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 01-06-2000, 00:00 Post: 11744
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Just finished cleaning my mower deck for the winter. (I know, I know, its january) Already greased all of the fittings, but what do you all use to keep the bare metal from rusting? A film of oil? Rust inhibiting paint?I guess I need to get this done before its mowing time again.






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 01-06-2000, 00:00 Post: 11746
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Rod. I get my mower deck ready for spring when I take it off in the fall to get the tractor ready for snow. I use eather motor oil or WD40 on the bare metal. It has worked well for the last 17 years. Chris.






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 01-07-2000, 00:00 Post: 11749
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I agree with Chris, Always seems like I have used motor oil laying around somewhere.






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Fellas, Last summer I got hold of a two part epoxy paint, stripped the factory paint , at least what was left, and rusted areas and applied several coats of the epoxy. I mowed the remainder of the summer, with little grass stickage, and no paint removal. I plan to wax the mower before reinstalling it in the spring, should make it easier to wash after mowing. The oil way works well for rust, but a nice glass like surface helps with keeping it clean during mowing. The rusted surface seems to attreact clippings like a magnet. IMHO. Bill






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Mike, Chris, I think I must have mis-read your posts, surely in this day & age nobody would advise putting waste (or new) oil on the mower deck when we know it will end up on the lawn next spring... especially since this is illegal (not to mention toxic to your lawn and everything else). As a landscaper I have found that a healthy coating of bio-degradeable dish detergent will provide more than enough protection for winter storage (of almost everything), besides, in the spring a just a little water and you're already to go. If you have luck like mine the first cut of the year is in the rain anyways.... so the lawn is foamy for a couple hours, it'll keep the neighbours thinking.... and help kill the weeds too (but it is harmless to the grass). Best of luck.






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Murf. Oil comes from the ground & also makes a good weed killer. Just kidding.
When I coated my 60" mower deck with oil I would brush on a thin coat then wipe it with a rag. All that was left was a very very thin coating of oil. This year I sprayed the deck with WD40 & wiped it. This leaves an even thinner coat of protection & less of a hazard to the environment. I would guess that more oil & grease is lost on the grass from the tractor & mower spindles than from my coating the deck in the fall. Chris






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 01-09-2000, 00:00 Post: 11800
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I agree that a thin film does not amount to much but I'll bet your laws are the same as ours, "zero petroleum products in the environment". Not that I ever thought it was a problem either... until I was visited (along with everyone else on the job site) by some Government inspectors. It cost me $154 because I had grease dripping off the pto drive shaft and tractor. That wasn't as bad as the excavator, he had changed the oil in the backhoe (on the ground), it cost him $5,000 and ordered to do the clean-up, the site owner was also charged $5,000 for not stopping or reporting the excavator. Be careful....






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 01-09-2000, 00:00 Post: 11803
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Murf, Now you have got me curious about the environmental laws. You don't happen to live in California do you?






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Roger, no I live don't live in California, I live in Canada, the Toronto area to be more specific. Check your State & Federal laws, I bet you will be surprised. As an example, it is illegal here (and Id bet there too) to wash your hands in the house sink if they are greasey, there is a law which says you cannot put ANY petroleum products into the environment (sewer or septic, unless there is a petroleum seperator online, of which none exist anywhere in North America) or you are commiting an offense. You MUST remove all petroleum by cleaners which are disposed of properly (i.e. "Safety Kleen" type wash tank, which gets hauled away for treatment), BEFORE you get to the sink.






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Wow, Amazing how a winter storage question ends up being an environmental issue.
Where were you guys during the oil debate?? I didn't see anyone worried about where a few million gallons of prematurely changed motor oil went!! Come on people....Ted, you bring an excellent point, and no doubt you are right.. On the other side. Your actions are "watched" because you are a business. Can't say I know of anyone stopping by to check out my tractor before mowing. Nor have I or anyone in my area seen a problem from an oil film under the mower. Besides, you have grease dripping off drive shafts and your worried about an oil film?? Just Messin with ya. Now its my turn to be stubborn.."The oil film trick has been used in my area since the creation of the mower...Haven't had a problem yet."...That epoxy idea does spark my interest.






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