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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
My husband would pay someone to do this for him before he would ever do it himself LOL.
Jenna Wood says
We always forget the air filter- luckily we use an electric mower (rather than gas) so some of the upkeep is considerably less. We do try to keep the blade taken care of though.
Laura (Another Cent Saved) says
Thank you. Rodney is out doing our now and I sent him to get Trufuel. Your right the ethanol kills and you spend forever fixing lawnmowers. No more I have our scheduled list of take care of’s and Rodney’s great about doing it.
These are some great tips. I’ll have to share them with my husband since he’s the one who mows the lawn. My husband is pretty good about cleaning things and keeping them well. He works on vehicles, so he makes sure everything is in great shape. :)
So THAT’S what my husband is doing out there with the lawn mower every year. It’s practically like giving a car a tune up.
At the end of every mowing season, my husband runs the mower until it’s out of gas. At the beginning of every season, he does a thorough run down on the entire engine and changes the oil. The mechanic in him is so happy!
Jesica H says
I think my husband could really use this article! It seems when he “fixes” things, something else on it breaks, or he ends up with “extra” pieces at the end! Or maybe with tis article I could tackle the job myself!
Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
Whoa, doing these never even crossed my mind. Ours sat out in the snow all winter too, I bet it needs some TLC before summer.
jen temcio says
I honest to god didnt know there was such a thing as lawnmower maintenance. I’ll bet after sitting all winter though I better get some tru fuel and make sure everything is in good working order.
If it wasn’t for my husband, I swear I wouldn’t know either!
Kelly Hutchinson says
These seem like some great tips for taking care of your lawnmower. We have a service to mow for us as we do not own a lawnmower.
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide says
I will be checking this out! We replaced the spark plugs last year and want our mower to last a long time, now!
This is so funny, just the other day, Hubby was telling me that he had to get the mower ready for summer. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.
Shannon Stubbs says
Ugh. We have to take our blades off of our riding lawn mower and replace them at least once a year, plus just plain clean under there. That thing sure gets abused. We keep having to mow the hay field down because it takes me forever to mow our whole lawn.
I know my dad used to mow his farm and it was an all day process!
Liz Mays says
Just yesterday it took my boyfriend an hour to get the mower started. It’s still acting funky. I’ll need to show this to him.
It’s crazy the amount of people I know that don’t realize they need to maintain their mower. It’s alot cheaper than buying a new one every two years!
Vera Sweeney says
Great list of lawn mower maintenance to do!! I would be clueless as to how to maintain a lawnmower.
Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers says
It’s definitely about that time of year again. I love the smell of fresh cut grass.
I wish I had a lawn to mow. The only thing I can grow in my yard seem to be weeds.
Aimee Smith says
These are great tips. Mower tune ups are year round for us here in AZ!
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
I will pass this information along to my husband. Thanks for sharing!
Mary Larsen says
We are actually going to be buying our very first lawn mower this spring, and I’m totally intimidated!! I’m going to have to share this information with my hubby so he knows how to take care of it.
valerie g says
great tips!!! it won’t be long until i need to get ours out. i will be saving this for later.
Ann Bacciaglia says
These are great tips for getting your lawnmower ready for summer. I am lucky i do not have to cut the lawn here at my new house. It is all done for me.
Mama to 5 BLessings says
sounds like great stuff! We do not cut our lawn, our association does it for us.
I have taken to putting a little fuel line cleaner in the can every time I fill it at the station. Also, coming up on winter I add Stabil to the gas in all three mowers and keep the tanks full. Once a month or so I start and let them run about 5 minutes. Doing that also keeps the internal parts “wet” as oil will settle over time of no activity. The oil gets changed in the Fall and the blades get sharped. Air filters are cleaned or replaced as well. I am so over fighting machines that wont start after sitting dormant the entire winter and of gummed up carburetors. I have the option in this area of buying unadulterated fuel right at the pump.