Instead of lasting in a matter of months, your yard care equipment can last up to ten years or even more if you know how to take care of them. It’s not just about saving money but also about keeping them in top shape, reliable and safe. In this article, we’ll be showing you some basic yard care equipment maintenance tips to help you achieve that.
We’ll be talking about some gas-powered machines that are popular among homeowners. What you need area compressor (or maybe a good canister vacuum cleaner or a small shop vac in case you can’t afford one)and an air blow gun to blow out all the debris.
Or someone would say, a weed whacker, they mean the same thing. What you need to know about using a string trimmer is not to run it at full throttle, because it’ll burn you grass and leave brown areas on your beautiful yard. It’s recommended to only run it at low to medium speed.
A string trimmer is designed to detail work, for particular areas which are hard to access such as around trees, hedges, shrubs and sidewalk. In case your yard has thick weeds which will require more aggressive cutting, switch it to a thicker trimmer like.
Fill up the housing with grease and replace the screw every six months.
A good gearbox costs nearly as much as the entire machine so it’s really important to take care of it. You need grease regularly because when it runs out, your gearbox will get extremely heated which will make the gears start to wear rapidly and seize up, and eventually will end up being destroyed.
Clean up after every use
Blow out the cooling fins (on the cylinder head) to keep it cool and clean, which will help extend its life. Don’t forget to blow out the pull starter and everywhere you can get into to keep it working smoothly.
Remove the air filter assembly and carburetor intake then blow them out every month
Grass and dirt will stick to everything.
Lube the entire shaft (in the gearbox) every year
Remember to use some kind of high temperature and high pressure grease.
Blow out the sawdust
The sawdust will get everywhere through the vents insidethe body of the chainsaw. To get rid of them, use a compressor and an air blow gun. Follow the same procedure when you blow out the string trimmer (blow out all the vents and cool down the cooling fins…).
Focus especially on the clutch housing which is likely to suck all the debris in. Cleaning also helps prevent it from rusting from all the sawdust and moisture trapped in it.
Replace the blade every six months
You can try to sharpen the blade because it won’t last long.
Get a new one once the factory hardened blades get dull
You might have to spend a little more than to just replace the blade, but a new factory hardened edge will last for a long time.
There are two types of lawn mowers:
- Rotary mowers (most common): Works better on coarse grass and uneven terrain
- Reel mowers (used on golf courses and sports fields): Works better on fine grass and level terrain
Air blowing the cooling fins, pull start openings, carburetor, air cleaner.
The cleaning procedure is basically the same with string trimmers and chainsaws which are: Cooling down the gearbox and air blow all the debris from inside the machine which is accessible.
Replace or clean Air filter
Blow out the filter or wash and, and dry it (if possible) to get rid of the debris. Replace with a new filter if it’s too clogged and dirty.
Drain and replace the oil every year.
The oil should be changed at the beginning of every season. This is to prevent the motor from lack of lubrication. The lawn mower needs oil to lubricate the piston rings, crank and moving parts. On the other not, when you cut grass, dirt and grass will collect in the oil and ruin the engine.
Always follow the operator’s manual
Whether you have a good deal of mechanical experience under your belt or just a newbie in the field, it’s important to always follow the operator’s manual. The manual will tell you how to prepare and use the machine safely and properly. It also gives you a lot of advice on maintenance.
Replace or clean the spark plug if your equipment won’t start
Even when you follow exactly the above maintenance procedure, after a while, your equipment will become difficult to start. Try cleaning the spark plug at first, if it still won’t start, then you know it’s time to for a new spark plug.
Use a fuel stabilizer
This is to prevent moisture from building up and keep the fuel fresh longer.
Only store your equipment when there is no more fuel in it. If there is, run it until it’s completely out of fuel.
Make a smart investment
Branded equipment can last for years while cheap equipment (no name) can only last less than a year or so. Branded machine has a reliable motor that can last really long and if your parts wear out, you can always replace them since it’s not hard to find a replacement since the brand has a strong dealer network and you can find them everywhere.