I think the fact that it was late in the day and the sun low in the sky helped a lot. I was cutting all day yesterday in the hot sun and it was up near 100F. I would have to stop and blow the debris out of the engine compartment every couple of hours or more. It's a tough task for the A/C to keep up with cooling inside that glass box with minimal insulation in the roof or the floor. For the most part I was comfortable but did have a couple of times at least where it was getting too warm in the cab.@mxmci I’m amazed the AC wasn’t totally warm with that buildup. I guess it’s how clean the condenser cores are behind the cheesy screen.
I recently picked up the Milwaukee m18 blower…not impressed but will probably work for this purpose.
No doubt a tint would really help but they look awful to me. I think that insulating the roof would be a great idea though.
The Echo was ok yesterday. I used it many, many times to blow debris off the screens and out of the engine compartment. A gas or battery powered blower really is essential for this kind of work. It was so dry and hot and I was concerned about the risk of starting a fire so didn't want vegetation building up under the hood.
I will say though, the MX was excellent yesterday working hard for 8-1/2 hours or so. I was running it at 540rpm PTO setting all day long, and the coolant temperature gauge never got out of the normal range. I did have one weird situation where the flail bogged down and the tractor shut off and went into a thermal protection mode and wouldn't start for a few minutes. I raised the hood and saw a small stream of coolant coming out of the overflow tank. I raised the hood, cleared the obstruction in the flail and by the time I was done the tractor started and ran without issue.