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Old 11-21-2012, 12:06 AM
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Purple power here as well.... and yes I paint cars as a side.buisness.... the comments about "not ever making paint look as good as the factory powdercoat.." is nonsense.... I can paint 5x better than any powdercoat job.. powdercoat has its benifits but also drawbacks.... when powdercoats starts coming off or gets a worn spot... it comes off in flakes...not just a chip
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:17 AM
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I wash mine at least once a month. Purple Power, Simple Green, or any other de-greaser will remove the grass stains and mud from decks and tires. I spray the engine when cool and pressure wash it as well keeping the nozzle far enough away as not to cause damage to anything. These commercial units are built to beat the wet and washing is not going to hurt them. My Toro is 13 years old and looks better than most units I have seen pictures of on here that are a few years old. Granite, I am servicing only about 25 cuts a week doing it part time, but the way some of the folks equipment looks I can't believe they run. I guess if your upgrading every 3-4 years, appearance is no concern. All of my equipment is washed and serviced regularly. Just makes my rig look better from client yard to client yard. Some even ask if I just bought new equipment and are surprised when I tell them how old most of it is. But to each his own, I just prefer it clean. It also helps if I do develop a leak or problem, I can tell it before it gets out of hand where the dirt accumulates.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:37 AM
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I wash mine at least once a month. Purple Power, Simple Green, or any other de-greaser will remove the grass stains and mud from decks and tires. I spray the engine when cool and pressure wash it as well keeping the nozzle far enough away as not to cause damage to anything. These commercial units are built to beat the wet and washing is not going to hurt them. My Toro is 13 years old and looks better than most units I have seen pictures of on here that are a few years old. Granite, I am servicing only about 25 cuts a week doing it part time, but the way some of the folks equipment looks I can't believe they run. I guess if your upgrading every 3-4 years, appearance is no concern. All of my equipment is washed and serviced regularly. Just makes my rig look better from client yard to client yard. Some even ask if I just bought new equipment and are surprised when I tell them how old most of it is. But to each his own, I just prefer it clean. It also helps if I do develop a leak or problem, I can tell it before it gets out of hand where the dirt accumulates.
How does the dirt accumulate if you keep it nice and clean?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:21 AM
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[QUOTE=larryinalabama;4588136]Does anyone wax thier mowers?[/QUOTE I wax them when they are new. Compressed air only after that.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:19 PM
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I agree there is no way your getting your mower clean by just blowing them off. These are commercial machines and they can handle being washed with water and degreaser. As others mentioned I usually get close with the spray when I am doing the leading edge of the deck or wheels, obviously not going full strength at the engine but you shouldn't have to either.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:05 PM
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How does the dirt accumulate if you keep it nice and clean?
Pressure washing it once a month gives it plenty time to accumulate plenty of dirt and grass stains. Of course where there's a little sticky dirt, you better check for a leak. So far, only the breather hole on the hydraulic reservoir it the only sticky dirt
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:16 PM
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Pressure wash, then blow dry, then spray with a water resistant spray like wd-40 or some other lub. also carb cleaner or a pressurized can spray of engine cleaner or something like that for the cooling fins and carb and more sensitive area. Only do this a couple times a year, best thing to do is try to keep it clean, especially the engine, as far as the paint and stains, let it be.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:26 PM
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We have had good results with simple green.
i pressure wazh at end of season, do full pm, spray down liberally with fluid film and tuck them in for the winter.
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Simple green or an Auto wash soap.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:36 PM
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I've found washing my Z would cause problems. I now have an air compressor with an extended air gun and this allows me to blow all the grass out and reduces friction. Mine is 2' long and can reach in areas that a blower will not.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:58 AM
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Elbow grease works wonders along with some purple power or mean green. You will have half the people telling you power washing will ruin you mower and the other half will tell you they do it with no problems. The Hustler manual says specifically to just direct spray away from trans axles especially if using a pressure washer. Then in another instance says to specifically wash the mower with mild detergent and water and not use a pressure washer. The company contradicts itself.

That is the Hustler manual. I pressure wash the deck of my unit but I wait until it has cooled to do so. I do not use the highest pressure nor do I use the most aggressive tip. I think these people on here who are so adamant against using a pressure washer think we are holding the most aggressive tip we own against the pumps and trying to force water into them. Quite the contrary. when I use a pressure washer on my machine my pumps get no more wet than they would if I were mowing dew soaked grass. I also use a sponge and car wash detergent to clean my machine.

I take pride in my machine and wash it. I take this opportunity to do an inspection while I wash. I like having a clean machine that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Many on here claim they have never washed their mower and maintenance is more important that cleaning. I maintain my machine as well as wash it. They same guys that complain about a clean machine will ***** when you post a pic of a dirty machine you want to buy saying if they won't take care of the outside think of what the inside looks like. I think it boils down to what you want. My truck sits out in the weather year after year and it runs just fine. All that is covered is the engine and that is just from the top. The underside is exposed to the elements and cold. If you have ever driven in the rain, your engine is exposed to water. There is no cover on the underside of a truck.

I have said before and I will say again. Many on this forum feel they are God's gift to the green industry and the only way to do things are the way they do them. Do what you want the way you want. You are the business owner.

Do what feels right to you.
I to believe in taking care of my mowers and equipment, I guess this comes from my time in the Navy. The military preaches taking care of your equipment everytime you have down time. A clean machine is easy to spot when something is wrong. You can usually see where the leaks are coming from and pinpoint the problems.

When I drive down the street I see guys hauling their equipment and some of their equipment looks like its on its last leg. I know those guys are hard at work but those same guys takes some of the longest QT breaks. Instead of the long breaks I usually take my breaks at the car wash cleaning off my equipment at the end of the week. I never go a week without inspecting my equipment or cleaning it. I've had customers tell me I take good care of my equipment and hell I got new customers because of my nice equipment. If I owned a half a million dollar home. The last thing I want to see is my lawn service working on their equipment in font of my house and God forbid have their equipment leaking fluids on my driveway.

Our equipment is our livelihood and we should make sure we are taking care of the equipment and people that take care of us.
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