How to keep your lawn mower in good condition
Your neighbors probably hate you when you’re mowing your lawn, even if it’s the middle of the day. Maybe they just can’t help it. But hey, neither can you when it comes to sniffing fresh cut grass.
So don’t compromise when taking care of your lawn mower; your grass cutting Saturdays might be over if you do. Here are a few simple but effective tips that will keep your lawn mower ready to shorten the green.
Get Rid of old Fuel
Many lawn mower maintenance professionals agree. If your grass cutting machine isn’t starting up, old fuel is the primary suspect.
Unlike vehicles which can deal with old fuel within the tank without too much hassle, lawn mowers are more sensitive. What happens is that the ethanol-based fuel turns into varnish over time.
The mixture then goes up the fuel line and into the carburetor, clogging it up and banning your mower from starting.
It’s highly recommended to remove remaining fuel at the end of the mowing season and clean the tank before turning the engine on at the start of a new season.
Don’t Dirty Your Sparky
Fuel won’t power up the lawn mower on its own. The spark plug is a critical part of the system that cuts the grass. It ignites the fuel and makes the engine rotate the blades.
Spark plugs tend to accumulate burnt fuel residue, especially in case of low-octane fuels.
A dirty spark plug won’t actually stop the lawn mower – instead it will decrease performance and make it sound like a raging camel.
Lightly contaminated spark plugs can be cleansed with abrasive paper and a wire brush.
Sharpen your skills… and blades
Lawn mowing skills will let your get better ground covering within the same time frame. However, don’t forget to sharpen your lawn mower blades. After multiple uses the blades lose effectiveness and a professional sharpening will jump start them at once.
It is highly recommended to ask for professional help when sharpening your lawn mower blades. You will avoid getting yourself cut in the process or messing up the shape and angle of the blades.
Read The Freakin’ Manual
This might sound odd, but there are way too many lawn mower users who don’t actually go through the manual like any self-respecting handyman should.
The manual is a go-to place whenever you’re in doubt about your grass mowing friend. It contains valuable data about maintenance interval, proper gasoline and compatible parts. Read it carefully before you try any risky mumbo-jumbo on your lawn more.
Ask a Pro
At some point, your skills just won’t cut it. Having your lawn mower tuned by a professional will return in a great way.
Proper tuning of the internal mechanisms is going to bring back the utmost power and efficiency your lawn mower lacked for so long. Step over your pride and ask a technician to fine-tune your lawn mower when it seems to lose power without reason.
By reading and applying the above tips, you can be confident that your lawn mower won’t give up on you when the time comes.