Keeping mower deck clean - any tips?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mculik5, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. mculik5

    mculik5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I have a 2008 52" Toro Z400. Not sure which model deck, but it's fabricated, and made from 7 gauge steel. I'm using Gator blades.

    The whole package works perfectly when the grass is dry. However, it has been my experience that the deck packs full of grass when you mow wet (rain, dew, or really leafy-green grass). As I understand it, this is an issue with Toro decks.

    Wondering if you pros, who often have to mow when it's wet, have any tricks for either keeping the deck clean, or quickly cleaning it.

    I jack the deck up, lay on the ground, and scrape it. It's time consuming and messy. I applied Fluid Film the last time I scraped it completely clean. Seemed to make the next cleaning easier, but didn't keep the grass from sticking.

    I would love to pressure wash the deck, but I can't jack it up high enough to get the pressure washer under there.

    Any of you guys ever use something like this? -

    Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 18,919

    Stop using gator blades when there is any moisture in/on the grass. That will help some, and sometimes slowing the engine speed by around 1/4 throttle will help it not pack so fast too. Nothing that can be applied to the underside of a deck will stay under there for very long and are a waste of time and money.
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  3. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,095

    Toro and Exmark are about the worst for grass accumulation under the deck. JD and Scag are the best for preventing it.

    When I had an Exmark 15 yrs ago I could barely make it 30 mins in wet early morning dew before it was packed to the blades.

    I thought I was in heaven when I got rid of it for the first yr of the velocity deck. Only scraping out a couple times a day.
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  4. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Messages: 1,513

    Hi lifts and always discharging to the outside keeps my deck pretty clean when it's wet. Toro and Exmark prettt much have micro discharge openings and tight baffling so they are pretty limited what they can do in wet grass. That's not the news you wanted I'm sure but it is what it is..
  5. ltdlawn

    ltdlawn LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,370

    used to be a company nearby that would apply an industrial Teflon Undercoat to mower decks similar to the American Racing ATX wheels. Deck had to be partially dismantled and it cost Big Bux but it worked and lasted about 6 years. Nothing would stick Ever.

    Cant find them anymore. Either lost their Licensing or gone under.
  7. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,095

  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,757

    But a walker or a grasshopper and flip up the deck.

    Have you tried mow eze
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  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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  10. Tonset

    Tonset LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    Try mowing without blades on. Guys did it at golf course all the time and still had jobs.

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