DIY Lawnmower Maintenance
Nobody doubts that there is a direct relationship between the effort invested in maintaining a lawnmower and its life expectancy.
For the typical domestic garden owner and perhaps even some who are mowing commercially sized areas of lawn, regular maintenance typically means some relatively low-key activities at the end of each full cut.
That might include things such as safely cleaning down the cutting surfaces as well as elements of the undercarriage and bodywork where grass and soil may have accumulated. It will also probably be sensible practice to quickly check oil levels and lubrication points.
Periodically it might also be advisable to try and find an hour or so for a rather more detailed inspection and the greasing of moving parts and checking of shafts/belts, as recommended by your owner’s manual.
During those occasional ‘DIY services’ you should also be thinking about changing things such as oil or fuel filters etc.
Depending upon a number of factors, from time to time your mower may need a rather more substantial overhaul. Unless you really are an expert with things like engines and cutting edge sharpening, these types of more significant service are probably best left to an experienced maintenance shop with the appropriate tools and more importantly, the knowledge to do a good job.
Just what that entails will vary depending upon the type of mower you are using (e.g. mid-mounted or zero turn mowers), how often you use it and for what type of cutting.
Here’s a friendly word of warning to those farmers and heavier use owners who like to do everything themselves including full servicing. Be careful because professionals sometimes have to spend time sorting out problems that have been caused by, let’s say, slightly over-confident attacks by amateurs on the internals of the mower!
Whatever your individual situation, don’t neglect the maintenance of your mower. If you do, you could end up buying a new one a lot earlier than is necessary.