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Cleaning the mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nicktw25, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Nicktw25

    Nicktw25 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 70

    Would it hurt any to take my dixie chopper to the car wash but use the self wash? I feel like my garden hose isn't doing much.

    Any other ideas?
  2. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    Sure, just grease it up afterwards.

    I blow off my machines at the end of each day with the blower, then I pressure wash the decks and rinse the machines off about once a week when I sharpen the blades. I use a little 1700 psi electric unit. After I'm done pressure washing, I'll blow it off with the blower, then re-grease all the fittings to push out any water that might have gotten in there. I try to keep the high pressure water away from spots I don't want water in such as the spindles, around the engine, etc.
  3. aaron79mowing

    aaron79mowing LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 49

    I've been pressure washing mine for years, including the engine, spindles, etc and never had a problem. Like Macgyver said I grease them afterwards and the start them up and run the deck for a couple minutes to dry the machine back out.
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,306

    I use an electric power washer on the whole mower except on the deck. I have read somewhere that pressurized water and spindles don't jive. It may be wrong but I like to play on the safe side

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