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Fall Lawn Mower (and Other Power Tool) Maintenance So it Works in the Spring

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThanksgiving is in the rear view mirror. As far as yard work goes, you may have to blow leaves one last time and then yard work and gardening is done for the year.

Once the annuals are pulled from the flower beds, once the spring flowering bulbs are planted, once the leaves are raked up, once the perennials are cut back, and once the lawn is mowed for the final time before winter, there is only one more chore to complete.

Take care of lawn mowers and hand power tools before you put them in winter storage. This step helps sustain the life of the engine, thus the life of the tool. And, it makes getting started in the spring that much easier.

Doing fall power tool maintenance with a riding or walk-behind lawnmower makes the task a breeze. And, this is expensive equipment which should be properly taken care of. Monnick Supply can take care of all your seasonal equipment for you, including lawnmowers, snow blowers, power washers and all of your other power tools.

Here is a “Before Winter Storage” checklist for you lawnmower:

For riding mowers remove the ignition key and unplug the spark plug before starting on the maintenance of the machine. Clean the mower, as well as the grass catcher, with a brush or cloth to remove all debris. Clean out the underside of the mower, but do not use a hose to accomplish this unless the manufacturer’s manual notes this is acceptable.

If the mower blade needs sharpening this is the time to take on this task. Follow the manual’s instructions to remove the blade, and then sharpen it or have it sharpened. While the blade is off, clean underneath the deck to remove accumulated grass clippings. Carefully follow all the directions in the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer. In the long run this will save time and money.

Again while the mower is disengaged (ignitions key removed, spark plug disengaged) clean the dirt and debris from the oil fill area. Drain the old engine oil. Replace the oil filter. Add new oil. Turn the mower on and run it briefly to let the new oil lubricate the engine’s internal parts.

Other tips for mowers include replacing the fuel and air filters, lubricate the mower, replace belts if necessary and replace the spark plug if necessary. Depending on the brand, some mowers should be stored with the fuel tank full and others with an empty tank.

Walk-behind power lawn mowers require many of the same steps before winter storage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided in the manual and don’t hesitate to call the company or the retailer if the directions are unclear.

Care of hand tools before winter storage is much simpler than caring for mowers. Remove all soil from the tools. If washing is required, make sure they are thoroughly dried when finished. If extra elbow grease is needed, consider using a wire brush to clean the tools. Those tools with wooden handles should be re-energized by treating with linseed oil. Sharpen the cutting edges of hand tools, including trowels, shovels, clippers and hoes.

Make sure rust has been removed from the tools. Cleaning the tools is important not only as a means of protecting an investment, but also because it eliminates the chance of spreading plant diseases or viruses found in the soil when used next year.

Not a DIYer or just don’t have time? No problem, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough.

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Buy Power Tools on Black Friday for Every DIY on your List

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAIf you have someone on your holiday shopping list who is a DIY kind of person, then Black Friday Sales are for you. If the upcoming holiday season has the purchase some new power tools on your list, we have some ideas as to some power tools that every DIY should own.

Power Hand Plane

This tool is used for shaping wood, removing thin layers of wood and smoothing and straightening edges.

Small angle grinder

Use a small angle grinder for removing paint and rust. This tool can also for sharpening and cutting tiles.

Table saw

A table saw is good for any general repairs that you may need doing.

Orbital palm sander

Perfect for small jobs and can be used on furniture, ceilings, walls, floors and any kind of woodwork.

Reciprocating saw

This tool is generally used for remodeling and demolition work. The reciprocating saw is can cut through leather, green, rubber, metal, linoleum and plastic.

Compound miter saw

This saw is also known as a chop saw and is used to get precisely cut angles.

Circular saw

Great for cutting across and along the grain. They are usually used for cutting wood, but you an also get blades for cutting masonry, plastic and metal.

Cordless drill

You will use this all the time, it is a must have. A cordless drill is essential for any DIY project.

For all of your new power tool needs, contact Monnick Supply or come visit us on Black Friday in Marlborough and Framingham.

How to Choose the Right STIHL Chainsaw

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 15, 2018

If you're considering purchasing a new STIHL chainsaw but you aren't sure which one is right for the tasks you have, the STIHL How-to series can help.

Consider the following when making your choice:

  1. How experienced are you with a chainsaw?
  2. What do you plan to cut?
  3. How big is the wood you plan to cut?

For more info about STIHL chainsaws, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough AND Now in Framingham too!

Extend the Life Of Your Lawn Mower and Snow Blower with Season Changing Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 09, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAA little bit of routine small engine maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your lawn mower or snow blower. As you move into a new season, get out your easy-to-follow Changing of the Guard checklist and make sure your machine is ready to go next time you need it. No one has time for down time.

From oil filters to blades and protective covers, our independent hardware store has the parts you need to properly store your equipment and get you ready for the season ahead.

Fall Checklist

Add Stabilizer and Fresh Fuel to Your Lawn Mower

Most engine manufacturers recommend using a fuel stabilizer or draining the fuel system before putting the machine into storage. If you use a fuel stabilizer, mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank about 3/4 full (using low ethanol gasoline) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to make sure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. If equipped, turn the fuel valve to the off position. Note: It’s okay to add fuel stabilizer to your gas can with each fill up.

Change the Oil and Spark Plug

Change the oil and filter if equipped. Replace with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter type.

Clean the Blades and Undercarriage

Clean the unit: wipe or blow off the clippings and debris from the top of the unit and check the belt(s) and idler pulleys for wear. Check the blades, as now is a great time to replace or sharpen the blades. Remove the ignition key and/or the spark plug wire before working under the mower deck.

Properly Store Your Lawn Mower

Let your lawn mower hibernate for the winter in a cool, dry place. Protect your lawn mower from the elements with a Lawn Mower Cover.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Contact Monnick Supply to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance.

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