Increase the Life of Your Lawn Mower - How to maintain a lawn mower
Increase the Life of Your Lawn Mower - How to maintain a lawn mower

Lawn mowers are getting cheaper and cheaper by the year. Quality and lifespan have declined in step with the price. Even with moderate use a basic ride-on or low-end push mower will rarely operate for more than five years before you will be forced to consign it to the recycler. They are simply not made to last.

Remember the previous generation of lawn mowers when the machine lasted years or decades before giving up the ghost – sometimes long after its owner’s soul had ascended to gardeners’ heaven. The cheaper modern lawn mowers are not really meant to be repaired when they fail. This has made the repairman almost an endangered species and made his services more expensive.

Oil – the Elixir of Lawn Mower Life

A little lubrication goes a long way. Be sure that the external moving parts on your mower are easy to manipulate. Anything that is stiff that shouldn’t need to be oiled or it will soon break. Modern lawn mowers have many plastic parts. These parts are more fragile than metal ones. And as the plastic ages, it becomes more and more brittle.

First, always use fuel that meets the specifications of the manufacturer. If you have a two-cycle (two-stroke) engine when you mix the gas and oil according to the recommended recipe add a couple of extra dollops (a couple of tablespoons) of oil per gallon of gas. This works like vitamins do for the human engine – it increases lifespan.

Clean the Deck

A little lubrication goes a long way. Be sure that the external moving parts on your mower are easy to manipulate. Anything that is stiff that shouldn’t need to be oiled or it will soon break. Modern lawn mowers have many plastic parts. These parts are more fragile than metal ones. And as the plastic ages, it becomes more and more brittle.

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These small, quick and simple steps will add years to your lawn mower’s life and will go a long way to swell your pride in your lawn maintenance.

The deck of a lawn mower – the cover on top of the blades – is made from steel that rusts. You can’t see the rust because it’s forming on the underside of the deck. The top is always nicely painted. The cheapest mowers have decks made from thinner steel than the more expensive ones so they can be eaten up by rust faster. The underside of mower decks has a particularly rough life.

Stones and sticks kicked up by the blades knick the surface and wet grass that stubbornly sticks to the deck provides a perfect environment for rust. When you have finished mowing and shut off the engine it’s a good idea to clean the underside of the deck. A quick scraping with a screwdriver or putty knife will increase the life of the deck.

You will need a Lawn Mower Jack

When you make the decision to buy a lawn mower jack, there are a few mistakes to avoid. The first is choosing based solely on price.

A low price on a jack doesn’t mean it’s the best value.

Value is a balance between the price you pay and the product you get for that price. If you pay a low price for something that doesn’t suit your needs, you are paying too much for nothing. If you pay too high a price for something with too many bells and whistles, you are paying too much for something you will not use to its best extent.

Many want to use a local supplier for their equipment. That is a noble thought. But, you may end up paying a very large price for the privilege. Retailers have to add in their overhead to the price. You can often find the same piece of equipment online at a significantly lower price. This helps you get the equipment you want at a price you want to pay. That is how you get a true bargain in the process.

You need to know what you need before you go shopping. How many sorts of mowers do you work on? If there are several models, you will need a jack that can handle many sizes and weights of mowers. Do you work daily or only on occasion? If you work daily, you will need a jack that is rugged and able to withstand constant use. These are just a few things to consider before purchasing the wrong jack. Get what you need when you go to make such a major purchase.

Don’t make the mistake of buying a lawn mower jack from the wrong supplier.

Many want to use a local supplier for their equipment. That is a noble thought. But, you may end up paying a very large price for the privilege. Retailers have to add in their overhead to the price. You can often find the same piece of equipment online at a significantly lower price. This helps you get the equipment you want at a price you want to pay. That is how you get a true bargain in the process.

A final mistake to avoid is buying a lawn mower jack that is not safe.

Many mechanics use ramps, blocks, or car jacks to lift mowers off the floor. But, these are usually unsafe for the size and shape of a typical mower. You need a mower jack designed for the weight and shape of a typical mower that you are using. It should also offer safety measures like wheel locking and height security. This will ensure your jack does the job without compromising your safety in the process. Avoid these mistakes when getting your new lawn mower lift.

Save Money with Spring Lawnmower Maintenance

Each year, many people throw their money away on new lawnmowers because their old ones needed a little maintenance. Sometimes, the solution can be as simple as getting a new spark plug or air filter. Another, often-neglected, aspect of lawnmower ownership is oil changes. Simple maintenance can save time, money, and ensure an old lawnmower will get the job done. In fact, most of the things that can be done for a mower can be achieved at the same time each year as part of an annual “tune-up.”

Replace Air Filters for Better Performance

Compared to the cost of a new mower, this can be one of the cheapest ways to make sure a lawnmower does what it was designed to do. Even if a filter cannot be immediately replaced, some can still be cleaned with a brush or compressed air to the point that it will let the mower continue on for time-being.

Replace Spark Plugs to Ensure Maximum Efficiency

Spark plugs can get damaged or fouled by many different factors. Old, worn-out or dirty spark plugs can rob a mower of its power or cause it to quit working altogether. Experts suggest that it’s a good idea to replace the plugs in mowers at least once a year.

Stabilize the Mower’s Fuel Supply

Gas can go bad over time. Gasoline that is stored in a lawnmower’s tank for months can degrade to the point where it is unusable. By using fresh gas or adding fuel stabilizer to the tank before a long storage period, this problem can be avoided. typically, a couple ounces is sufficient to treat the gallon or so of gas in the average walk-behind lawnmower.

Change the Oil Each Year in a Lawnmower

Some people will keep the same oil in their lawnmowers for years without ever changing it. But just like the oil in a car, the oil in a lawnmower should be changed due to viscosity breakdown and the buildup of contaminants. When changing the oil in a lawnmower, proper disposal is also an important consideration.

Inspect the Cutting Blade for Sharpness, Cracks and Nicks

Some people will keep the same oil in their lawnmowers for years without ever changing it. But just like the oil in a car, the oil in a lawnmower should be changed due to viscosity breakdown and the buildup of contaminants. When changing the oil in a lawnmower, proper disposal is also an important consideration.

One of the most important things to consider when tuning up or otherwise inspecting an old mower is the condition of the blade. Dull, worn-out or damaged blades won’t cut as well as a new or well-maintained one. Does the blade have many nicks or cracks? Is it rusted? Is it sharp?

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