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Fert Dust & Vanguard 16 hp motor

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ted putnam, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think its really odd. I never find anything more than a fine layer of dust, no big grit or particles. You would think more guys would have this issue.
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  2. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    A deep cycle marine battery from Wal-Mart. The biggest one i could squeeze in the back tray.
     
  3. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I do, and it does. I do the best I can with it but its just not practical for me to take the tank off, then the motor cover to reach the deepest recesses of the motor on a daily basis.

    I have a fine tipped gun for the compressed air and believe me, I stick it in every little hole I can find on the outside of that motor...
     
  4. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm also looking in to a steam cleaner to go over it and thoroughly clean it. I'm not sure that this will help underneath the flywheel though.
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Won't help under the flywheel and you really don't want it under there. Steam is a good idea for getting the chems off the rest of the machine though. Anything that can remove the caustic stuff from surfaces is bound to help. I'm watching a shos right now that is talking about new products from wd 40. They have a thin protectant lubricant spray that doesn't let grit stick to it. Sounds very useful for our equipment and conditions.
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  6. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Theres many wheelchair/mobility batteries that have high Amp Hours that will fit right in the existing battery box.

    A deep cycle in the back tray must make that thing wheelie happy.
     
  7. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of fert are you running Ted?
     
  8. jackedf150

    jackedf150 LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe fiberglass window screen fastened over the air intake fin area. This should stop most of the particles. Also...try to devise a metal or plastic shield to prevent any fert or fert dust from getting back on the motor.

    I agree with you--a heavy coat of sealer or paint should protect the wires. Yet you do no want the wires to heat up.
    A less dusty fert should help. And try to avoid any nitrates (urea is less corrosive). Potassium chloride is also a source of a moisture attraction.
    And low humidity would be a help...they say Phoenix is nice this time of year...or at least store it in a dry garage with a bit of heat in cool weather to drive out the humidity. Use a gauge--keep humidity under 50 percent.

    Maybe a Kawasaki stator coil would work better--of course it will fit--if you don't mind making a few alterations.
    does Kawi add a sealer?
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2013
  10. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not really. Of course, I always keep 100+lbs of fert in the hopper during blanket season. Never let it get below 50 during fert season.

    I marked my hopper on the inside in 25lb increment lines.
     

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