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    can't put tractor on new trailer

    I recently bought a 6x12 landscape trailer and my craftsman lawn tractor won't drive up because the deck of the tractor snags/gets caught on the edge of the trailer where the ramp meets the frame. What can I do to make it drive up? Make ramps or buy a zero turn?

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    Try this. Take a 2X4 and put it under the ramp. The extra height may be all you need to keep from snagging.

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    I was having this issue also, what happened to me was over time my deck was becoming lower and lower, the reason was that right where the deck is welded and connects to the piece that lowers and rises the deck was getting worn, ultimately the weld broke and I needed to have it rewelded. If thats not the problem, you may need to re adjust the deck height by lowering the deck all the way to the ground to the 1st setting #1 and adjust the deck height screws. Good luck.

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    I have the same problim when I pick up repair jobs with differant brand mowers. I find I have to also use the 2X4 or 4X4 under the back edge of the ramp. I am going to keep a eye on this thread maybe for a better answer ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reynoldston View Post
    I have the same problim when I pick up repair jobs with differant brand mowers. I find I have to also use the 2X4 or 4X4 under the back edge of the ramp. I am going to keep a eye on this thread maybe for a better answer ?
    Another reason I like my side ramps. Also reverse into the trailer it might help
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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by jymie View Post
    I was having this issue also, what happened to me was over time my deck was becoming lower and lower, the reason was that right where the deck is welded and connects to the piece that lowers and rises the deck was getting worn, ultimately the weld broke and I needed to have it rewelded. If thats not the problem, you may need to re adjust the deck height by lowering the deck all the way to the ground to the 1st setting #1 and adjust the deck height screws. Good luck.


    Yep the same here my deck was out of adjustment, and the front link hole is worn a little it was making the deck was hanging on the end of the trailer. If you raise the front a little just be sure to raise the back the equal amount the front is supposed to be 1/4th to 1/2" lower than the rear of the deck. I have loaded my friends zt on there, and it does the same thing.

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    Another option is low prifile tires on the trailer to drop it down a little.

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    I run into the same problem as well picking up repair mowers. I usually keep a 4x4 in the bed of my truck and put it under the jack stand. Crank it up to lower the back end of the trailer. Works fairly simple but not fun doing all that cranking.

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    I used to carry a 2x4 but that got old, I solved that issue by turning my hitch bottom side up, gained 2 1/2" in height at the hitch and dropped the rear of the trailer, no more problems with decks snagging.

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    Re: can't put tractor on new trailer

    Now that sounds like a good idea raising the front of the trailer but also a lot of work. I would have to first disconnect the trailer from the vehicle, jack up the front of the trailer, then install stands or jacks under the rear of the trailer so when I put all the weight on the back I don't have the front of the trailer fly up. I am also thinking of buying a cheap ATV wintch and mounting it in my trailer somehow to pull mowers that not runing onto the trailer.

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