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Old 05-05-2013, 11:05 AM
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4.5 hours on Fastrak and deck was full

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I have a 2013 Fastrak 48" deck and with 4.5 hours on the meter. I scraped enough grass from the deck to fill up a 5 gallon bucket. I have been mowing this spring grass maybe a little bit wet, but not soaking. This is my first ztr. Is this common? Anything to do to prevent it from happening? Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:33 PM
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It's gonna happen when mowing wet conditions with a fab deck.... Weeds make it bad too...
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:55 PM
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If its morning dew, wait alittle longer for the sun to dry it out. If its from rain...wait for it to just dry...Thats imo
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:11 PM
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4.5 hours on Fastrak and deck was full

My John Deere 757 went the whole season without a deck cleaning. When I cleaned it I could fill 4 coffee cups at the most.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:15 PM
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Certain decks are more prone to packing than others. If its droping clumps its going to be a long spring....
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:40 PM
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I appreciate the feedback. It hasn't been dropping clumps, but I was wondering if it was going to affect mowing performance.

When that stuff drys it is like concrete stuck to the deck.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:13 PM
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You could probably spray the deck with something. I think a lot of people on the forum use fluid film. I personally haven't used it would like to but haven't yet so I cant give you my personal opinion on how it works.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:51 AM
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You could probably spray the deck with something. I think a lot of people on the forum use fluid film. I personally haven't used it would like to but haven't yet so I cant give you my personal opinion on how it works.
The grass clippings will scour the Fluid film off in a very short period of time. Nothing will really work even though there have been several guys who come on here and try to tell us all otherwise (not saying that's what you did. Just making the point). I Love Fluid Film as a rust preventative and lube, but not for the deck underside.

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Sometimes changing blades to a different lift or style can make a big improvement to your problem. Not always, but sometimes. If you have a mulch kit and are using it in spring rush growth that is always more lush, you will get more build up under the deck than side discharging.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:03 AM
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Our hustler walk behinds (hydro walk, not trim star) always have to be cleaned out daily unless the grass is completely dry, high lift blades help but scraping daily is a must. I've been told by my hustler dealer that our hydro walks have the same deck as the ztr's have so keep that 3" putty knife and mower lift handy as no coatings work at all. Mow dry
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:33 PM
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I'd like to see a mower deck coated with non-stick (like a frying pan) coating. I wonder how that would do? Hmmm....
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