Put in place a regular lawn mower maintenance plan to ensure it runs smoothly at all times.
Also, read the operator’s manual before using the machine to increase the chance of using it in the most efficient way possible.
A great method to keep on top of the regular maintenance checkups is to keep a notebook that lists the service records. This should make it easier to schedule the maintenance and make it more practical to keep the lawn healthy and beautiful.
A lawn mower should be well stored when out of commission in a protective shed, garage, workshop, or similar. Plus, this down time gives a great opportunity to get the mower fully serviced and ready for the start of the new season. Ideally, the mower should get an annual checkup – either by those with enough knowledge or a professional. This should make sure the mower will continue to run safely and efficiently for the long-term.
- A well-maintained lawn mower needs regular oil filter, fuel filter, and oil changes to make sure it is kept in full working order for the long-term. A general guideline is to have the oil change every 25 hours of usage time. This means the regularity of change will depend on the number of times the lawn is mowed. For a low use mower, it might be possible to replace the oil once at the start of the season.
- A mower blade can benefit from a regular program of maintenance to keep it sharp at all times. A blunt blade will pull or rip the grass blades which will mean it is more open to disease and pests.
- Most mowers can benefit from an annual tune up to ensure it is kept fully operational for the long-term. This tune up gives time to check the safety belts and shields, filters, and tighten the nuts and bolts.
- Give the intake screen a clean at regular intervals to ensure the mower is able to operate smoothly.
- A proper winterization program at the end of the season should ensure the mower is fit for purpose the next time it is taken out of the shed next season.
Lawn mower fuel should only be kept in a purpose make tub or container. Avoid using bottles, jars, or similar objects. Plus, the container should be labeled to ensure it is clear to anyone that enters the garage or shed.
Another issue relates to avoiding problems with clogs in the carburetor which is often controlled by using a high-quality fuel stabilizer. After adding the stabilizer solution, switch on the motor for 5 minutes or so to give the mixture an opportunity to fully circulate with the fuel system.
If the mower is causing problems when it comes to start the engine, this could relate to a build up of dirt in the spark plugs. Check the user guide to see what advice is given to change or inspect the spark plugs. A great method to ensure the engine starts well is to have the plug replace annually at the start of the season.