Lawnmower service time!
This entry was posted on January 10, 2019.
January 10, 2019
Lawn mowing time is fast approaching - make sure your lawn mower is ready to go, a full pre-season service and maintenance job will help to
- Reduce mower emissions by up to 50%
- Reduce costly fuel consumption up to 30%
- And, extend the life of your engine!
Servicing a lawn mower will extend its life span considerably while maintaining ease of use and reliability over the life of the machine. It's an essential aspect of owning a lawn mower and really isn't something that's at all difficult for the homeowner to do themselves.
Spring is generally the best time of year for lawn mower servicing. The grass is beginning to grow again and it's a good reminder that it's time to take care of our machines to ensure another season of dependable use, and ensuring a long life for the mower.
Some very straightforward tasks should be performed regularly, some jobs after every use; others periodically. The lawn mower should be hosed down at the end of each use, ensuring all grass is removed from beneath the mower and its wheels. This not only prevents any onset of rust on steel parts, but also removes a lot of grit which could otherwise lodge in bearings and other parts which would shorten the life of the machine. Ensure the lawn mower is as dry as possible before packing it away in the shed.
On a lawn which creates a lot of dust, dirt or debris during lawn mowing, then the air filter should also be regularly checked and cleaned. This may be necessary after each lawn mowing depending on the property. Most air filters can be easily removed and simply tapped on a hard surface to clean.
For out of season storage, the lawn mower should first be cleaned. A bucket of soapy water and a household brush (small broom) are usually very effective for most of the body. Degreaser should be sprayed onto the engine and any other areas where grease or oil have built up. Carburettors often build up a film of spent fuel which will also need some attention with degreaser. Any debris lodged in the engine cooling fins should be completely removed.
- Don't store your engine dirty. Clean the engine surface of debris, chaff or grass.
- With the spark plug lead removed from the engine, use a garden hose to wash away any residual grass clippings.
- Once the majority of the grass clippings have been removed, it will be easier to identify a clump of grass that may be interfering with blade motion
- Using a wooden stick or other implement other than your hands and feet, remove the offending material and wash the deck thoroughly
More complex tasks will require a suitably qualified and trained lawn mower service engineer. At Atkins we have a fully tooled workshop, fully staffed and ready to fulfill your lawnmower service requirements.
Call to our shop at Carrigrohane Road, Cork or Cork Road, Bandon to discuss your requirements or contact us - Next Day Call Back Guaranteed!