It will be a long until spring arrives, and with it will come the chance to cut your grass every week. The winter only provides a “brief pause” for those of us who live in more tropical areas in terms of our efforts to maintain the lawn mowed and groomed. That is to say that our Lawn Mower machine continue to operate, albeit at a reduced capacity, throughout the winter months.
On the other hand, those who live in regions where snow and cold weather bring a grinding halt to development have a high chance that your Lawn Mower machine has been sitting unused in storage for the past three or four months. You should give some thought to getting that mower ready for the growth that comes with springtime. Before managing your lawn, you must perform routine maintenance on your mower. But where do we even start? To assist you in getting back up and running, we have compiled a checklist for you.
Checklist for Lawn Mower Preventative Maintenance
Make Sure You Replace That Spark Plug
A vital component of routine lawn mower maintenance, a spark plug for a small engine might cost anywhere from roughly $2 to $6; however, this expense should not force you into debt. Spark plugs need a good level of cleanliness and sharpness to emit sparks that will generate combustion. If you allow your spark plugs to become too worn out or unclean, they will need help with their job effectively.
“If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” is a common phrase for a good reason. Spark plugs should be replaced yearly, as the vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. However, there are times when all they require is a thorough cleaning. You can get tune-up kits for this stuff or soak the spark plug-in brake cleaner and wipe it down with a rag. Either way, the problem can be remedied.
Check the Belts for Any Signs of Wear and Tear
You shouldn’t have to do anything more involved than a simple visual inspection for this, but you should check to see if any of the belts on the mower appear to have any splits or cracks. Also, look for indications that the straps have become twisted. Belts frequently appear in good condition even though they have become twisted and operate with the wrong side facing the pulley.
If you need to replace some old belts, you have a few options available. You can take it somewhere to get it serviced, which, depending on your level of experience with diagnosing problems and disassembling your mower, might be the best choice.
Make sure the air filter is clean
Is the air filter on your mower made of paper or a sponge-like material? If the filter on your mower is made of paper, you can get away with simply blowing it out with high-pressure air instead of replacing it. On the other hand, these filters are for one-time use only, and the cost of a replacement will range anywhere from $5 to $15. If your filter seems oily or dirty, you should replace it before the beginning of the mowing season.
A thorough spring cleaning is also beneficial for foam filters to maintain their optimal performance. Rinsing and cleaning the filter can be done with water and a dishwashing detergent on the gentler side. After washing the filter, you need to ensure that any extra water is removed by squeezing it. You want the filter to be completely dry. After that, you are going to want to lubricate your filter.
Modify the Oil Position
When we talk about oil, we mean that one of the most crucial aspects of Engine Grass Cutting Machine maintenance is ensuring that the oil levels are checked and that the mower is generally clean. It is necessary to drain the oil out of the engine and replace it if it has turned dark or has debris floating about in it. It is recommended that you consult the handbook for specific instructions on how to proceed, but in most cases, you will need to remove a drain cap to make room for the oil to run out.
Hone the blades and make sure they are evenly balanced
It should come as no surprise that a blade in good condition would perform the impending work a great deal more effectively than the dull one currently attached to your mower. The grass will be cut cleanly and neatly with a sharp blade, which will enable the cut grass to recover from the cut more quickly. The grass, as a result, is healthier and greener. The grass will be ripped and torn apart by a dull blade, leaving your lawn ragged and more susceptible to the growth of fungi. It’s time to face the facts: it’s time to haul out the grinder and give that blade a good sharpening.