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Build a Lawn Mower Ramp

riding lawn mower

If you have ever tried lifting a riding mower into the bed of a truck or onto a trailer, you know just how heavy and awkward these machines really are. Build a set of ramps to take the hassle and the strain out of loading your mower for transport. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Tools & Materials

Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.


Safety

  • Follow all safety instructions provided with the ramp kit.
  • Always wear a dust mask and goggles when cutting treated lumber.
  • Never drive the lawnmower up the ramp. Push or winch the mower up.
  • The top of the ramp must be secured in place before use.
  • Check ramp boards for serviceability before each use.
  • If you will be ramping to surfaces over 24" high, reinforce the ramp boards.
  • Do not ramp to surfaces over 36" high.


Determine the Board Length

Determine the correct ramp length

Measure the height of the ramp (in inches) and multiply by 3.9 to determine the length of the ramp board (in inches). It is important for the ramps to be the correct length, so they will be at the proper angle



Build the Ramps


Step 1

Cut the board to the proper length.


Step 2

Insert the board into the manufactured top piece and make marks for the bolts that fasten the top piece to the board.


Step 3

Remove the manufactured top piece. Drill holes in the board for the bolts.


Step 4

Bolt the board and top piece together. Ensure that the head of the bolt is on the top side of the ramp.


Step 5

If your ramp kit has pads for the top piece, install them at this time.


Step 6

Repeat steps 1-5 on the second ramp.


Step 7

Paint the boards with non-skid paint.


Step 8

Drill holes for the ramp pins, in the surface to which you intend to ramp.


Project Information

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
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*Time and Cost are estimated.