equipment using tape or rope.
How to pack and load a lawn mower onto a moving truck
How to pack a lawn mower for a move-and then how to load it onto a moving truck.
- Wrap all machine attachments in bubble wrap (if they have sharp edges or are delicate) or plain packing paper.
- Separate all the removed components into a box, seal it, and mark it "LAWN MOWER PARTS."
- Carry your push lawn mower up the loading ramp and into the back of the pick-up truck or hired moving van.
- To reduce movement during transport, position the lawn mower with its wheels perpendicular to the wheels of the driving vehicle. Also, use straps or rope to attach the lawn equipment to the side of the vehicle, preventing any movement.
- Cover the mower with a moving blanket and fasten it with packing tape. This procedure will protect your lawn equipment from any contact with other home goods and keep it dust-free throughout the transport.
How to move a riding lawn mower
The safest way to transport your riding lawn mower is on a trailer. Loading riding mowers and lawn tractors into the bed of a pickup truck or rental van may be rather dangerous if done incorrectly. The entire process of preparing, packing, and loading explains how to transport a push lawnmower.
1. Purchase the right type of loading ramps
Ground clearance is quite low on lawn mowers with cutting decks. This is why you'll need arched ramps (not straight ones) to clear the lip of your truck's tailgate with your riding mower. Most riding lawn mowers have a greater center of gravity, which might result in the mower tilting back while climbing a steep slope.
2. Secure the ramps on the truck.
Unfold the loading ramps and place the plate ends on the tailgate edge. Then, using tie-down straps, they attach the ramps to the moving vehicle. Make certain that the straps are securely fastened to the ramps to prevent loading accidents.
3. Load the riding lawn mower
Loading your riding mower onto the truck bed is the safest method. The heaviest component of the ride-on mower will be kept lower, reducing the chance of it toppling or rolling over while traveling up the ramps. If you must stop, let your mower roll back to its starting position and try again.
4. Secure the mower onto the truck.
Load the riding mower onto the vehicle and secure it with tie-down straps. During the load, pause regularly to inspect the tie-down straps and the mower's security.