Performing regular maintenance on your yard care tools will
help extend their useful life, and a well-maintained mower can even make your
yard look better. Whether you do the work yourself or hire someone to handle
it, spending a little now on maintenance will save you money down the road.
Here’s a quick rundown of some basic maintenance you should
perform each year:
Clean the air filter. Remove the air filter and check
it for signs of grime and dirt. Replace the filter if necessary. If your lawn mower uses a foam filter, you can wash it with soap and water, then squeeze the
filter dry. Add two teaspoons of oil before replacing the air filter in its
Change the oil. Drain the old oil and replace it with
fresh oil that meets the manufacturer specifications for your mower. Before
starting the mower, distribute the new oil you just put in your mower by slowly
pulling the starter rope several times.
Sharpen the blades. This is certainly a good idea at
the beginning of the mowing season, but you may need to do it again during the
season as well. Keeping the blade sharpened makes your mower more efficient,
and a sharpened blade also makes a cleaner, more attractive cut.
These tips cover the most basic push mowers. For riding
mowers or self-propelled models, additional maintenance may be required. You
can refer to your owner’s manual for more details.
If you aren’t sure how to perform this maintenance or if you
need a more complex repair on your mower, the skilled technicians at Action Rental and Sales can help. They work on all brands of equipment and can get you
back up and running quickly.