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LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE
How to keep your lawn mower in tip top condition.
As the title suggests this maintenance should be carried out each week, however it could also be done bi-weekly for those with less time on their hands and depending on how many times you actually mow your lawn. After each session or as much as feasibly possible, you should use a hose to remove any excess dirt and clippings from the underside of the lawn mower (i.e. the part where the blades are).
WARNING: Ensure that your lawn mower is disconnected from the power source if you own an electric powered lawn mower, however if you own one of the many petrol lawnmowers that are available then you should remove the spark-plug.
You also need to give the engine of the mower sufficient time to stop and also cool before you start the cleaning process.
This type of maintenance is done to ensure that grass cuttings do not build up and also allows for enough room to allow the optimal mulching if your lawn mower has this option.
Your lawn mower is only as effective as your blades are sharp so therefore you should ensure that your blades are sharpened once a month or bi-monthly to get the most out of your mower. It's a common problem that when cutting with dull blades it also makes your lawn look somewhat dull and will also cause your lawn to have an uneven cut - add the fact that it also promotes lawn diseases and more work for you, this is probably the most important maintenance out of all.
There are also lots of stores that sell new blades and they generally cost very little, so even once your blades have become somewhat dull, simply head over to a local store and get your hands on a new one for as little as $10. When reattaching the blade you must ensure that the sharp cutting edge of the blade is facing downward, towards the grass for obvious reasons.
a) Each spring you should ensure that you change the oil in your lawn mower. For those who run a two-stroke engine then you should find that your oil is already mixed with the fuel therefore this step doesn't apply to you - you should check your engine to see which type of oil your engine runs before applying any.
To drain any oil that may still be present before adding new oil, you should have a drainage plug located on the underside of the lawn mower, if you cannot find it please refer to your owners manual for the exact location.
b) The spark plug should be replaced and they're relatively cheap, so there's not much extra cost addition here.
c) If you have a filter for the fuel this should be replaced, however not all mower will have one. Again you should refer to the manual to find the exact location but in general you should find this somewhere on the fuel line between the tank and carburettor - it's often off-white or black in colour.
d) Just like us humans your lawn mowers engine, the core of the product, needs to breath. As you will probably notice, when you're doing your lawn there are lots of dust and pieces of debris flying around and this often gets caught p in the air filter - to ensure optimum performance and cleanliness this should be replaced twice a year.
That is it. You should now be running a perfectly working lawn mower which should last for many years to come.
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