I bought a used Handy cycle lift several years ago and added extensions for my X485 Deere. Love it and it is very heavy duty. I never worry about safety placing anything on the lift and use it more than I thought I would. Highly recommended. They are not cheap, but they hold their value nicely.
That lift would come in handy, but it appears there's some safety factors here that need be address. These JD lawn/garden tractors don't come cheap, and with the cost of repairs/parts.etc., it looks like the tractor could roll off the lift and there goes the fat wallet.
we had a air operated cycle lift and one of my boys took it over to his place because he uses it a lot, anyway on the safety factor with a lawn mower, just get a 3 foot long piece of threaded rod, bend a loop on one end then drill a few holes in the lift platform, and put the hook right over the front end near a wheel and secure it from the under side, one wheel would hold it.
I've been considering a lift table for my projects as well, funds keep getting used for project hardware before enough accrues for the table though.:dunno:
I work at a motorcycle shop and see the advantages, but one concern will end up being where to store it when it's not in use. Some of them have wheels, but still end up being 10-18" high when in the down position depending on which one you look at. My theory, if it's light enough to stand up against the wall, do I really want to trust it with my GT?
I would suggest getting one that will AT LEAST handle 1000 lbs. if not more.:fing32: