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What to Do When Your Lawn Mower Needs a Tune Up

A lawn mower is a heavily-used machine, so like all machines it needs a little tune-up now and then. By taking the time to tune up your lawn mower, you will keep it running in good working condition for a longer period of time, and thus will be able to save on its repair costs. You will also notice that the mower will run more smoothly and efficiently, so this will make the mowing job even easier than if you had to contend with a noisy sputtering machine.

Thankfully, you do not have to tune up the machine every time you want to use it though. Just once a year is good enough, so it’s usually recommended to do the tune up in spring when you first take it out for use during the season.

Before you do anything, please remember to read your user manual first and take note of the safety precautions. Then before you take apart the mower, remove the spark plug first so that it cannot be started by accident.

The last thing you want is to have the sharp metal cutting blades start spinning wildly in front of you when you have your hands in the depths of the machine. This is an accident waiting to happen, so taking the precaution of removing the spark plug first will ensure you will have a safe tune up session.

Once you have removed the spark plug, the next thing to do is a general cleaning of the mower. Use a scrapper to remove any accumulated dirt or grass clippings from underneath the mower, and then check that all the holes, ducts and debris channels are not blocked.

If the blades are dull, this is a good time to have them sharpened. If you feel up to it, you can try sharpening the blades yourself, but you must be extra careful because the curved blades are harder to sharpen for the inexperienced. A safer way is to dismantle the blades and take them to a professional to be sharpened for the best results.

If you are sharpening the blades yourself, make sure they are replaced properly and the retaining screws or bolts are tightened securely. And if any of the blades is severely chipped or is showing signs of wear, you should replace it with a new blade for safety reasons.

Then check the engine belts to ensure they are still taut and not worn out. If any part of the belt is frayed, it’s time to have the belt changed. Just get a replacement from your local retail store and follow the simple instructions to change the belt.

This is now a good time to change the engine oil. Again, it’s a simple affair that goes a long way to help prolong the working life of the mower. Just make sure you dispose of the oil in an environmentally-friendly way. Do not just dump it into the nearest drain, but take it to your local car lubrication shop instead for proper disposal.

After that, check the air filter to see if it needs changing. If it’s a paper filter, just swop out the old one and put in the new one. But if it’s a foam filter, you will need to soak it with a few drops of engine oil first before installing it back into the mower.

Now the last thing is to put back the spark plug. But you should change the spark plug and put back a brand new one instead of the old one. This helps your engine run more smoothly and efficiently, thus reducing the amount of gas used.

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“Buckeye” Junior Mower (front)
File name: 10_03_001587a
Binder label: Agriculture
Title: "Buckeye" Junior Mower (front)
Created/Published: N. Y. : Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann, Lith.
Date issued: 1870-1900 (approximate)
Physical description: 1 print : chromolithograph ; 9 x 15 cm.
Genre: Advertising cards
Subject: Girls; Mowing machines
Notes: Title from item.
Statement of responsibility: Mast, Foos & Co.
Collection: 19th Century American Trade Cards
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: No known restrictions.
By Boston Public Library on 2013-01-23 18:44:02

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By |2017-12-28T06:43:50-08:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Gardening - Landscaping|49 Comments

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  1. Nadine Kaden 2017-12-28 at 6:44 AM - Reply


  2. Robert Davis 2017-12-28 at 6:45 AM - Reply

    That tractor is a Caterpillar designed machine painted green. Can’t anybody invent anything for themselves? My Dad had this machine with 4 flale cutters in 1966, Wisconsin. But it didn’t have XM radio back then.

  3. Glenn Brown 2017-12-28 at 6:46 AM - Reply

    why do i find this so relaxing?

  4. Nadine Kaden 2017-12-28 at 6:48 AM - Reply


  5. 之光明 2017-12-28 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    行云流水,酣畅淋漓 Flowing, hearty dripping

  6. scrublord mcshitt 2017-12-28 at 6:52 AM - Reply

    so satisfying

  7. Mike Hawk 2017-12-28 at 6:52 AM - Reply

    I can only imagine cutting grass fields all day using this machine. Call me crazy but this would be my dream job because I’m disabled now and can no longer work in my yard – don’t even HAVE a yard anymore for that matter. I greatly miss the work and now all I can do is watch videos of it. You will miss the strangest things only when you can no longer do them anymore… :>

  8. straxx99 2017-12-28 at 6:53 AM - Reply

    Great video, editing, music, and relaxing to watch.

  9. Agent Rug Eater69 2017-12-28 at 6:53 AM - Reply

    Why is this so satisfying

  10. Sara 2017-12-28 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    I’m in a weird part of YouTube. how did I get here from a Family Feud video? also, now that I’m semi invested, what do they do with all the grass clippings?

