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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:28 AM

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Not sure if this will work for a picture, any way most of my decks always have grass on the top of them. Anybody else notice this. Why dose it happen and how could it be fixed. The grass is suppose to go out the chute, not on top of the mower , or is that just the way it is. Just a crazy question, Noel 


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Grass, leaves or what ever you are cutting goes everywhere.  It is amazing how much dirt, grass and leaves I clean out from under these mowers.  Add a little water to the mix and have a pretty hard mess to break up.  I usually take the tractor to the shop and use shop air to clean it up before putting it  away.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Grass, leaves or what ever you are cutting goes everywhere.  It is amazing how much dirt, grass and leaves I clean out from under these mowers.  Add a little water to the mix and have a pretty hard mess to break up.  I usually take the tractor to the shop and use shop air to clean it up before putting it  away.

 

:ditto:  I use a leave blower to clean off most of it.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Great ideas guys, thanks!



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Posted March 22, 2014 - 11:24 AM

I don't think there is a way to keep that stuff off other than not using it!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 01:08 PM

I use a leave blower to clean off most of it also. Seems like the easiest way. Sometimes I take a battery impact and zip the belt guards off and really give it a going over with the leaf blower. :dancingbanana:



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Posted March 22, 2014 - 01:39 PM

Add a little water to the mix and have a pretty hard mess to break up. 

 

Try servicing a lawnmower with a broken belt and that mess.  :wallbanging:

 

The only way to keep it out it is to create a belt cover over the whole shebang, a la Grasshopper ZT mowers.  That creates a smooth surface for the air to blow off as you move, not a forest of guides, spindles, pulleys, and belts.  There will still be dust and junk in behind it, though.

 

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 02:07 PM

Never thought of a leaf blower. I like the idea of not using it. Noel

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 02:08 PM

Try servicing a lawnmower with a broken belt and that mess.  :wallbanging:

 

The only way to keep it out it is to create a belt cover over the whole shebang, a la Grasshopper ZT mowers.  That creates a smooth surface for the air to blow off as you move, not a forest of guides, spindles, pulleys, and belts.  There will still be dust and junk in behind it, though.

 

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And the problem with this setup is the moisture that accumulate behind it but can't dry out. I personally prefer the types that just have belt guards so you can blow it out. I use a leaf blower like some others mentioned. I try to do this after each mowing. Shop air works too. If the grass was damp enough to stick to the top, you might have to use a water hose, which is not as effective since it makes the grass stick to everything. But if the grass is already stuck to the deck you have to do something. Bottom line. Clean it off. Otherwise you will have a rusty deck in a few years.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 02:27 PM

I use shop air with one of those cheap blow guns. Removed the factory nozzle and replaced it with a 18-24 inch piece of brake line. Long small line really reaches in there and directs air to those hard to reach spots. A lot lighter than the big blower and able to get under the machine.

Not a fan of the solid belt covers, they seam to trap grass and are impossible to remove without removing the deck.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 02:42 PM

Air compressor or a good old fashioned corn broom.

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 02:43 PM

Try servicing a lawnmower with a broken belt and that mess:wallbanging:

 

The only way to keep it out it is to create a belt cover over the whole shebang, a la Grasshopper ZT mowers.  That creates a smooth surface for the air to blow off as you move, not a forest of guides, spindles, pulleys, and belts.  There will still be dust and junk in behind it, though.

 

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I do all the time.  I have a JD 320 getting a new motor and it was a mess under there getting to the drive belt.  What a mess!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 05:16 PM

I think they designed the deck on my GT 5000 to catch every possible leaf, twig, blade of grass, etc., etc., etc...I just took the top covers off of the deck on the 62' Allis B1 and there was about a golf ball size wad of grass clippings under them. The Sears deck designers must live in the Arctic or in the Sahara.
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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:56 PM

Yes the covers still let grass under the cover. I took one of the covers off mine and could not see any thing but grass. I wonder if some of the grass gets blowin out the front of the deck then blows back up on the deck as you drive ahead. Noel

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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Yes the covers still let grass under the cover. I took one of the covers off mine and could not see any thing but grass. I wonder if some of the grass gets blowin out the front of the deck then blows back up on the deck as you drive ahead. Noel

 

It does, you can see it go everywhere especially mowing leaves.  The higher the deck the worse it becomes.

 

I prefer to have all the pulley's, belts exposed so I can clean them when I'm done.  The covers look nice but so often when I pull them off a mower I'm working on there is all kinds of debris and IMO that leads to an earlier failure of the components.






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