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post #1 of 36 Old 05-16-2017, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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After every mowing day .......??

Not to be obsessive , but what kind of care do you guys give your tractors after every mowing ? I get the leaf blower out and blow the dust & grass off every time I'm done . I'll wash the exterior and wheels about every 3 mowings unless it's muddy , then it gets washed every time . I even ... wax it once or twice a year to help clean it easier in between mowings . I was thinking of getting a set of those plastic ramps to get the deck a little higher off the ground to hose the accumulation of grass from under the deck .

On another note of preventative maintenance , I was considering pressure washing the underside of the deck ( obviously protecting the spindles with inner tubes ) , hitting it with rust stabilizer and spraying it with Truck Bed Liner spray . Has anyone ever tried the Truck Bed stuff yet ? Or is that just a way to trap more rust ? Ideas , thoughts ?
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Re: After every mowing day .......??

I've had reasonably good luck with a product called "Clean Deck" on the underside of the deck. It won't eliminate all the build up, but it takes care of a lot of it. I've had it on a John Deere deck for going on three years now and I'm getting ready to use it on my MA106 brush mower. FWIW
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I heard a story before, a guy like you bought a brand new mower and washed after each mowing. But he had trouble keeping belts on it, they kept getting chewed up. He kept taking it back till they finally caught it one time when he brought it in, the pulleys where very rusty. Apparently washing it off and then storing it rusted the pulleys and that was hard on the belts.

I have seen in manuals if you do wash the mower off, to run it a few minutes afterward to dry the pulleys off.
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Re: After every mowing day .......??

On my Craftsman mower it say not to power wash the hydro transaxle?? Don't know if it is likely to get water in it some how.
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Blow mine off with air, grease every zerk.

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+1 for compressed air. I do not introduce water, but.do scrape down the underside of my mower deck after each mowing.

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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.

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I cant believe the gargantuan size of that Gravely rider in above post, I had no idea they made riders like that untill I got on here.
When growing up around here 30 to 35 miles from the Dunbar factory everyone had a walk behind Gravely and thats how I learned how to use/handle them but I never paid any attention to the riders. Were riders made in Dunbar to?
But to get back to the thread subject if I have time I spray off the underside of a push mower w/a hose and knock the grass and debris off with air hose or leaf blower, they are aluminum anyway so I dont guess it hurts them and I also leave it in the sun till its dry wich takes not very long because it gets hot here to the point that you cant even touch the deck without burning the soup out of yourself.
And I sharpen my blade about every 3 rd. or 4th. time and if there is anything under there I get it off w/a stick or long screw driver or whatever. And keep my filter and stuff clean as well because I bought a new one this spring and I can get 15 yrs. out of them.
P.S., What does that say on that rider 16 DLX?

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Ok so just common sense maintenance . If you wash it , dry it before parking it .

Bruceatlam , I'll have to see if I can find that deck spray around here . I did see some spray in the mower area at Tractor Supply that is paraphin based for the underside of decks . Maybe I'll give that one a try . Can't remember the name of it though .

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I cant believe the gargantuan size of that Gravely rider in above post, I had no idea they made riders like that untill I got on here.
When growing up around here 30 to 35 miles from the Dunbar factory everyone had a walk behind Gravely and thats how I learned how to use/handle them but I never paid any attention to the riders. Were riders made in Dunbar to?
But to get back to the thread subject if I have time I spray off the underside of a push mower w/a hose and knock the grass and debris off with air hose or leaf blower, they are aluminum anyway so I dont guess it hurts them and I also leave it in the sun till its dry wich takes not very long because it gets hot here to the point that you cant even touch the deck without burning the soup out of yourself.
And I sharpen my blade about every 3 rd. or 4th. time and if there is anything under there I get it off w/a stick or long screw driver or whatever. And keep my filter and stuff clean as well because I bought a new one this spring and I can get 15 yrs. out of them.
P.S., What does that say on that rider 16 DLX?
The side of my rider says "18-GLX". That is not the original GRAVELY designation. It originally said 16-G, it is a model 987061 16-G produced sometime in 1994.

The new designation reflects the fact that it actually came with an 18 hp engine, and that it has many upgrades. Some of which do bring it up to being a GRAVELY 18-G, and many others where developed by me are unique this tractor. As in "G Series, lightweight experimental".

You keep commenting on the size of the tractor, but after the introduction of the G series, most GRAVELY riders are the same physical size regardless of HP, except the 24-G, which is a little larger than the tractor pictured.

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Re: After every mowing day .......??

Just to add to the whole underside of the deck treatment part of the discussion - i don't have a gravely rider, but i do have a 48" wheel horse deck. when I got it, it had no paint on the underside, so i went ahead and cleaned it up and coated it with POR-15 - in my opinion it was probably one of the best moves i could have made. The stuff is really hard once cured, and grass doesn't' cling to it nearly as bad as decks i have had in the past. It is also really easy to clean - i just let the grass dry and the blow it off with compressed air from a long wand.

i'm not worried about the bottom of the deck rotting because the POR-15 seals it. I've had it 3 seasons now that way and haven't noticed any chipping or cracking at all in the POR-15 - i plan on doing my snowblower this summer when i service it.
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Re: After every mowing day .......??

Before the Mow.
Check the Oil, and tire pressure, and gas.
After the Mow.
I scrape the underside after every mow (Sometimes twice) Usually get enough mower poop to fill a 5 gallon bucket.
A pump or two in the zirks while it is up on the jack.
A squirt of chain lube on the steering sector bracket.
Blow the deck off with air hose.
Blow down through the engine flywheel screen.
Blow out the battery tray and behind the dash.
Check the Oil, and tire pressure, before storing.

A couple times a year a wash, and left in the sun to dry.

Winter, Deck and fender pan is removed to check belts, mandrills, and clean and re-paint the underside of the deck.

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Before mow, check oil and gearlube (I'm running gangs on a 5 hp, and boy do they work). Afterwards, clean off the clippings from everyone, grease the reels, check the airfilter element and clean if needed, and plug the battery into the maintainer.

The rough cut (a lh deck) that I use for the ditch out front by the road is a similar drill. Check fluids before, and grease, clean the deck, and check/sharpen the blades afterwards.

Washing only happens after lapping the reels or working in the garden, and then it's with a hose and nylon bristle brush.

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Seuadr , I looked up a local dealer for the POR15 . We have a company here called API . If you were to outfit a auto body shop , this would be your one stop shopping for everything . I talked to Bart who seemed very educated on the products for this application . Although he endorsed your testament to POR15 , when I told him MY application needs , he said they have a product that is comparable but a little cheaper . I'm heading there today to see what he has . I'll report back after my visit .

Larrybl , I'm glad I asked about this subject ! You guys are even more meticulous than I thought I was ! Excellent advice on the Gravely care !
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So, you guys who are scraping off decks after every mowing, are you jacking the tractor up with one if those modern mower lifts? Are these 800 lb Gravely tractors like mine? I don't have a mower jack, would not want one.
I avoiding cutting wet grass, and only clean once/twice a year as mentioned above. The pictures speak for themselves.

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