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post #1 of 77 Old 04-10-2019, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best way to clean tractors?

How do you get all the dirt and grime off without scratching them up or hurting electrical system and parts? What is the basic cleaning up method?
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Re: What is the best way to clean tractors?

Tractors are made for workin' not cleanin'. They sit outside, not in a curio cabinet in the family room.
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How do you get all the dirt and grime off without scratching them up or hurting electrical system and parts? What is the basic cleaning up method?
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I use purple degreaser mixed with hot water in a bucket and a brush.

Start by air blowing and brushing off the heavy crud before wetting. Wet with a low pressure water hose. Spray with purple degreaser and let sit a few minutes. Start scrubbing with the brush and hot degreaser mix then rinse with low pressure hose.
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Re: What is the best way to clean tractors?

I see lots of clean tractors on here, in the barns and outside.

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That looks like some good dirt and grime. Wow! That's a good cleaning job!
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Re: What is the best way to clean tractors?

I like to remove caked mud, especially from pockets in the frame, loader and bucket, since it holds moisture for longer than if the metal were clean. I use a gas pressure washer with a 10 or 25° tip on a dry, sunny day, keeping away from the dash/engine area. Then I blow the pockets out with compressed air. The cleaning only takes a few minutes, plus setting the washer up (usually this is done when the washer is already setup for something else, though).
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Good advice. It always worries me around the electrical stuff. Never thought about blow drying areas.
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I raise the hood and cover engine & electrical components with a small tarp lower the hood and wash away with car wash/wax all in one liquid mixed with water, easy peasy. The hood, side panels and fender tub on mine are all metal so light scratches could probably be buffed out if I wanted to take the time to do it which I don't. Like other said it's a working tractor so it gets washed/waxed once a year at best, although I do blow it off with a leaf blower after each mowing. Good luck.

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I see lots of clean tractors on here, in the barns and outside.
I worked in heavt eqpt fleets for 20 yrs. We kept our eqpt clean. Nothing worse than wrenching on something with crud falling on you or into the engine.

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Like the tarp idea. Thanks
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What did you say the tractor is you have? I know you told me but forgot.
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I just spray mine off using an air compressor after I mow.

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I use a shop vac or air compressor. In my garage shop vac, outside air compressor. About twice a year. I don't think I've ever washed it. I keep it clean on the inside with oil, air filter, blades and hydro fluid.

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Mine stays fairly dirty pretty long but just been wondering how to get them cleaned up when the time comes without hurting things.
Do you have one of the old Massey GT's? Love the way they look. Just like the tractors of that time. So neat how they made them look just like the regular farm tractors.
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Re: What is the best way to clean tractors?

Here is a video I made last year on how I wash my machines.... I blow them off after every use/day. About 2-3 times a year I wash them. It is a good way and reason to look over the whole machine.


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Tractors are made for workin' not cleanin'. They sit outside, not in a curio cabinet in the family room.
If you don't clean them you don't have the opportunity to identify things that might not otherwise be noticed. Mine get dirty... If I don't clean them you can see some maintenance items....

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I worked in heavt eqpt fleets for 20 yrs. We kept our eqpt clean. Nothing worse than wrenching on something with crud falling on you or into the engine.
Exactly, I hate working on my stuff if I need to fix something when its dirty.

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I just spray mine off using an air compressor after I mow.
Air compressor or blower after every use works great.

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