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“Tongue Jack” Lift Makes Mower Service Easy
“I like my Graveley 60-in. zero turn riding mower but I needed a better way to lift the mower for service work. I solved the problem by converting a big hand-cranked lift jack off the tongue of a pull-type stalk chopper. I use my air impact wrench to raise and lower it,” says John Lubinski, Plainview, Minn.
   The jack came off an old 6-row Deere stalk chopper that Lubinski already had. He unpinned the hand crank from a shaft at the top of the jack, then welded a pair of 15/16-in. nuts together, drilled a hole through the bottom nut, and pinned the welded-together nuts onto the shaft. 
  He also welded a short length of pipe to a 1/4-in. thick steel plate and bolted it onto the mower frame. He drilled a hole all the way through the pipe and then pinned the jack on.
  A 15/16-in. socket on a 3/8-in. drive air ratchet wrench is used to raise and lower the mower.          
  “It works great. It takes only three or four seconds to raise the mower to the jack’s extended 36-in. height,” says Lubinski. “If there’s no electricity where I’m working I can still use the jack’s original handle by replacing the nuts.
  “I had been using a pair of car ramps to raise the mower, but they got in the way of my shoulders as I crawled under the deck. A safety pin on the jack makes it safer to use than lifting the mower with a loader tractor.”  
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Lubinski, 23759 East Co. Rd. 8, Plainview, Minn. 55964 (ph 507 534-2189 or 507-251-9285; JJLubinski@yahoo.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2