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#1 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted June 18, 2015 - 10:51 PM

I was wondering, should open (open to dust, dirt, grass, moisture, etc.) steering gears on lawn or garden tractors be lubricated or left dry? Thanks.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 03:00 AM

Wheelhorse used those, down low in frame and had zerks on them and you could also put some on by hand over the arc gear. They did get some stiff and a little dirty, but most grass stayed out of area. SO, guess I would go with grease. Might need to make a little tin cover on it if place available to help keep more clean? 


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 06:34 AM

They make a spray  Open gear & chain lube , I think its made so dirt will not stick to it.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 07:24 AM

I always keep them greased.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 07:37 AM

I tend to spray lube (washes out old dirt) unless someone has already greased, then I keep greasing.
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Posted June 19, 2015 - 09:44 AM

If they've been previously lubricated and have dirt mixed in with the old lubricant, should I clean them before re-lubrication, or is that not important?


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 10:58 AM

I would, it doesn't take long.
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Posted June 19, 2015 - 11:24 PM

I would, it doesn't take long.

What would be the best way to clean them? On one of our lawn tractors for example, the steering gears are behind the engine on top of the frame and are not very easy to reach to clean them throughly.


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Posted June 20, 2015 - 06:10 AM

Most aerosols would or could damage paint or plastic, soak It with simple green and spray it off?
Maybe a slimy mess when done, IDK
If it doesn't sound gritty and is a bear to get to, maybe just leave it alone and regrease ?
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Posted June 20, 2015 - 08:35 AM

I would say they need some kind of lube. My dad has a nice Craftsman lawn mower and last summer I helped him Chang the rack and pinion in it. The rack was aluminum and it had stripped the teeth. He has a small lawn and does not abuse equipment.

Some kind of dry lube would be best, since grit and dust will get into them.
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Posted June 24, 2015 - 07:31 AM

my Rover & greenfield's have open steer cogs on them , i only use high temp grease on them all they need , remember to lube the steer shaft as well under the steering  wheel

 

 a lot of the Australian stuff had open gear sets for the steering on the riders & gt's , all the old stuff

 

 but all of mine are steel gears ,  none are alloy at all 

 

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Posted June 24, 2015 - 07:37 AM

What would be the best way to clean them? On one of our lawn tractors for example, the steering gears are behind the engine on top of the frame and are not very easy to reach to clean them throughly.

degreaser and hose or pressure washer 

 

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