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    Cleaning out grass from in front of radiator

    I’m looking for suggestions on how to clean out the area between the front of the radiator and the grill. I did some mowing yesterday in the pasture that’s eventually going to be alfalfa if everything works right, and that area accumulated a lot of tiny grass pieces that were pulled through the grill into the battery area. I tried blowing them out with a air hose but since they don’t have any where to go they just blew from one side to the other. How do you guys clean up that area?
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    I'm assuming this is a Gen-2 2032R? Did much grass make its way into the radiator?
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    About the only way to get it out is with a long air nozzle. You can reach down in and blow the stuff up and out the sides.

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    I have a 4 ft air gun that gets down in there just fine but with no where to go but out the top it just blew from side to side. I’ll have to get a picture of how much is in there. About the only way I have thought of after thinking about it some more is taking a shop vac to it and sucking it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger.45 View Post
    I have a 4 ft air gun that gets down in there just fine but with no where to go but out the top it just blew from side to side. I’ll have to get a picture of how much is in there. About the only way I have thought of after thinking about it some more is taking a shop vac to it and sucking it out.
    Some duct tape and a variety of fittings laying around - I reduced my shop vac hose to a flexible clear 1/2” tubing for a specific task - something like that may work.
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    Blow it out with compressed air and suck it out with a shop vac as stated above. This is really the only choice... (or some variation of what was described above). I have been looking into adding a removable filter screen to my 2038R ever since I discovered that some JD tractors come from the factory equipped with these little miracles. As of this writing, I still have not come up with a filter screen solution.... so it's blow n' suck until I get that figured out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Some duct tape and a variety of fittings laying around - I reduced my shop vac hose to a flexible clear 1/2” tubing for a specific task - something like that may work.
    Actually, using a Shop Vac may be the best solution for this. It sounds like the OP has a Gen-2 which as we discovered does not have a radiator screen. It was thought the screen was omitted because the front grill was fine enough to prevent grass from entering the engine compartment. It seems like that was a wrong engineering assumption. Unlike the Gen-1 2-series, the Gen-2 has a boxed-in area in the front between the front grill and radiator area.

    It sounds like applying compressed air in this area has the same results as when I try to use compressed air to clean my central air unit. That is there is no place for the debris to exit once airborn.

    A Shop Vac may not be the handiest thing to drag out when you need to clean but it will definitely do the best job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Actually, using a Shop Vac may be the best solution for this. It sounds like the OP has a Gen-2 which as we discovered does not have a radiator screen. It was thought the screen was omitted because the front grill was fine enough to prevent grass from entering the engine compartment. It seems like that was a wrong engineering assumption. Unlike the Gen-1 2-series, the Gen-2 has a boxed-in area in the front between the front grill and radiator area.

    It sounds like applying compressed air in this area has the same results as when I try to use compressed air to clean my central air unit. That is there is no place for the debris to exit once airborn.

    A Shop Vac may not be the handiest thing to drag out when you need to clean but it will definitely do the best job.
    I forgot that the newer tractors don’t have the removable screens. For some things our “old school” tractors excel.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I forgot that the newer tractors don’t have the removable screens. For some things our “old school” tractors excel.....
    Even with a removable screen, the design of the 1-series and Gen-2 2-series makes it very difficult to clean the area in front of the radiator where the battery sits. On the new tractors only the top of the hood raises and the front grill is fixed. Unlike the older models in which the hood/grill raised up as one unit and the whole area in front of the radiator was open.

    These new designs even make it a PITA to jump start the tractor.


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