Re-sharpen about twice every mowing season.
- Regularly sharpening your lawnmower blades is a great habit to get in. With frequent use, it’s usually appropriate to sharpen a lawnmower’s blades about twice every mowing season — more, if you use it especially frequently.
- Keep an eye on your grass after you use your mower to cut it. If the grass has a clean, smooth edge, your blades are sharp. If the grass is frayed or torn, your blades are probably too dull and should be sharpened.
When in doubt, see a mechanic.
- If any part of the sharpening or balancing process seems difficult, unsafe, or beyond your level of maintenance skill, don’t risk damaging your blades or hurting yourself. Instead, enlist the help of a lawnmower repair expert. LESS Mechanics will be able to sharpen and balance a set of lawnmower blades fairly quickly and at a reasonable price.
Cutting with a dull chain leads to higher fuel consumption and excessive wear. You can easily avoid this by filing your chains regularly and correctly.
- Replacement tires and tubes are readily available at LESS. Write down the size listed on the sidewall of your old tire to ensure that your replacement fits correctly.
- Clean your mower after each use before storing it to remove debris and dirt. Dirt caked on a lawnmower, especially if it is damp, can lead to rusting metal.
- Maintain the correct air pressure in lawnmower tires to increase maneuverability, decrease cracks and decay and increase the tire’s life.
The tuneup interval for a typical small engine on a mower is about 50 hours or once a season, whichever comes first, but there are exceptions, according to manufacturers. “Machines used under heavy loads such as high ambient temperatures, dusty conditions or tall grass will require more frequent servicing,” says Dennis Blair, technical service department manager for MTD, a manufacturer of lawnmowers and outdoor power equipment.
There are several things you should evaluate before rebuilding a carburetor.
- Does the engine Idle OK and run well under a load?
- Is the carburetor leaking fuel while just setting? Is it leaking into the crankcase?
- Are the throttle shaft & linkage in good condition or are they loose?
- Is the mounting surfaces warped?
- After removing the bowl, do you have water corrosion, varnish or dirt?
- Is the float and bowl pitted and possibly leaking or are they OK?
Yes, after years of tugging the rope, It Breaks! LESS has all sizes of Recoil Rope and Fuel Lines in Stock and Can Typically Repair Your Recoil within 3 days.
Most mower engines need their oil changed every 20-50 hours of operation. A mower’s owner’s manual will indicate how often to perform oil changes on the mower.
At the very least, an oil change should be done annually with other seasonal tune-up maintenance.
If it’s a replacement Roller Bearing, Split Bushing, Spindle Bearing, or maybe a replacement Bearing Race or Flange Bushing that will get the job done, shop at LESS! We have replacement lawn mower bearings and bushings for your GrassHopper, Husqvarna, and many other manufacturers.
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