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    Has anyone come up with a nifty solution to easily transfer from the wheelchair to the seat of a zero turn mower?

    I'm plenty strong enough to transfer without any additional equipment, etc. However, in my older age I've started looking for ways to put less stress on my aging shoulders/elbows/arms. Especially after the issues I had with both elbows last year.

    I've considered building a ramp that I can pull the front of the mower under. I'd park my chair on the platform of the ramp and transfer to the mower's chair. I could pull out from the ramp, do my mowing and the pull back under it when done.

    Someone may have come up with a better solution that takes less material/time.

    Haven't been here in a while. Hope everyone is doing well.
    -ResonantEcho - T6/T7 Complete - October 31st, 1986

  • #2
    I have a John Deere Z600 series mower and do this.

    1. I have a 3 ft long transfer board
    2. I put an old Jay 3 cushion where my feet go
    3. Pull up next to the mower in between the front two wheels at an angle and sllide over onto the cushion from my chair
    4. Put the sliding board back on chair
    5. scoot back and pull my feet up onto the mower
    6. do a dip like motion up from the cushion onto the seat. This may be a deal killer if you have shoulder/elbow problems but hey I am 50 and can do it.
    7. Put the old cushion on top of my chair.
    8. Mow

    It is a little cold in MN for me to do a video, but in a couple months....

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    • #3
      I am in process of buying first zero-turn. Either Deere or Simplicity. Can I ask why transfer from front instead of side? Currently have tractor and have always transferred from side by positioning chair at angle near deck-rear wheel and then lean and reach steering wheel. It has54" deck so that a minor issue on length.

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      • #4
        I have used a Walker mower since 2003. I just bought a new on last fall. The seat is basically the same height as my chair. I used to put one leg on the seat and pull myself over and then on. Lately I have been using a board - it's so easy to get on. I also have a snow blower attachment that I use in the winter.

        The controls are all by hand. The deck flips up so changing and sharpening blades is a breeze.

        I highly recommend the mower. Built tough and the cut is by far best in class.


        I use the Model C19.

        http://www.walkermowers.com/tractors/c-series.php

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        • #5
          Here are about the only picture I have of me running it. It is for sale. In these pictures I had the no catch deflector on because I didn't want to bag the grass.


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          • #6
            my son picks me up and puts me on it grasshopper there is no way I could transfer to it

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            • #7
              heres mine super easy transfer






              to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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              • #8
                the knob you see by the seat screws into a plate we bolted on to bottom of seat thats what holds it on
                when i transfer over i unscrew it put it in the little bin by seat push the board aside and im gone we made it same height as my chair its a level easy transfer im on and gone in no time flat
                to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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                • #9
                  Wheelin48

                  Have the exact same mower. For 12 years now. I put a, what is same design as parallel bar, but upside down into my ceiling of garage and my shed. I simply remove the steering arm (one grade 8 bolt 7/16) and slide it off. Pull myself up on mower, reattach steering arm and off I go. Repeat the process to get back off. Easiest way ever, and it's not trashing my shoulders. The bar runs perpendicular to the mower. I park under the bar so it's even with my shoulders.

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                  • #10
                    This is a great thread, lots of helpful tips!

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                    • #11
                      I'm T4 complete and tried a Hustler mini z and Toro but both have the control handles in the way. I settled on a Walker Model B in 2006. The model B is basically a homeowner version from Walker. It does not have the GHS (grass handling system) at the additional complexity of the fan and catcher. It's also about 1/2 the price of a model T or D. It also has aluminum gearboxes instead of cast iron.
                      I lock the hydro's with the lever under the right fender and use a 36" plastic transfer board. It's s flat transfer from chair to seat. Spend the $150 for comfort seat option and I've never needed a cushion. Walker is expensive but worth every nickel IMO.
                      I bought a Craftsman Lt with 42" deck about the same time. I fabricated a lever to lift the clutch-brake and drive with the hydro only after starting. Caution: this is a big transfer (about 6" up and 12" over the fender). It's a piece of junk but I use it for rough ground and spraying. I usually wear a J protector to protect my bony behind.
                      I looked at the current model B and the deck belt tightener is in the way on the left. Find one with the electric clutch (mine is) or cut the lever and operate the tensioner with a piece of pipe over the shortened lever.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                        I have a John Deere Z600 series mower and do this.

                        1. I have a 3 ft long transfer board
                        2. I put an old Jay 3 cushion where my feet go
                        3. Pull up next to the mower in between the front two wheels at an angle and sllide over onto the cushion from my chair
                        4. Put the sliding board back on chair
                        5. scoot back and pull my feet up onto the mower
                        6. do a dip like motion up from the cushion onto the seat. This may be a deal killer if you have shoulder/elbow problems but hey I am 50 and can do it.
                        7. Put the old cushion on top of my chair.
                        8. Mow

                        It is a little cold in MN for me to do a video, but in a couple months....
                        Hey, T8!

                        I forget. Are you able to use any of your core muscles?

                        A video would be excellent when you get a chance. I'm still a few months away from making my purchase. Trying to decide on which to get.
                        -ResonantEcho - T6/T7 Complete - October 31st, 1986

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Skogy View Post
                          I have used a Walker mower since 2003. I just bought a new on last fall. The seat is basically the same height as my chair. I used to put one leg on the seat and pull myself over and then on. Lately I have been using a board - it's so easy to get on. I also have a snow blower attachment that I use in the winter.

                          The controls are all by hand. The deck flips up so changing and sharpening blades is a breeze.

                          I highly recommend the mower. Built tough and the cut is by far best in class.


                          I use the Model C19.

                          http://www.walkermowers.com/tractors/c-series.php
                          Haven't heard of this brand. Looks nice. Thanks for sharing.
                          -ResonantEcho - T6/T7 Complete - October 31st, 1986

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wheelin 48 View Post
                            heres mine super easy transfer
                            Now that's what I'm talking about. That would be much easier to build/put together than what I had in mind.
                            -ResonantEcho - T6/T7 Complete - October 31st, 1986

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ResonantEcho View Post
                              Now that's what I'm talking about. That would be much easier to build/put together than what I had in mind.

                              let me know how it works out i know you will like it
                              to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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