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Keeping your lawn equipment in top notch working order ensures that the weeds cannot gain an advantage while the mower is in the shop for repairs.


Regularly Check Air Filters


Check the air filter every week. A dirty air filter makes the mower run poorly and will foul out the spark plug. Clean air will help your spark plug last for years.

 

Check Spark Plugs

 

Remove the spark plug with a spark plug wrench. When you look at the spark end of the plug and it is oily or black with soot, replace it. Black is no good, but brown is normal.


 


Inspect For Missing of Broken Parts


Inspect your lawn equipment for any missing or broken parts, and look for leaks in the fuel lines. Fuel lines become brittle and crack, causing your equipment not to run. Replace the faulty lines with new fuel lines that are made for your particular equipment.

 

Dispose of Old Fuel


Inspect the gasoline containers that you use. If you are currently operating your lawn equipment, be sure not to use last season’s fuel. Dispose of fuel that is three months old by adding it to the fuel tank of a vehicle that will burn it. Purchase fuel in small batches so that it will be used within 2 to 3 months to avoid storing any fuel for more than three months. Always add fuel stabilizer to fresh gasoline when you purchase it.

 

This will give you an advantage in case you inadvertently leave gas in some of your equipment longer than you intended to. If lawn equipment will not be used on a weekly basis, store that equipment with no fuel in the tanks. Empty the fuel by placing it back in the fuel vessel so it can be used in other equipment.


   



Replace Dull Lawnmower Blade

 

Replace your lawnmower’s blade if it has nicks and gouges in the cutting edge. Sharpening a blade that has a significant amount of nicks in it will require a lot of grinding away of the metal, and that will affect the balance of the blade. Get a new blade for the best cut.


If the blade is dull, with an otherwise smooth edge, sharpening is a viable option. Use a sharpening stone that attaches to an electric drill, a bench grinder or even a belt sander to reestablish a keen edge on your old blade. Be sure to check the balance after you finish sharpening your blade.

 

Change Motor Oil


Change the motor oil in your four-cycle engines. Most of these lawnmower, pressure washer, tiller and snow blower engines are not equipped with oil filters. That’s okay, because high detergent motor oil is designed to suspend impurities and keep them away from engine surfaces. Long periods of non-use can cause these impurities to settle and cause sludge. Simply draining the oil will remove these impurities from the engine and will prevent sludge from building up.

 



Lubrication of the axles, bearings and bolts with products like WD-40 or PB Blaster a couple of times per season will prevent corrosion and add years of service. Look in your operator's manual for winterization instructions and removal from storage procedures for your equipment.


Maintaining Electric Equipment


Electric and battery powered lawn equipment is becoming more popular. These electric units don't have fuel or engine oil, but they will benefit from regular cleaning and lubrication just as any other power equipment will. Cordless battery powered units may or may not have removable batteries, so storage may have specific storage and charging procedures outlined in the operator's manual. Read and follow all of the manufacturer's instructions for best results.


If you experience difficulty with any of your power equipment, bring it to The Home Depot Tool Rental Center for repair. We service all brands.


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Posted 2016-01-12T17:02:44+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL Travis_HD_ATL
 
 

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