How to Get Your Lawn Mower Ready for Spring
As the seasons change from winter to spring, you need to make sure your yard tools are ready to work after their winter hibernation. Before you head out to mow the lawn for the first time this spring, watch as the home improvement specialists The Handyguys share their tips on getting your lawn mower ready.
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[PAUL AND BRIAN STANDING OUTSIDE GARAGE WITH PUSH AND RIDING LAWNMOWERS]
– PAUL: There may still be snow on the ground, Brian, but spring is just around the corner. It’s a great time to get your gas-powered mower out and get it ready for the mowing season.
– BRIAN: Hi, we’re the Handyguys. And we’re going to talk about getting these mowers ready, but the first thing you need to do, Paul, is read your owners manual. It’s going to have all of the recommended maintenance and schedules for that maintenance, but essentially, any of these mowers needs three things to get them running. It needs fuel, it needs spark and it needs air.
– PAUL: Yeah, as far as fuel goes, hopefully you ran it dry the previous season or you’re using fuel stabilizer so that you have fresh fuel in the mower and it starts up for the season.
[VIEW OF FUEL BEING POURED FROM CONTAINER INTO RIDING MOWER]
– [VOICEOVER]: And then check your spark plug. If it’s rusted, if it’s corroded, if it looks burnt, go ahead and replace that and then also check your air filter. If it’s damaged, replace it. If it’s dirty, you can try to clean it, or go ahead and replace it. – [BRIAN]
– PAUL: I know there’s some other items on these mowers that require maintenance, and we should also take a look at those as well before we get these out on the turf.
Brian, one of the first things I like to take care of is the wheels or the tires. In this case, on the riding mower, I have inflatable tires. You want to make sure you have the right amount of air pressure.
– [VOICEOVER]: If your tires are uneven or underinflated, you’re not going to get an even cut. So make sure they’re property inflated, and on your push mower just make sure you don’t have any cracks or broken wheels, and you’re good to go. –[BRIAN]
– PAUL: Yeah, you can order new wheels if something’s wrong with them. But also, Brian, you want to make sure you have good, sharp blades to start out the season. I like to take mine in to the local mowing store, and they will sharpen them for me.
– BRIAN: Right, and again a sharp blade is going to make for a nice clean cut and a healthy lawn.
– PAUL: What about oil, Brian? I know these often need to have their oil replaced at various intervals.
– BRIAN: Right, check your manual for how often you need to change it. On something like this, you’re also going to have an oil filter that gets changed at the same time. Your push mower, you’re just going to have oil, you’re not going to have a filter to worry about, but change that oil on the recommended interval.
– PAUL: Yeah, and they also have dipsticks to make sure you have the right oil level in it. And I know on this riding mower, Brian, also you have belts to take care of.
– [VOICEOVER]: You have a number of different belts. You have belts to make it go, you have belts to make the blades turn, and those can wear out and need to be changed. –[BRIAN]
– PAUL: Now, Brian, one of the other things I like to take care of is clean the mower before I get it out. Now, ideally, you would have done that before you put it in for the season, but there’s still a lot of grass on this.
– [CLOSEUP OF BROOM SWEEPING DEAD GRASS OFF MOWER]
– You want to clean off the decking, you want to check the paint around the mower, make sure you don’t have any areas of rust. But also, like on this deck and a lot of mowers, you have a hose port so that you can connect a hose and clean the under-decking as well.
– BRIAN: Right, keeping it clean, touching up the paint, that will help it last longer.
– PAUL: So, there you have it, Brian, so these are some of the maintenance items you ought to take care of before you get out onto the turf.
– BRIAN: Alright, well thanks for watching the Handyguys.
– PAUL: Thank you.
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