I know the
I know the grease and soot problem and this spring I will do the cleanup. I just put a silicone hose on the exhaust this fall to redirect the exhaust away from the blower and FEL, I purchased a 45 degree elbow and cut it off to fit. The grease will be cleaned up as well. I am looking forward to a cleaner unit. So far the hose is holding up good, I will know more when I realy put it to work this coming summer when I start brush hogging the back fields. We don't have a NAPA here so the last time I used some old scrap tires I have around here cutting the pieces from the side wall. This has gotten me a couple of seasons out of the pieces. I will cut some more when the snow is off my scrap tire pile.On a plus side, when everything was all apart and exposed, I was able to give the housing a good cleaning and wipe down. I had been lubing the old exposed gear/chain BS pretty regularly and had copious amounts of flung grease everywhere. The new gear housing should keep all that crap back there to a bare minimum now!! Haha. Will just have to wipe off the side that gets direct blow off from the exhaust.