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Old 04-16-2001, 09:27 AM
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1) Engage your clutch at the lowest possible rpm's and still not kill your engine. I have seen so many guys start their engines and rev them wide open and engage their clutches. Big no no unless you like to replace them. Basically operate it like your truck. Can you imagine dropping it in gear at full rpm's? Or dropping the clutch at full rpm's? This stretches out the belts on mowers with hand clutch machines or electric clutches.

2) Disengage your clutch at an idle, most electric clutches act as a brake.

3) Let your engine warm up a bit before running it at full rpm's.

4) Let it cool down a bit before shutting down.

5) Don't shut it off at full rpm's.

6) Keep an extra set of belts and blades with you at all times, sure saves a trip to the shop or dealer. Down time sucks.

7) Don't slide a gas can across a plastic bed liner. It causes static electricity.

8) Be safe and keep safety features in place.

This is a few, but does anyone have other things to add?
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Old 04-16-2001, 10:03 AM
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Don't try to be the idiot for the day. (I've been there)
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:50 PM
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lol what do you meen the idot for the day?
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Old 04-16-2001, 10:17 AM
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Keep fix-a-flat on the trailer

Buy a portable air tank

I swear, mower tires are lined with magnets!
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:09 PM
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Keep fix-a-flat on the trailer

Buy a portable air tank

I swear, mower tires are lined with magnets!
I like a 12-volt air pump you can plug into the cigarette lighter thou it lacks the pressure should the seal come undone, and definitely fix-a-flat.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:30 PM
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Keep fix-a-flat on the trailer

Buy a portable air tank

I swear, mower tires are lined with magnets!
for the sake of the mechanic who has to repair them, don't use fix a flat.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:28 PM
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Keep fix-a-flat on the trailer

Buy a portable air tank

I swear, mower tires are lined with magnets!
No Doubt.......Three flats in one day last week.
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Old 04-16-2001, 10:27 AM
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In the manual for my Snapper hydro, it clearly states in bold writing to engage the PTO at full rpm's. I asked the dealer what was the correct procedure, and he also said at full rpm's. I relayed some negative feedback on doing it at full rpm's (from what I read here), and the dude said that the electric clutch is nothing like a manual clutch and should be engaged at full rpm's (I used poping the clutch in your truck at full rpm as an example). So what is the correct procedure? I was also told to pressure wash my machine to increase the life of the machine. I was poking around on the Exmark site, and in the FAQ's section on the site, they say that to pressure wash is a big no-no. Do you guys pressure wash at the end of the day? Not trying to start anything, I just want to do what is best for my equipment.
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Old 07-03-2005, 03:49 PM
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Washing Machines

It's been my experience that a leaf blower does a lot less damage to the electrical syatem than water. I use a degreaser and water around the hydralic pumps when i have too but try to use low pressure and direct water away from any electrical parts.It's been my experience thar just washing a machine can short electrical parts. A leaf blower can do a good job usually , but when I can't stand The oil on my hydralic pumps(snapper pro) I use a degreaser and wash off with a hose trying to direct water out bck of machine to prevent shorting.
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In the manual for my Snapper hydro, it clearly states in bold writing to engage the PTO at full rpm's. I asked the dealer what was the correct procedure, and he also said at full rpm's. I relayed some negative feedback on doing it at full rpm's (from what I read here), and the dude said that the electric clutch is nothing like a manual clutch and should be engaged at full rpm's (I used poping the clutch in your truck at full rpm as an example). So what is the correct procedure? I was also told to pressure wash my machine to increase the life of the machine. I was poking around on the Exmark site, and in the FAQ's section on the site, they say that to pressure wash is a big no-no. Do you guys pressure wash at the end of the day? Not trying to start anything, I just want to do what is best for my equipment.

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Old 03-16-2010, 12:41 AM
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I don't pressure was but I do use compressed air and a scrapper at the end of every day.
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