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1. Read instructions carefully
2. Test the mechanical lock by releasing the hydraulic pump pressure and make sure it catches and doesn't come down. I will be doing this every single time just to make sure the lock catches.
3. Use on flat surface - concrete.
4. As you're jacking it up especially for the first few times Jack it up a little look around the mower make sure everything is right make sure the wheels aren't coming off the jack.
5. USE the straps
6. Do not get under it if mechanical locks haven't engaged. Mine has to be jacked up a pretty fair amount before I hear them click in.
 

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The Fischer comes with extra 1/2" bars that have no use. I put one across the safety cam as and extra safety against the frame. Also use jackstands.

I also release the hydro so the mower can roll forward as the jack is raised then lock the brake at the top.
 

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Thank you everyone for the information and the safety tips!! It has been greatly appreciated!

I'm so glad it has turned out to be a worthy investment! It will certainly save my back and my knees from pulling that heavy deck out from under my JD 445! Plain wears ya out! Looking forward to trying it out on my new Spartan zero turn as well! :)
 

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Thank you everyone for the information and the safety tips!! It has been greatly appreciated!

I'm so glad it has turned out to be a worthy investment! It will certainly save my back and my knees from pulling that heavy deck out from under my JD 445! Plain wears ya out! Looking forward to trying it out on my new Spartan zero turn as well! <img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I got mine for the same reason. 200lb deck is no fun to pull and getting the mower high enough to get an impact on the blade nuts was a pain.

I have it safely in the air in a minute with the lift and sharpen my blades much more often than I used to saving gas and deck belts.
 

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My 445's 60" deck weighs in at 300 pounds. I'm 71 years old (I've still got the strength, but I'll hurt a couple days later). When the deck needs to come off, I disconnect the drive shaft from the rear (alot easier than from the side!), raise the rear end with an automotive jack, lower the deck to disconnect it, pull the drag link off the front, raise the lift arms, attach a chain to the right side of the deck, turn the deck wheels for side motion, then, with the chain, drag the deck out with the LX178. I usually end up getting off the LX and turning the 445's front wheels and also tugging on the beast of a deck to position it better. NOT a fun process!
 

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My 445's 60" deck weighs in at 300 pounds. I'm 71 years old. When the deck needs to come off, I raise the rear end with an automotive jack, lower the deck to disconnect it, pull the drag link off the front, raise the lift arms, attach a chain to the right side of the deck, turn the deck wheels for side motion, then, with the chain, drag the deck out with the LX178. I usually end up getting off the LX and turning the 445's front wheels and also tugging on the beast of a deck to position it better. NOT a fun process!
Not even fun at 52 ?

As I say, just because you can doesn't mean you want to or have to.

I helped my dad (77) put his deck back on last year. I think I have him convinced to let me bring the mower jack over and do it for him from now on.

It is hard to watch him decline in strength. He was always Strong as an ox and 100 percent from work. Never lifted a weight in his life.
 

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My uncle had a JD 445 and he rigged up some boards over the deck and backed over his LOL...I was afraid to try that. My luck something would have broke.
 

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Not even fun at 52 ?

As I say, just because you can doesn't mean you want to or have to.

I helped my dad (77) put his deck back on last year. I think I have him convinced to let me bring the mower jack over and do it for him from now on.

It is hard to watch him decline in strength. He was always Strong as an ox and 100 percent from work. Never lifted a weight in his life.
Tell me how you use the mower jack to do that! Mine will run UNDER the deck.
 

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Not even fun at 52 ?

As I say, just because you can doesn't mean you want to or have to.

I helped my dad (77) put his deck back on last year. I think I have him convinced to let me bring the mower jack over and do it for him from now on.

It is hard to watch him decline in strength. He was always Strong as an ox and 100 percent from work. Never lifted a weight in his life.
It is heart wrenching I know... My Dad was the same way.. I always thought he was the strongest man in the world when I was growing up.. His health declined from having COPD and could no longer do the things he loved. He would talk me through equipment repairs from a chair in the shop.
 

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Not even fun at 52 ?

As I say, just because you can doesn't mean you want to or have to.

I helped my dad (77) put his deck back on last year. I think I have him convinced to let me bring the mower jack over and do it for him from now on.

It is hard to watch him decline in strength. He was always Strong as an ox and 100 percent from work. Never lifted a weight in his life.
Tell me how you use the mower jack to do that! Mine will run UNDER the deck.
I'm saying we change blades and clean the deck without taking the deck off.

If I'm understanding your question.

but if I did need to pull the deck off I could still use my Jack I believe.

because it doesn't go back underneath the Deck.

Looking at Steve's picture of the Fisher I see the Fisher does extend under the mower.
 

