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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

    I use a scaff plank, easy for me in and out. The van is Renault Trafic if that matters.

    • Got an off cut of 3/4" marine ply with strengthening on the bottom and use this for my Weibang to side load into Combo , will take picture tomorrow.

  • I have a ramp made of waterproof ply laminate it has two gate hinges bolted into the floor at the back door of my Fiat scudo. Just flip it down and roll the mower out and back in. At the end of the season I understand bolt it and stick it in my garage.
    • PRO

      I'm the same. I have a piece of thick plywood on a hinge attached to the floor at the side door on my vivaro. It doesn't reach the ground, but I only need to get the front wheels on, then I can push the mowers up. It has a little leg that hangs down to support the weight.

      It's worked so well I think I will improve on the design for next year.

  • A couple 5ft lengths of decking board screwed together the right width apart. The ramp slides behind the bulkhead and I've left a one inch slot at the end of the shelf at the other side so it sits perfectly in place. I've had the same ramp for 6-7 years using my 60kg roller mower and I stand on it every time and it's perfect.
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