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Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby Dave F. » Mon May 22, 2017 7:41 pm

Any one that has a John Deere H knows how big a pain in the b&tt it is to tank the hood off to get to the fuel tank, I am wondering if any one knows of a safe way of vacuming the loose stuff out of a fuel tank, with out blowing ones self up. thanks. Dave F.

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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon May 22, 2017 8:35 pm

If you are talking about rust, try a magnet.

As to vacuuming I know no safe way to do it. There was an article on one of the tractor forums several years ago by a guy that tried vacuuming the fuel tank on an old tractor that had been setting abandoned and with the tank empty several years. He was holding one of the old canister type vacuums under his arm while standing on the platform to vacuum the tank. Suddenly he was holding a very large blow torch yucked under his arm, with 10 ft. flames shooting out the back. He was afraid to let go for fear it would ignite his shop, and could not get to the rear mounted switch with his other hand. Luckily the vacuum motor burned out fairly quickly and he could then throw it on the floor behind the tractor. No injuries or major damage, but he posted pictures of the smoke blackened walls.

I do not know if putting water in it and using a wet or dry vacuum would be safe or not, but if trying I would want a long enough hose and cord to get it outside the shop.
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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby Dave F. » Mon May 22, 2017 10:09 pm

The stuff in the tank looks like leaves & some small twigs/sticks, Yes I have heard of vacuum cleaners exploding & catching fire. Dave F.

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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue May 23, 2017 7:01 am

Maybe you could get your hands on one of those little vac. cleaners that attach to an air hose? You'd have to put an extension hose on it but it might work.

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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby Shane N. » Tue May 23, 2017 7:30 am

Take the sediment bowl out of the tank to give you a little bigger hole in the bottom and get you one of these grabbers at Northern Tool, Harbor Freight or an auto parts store for the larger debris and get out what you can then try and flush the rest down the hole with diesel, I wouldn't want to put water in it if it were mine. I don't know of any safe way to vacuum a tank out.
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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue May 23, 2017 8:47 am

After getting the larger debris out, you can make a "pick-up" tool from some duct tape and a flat ended larger wooden dowel. Secure the duct tape to the dowel with the sticky side out and the fine debris will stick to the adhesive when you press down on it with the dowel/tape. Time consuming, but no explosion.

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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby Dave F. » Tue May 23, 2017 9:09 am

I like the sticky tape ideal, I'll give it a try. Thanks Dave F.

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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby pickerandsinger » Tue May 23, 2017 12:23 pm

I have a vacuum pump that I used to change the oil on a Cat powered motor home ....Nonelectric...Worked good for that application...Dont recall the price...It was awhile ago...Seems like it was rather inexpensive although it is quite heavy duty. Can't remember the hose size..I have used it to transfer hydraulic oil from large drums to small containers...Dave..Its stuck away somewhere in the shop...I think its like a 1/2 to 3/4 hose just guessing...Its more refined that the ones you suck water out of a boat etc by pulling the handle up that have the large hose..Just throwing it out there....Dave
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Re: Vacuming an John Deere H gas tank

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue May 23, 2017 8:03 pm

Not familiar with the JD H fuel shutoff valve but wonder if Bill Hudson's "in the tank" filter would work for you. viewtopic.php?f=139&t=94154


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