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 08-29-2002, 01:54 Post: 41760
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 Cleaning up

Sometimes the tractor gets EXTREMELY dusty, whether working ground or cutting dry fields. To clean it I blow the dust and dry vegetation off with a leaf blower. With the engine off and the hood open, it blows clouds of dust off the screens and virtually everywhere in the engine. In minutes the tractor looks very clean and of course is easier to work on. I've never heard of others doing this and am curious if anyone else does this? Is there a down side? It seems to helps keep dust out of the fuel tank and of course I like a cleaner looking tractor--though I only wash it about once every two years. Thanks in advance.






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 08-29-2002, 07:07 Post: 41763
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 Cleaning up

I do pretty much the same thing but use an air nozzle from an air tank. Sure is surprising how fast a rad screen can clog. I've heard that some people have to blow off the rad several times a diy while brushing to keep their tractors from over-heating. I sort of recall that blowing out the cooling fins on alternators occasionally is a good idea.

The conditions I work in aren't usually that dusty. Even so, I used to think that knocking out the air-cleaner dust bowl every 10 hours, cleaning the filter every 100 hours or changing it every year was excessive. I stepped on an old filter element once and mashed it. I had blown it out not that many hours before changing it and was surprised to find that the element pleats were packed with sand that you couldn't see before it was mashed. I now follow the maintenance routines for the air cleaner. I think I blew out the rad screen about a month ago and was surprised the other day to find a good layer of something like cottonwood fluff. I think I stuck the tractor's nose into the bush the other day. Some operations can deposit a lot of junk in a short time, so checking frequently is a good idea even if the tractor isnít complaining.






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