We don’t know about you, but we’re already thinking ahead to spring – the beautiful flowers, lush green lawns, and freshly plowed fields are calling our name! With that in mind, we encourage you to start thinking ahead to spring equipment care before they become necessary.
Your mower has been sitting in the cold (and potentially wet) all winter; it needs some TLC before you can hop back on for the new year of work. Here are a few key points to which you should attend before tackling the new year!
Check Your Battery
No, we don’t mean you personally. Your mower has been unused for several months now; give it a good recharge before you fire it back up this spring. Most lawn tractors and riders are not equipped with a charging system that’s capable of fully recharging a low battery, so it’s up to you to recharge. Otherwise, you could potentially be facing a battery failure much sooner than anticipated.
Hit the Deck
In a perfect world, the deck of your mower should be cleaned after each use. The washout ports built into riding mowers makes this a much easier task. However, we know you’re busy, and sometimes maintenance can fall behind. If you see that your deck is packed with old debris and clippings, the washout port simply won’t suffice. Take the time to manually scrape out the deck before the first run of the season to ensure an even cut.
Stay Under Pressure
It’s common knowledge that cold weather affects tire pressure; the colder it gets, the lower the pressure becomes, and vice versa. Soft tires will interfere with steering capabilities and force your engine to work harder. If you haven’t checked yet, be sure to do it before you take the mower out for its first job this spring. Otherwise, you could be replacing a damage tire instead of mowing your yard.
Just like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, a prolonged standstill will certainly cause your mower’s gears to lock up. It’s crucial to check the oil in your mower before its first run in the spring; if it’s started without oil, you can cause critical damage to the engine components. At the bare minimum, check the oil level and fill it to the “full” mark. Your mower’s manual will likely tell you how often (in operating hours) to change the oil; however, if you can’t remember the last time you changed the oil, it should likely be changed anyway.
At Eagle Power Turf & Tractor, we love springtime and everything that goes along with it. The promise of new growth and a bountiful harvest is enough for us to start wishing for spring right now! Start thinking about your mower and farm equipment; if you realize you need new equipment or would rather leave the servicing to the experts, we’re here to help! Give us a call at 215-348-9041 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch!