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2 quick questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Expert Lawns, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,660

    I just spent an hour cleaning my blades really really good. they REALLY REALLY needed it. I have about 12 blades total.

    Is there a faster way to clean them? What do you guys do? I don't have a wire wheel on my bench grinder yet, so I simply used a paint stripper and shaved all the gook off.

    Secondly, have any of you rigged up some sort of hoist to lift the front of your deck for easy cleaning? I was thinking of some sort of pulley syetem that doesn't require a lot of money or too much indepth electrical stuff. All feedback is appreciated.

  2. UGA

    UGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    I've thought of attaching a come-along to a ceiling joist in my basement but haven't ever tried it. If I get a Super Z I may have to try it since I don't think my Jungle jack will fit the front of its deck.
  3. jaredslawncare

    jaredslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Well since you dont have a bench grinder i would recommend a stiff wire brush with the blades in a vise and some elbow grease
  4. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Posts: 1,021

    get a bucket and fill it with water and soak the blades for a day and then brush them off with a scrub brush

    i have a 55 gal. drum cut in half that i use

    this is much cleaner than the brush on a grinder
  5. GeorgiaGrassMan

    GeorgiaGrassMan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    When a clean my blades, they rust really bad the next time I use them in the same spots where I removed the grim build up. Does anybody do anything about that or just let it ride?
  6. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Why is the shop in the basement????? How do you get the mowers up and down the staris .... lmao.

    I scrape the blades with a putty knife and call them good. Never done any more than that.

    I use a 2 ton jack to lift my mowers.
  7. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I just use a wire brush to clean my blades, it seems to work fine. I also have a come a long attached to a joist in the ceiling of my garage. I have probally about $35-50 invested in the total setup. It works fine also.
  8. lawnrangers

    lawnrangers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    i use a 1000 pd. hoist from northern tool to lift my machines.. i just scrape off what i can get with putty knife,then use wire wheel brush on grinder.
  9. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    I don't know what size mower you have, but I simply back my 48 off the trailer, lean it all the way back, drive it a few feet over to one of the big wooden pilings under my house, rest the deck against it & put on the parking brake. Instant 5 second "jack" that I never have to worry about giving way. Very easy position to clean and change blades in.
  10. If my blades are coated with grunge, I soak them overnight, brush, sharpen, balance, and then coat them with oil.

    Of course your ceiling joist are probably not designed to suspend several hundred pounds in a point-load, and do their job supporting the roof. But if you have no alternative than to hang a come-along from them, try to distribute the load across as many joists as possible. I’d cut a hole in the ceiling if I had to, in order to secure a 4x6 above and across four or more of the joists. Still it’s not recommended.

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