How To Use Your Yard Glider
Tips, Tricks and Advice
Take off slowly to prevent slide off.
Curled Up? Flip It Over.
It will curl up when you unroll it. Simply turn it over and let the curl go to the ground. It is reversible and can be used on either side. Switch sides as often as you like.
Don't store it in the sun. It is UV resistant, but like everything, it will last longer if it isn't in the sun all day, every day.
HOT. HOT. HOT.
It is fine for a Yard Glider to be in the sun. However, on really hot days you will find it easier to keep the Yard Glider in some shade in between loads.
Don't Slip On It
It is slippery, so be careful when stepping around it, especially when there are leaves on it.
Strapping A Load
Use a strap for extra tall loads, or on more extreme terrain. Yard Gliders have integrated handles that double as anchor points for tie downs. If you want to pick up stuff to make your loads larger, consider using a hay fork. They work great!
Pavement & Gravel
Avoid pavement and gravel when possible. If you need to cross over sections of pavement or gravel, consider purchasing on of our Stronger duty "X" models. The extra thickness helps. And, when hauling over pavement or gravel, avoid points of extreme pressure (in other words avoid having a lot of weight in one spot), like a knot sticking out of a log. The extreme pressure with high friction from gravel or pavement, could melt a hole in the Yard Glider. If you get a hole, you can still use the Yard Glider. We melted one on purpose and then used it a bunch, and will continue to use it for many years. We think the hole gives it character.
Pull Up Slightly
Attach the pull cords as close to your machine as possible. When pulling the Yard Glider, the front edge should lift off the ground a little. This lift helps the yard glider bounce off of obstacles and helps prevent your load from falling off. If you use a REALLY long rope and drag the Yard Glider way behind your machine, the front edge could catch on roots and you could lose your load. We hate it when we lose our load prematurely, and we imagine you feel the same way.
As with any load, distribute heavy loads evenly.
Follow Tow Ratings
Yard Gliders make hauling easy, but you should always follow the towing weight limits of the machine you are using to pull your Yard Glider. Ignoring manufacturer limits could result in damage to your machine. See your operation manual, or contact your manufacturer directly for specific towing guidelines.