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Wash and Sharpen

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fwilamosky, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,955

    Blades every other day. Wash weekly. That's wash with mild car soap/wax with uv protectant and only hose pressure. Grease all zerks. We go through an edger blade a day as well.
    Mowers are pretty water resistant. Air inlets are baffled. Wires are weatherpack and greased connections. Bearings ard sealed. Wear points are greased. They are actually setup for regular cleanliness, just not power washing.
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  2. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 314

    John Deere says this about 997s "Follow automotive practices to care for your vehicle painted metal surfaces. Use a high-quality automotive wax regularly to maintain the factory look of your vehicle's painted surfaces."

    I'm sure many more say the same or similar, I think I have proved my point.[/QUOTE]

    I can second this 100% as I have a 997 also. I wash every other week as I do not do near as much as some here because I maintain another full time job. But I blow mine off at the end of every cut before it goes back into the enclosed trailer. I'm OCD and can't stand to have my stuff looking dirty all the time. John Deere appreciates it also if they do maintenance on my equipment for warranty.
  3. rrev75

    rrev75 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I wash mine when I get time but I only mow about 10 yards a week. For you guys that change blades daily and every other day, how many yards are you mowing with them to change them that often? Maybe I don't do mine enough.
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,130

    A lot of that depends on the types of grasses you cut. Southern stiff bladed grasses may require sharpnening more often IDK, but most northern guys try to swap them out, or sharpen them daily for an average 8-10 hours of use. Again, that is just a general statement because we have some tough stalky type weeds and weedy grasses to deal with up here too. Another thing that affects intervals is how sandy or loamy your soil is.
  5. magicmike

    magicmike LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    I dont know why people say you cant wash mowers, if you couldnt that would mean that you couldnt get caught in pouring rain. I agree wash your mowers weekly, or when needed. It gives your business a clean look.
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,130

    We sound very similar here. My JD dealer always comments on how clean and new looking I keep my machines.:)
  7. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Blades get traded out weekly. When I get down to the last couple sets sharpened I will sharpen the rest. Mower gets "washed" once a year. It gets blown off every week or two. The highway does a pretty good job of blowing off most places.
  8. The Don'z

    The Don'z LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    I wash me DC about once a month but I'm careful not to get the plugs and electronics too wet, let it dry over night, and if I'm feeling really energitic,, i even polish the stainless steel lol. clean mower lets your customers know you take care of your equipment, so take care of your equipment like you would their yard.:usflag:
  9. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,400

    Wash? - whenever we have time. Ends up being like once a month in the busiest parts of the year. Blades we did once a week last year, but we're going to do every other day this year.

  10. jschultznorth

    jschultznorth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    Wash weekly, sharpen blades daily. Put maybe 6+ hours on mowers a day

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