2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #106[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Easy-To-Use, Riding Mower Deck Washer
"The rotating blades create a vortex that starts about halfway down the blades and moves up toward the deck and out," explains Sorenson. "By the time it reaches the outside, it has multiplied its force many times."
Simply injecting water under the deck was not enough. Sorenson found that water injected at a 45 degree angle from below is ideal. "The water hits the mower deck like a pressure washer," he says.
"When done mowing, simply drive the mower to the washing area, raise the deck to the highest position and shut off the engine. Slide the washer connected to a garden hose under the deck," explains Sorenson. "It should slide all the way to the opposite side. The washer can handle mowers from 32 in. to 60 in. One fellow with a 76-in. deck cleans one half at a time."
To clean the deck, turn on the water and then turn on the mower, says Sorenson. Run blades at top speed for maximum vortex and cleaning power. "The important thing with mowers is to clean them every time, before the damp clippings can harden."
The Empire Deck Washer is made out of ABS plastic that won't warp, bend, crack or deteriorate and comes with instructions. Suggested retail price for the washer is $19.50. It's available direct from Empire Products as well as through various Ace Hardware stores."The device will not strike the spinning blades due to the reverse force of the water pressure exiting the cleaning nozzles, thus holding it down."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Empire Products, W5901 Spooner Lake Road, Spooner, Wis. 54801 (ph 715 635-8197; fax 715 635-9161; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.empire washer.com).
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