  11. thepecha7 2017-12-28 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    What a majestic beast

  12. Stalin, Your Leader 2017-12-28 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    now who’s gonna get all the shit left over

  13. SwagSubscriber 2017-12-28 at 7:00 AM - Reply

    Now, that is one hell of a way to make stripes.

  14. Callum Murphy 2017-12-28 at 7:01 AM - Reply

    Mum: hey son mow the lawn
    5 seconds later
    Son: finished

  15. souri fayza 2017-12-28 at 7:03 AM - Reply

    لاهتمام بالزراعة سبب تقدمهم قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن قامت الساعة وبيد أحدكم فسيلة فإن استطاع أن لا يقوم حتى يغرسها فليفعل
    ونحن العرب نتهرب من الشريعة و اقوال الرسول سبحان الله يطبقون قول الرسول صلى الله عليه و هم اجانب سبحان الله

    استمروا في الزراعة اساس التقدم

  16. campbell12303 2017-12-28 at 7:03 AM - Reply

    i want to do this as a job in 2 years

  17. VF1100rider 2017-12-28 at 7:04 AM - Reply

    maybe the music will make your 16" blade seem larger

  18. JLProductions 2017-12-28 at 7:04 AM - Reply

    What are those white puffs?

  19. VoelligHarmlos 2017-12-28 at 7:04 AM - Reply


  20. Melanie 2017-12-28 at 7:05 AM - Reply

    but y does it cut soo short? is this for preparing fields?

  21. The Wandering Albatross 2017-12-28 at 7:05 AM - Reply

    Was this a crop or grass? What happens with it all?

  22. Southern Catfish 2017-12-28 at 7:05 AM - Reply

    When my parents tell me to mow the lawn

  23. e greenie 2017-12-28 at 7:07 AM - Reply

    I use one of those to cut the grass at the cemetary. Sort of a bitch cutting around all the headstone’s.

  24. Sumona Florence 2017-12-28 at 7:07 AM - Reply

    So THAT’S why farm lands are striped.

  25. astro 2017-12-28 at 7:09 AM - Reply

    I wonder how this compares to the Krone Big M

  26. coolguy 66 2017-12-28 at 7:09 AM - Reply

    that thing Is Massive that thing Is Massive

  27. Aaron Widmann 2017-12-28 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    This Video is from Germany i was There when they do. this Video Look at the numberplate its sig:cl…
    Its the german numberplate

  28. Faisal Shahzad Faisal Shahzad 2017-12-28 at 7:12 AM - Reply

    I like this work like this job

  29. biffisgreat 2017-12-28 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    I’d rather use a progressive tdr-30, or a pro-max 36, far superior mowers and build quality!

  30. Passione Trattori 2017-12-28 at 7:17 AM - Reply

    wow is beautiful !

  31. Victoria L. 2017-12-28 at 7:17 AM - Reply

    wow!  this is so cool, especially when it lifts up its legs at the end of the row to start a new cut.  I want to drive one of these things.  It looks like a super huge spider!

  32. Butch Schwieterman 2017-12-28 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    I no right

  33. Jim Marcum 2017-12-28 at 7:21 AM - Reply

    gorgeous farm.

  34. John O'Leary 2017-12-28 at 7:22 AM - Reply

    I want that job.

  35. Csaba Ambrus 2017-12-28 at 7:23 AM - Reply

    Na így lehet haladni e kaszalassal

  36. I L 2017-12-28 at 7:26 AM - Reply

    impresive setup.

  37. Nezello 2017-12-28 at 7:26 AM - Reply

    OMG looks like FARM equipment not mowing…

  38. Gryxll 2017-12-28 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    lets see you do that in real life to my face not online and see what happens

  39. Zypheras_Dat1Guy 2017-12-28 at 7:29 AM - Reply

    this is just unreal….

  40. Jake Fejer 2017-12-28 at 7:29 AM - Reply

    It’s not about how fast you mow. It’s about how well you mow fast

  41. Justin Jacobs 2017-12-28 at 7:30 AM - Reply

    where u find the music whats it called

  42. Spoons 2017-12-28 at 7:31 AM - Reply

    I’d like to see Simon beat this

  43. mister viktorius 2017-12-28 at 7:31 AM - Reply

    I think this might be on my bucket list. Its number 40

  44. Loud And Out 2017-12-28 at 7:32 AM - Reply

    I’m seriously not doing anything important with my life.

  45. NICHOLAS LANDOLINA 2017-12-28 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    If your going through all that bag it too

  46. Norm Goeres 2017-12-28 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    turns cows into carnivores , I bet not many rabbits get away

  47. Mark Feinstein 2017-12-28 at 7:36 AM - Reply

    10 min of mowing. Years of raking and bagging

  48. George Lee 2017-12-28 at 7:37 AM - Reply

    Glad I dont have to pick all that grass up with my little grass rake after.

  49. 之光明 2017-12-28 at 7:38 AM - Reply


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