Preparing your lawnmower, leaf blower and chainsaw can seem like an onerous task, especially if you aren’t sure where to start. But in order to get the most out of your equipment, you should be well prepared before it’s time to start mowing and blowing! Below are some tips that will help you get your power equipment ready for the season.
The easiest way to ensure you have clean oil is by using a pre-mixed formula
one that already contains solvents and cleaning agents. This will ensure you have a pristine condition for running maintenance-free through all of winter’s chill. We recommend any of these top picks: Lucas 100% Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil, Auto Lube Solaris SAE 20W/50 4QT can or Royal Purple Max Clean High Performance Engine Formula Synthetic Blend Oil. Not only do they provide essential cleaning properties, but they also help extend engine life and performance so you can enjoy your time outside without worrying about damage or costly repairs down the road. It’s always a good idea to run a test run with both fuel and oil before using any piece of machinery for years to come.
Use a small wrench to loosen up any stuck or rusted parts
The first and most crucial step to getting started before every single cut is doing an inspection on your equipment. The last thing you want is to damage a pristine condition machine by trying to start it up without checking all its parts first. Take a small wrench and loosen up any stuck or rusted parts (or cover them with silicon oil, if they won’t budge). If you discover any part of your mower has suffered any kind of damage, contact professional landscaping machinery technicians right away for replacement. Do not try repairing or replacing parts yourself—this should always be handled by experts. Your lawnmower is one of those tools that can very easily cause serious injuries if it isn’t handled correctly.
Keep an eye out for excessive heat or coolant leaks
Pristine condition, yes. But even brand new machinery can give you trouble if you don’t keep up on basic maintenance. If there are any indicators of excessive heat or coolant leaks, call a service professional immediately. Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment is able to diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment problems so that you can get back to work as soon as possible. We understand that downtime is expensive and we want you to enjoy all that your garden has to offer without worry. There is nothing worse than being caught outside without a tool you need for simple tasking like turning off a sprinkler head or clearing debris from around plants.
Test out all gears to make sure they move freely and easily
Before you take your snow blower out for a spin, it’s wise to do a bit of testing. That means checking out all gears and moving parts, making sure everything moves freely and easily. That way you won’t have any unpleasant surprises when you start clearing paths or driveways. It’s especially important to test areas that typically have issues, like blades or chute handles. Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment can also make sure all wiring is secure, keeping you safe as you move around using your machine. Properly preparing before using is an easy way to ensure a pleasant experience overall; don’t let unanticipated issues ruin winter fun.
Inspect your spark plug, replace if necessary
First and foremost, if you have a gas-powered tool like a weed whacker, you’ll need to make sure that it has a spark plug and that it is securely connected. If you don’t know much about using tools or can’t remember when you last changed out your spark plug then we recommend bringing it into an authorized Anderson Outdoor Power Equipment dealer. You want to make sure that all of your tools are in good working order before they start getting wet and cold so scheduling an appointment with an outside service provider might be wise depending on how comfortable you are fixing or repairing things yourself. If at all possible, try to avoid changing out spark plugs while they are still cold.
Look into replacing your battery. If it’s over three years old, consider getting a new one.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s also important to note. Even if you have an automatic battery charger, batteries do have a shelf life and can lose capacity over time. If you’re on year four and notice that your yard tools aren’t lasting as long, it might be time for a new battery. It’s always best to check manufacturer specs first though so you’re sure you’re getting what you need.
When all else fails, check the fuel line, run it through some gas, and start her up!
If you’re having issues getting your lawn mower, weed eater, chainsaw or any other gas-powered equipment to turn on, check to see that there is sufficient fuel in it. Even if a carburetor requires a manual priming when there isn’t enough gas and air mixed to allow combustion (mowers are like that), it may still refuse to fire up when run out of fuel. So go ahead and try giving it some gasoline. If it starts right up, you may have just saved yourself a trip back to the store for more than just more fuel. It’s also possible that you didn’t drain all of last year’s gas from your tank, so starting fresh would probably fix things too.