Mower Deck Stainless Steel Bolts Or Drain Hole
Category: Lawn mower, riding lawn mower, lawn tractor, garden tractor, yard
Problem: A while ago I bought a riding lawn mower that was industrial strength and cost about $2,000.00. On the mower deck, there are belt guards that need to be removed when belts are changed. They sat in an indentation in the top of the mower deck, where water would collect and the screws would more easily rust, making it very difficult to remove the belt guards.
Action: I drilled holes near the belt guards so any standing water would run through the top of the deck. And then, I put on my to do list to get stainless steel screws, which I have not yet purchased. When I replaced the screws after changing a belt, I made sure they were well lubricated with lithium grease.
Result: There is no longer standing water, and the rusting of the screws, particularly those protected by grease, was essentially stopped.
Additional Thoughts: On a $2,000.00 mower, having drain holes in a deck where water is going to accumulate and fasteners will rust is not very impressive product engineering. If for some reason drain holes weren’t a good idea, then at least spend an extra fifty cents and supply stainless steel screws.
When idea was conceived: 7/21/11
How much time it took to develop: 30 minutes
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: Sold that mower
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