3 Tips For Keeping Your Lawn Mower In Good Shape

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Outdoor power equipment is expensive. If you want your outdoor power equipment to last a long time, you need to make sure that you take proper care of it. Here are three tips that will help you keep your lawn mower in good shape for a long time. 

Store Your Lawn Mower Somewhere Safe

When you are not using your lawn mower, you should not just park it on the side of your yard. You should store your lawn mower somewhere safe where it is protected from the elements. Ideally, you should store your lawn mower in your garage or shed after every use.

If you don't have a garage or shed where you can store your lawn mower, and you have to park it outside, you can still take steps to protect it. Park your lawn mower onto of a cement slab, wooden board, or a tarp. Keep it off the ground so that it stays dry. Then, put a lawn mower cover on top of your mower. If you don't have one, place a tarp on top of it. A tarp will keep the water off your lawn mower when it is wet outside and will protect it from the sun on warm days. 

Replace Your Blades Every Year

Before you start a new mowing season, you should replace the blades on your lawn mower so that way you know you are starting off the mowing season with sharp blades. Sharp blades will keep your grass healthier - they will produce a cleaner cut and allow your grass to heal and grow more quickly than when your blade is dull and creates a jagged cut. 

Once you get into the mowing season, you should inspect your blades at least once a month, and perhaps more often depending on how frequently you mow your lawn. You should sharpen your blades whenever they start to get dull. 

Check The Oil & Gas Levels Before Starting Your Mower

Before you use your mower each time, you should check your oil and gas levels. Make sure that the oil is filled up to the fill line. If it is not, add more oil before you start your mower. 

Then, check your gas and make sure that you have enough to get the job done. If you don't, refill your fuel before you get started. With every container of gas that you use, you should add a fuel stabilizer to it. That will keep deposits from building up and hurting your mower's engine. 

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15 January 2016