Maintaining Your Lawn Care Equipment

Lawn Mower and String Trimmer Maintenance

With the weather heating up, it is time again to use some of your old friends that you had put away for the winter: your mower and string trimmer.  According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, mowers should be replaced every 6-8 years, but you can extend their life considerably by using some common sense maintenance practices.  These lawn care items can be expensive and it is important to keep them in optimal working condition.  Following a few of these maintenance tips can help you extend the life of your lawn care equipment and save you money in the long run.

lawn-mower_17497_600x450Push Mowers:

  • Check oil levels in 4 stroke engines.  Too little oil, or too much oil, can cause damage to the engine internals and decrease its lifespan by leaving engine parts under lubricated (too much oil can cause air bubbles, which will also leave your engine parts under lubricated).
  •  Clean old clippings from the underside of your mower.  If left on the under-body, these clippings will become hardened and will disrupt the airflow underneath the mower.  This impeded airflow can have a negative effect on your mower’s ability to mulch your lawn. Before doing any work underneath your gas powered mower, make sure to remove the spark plug.
  • Keep your blades sharp.  This will help the blade to “cut” the grass, rather than “tear” the grass.  A sharp blade will also reduce the strain put on the engine.
  • Regularly check your belt/chain drives for signs of wear and tear.  Replace immediately if any wear and tear is detected.
  • Replace your spark plug every 100 hours or approximately 4 years.
  • At the end of the mowing season, add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline or run the engine until it runs out of gas. Old, untreated gasoline that sits in the tank over a winter can cause damage to your mower.
  • If you have a 4 stroke mower, remove old engine oil at the end of the season and make sure to dispose of the oil at a collection center.

use-a-string-trimmer-inline-preparingString Trimmers:

  • Replace the cutting line at the beginning of each season.  Old cutting line can become frail and brittle and break very easily.  This will make it difficult to trim up your yard without almost constant line feed.
  • Replace the spark plug on gas powered string trimmers.
  • Make sure that the string guard on your trimmer is free of defects or cracks.  If this breaks, it can cause a serious safety hazard.
  • If you are using a gas powered string trimmer, make sure that the air intake areas are free of debris.  If these intake areas are blocked by debris, it will cause your engine to overheat.
  • At the end of the season, add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline and run it for a while to ensure that the stabilizer has reached all of the engine parts.
  • If you have a 4 stroke trimmer, remove old engine oil at the end of the season and make sure to dispose of the oil at a collection center.

If you have any questions on how to properly maintain your lawn care equipment, please give us a call at (317) 575-1100, or fill out the form below.


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