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Getting a mower into the van

Hi All,

Long time lurker but first time poster, so be gentle with me.

This is a question to the people that have small vans (Berlingo, Partner, kangoo etc) and use professional mowers. How do you get them into your van, do you have ramps, can you tilt them back and drive them in.

Currently I am using a 48cm Cobra roller (rubbish wet pickup) and at only 32kg I can pick it up and put it in the back or occasionally tilt it back until the front wheels are on the back bumper and then lift the back and roll it in, I am looking to upgrade to a professional mower to allow me to still be able to do a good job in the damp but they all seem to be over 60kg in weight and I am worried that I wont be able to lift it in and out easily. I don't want to spend £1000+ and then find that I end up leaving it in the garage because it is too heavy or have to faff about with ramps on the roofrack.

Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks

Rob

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  • PRO
    Hi, I own a new shape Renault Kangoo and I use ramps every time, they just slide down the side of the mower, cheers
    • PRO

      Thanks Harry,

      What ramps do you use? Home-made or purchased? If purchased do you have a link please?

      • PRO
        I ordered a really cheap set of rolson ramps off fleabay, i took the end brackets off then threw the ramps away because they were overkill for a pedestrian mower, then I bolted those brackets to the ends of two 5ft wooden fencing kick boards, works a treat, the rolson ends slot nicely onto the back of the van floor, no slipping, no damage... cheers
  • I made a set of ramps, out of a piece of deck board. A board for each ramp and a couple of cross pieces to hold them at the correct spacing. I've always found that a length that fits inside across the back doors was long enough for getting the mower in and out, so no messing about with ramps on a roof rack.

    • PRO

      Thanks Chris.

  • PRO
    Wheelchair ramp? Takes the weight and one piece. Used on ebay all the time. I have a larger van but use quad bike ramps (fold in half) for mowers and ride on but i am loading at around 70cm height
  • PRO

    Simple solution is a 3.6m scaffold plank cut in two to suit and if needed, one side stapled with chicken wire. Failing that, like Seth, we have a couple of sets of folding Ali ATV ramps (@£80 on fleabay) for use with ride-ons. When 2up, the guys just lift in.

  • PRO

    We use these:

    http://www.theramppeople.co.uk/folding-loading-ramps-trp623-pair-22...

    Folding Loading Ramps - Pair - Cutout Grip Surface (2200mm long, 230mm wide) - The Ramp People
    The Ramp People offer the Folding Loading Ramps - Pair - Cutout Grip Surface (2200mm long, 230mm wide) at low prices with free UK Mainland next busin…
    • PRO

      That's exactly the same as I (and I think Gary) use but I got mine through ebay for the same price.

      Folding Loading Ramps - Pair - Cutout Grip Surface (2200mm long, 230mm wide) - The Ramp People
      The Ramp People offer the Folding Loading Ramps - Pair - Cutout Grip Surface (2200mm long, 230mm wide) at low prices with free UK Mainland next busin…
  • PRO

    Thanks for all the helpful replies, I can stop putting off getting the new mower now.

    Cheers

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