Get you Mower ready for Spring
Spring is the time when you have to get you lawn game on. Get all the lawn equipment back our after it’s hibernation and get them all ready to run. The most used lawn tool in the arsenal is the lawnmower so let’s get your lawnmower ready for spring.
Change the oil
Before you run your mower for the first time you will want to get your lawnmower ready for spring. You will want to drain and refill the oil. Oil is the lifeblood of any gasoline engine and is cheaper to change than replace the engine.
You will need
- oil pan (you can that same one that is used for your cars)
- ratchet and socket to remove the oil drain plug
- quart of oil.
Locate the drain plug under the mower deck, find the correct size socket. Place the mower so that it’s above the oil can so the oil will drain into it. Loosen and remove the plug. Once the oil is finished draining replace the drain plug. Then you can refill the oil checking to ensure the oil level is between the crosshatched area on the oil dipstick. You may want to start the engine once the oil is in so that some is pulled into the engine, Shut off the engine and recheck the oil level. If your mower does not have a drain plug, or you do not feel comfortable draining the oil into a pan without spilling it you can use a special tool called a Multi-Use Siphon Fuel Transfer Pump Kit (for Gas Oil and Liquids). This can be used to siphon the oil from the mower into the oil pan. I personally own this one.
Sharpen the blade
You need to sharpen or replace blade yearly and the perfect time if when you get your lawnmower ready for spring. I recommend only replacing the blade if it’s bent. Cutting grass with a dull blade will harm the grass plus it will leave some stragglers that were not cut. And if you are like me you will need to mow over the same spot a few times to make sure it’s all cut.
You will need
- A blade sharperner
- Or a store that can sharpen the blade for you
Clean/replace air filter
A clean air filter allows the mower to run at it’s optimal capacity. It collects dirt, dust and debris as if sucks in clean air for the engine. If he foam filter is not tore then it’s safe to just clean it.
You will need
- Hot water
- Soap that cuts through grease
- Motor oil
This service is recommended every 25 hours. Remove the air filter from the mower. Wash it with hot water and soap. Once clean squeeze to remove as much excess water as possible. Use paper towels to help dry it. Once it dries completely you can dab the filter into some motor oil and work the oil onto the filter. DO NOT drench the filter in oil, if you do the mower will smoke badly. Remove as much excess oil as you can. Before inserting the air filter again remove any debris from the air filter housing.
Before you store the mower in winter
Run all gas out before storing the mower, you do not want to leave gas sitting in the thank, especially if that gas has ethanol. Putting fresh gas in the mower instead of the ‘stale’ gas would be best. I personally buy non ethanol gas for my power equipment instead of having to buy the additive needed. Washing off your mower before storing it will keep the mower looking good and rust free. Some mower have a threaded hole on the deck where you can screw in your water hose which makes it easy to clean.