Outdoor Power Equipment gets a workout in the spring. As a result, power tools for your yard need regular care and maintenance. In fact, regular maintenance for outdoor power equipment has many benefits; from safety to extending the life of your power tools to better care of your lawn and yard. It may feel like winter, but now is the time to get this maintenance done, so you are ready to go without the wait when spring finally arrives.
Did you know that a common lawn problem is easily solved with a sharper lawn mower blade. If your lawn has widespread yellow hue at the tips of the grass, you may have a dull lawn mower blade. Dull lawn mower blades tear the grass instead of cut it. This causes the yellow discoloration.
This is easily fixed by replacing the lawn mower blades. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Use your lawn mower engine’s model number for the correct, recommended blades. Universal blades are not recommended, due to safety issues. You should always bring your outdoor power equipment for repair and maintenance to prevent safety issues and to extend the life of the equipment.
Regular maintenance will include the following:
Check the lawn mower blade regularly — Look for damage, bends and dullness. Blades should be replaced every year or two, depending on usage. Replacement blades are inexpensive and easy to install.
Make sure the mower’s trail shield is working properly — A mower’s trail shield, located at the back of the mower, prevents debris from flying out toward the operator. Before each mowing season, check to make sure this is working properly and that it is free of tears.
Don’t adjust the mower’s deflector — Despite warnings against this in owner’s manuals, people often remove or adjust the position of their mower’s deflector. This results in debris flying a longer distance.
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