Summer lawn mower maintenance

It’s the end of June and much of the country has been regularly mowing their lawns for weeks if not months in some parts of the country. If you’ve diligently been cutting the lawn with your walk-behind lawn mower or riding tractor, it may be time for some mid-season maintenance. Regular tune ups will keep your lawn mower running smoothly and extend the life over time. The chart below is a good reference tool to determine if your equipment is ready for a tune up.

Engine Maintenance Schedule

Need to perform a tune up? Check out our tune up videos for walk-behind mowers and lawn and garden tractors. These tune up how-to videos will take you step by step through the process. A great resource for beginners, but they’re also good for those who need to brush-up on best practices or those who have purchased a new model.

Tom Billigen, training manager with the customer education department, does a great job demonstrating and talking you through how to change the air filter, change the spark plug, change the oil filter (in tractor models) and change the oil on both walk-behind and riding lawn mowers, and keep fuel fresh with stabilizer. He shows you all the tools you’ll need and talks about different methods when appropriate. Most of this information is good for all models, but be sure to consult your operator’s manual before you begin your tune up, as there are differences between models.

How-to videos are excellent tools for those aspiring DIYers to learn the basics. What may seem confusing written down with illustrations becomes perfectly clear when you can watch someone doing it. Just grab your operator’s manual and follow along—they’re only 8-11 minutes long.

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