Time to mow your lawn. The ride on mower you have dreamed of for so long as finally arrived and your desperate to jump on and get started. Before you do, take some time to go over your ide on mower and get accustomed to it. Understand how your ride on mower works and get used to instructions to make sure your experience is safe and productive. This is a procedure you can follow to make sure your first mow is a great one.

Ride on mowers combine speed with cutting blades so they are more dangerous than your average moving vehicle. With increased risk it’s important to take your time to make sure to get accustomed to your ride on mower and make sure your experience is safe and fun and that the result on your lawn is excellent.

Despite being fun to drive, safety is a huge factor when handling a ride on mower, So educate yourself on how to drive them, how to maintain them and what to do if something goes wrong.

Following a system or method for using your ride on mower will ensure safe operating, help you achieve the optimal performance and assist in maintaining your ride on mower in top condition.

1. First thing to do is to read the manual. Read the manual. Read the manual! Get the feeling about how to use your ride on mower and what safety features or particular restrictions it has.

2. Wear appropriate clothing. Closed-toed shoes and protective eye wear. You should also consider exposure to the sun, and wind and dress accordingly.

3. Get into a habit of checking fuel and oil levels.

4. Get comfortable in the seat. Make sure the park brake is on. This will probably be on anyway as the ride on mower is stationary, but it’s a good thing to know as many mowers won’t start unless this is engaged. Check your manual for more details!

5. This step depends on the steering system your ride on mower has. For over the lap control levers, push the left and right steering levers outward. The mower won’t start unless the levers are in the outer position. For twin lever steer levers located between your legs, the levers need to be in the pushed back (towards the front) position. For traditional wheel steer ride on mowers, just make sure the wheels are straight.

6. Make sure the blade button or lever is in the off position. The mower won’t start if the blades are engaged.

7. Pull the choke button up, and slide the throttle to its highest (fastest) position.

8. Turn the ignition key to “start,” and when the engine starts, push down on the choke button, turning off the choke.

9. Release the parking brake. Ease the ride on mower forward by pushing the steering lever, or levers, forward slowly. If your mower has a steering wheel, then it will be equipped with a gas pedal, gently put pressure on it until the mower moves forward. Guide the mower to the part of the yard where you’ll begin mowing.

10. Stop the mower when you’ve reached your starting point, and engage the blades using the blade button or lever. This engages the blades, so be certain there are no people or animals in your path. Once again, gently accelerate until you’ve reached a comfortable operating speed.

11. Mow by making lovely long sweeping passes over the lawn. Avoid obstacles, children, animals, toys, rocks, trees and making sharp turns. If your property is sloping try and do this up and down, rather than across the lawn as it is more stable. Remember that not all ride on mowers are designed for mowing on slopes so make sure you check the manual for more information.

12. As you mow, avoid rocks and tree stumps and any debris. Colliding with this will blunt your blades and possibly damage your drive shaft. Assess the best way to mow. If you have a zero turn ride on mower you will have greater maneuverability around trees and outdoor. Alternatively, some ride on mowers are optimized to have a tiny turning circle. These types of mowers will reduce the amount of finishing work you need to do after the main mow. In some cases there will be areas that need to be completed by a trimmer mower or a line trimmer such as under bushes, fences, and right alongside walls.

13. When you have completed the mowing, turn your blades off doe transportation.

14. Clean your ride on mower. Equipment only lasts as long as you look after it. Clean the underside of the mowing deck with a hose to remove built up grass. Clean the grass ans dust off the air filters and engine covers with an air compressor. Never use water on this area. Top up your fuel and check your oil again.

15. Discuss a specific maintenance plan with your outdoor power equipment dealer. Typically blades will need to be sharpened each new season and you will need to follow the manufactures guidelines for maintaining your engine with regular oil changes.

Want to find out more about ride on mowers, then visit Mike Welch’s site on how to choose the best ride on mower for your needs.

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Title: Hardware merchandising September-December 1922
Year: 1922 (1920s)
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Subjects: Hardware industry Hardware Implements, utensils, etc Building
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RK & BRO. Montreal Que. Standard for two Generations CANES Wooden Washtubs (all sizes) Star Brand Clothes Pegs Washboards Improved Globe (zinc) Original Globe (zinc)_ (heavy back) Diamond King (glass) ^Western King (enamel)^PonyT(small size) Order from your jobber. He hasthese Standard Lines. The Wm. CANE & SONS Co., Limited MANUFACTURERSNewmarket – – Ontario Cut down your Losses andDepreciation on your stockby always buying ^ STILLS HANDLES name is stamped on each handle foryour protection. Here is the list, order fromyour jobber. Stills Axe HandlesStills Pick HandlesStills Sledge HandlesStills Hammer HandlesStills Peavie HandlesStills Cant Hook Handles No losses through discards when yousell the products of J. H. Still Mfg. Company ST. THOMAS ONTARIO Wtestem Representatives: Frederic Sara & Co., Calvary.Ontario Representatives: Grant Chater, 926 Traders BankBuilding:, Toronto. Quebec and Maritime Provinces Representatives:John R. Anderson, 36-38 St. Dizier St., Montreal.

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THE MOWER This cut is from the Statuette by theCanadian Sculptor, Edgar L. Laur. Display Snaths for Early Sales Book your Snath stock early. Have Snaths on dis-play in your windows to catch the earliest sales.Talk Snaths, advertise and push them right up tothe seasons end. Snaths are a profitable line to sell. Keep themmoving; they pay you in sales. Dont give thema chance to stay in the store. Write your jobber. Dominion Snath Co., Limited Waterville, Quebec // Interested tear out this page and place with letters to be answered October 28, 1922 HARDWARE AND METAl^—Advertising Section 25 Do You FindjFiles Slu^^ish? You shouldnt and you wontif you stock one of these stand-ard brands. It is hard to sell a practicalman a tool he doesnt know.File users know these brands,and require no urging. Your jobber can supply youpromptly; we carry large re-serves. Kearney & Foot Great Western American Arcade Globe NICHOLSON FILE COMPANY PORT HOPE ONTARIO Wmi MARK A POPULAR PRICEDRIM NIGHT LATCH

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