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Removing Your Mower from Storage
February 2nd 2018 -

Preparing your mower for spring

The dormant months can be very hard on mowers and other outdoor power equipment. Before grass begins growing check your equiment to ensure a quality start in the spring. A lot of engines are difficult to start after the winter layoff. The Mower Shop offers complete tune-up kits, repower kits  for Honda, Toro, Hustler, Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki and Kohler. Proper maintenance and care will improve the life and quality of your lawn equipment. Here is a checklist to make sure your mower and handheld equipment is ready to start.

Before starting your equipment

Clean the dust and debris off your equipment
  • Clean the engine by hand making sure to keep water away from the air filter
  • You can use a garden hose to clean the frame and cutting deck, but keep water away from cables, springs and air filters
Inspect the cutting deck and frame
  • A clean deck is essential for the spring season
  • You can use water or a plastic putty knife to clean any debris
  • For riding equipment, check under the seat, around the battery and inside wheels for any dirt, debris or nests
Sharpen or replace the blade
  • While cleaning the deck, remove the blade for sharpening or replacing with a new OEM blade
  • A sharp, balanced blade relieves engine and belt stress during the peak of mowing season
  • Our Toro, Honda and Hustler blades are on sale at TheMowerShop.com.
Prepare the engine fluids and filters
  • Most walk power mowers feature an air filter, oil reservoir and spark plug. 
  • Many riders will include air filter, oil filter, fuel filter, spark plugs and oil reservoir.
  • Change all of these items according to your owners manual. 
  • No matter how much or how rarely you use a mower, these affordable parts will keep your engine running
  • The offseason is a perfect time to refresh all of these items with a tune-up kit or repower kit from TheMowerShop.com.
Start with Fresh fuel
  • Fuel deteriorates within a few weeks.
  • Dispose of all fuel leftover from last season. 
  • If there is any fuel in the tank from the prior season, drain the fuel or bring the mower to a professional to clean and flush the tank.
  • Fuel left in containers can be added to your car's fuel tank.
  • Purchase fresh fuel from a high quality fuel retailer. 
Check the deck level
  • During storage wheel adjusters often get bumped out of place
  • Check the deck level on a flat, paved surface

Starting your equipment

Fresh gasoline, clean oil, new spark plug and a spotless air filter all combine for an easy start.
  • Make sure your equipment is outside before starting
  • Starting on a paved surface will put less stress on the engine
  • Many engines no longer feature manual chokes or primer bulb systems, but always follow your owners manual 
For recoil start mowers, use a steady motion rather than brute force
  • When you pull on the rope, you are rotating the flywheel and cylinder of the engine.
  • Try a few easy pulls on the rope to allow fuel and air to move into the carburetor.
  • The flywheel and cylinder will have some dust and debris from the offseason, a few short rotations will clear any blockage
  • It may take a few attempts before the engine catches
  • Steady consistent motion will aide in the starting process
  • And it will keep your shoulder from popping out of socket
For electric start mowers, always charge your battery before starting
  • A full charge will help if multiple attempts are required
  • Never hold the ignition in the on position for longer than a 3 count
  • Consult your owners manual for full details

 Test operations before mowing

Allow the engine to run for 3 minutes before mowing
  • Listen to the engine
  • Any surging, sluggishness or metallic noise indicates maintenance is required
There may be a lot of exhaust after the dormancy
  • This should pass within a few minutes. 
  • If the exhaust does not dissipate or seems excessive, consult a professional
Engage the blades and transmission system
  • Test operations on a flat, paved surface. 
  • Pay attention to any sluggishness or metallic noise which indicates maintenance is required.
If everything functions properly, you are ready to start the season.

If you need any parts, simply enter your model number into the search bar at TheMowerShop.com