As summer winds down, it’s important to give your mowers some special TLC to ensure their best performance and life expectancy. Depending on your location, your fleet may have put in extra hours this season due to increased rain, added time mowing or new business opportunities. Taking the time to properly care for your equipment will keep them in top shape, season after season.
1. Read Your Manual
Familiarize yourself with the routine maintenance schedules and recommendations in your mower owner’s manual.
2. Keep it Clean
It's important to keep your mower clean for optimal performance. Use an air pressure hose to keep the mower clean of debris. Keep the deck clean underneath to ensure the best quality of cut and proper grass dispersal. As grass builds up under the deck, it disrupts airflow, which won’t pull the grass up for the cut. It can also retain moisture, which can lead to rust in your deck. Take a scraper and few minutes to scrape the grass build up from the bottom of your deck. You should also clear any debris off the engine to help it run cooler.
3. Change your Oil, Filters and Plugs
Get the most from your mower with regular maintenance and genuine parts replacements. Air filters are one of the most neglected parts of mower maintenance, and it’s a simple step that can prolong the life of your engine drastically. Regularly check your mower's fuel filter and spark plugs. If your fuel filter gets clogged, this could make the engine difficult to start or even damage the engine. Worn or damaged spark plugs can also result in engine damage. Make sure you are changing the oil at proper intervals, and never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended hours for oil changes.
4. Sharpen your Blades
Keeping your mower blades sharp reduces stress on your belt, the spindles and the motor. One sign of dull blades is white-tipped blades of grass, which signals the grass is being torn rather than cut.
5. Check Tire Pressure
Overinflated tires can cause your mower deck to bounce resulting in an uneven cut, while underinflated tires can put extra stress on the rubber from the weight. With a quick check you can avoid both of these issues.
6. Choose Genuine Parts
When you need to replace your blade, belt, tire or more, protect your investment and your warranty by choosing genuine parts.
Protect and care for your investment through these mid-season mower maintenance tips, and you will have your fleet in top shape through the remainder of the season.