Spring Lawn Mowing Maintenance

April is just around the corner, and typically you need to start mowing your lawn around mid April. That being said, try to get ahead of the curve this season and do some quick and easy things to take care of your mower, trimmer and blower…

1) Oil change, (Mower only)
2) Air filter change, (All machines)
3) Spark plug check/change, (All machines)
4) Fuel filter change, (All machines)
5) Blade change, (Mower only)

I have attached some pics of our equipment during this process, it’s very simple.

1) Refer to your manual for the amount of oil to put into the mower once you have drained the old oil. Remove the oil cap, tip the mower over until all of the oil is drained and then refill.

Oil Cap where you will drain and fill your mower.
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2) Air filters are a simple change as well, typically enclosed in a case with a wing nut.

Air filter compartment.
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Air filter exposed.
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3) Spark plugs are almost as easy… In one pic below you can see the spark plug wire next to the silver case that says “OHV” and in the following photo I have removed the wire to expose the plug. If you haven’t pulled a wire off before, it just pops off, no twisting necessary. Once the wire is off the plug can be removed with a standard deep socket and a ratchet. Typically, if you purchase a (Proper) replacement plug from a hardware store it will already be gapped, (The distance between the electrodes at the end of the plug). If it’s not pre-gapped you need to gap it correctly for proper engine combustion.

Spark plug wire.
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Spark plug with wire removed.
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4) Fuel filters are typically in the fuel tank for the trimmers and blowers, and if the mower has one it’s probably on the fuel line outside of the tank. Simply reach into the tank with a pair of pliers and pull out the tube and remove the clip holding the filter on and just pop a new one on. It’s that simple… (Sorry, forgot to take pics of this).

5) Most importantly, change your lawn mower blades. Yes, you can have them sharpened, but chances are people aren’t doing it right unless you take it to a commercial lawn more shop. Why? People typically use bench mounted grinders, or angle grinders to sharpen the blades- whatever they can get a hold of. Unfortunately, this will change the pitch of the cutting edge of the blade giving poor results on your lawn. They typically do this because a commercial lawn mower blade sharpener like we have to use runs nearly $1,000, not even kidding. That being said, just but new ones for $10-$15. It’s worth it. This process also helps to have an adorable little girl playing dj on the lawnmower tire…

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