spraying off the deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by riverbend, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. riverbend

    riverbend LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I am close to pulling the trigger on a used mower on craigslist. Its a Gravely ZT HD and from the pictures/descriptions, seems to be in great condition. Its a decent deal and still has 2 years warranty on the mower (1 year old) The only thing that is scaring me is, in his description, he said he sprays the mower off after every use. This will be my first nice mower purchase so I don't know much about it but I've heard this could be terrible for the mower. I just wanted to get everyone's opinion. I'd appreciate any feedback you could offer.

  2. ReRide

    ReRide LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    I did that to my brand new John Deere F525 back in 1995, and it ended up taking out an idler pulley with a sealed bearing. It's best not spray off with water, I am told, just use a blower or compressed air. It might not be a deal breaker though. Considering there is still warranty, it may be worth a chance, but you may end up replacing some idler pulleys, but maybe they will be under warranty.
  3. riverbend

    riverbend LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    thanks for the feedback. anyone know of anything I should be looking or listening for as far as water damage to the spindles or pulleys?
  4. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Gravely warranties do NOT TRANSFER only for 1 owner when sold it is null

    Gravely Warranty Transfer
    Published 01/25/2013 09:51 AM | Updated 07/25/2014 07:34 AM
    Is the warranty on my Gravely machine transferrable to a second owner?

    The factory warranty is provided to the original owner and is non-transferrable. A complete copy of the Gravely warranty statement for each machine appears in the Owner's Manual. You may also link to these Answers: Commercial Lawn Warranty, Consumer Lawn Warranty and Gravely Chore Warranty Statement to read the warranty statements.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,746

    water shouldn't hurt it. at the dealer lot the brand new mowers sit out in the rain all of the time at most dealers.
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    True but the machines/spindles are cold. Who knows what the guy did. Could of hosed off straight after a mow!

    I guess, you could take off the belts and spin the pulleys and listen for dry bearings, squeaks, feel for play etc.
    I would also look at the hydro oil (I assume its a hydro) and see if its cloudy or milky. You certainly dont want water in the hydro oil!
  7. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't worry about it to much. First of all, he is probably saying that in the ad to act like he took really good care of it. Second, water won't hurt the major things like hydro pumps, motor, wheel motors etc... Pulleys are the least of your worries when buyin used. Just check fluids, tires, seat, battery. Run the motor at idle and full throttle and engage the blades. Drive it around for awhile to make sure you get it hot and see how the hydros act.
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  9. riverbend

    riverbend LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    good stuff. this makes me feel a little better about it. thanks for the help.
  10. riverbend

    riverbend LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    yea, he said he washed it with soap and water after every mow. hard to believe that though. he also said he's waxed it twice in the past year. I haven't even waxed my truck in the last few years.

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