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Re: Cold Galvanize Mower Deck and/or Attach Zinc Anode

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Posted by Bruce on May 16, 2002 at 19:44:15 from (

In Reply to: Cold Galvanize Mower Deck and/or Attach Zinc Anode posted by Beaux Duke on May 15, 2002 at 08:00:33:

Beaux: I spent 25+ years working in a mower shop, so I feel I am qualified to make the following statements.

If this mower deck is actively used for mowing, I have yet to see a coating that will stand up. (Powdercoating may endure, but I have no experience.)

The "juices" from the grass and fertilizer will rust a steel deck. The dirt and sand from the soil acts to "sand-blast" any coating.

The best defense, IMHO, is to wash the mower deck (top & bottom) after each use, and allow it to dry before putting it away. ....Removing the grass clippings from underneath is easier if washed immediately after use.

Care should be taken when cleaning the top side of the mower deck. Some idler pulleys with unsealed bearings do not like to bathe.

I have seen unpainted steel decks last MANY years, if washing is done conscientiously. Conversely, a lot of fertilizer, or mowing while the grass is wet, will accelerate rust-through if it doesn't get washed frequently.

This accumulation on the underside will cause aluminum/magnesum/alloy decks to corrode as well, if not cared for.

.....Just my two cents!

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