Guide to Cleaning a Lawn Mower and Preparing it for Winter

October 27th, 2014 by Contributor Leave a reply »

 

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This is a guest post by Hally Bertram

Lawn mowers are useful tools for cutting grass around your garden. They are powerful and easy to use. Just like any other machine, lawn mowers need to be maintained. If you want your machine to last longer, you just take care of it.

So, here is a guide to cleaning a grass trimmer. Just make sure you follow the steps of Deluxe Gardeners London and you’ll be fine.

Here is a guide to cleaning and preparing a lawn mower for winter. Just make sure you follow the steps and you’ll be fine.

First things first, clean the machine thoroughly, following the steps from below. Remember to remove all the debris and grass that have built up in the mower. After you finish cleaning, use a light oil on the metal surfaces. This will keep them from rusting.

Step 1: Clean your  lawn mower

Things you’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Damp cloth
  • Soft brush
  • Stiff brush

Steps:

  1. Before you begin, be sure to unplug the machine. If you’ve used it just recently, let it cool.
  2. Avoiding the motor areas and switch, start by wiping down the machine. Use a slightly damp cloth.
  3. Ventilation slots: grass, dirt or debris might clog the ventilation slots of the machine. To rid of blockages, either vacuum the slots or use a really soft brush that won’t damage the surface. If the ventilation slots don’t work properly, the motor will get overheated due to poor ventilation. For this reason, it’s important that you pay attention to this particular part of your lawn mower.
  4. You should also remove debris from the guard plate and feed area. Use a stiff brush.
  5. Remove grass off your machine: it’s not only about cleaning your lawn mower, you also need to remove all the grass that remains in it. It’s very easy actually. You may use a putty knife. Just be careful not to cut yourself. This is the fastest way to get rid of grass. Another way to do it is by using a power washer.

Step 2: Fuel

Fuel and oil reservoirs need to be drained before you put away your lawn mower. To do this, remove the cap of the machine then using a bucket just pour the liquid inside. Of course, there will be some fuel left. To get rid of it, simply put a paper towel into the tank. It will absorb the remaining fuel.

Step 3: Air filters and engine inspection

Remove the spark plug and replace with new one if it is too dirty. If you’ve been using it for less than a year, then there is no need to replace it. Use a carburetor cleaner to rid of any dirt. Brush the surface with a stiff brush, then let dry. Before you put it back were it belongs, you need to make sure the cylinder is free of dirt. Sprinkle with WD-40 and start the machine a few times to help the oil get to all the sides of the gap.

Clean the air filter by spraying  WD-40. Wipe down with a clean rag.

When you put away your lawn mower, you should always keep in mind that the place should be dry and sheltered. It is advisable that you cover the machine with a cloth to keep dirt and dust away.

Additional tips and advice

  • Always read the manual that comes with your lawn mowers. You’ll find useful information such as required routine maintenance, type of maintenance it needs, ways to properly take care of it, etc. The biggest problem is that many people don’t know how to maintain their machines, that’s why they fail to work properly at some point. But if you perform routine checks of your machine, you’ll be able to avoid a variety of problems that may occur because of poor maintenance. If this information is not available in the user’s manual, check out the repair manual.
  • What does a routine check include? Usually it should involve inspecting the spark plug, air filter, controls and line.
  • Things you should check every season:

–After each use: mower line (see if it’s low); air intake (remove any debris or grass);  trimmer (damage repair, look for loose parts)

–10 hours after use: air filter (blow dust from filter or wash with water)

–25 hours after use: spark plug (inspect for damage or wear)

–40 hours after use: follow up with a complete inspection of the machine (check for missing, loose or damaged parts, repair or replace parts where necessary)

 

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