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    Arm rests deteriorating

    I've noticed that my arm rests are starting to deteriorate. The tractor is parked indoors so I wouldn't think UV exposure could be doing it in 230 hours & 2 years worth of use. I do power wash the tractor every once and a while, but it's a small electric power washer and I keep my distance from the tractor, especially on plastic & around the operator station. Is this a common thing?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamone View Post
    I've noticed that my arm rests are starting to deteriorate. The tractor is parked indoors so I wouldn't think UV exposure could be doing it in 230 hours & 2 years worth of use. I do power wash the tractor every once and a while, but it's a small electric power washer and I keep my distance from the tractor, especially on plastic & around the operator station. Is this a common thing?





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    Do you have some of those big Burly muscle arms that weigh a lot ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    Do you have some of those big Burly muscle arms that weigh a lot ???
    I wish, I have puny desk worker arms.


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    This is why I recommend using a blower instead of water to remove debris from my tractor. Water only creates moisture and encourages mold, mildew, dry rot, and deterioration. Since your armrests have already been subjected to excess moisture and heat, I would use a vinyl protectant on them to help extend their lives, but you have to keep doing it at least once a month.

    Personally, I hate the arm rests because it's much easier to mount the tractor without them and unless you have power steering, you constantly have to use both hands on top of the wheel to steer. If I had armrests, I'd remove them and buy an arm-less seat cover for $25-40. Anyway, just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor_Barbie View Post
    This is why I recommend using a blower instead of water to remove debris from my tractor. Water only creates moisture and encourages mold, mildew, dry rot, and deterioration. Since your armrests have already been subjected to excess moisture and heat, I would use a vinyl protectant on them to help extend their lives, but you have to keep doing it at least once a month.

    Personally, I hate the arm rests because it's much easier to mount the tractor without them and unless you have power steering, you constantly have to use both hands on top of the wheel to steer. If I had armrests, I'd remove them and buy an arm-less seat cover for $25-40. Anyway, just my 2 cents.
    I do use a blower most of the time. I only washed it maybe 8 times. When I do I make sure to drive it around some afterwords so it dries off before parking it indoors. They fold up and I typically leave the left folded as I steer mostly with that arm. I use the right more since itís operating the hydraulics and the arm rest is in a good place for that. I really it just seems like a light amount of use to be waiting like this.

    Using a tractor without power steering . Iíve only ever driven pretty new/nice tractors so Iíve never had that issue.


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    Mine look about the same, I generally put my tractor away but occasionally it's outside for a day or two and I'm fairly certain it sat on the dealer's lot for several months before I bought it. The seatbelt is also faded.
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    I thought I read, that you said, that they are deteriorating? They look pretty normal to me, maybe I am missing this something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    I thought I read, that you said, that they are deteriorating? They look pretty normal to me, maybe I am missing this something.
    In the first picture you can see that itís more of a brown color in spots. Those spots the pattern/texture is coming off. In the second picture you canít see the color difference but can see the pattern difference. Not a huge deal, but just seems premature IMHO.


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    I see it just fine ;)
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