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7 Common Lawnmower Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

If you have a lawnmower that you use regularly, you will probably also have to do some maintenance on it. Servicing according to schedule and regular maintenance will help your lawnmower to run longer and better, and keep it in great condition. There are, however, some common mistakes people make when they use or maintain their lawnmowers. These include the following:

  • Neglecting to Check the Air Filter: Often, people do all the other things required, such as changing the oil and putting grease where it needs to go, but they forget to check the air filter. A dirty air filter can lead to all kinds of problems, such as distributing debris into the cylinder. This can cost a lot of money to fix!
  • Not Cleaning Off the Grass: Every time after the mower is used, it should be turned upside down and the underside should be swept clean of any grass cuttings. Grass clippings can cause rust and affect the airflow.
  • Not Sharpening Your Blades: With regular use, blades may have to be sharpened up to four times per year, and if you have particularly tough grass with roots or sticks, the blades may even have to be sharpened more often. If your lawnmower blades are dull, it will shred the grass instead of cutting it, causing it to look shabby. What you need is a neatly trimmed lawn, and not white streaks all over the grass!
  • Unsuitable Storage: Often, people think it is alright just to store the mower out of the elements, but it has to be safely stored away from vermin and moisture. If you do store your lawnmower in a garden shed, ensure that the shed is not damp and moist, or the lawnmower may rust.
  • Running the Lawnmower at The Incorrect RPM: Lawnmowers are designed to run at maximum speed because the high revs are supposed to pull air through the engine and keep it cool. Running the engine at a lower speed can prevent adequate air from entering the engine and bring the blade tip down, which will leave streaks on the lawn.
  • Cutting Grass That Is Too Tall: Pushing your lawnmower into high grass can damage the blades, result in a bad cut, and also put too much stress on the engine. If the grass is too tall, rather strim it first and then use the lawnmower to trim it down neatly.
  • Unsuitable Lawnmower: There are many different types of lawnmowers, and these are all suited to particular types of grass and lawn. You have to speak to your local lawnmower centre to find out which lawnmower will suit your needs the best.

If you want to find out more about how to properly maintain your lawnmower, give our team at Lawnmower Clinic a call. We sell a variety of lawnmowers suited to just about any type of grass, and we will be happy to provide you with tips and information about the correct lawnmower for your needs, as well as the best way to maintain your lawnmower. Call us today for more information!