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Water + Mower = ???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnBoy89, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    Is it bad to wash the mower? The guy said not to because when the bearings are heated up they suck in the water, but I would definetly wait till everything was cooled down anyways? Do you guys wash down your mowers?
  2. Andyinchville2

    Andyinchville2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    Rain washes mine....If I get it really muddy I may wash it but very seldom does it get really dirty....I also hear that as parts cool excess water can be sucked in...Also, not good to spray hot components anyways (thermal shock can cause cracking in extreme cases). I'd wait until the machine is at lease tool enough to touch without burning yourself....Ambient temp would be even better.

  3. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    I like to keep my equipment clean. I pull into the carwash once every two weeks and clean everything while it is on the trailer. This way, I dont have to deal with all the gunk in my driveway.
  4. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    That's a good idea, locutus. I'll try that when I start driving.

    The mower is completely cooled down by now. Is there every any overheating issues with the engines that aren't liquid cooled?

    Thanks for the replies guys.
  5. fcl01

    fcl01 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 249

    if theres an engine, it can overheat. just like your car would. oh wait, my bad!:D just kidding ya. just watch your fluids and keep up on maintenance and youll be fine. as for getting stuff wet, you can try to keep it dry all you want but sooner or later, you'll have to mow in rain. heck, i sometimes clean my deck in a big puddle.
  6. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    Not that I know of, however if you read your owners manual, it will state that they do not recommend washing your mower mainly due to the fact that some of the electrical connections may get corroded. I have never had this happen in all the years I've been washing my equipment.
  7. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 911

    We pressure wash the exterior of the mowers, hopper on the Walker and the blower housing but just use compressed air on the motor, electrical, etc.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Hell no, we pressure washer all of ours every Saturday.
  9. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    Hey, don't worry, I'll be driving soon enough.
    I'll talk the pressure washer to it sometime, I just washed it with the hose before. My pressure washer is pretty powerful.

    I try to stay away frome the engine and all the electrical connections, all I really wash off is the deck and the wheels.

    Thanks again guys. I have tons of WD-40, I use it on alot of my stuff. So I don't have to worry about rust.

    Well, thanks again guys.
  10. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Posts: 198

    I use the blower on it first (less debris to cling to wet surfaces) before hosing it down (small pressure washer under deck); it also helps cool things down.

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