Basic Lawnmower Cleaning Tips

Basic Lawnmower Cleaning Tips

You can prolong the life of your lawnmower by performing regular maintenance checks and tune-ups. When performing the maintenance required for your model, it will be affected by the type of mower it is, each mower will have different cleaning requirements depending if it's a gas or electrical powered, push or self propelled walk behind lawnmower, or a rider.

Clean beneath the deck of your self propelled or gas mowered lawnmowers. Dirt and debris build up from the clippings can interfere with airflow and hurt performance. Especially in damp conditions and at the end of the mowing season, disconnect the spark-plug wire and remove the clippings with a plastic trowel. Sharpen the blade at least once each mowing season. A dull blade tears grass rather than cut it, and can cause the lawn to become disease. Remove the blade and sharpen it with a file, which costs about $10, or pay a mover shop to do it. Once each mowing season, change the oil. Drain a four-stroke engine’s crankcase and refill it with the oil recommended in the owner’s manual. Check the level before each moving and add more if needed. Two-stroke engines require no oil changes. Clean or replace the air filter when it’s dirty—as often as once each mowing season in dusty conditions. Some mowers have a sponge filter you can clean and re-oil, though most now use a disposable paper filter. Replace the spark plug when the inner tip has heavy deposits—sometimes as often as once a mowing season. A new plug makes for easier starts and cleaner running. At the end of the mowing season, be sure to store the mower properly. There are two ways to deal with gasoline remaining in the tank. With many mowers, you can drain the gasoline from the tank into an appropriate storage container and then run the engine to eliminate any gas remaining. But some manufacturers recommend filling the tank with gasoline and a gasoline stabilizer and running the engine for a few minutes so the treated gasoline gets into the fuel line and carburetor.

For electric lawnmowers you want to disconnect the cord or, on cordless models, remove the safety key, and clean beneath the deck. Keep the blades sharp, following this procedure for gas mowers helps keep in tip top shape and a better cut for the lawn. To extend the life of your mower, save the power cell. With cordless models, stop mowing and plug in the charger when the battery starts running down. Draining a battery completely shortens its life. New ones cost about $100. Manufacturers also suggest leaving the battery on "charge" whenever you’re not using the mower.

If you have a riding mower ensure that you clean beneath the deck a few times each season; remove the housing according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sharpen the blades and scrape off grass a few times each season; if it’s a mulcher, clean the blades after each use. Take the mower to a professional lawn-equipment service company for servicing before each mowing season.

By following some basic tips and guidelines your lawnmower will last longer. When in doubt or troubleshooting see the manufacturers website or owners manual for further assistance.

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