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How to Get the Most Out of Your Lawn Mower This Summer

Your lawn mower is an essential tool for keeping your garden neat and tidy. Whether you own an electric or petrol-powered mower, getting the most out of it requires regular maintenance and proper usage. Here are some tips to help you maximise the performance and lifespan of your lawn mower.

Electric Mowers

Electric mowers are popular for their quiet operation and low maintenance. However, to keep them running smoothly, there are a few key practices to follow:

1. Keep It Charged

For cordless electric mowers, ensure the battery is fully charged before use. Regularly charging the battery, even when not in use, helps maintain its efficiency and longevity. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines on charging cycles to avoid overcharging, which can degrade the battery over time.

2. Clean After Each Use

Grass clippings and debris can accumulate under the deck and around the blade. After each mowing session, unplug the mower (for corded models) or remove the battery (for cordless models) and use a brush or cloth to clean the underside. This prevents build-up that can hamper performance and cause corrosion.

3. Check the Blade

Regularly inspect the blade for nicks and dullness. A sharp blade cuts grass cleanly, promoting healthier lawn growth. Sharpen the blade at least once a season, or more often if needed. Many hardware stores offer blade sharpening services if you don't have the tools at home.

Petrol-Powered Mowers

Fuel-powered mowers are known for their power and ability to handle larger lawns. Here are some tips to ensure they run efficiently:

1. Use Fresh Fuel

Stale fuel can cause starting problems and poor performance. Use fresh, clean fuel and add a fuel stabiliser if you store the mower for extended periods. This prevents the fuel from breaking down and causing engine issues.

2. Regular Oil Changes

Oil is the lifeblood of your mower's engine. Check the oil level regularly and change it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Fresh oil ensures the engine runs smoothly and reduces wear on internal components.

3. Clean or Replace the Air Filter

A dirty air filter restricts airflow, causing the engine to work harder and reducing efficiency. Check the air filter regularly and clean or replace it as needed. A clean filter helps maintain optimal engine performance and extends the mower's lifespan.

4. Spark Plug Maintenance

The spark plug is crucial for starting the engine. Inspect it regularly for signs of wear or deposits. Replace the spark plug if it's damaged or dirty to ensure reliable starting and smooth operation.

General Tips for All Mowers

Regardless of the type of mower you have, these general maintenance tips apply:

1. Regular Maintenance

Follow the maintenance schedule outlined in your mower's manual. This includes tasks like lubricating moving parts, checking belts and cables, and tightening any loose bolts.

2. Proper Storage

Store your mower in a dry, sheltered area to protect it from the elements. For electric mowers, ensure they are kept away from moisture to prevent electrical issues. Fuel-powered mowers should be stored with the fuel tank empty if they won't be used for an extended period.

3. Safe Operation

Always follow safety guidelines when operating your mower. Wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and eye protection, and be mindful of obstacles in your lawn. Regularly check the condition of the power cord for electric mowers and ensure it's free from cuts or damage.

By following these tips, you can keep your lawn mower in top condition and enjoy a well-maintained lawn all year round.

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This story was published on: 14/06/2024

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