Get your lawn mower ready for the season

How to properly prepare your lawn mower for the season?

Mower or gasoline trimmer is a modern, practical and functional tool that greatly simplifies the care of lawns, parks and lawns. The device quickly and smoothly mows the grass with minimal effort on the part of the user. For the tool to work reliably and trouble-free for several seasons, it is necessary to properly treat the lawnmower after preservation.

Trimmer for mowing grass on the site.

Rules for preparing the trimmer for winter storage

Perform all work on site. Mow the grass, trim branches and bushes. Do all the work in the countryside and only then begin to prepare the tool for preservation.

Leave fuel residue behind. Collect the liquid in a special container for storing mineral oil products and dispose of as prescribed. Leave fuel or heating oil mixture in the tank for a long period of time. Gasoline dissolves in winter and deposits form in the pipes and on the internal parts of the tool, which then affect the normal operation of the engine. If there is no way to dispose of the fuel, just start the engine and let it idle until it runs out of fuel.

Clean the trim parts. Inspect the tool from all sides. It should be free of oil and fuel leaks. If you find traces of fuel and lubricants, you should contact the service center to have the failure repaired. If there are no external stains, continue cleaning:

  • Wash the bar with a brush and warm water.
  • Wash and dry the air filter, and lubricate it with engine oil before installing it.
  • Clean the electrode with a metal brush.
  • Check for grease in the transmission, and add grease if necessary.

Lubricate the moving parts of the lawnmower. Unscrew the spark plugs, fill the hole with oil and turn the crankshaft several times so that the lubricant is evenly distributed in the cylinder (it is recommended that this procedure be repeated every month throughout the preservation period).

Remove the engine. Wrap the unit in a cloth bag to prevent water from getting into it during temperature changes.

Storage trimmer in the garage.Storing a lawn trimmer in the garage.

Store the trimmer hanging in a dry place. Preferably, keep the storage temperature constant. These simple trimmer maintenance tasks are enough to allow the unit to demonstrate its technical skills at the beginning of the new season.

Prepare your lawnmower for the season

Fuel Preparation. When using the lawnmower in the spring, it is recommended that you add a stabilizer additive to the gasoline. If the unit is equipped with a 2-stroke engine, carefully prepare the mixture in the specified parts. Stock of ready fuel should not exceed the monthly requirement, otherwise the liquid will lose its properties.

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Preparation of the engine. After preservation it is necessary to replace the spark plug. Clean the air filter and adjust the carburetor. Lawn trimmers wait to reduce fuel consumption. If your trimmer has a 4-stroke engine, check the level and condition of the engine oil. When changing the lubricants, change the oil filter at the same time.

If you have a gasoline trimmer, at the first start let it work without load for 3-5 minutes. During this time the oil is evenly distributed in the system, the parts rub against each other, the engine starts working steadily.

Check the lawnmower with an electronic grid and battery only for lubrication. The battery must be charged, and the cable can be extended.

Preparation of the fishing line. The materials from which the line is made, do not tolerate temperature changes and moisture, so it is recommended to store this element in a tight bag with the addition of water. To prepare for the season, soak the piece in water for a few days. This makes the fishing line elastic, and brittleness is eliminated.

Preparing the nozzles. Nozzles should be cleaned, lubricated, inspected for cracks and other defects. The cutting bodies are sharpened.

Safety precautions

Do not forget about safety when working with the trimmer. First provide the operator with personal protective equipment for feet, hands, eyes. During mowing, cut plant particles, small stones and branches at high speed can splash around the sense of the motor. It is better to work with the tool in overalls: pants, jacket, boots.

Working with a trimmer in the countryside.

Safety rules when working with a trimmer also provide for hearing protection. Headphones are worn mainly when mowing with a gas device with a two-stroke engine. Modern 4-stroke machines make much less noise.

Keep children, passersby, other people and pets at least 15 meters away when mowing. It is recommended to free the area as much as possible from branches, stones, stumps and other debris.

