PA RedRider, how do you scrape down the deck every time?
Well, most all of you have seen more than few pictures of my tractor, but to be honest, I'm not quite that fussy.
About twice a mowing season, sometimes three times, I pressure wash the whole rig. Yes I am careful not to spray high pressure water in obvious places. I have never had a problem or a failure that could be traced back to water........I do let it run a while afterwards.
Usually only once a year, sometime in the late spring, I take the deck off, put it on the deck dolly, scrape it off and then pressure wash it. I clean the underside pretty well down to paint/metal. I take no special precautions beyond common sense in where I spray the direct stream. It is during this cleaning that I replace the blades. Again old blades are only sharpened and reused one additional time.
After 21 years it still looks pretty much like this:
At the end of the season sometimes I pressure wash it again, sometimes I just scrape it off until spring.
I always wait until after I dethatch before doing that first spring cleanup, because the dethatching is a bit muddy sometimes and makes a dusty mess with the dead grass.
After any pressure washing I grease the tractor.
That is all I have done for 21 years - still looks like this:
After "most" mowings, I do blow it off with the leaf blower.
I have repainted the underside of the deck several times with GRAVELY red spray cans, and I have considered various coatings, but as of yet I have not acted on any such ideas. While my deck shell is original and in good condition, I do have a new one waiting for the next, and likely last rebuild in my lifetime.