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Lawn Mower Service

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Lawn Mower ServiceLawn mower service is something most people do not think about until they use their lawn mowers for the first time in the spring. The spring time is the time of year that lawns are growing. Consumers as well as lawn maintenance companies are preparing their equipment for the coming summer season. It is a good time to perform basic maintenance on their lawn mowers and to make sure they are ready for the coming season.

We have included a number of items to include on your lawn mower maintenance checklist. There are also some general guidelines that everyone should consider when doing maintenance on their lawn mowers .

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Lawn Mower Service – Maintenance Checklist

  • Change the oil in your lawn mowers engine
  • Clean the spark plug and re-gap, change the spark plug if required.
  • Clean the deck of the lawn mower on top as well as underneath
  • Check the lawn mowers blade and sharpen if necessary
  • Look for any loose attachments and tighten as required
  • Check engine mounting bolts and tighten if required
  • Fill the gas tank with clean fresh gasoline
  • Check for leaking fuel and repair as needed
  • Review the safe operating guidelines in your lawn mowers manual

General Services Guidelines

  • Never run an engine indoors or in the poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
  • Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting.
  • Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade for damage. Replace blade with the original equipment and manufacturers blade only. Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!
  • Lawnmower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing them.
  • Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working conditions.

Lawn Mower Service – Safety Guidelines

  • Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
  • After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the lawn mower  for any damage. Repair the damage before starting and operating the lawn mower.
  • Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment while the engine is running.
  • Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail shields are subject to wear and damage which could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection, frequently check components. Replace immediately with original equipment manufactures parts only. Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety!
  • Do not change the engine governor setting or over speed the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine.
  • Check fuel line, tank, and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.
  • Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
  • Maintain or replace safety labels, as necessary.
  • Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. The improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
  • To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway engine can cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper with factory setting of engine governor.

Safe handling of gasoline;

  • To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on your self or on your clothes which can ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
  • Use only an approved gasoline container.
  • Never fill containers inside a vehicle or in a truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
  • Remove  gas powered equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from the gasoline dispenser nozzle.
  • Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank container opening at all times until filling is complete. Do not use a nozzle block open device.
  • Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.
  • Never  refuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will accumulate in the area.
  • Never remove gas cap or refuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.
  • Never overfill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than 1/2 inch below bottom of filler neck to provide for fueled expansion. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
  • If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move it to another area. Wait five minutes before starting the engine.
  • Never store the machine or fuel container near an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
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One Response to “Lawn Mower Service”

  1. this is a really sad thing about things like lawn mowers. if you cannot do the maintenance yourself, it is hardly worth it to have someone do the repairs. it is cheaper to just go and buy a new lawn mower and give the old one away to someone who will fix it and sell it.

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