Transport a Riding Lawnmower with a Pick-up Truck

A riding mower can be a small tool but with more weight. This means that you need another vehicle to move it to different places. You can choose a pickup truck or a van to make it more portable. You can also opt to use a minivan or SUV, depending on the situation.

So, Will a Riding Mower Fit in a Pickup Truck?

A pickup truck with a 6ft bed or more will easily fit a riding mower. But a short pickup truck like the Hyundai Santa Cruz won’t be able to do the job.

John Deere Riding Mower

Size and Weight of a Riding Mower

These lawnmowers have a width of 30-80 inches depending on a different feature such as style and more. If you go for a commercial but zero-turning lawnmower, you can have it assembled with a width of 80 inches, whereas a rear-engine riding lawn mower can have a width of 30 inches.

However, any riding lawn mower can be so heavy. This means that it can weigh up to 227kg, equivalent to 550 pounds.

Moreover, it usually has a fuel weight of 6.3 pounds for each gallon of gas. The fuel tanks are well known to hold a capacity of 1-3 gallons. So, if you consider these fuel weights, all these can come to an average weight of 12.6 pounds.

Here is the Popular Riding Lawnmower, complete with sizes that you may find handy.

Riding Lawn MowerAssembled WidthCutting WidthMower Deck WidthAssembled Height
Titan MAX 60 in. IronForged Deck62.15 inches60 inches 60 inches45.72 inches
Kawasaki Big Mow 31 Hp83 inches66 inches66 inches68 inches
Troy-Bilt 30 in Rear Engine30 inches30 inches 30 inches 42 inches
John Deere S12054.9 inches42 inches42 inches44.5 inches
Ultima ZT1 Zero Turn48 inches42 inches42 inches35 inches
Super Bronco XP 5455 inches54 inches54 inches47 inches
John DeereZ515E62.8 inches48 inches54 inches44.3 inches
Toro Time Cutter Zero Turn56 inches54 inches54 inches42 inches

Bed Size of a Pick-up Truck

For you to fit a riding lawn mower, the pickup truck must have a bed length of not less than 6 feet and 8 feet for some other types of lawnmowers. Therefore, you should be more aware of the bed length of the pickup truck before settling down to transport the riding lawnmower.

Generally, a longer bed can have 8 feet, and a standard one can have a length of 6 feet and 5 inches, while a shorter one has about 5 feet and 8 inches. These measurements are rough estimates, and therefore this can differ by some inches depending on the manufacturer’s work.

Loading a Riding Lawn Mower into a Truck Perfectly

This can be the most accessible truck if you use suitable equipment. Therefore, you will need some arched loading ramps for you to load it into your pickup.

On the other hand, the curve will allow you to load it at a certain angle. This means that you have to place the mower in the truck without allowing its deck to catch the tailgate tip, making it harder to load the mower.

Straight ramps or 2X8 pieces of lumber are the best solutions for you. However, you should be aware that the ramps can be kicked out from the mower or the mower’s deck, catching the tailgate, or the mower can flip backward.

This can therefore cause injuries to the driver or anyone loading it. Here are a few steps to follow to avoid these scenarios;

  1. Park the truck in a good position and turn it off. You can then lower the tailgate.
  2. Pay keen attention to manufacturers’ instructions for you to safely secure the loading ramps to the tailgate
  3. You should drive the lawnmower onto the ramps rather than up to the ramps. You can make adjustments to the ramps’ width to fit the width of the front tires. This makes it easier for the tires to travel up the center of every ramp.
  4. For you to avoid destroying the engine while driving up the ramp, you can shift the mower into the lowest gear and give it the best throttle. There are some mowers with hydrostatic transmission, therefore, you will need the travel at a slower speed while riding the lawnmower.
  5. Using a steady speed, you can drive the mower up the ramps. Pull it to the far forward position of the truck, this should not be against the bed. Since the mower will jostle around as you drive, you can, therefore, leave some space between the mower and the truck to prevent any damages caused by rubbing. Additionally, pulling it forward assures you of a smoother ride because most of its weight will rest on the rear axle of the truck.
  6. You can then set the mower’s parking brake after turning it off. Removing the key will lower the chances of dislodging during your ride.
  7. Use the ratchet straps to secure the lawnmower in the best position. For each strap, you can hoop one end of the strap to the truck bed and run it through the tractor’s frames to prevent any form of damages. Here, you can now secure it to the truck bed from the other side.
  8. Get ready to unload the mower when at your destination by closing the tailgate and loading the ramps carefully into the truck’s bed.