Is Your Mower Ready For the Season?
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Sharpen the blade using a metal file to remove equal amounts of steel from each side and check the balance by inserting a screwdriver into the center hole. If the blade is out of balance, remove more steel from the heavy side until it sits level on the screwdriver.
• If the underside of the deck still has last year’s grass on it, scrape it off. Use a putty knife to remove caked-on clippings. Doing so will improve mulching and bagging efficiency.
• Once the deck is clean, reinstall the blade using a torque wrench to the specified torque listed in the service manual.
• An application of spray-on cooking oil will help make future cleaning of the deck easier.
Wheels and Drive System.
• Check mower wheels, bearings and axles for wear and lubricate them. If there are grease fittings, check them every couple of months. Replace loose, wobbly wheels.
• Inspect the drive mechanism on self-propelled mowers by checking belts and gears for wear and fit. Replace as necessary.
These are just some of the basics that will keep your mower in good working condition for the season ahead. Consult your owner’s manual for more specific maintenance items.
For additional tips on how to maintain your lawn care equipment, consult the Toro Expert Guide to Lawns – Pro Secrets For A Beautiful Yard. The book is available at www.ShopToro.com, select Home Depot stores and online retailers Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and BordersStores.com.
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