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Lawn Mower Maintenance


Lawn Mower Maintenance

Once you’ve invested in a quality lawn mower, you’ll have the tool you need to keep your yard looking flawless. However, it’s important to note that you need to take proper care of your machine if you want it to continue performing well. After all, a lawn mower won’t provide a quality cut when it’s clogged with clippings or when it’s used with a dull blade. The good news is that lawn mowers aren’t very complicated pieces of equipment, so you should be able to keep yours in great shape with a bit of effort.

Here at Joe Blair Garden Supply in Miami, Florida, we understand the importance of a lush and healthy lawn. We’ve gathered some tips on lawn mower maintenance to ensure your machine keeps providing the results you need for many years to come. If you have questions or you’re in the market for a new mower, visit our dealership today!


The Basics

Owner's ManualYou should make it a habit to read your owner’s manual, which will help you determine how often your machine needs to be serviced so you can stick to that schedule. The manual will also provide you with some tips as what this service will entail. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that a small problem can be easily fixed by checking the manual.


Lubrication

Father & Son Working on MowerLubrication is key to maintaining your equipment. Lawn mower engines come with an oil reservoir that keeps that crankshaft and pistons lubricated. You can check this oil in the same way you’d check the oil in your vehicle by using a dipstick. Remove it, clean it off, reinsert it, and remove it again for a clear reading. Any discolored or sludgy oil indicates it’s time to replace it. Otherwise, you can simply top it off and be on your way. Your oil should be clear of metal shavings, water, or any other impurities that could indicate a larger mechanical issue.


Clean the Undercarriage

Dirty Lawn Mower BladesA major part of lawn mower maintenance involves keeping your machine clean and free of debris, which will prevent overheating and unwanted clogs. A dirty undercarriage covered in mud, clippings, or other debris won’t work as efficiently as a clean one. If you own a push model, simply tip it and clean it out by hand. A riding mower is much heavier, so you’ll need to drive it onto blocks or a small ramp to access the bottom of the cutting deck. Then, you’ll want to take a hose with a high-pressure nozzle to blast away clipping and other debris.


Change the Spark Plugs

Working on Lawn Mower EngineYour mower goes through a lot, especially between those long periods of downtime and extreme uptime, which can do a real number on the spark plugs. As a precaution, you should be sure to change your spark plugs every year or two to maintain optimal engine performance. Look closely to see if the spark plugs you purchased are pre-gapped. If not, you’ll need a tool known as a plug gap to set your spark plug spark gap to the correct width.


Sharpen the Blade

Sharpening a Lawn Mower BladeRemember that grass might look smooth and even on the surface, but this can be deceiving. Hazards such as rocks or branches can be lurking beneath the surface and dull your blade. You can be prepared to grind off the dull material with a file, burr, or grinder. You’ll be cutting grass with a sharp blade again in no time! Your goal is to get the blade to a place where it moves quickly through the air and cuts the grass without shredding it up.


Proper Storage

Man Walking Mower into a GarageWhen you know you won’t be using your machine for a long period of time, a key lawn mower maintenance step is to make sure your store it properly. Whether you’re taking a nice extended vacation or you’re storing your lawn mower during the winter months, it’s essential that you go about this the right way. First, drain all the gasoline so it doesn’t sit and separate in storage, which can lead to corrosion. Speaking of which, give your machine a generous cleaning to remove any corrosive material. Lastly, pick a secure location to store your mower where it won’t be exposed to the elements, like in a garage or a barn. If you don’t have these options, consider using a non-plastic cover to protect your machine.


We hope that these lawn mower maintenance tips have been helpful. If you have questions or you’re in the market for a new machine, be sure to stop by Joe Blair Garden Supply in Miami, Florida to start browsing!