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Lawn Mower Maintenance

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Spring is almost here, and that means it’s almost mowing season again! For some of us, we hate that three-letter word “mow,” and would rather hire a lawn mowing service.

But, for those of us who are into mowing our own yards, now’s the time to get the lawn mowers serviced and ready to go for the upcoming new season!

Depending on the type of lawn mower you use, it’s best to refer to the Owner’s Manual for a schedule of how to keep your mower in good shape. However, nearly all mowers can stand to have these three tasks done to them when it comes to service. Danny Lipford, an expert on home improvement, recommends these three steps for Lawn Mower Maintenance:

1. Change the Oil. Danny recommends that even if you don’t think the oil needs changed – change it anyway. Changing the oil will help clear out any of the dust and debris left over from last season.

2. Change the Spark Plug. This will ensure that your mower starts this season.

3. Clean the air filter. Some mowers even come with an accordion-like filter that needs to be replaced. If you’re filter-less, make sure to clear out any leftover debris from the past season(s.)

Danny also suggest ways to clean the mower blades, and ideas for different types of mowers. Click here to read all of his suggestions on lawn mower maintenance.

How to Sharpen Your Mower’s Blade for a Clean Cut

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sharpen-lawn-mower-bladeDon’t put off sharpening your lawn mower’s blade any longer. A freshly sharpened blade keeps your mower maintained and your lawn healthy.

Take a few minutes to follow these 10 steps to sharpen your mower’s blade for a cleaner cut:

1. Disconnect the spark plug wire in order to prevent the lawn mower from accidentally starting.

2. Drain out all of the gas from the mower.

3. Tip the mower so its lying on it side. Clamp a piece of wood to the deck to keep the blade from moving.

4. Use a socket or wrench to remove the blade from the mower(If it’s too tight, spray on some lubricant.)

5. Place the blade in a vice to make sharpening easier.

6. Begin sharpening the blade by running a metal file along the edge. Keep the file at a 40 to 45 degree angle against the blade. (To be sure, check manufacturer information for the exact angle.)

7. Continue moving the file in short, smooth strokes in the direction of the cutting edge. Count the same number of strokes on each side of the blade to keep it balanced.

8. If there is extensive damage to the blade, use a bench grinder to sharpen the blade. Move the blade in a back and forth motion against the wheel of the grinder.

9. Use a balancer to ensure the balance of the blade. If you don’t own a balancer, place the blade on a wooden dowel to see if it lies flat. If it tilts, file the side that doesn’t tilt up until it is able to lie flat.

10. Clean off old grass clippings under the mower before attaching the blade. Then, reinstall the blade carefully and securely.

 

For more information on lawn care and keeping your lawn healthy, contact your local experts at Olympic Lawn & Landscape today at 816-875-9296.

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