While a lawn mower is simple to relocate, you must take certain precautions to ensure its safe transport. Lawnmowers contain dangerous chemicals and sharp pieces that require special care and proper handling. Read these 3 Tips to Pack a Lawn Mower for a Move to get some idea of how to prepare your lawn mower for the move.
1) Preparing your lawn mower
- a) Empty your lawn mower’s oil and gas tanks by draining them as movers are forbidden by law to transport hazardous materials, so they have to be disposed of correctly before your relocation. Get in touch with your local Environmental Protection Agency to find out the correct way to dispose of them.
- b) Clean all the dirt, debris and grass cuttings from your lawnmower to prevent dirtying from the rest of your possessions in the moving truck. You can use your garden hose to wash the lawnmower, making sure that you wash the undercarriage.
- c) Carefully remove the blades form your lawnmower and clean them. Put protective covers over the blades before you pack them. Remove any other attachments as well and pack them in a separate box.
- d) Disconnect the spark plug. There can still be combustible gas fumes inside the tank even after you drain all liquids. To prevent the lawn mower from starting, collapse the push handle and attach it to the mower with packing tape.
2) Packing and loading your lawn mower
Mark the moving boxes with the blades clearly. You can pack your lawnmower onto the truck in one piece, without taking it apart, all you have to do is roll it up the ramp and put it at the back of the moving truck.
Park your lawnmower in the moving truck with the wheels perpendicular to the moving truck wheels to stop it from moving while it is being moved.
3 ) Moving your riding lawn mower
- Position the ramp leading into your rental truck, and make sure that it is secure.
- If the moving truck is down-slope from the lawnmower, there is less of an incline, making loading the lawnmower easier.
- Be careful if you are using a homemade wooden ramp or a store-bought ramp that is not attached to your moving truck, you are going to need a metal bracket that should be connected to the end of the ramp and lies on the edge of the tailgate or the back of the trailer.
- Carefully drive or push the lawnmower up the ramp into the truck.
- If you are pushing the riding mower, make sure the transmission is in the neutral position.
- If you drive the lawnmower, keep it in low gear.
- Once the lawnmower is in the back of the moving truck, turn the mowers wheels at least a quarter in any direction to keep it from moving around.
Now that you have read these 3 Tips to Pack a Lawn Mower for a Move, we hope that you have an easy time packing your lawn mower for the move. If you are looking for a dependable moving company to help you with your relocation to your new home, then look no further than Cross Country Movers Group, who is one of the best moving companies in the United States.
We can help you with your relocation from and to anywhere in the country. To get a free moving quote, visit our website or call one of our friendly representatives who will be happy to help you with your move.