Most lawnmowers come with a ball hitch attachment option. This is a quick and easy way to put a ball hitch on your lawnmower so you can tow it behind your vehicle. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step-1: Checking the towing capacity of your lawnmower
Well, your first step should be checking the towing capacity of your lawn mower. You will find the capacity on the manual that comes with the lawnmower. Whatever if you don’t find the manual, then there is a simple trick to follow. The trick is – you should never tow anything using your lawnmower that is heavier than it. Suppose, your lawnmower is 1200 pounds, then 1200 pounds is your limitation for towing.
However, giving your lawnmower a bit of space is always a good idea. For example, if the towing capacity of your lawnmower is 1200 pounds, then it is better going to tow anything that is less than 1000 pounds. This simple thing means a lot to a lawnmower.
Step-2: Getting the ball hitch
After checking the towing capacity, now you have to get the ball hitch. Well, getting the ball hitch won’t be a big deal as you will find lots of options available. Most of the hitch is semi-universal and will be compatible with your lawnmower. But, installing the ball hitch can be a bit hard. It depends. So, you have to go through the instruction manual to find your best one.
There are some other things you need to know while getting a ball hitch. They are:
Height: You will find some hitches sitting over for making it easy for hooking up. Again, there are some hitches that sit downcast in the machine. So, you have to determine what you will be towing using this lawnmower. It totally depends on your use.
Size: As you know that the lawnmower is not for dealing with the heavy-loads, that’s why most of the hitches prefer using a one-inch ball. Size may be bigger though. You have to fix the using purpose first, then go according to it.
Assembly: You will find most of the hitch models do not require assembly, whereas the rest of them requires. Simply, I will suggest going for the ball hitch that is easy to assembly.
Step-2: Bringing the necessary tools
Generally, you will need a drill, a socket wrench set, a screwdriver and a hammer. Your hitch may need to be drilled into the backside of your mower. As an example, if your hitch holds something like a stabilizer bar that is needed to attach to the mower by itself. Meanwhile, the rest of the hitches can be easily fixed on the mounting holes. So, make sure that you are going through the instruction manual first.
Step-3: Assembling the hitch
Now, if your hitch holds mounting bars, then you have to attach the bars before mounting the hitch to the mower. No worries. You will find all the necessary tools like nuts and bolts with the ball hitch.
Step-4: Attaching the hitch with your lawnmower
However, your lawnmower is supposed to come with a mounting bracket on its back. You just need to attach the hitch using nuts and bolts. In this case, you may need to drill the metal for putting brackets. While drilling, be careful as there may some critical components.
Step-5: Go for a test drive
You are done. It’s time to go for testing. For this purpose, you can haul something light-weight to check whether it becomes loose or not. Thus, you may make the necessary adjustments in the right way.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is a ball hitch necessary on my lawnmower?
Well, it’s better to put a ball hitch on your lawn mower. It will make your lawnmower more practical. You may not find any use for it while cutting grass. But, you are not sure about the future. So, it’s better putting a ball hitch on the lawn mower.
WIll towing wear down my lawnmower engine?
The straight forward answer is yes. Whatever the amount of wearing down actually depends on the amount of weight you will be hauling. That’s why it is always highly recommended to haul less than the highest capacity for extending your lawnmower engine’s life.