When you spend a lot of money on garden equipment it is a good idea to look after that expensive investment. However, no matter how well we look after our stuff sometimes things just go wrong.
Whether it is due to wear and tear, age or just harsh working conditions even the hardest of equipment can succumb to the rigors of hard work.
It is at times like those when some basic repair skills can be invaluable saving you time and money by not having to get a professional to haul your machine away to fix it at a price.
During the mowing season, most of us pour some gas in our mower, turn the key, and hope the blades spin just as they did last year.
What happens when they don’t?
Well, you could take it to a lawn mower repair center, but why not try to repair the lawn mower yourself?
Basic Mower Repair Skills
There are several things to consider when repairing your lawn mower, depending on the problem you are having. First, if your mower fails to start you should immediately check to see if there is gasoline in the tank.
In addition, if you are using your lawn mower for the first time in a season you may want to replace that old gas with fresh gas.
Repeatedly, some people will dismantle an entire engine before they come to the realization that there is no gas in the tank, ripping out spark plugs and blowing out the carburetor.
“In many cases the lawn mower repairs you need to make are small and not complicated, but if you find its something major you will need the help of an expert.”
Another staple of mower repair involves maintenance.
To avoid needing a repair in the first place you should learn some basic maintenance skills.
Start by cleaning the spark plugs.
Remove the plugs from their sockets and use a wire brush to clean between the contacts.
Often corrosion will occur here, robbing the engine of the necessary spark required to ignite the gasoline.
The abrasion will remove any corrosion.
Another simple mower repair technique is the replacing of the oil and air filters.
By replacing the oil filter, debris is removed from the inside of the lawn mower engine, allowing for smoother operation. It is also a good idea to change the oil every season.
The air filter, on the other hand, allows the lawn mower to “breathe” better and creates a better air to fuel mixture for the engine to burn.
One of the most neglected aspects of lawn mower repair is the tendency for people to avoid sharpening the blades on a mower.
We all know that with age and wear a blade will become dull, though it is not that difficult a problem.
To repair the blades, you should file the edge of the blades, moving with the grain.
This will reveal new metal and create a sharper edge for easier cutting.
Make sure you have the right lawn mower part before you begin any repair action.