It’s a good idea to give your lawnmower a check-up under the carriage every few months, but especially at the start of the mowing season. Here are some of the basics of lawnmower maintenance and blade sharpening, which will help keep your mower operating efficiently.
1. Clean off the lawnmower by brushing off debris before you begin mowing your lawn.
2. Clean your lawnmower by spraying it with cleaner and wiping it dry.
3. Inspect the lawnmower handle to make sure all connections are tight and in working order.
4. Before working on the mower blades, always disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug.
5. Tip the lawn mower on its side, but make sure you prevent gas from spilling when you do this.
6. Wrap the lawnmower blade with towels and tape for protection, and place a wedge inside to keep the blade from spinning.
7. Clean the undercarriage of the lawnmower with a hose.
8. To sharpen the blade, either use a file making sure it’s parallel to the blade surface, or use a rotary tool attachment.
9. Test the blade’s balance by hanging it on something form the center hole. If one side dips, keep sharpening that side to it will become balanced again.
10. Spray the lawnmower’s undercarriage with lubricating oil.
11. Reattach the lawnmower blade.
12. Reattach the spark plug wire.
13. Test to make sure it is working properly.
If you have questions specific to your lawnmower, or need help finding supplies to help keep your lawnmower in top shape, visit us any time either at Friedman’s Home Improvement online, or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.