Tips & Advice
What are some reasons why a lawnmower might not start?
For gas-powered lawnmowers, the primary reasons for a failure to start are lack of gas, water in the fuel system, broken or faulty spark plug, and engine seizure. For electric mowers, check to make sure the mower is plugged in and that the cord itself is not damaged.
What are the most common lawn mower issues?
When a lawn mower issue arises, it generally results in the either the mower’s inability to start or its inability to cut properly. The most common causes of these issues include:
- Clogged air filter
- Flooded engine
- Dead spark plug
- Overfilling of oil
- Dull cutting blade
- A dirty undercarriage
- Gasoline or oil that is too old and has gone stale
- Overheated engine
What are the different types of lawn mowers?
Reel mowers are those without engines that use a series of vertically spinning blades to slice the grass, much like a pair of scissors would. These mowers are typically smaller and are pushed manually by an operator. But larger reel mowers can be towed behind tractors or multipurpose vehicles, which is how most golf course lawns are maintained. These mowers make shallow cuts and disperse the clippings broadly back over the lawn. This is known as grasscycling. a form of self-fertilizing, and is generally considered to be good for the grass’ health and longevity.
Rotary mowers generally have a single blade that spins horizontally and is powered by a small gas or electric engine. These mowers can be adjusted to cut thick or shallow grass and disperse the clippings neatly to one side, greatly easing the process of clean up. Rotary mowers can be pushed manually, ridden by a driver, or towed behind tractors and multipurpose vehicles.
What are basic maintenance tasks for keeping a lawn mower in good repair?
- Clean blades and the undercarriage of clippings and dirt at least once per year to prevent rusting
- Change oil, air filter, and spark plug once every one to two years
- If the mower is being stored for a long period of time, such as during the winter, drain the remaining gas and oil
How often should the spark plugs of a lawn mower be changed?
Lawn mower spark plugs should be changed every one to two years.
How often should the blades of a lawn mower be sharpened?
Lawn mower blades should be sharpened every one to two 1 to 2 months, or around twice each season.
How often should the oil in a lawn mower be changed?
Lawn mower oil should be changed every one to two years, depending on the mower’s frequency of use.
What is the average lifespan of a lawn mower?
A lawn mower’s life span can depend on a variety of factors, the most important are frequency of use, lawn size, and mower maintenance. With proper maintenance and average usage, most lawn mowers last between eight and 10 years. A mower that is improperly maintained and used very frequently can last about half that time.
What are the benefits of a push mower?
- Allow greater overall mobility and precision when cutting because of their smaller size
- Cheaper and easier to maintain than riding mowers
- Encourage aerobic exercise by allowing the user to propel the mower forward with their body
What causes lawn mowers to smoke?
The usual cause of lawn mower smoke is burning oil. This can happen due to excess oil in the chamber or the mower being operated at an angle greater than 15 degrees. In both cases, oil spills into other (much hotter) engine compartments and smolders.