Dirty Lawn Mower Blades

With the start of spring, many people are excited to get outside and spruce up their yards. But after the cold temperatures of winter, your outdoor tools may not be in tip-top shape - it’s important to take some time to troubleshoot any potential issues with your landscape equipment before using them again! Here are some tips for troubleshooting common landscape equipment issues after a long winter.

Check for Rust: One of the most common problems with landscaping tools and equipment is rust. Overwintering can cause metal parts on your lawn mower or leaf blower to corrode and become rusted over time. Inspect all exposed metal surfaces to detect any rust, which can be easily removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. If the rust is severe, you may need to replace the affected parts before using your tools again.

Clean and Lubricate: Before starting up your landscape equipment after a long winter, make sure to clean it thoroughly. This will help remove any dirt, debris, or corrosion that has accumulated over time. Additionally, it’s important to lubricate all moving parts - this will help keep them running smoothly for longer periods of time and reduce wear and tear on the machinery.

Check Air Filters: Most outdoor power tools are powered by engines that require air filters in order to run properly. Overwintering can cause air filters to become clogged with dust and dirt, which can reduce performance or even prevent the engine from running. Make sure you check your air filter regularly and replace it if necessary.

Check for Leaks: After a long winter, it’s important to check all hoses and connections for any signs of wear-and-tear or potential leaks. If there are any rips or tears in the hoses, make sure you replace them before using your landscape equipment again. Additionally, it’s important to inspect all fluid levels - such as oil and gasoline - before starting up an engine.

Stale or Old Fuel: Old or stale fuel can cause performance issues with all types of outdoor power tools. If the gasoline in your lawn mower has been sitting for a while, make sure to drain the tank and refill it with fresh fuel before starting the engine. This will help keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently. Gasoline usually lasts only two to three months, so make sure to check the date on your fuel before using it.

Test It Out: Finally, once you’ve checked all of the above items, it’s time to test out your landscape equipment! Start the engine and make sure it runs smoothly. If you have any doubts or concerns, have a certified technician inspect it before using it again.

In conclusion, it's important to take the time to troubleshoot any potential issues with your landscape equipment before using them again after a long winter. By taking the necessary steps such as checking for rust, cleaning and lubricating parts, checking air filters, checking for leaks, and testing out the machine, you can save yourself time and money in the future. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to spruce up your yard as soon as possible without any problems arising! Happy landscaping!

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Editor's Note: Check our Landscaping Guide daily as we are constantly adding new listings to this part of our site. Also, be sure to help your fellow North Hillsers north of Pittsburgh by commenting on our listings so others know who is the best of the best when it comes to lawn and garden. 

Matt De Reno is the publisher of Across North Hills and a writer based in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. 

 

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