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Wicked Local Readers’ Choice Awards: Vote for Monnick Supply!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

oting for the Wicked local readers’ choice favorites open! Help your community by recognizing the small, locally owned businesses in your neighborhood.

We know Monnick Supplyhas been your favorite local hardware store for local shopping. We thank you for choosing us over the years. We welcome you to cast your vote and help us "officially" win that distinction!

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Wicked Local Readers’ Choice Awards: Vote for Monnick Supply!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Voting for the Wicked local readers’ choice favorites open! Help your community by recognizing the small, locally owned businesses in your neighborhood.

We know Monnick Supply has been your favorite local hardware store for local shopping. We thank you for choosing us over the years. We welcome you to cast your vote and help us "officially" win that distinction!

Click here to vote!

Monnick Supply - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

The Best Small Engine Maintenance Schedule for Outdoor Power Equipment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Small Engine Maintenance Schedule

You can avoid many small engine problems and save money on parts and repairs if you follow a regular maintenance schedule.

Always be sure to consult your operator's manual for special guidelines for your make and model. Service is more frequently required for heavy use or under dusty or dirty conditions especially for regularly used outdoor power products like a snow blower or lawn mower engine.

After First 5 Hours

  • Change oil

Every 8 Hours or Daily

  • Check engine oil level
  • Clean area around muffler and controls
  • Clean finger guard

Every 25 Hours or Annually

  • Clean air filter*
  • Clean pre-cleaner*

Every 50 Hours or Annually

  • Change engine oil
  • Check muffler and spark arrester

Annually

  • Replace air filter
  • Replace pre-cleaner
  • Replace spark plug
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Clean air cooling system*

* In dusty conditions or when airborne debris is present, clean more often.

Engine Break-In Procedure

Breaking in the engine is a good practice for new lawn mowers or outdoor power equipment. For most engines, the two major points to consider when using an air cooled engine for the first time are:

Step 1: Do not operate the engine at full load during the first 5-10 hours of operation.

In the past, the engine break-in period was very important to the overall life and durability of the engine. Engine design improvements, like better piston ring materials and designs, has decreased the break-in period (now 5-10 hours) compared to engines of the past.

You can break-in your mower engine at any speed above idle. The break-in process may occur faster if the engine is operated at varying loads and speeds. It is recommended that an engine not be operated continuously at full load during the initial hours of operation. This can lead to permanent deformation of the cylinder bore.

Step 2: Change the oil after the first 5-10 hours of use.

It is very important to perform the initial break-in oil change.

After the first 5-10 hours of operation, the oil should be changed to remove asperities that have broken from the bearings of the engine components and cylinder wall. The break-in oil change can be performed using the recommended grades of standard or synthetic oil. To save money, use standard oil for the break-in procedure, and if desired, switch synthetic oil afterwards.

For more information, or for small engine repair contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

The Impact of Ethanol Fuel on Outdoor Power Equipment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Are you aware of the effects of higher blends of ethanol gasoline on your outdoor power equipment, lawn mowers, and other small-engine products? Most people are not. Outdoor power equipment is designed and warrantied to run only on 10% or less ethanol blended fuel.

EPA has approved some mid-level ethanol blends for use in some automobiles. This means that this type of fuel will be available at gas stations. But they are illegal and risky to use in hundreds of millions of small engine products and applications. And most people don’t know that.

The survey found:

  • 71%of Americans are “not at all sure” if it is illegal or legal to put high level ethanol gas into small engines such as those in boats, mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, generators and other engine products.
  • 64% of Americans say they assume that any gas sold at the gas station is safe for all of their cars, as well as boats, mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, generators and other engine products.
  • Only 25% of Americans notice the ethanol content of gasoline at the gas station.
  • 71% of Americans use the least expensive grade of gasoline whenever possible.

These figures are troubling for outdoor power equipment. Most outdoor power equipment is designed to run only on 10% or less ethanol blended fuel. The above numbers show that most consumers are uneducated about ethanol gasoline and that the potential for putting the wrong fuel in their power tools is high.

Many consumers buy the least expensive gasoline, and they still assume that the same fuel can go in their car as well as their mower, chain saw or generator.

Owners small engines, power tools and outdoor power equipment need to understand the effects of ethanol these small engines and should learn to identify the right fuel for their outdoor power equipment. and should buy ethanol free gasoline.

For more information on the right gas for your outdoor power equipment, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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