It’s that time of the year again, hopefully warm sunny days and lawns that seem to grow as you look at them. And when your grass needs cutting, there’s nothing worse than a stubborn mower that is intent on wrecking your plans to trim your garden. Or maybe you’re the laid back type and prefer to find a gardening service to keep your lawns in trim.
In actual fact, petrol mowers are pretty simple and quite reliable devices, provided you attend to basic maintenance from time to time. When things go wrong it’s usually an indication of neglect. And that can lead to quite some frustration when you are trying to get going. Troubleshooting is not really that difficult if you know what to look for.
What You’ll Need
- Canister of clean petrol (correct grade)
- Spark plug with the recommended gap set
- New filters
- Screwdriver set
- Correct grade of oil
Petrol can deteriorate if left for long periods in your mower’s tank. And, being a two-stroke motor means that your oil to fuel mix ratio must be exactly right – check with your local mower supplier. Oil is heavier than petrol and will settle if left standing, so it needs to be properly mixed before use. Carefully check the fuel lines of your mower too.
Oiling the Throttle Cable
Keep the throttle cable oiled for a smoother operating lawn mower.
High Tension Lead and Plug
Inspect the cable connection to the top of the spark plug, and replace it if it is old or frayed. It must engage tightly. After removing the lead, unscrew the plug for inspection. Look for pitting or blackening at the spark face, as this generally indicates a poor mix or an old plug. You should replace the plug at least once a year.
Open this for regular inspection and filter replacement. Dirty filters can stifle the engine and result in irregular performance.
Last Word of Advice
Here on Mr-Skill, we have a number of fine London gardeners, and they’re always prepared to offer advice: When storing your mower for the winter months, give it a clean and check it over as described above. Don’t forget to empty the fuel tank and preferably cover you mower before storing it away for winter. This way, both you and your mower will be ready for action next summer!