lawn mower cleaning tools
Lack of basic cleaning
This mower deck was simply neglected. Comically, the deck appears to have corroded at the unused washout port first.
I'd love to use the power washer, it would save a ton of time, but it's not the right tool for this job.
I do use the power washers on the grass bags.
Undercoating the deck
This mower deck was caught just in time. I cleaned, rust treated and then undercoated the deck.
I've included these products below.
simpson power washer
The Simpson washer is powered by the smooth, dependable and powerful horizontal shaft GC 190 Honda. It's fitted with a maintenance free pump that pushes out 3200 psi. Simpson have a great name and they know pressure washers.
This washer comes with quick change nozzles which allows for greater control. The washer is shod with soft tires which reduces vibration on the washer. Picture links to Amazon.com
Lawn mowers deck cleaning can be a pain in the jacksie, but if you've got the right tool it can be almost enjoyable... Ok, no, it's never going to be enjoyable!
But the right tool does make it less of a chore. This simple cleaning tool has a scraper on one end and a stiff brush on the other. The handle is nice and long, as are the bristles. Pretty cool tool! Picture links to Amazon.com
I like these type wire brushes as your hand is protected by the handle. A mower deck will be rusty and so will require a quick rub of a wire brush if you intend rust proofing and undercoating. You won't need to remove all the rust, just the loose bits, and I advise wearing a respirator. Picture links to Amazon.com
Rust-Oleum is pure witchcraft, you can spray this stuff straight onto a rusty surface and it will instantly bond and create a rust proof paint-able surface.
Just remove loose rust with a wire brush and your set. This is a pack of 2 rattle cans, however if you're doing both sides of your deck you may need to get the four pack. You will need to use a respirator and spray in a well ventilated area. Picture links to Amazon.com
This is the same stuff that goes on the underbody of your car or truck. It is great at protecting the metal from flying debris and it has the added benefit of sound deadening.
I like to hit the deck with a coat of this stuff, after I've applied the rust converter. You may need tow to three cans to complete a mower deck as it goes on pretty thick, you'll need a respirator with this stuff. Picture links to Amazon.com
I love 3M products, there great quality and I confident in there performance as I've been using them since forever. The silicone respirator is comfortable, durable. I use it when welding and cleaning old grass and dust from lawn mower decks and engines.
I wear glasses in the workshop and anybody that wears glasses and a respirator will know the value of the 3M downward facing vent. Fogged glasses drives me crazy!!! Picture links to Amazon.com