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I am trying to get my 1050 and the 42" mower deck ready to take and get sand blasted how much prep work should i do ? Not that iam lazy but should i take off the engine ? i am going to change the tranny oil after it . the mower deck should i take off the berring housing ?
 

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Depends on what blasting media they are using.

I did a cb750 engine a few years ago with walnut shells, and despite all my efforts at sealing it up, I still ended up with media in the engine. fortunately it was walnut shells, so no internal damage was done,

If they are using sand I would remove the engine and transaxle because the sand will get in and cause engine damage.

Basically anything with bearings or seals should be removed.
 

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Are you taking the whole tractor there? If so, then yes, I would remove the engine. If the mower deck hasn't been taken apart, then I would lube up the bearing very heavily, as you don't want any sand getting down in there. I think I would spend the little extra time to remove the bearings from the deck, then there is no worries. Make sure you remove any plastic pieces from the tractor, as the sand will destroy plastic. If you are planning on keeping the tires, I'd remove them from the rims, as the sand will give them a real dull appearance. Good Luck!
 

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Complete disassembly is recommended from me, even if you remove the engine and bearings to salvage them and get it down to where you like it if you don't completely disassemble everything then the rust or dirt in the seams will just bleed thru into the new coat of paint. I agree with dougt as well, that sand will get into everything!!!! and you cannot get it back out after the fact.

Take the time and completely disassemble it you will be much happier with the end results.
 

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Think of it like this: if you don't want media in a part, don't leave it on. It doesn't take much of a hole to allow small pieces into places they shouldn't be!

Ben W.
 

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Depends on what blasting media they are using.

I did a cb750 engine a few years ago with walnut shells, and despite all my efforts at sealing it up, I still ended up with media in the engine. fortunately it was walnut shells, so no internal damage was done,

If they are using sand I would remove the engine and transaxle because the sand will get in and cause engine damage.
Basically anything with bearings or seals should be removed.
Ground walnut shells were used to sabotage german equipment in WWII. It can quickly destroy an engine when it gets inside. Good Luck, Rick
 
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