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Old 04-09-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
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Pressure Washing Lawnmower


I read an article that suggested pressure washing lan mowers to keep them clean. Is that safe for all the components (i.e.: water damage, rust)?

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I have both an electric and gas push mower that I'd use it on if it's safe.
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I would not be doing the top side of an electric one, just the deck part.
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I would not be doing the top side of an electric one, just the deck part.
What about a gas-powered push mower?
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That would be equivalent to opening the hood of your car and giving it a good bath. Your mower dealer just loves articles such as that and may have written it. Good for business.
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Maybe to the underside of the deck. I own a pressure washer but IMHO it is often the most over and badly used tool in the shed. Water can easily be forced into places you don't want it (aka the engine, carb, muffler, gas tank etc of the the lawn more in this example. On top of that the oil that is washed off might just find its way to yours or perhaps my favorite fishing hole.
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OK, thanks. I won't be attempting that lol
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I have personally ruined a lot of good equipment trying to take good care of it. A pressure washer was involved almost every time.
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That would be equivalent to opening the hood of your car and giving it a good bath. Your mower dealer just loves articles such as that and may have written it. Good for business.

It's funny that you mention that because I've also seen articles and watched videos of car enthusiasts pressure washing under their car's hood, including the engine block and all the components in sight, as if they knew there was no such danger.

I believe you that it's not recommended though, just wanted to share that.
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It's funny that you mention that because I've also seen articles and watched videos of car enthusiasts pressure washing under their car's hood, including the engine block and all the components in sight, as if they knew there was no such danger.

I believe you that it's not recommended though, just wanted to share that.
Sometimes it works OK and sometimes not.

A co worker always power washed everything under the hood of his pick up truck. Some days we drove our vehicles as much as 80 miles in mud only those nuts on tv would try. Visualize county dirt roads and oil well lease roads while raining.

I tried washing under hood of my new work PU with a garden hose turned very low and a long handled brush avoiding everything that looked electric or computer connected and just hitting high spots. I drove home on 5 cylinders of the possible 8 and of course that screwed up the catalytic converter. To the dealer for warranty work and it was never really right the rest of its life. I prefer dirty and firing on all cylinders.
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Aside from cleaning off the top and underside of the deck, what is the point of washing a machine, that by its essence, gets dirty each time it's used?
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Sometimes it works OK and sometimes not.

A co worker always power washed everything under the hood of his pick up truck. Some days we drove our vehicles as much as 80 miles in mud only those nuts on tv would try. Visualize county dirt roads and oil well lease roads while raining.

I tried washing under hood of my new work PU with a garden hose turned very low and a long handled brush avoiding everything that looked electric or computer connected and just hitting high spots. I drove home on 5 cylinders of the possible 8 and of course that screwed up the catalytic converter. To the dealer for warranty work and it was never really right the rest of its life. I prefer dirty and firing on all cylinders.
Yeah I see that on car/truck forums too. I've never had the stones to do it to a vehicle of my own either
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Don't pressure wash push mowers,and only use a fan spray on lawn tractors,to remove heavy grease,and dirt.
Outdoor power equipment usually has a vented fuel system,and after washing,you'll find it sucks water into the fuel.
Clean the grass and debris from the top of lawn tractor decks,at least every other mowing !
Use an air hose,with a nozzle,and get under all the pulleys,and around belts and shafts.
This is for safety,since grass,packed around these areas,can get hot,and cause a fire.
For the underside,install one of the water hose adapters,available at dealers,or even a Lowe's/Home Depot.
When done mowing, Park the tractor on a level area,attach the garden hose,and turn on the water.
Then,start the tractor,and drop the deck to its lowest setting,and engage the blades.
Make sure the engine is at full throttle,and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes.
You'll be amazed at how clean it gets !
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