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#1 Chuck_050382 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2010 - 12:24 PM

Got the Gt5000 out of storage yesterday and brought it to the shop for spring maintenance.

Pulled the deck and plan on wire brushing the underside down before adding prime and paint. Just trying to clean up the deck in hopes of reducing grass caking.

here is the deck after I scrapped it out.
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and here is the tractor
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I switched to Gator Blades late summer and used them all fall for leaf removal. I am looking forward to see how they handle thick spring grass. They worked really good last fall.

Edited by Chuck_050382, March 26, 2010 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted March 25, 2010 - 07:44 AM

I did some wire brushing to the underside of the deck. It's not ready for paint but getting there. I am not shooting for perfect, but just trying to make things last longer.
here are a few pictures.
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Posted March 25, 2010 - 08:20 AM

That cleaned up pretty nice!

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Posted March 25, 2010 - 11:00 AM

Very nice, great job, after its primed and painted try spraying it with PAM before using it, and after every washing. It reduces rust and doesn't allow much grass to stick to the deck

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Posted March 26, 2010 - 12:18 PM

Lookin' good Chuck!

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Posted March 26, 2010 - 12:57 PM

Boy,she cleaned up nice Chuck.

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Posted March 26, 2010 - 01:20 PM

As perfect as can be, short of media blasting!

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Posted March 26, 2010 - 01:22 PM

Thanks Guys

I am going to touch up a few spots and prime it this evening and paint it tomorrow.

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Posted March 26, 2010 - 03:04 PM

It definitely cleaned up nice and it is always nice to help preserve the decks when they are taken care of.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 07:12 AM

Friday I got the deck primed,
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then saturday I got 2 coats of paint on. I know its not perfect, but we are talking about the bottom of a mower deck. A short while after I put the 2nd coast on it started to rain before I could get it back in the shop.
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Yesterday I got the blades sharpened ad back on, and started fixing the anti-scalp wheels. One had a bent bolt, the other was loose and the bolt snapped when I tried to tighten it.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 07:26 AM

Looking good, Chuck. I need to get going on mower prep too.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 08:40 AM

That turned out pretty good.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 09:38 AM

TSC carries a great product called "EZ Slide". A teflon based stuff we put on our grain/silage truck beds. Really helps stuff slide out & I put it on an Allis 416 deck. Really helped a lot from grass sticking. Before mounting, it'd be the perfect time to apply a coat of the stuff should you choose.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 09:40 AM

TSC carries a great product called "EZ Slide". A teflon based stuff we put on our grain/silage truck beds. Really helps stuff slide out & I put it on an Allis 416 deck. Really helped a lot from grass sticking. Before mounting, it'd be the perfect time to apply a coat of the stuff should you choose.


I looked at that stuff a few weeks ago. Maybe next time around.

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 10:29 AM

I wonder who sells EZ Slide here in Canada ?




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