Lawn mowers can really take a beating, yet many people neglect to care for their mower until something breaks. Preventative maintenance can go a long way to keep your mower running smoothly all season long. With this in mind we’ve compiled some maintenance tips that will help you have a better cut as well as extend the life of your mower.
Check the air filter – Having a dirty air filter can create all kinds of issues such as making the engine run rich which can foul a plug. Also if your filter is torn it can allow debris into the cylinder which can create some expensive problems with our mower.
Clean the mower deck after each mow – Grass can collect under the deck and disrupt airflow which will affect the quality of your cut. Accumulated grass can also contribute to rusting.
Sharpen mower blades – dull blades tear grass which is more stressful to your turf than a clean cut which makes it more susceptible to weeds and disease. A clean cut always looks better as well so you should sharpen your blades at least 3 times during the year.
Check tire pressure – Low tire pressure not only affects your steering but also the quality of your cut. If you notice your lawn mower deck is uneven it’s a good possibility that your tire pressure is uneven.
Use quality fuel – Make sure that you buy top quality and if possible alcohol free fuel. Alcohol in the gas can draw water through the vents and bring it into your gas tank, which can cause numerous issues if it gets into your fuel system. Make sure you store your gas properly and keep your mower out of the elements to reduce the risk of water and rust.
Run engine at proper RPMs – Most lawn mowers today are meant to be ran at full throttle which helps to pull enough air to cool the motor and keep the blades turning at the right speed. Running your mower slower will labor the engine and lower the blade tip speed which will impact the quality of your cut.
Cut grass at proper height – If you have neglected to mow and the lawn is twice as tall as normal, make sure that you adjust the deck to account for the taller grass. The general rule for grass is to never cut more than half the blade when you mow. This means that if your grass is 10” high, you should cut at 5”. More than this will labor your engine.
When you invest in a lawn mower, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Proper maintenance is the first step in keeping your lawn mower running well and cutting your lawn with ease. If you notice your mower isn’t running right, don’t wait to have it repaired, inaction or the wrong action can be costly.
Many people don’t have the time to maintain their lawns as well as their lawn equipment. At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can provide weekly mowing and trimming service that takes the hassle out of having a beautiful yard all season long. Give us a call for a free estimate, 208-884-8986
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