Spring is here and time to get mowing.  You had your mower serviced already, right?  NO?  You want to do it yourself?  Well, you’re much more brave than me, as I think it’s worth the $75 or so to have a professional make sure my mower is up to top level mowing performance.  Nevertheless, if you’re going to do this one on your own, here’s a few things I think are most important to get that mower ready for the lawn:

 

-Still have the owner’s manual?  If so, most have a check-off list of things to do to service your mower.  If not, remove the sparkplug and take it from there:

-Overall inspection of cables (worn, do they move well, etc), wires, bolts and nuts tightened, wheels firmly attached and not worn, etc.  If it’s a pull starter, give the rope an easy pull just to make sure all is well.  Electric start – make sure the battery has been charged and ready to go.  Lubricate moving parts that need a little lube. If you’d like to do a little touch up on the paint job, here’s a good time to do that.  And make sure the height adjustments are locked into place (remember to mow higher than lower).

-Did you clean out the underside of the mower when you put it away last fall?  If not, get ‘er cleaned out!

-While you’re there, did you have the blade sharpened?  If not, remove the blade, go get a new one, and drop off the old one to be sharpened.  That way you have two blades and no down time waiting to have one sharpened!

-Okay, now let’s go for the engine. Take a look at in the oil…look good?  No floaters?  Fill or replace as needed.  Inspect the air filter and replace if needed.  (Just do it.) 

-Now let’s replace that sparkplug with a new one, make sure all connections are good, and fill with new gasoline.  You’re ready to give it a shot.  Fire it up and let’s get mowing!

 

Ps…if it doesn’t start, and you’re like me (not a mechanic), get your mower to the local mower repair shop and have it serviced by the professionals.  I think we may have mentioned that at the beginning.      

Ron Wilson