Lawn mowers can be an expensive purchase, so following the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule is important for the greatest return on your investment. A properly maintained mower ensures that it will operate safely and last for many years to come.
For detailed maintenance schedules always consult your mower's owners manual. Generally a lawn mower maintenance schedule will consist of the following.
After the first 5 operating hours
- Change the engine oil.
Before each use
- Inspect mower blades for wear or damage.
- Clean under the mowing housing.
Every 25 hours
- Check the blade and engine mounting fasteners, and tighen them if loose.
Every 50 hours
- Ensure that the blade stops within 3 seconds after releasing the blade control bar.
- Lubricate the wheels.
- Clean the air filter (more frequently in dusty conditions).
- Change the engine oil (more often in dusty conditions).
- Clean or replace the spark plug.
- Check for leaks in the fuel system and/or deteriorating fuel hose. Replace parts if necessary.
- Replace blade or have it sharpened (more frequently if the edge dulls quickly).
Every 100 hours
- Clean the cooling system (refer to owner's manual).
Refer to owners manual for additional maintenance procedures.