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When it's time to mow or trim the last thing you need is a piece of equipment that is hard starting or won't perform its job. Here's a few tips I've learned over the years.
First off I need to let you know that I've been involved with mechanical maintenance most all of my life. I enjoy it but because of my arthitus I don't do near as much and instead take my equipment to another shop. That said I never did enjoy working on small equipment like a mower or a trimmer (it was diesels and the bigger the better). So I try to use good preventive maintenance practices to not only keep the equipment running when I need it most but also gives me peace knowing that my equipment is in reliable condition and best of all I don't need to spend money and time getting it repaired.
If you don't work on your own equipment then I advise taking it in to a shop annually. I recommend doing it during the winter months so it's ready for a summers worth of work and before the shop gets overwhelmed with work from last minute customers who need it fixed just before they want to use it. Shop owners tell me that the customers who bring their mowers in for an annual inspection/tune-up over the winter are the customers they seldom see during summer. And the ones who don't have their mowing equipment serviced annually are in their shop more frequently and generally in more of a panic mode (how soon can you fix it).
First big tip I have for you is read your owners manual. Mark it up write notes in it to refer to later on. Then take it outside to the equipment and read through it again. Getting to know your equipment can save you time and money. Don't know where your manual is right??? Ok then go look for it on line, more than likely it's on the WWW.
In the past I normally don't put enough hours on my mower to change oil more than once a year. I personally prefer to change oil every spring. My reasoning is that during the seasonal changes here in Nebraska (we have a lot of fast weather changes) I am concerned about condensation collecting through the fall, winter and early spring. So every spring I start the mower and bring it up to operating temperature then change oil and filter and grease the machine. I run hydrostat mowers and normally just check fluid level (every use) I use to clean the air filter but because that mower gets used in really dusty conditions, I just went to replacing the fuel and air filter every spring. About every three years I replace the spark plugs. And only clean the battery terminals if I see corrosion.
I don't remember the last time I removed the battery when letting the mower set over winter. I thinks it's a good idea but have had good luck just leaving it alone other than keeping an eye on the electrolyte level and corrosion
I have two sets of blades and try to keep them both ready to go at all times. There will be more on the blades in part 2 because it's another topic on its own and gets overlooked.
Tire pressure on riding lawn mowers is most important to obtain a nice level cut. I check tire pressure often using a smaller pressure gauge to has a max pressure of 30 lbs to obtain accurate readings. I also had the tire shop put the tire sealant in all four tires as an added precaution.
I perfer to blow my machine off with compressed air instead of using a garden hose to prevent rust and corrosion. But I have been known to wipe it down with a wet rag followed by a dry towel.
Although I'm not very good at doing what I say, it's important to keep your deck clean. Unfortunately in the past I mainly cleaned the deck only when sharpening the blades so that's often but not every time I mow (like I should and now do).
I do a quick visual on the belts and if I notice cracks or the belt sitting low in the groove of the pulley then I look at replacing it. I don't like running a belt to failure to advoid belt slippage and wear on the pulleys.
They say its best to drain gas and run the engine until it's out if fuel for the winter but I seldom do. Instead I run a gas additive called stable year round in my mowers. Reason year around is because come fall/winter and I could never remember what had stable in it and what didn't. Plus when I read the label on the large container that I purchase it said that it needs to be used up after opening in a certain amount of time. Last thing I want is some nasty smelling gas gone bad and messing up the fuel system. I also keep the fuel tanks full to prevent moisture from collecting in my fuel system.
This has kept my machine running when I need them most. The main thing is to do it and do it in accordance with the vendor manual. And when something little needs repaired (that you can live with it broke) get it repaired as soon as possible. Otherwise pretty soon there are so many little things that are in need of repair you'll tend to not perform maintenance on it like you did when it was new and will be mad at the shop because of the cost of what it takes to get it running correctly.
Stay tuned for part 2 mower blade maintenance, it's an exciting subject where I've have gained more information and experience with then I ever thought possible!
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