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Winter Storage Tips For Your Riding Lawn Mower
When the leaves have fallen off the trees, animals are looking for places to hibernate and you feel a chill in the air, you know that winter is coming. You should think about how to properly store or put away tools and things that require special storage methods such as storing your riding lawn mower. You shouldn’t just store it inside its garage. You need to do a lot of other things before it can be completely ready for the harsh coldness of winter. Here are some tips that you need to know on how to properly store riding lawn mowers.
- Clean every nook and cranny of your lawn mower. Make sure that you have wiped off dry grass or mud off the different parts, even the wheels. Before blasting your lawn mower with water, take care that the water doesn’t hit the engine too much. And make sure that it’s not cold enough for the water to freeze.
- It is also very important to change the oil and the oil filter. You might ask why you need to change the oil if you are just going to keep it in storage. The reason is because it is important to have clean oil coating the engine parts, especially since it will be stuck inside for several weeks or months.
- If your lawn mower’s tank has gasoline in it, make sure to drain it into a safe container. Store the gasoline in a safe and protected place far from children’s reach or sources of heat. If you can’t completely drain the tank, use up the entire gas tank by starting the engine and letting it idle until it runs out of gas.
- Even though you won’t be using the mower for a while, it’s a good idea to sharpen the blades before you put it into storage. This way it will be ready to go in the Spring and you won’t have to deal with it then.
- Using the manual instructions, make sure to apply grease to all areas or parts that need to be lubricated such as axles and bearings.
- You should also put away the mower’s battery. Take it out and clean it thoroughly. Do not put it back in the mower. Just keep it somewhere safe, stored on a flat surface.
Your riding lawn mower was a big investment on your part, and you should do everything you can to maintain it and keep it in good working condition. Following these few simple steps will go a long way towards that goal.
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— Alessandro D’Avenia
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Push reel mowers vs. rotary mowers
We’re talking about a home gardener/lawn keeper situation, and not commercial businesses or larger-scale grounds keeping. So let’s do a side-by-side comparison.
Features to Look for Cordless Lawn Mowers
If you are looking to buy a new cordless lawn mower it can difficult to work out where to start, especially if you have been used to gas powered or corded electric lawn mowers. While there are of course broad similarities with traditional mowers there are some important differences which you should take into account before making your purchase.
The first thing you should consider is what sort of lawn you have. In particular you should ask yourself these questions:
How big is my lawn?
Is my lawn flat or on a slope?
Thinking first about the size of your lawn, you will need to check out the battery life of the mower you are considering. The best cordless lawn mowers will cut up to a third of an acre from a single charge, although will vary slightly according whether the grass is wet or dry, and of course how long it is.
If your lawn is larger than a third of an acre, then don’t despair, a cordless mower may still be an option for you. The easiest way to address this is to buy a model that has a removable battery and then buy a second battery. This way once the battery in the mower has lost its charge you can simply swap them over. If this is an issue for you, then you should how easily the battery is removed.
In order to compensate for this you will find that cordless lawn mowers are generally not nearly as heavy as their gas powered counterparts; in fact the heaviest component is usually the battery. Therefore it is pretty easy to push it along. However, if you have a slope you should check the weight, particularly if you think this may be an issue for you.
Most cordless lawn mowers have a 3-in-1 feature. This refers to how it disposes of the grass clipping and gives you the choice of cutting the clippings into fine pieces to make a mulch which is dispersed over your lawn, you can simply discharge the clippings out of the side of the mower, or you can collect them in a rear bag in the traditional way. This is not a feature of all mowers however, so you should bear this in mind.