Your lawnmower, like any piece of machinery with moving parts, needs to be regularly maintained to stay in good working order. You will not get maximum performance from your mower without giving it a little bit of TLC from time to time. You can also carry out easy fixes on your mowe to keep it up and running. If you need advice check out the STIHL website and get more handy tips.
Keeping your mower in tip top shape is simple. Here are a few quick tips to keep your mower powering.
Keep it Clean
Clean your mower after use and store it under cover. Make sure you disconnect the spark plug if you are tipping the mower on its side and if you have a four stroke mower make sure the spark plug faces upwards.
For maximum mowing performance you should change your mower blades annually. Sharp blades will also cut your mowing time. Four stroke mowers should have an oil change at least once a year. You also need to ensure oil is topped up regularly as the engine may seize with insufficient oil. To keep your mower starting well you should also change your air filter each year.
Keep track of the hours you use your mower as a full service should be carried out after fifty hours of use or after two years, whichever comes sooner. Make sure genuine parts are used so as not to void you warranty and also to ensure maximum performance.
Fast Fix Ups
Despite your best efforts at regular maintenance your hardworking lawnmower may need fixing from time to time. If you mower is having a glitch or two your first step is to check the operator’s manual. You may need to call in the experts but you may be able to fix some issues yourself.
Starter Rope Troubles
If your starter rope is hard to pull or seems to be stuck check that the engine flywheel brake is engaged. If your mower blade is clogged with grass it can also cause this issue. Place your mower on a hard surface, disengage the spark plug and clear the underneath of the mower of any debris.
Mower Won’t Start
Check for the obvious first: does your mower have fuel? Make sure you use fresh fuel as old petrol can cause starting problems. If the petrol in your mower is old, drain the fuel tank and refill with fresh fuel. Check your spark plug. Make sure it is not loose or disconnected and that it is clean. If your fuel filter is old or dirty you should replace it.
What if the Mower Starts Smoking?
Don’t panic! While this may look disastrous it usually just means that your oil chamber is too full. Or perhaps some oil has leaked onto the muffler and the oil is just burning off because the engine is hot. If the smoke is a light colour and is accompanied by starting troubles it is probably time to see a professional.