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Deck wash system

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Big Bad Bob, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    I've seen a lot of homeowner mowers with a deck wash system that consists of a hose connection on the top of the deck. You attach your water hose, turn the water on, turn the deck on and, supposedly the water pressure in conjunction with the flow from the blades, cleans out the deck. First, is this a viable system and second, if it is, are there any commercial outfits that offer this as an option?
  2. jhsmith4

    jhsmith4 LawnSite Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 110

    Use a 5 in 1 tool (putty knife) and mo-deck!:hammerhead:
  3. John Stiles

    John Stiles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Great way to wash out the mandrel bearings!:laugh:
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    water aint gonna clean your deck off!!!
  5. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Thanks guys. I was hoping to hear from a manufacturer or dealer on this subject. Maybe they would be cutting their own throat by answering. You know. It's good for a homeowners unit because...., but bad for a commercial unit because....
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Its good for homeowners because they think its a great selling point and they think its working. Its bad for commercial guys because we know better than to buy into some silly crap like that. Just one more thing that doesnt work and can break.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah man, best thing to use is a scraper of some kind, crowbars, long handled screwdrivers, most anything along those lines... I used to worry about it all the time, nowadays the deck is lucky if I clean up under it, that stuff gets up in there in seconds flat anyhow, it gets but so bad and that's all, falls off over time, whatever.

    One thing I did notice thou, is in thick wet grass there is a tendency for the mower to discharge clumps a ways after one has gone through the thick part... A certain technique which involves being aware of this can save time and frustration, I usually drive my Wb near the woods and pop a wheelie, then drop the deck, once or twice usually does it. Sometimes disengaging the blades then re-engaging helps as well, weird how that works...
  8. Juan_Deere

    Juan_Deere LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    I haven't made one for my latest mower. But I did make one for my JD riding mower. I made it out a couple of PVC pieces with a few small holes drilled into it, pointing up. It doesn't plug into the deck or anything, it just lays on the ground below the mowing deck. Turn on the water, turn on the blades, and it cleans the deck right up. Obviously, it doesn't work on the dried, hard, caked on stuff, but otherwise, it works pretty good. It should be heavy enough to keep from getting sucked up by the blades, but if you don't trust that, you can just make it long enough that it sticks out each side of the mower deck a little, then drop the deck down, so it is holding the pipe in place. We also aren't talking about pressure washer pressures, so the bearings aren't in any danger.
  9. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Thought about rhino lining the under side of the deck??? I was thinking of that the other day. That stuff is very thick and extremely strong....
  10. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Grass will not stick to rhino lining???

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