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Another kind of these lifts is called Mojacks..........I still have it, used it for my Jd345....but sold that tractor and now have a x495...........no sure it could hold the weight of that tractor. I might be interested in selling it if anyone is interested and lives close to NJ.

Lifted a Jd 345 with ease.

https://themojack.com/mojack/
 

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I'm saying we change blades and clean the deck without taking the deck off.

If I'm understanding your question.

but if I did need to pull the deck off I could still use my Jack I believe.

because it doesn't go back underneath the Deck.

Looking at Steve's picture of the Fisher I see the Fisher does extend under the mower.
I see that's not the Fisher. What's your weight limitation??
 

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https://youtu.be/9Yt-2hQbaVo

I went to get the Fisher but they were out of stock. Tractor supply had this one fit both mine and my dad's weight
 

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Note: If not mention this HFT jack does have clearance issues with some mower decks especially Cub Cadet ZTRs. Simple solution is to have a couple 2 x 10 's placed under the lift cradles as these decks don't clear jack foot. Also on some mower decks can hang on the ATV section. Just pay attention when lifting as you may use the full forward position on the wheel cradles.

There is also a wish item for these as I liked to seen some spring loaded wheels so it would be moveable under ATVs instead drive over the lift arm.
 

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https://youtu.be/9Yt-2hQbaVo

I went to get the Fisher but they were out of stock. Tractor supply had this one fit both mine and my dad's weight
There is a 200 pound difference. If you ever have the need to lift something heavier than you have now, you may wish you'd gotten the heavier duty unit. The heavier duty Fisher is less apt, over time, to have piston fatigue because it's rated for more than you're doing. I like heavy-duty schtuff!
 

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I'm saying we change blades and clean the deck without taking the deck off.

If I'm understanding your question.

but if I did need to pull the deck off I could still use my Jack I believe.

because it doesn't go back underneath the Deck.

Looking at Steve's picture of the Fisher I see the Fisher does extend under the mower.
Just had a look at the youtube video. What a nice jack that is. Here is the link if anyone wants to see it.

 

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https://youtu.be/9Yt-2hQbaVo

I went to get the Fisher but they were out of stock. Tractor supply had this one fit both mine and my dad's weight
There is a 200 pound difference. If you ever have the need to lift something heavier than you have now, you may wish you'd gotten the heavier duty unit. The heavier duty Fisher is less apt, over time, to have piston fatigue because it's rated for more than you're doing. I like heavy-duty schtuff!
Yes I took that into consideration. I went to get the Fisher and out of stock at my local one. the closet one was 50 miles away. I don't like to order if can support my local bricks and morter.

This one was and still is on sale at TSC, BTW.

I know I will never own a ZTR over 1500lb.

So I like that this is light enough to throw in my SUV and take to Dad's.

The Fisher, at 110lb, would make me dread that lift.
 

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I'm saying we change blades and clean the deck without taking the deck off.

If I'm understanding your question.

but if I did need to pull the deck off I could still use my Jack I believe.

because it doesn't go back underneath the Deck.

Looking at Steve's picture of the Fisher I see the Fisher does extend under the mower.
I guess I'm not understanding the need to use a jack to take the deck off. If I use my jack I don't need to take the deck off and if I take the deck off I don't need the jack because I need the deck on the ground.

Since I got the jack I don't need to take the deck off at all. That's why I bought it.
 

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I'm saying we change blades and clean the deck without taking the deck off.

If I'm understanding your question.

but if I did need to pull the deck off I could still use my Jack I believe.

because it doesn't go back underneath the Deck.

Looking at Steve's picture of the Fisher I see the Fisher does extend under the mower.
I guess I'm not understanding the need to use a jack to take the deck off. If I use my jack I don't need to take the deck off and if I take the deck off I don't need the jack because I need the deck on the ground.

Since I got the jack I don't need to take the deck off at all. That's why I bought it.
Well that's kind of what I said also. no plans here to take a deck off unless absolutely necessary.

I bought an old Ingersoll mower for the snowblower mostly but it came with a deck and I might use the deck to mow my ditch.

because it's one of the older mowers it's not easy to slide it in with the wheels on the ground so I'll probably lift the wheels with my Jack about 6-8" and slide it in. And then lower it and attach the deck.

I haven't decided if I'm even going to fool with putting it on there. but if I do I will use the lift.
 

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Keep in mind, the 750lbs is maximum weight for the H bar, not the saddle. You're literally lifting a fraction of that with most heavy GT's as the weight is quickly shifted rearwards and even their inexpensive model works very well for most GT's. I have had their smaller model for 5 or 6 years and have had a X-738 on it and lifted very easily. In most cases, the less expensive model will work just fine...and with a good sale price and proper coupons can be bought for under $75.00. While the Fisher is no doubt higher capacity, it likely isn't needed for most...other than profit margin...
 
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