One of the biggest questions asked by lawn mower owners – and one that isn’t answered by most lawn mower reviews – is how to get their mower ready for spring. It’s a simple question but a very important one to ask. If you don’t take the time to get your mower ready for the first spring mow, then you are likely to encounter problems early on. Problems that could have been solved by taking a few moments to go over the machine and making sure that it’s in tip-top shape.
Fortunately, this is the question I am going to answer today. I am going to give you the step-by-step procedure for getting your lawn mower up and running as soon as possible. The weather outside is beginning to warm up, so let’s get right down to it.
The Visual Inspection
The first thing that needs to be done is a visual inspection of the lawn mower. You need to check the tires, the belts, the blades and all of the bolts on the mower. If there is anything loose, tighten it. If there is anything that needs to be replaced, then replace it. Also make sure that there isn’t a ton of debris in the undercarriage of the mower. There shouldn’t be if you did proper winter maintenance, but if there is then make sure you remove it.
Check The Fuel
If you did proper winter maintenance on the mower before storing it for winter, then there shouldn’t be any fuel in the fuel tank to begin with. However, if there is fuel in the tank, then you need to discard it immediately. Fuel that is older than 30 days can gunk up your carburetor and will destroy your mower faster than just about anything else.
Check The Oil
Most people know that they need to keep the oil in their mowers up to their proper levels, but not many people know that the oil in the mower should be changed before the beginning of every season. If your oil needs to be changed, it is a pretty simple process. Simple locate the oil drain plug, remove it and drain your oil. After you’ve done that, then replace the drain plug and place the recommended oil into your mower.
Check And Replace The Air Filter
The air filter should be replaced at the start of each season. Whether it looks like it needs it or not. Not replacing it can result in damage to your mower, or at the very least, reduced fuel efficiency.
There really is no consensus on how often the blades should be sharpened, but most people sharpen them at least twice a season. Doing so will ensure that your mower cuts the grass evenly.
Lubricate The Mower
All moving parts on your mower should be lubricated to ensure that they remain in good working condition. This includes the wheels and wheel bearings.
And that is all there is to getting your lawn mower ready for spring. If you follow these best lawn mower practices, then you can rest assured that you will have few problems with your mower during the mowing season.