Mower Care FAQ

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“How often should I service my lawn mower, tractor or snow blower?”

  • Most manufacturers recommend each piece of equipment be serviced at least once a year. All small engines use petroleum-based products. As the additives in the petroleum break down and the oil & gas is left to settle over long periods of time, it can cause sludge and a gummy residue. This residue can cause engines to run rough and even sometimes not at all. Also, the sludge can block key lubricating points which can cause rapid and excessive wear. Eventually, the engine could become completely ruined.

“How often should I sharpen my mowing blades?”

  • Sharpening cycles depend on the conditions encountered by the mower. In sandy or very dry conditions, the blades may need sharpening every two to three hours. At a minimum, the blades should be checked and sharpened if necessary before each day of operation. Keep an extra set of sharp blades handy to replace those that become dull or damaged during daily operation.

“What type of oil should I use in the hydraulic system?”

  • Any high-quality 15W-40 fully synthetic motor oil can be used.

Lawn Mower – Best Oil“How often should I check and service the hydraulic system?”

  • Hydraulic oil should be checked daily. Make sure the top of the tank is clean BEFORE removing the fill cap. Oil level should be 1 inch below the top of the tank. The hydraulic oil and filter should be changed every 500 hours, or once before the mowing season. Instructions for the oil and filter change can be found in the operator’s manual.

“How often should I grease, change oil, or otherwise service my mower?”

  • Complete service instructions and service recommendations can be found in the operator’s manual.

“Can I turn or space my wheels for a wider stance?”

  • No. The drive wheels should not be turned around. The rims are designed with a specific offset to center them on the wheel motor, plus the valve stems would be on the inside of the wheel, this makes checking the air pressure very difficult. Do not attempt to space the drive wheels for the same reason. Any wheel offset, or wheel change, could result in broken wheel motor shafts.

“How can I correct poor discharge or uneven cut?”

  • Poor discharge is a factor of blade tip and ground travel speed.
  • Always mow with the engine operating at full speed.
  • Regulate operation control with ground speed. At high ground speeds, the blades cannot cut the grass efficiently. When grass is high, the ground speed must be slowed down.
  • Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height. In high or lush grasses, the mower should be operated at its highest level of cut, and then re-cut at the final desired height of cut.
  • Uneven cut can be something as simple as incorrect tire pressure. NOTE: Check the operator’s manual for correct tire pressure.
  • Poor discharge and uneven cut can also be caused by damaged, unbalanced, or dull blades.
  • Grass build up under the deck can damage or wear the deck belt.
  • Check the operator’s manual on how to correctly set the cutting height of the deck.

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