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Author Topic: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston  (Read 7736 times)

Offline ghost

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Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« on: October 24, 2009, 12:09:50 AM »
I know the chemicals in the fertilizers we use are real trouble on metals.
My question would be what's the best way to clean up the aluminum spinner plates that are on the spreaders (ATV models) after spreading? Is just washing them down good with clean water good enough or is there a more thorough and better way to keep the fertilizers from eating up the metal parts of the spreaders?
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 07:05:24 AM »
Ghost I clean mine up real well and then coat them in oil and leave it on, dont know if its right but it works for me.
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 08:36:32 AM »
Ghost, thanks, this needs to be brought up more often.

I had a $1200 repair to my gator this spring because the fertilizer in the mud on my transmission ate a hole through the transmission housing.  Fertilizer is highly corrosive.

Its not just what you tow that needs a thorough cleaning, its your expensive atv/utv that need it more, each and every time.

I now make it a habit to hose down the underside of my gator every time I spread lime and/or fertilizer.  I also hit it with a spray of silicone, don't know if it helps, but it makes me feel good. 

I do not need another avoidable repair like that again!!!!
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 05:47:28 PM »
Thanks for the great advice. I think I may even try to position some type of splash guard tarp or something to help in keeping it off my ATV to begin with. There is an aluminum plate behind the spinner but I found when I was spreading grandular lime, some of it bounced back on me....
Definately don't want to 'eat up' my investments....
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 08:13:22 PM »
Treat it like an acid spill from battery first. We use baking soda and water to break up the chemical before proceeding to anything else. If not you are just covering up what is all ready there and it will still do its damage.

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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009, 09:49:42 PM »
Treat it like an acid spill from battery first. We use baking soda and water to break up the chemical before proceeding to anything else. If not you are just covering up what is all ready there and it will still do its damage.

Should be able to mix up a box of baking soda in a gallon sprayer and use it only to nutrilize any equipment needing it. Then do a second rinse with plain clean water. Thanks WVW appreciate it. I've see what fertilizers do to coins I find int he fields with my metal detector and they ain't pretty......
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009, 03:21:15 PM »
I wash good with soap and water then give all metal a thick coat of WD-40.
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2009, 04:12:39 PM »
i spray my down with a bottle of spray lube.
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2009, 04:37:19 PM »
I have sprayed mine with PAM for Grills before spreading the fertilizers, Then spread the fertilizers follow by spreading my Seed...
Afterwards I spray again with the Pam again and drop Lube. Oil on the Movable parts...
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2009, 05:26:41 PM »
Wow eating through the transmission...
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010, 10:50:27 PM »
acid neutralizes acid-baking soda bath is probably the cheapest deterrant ,only leave it on for some time before rinsing it off.Try not getting it on your seat or any absorbing material-pull your seat and hit your battery at the same time.(it won't hurt)also recomend using garden hose pressure at the most ,don't use hi pressure on it because of water intrusion on electrical parts(they are built water resistant,NOT waterproof)

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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2010, 09:06:58 AM »
Fertiliers..... Let's see the basic major nutrients are N (Nitrogen), P (Phosphorus) and K (Potassium)....Seondary nutrients CA (Calcium), Mg (Magnesium), S(sulfur)...micronutrients B (Boron), C (Cholride) Cu (Copper) Iron (fe) Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo) and Zinc (Zn)...

Some of the above are highly corrosive......

You lime the soil to reduce the alumium and other metal toxicities...aluminum acts as an acidic element and activates hydrogen ions.  An acid is a substance that releases hydrogen ions.   Whnever PH is low (acidity is high), one or more deterimental effects may depress crop growth.  Basically, when having alumimum around any fertilizer or lime for that matter, you are going to have a chemical reaction.

The concept of baking soda as a base is based on trying to reduce just the acidticity, but remember their is a chemcial reation involed esp when Alum is present in the implement or power unit in question....after much deliberation and discussing with a bunch of "good 'ol boys" who make their living off the land....best pratice is to wash off the implment and underside of the power unit in question and skip the baking soda...... oiling after washing of the implement is another BMP....
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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010, 10:11:09 AM »
Fertilizer is acidic. So washing everything down with baking soda or lots of soap and water with help. Soaps and baking soda are both bases, and will help neutralized the acid. Next I use a paint brush and coat everything good with oil. I usually have some sort of motor oil laying around, and I use that. It coats better WD40 and some of the other sprays.

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Re: Neutralizing the fertilizers... queston
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2017, 08:22:35 AM »
Ghost,

Here's a thought for you.  Try cleaning your ATV to remove corrosive materials then coat it with a clear coat for a more permanent resistance to the corrosive materials.  Take a look at the products from Nyalic.  I've had good success with their process.  Check out this video and their website.

Nyalic Polaris Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8b6IqQ_pOc

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