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Fresh Cut Grass – Riding Mower Maintenance Checklist

Friday, July 12 2013 12:39 PM

Cutting the grass and taking care of the yard- that’s a favorite pastime. Regular maintenance of your riding mower? That seems burdensome.

Riding mower maintenance is not always enjoyable. We understand.

Unfortunately, if you wish to get the most out of your lawn equipment and avoid performance problems, routine maintenance is necessary.

Below we have compiled a maintenance checklist to use with your riding lawn mower. Before proceeding with maintenance, ensure your mower is on a flat, level surface and the engine is cool. Also disconnect the battery cables as a safety precaution.

  1. Read the Owner’s Manual – There are few people who can provide better instructions and tips for using and maintaining your riding mower than the manufacturer. Reading the owner’s manual is the first step. Although the content can be spiritless, it is important and useful.

  2. Oil Check / Change – It’s simple: your mower performs best when it has clean oil. The oil cleans, cools, and lubricates the engine of your mower – which helps the engine stay healthy for the years to come. It is recommended to clean or change the oil filter after every 25 hours of use. If you mow dusty areas, you may consider changing the filter even more often. Here is an excellent video by Lowes onHow to Change Oil in a Riding Lawn Mower.

  3. Sharpen or Replace Cutting Blades – For a consistent, fresh-cut grass, maintenance should include sharpening or replacement of the mower blades – especially after a winter break. Routinely inspecting the condition of your blades throughout the mowing season is recommended. Consider our MoJack Riding Mower Lifts for easy hoisting of your riding lawn mower. With a riding mower lift, replacing or sharpening mower blades no longer needs to be time-consuming, difficult or tedious.

  4. Spark Plug Check – It is worthwhile to routinely clean your spark plugs to ensure all dirt, grime and corrosion is minimal. If the cylinder is firing, your spark plugs should be okay. Unless you have issues starting or running the mower, the spark plugs seem to be performing properly. For optimal consistency and to avoid sudden failures, consider replacing your spark plugs every Spring, before your busy mowing season. For detailed instructions on how to replace spark plugs yourself, see this article: How To Replace Spark Plugs in Riding Lawn Mower

    Mower Maintenance Checklist for Fresh Cut Grass

  5. Tire Pressure and Tread Check – Ensure your tires are inflated properly before and after every use of your riding mower. Also routinely inspect the tire tread, as a lower tire will negatively impact the cut of your grass.

  6. Cleaning – Grass build up in the undercarriage can lead to a blockage of the discharge chute. This obstruction leads to a bad cut of your grass. Ensure you regularly clean the deck of your lawn mower before and after every mowing session.