power washing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Coach, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. Coach

    Coach LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    How many of you power wash your equipment. I probably power wash mine once a month. What little things do you do to help prevent future problems the water can cause?

    Thanks Coach.....
  2. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    I generally Powerwash my equiptment once a month, and scrape the grass off inbetween those times. My advice is run the blades on pavement for a little while to dry off the deck, use towel to wipe excess water from on top of deck, and fill the spindles with grease before you power wash, so there will be less of a chance of getting water in the spindles.
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I power wash my equipment occasionally and only when extremely dirty. I make sure I never blast the water at the spindles, bearings or electrical parts or controls. I always make sure I grease AFTER I'm done washing to squirt out any water that found its way in somewhere it shouldn't be. just don't get too carried away and you should be fine.
  4. Dave655

    Dave655 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I powerwash and use SIMPLE GREEN, best cleaner, and degreaser that there is!!
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I toss a heavy duty plastic bag over the engine to keep water from getting in to air filter and such. I also do as above and not directly shoot it at the spindles. Good luck.
  6. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    I know Toro just suggests washing their equipment with a regular garden hose. If you blow off the equipment at the end of each day it keeps the mess to a minimum. Then if you wash with soap & water from a garden hose once a month of so it will stay looking pretty good. Might also want to apply some wax after you've washed it.
  7. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Grease every fitting AFTER power washing to force out any water.

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