13 Things You Should NEVER Do To Your Mower
1. Don’t let your engine get low on oil.
Firstly, your engine needs to be lubricated well to prevent overheating. If your mower runs out of oil and is run anyway while you do yard work, you WILL be either paying for engine repairs or a new lawn mower. CHECK YOUR OIL BEFORE EVERY USE!
2. Don’t let your radiator coolant get low.
This only applies to liquid-cooled lawn mowers. The engine will overheat and seize up without coolant! You need to check your coolant level BEFORE EACH USE!
3. Don’t suffocate your engine.
Keep dirt and grass cleared away from the engine cooling fins. Your engine needs air circulation to prevent overheating. However, if your engine overheats it can lock up, or even worse, it can catch on fire!
4. Don’t hit tree stumps while you cut the grass.
If you hit a tree stump with a push mower, you will most likely bend your blade and possibly crank shaft. This would result in a very expensive lawn mower repair.
If you hit a tree stump with a riding lawn mower or zero turn, you will bend the blades and possibly bend the mower deck, break the spindles or damage other lawn mower parts. This will also require expensive lawn mower repair services.
5. Don’t try to use your mower to quickly re-spool rope or barbed wire.
While your mower will get the job done a lot faster than you could, this is not a very cost effective method. You will probably end up needing a major repair.
6. Don’t operate your mower if safety equipment is not working properly. Do read your manual and follow all lawn mower safety instructions.
Please check all of your safety equipment before you start your mower. Most accidents involving mowers could have been prevented if the operator was following safety instructions. There is no machine worth one of your loved ones getting injured or killed!
7. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN AND PETS ARE
IN THE HOUSE WHILE YOU MOW YOUR LAWN!
8. Don’t let your mower deck get clogged with grass and debris.
Clean out dirt, grass, and debris from the top and underneath side of your mower deck after each use. This will keep your pulleys and belts moving freely without overheating. You can hose off your deck. When you’re finished, just engage the lawn mower blades and let them turn for a few minutes to induce drying and to re-heat the bearings.
9. Don’t let animals live in your mower.
Often times critters make nice little homes in equipment, especially when the equipment is left outdoors or in a barn for the winter. Air filter compartments can make cozy places for mice to live. Make sure you check your air filter and other engine compartments regularly for signs of animal nesting.
10. Don’t use unsafe mower blades.
There are many things that can make a mower blade unsafe.
1. Sharpening them too many times – If a blade is worn too thin it becomes weak. If you hit something, the blade could break off and injure someone.
2. Bent blade – If a blade is bent it will be out of balance. This can ruin your bearings and scalp your yard.
3. Cracked blade – If a blade is cracked and you hit something it can break off and injure someone.
4. Broken blade – A broken blade will be out of balance and ruin your bearings. You also risk the blade breaking off completely and doing serious property damage or injuring someone.
5. Altering the blade – Lawn mower blades are manufactured with strict standards and tolerances for your safety. Altering can cause property damage, personal injury and death.
11. Don’t forget regular maintenance.
Regular maintenance is very important. Moreover, your mower and mower accessories will last much longer if they have a tune-up each year by a business that knows how to repair them properly.
Riding Mower/Zero Turn: Change engine oil, oil filter, air filter, pre-air filter, spark plugs, and fuel filter. Clean the engine cooling fins and mower deck. Check deck belts, bearings, and idlers, transmission belt and idlers, tire pressures, charging system, and battery. Lube all grease fittings, level mower deck, sharpen and balance mower blades.
Push Mower: Change engine oil, spark plug, and air filter. Clean engine cooling fins and mower deck. Check cables, check self propel, lube machine, sharpen and balance mower blades.
12. Don’t leave gas in your equipment for more than two weeks.
The new blended fuels that you get at the gas station are a mix of gasoline and ethanol. The ethanol-blended into these fuels not only absorbs water, but also evaporates leaving water and a substandard fuel. The evaporation causes the fuel to form gum deposits quickly which clogs the fuel system and makes your equipment run poorly. If water sits in the fuel system long enough, damage to internal carburetor parts as well as engine parts is inevitable, especially with small equipment like trimmers and blowers, and is usually catastrophic.
We’re not saying that the fuel you’re getting is bad. If you follow these rules, you shouldn’t have any problems.
- Don’t get more gas than you can use in two weeks
- Store fuel in a sealed, approved gas tank
- Make sure your fuel caps are not cracked, broken, or missing
- Agitate your fuel cans before pouring, especially with your mixed fuels
- Use a quality 2 cycle oil, properly mixed, for 2 cycle engines
- If a unit is going to sit for an extended length of time, the fuel system should be drained properly
13. USE COMMON SENSE while operating ANY power equipment!
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