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Monday, 07 March 2016 11:15

Maintenance Tips

In this installment we’re going to take you through some maintenance tips for the most common pulley applications; lawn mowers and snow blowers. With a few simple tasks your machine can purr for years to come. For the most up to date information on your specific machine please refer to the manual that came with it. If you don’t have the manual please contact the manufacturer of your machine for a copy.

 

 

 

 

Lawn Mowers

How to Maintain a Lawn Mower - This Old House

Simple Lawn Mower Tune-Up and Maintenance

Push Mower Maintenance – Lowe’s Home Improvement

How Does A Lawn Mower Work? — Repair & Troubleshooting Tips

NOTE: Before any maintenance, disengage the spark plug so the mower will not start.

 

Beginning of Season (Spring) Tips:

-          Change oil

-          Check air filter for dirt/debris, change as necessary

-          Change spark plug

-          Lubricate wheels and all moving cables

-          Check tire pressure

-          Check all nuts and bolts and tighten as necessary

-          Check blade for sharpness, sharpen/replace as necessary

-          Clean the undercarriage of the mower deck of debris and buildup

-          Gas should be stored in a proper container and out of direct sunlight

End of Season (Fall) Tips:

-          Run mower out of gas (for the health of the engine and carburetor)

-          Clean the undercarriage of the mower deck of debris and buildup

-          Spray lubricant on any bare metal structural parts to prevent rusting

 

 

 

Snow Blowers

How to Maintain Your Snow Blower - This Old House

How Does a Snowblower Work? — Repair & Troubleshooting Tips

NOTE: Before any maintenance, disengage the spark plug so the blower will not start.

 

Beginning of Season (Fall) Tips:

-          Change oil

-          Check spark plug, change as necessary

-          Check belts, change as necessary

-          Lubricate wheels and all moving parts

-          Check all nuts and bolts and tighten as necessary

-          Have spare shear pins on hand

-          Gas should be stored in a proper container and out of direct sunlight

End of Season (Spring) Tips:

-          Run blower out of gas (for the health of the engine and carburetor)

-          Clean the auger housing and impeller of debris and buildup

-          Spray lubricant on any bare metal structural parts to prevent rusting

 

 

Look Before you Pump

Ethanol Education for Equipment Users

Ethanol Education - Look Before You Pump!

Almost all unleaded fuel found at your average gas station today contains at least 10% ethanol (e.g. E10, E15, E85). Current outdoor power equipment is designed to handle up to 10% ethanol (E10) though the less ethanol in your gas the better. Special fuel containing no ethanol can also be purchased for your outdoor power equipment. There is much debate over ethanol’s corrosive properties and the effect it can have on engines and system parts not designed to handle it. As technologies update and adapt to be compatible with higher percentage ethanol fuels it will become safer and common place to use such fuels. As it stands currently though, current fuel systems are designed to run best and last the longest with E10 or less.

 

Additional Sources

Maintenance Tips for your Lawn Mower

http://www.repairclinic.com/Lawn-Mower-Maintenance-Tips

http://www.repairclinic.com/Snowblower-Maintenance-Tips

https://www.nmma.org/assets/cabinets/Cabinet528/CONSUMER-FACT-SHEET_BOAT.pdf

 

In the next installment we’ll show our employees’ favorite pulley applications and top picks from across the country.

 

If you have any questions or just want to chat please don’t hesitate to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a comment here.

 

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