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It’s Time to Winterize and Organize for the Coming Spring

Saturday, January 19 2013 12:28 PM

If you’re looking for a weekend job that allows you to spend a little time out in the garage, this is the perfect time of year to get out there and winterize and organize before the spring arrives. It may seem like the winter is a long haul, but spring 2013 arrives on March 20th – meaning that in just a couple of months you may be out in the lawn and putting down some kind of slow-release fertilizer and crabgrass preventer. Soon after that, you’ll be getting ready for your first mowing. That’s only 60 or 70 days from now, so get to work on your lawn mower and organize that garage before it’s too late!

Winterizing a lawn mower is a simple process. Most mowers – whether they’re push mowers or riding mowers – require an oil change, a new oil filter, an air filter replacement, and a new spark plug. Some mowers require the addition of a fuel stabilizer. Some require you to run the fuel tank dry. All of them need blade sharpening. It’s always a good idea to consult your owner’s manual before you start working on your mower, as every make and model is likely to be different. A mower runs best during the mowing season when you take the time to care for it in a manner that was recommended by the manufacturer. It may come as a bit of a surprise to some that a late-model lawn mower is expected to last (and run well) for ten years or more. If you ever took an auto shop class in high school, you probably already know that lawn mowers don’t have many parts or systems that require maintenance. A complete winterizing – or even a tune-up – is something you can do in a couple of hours.       

Before winterizing your mower, you’ll want to consider the following. The typical push mower weighs anywhere from 80 lbs to 120 lbs. If you have a riding lawn mower, those can easily weigh in at 300 lbs to 500 lbs. These are not devices that you want to attempt to lift by yourself during maintenance, tune-ups, or winterizing. If you value your back and your overall health, you’ll consider a mower lift that’s specifically designed and built to lift your mower type.

The MoJack EZ is ideal for riding mowers up to 300 lbs and features a screw jack and safety-lock pin system to prevent instability during maintenance. If you have a larger, heavier riding mower or ZTR mower, you may want to consider a MoJack XT. The XT has a lifting capacity of up to 500 lbs. (front-end only). The MoJack PRO, with its front-end lifting capacity of 750 lbs., is a real work horse. The Pro also features a self-braking winch and ratcheting safety-lock.

The other garage chore you may want to consider is a complete cleaning and organization job before spring arrives. It’s time to inventory all of your lawn and garden equipment, make any repairs or re-stocking needed. With only two months before the weeding, feeding, and mowing season begins in certain areas of the country, you’ll want to be ready. If you need some tips on garage cleaning and organization, we recommend you click here and read that article at the MoJack blog.