Have lawn equipment tuned up before springtime

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Are you taking your mower for granted? Expect it to start on the first pull of the season? Better think about giving it a try before you really need it some pretty March or April weekend.
 
Mowers have come a long way. Modern lawnmowers are far from the cantankerous, cumbersome, smokey and noisy. Today’s gas engines are lighter, quieter, more powerful, and more durable.  But if any of them fail to crank, good luck finding a small-engine repair shop that will give you fast service this time of year.
 
 
Commercial and regular customers are often put in front of the line for spring tuning or repairs. It may take a week or more before you get your equipment back in working order.  Now is the time to find this out isn’t when the grass is too tall to find a soccer ball. Need to check it out well ahead of time. Here are a few tips for getting your machine running before you really need it.
First, understand that gas goes bad and gets gummy over the winter. So empty your tank, preferably in the fall, then add fresh fuel. Also drain and add new oil. This is a huge plus for keeping engines running smoothly.
 
Second, pull the spark plug wire loose and unscrew the plug, checking for crude or rust on the firing end. Use a file to clean it up. Get a new one if you need to — makes a difference. Add a thimbleful of fuel to the hole, and screw the plug back in, just good and hand tight.
 
Remove and clean the air filter; small engines use a lot more air than fuel, and a dirty filter will not work well, allowing harmful residues into the fine workings of the engine.
 
If these things don’t get the mower cranked easily with just a few pulls on the starter rope, have it checked out professionally.
 
 
While you are at it, have the blade sharpened; the job goes faster with less engine wear and tear and leaves a nicer, crisper cut.
 
We invite our local landscapers to bring in their equipment for a "hassle-free" assessment of your equipment.  From there we can assess what services you require and ensure that you are ready for all of your customers cutting needs.
 
We look forward to helping you.

 

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