I agree, scraping and flushing the deck with water after each use will make them last longer and smell better too!
Dwight L. Hazen
Indiana University, UITS, Networks
Bloomington, In. 47408-7378
From: elec-trak-bounces cosmos phy tufts edu [mailto:elec-trak-bounces cosmos phy tufts edu] On Behalf Of Mike
Powder coating of a mild steel deck would probably be the most practical way to make the deck last longer.
But in any case, flipping up the front mount mower and washing it off with a hose after each mowing is always a good idea. Leave it flipped up and let the sun dry it out, or run the deck motors for a short time to help dry things out.
If your deck motors might still have the original shielded lower ball bearings, keeping them dry is very important. That's not quite as much of a concern if the lower bearing has been replaced with a double sealed version of a 6205 bearing.
Mike in KY