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Deck cleaning + Fluid Film = LOVE

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dwost, May 7, 2010.

  1. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Ok, so I did a little experiment a couple weeks back. I've never treated the underside of my deck with anything to assist with scraping. I usually scrape it every couple weeks and would collect about 25# of grass out of the deck. After the last scraping, I decided to give the FF a shot. I've read mixed reviews about how well this works but decided it wouldn't hurt to give it a go. I scraped (Didn't wash it at all) and sprayed the deck liberally. Reinstalled the blades and forgot about it. Today (about 2 weeks since the treatment) I decided to jack it up and see what it looked like. Upon inspection, I was literally dumbfounded. 90% of the deck was absolutely spotless. No joke, I mean where the paint is worn off there is bare metal and it was shiny. I'm still shocked at these results. Even better is the fact that I know there was still some grass left on the deck in areas where it is now completely clean. I think by leaving it to sit over night it loosened the dirt and once the blades started spinning the remaining grass just dislodged and was removed.

    Today I would guess I scraped (and quite easily I may add) all of 2# of grass off the deck. It took me 5 minutes to completely clean the underside of the deck. I'm sold on this method. My question to the others that didn't achieve these results, how long did you wait before you started using the mower? I know that the properties in FF are supposed to adhere to the metal so I'm wondering if the secret is letting it sit? Just thought I'd post up my findings. Looks like I'll be ordering up a gallon of this as it would be easier to use a paint brush and just soak the bottom of the deck :weightlifter: Love this stuff!
  2. Trevor8

    Trevor8 LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 750

    might have to try this
  3. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I change my blades every day so cleaning my deck takes 5 minutes
  4. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    I understand you completely. That is good to hear. You are also cutting Bahia or similar (I'm assuming since your sig says FL) which is a completely different story than up here in the north. I can cut my yard and at the end of cutting thick lush KB it will be caked on the bottom. The biggest issue is really only this time of year when the grass is laden with moisture. The other benefit from the FF method is the deck is getting some rust protection on the underside as well. I'm going to keep up with this and see how I fair throughout the season.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    Great thread man...fluid film is amazing for this. Check out kellsport .com for an undercoating gun for use with the gallon. It works great and is very cheap. Just hook it to your compressor and go.....Thumbs Up
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    Sorry mate but there are to many variable for this to be a true test. Dont mean to sound like an azzhole if thats how this reads!

    You need 2 of the same mowers, set up the same, one sprayed, one not. Run each mower on same property at same time cutting same grass. If the fluid film deck is clean and the other isnt, then that is a true indication that FF has worked.
  7. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Im going to give it a shot now, Ive been scraping my exmarks out about every other day, and sometimes more, yet the ferris hasnt clogged at all, and it was used on a few much thicker yards than the exmarks! That front baffling on exmark decks is the culprit in clogging in my opinion. Still though, any thing you spray on the deck, will work its way off in time, the more grass you mow, and Id bet it would all be gone within the first 3-4 yards?
  8. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Not at all I understand what you are saying. BUT I only cut my yard and my office. I don't cut commercially. I've compared the results on these two properties ONLY with the same mower so basically I did what you recommended. Night and day difference.
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  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    I stand corrected!:drinkup:
  10. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    your also in florida. try handling the thick wet NE grass and tell me if you change blades daily it takes 5 minutes....i use FF and it takes seriously 5 mins and we change daily and without FF it's 15 minutes..the sh^t works

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