Maintain it or it might catch on fire

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 6'7 330, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was at the dealer today, and a fellow came in with a mower,he had let so much dry grass build up around the spindle and belt area, it had caught on fire. The belts were burned, and I wonder if the fire damaged the spindles. He also had run the machine without the cover on the mower deck. It can’t believe somebody as stupid as this guy :dizzy:

    You guys be sure to keep the mower deck clean of dry grass, and the deck lids on, you might caught on fire LOL.
     
  2. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    It is called negligence and laziness. There are a bunch of them doing that around here and the lawns they cut look like how you cut your own hair! People are too lazy to clean up underdeck at least once a week or every shift, all they do is backing up in to storage unit and left after each shift. Go figure.
     
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I try to keep mine blown off with an air compressor, works better than water
     
  4. Texas Mower Parts

    Texas Mower Parts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    See them everyday!
     
  5. cmk144

    cmk144 LawnSite Member
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    My Dixie Chopper has fan blades mounted on the spindles that keep the deck clean for me- even in wet grass!
     
  6. wowlawncare

    wowlawncare LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 62

    Yes dixie chopper has this down nice. I can mow leaves adn they will be blowing everywhere and when I get off not a bit of grass or leaves under the deck. Dixie also claims that it keeps the belts runnign cooler. Which I can see. Bravo Dixie.
     
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Um.... I always have the lids off.

    I'll blow the grass off once in a while.

    It's worse in the fall when you're bagging leaves. The dry leaves will get built up, may catch on fire.

    I'd worry more about that, than the grass building up around the spindles.
     
  8. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    hes lucky he didnt blow himself up
     
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Keep the spindle covers off so that you can blow them off easier at the end of the day. With the spindle covers on you can't blow them off with the back pack blower as easily.
     
  10. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Excellent point, the dealer said it was walkbehind, and by the looks of it the mower deck had grass piled up high. By all outward appearences, the grass had not been blown off the mower deck all season,if not longer.

    LCO’s who haphazardly maintain machines so poorly are idiots of the industry.
     

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