среда, 1 июня 2016 г.

How to Extend the Life of Your Lawn Mower

How to Extend the Life of Your Lawn Mower


How to Extend the Life of Your Lawn Mower


At this point in the summer, your hardworking lawn mower probably looks like a hot, dirty mess. What’s worse, all that excess gunk and debris can decrease your lawn mower’s life and performance (and increase your frustration). Here’s how to make sure your mower remains a clean, mean, reliable cutting machine.


Aerate the Air Filter


Besides fuel and a spark, the engine on your mower also needs clear airways. Air filters, which cover the air intakes on your mower, actually protect the engine from dust and debris. Over the course of a long summer of mowing, these filters can become corroded, putting your engine at risk. Check, clean, and (if necessary) replace air filters regularly, in accordance with your manual’s specifications. Suggestions vary from 25 to 100 hours.


Unclog the Mower Deck


You may not think about cleaning your mower deck because you can’t see it. You’ll be reminded, however, when gooey grass clogs your blades and causes a rough cut, or when rust develops. The best time to remove grass clumps from your deck is before they become caked-on and hard. But don’t do it immediately after mowing (it’s hot under there!). Wait a while for the mower to cool down. Spray the area with a garden hose—some mowers have a handy hose attachment! Use a scraper to remove tougher clumps. Tip: Tilt a push mower on its side to gain better access to the deck (make sure the gas tank is empty). On riding mowers, remove the mower deck and turn it upside down.


Spiff Up the Exterior


I don’t know about you, but I’m usually ready for a break after I finish mowing. That’s why I clean my mower’s exterior in my downtime, such as rainy days when mowing isn’t on my agenda. A simple brush or broom can remove the majority of dried clippings from the surface. Or you can always use a blower or vacuum. Finish by wiping down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!


When was the last time you cleaned YOUR lawn mower?


Original article and pictures take http://blog.bedbathandbeyond.com/2016/08/how-to-extend-the-life-of-your-lawn-mower site

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