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Tips for Prepping Your Spring Lawn Care Equipment

Ready for spring? Time to tune up your lawn and garden equipment!
  • Get Ready for Spring

    Spring is on its way and winter-weary home owners are eager to spend time outside in their yards. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home owners to keep safety in mind.

    “You want your outdoor power equipment to be ready when you need it,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO. “Doing some basic maintenance now will ensure that your equipment operates safely and helps get the job done.”

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Lawnmower

    Start with the Owner's Manual

    Review the manufacturer’s guidelines on equipment operation and requirements. Re-familiarize yourself with the equipment’s operation and safe handling.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Man using a leaf blower

    Inspect Equipment

    Check for loose belts and missing or damaged parts. Examine all cables, brakes and wheels for signs of wear and damage. Make sure no safety features or guards have been disabled or removed. If you find anything concerning, replace the parts or take your equipment to a qualified service representative.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Checking motor oil

    Replace Old Oil

    Run the engine for a few minutes to warm up existing oil so it will drain more easily. Stop the engine, remove the drain plug and empty the old oil (tilt the mower back to get it all out, if necessary). Replace the plug and refill the engine with oil recommended by the product manufacturer. Properly dispose of the drained oil.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Filling a fuel tank

    Check the Fuel Tank

    Fuel left in the tank over the winter months should be drained or it could damage your equipment. Most fuel contains some level of ethanol, which contains corrosive alcohol and can phase separate. Drain the tank responsibly and put in fresh fuel that contains 10 percent or less ethanol (E10 or less). Dispose of old fuel properly. Some gas stations may offer E15 or other fuel blends, but this higher-ethanol fuel is dangerous—and is in fact illegal—to use in any small-engine equipment, such as lawn mowers, chain saws, generators, and other lawn and garden equipment.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Fuel can storage

    Store Fuel Properly

    Label fuel storage cans with the purchase date of fuel. Never leave fuel that is more than 30 days old in outdoor power equipment.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Cleaning a mower deck

    Check the Undercarriage

    Always disconnect the spark plug before working around the underside of a mower. Use a wire brush to scrape any old grass clippings or dirt away.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Removing an air filter from a mower

    Install Clean Air Filters

    Engines and equipment run much better with clean filters. Paper filters need to be replaced. Some foam filters can be cleaned and used again.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016
  • Sharpening a mower blade

    Sharpen Your Cutting Blade

    Have lawn mower cutting blades sharpened so you can get a clean cut on your lawn and not tear the grass. Sharper blades mean lawns will be healthier and lawn mowers will operate more efficiently. Nicked or broken blades, which can come from hitting rocks or other debris, should be replaced.

    Date Published: March 21, 2016
    Date Updated: March 21, 2016

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