I found a way to never scrap a deck again

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soloscaperman, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    I let the blades on near a running hose and in about 3 mins the deck power washes it's self clean enough that I can see the old red paint under the deck! The deck comes out super clean every time and I will never scrap a deck again! Also mowing puddles of water cleans the deck way better then scraping. Deck is baby smooth and now I notice the grass has a harder chance of sticking afterwords.
  2. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    I just park over a flat sprinkler and run the blades for a few minutes.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    LOL I'd be kind of careful creating loads of suction with sharp revolving steel knives around rubber hoses,
    also there exists the concern of fresh water usage considering we are running out of drinking water,
    but I like the puddle idea and I am glad to hear this simple trick works so well.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yeah...THATS the way to scrap the ol' spindle bearings out!
  5. lyndont

    lyndont LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    My toro recycler has a hook up for a hose but I still have to scrape it. It doesn't do as well on those I guess
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  6. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Ya but I didn't know better and got away with it for 20 yrs. Why do some mowers come with the hose hook up for cleaning if it's that bad for spindles?

    Are the spindles not sealed as good as the older ones? I don't seem to ever have spindle issues and I used to mow a lake to clean my deck. What I didn't know didn't hurt me.:laugh:
  7. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    Where does the water go after being squirted on the mower deck....just gone? If you can't mix water with the grass on the mower deck, we better not water lawns, or let rain touch grass either.

    I have been looking for a small flat sprinkler to do just this. As far as spindle damage goes.....what if you don't have any spindles? :D

    And could it really be any harder on things than mowing wet grass anyways?
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    it does work awesome, used to do it alot . never find puddles to do it anymore though. i take care of much nicer places now.
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Nope. Same thing in all reality. The spindles are sealed. Unless you're using a pressure washer and pointing right at the spindle seals, it's no different then mowing in the rain.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I would be concerned about spindle bearings too.

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