Lawnmowers are a smart investment when you have a large lawn to maintain. While some prefer using the manual grass cutter, a lawnmower does a better and faster job. To maximize the features of your lawnmower for a longer period of time, it is important to keep it well maintained. Here are some important tips on how this is done:
- Familiarize yourself with your lawnmower. Make sure you know which tank is for the oil and which is for the gas. Accidentally putting in oil in the gas tank, and vice versa, will damage the lawnmower.
- Before using the lawnmower, check whether the oil needs to be changed. Turn on the engine for a few minutes to drain the oil, the place the drain plug back and fill it with new oil until it is full. It only takes around 20 minutes to get this done.
- Also check the air filter, whether it needs to be replaced since the last time it was used. This needs to be replaced regularly since dirt accumulates at the filters and the surrounding parts can get rusty if this is not replaced. This will only need five minutes to finish.
- Changing the spark plug of the lawnmower should be done every three years, or if the lawnmower is used more often, the spark plug should be changed every two years. If it is seldom used, you may just have to clean this part. Another five minutes for this task, and you’re done.
- For a more efficient mowing, regularly sharpen the lawnmower’s blade. After a few years, you may have to replace this as well. Keeping the blades sharp will lighten your mowing task as it cuts faster and the grass is trimmed with an even height. Just remember that before cleaning the blade, remove the spark plug first for safety. Blade work will only take around twenty minutes of your time.
- After using the lawnmower, clean up the underside and remove the remaining grass, dirt and soil. You may have to wash it with soap and water. Rinse the blade well and let it dry.
- To avoid rusting, you can also wipe the metal parts with oil before putting the lawnmower in the storeroom.
- It is advisable to use the lawnmower until it runs out of gas, before storing it away for the next lawn mowing session. This is to avoid clogging, since when gas is stored for a long time, it might stock up the machine. Also, take note that stored gasoline are not usable anymore after six months. You can also put a stabilizer in your gas tank if you will not drain the gas. Adding stabilizer will maintain the gas’ properties and it will remain fresh even after a few months.
- Keep the lawnmower in a dry area. Keep it away from water and moisture to protect and maintain the machine parts. If it is a push power lawnmower, then keeping it dry will avoid rusting.