washing equipment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PicturePerfect, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. PicturePerfect

    PicturePerfect LawnSite Member
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    How many of you pressure wash your equipment on a regular basis?

    Do you have a dedicated area?

    My business is based at home and I have found it makes a real mess with grease and grass clippings.
     
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    i usually just use my bp blower on the last job of the day and blow off equipment it works the best
     
  3. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    Just blow it off. If something is greasy I squirt a little engine cleaner on it and hose it off in about one min. Never pressure wash for it will put water in places that you don't want it.
     
  4. Goodguy001

    Goodguy001 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    washing equipment is great, BUT, take measures not to have this bite you in the butt down the road. When washing a hot mower, the bearings (clutch,spindles) suck the water in like a sponge. It is highly recommended to run the unit with blades engaged for 10 - 15 minutes to heat up and eveporate the water or bearings will rust and go out.
     
  5. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    yeah we do same thing...
     
  6. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    we only wash mowers about 2 or 3 times a year because water on them and what not makes them look bad tough to clean with blower.. and we just use a degreaser and a regular hose no pressure it keeps water out of tight places becasue there is no force
     
  7. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    I take all my stuff to the carwash once every two or three weeks. All the grass and gunk goes down their drain, not in my driveway. According to my Exmark owners manual, it isnt good to wash the mower. They say "just blow it off", but I cant help it. I like to have my equipment realtively clean.
     
  8. Hrock

    Hrock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    superclean works great, spray it on and it wipes right off, or just hose it. Im sure engine degreeser works good too.
     
  9. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    that's what the rain is for........ and since i don't have time to take shower lately, i just stand in the rain with my blower on my back, the degreaser works better then "Irish Springs".

    i hose my mowers off at this one house full of dog crap, once a week. If not I blow them off if remember when i'm puttin gthem back on the truck.
     
  10. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,100

    If I had a nickel for each mower I have had to rewired because the wiring was eat up by Purple Power or Dixie Red and such cleaners I would never have to work ever again. Be careful what kind of cleaner or soap you use or you will be paying some one like me to rewire your machine.
     

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