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My woods deck snagged the back angle iron on the trailer deck with the 1" lip of metal coming back from the leading edge of the mower deck and the tractor was caught big time. Wouldn't go back up or down. Finally jacked up the ramp and banged & pried on the lip until I got it loose.
Was mulching my mothers leaves and the next thing I'll do is remove it and swap it onto the diesel cub. I will weld a strap to the underside of the lip of the edge of the mower deck and upturn the 1/2" I will leave long and angle it up so it should ride over the angle iron next time sortof like the red in the last photo. Shouldn't snag too much grass that way.
It's always something.
 

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There's nothing quite as enjoyable as a visit from Mr. Murphy! :banghead3:banghead3:banghead3

He shows up here on quite a regular basis.
 

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Additional thought on the discharge chute brace. Your deck seems pretty stout in that area so you may not need to come all the way across. Sorry for the junk in the pic.
 

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You need a ramp that has a rising arc built into it so that entry to the truck/trailer bed is not a sharp angle! I never keep my decks mounted when loading due to the same issue!
 

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Yes, the ramps sag, but the deck always catches there either way. I need to rienforce them or build better ones.
I'll try the tab first. In my experience, the strap all the way across always seems to grab grass and clog up.
 

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Next time that you get hung up, block the wheels of the trailer and disconnect the hitch and raise the front of the trailer. A lot better than beating on things. :)
Leave the safety chains attached, it's gonna come up in a hurry with the tractor right at the back. Won't do the tailgate of the truck much good either, if you forget to block the wheels.

Longer, stronger ramps.
 

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I hate trailers with that angle iron (like 3 of mine have). My big trailer has caught more stuff unloading, any muffler clamp or fram bolt. I will be welding sheet iron to that angle and running it up to the first stringer. Almost every mower I load/unload hangs up on my smaller trailer too, annoying.
 

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I banged & pried after I had the tension off the deck by jacking up the ramp. (raising the tongue would have done the same) The deck edge was wedged between the angle iron and wood trailer deck. If I had removed the deck from the tractor, it still would have been stuck.
I think between the strap I'll weld on and the LONG overdue reinforcing of the ramps (I can jump on them and bend them back straight, it is just catwalking I think) The thing I like about them is they are about 6-7 ft long, bad thing is, they are already plenty heavy. I have nuts welded to the ramp lip to catch on the ramp rail. That is as low as possible for them to be and isn't normally a problem. Reverse curved ramps would do the trick but I don't know if I can jump that hard, might get the wife to help. The accident report should be entertaining reading.
 

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Short term fix would be 2x10 or 2x12 boards placed on the gate as ramps. Long term would be rebuild (or at least reinforce) the gate with beefy angle irons as others have mentioned.
Mike
 
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