Lawn mowers are powerful and convenient lawn care devices, and they can be found in nearly every household in the country. They provide us with a relatively simple way to keep grass under control and create a beautiful landscape for everyone to see. There are many different brands and types of mowers, but the most popular is the gasoline powered push mower. Although we generally only think of our lawn mowers as doing maintenance for us, it’s important to also show that same amount of care for your mower. These machines can be expensive to replace, so keeping yours well maintained can save you a lot of money in the long run.
- How to Clean Your Lawn Mower
The best way to keep your mower clean and damage-free is to tend to it after every use. After mowing your lawn, simply use a broom to brush off any grass clippings on top of your mower and in the crevices around each component. Still using the broom, tilt your mower over and dislodge any clogs or areas caked with grass. Spraying your mower with a hose is another way to remove grass, dirt, and dust, and will also help keep the machine looking and working as good as new.
- How to Empty the Gas Tank
Gasoline that’s left inside of the mower’s tank for long periods of time can thicken and become a clogging and rusting issue. It’s especially important to empty the gas before you lock your mower up for the winter, or you might try to use it the following spring and encounter problems. Before emptying the gas, you must first circulate fuel stabilizer, which will prevent any gas left in the machine from deteriorating and damaging your mower. Run the mower for about 30 seconds to let the stabilizer run through the system, then turn it off and let it cool. Next, siphon everything from the gas tank into a bucket or large can. Start up your mower and run it until it shuts off. Keep doing this until the engine doesn’t start up at all; this means you’ve successfully emptied the machine of gas.
- How to Sharpen or Replace the Blades
First, disconnect the spark plug from the mower. This is incredibly important, as it ensures that the mower does not start up accidentally while you’re working underneath it. It is also recommended that when dealing with blades, you should always wear thick protective gloves to prevent injury. When you’re ready, turn the mower on its side and use a socket wrench to remove the bolts securing the blades. To sharpen a blade that’s a bit dull, you can use a metal file, but for more severe wear-and-tear issues, a bench grinder will be necessary to do the job. Using a bench grinder, you can run the blade back and forth perpendicularly to the wheel to create straight edges.
To replace the blades, all you have to do is purchase the right blade for your model. You can either check the mower’s manual to see what kind of blade replacement it needs, or you can simply bring your old blade with you to the location where you want to purchase a new one. The employees should be able to find you an appropriate match. From there, just secure the blade in place underneath the mower and tighten the bolts completely.
- How to Replace the Spark Plug
Replacing the spark plug is simple. The device itself resembles a large bolt with a white tip, and will be attached to a plug wire at the front of your mower. You will remove the plug wire, then use a ratchet with a spark plug socket to unscrew the spark plug from the mower. Replacing it is as easy as purchasing a new spark plug of the same kind and screwing it back into place.
- How to Change the Air Filter
The air filter for a lawn mower should ideally be changed or cleaned every year, or when they start to look visibly dirty. A paper filter must be replaced with an entirely new one, but a foam filter can be washed with warm soapy water. The foam filter should air dry and then be coated in a thin layer of clean engine oil before going back into the mower.
- Taking Your Mower to the Professionals
If you know what you’re doing, a tune-up is something you can accomplish on your own to save some money. That being said, if your mower is having problems that you can’t seem to fix, or you are having trouble making the necessary replacement or repairs, it’s important that you contact a lawn mower repair shop or a lawn care company to help you out. Whether a lawn mower is broken or otherwise functioning incorrectly, it can become a dangerous machine to toy around with. Never put yourself at risk for injury or further damage when a lawn mower expert could do the job safely and efficiently the first time around!