Friday, June 02, 2006

Have You Done Your Lawn Mower Maintenance Yet?

by Scott Michaels

Trying to start your lawn mower after a long winter can be very frustrating so you should read our advices. Performing a few routine maintenance tasks before you store your lawn mower for the winter can save you time in the spring, prolong the life of your lawn mower, and save you money over the long run.

Even if you have already put your lawn mower into storage for the winter, a few simple maintenance tasks performed before starting your lawn mower in the spring can be very beneficial.
Wash and dry your lawn mower after the mowing season is over.

A power blower can be very helpful in removing grass and debris from the underside of your lawn mower and other hard to reach areas. If your lawn mower engine is air-cooled, use a stick or wooden dowel to remove any residue from the cooling fins. If you have a lawn mower with a water-cooled engine, check the coolant level and fill the reservoir if needed.

Clean the radiator cooling fins with a strong jet of water. You should also drain the fuel tank and replace the fuel filter. The air filter housing should be cleaned and the air filter replaced.
Remember to check the spark plug(s) for corrosion and wear.

Don't attempt to clean the spark plug if it is showing some wear. It is cheap and easy to replace the spark plug. Be sure to remove any debris before removing the spark plug and by using a bit of anti-seize compound when you replace the old spark plug, you will ensure easier removal next year. Clean and lubricate the throttle linkages and the choke, and apply grease to the mower deck and all the fittings.

This will be easier if you remove the mower deck and you can sharpen the blades while the mower deck is off. Sharpening the blades after each mowing season will give you a better cut next year and save you the trouble of having to sharpen them in the spring.

Clean the battery terminals and replace your old lawn mower battery if necessary. You can help prevent corrosion of the terminals if you apply grease to the posts at the end of each mowing season. Change the oil in the engine crankcase and replace the oil filter.

You should also drain the gas from your lawn mower before storing it for the winter. During the long summer mowing season, remember to wash your lawn mower and remove any debris after the mower has cooled. Keeping your lawn mower clean will add years to its life and make routine maintenance tasks a lot easier.
Lawn mowing is a job most of us face each and every year.

A lawn mower that runs great and is well maintained will make this job more enjoyable and easier all summer long. A yearly check up for your lawn mower is the perfect way to prolong its life and keep it running like new, and your lawn will look great when you mow with a machine that is in top working condition.

Your lawn mower will perform at the highest level possible if you remember to perform these simple maintenance tasks each and every year. During the summer months periodically check the oil and the condition of the air and fuel filters. You will save money and your lawn mower will work great for years to come.

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Lawn Mowers - Buying the Best

by Timothy Anderson

It's that time of the year again: springtime! It's a new season that ushers in warm weather and sunny days. Unfortunately it also brings with it the chore of mowing the lawn. Perhaps this year you are in search of a new lawn mower that will make cutting the grass much easier and less time-consuming. This will mean more time to spend at the pool. If you are a smart consumer, you will want to research certain brands, models, and features of mowers before you set out to make your final purchase. After all, it is in your best interest to get the most for your money.

The first step to buying mowers is to consider what type of lawn you have. Obviously, you will not be interested in sit-down mowers or large tractor mowers if you only have a small yard to work on. The same holds true for people with large lawns - they would be best to steer clear of or push mowers.

For those of you who are new to purchasing mowers, one of the first types of mowers invented was the push mower. A push mower has no engine, and therefore the grass cutting is a result of the force your body uses to push the mower forward. Push mowers are the cheapest type of mowers, typically costing between $150 to $200. However, if you have a hilly lawn or must push your mower up a hill, the task of cutting grass can become both tedious and physically draining. In this case, you would be better off with a self- propelled mower. A self-propelled mower has an engine that helps you push the mower along. Many standard self-propelled mowers cost approximately $500. For people with a large area of grass to cut - let's say a half acre or more - a sit down mower or tractor is most suitable. Most sit-down or tractor mowers are in the price range of $1500 to $2000.

It is key to remember, however, that the price of all of these types of mowers goes up significantly if special features are included. Some of these features are lever height adjustments, variable speeds, electric starts, optional bags, tank capacity, headlights (for sit-down or tractor mowers), and optional bags. One of the most popular features that many consumers pay more for is a mower that can cut grass three different ways. In other words, the majority of consumers like mowers that can mulch grass and bag it, as well as discharge it out of the side of the mower.

Finding a good deal on a mower is important. You should shop around and compare prices at you local Home Depot or Lowe's stores. It also never hurts to do some research on mowers using the Internet. Web sites such as, and have a wide variety of mower brands and models, as well as consumer reviews. By reading what others think of their purchase, you can get a feel for what is a good buy and what isn't.

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Timothy Anderson specializes in tools and equipment topics. For more articles by Timothy, visit

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Snapper Mower Models

by A.Caxton

Snapper Inc manufactures a number of models of lawn mowers apart from the generators, utility vehicles, leaf blowers, and leaf vacuum etc. Read about the lawn mowers manufactured by this company

"It's That Easy", Says Snapper Models

The snapper mower models are available from Snapper Inc. These models come in Walk behind, rear engine rider, zero turn mowers, lawn & garden tractors, rear tine tillers and the like. Snapper Inc. also have the utility vehicle and the golf carts. Here we will consider only the walk behind and the riders models and get the details of one or two models and review them in detail

Walk behind models: These models come in easy speed and easy line series. The easy speed models incorporate the disc wheel drive that connects the engine power directly to the wheels so easy movement of the wheels. It is like 4-wheel drive for the lawn mower and the operation is very smooth. There are no clutches and the lawn mower purrs into action as soon as you start it.

The high wheel model comes with raised rear wheel of 12-inch diameter and 8 inch front wheels that are swiveled for easy action. Easy action seems to be the watchword in all the models of easy line series.

There is another model with a rear discharge bag so that you know the amount of grass you have cut and you can stop after you fill up the bag in front of you. The bagging is done by hi-vac system, so all the cut grass is sucked and bagged.

The mulching blower model incorporates patented Ninja Mulching system. The model churns out the cut grass by cutting and re-cutting into fine mulch that is then fed to the ground. The grass just disappears after being cut. The effect is good for grass growth.

Snapper rider mowers: Snapper has the rear engine drive invented by the engineers of Snapper Inc. The models are available in three-in-one discharge models so that you can bag, mulch or side discharge as per the choice selected by the driver. You can select the operation depending on your wish or the condition of the greens.

The snapper riding models incorporate some unique features so that the drive through the grass is smooth and without any problem. The features are,

You can have a variety of Kohler or Briggs & Stratton engines according to your requirement and easy operation of the lawn mower.

It has a firm frame that can follow the contours of ground as the frame is pivoted at one end and free at the other end.

It features disc drive transmission that is sealed and 4+1 speed gearbox. It has synchromesh transmission on all gears so that you can change the sped as you go.

The response from the steering is quick and the small turning radius gives the driver extreme maneuverability so that even the tight spaces are well covered while cutting the lawn.

The rear engine models have 16 inch tires that are friendly on the turf.

If you wish to service the engine or the transmission, the machines have a unique feature of Stand-on-end so that maintenance becomes easy.

The sizes of the width are 28 to 42 inches.

You can use the Snapper with easy and that is why the company says, "It's that easy".

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A.Caxton contributes adding reviews often to . A gardening site that carries readings on lawn equipment, including different manufacturers like snapper or John Deere

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