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Old 06-23-2016, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Pembroke NH
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I have a JD L130 tractor with a 48" mower deck. I've been having issues with the deck getting clogged up with grass. The first time it happened I thought it was because I mowed the lawn when it was kind of tall and a little bit wet. I cleaned it out really well. The next time I mowed the lawn I had the same issue, and the grass was much shorter and it wasn't wet at all. I took it off again today and cleaned it. I noticed the inside of the deck was looking like it was rusting a bit, and most of the paint was worn off. Here is a pic of the deck before cleaning



Would repainting the inside of the deck help with this issue? Its a pain in the butt taking the deck off and cleaning it. It still mows OK when its dirty like shown in the picture, but it mows a lot better when its nice and clean.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Order a quart of this stuff: CLEAN DECK - Graphite Undercoating - Wilmar Graphite Company When it arrives, clean, sand and prep the underside of the deck and paint it on. At the same time you order the paint, get a deck wash kit. https://www.amazon.com/490-900-0025-.../dp/B0009MFX9M After each mow, hose up the deck wash port and get things all nice and clean under there. While you are fiddling cleaning, check the alignment of those anti-scalp wheels. It may just be the photo, but one looks a little canted. (I'm assuming your mandrils are still in good condition.)
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:28 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You can prevent rust by hosing it clean every time and then storing in a dry place, but my suggestion is to sand and paint it, then spray or roll/brush with truck bed liner. I have a smaller mower that eventually rusted out in places from mowing wet grass (9 months of the year here) and I had to fabricate new metal for it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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how sharp are your blades and/or when was the last time you replaced them? I have a 48" deck on my X320 (tho with a power flo) and notice it makes a world of difference when I change the blades.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Pembroke NH
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how sharp are your blades and/or when was the last time you replaced them? I have a 48" deck on my X320 (tho with a power flo) and notice it makes a world of difference when I change the blades.
Very recently. I will look into refinishing the inside of the deck.
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Old 06-24-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Very recently. I will look into refinishing the inside of the deck.
Also make sure your blades are not installed upside down. It will throw all the grass up into the deck if they are installed wrong.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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You can also try simply cleaning it good, letting it dry, and then spraying with a spray silicon like: https://www.zoro.com/pyroil-silicone...4O7w&gclsrc=ds. I love spray silicon for snow blades, snow thrower chutes, and snow shovels.

There is a chance with the under-coater that it might hide and enable rust.

PS On the left side of that deck are you missing a piece of metal that is used to improve the lift of the grass? The right side seems cleaner than the left and it looks like holes on the leading front edge of the deck.
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