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Underwater mower worth the trouble?


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09-16-08, 06:48 PM   #1  
Underwater mower worth the trouble?

got a quick question .. If a mower worked before then it flooded and was completely underwater.. Would there be a possibility it could still work or would engine be ruined? Anyone know if it would be worth buying a riding mower that was underwater?

 
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09-16-08, 06:56 PM   #2  
Underwater mower worth the trouble?

How long has it been out of the water? That is the big question for the engine itself. Ignition/wires will be a guess.

 
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09-16-08, 07:01 PM   #3  
underwater a few days from hurricane.. Been out of water for a few days now also...

 
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09-16-08, 07:04 PM   #4  
Under water for a few days should not be too big a deal for the engine, it can be cleaned out and flushed out. Now as far as the rest of the machine goes, you may have issues with corrosion, belt, pulley and bearing failures and the transmission would need to be cleaned out the same as the engine. You may also have problems down the road with the wiring.

 
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09-17-08, 09:52 AM   #5  
Under water for more than 24 hours, would make it worth scrap value to me. I'd plan on replacing just about every bearing it has, draining ALL fluids and flushing out their systems (engine oil, tranny fluid, rear axle lube, fuel) and then if it has an electromagnetic PTO clutch, that has to be absolutely dry before even attempting to put power to it to prevent internal shorts that might damage it. Could be a good deal if your purchase price is cheap enough to offset the work it's gonna need.

 
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09-17-08, 06:47 PM   #6  
Posted By: bontai Joe if it has an electromagnetic PTO clutch, that has to be absolutely dry before even attempting to put power to it to prevent internal shorts that might damage it.
While being submerged in water would not be good for the clutch from a mechanical stand point, rust and corrosion on the clutch plate and or bearings, as far as electronics go, the only part these clutches have are an epoxy encased coil winding. Water will not affect it nor short it out, if fact it could operate under water.

 
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