A few more helpful tips:

  • Set the handles and straps of the trimmer so that the tool rests comfortably in your hand;
  • Try not to touch the floor with the cutting head to extend the life of the blades;
  • Keep the leash away from fences, walls, and other hard objects to avoid rapid wear and tear.
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How to operate a lawn mower in wet weather

The petrol lawnmower can be used in all climates. Internal combustion engines tolerate moisture well, so they work fine even after rain. Note that most trimmers cannot be operated in heavy rain. Manufacturers note this in the device’s datasheet.

Electric motors are more susceptible to moisture than gasoline engines. If the engine is higher, the likelihood of getting wet is reduced. With a lawnmower, you can mow grass when wet, but you definitely can’t work in the rain. If water gets into the plug of the extension cord, there is a short circuit or spark in the mains, causing the tool to break down. There is also the possibility of electrocution of the operator.

How to mow the grass with a trimmer in areas with different terrain?

  • Level the lawn. Divide the area into several even squares. Mow each planned area in a spiral from the edges to the middle. The cut grass always stays to the left of the mower. Hold the minimum cut nozzle at a 30-degree angle and as close to the ground as possible.
  • Long grass. Mowing in two directions is most effective. For example, trim the tops of the plants from left to right, while the trimmer lowers a little deeper from right to left and trims the stem to the desired height. The higher the grass, the more you have to move.
  • Suspension. The top should be on the operator’s right and the grass is on the left. Looping starts from the bottom up and moves in horizontal rows across the width of the wave.

Mowing grass on a mountainside.

  • A place with trees and bushes. The trimmer is indispensable for working in places with obstacles. The line does not harm trees and allows you to remove grass in hard-to-reach places. It is advisable to separate obstacles on all sides before starting work, and then proceed to cut the grass in the rest of the area.
  • Trim the edges. It is convenient to replace sidewalks, paths, flowerbeds, alpine slides, etc. with the help of motorblocks. To do this, the cutting element is laid out in an upright position. By preparing a groove along the cutting line, the work becomes more precise.

During the summer season, it is recommended to clean the air filter regularly and check the condition of the cooling radiator. Dirty elements cause the engine to overheat. Check the tool for visible damage, follow the maintenance and repair plan, and then the trimmer will serve you for several years without failures.

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Self-preparation for the gasoline lawnmower season

Self-preparing for the gasoline lawnmower season

Almost any equipment, and especially garden equipment, which operates in quite difficult field conditions, requires competent maintenance. Even a simple and minimal maintenance – significantly increases the useful service life, and the process of work itself makes easier and even more pleasant. Engines in this case start “with a half a turn” and work powerfully, reliably, without a roar and garbage.

Minimal maintenance of their own devices can offer their owner independently without visiting the service center. With this article as an example, we’ll cover the necessary work that needs to be done on a gasoline lawnmower. With other gasoline lawn mowers, it will be about the same.

After last season and wintering in a cold shed, the lawn mower requires both cleaning and quality lubrication. Exterior cleaning was done in the fall before storage, but now the lawnmower needs to be prepared for the upcoming grass and weed control in a more unprincipled and thorough manner.

First, you need to remove the protective covers from the gasoline lawnmower engine, which will facilitate access to the main components and simplify the work itself. You will be able to properly inspect the starter, remove dust, dry grass particles and other debris under the housing, which affects the normal cooling of the engine. And as you know, it’s airborne, so it’s the cleanliness of the engine that contributes to its quality.

The engine cover is fastened with self-tapping screws. Put the starter handle through the hole and remove the cover. Now you can remove the starter unit and get access to the main components of the engine. To do this, unscrew the 3 screws that fasten both the starter “starter” and the oil fan cladding. The starter is carefully cleaned of debris and inspect the starter cable. If you find that it is damaged, it must be replaced with a new one after disassembling the “starter” by yourself.

