No matter how much money you may have spent on a brand-new lawnmower, filled to the brim with the latest and greatest technology and accessories, all lawnmowers are going to require at least a little bit of regular maintenance to keep them up and running.
No other tool in your backyard is going to take a beating like a lawnmower. At the same time, few other tools in your homeowner arsenal are going to be as neglected or as ignored as your lawnmower when it comes to maintenance and regular tuneups, too.
Unless you are willing to keep dropping considerable amount cash every couple of years you want to do everything in your power to maintain your lawnmower as best as you are able to, really keeping it in tip top condition so that nothing breaks or falls apart. It’s when you have to start tackling repair costs that lawnmowers become REALLY expensive, and most of the time repairs that cost a few hundred dollars or more could have been avoided with just a bit of maintenance.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you better maintain your mower so that you don’t have to deal with that extra expense, headache, or hassle!
Read the owners manual
For one reason or another, most people aren’t all that eager to dive headfirst into the owners manual that comes with a tool like a lawnmower – especially since lawnmower operation seems just as easy, just a simple, and just as straightforward as riding a bike for most.
But there is always going to be information in the owners manual that will help you better operate, repair, and maintain the particular lawnmower you have purchased. Read it from front to back at least once so that you know exactly what to expect.
Drain gasoline at the end of every season
The overwhelming majority of repair issues with lawnmowers are caused by old gasoline being left in a mower for too long. You’ll want to drain your mower completely of gasoline at the end of every mowing season before you put it away for a long stretch of time. This will ensure you’re always using fresh gas and help extend the longevity of your mower at the same time.
Always keep a close eye on your oil
The oil in your lawnmower isn’t going to have to be changed anywhere near as frequently as in your vehicle, but that’s because you won’t be using your lawnmower anywhere near as often as your car or truck.
At the same time, your oil is going to need to be changed on a routine basis. You’ll want to constantly check it for debris, check it for a dark color, and check to make sure that it hasn’t been contaminated. You should look to swap out the oil in your mower at least one a year just to be on the safe side of things.
Be sure to clean out the mower deck once a week (at least)
The underside of your mower deck is inevitably going to collect a tremendous amount of grass clippings, and if the grass is wet it’s going to stick against the mower deck. This is going to cause a drop in efficiency, dull all of your mower blades, and can put a lot of extra stress and pressure on your lawnmower engine. You’ll want to clean out the mower deck at least once a week or every other time that you fire up your mower to use.
Have a look at your air filter
Every internal combustion engine is going to require a steady supply of air to run effectively and efficiently, and you need to be sure that your air filter is 100% free of debris, free of plugs, and free of contamination to give you the kind of efficiency that your lawnmower needs to operate at a high level. Replacement air filters for lawnmowers are ridiculously inexpensive, so consider swapping air filters out at least every year as well.
Sharpen your blades
Lawnmower blades are going to be subjected to all kinds of abuse from hitting rocks, large branches, and other objects that you may not notice until you’ve already runover. A dull blade is going to rip and tear at your lawn rather than cut it cleanly, doing a lot more damage than good. Have your blades sharpened at least once every month or so, especially if you are cutting a considerable amount of grass with it.