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Hi all:

I am moving in 6-weeks and am giving my new Cub Cadet riding mower (along with other household furnishings) to my son - who lives in another state. Only (big) problem is it seems the rental trucks don't have loading ramps wide enough to safely accommodate the mower's wheel base - i.e. Penske ramp is 23" wide - that is just about the inside width of the back tires.

Other than trying to find large sturdy boards to place across the ramp to get the thing loaded into the truck (and then of course out of the truck at his home), any ideas from those of you that have been in this situation?

I was told the tire rails (or ramps - whatever they're called) on tow trailers for cars are too wide. I can't see spending $300 give or take to purchase steel ramps.

I can't be the only person doing a self move that's got a riding lawn mower to get loaded!

My son is very mechanically inclined, so it's not like we're clueless - just thought maybe someone out there has a brillant idea that we've not thought of yet to get the dang thing safely loaded! :D

TY for you in advance for any help you can offer.
 

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Welcome to the forum BizzyEnuf. :)

Simplest way would be if you are lucky enough to have a hill at both locations you could back the truck rear bumper into and just drive the tractor in. ;)

These ramps are so light weight it is scary but for pushing the tractor on and off twice they would probably do:
Carry-On Trailer® Single Fold Up Ramp - 1035105 | Tractor Supply Company

Many years ago I bought a ramp kit and used some old oak pallet planks I had laying around for the purpose.



Insta Ramp Loading Ramp Kits for 2 Ramps - Sears Automotive Parts and Accessories
 

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maybe you could hit an ATV shop , they sell ramps ( i've seen them as low as a $100) that will allow you to do what you want...they are strong enough to hold a quad so it should be no problem with a mower...or the other option is 2 2x12 boards plenty of strength ..i've gone that route myself many times, just be sure they won't kick out or slide on you while your loading the mower ... one more thing and i have been involved with this and that is lifting the mower by hand, get 4 guys ,one on each "corner" of the mower and lift
 
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