A slightly “decomposed” cable can be restored with any elastic glue (rubber, PVA). That is, one that glues the lint to each other, but the glue stop remains elastic. After expanding the fan cladding, clean the cladding itself and the fan wings from dirt with a coarse brush with long bristles.

Lawn after winter

Ignition system.

The ignition system of the lawnmower is arranged as follows. There is a permanent magnet in the flywheel of the engine. If it “flies” close to the magnetic poles, the magnetic flux closes and an electromotive force is induced in the magnetic coil. The electronic circuitry shortens this pulse in time and creates a powerful pulse sufficient to electrically penetrate the spark plug track. The quality of the spark makes it easier to start the lawnmower engine.

Therefore, we perform the following operations. First, unscrew the spark plug and carefully inspect it. If the lawnmower worked properly last season, it is better to replace it with a new one, even if the old one still looks quite decent. The new will still be better. Of course, you should check the distance between the electrodes of the plug in advance. Bending the L-shaped electrode by 0,5 – 0,6 mm, but no more, is considered optimal. Otherwise, the performance of the magic system may be insufficient, and the spark will be either weak or there will be no spark at all.

Now it’s time for the magnet. If the lawnmower started without problems, you can limit yourself to cleaning and visually checking the wires. If there have been problems before, however, check the clearance between the magnet and the flywheel. The smaller it is, the better the spark will be. However, the magnetite should not be pressed against the flywheel. There is a simple way to check and adjust this clearance. Take an aluminum beer can and cut a strip out of it. Once you’ve got the magnetik bracket sorted out and placed the aluminum strip between its poles and the flywheel, press the magnetik with a blanket and tighten the screws. Then pull the strip out with pliers.

Next, we check the brake system. It was designed to stop the engine quickly when it is turned off. The brake pad is pressed against the engine flywheel and the ignition wire is shorted at the same time. Of course, both the block and the flywheel must be clean. If necessary, the brake pad is replaced or adjusted. It is also cleaned and then the cables and brake spring are lubricated. An aerosol lubricant is handy.

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Changing the oil in the engine crankcase.

It should be carried out in accordance with the instructions to the gasoline lawnmower, but at least once a season, even if mowed very little. Because the oil oxidizes and its lubricating properties are reduced.

To pick up the old oil, tilt the lawnmower toward the drain hole and put a piece of wood or something else under the wheels. To keep the used oil out of the protective cap, a small groove is cut into the plastic bottle so that it flows into the replacement container without contaminating it. When all the oil has expired, the hole is closed and new oil is poured to the desired stand through the oil filler neck.

Oil of the viscosity recommended by the manufacturer should be used. It doesn’t make sense to use more liquid and expensive types, as the engine doesn’t have an oil pump and the lubrication happens due to the oil mist. And the lawnmower works at positive temperatures. And expensive oils only show their properties in extreme situations.

The assembly and installation of all protective sheets is done in reverse order.

The final step of the self-inspection is a thorough inspection of the knives. On different forums you can mirror each other, whether to sharpen them or not. Of course, as practice shows, it is better to stick to the latter option. Of course, if they have significant mobbing and bends from the bricks you insistently tried to make, they should be removed.

But hiding the edge to razor sharp doesn’t make sense. And the arguments here will be as follows. First, the trimmer in fishing, as a rule, is round. And nothing, it cuts the grass perfectly. Second, the grass itself is better when it is not cut, but decomposed. Grass tips that are cut tend to turn yellow and dry quickly. And clipped ones will quickly overgrow and heal their wound. And in the end, no matter how you sharpen your knives, they will go into their normal working state after half an hour. That is, it will be a metal edge with a rounded diameter of 0.5 mm. The knife cuts the grass due to the force of impact, inertia, and not sharpness. Therefore, it is necessary to remove only noticeable burrs with a file or a sharpening stone and that will be enough.

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