4.5 hours on Fastrak and deck was full

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by RSNovi, May 5, 2013.

  1. RSNovi

    RSNovi LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 46


    I have a 2013 Fastrak 48" deck and with 4.5 hours on the meter. I scraped enough grass from the deck to fill up a 5 gallon bucket. I have been mowing this spring grass maybe a little bit wet, but not soaking. This is my first ztr. Is this common? Anything to do to prevent it from happening? Thanks.
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  2. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    It's gonna happen when mowing wet conditions with a fab deck.... Weeds make it bad too...
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  3. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    If its morning dew, wait alittle longer for the sun to dry it out. If its from rain...wait for it to just dry...Thats imo
  4. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    My John Deere 757 went the whole season without a deck cleaning. When I cleaned it I could fill 4 coffee cups at the most.
  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Certain decks are more prone to packing than others. If its droping clumps its going to be a long spring....
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  6. RSNovi

    RSNovi LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 46

    I appreciate the feedback. It hasn't been dropping clumps, but I was wondering if it was going to affect mowing performance.

    When that stuff drys it is like concrete stuck to the deck.
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  7. DQL10

    DQL10 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    You could probably spray the deck with something. I think a lot of people on the forum use fluid film. I personally haven't used it would like to but haven't yet so I cant give you my personal opinion on how it works.
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,829

    The grass clippings will scour the Fluid film off in a very short period of time. Nothing will really work even though there have been several guys who come on here and try to tell us all otherwise (not saying that's what you did. Just making the point). I Love Fluid Film as a rust preventative and lube, but not for the deck underside.


    Sometimes changing blades to a different lift or style can make a big improvement to your problem. Not always, but sometimes. If you have a mulch kit and are using it in spring rush growth that is always more lush, you will get more build up under the deck than side discharging.
  9. rickpilgrim

    rickpilgrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    Our hustler walk behinds (hydro walk, not trim star) always have to be cleaned out daily unless the grass is completely dry, high lift blades help but scraping daily is a must. I've been told by my hustler dealer that our hydro walks have the same deck as the ztr's have so keep that 3" putty knife and mower lift handy as no coatings work at all. Mow dry
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  10. Paul's Green Thumb

    Paul's Green Thumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    I'd like to see a mower deck coated with non-stick (like a frying pan) coating. I wonder how that would do? Hmmm.... :)

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