Cleaning deck

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In searching for the safe way to clean the mower deck, it is said to avoid water, but just the act of mowing sometimes introduces quite a bit of water from the lawn itself.  I can understand a strong hose pressure being a problem, but a gallon pump-up mister seems well within what this mower goes thru just cutting a damp lawn.
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Fluid film...It is what we use to clean our farm apparatus
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How about the EGO snow thrower.  The electrical works are surrounded with tons of moisture after just 15 minutes of snow throwing.  I think that I have witnessed a bit of electrical shorting-out with moisture penetrating some of the weather sealing. A couple of times the indicator lights have blinked on and off and a battery has shown a need for recharging but when put on the charger it proved to be fully charged, yet the battery in the second compartment did need charging.
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The vent at the motor shaft is a hot air exit for cooling the motor. Air exiting that vent helps keep moisture out of the mower body while it is in operation. When the motor is stationary and there’s no airflow there’s no protection against moisture ingress.
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Also the airflow from the blade is probably forceful enough to overpower any exit of air thru that small opening, and force the moist air inward.  They may be there to function more as a drain.  Have any tests been done by Ego?
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RGK, please check out this conversation. It might be a super helpful reference:
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I use a whisk broom to sweep off the underside of the deck if the grass clippings are still moist, or a plastic putty knife/scraper if they're dried out. I'll also use a small, stiff-bristled (plastic bristles) brush as well.

I've also sprayed the underside with a hose, at lower pressure, being careful not to get near the motor shaft.

I usually do a really thorough cleaning over the winter, then coat the underside of the deck with a layer of car wax, which helps keep things from sticking.