Are you looking for some tips on how to ready your lawn mower for Spring?
Spring time is growing closer, which means that your grass will inevitably start growing higher. With the first day of Spring time right around the corner (it is Sunday, March 20th), it is a good idea to ensure that your lawn mower is ready for the change of seasons. If you took some preventative measures to winterize your gas powered lawn equipment last Fall, then you are already one step ahead. However, if you are one of the many people who simply put their equipment in the barn or tool shed after your last cut, you may have some work to do.
One of the first things that you will need to do is to clean your equipment thoroughly. If you did not take the time to clean your equipment before storing it for the Winter, there is more than likely dirt, oil and grass clippings stuck to your mower. The hardest area to get to will be the underside of your cutting deck, but be sure to clean out debris as it will only worsen with time. Using an air compressor and a flat screwdriver/putty knife, blow and scrape any dried grass clippings off/out of it.
Start with an inspection of your equipment.
To start with, perform a general inspection of your equipment. Look at the blades, belts, the deck and check bolts for proper tightness. Check out your tires and wheels. If you need new tires for your mower, be sure to check out our Grassmasters! Check your fuel in your equipment. If you have fuel older than 30 days, make sure you replace it with new, fresh fuel. Fuel older than 30 days is subject to ethanol separation, as well as higher chances of moisture being introduced to the container. Check your oil to make sure the levels are okay, or if it has been a while since your last change, simply find your drain plug and replace that old oil!
Here are list of items to check when first inspecting your equipment in preparation for Spring:
- Deck, Blades, Belts and Bolts
- Spark Plug
- Air Filter
- Fuel and Oil Filter
- Surface Cleaning and Lubrication (Grease)
You will need to have the right tools on hand in order to properly check some of these items. Some of the tools you may need are a socket and ratchet set, spark plug socket and gap gauge, flat screwdriver, grease gun, oil filter wrench and some gloves if you would like to stay clean!
With the proper maintenance and care taking, your lawn equipment can last for many more Springs to come! To ensure a healthy and better looking lawn, perform the regular maintenance of your equipment as stated in the owners manual of each piece.
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” – Robin Williams
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