As the end of the mowing season is fast approaching up here in Wisconsin, I'm curious what others to do keep their mower decks in good shape come spring. Is it as simple as greasing the deck, removing built up grass under the deck, cleaning off the rest of the deck and storing in a dry place? The manual says to wax the deck (I assume to prevent rust)
For winter use, I am planning on using my x584 for snow blowing. I was going to change the oil to 5W-30 at the 8 hour break-in service. Of course I would need to remove the mower deck, attach the blower, and weights (I don't think I will need chains). Should I be charging the battery if it's only used every couple of weeks or is that fine? The tractor is only used for about 40 minutes once a week now but I wasn't sure if that was enough to keep the battery in good health throughout the winter. I also put 2 ounces per 5 gal of fuel when I get new fuel at the gas station to keep the fuel in good shape. Just curious what I should be doing as the manual is a little light on the winter guidelines.