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Old 04-18-03, 06:47 PM
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lawnmower clean-up

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone had a quicker and easier way to clean under the mowing decks on my two riding lawnmowers. For the past several years, after mowing the lawn, I pull my mowers up on ramps, and take an old putty knife and scrape all the grass and debris off under the deck that I can get. My yard is over an acre, and there is usually quite a bit of debris that is caked up under the deck that has to be removed, or the grass will not discharge properly next time I mow. Any suggestions on a better way than the old putty knife.

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Old 04-18-03, 11:48 PM
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Hello Dmitchelljr!

If you find a better way, please let us all know! I've been scraping it out like you, for several years, and I'm in the mower repair business. Maybe someone has found a trick they can share with us?...
 
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Old 04-19-03, 10:38 AM
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Hey Cheese,
The other day I received a mail order magazine from Dr. Leonard's. In it, there was this item, a sprayer, that you hooked on the side of the mowing deck, connect your water hose to it, turn the water on and clean the debris away easily. I thought about buying one, but I am afraid it would be a waste of money.
If I am not mistaken, when you hook it up and turn the water on, you also turn the blades on. This is suppose to clean it better.
Have you ever heard of such an item? Do you think it might work?
Let me know what you think.
 
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Old 04-19-03, 06:00 PM
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My Troy-Bilt lawn tractor has a port built into the deck for attaching a water hose to run while the blades run to clean underneath it.

My Toro mower's manual said to run the mower while spraying a jet of water against the pavement from the side to clean underneath it.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 04-20-03, 03:54 AM
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Some of the Toronto crews will power wash under the decks at the end of the day to clean debris, others will scrape it away with paint scrapers/trowels before power washing - I prefer the scrape/wash method - it does take a bit longer, but the drier scrapings are a lot earier to pick up and dispose of. Seems on the scale we were doing things, if you added extra water to the mix, the resulting quagmire is hard to clean up, so is left to compost on the spot - a messy, slick and smelly proposition...

On a smaller scale, running your machine in a puddle or using a clean-out port should help remove any loose clippings, but unless you start with a clean deck to begin with and wash out after each job, you'll still be scraping at some point...

Just my 2 cents worth...

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Old 04-20-03, 09:29 PM
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I haven't seen the water-hose attatchment you describe dmitchelljr. It may work, but most of what I get into is really caked on crud. I don't think anything short of a pressure washer would get it off. If you wash it after every mowing, I'm sure the water methods would work better and help keep it from building up. The stuff I run into is on customer's mowers who do basically no maintainence, and call me when something goes wrong. (thus, I have to scrape off several mowings worth of dried up caked on clippings)
 
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