First thing in the spring, every spring, you need to maintain your lawn and garden equipment. A roto-tiller that doesn’t work is no better than a boat anchor.
The first thing to check is the gas tank. If you’ve left gas in your tank over winter, even with something like Sta-Bil in it to keep it from turning to shellac in your carburetor, drain the gas out – don’t pour it on the ground, pour it into your car or truck and burn it that way.
The next thing to check is your spark plug. If there’s one thing that’ll stop a small engine from working, it’s a dirty or fouled spark plug. I just recommend that at the price of two and a half or three dollars you buy a new spark plug every spring.
And the next thing to check is the air filter. The air filter keeps dust and dirt out of the carburetor. It’s very important to keep it clean. A clean engine runs cleaner and smoother.
Another thing to do every spring is drain and change the oil. Be sure to dispose of it properly. Next, take a wrench and tighten up all the loose nuts and bolts on all of your equipment. And last: sharpen up all the blades.
On your lawnmower, if you’re not capable of balancing the blade properly, have a professional do it.
Follow these steps to maintain your lawn and garden equipment:
- Check the gas tank and drain any excess gasoline.
- Buy a new spark plug each spring.
- Check the air filter.
- Drain and change the oil.
- Tighten up all the loose nuts and bolts.
- Sharpen all the blades.
- Clean the engine.