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#151 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:51 PM

Took RED out tonight to see how the lights worked. The LED's are undesernable with the 1156's on. The aluminun tape and new 1156's made a world of difference (No problem mowing at night with those, the LEDs are real blueish looking and do not put out near as much as the 1156's.

 

If I had to make a recomendation, re-line the reflectors with Chroma "Grardian Stripe" and replace the 1156's with new ones.

I did find 1156 Blue and they advertised 20% brighter, but haven't picked any up ($20 a set)  


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Posted April 27, 2013 - 08:31 PM

OK now a "Seat time" report. We got plenty of it Friday, I even let my Grandson give it a shot, He finished the front yard, and all I had to do was blow the clippings around. My daughter have it a try on the back Yard, I finished up. Cleaned under the deck today, and I noticed some slight oil seapage again. I'll look into this tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:52 AM

Glad Red was ready for the task at hand! Thanks for the pics & video!


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 08:05 AM

Hey. Good to see Red earning it's keep.

Hope the leak isn't anything major.
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 11:29 AM

The leak dosn't look major, just some seepage.. but still. I checked the bolts, all are tight, and I replaced the missing nut on the muffler bracket. Cleaned the area so I can keep tabs on it, and while I was in there I adjusted the govener from 3100 to 3400 rpm.

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Posted June 28, 2014 - 04:24 PM

June 2014 update, Ended up cleaning the deck three times for one lawn cutting.
First was to clean last weeks cutting which filled a 5 gallon bucket and had the consistency of hard clay. Then I cut the front 1.5 acres and quit for the evening.
Got up the next day and cleaned under the deck which netted another 5 gallon bucket which was like mud consistency, then I cut the back 1.5 acres, took some pictures of before and after cleaning.

Over all three 5 gallon buckets of deck crud was netted, Filled a wheelbarrow to capacity. 
It really cuts good for the first hour or so then I start to need to go over (lap twice the same track) to finish up. The other choice would be to clean the deck every hour (not!)
The jack really is paying off, but a couple notes.
If jacking from the front, make sure the gas tank is almost empty, This time I jacked from the back. Once I let Red down the starter only clicked, I had to rotate the engine by hand for a couple revs, I think the cylinder filled with gas. After some cranking he fired up. Acted like he was flooded but cleared up after 10 - 20 seconds or so.  Overall I enjoyed the seat time I am getting woth all the rain lately, and if all I have to do is clean the deck more often, All is good

I need to learn how to attach files in chronological sequence instead of random uploads.

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Posted June 28, 2014 - 04:39 PM

try cleaning the deck really good and then spraying it down with PAM cooking spray befr\ore you mow. Might keep it from sticking.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 05:46 PM

I actually asked my wife for some cooking spray just for this...... I'm sleeping in the shop tonight :D .

On another thought, I may try WD-40 before the next mowing.



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Posted June 28, 2014 - 06:13 PM

I cleaned the deck really well, used spray undercoating, then after it cured I used Pam. I have Also used rain-x with good results.
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Posted June 28, 2014 - 10:00 PM

I actually asked my wife for some cooking spray just for this...... I'm sleeping in the shop tonight :D .

On another thought, I may try WD-40 before the next mowing.

Wd-40 may gum up. It has a tendency to attract gunk.


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Posted June 28, 2014 - 10:04 PM

I guess I'll pick up some cooking spray from the store. I did a decent cleaning before putting Red to bed. I'll try this next weekend.



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Posted July 03, 2014 - 08:42 AM

I just use the cheap silicon spray every spring when I sharpen the blades, and relevel the deck.I clean it with a wire wheel to get all the grass and dirt out then I soak the underside and the blades with it and let it dry off a little in the sun....the first year you probably will only see a small differance...but over a couple of years almost nothing will stick to it....


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Someone here at work suggested a different approach.
They spray something on the lawn to make less grass stick...







...Roundup
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Posted March 21, 2015 - 11:58 PM

Red is still going strong March 2015, and yes still cleaning the deck, wet grass is a pain :mad2: . Will be better in July & August.

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Posted March 22, 2015 - 05:10 PM

I've got the same one. Good machine, just wish the mower deck would lift higher




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