Winter is coming to an end, which means that it’s almost time to get your lawn ready for spring. Preparing for the warmer months can be quite the task, so it’s important for machine owners to make safety a priority and ensure that all equipment is maintained and ready for the busiest time of the year.
Always review your operator’s manual for safety information and to ensure that you’ve covered all the maintenance checkpoints as they refer to engine, transmission and fuel tank. Here are some key steps to add to your list.
Start with a visual inspection- Look for any broken parts and replace them. Tighten nuts, bolts and screws to ensure that you have the best working conditions for your equipment and when not in operation cover with guards and shields.
Check oil- It is important to check the oil level of an engine that has been idle for a long period of time. Check your manual to see how often your oil needs to be changed. If it doesn’t require a change at the time of inspection, add oil until it reaches the full mark.
Check air filter- Dirty air filters are often the cause of lost power and wasted fuel. This step is crucial in the maintenance of your lawn equipment as a dirty air filter can be very dangerous, potentially causing the engine to overheat.
Check fuel filter- A dirty fuel filter can often cause the tractor to lose power. We suggest that fuel filters be changed at least once a year.
Fill fuel tank- Starting out with a fresh tank of fuel is a good idea for equipment that is coming out of storage. Old fuel that has been sitting for a while can make it harder for the engine to start and can cause issues later.
Replace spark plugs- Any corrosion forming around spark plugs means that it is time for them to be replaced. When replacing the plugs, ensure that each one is fitted correctly otherwise your equipment won’t function as it should. It is necessary to check spark plugs for safety reasons and regular cleaning can help with the smooth operation of your machine.
Check tires- Check tires for any flats or tears and replace them accordingly.
Check battery- Check your battery to ensure that it is fully charged and hasn’t expired. Make sure the terminals are completely attached as well.
Be aware of the mower deck- Mower deck maintenance keeps the mower in good condition and your lawn looking pristine. During spring, the mower deck should be removed and reattached with proper maintenance. Replacing the drive, belt and blade, along with correct mower deck lubrication should be done if necessary.
For more information about general equipment maintenance and safety heading into spring, contact the Service or Parts team at Agriquip Machinery.