If you start to have problems with your lawn mower, it can be a difficult decision to know whether to attempt to have it repaired or whether to pay out for a new model.
The RHS suggest that in summer lawns should be mowed twice weekly on average, so a lawn mower needs to be maintained correctly if it’s going to be worked this hard. Firstly, let’s look at what you should be doing to keep your mower in good working order, because, as they say, prevention is better than cure.
Remove grass and other debris after use from the blades and underside. Clean spark plugs and ventilation slots.
Check cables for any defects and ensure connecting pins on batteries are clean.
At the end of the season remove petrol, as if it is left over winter, it can go stale and damage the engine.
Check Wheels and Bolts
Bolts can become loose over time, which could affect the functionality or cause serious damage.
Picking Up Problems
If you spot a problem quickly, you might be able to resolve it before it becomes too much of an issue or causes severe problems. Keep an eye, and ear, out for any of the following:
Inability to start
Vibrations coming from the lawnmower
Power cutting out during use
Blades not cutting efficiently
Repair or Replacement
The first step should be to check the user manual, which should have useful troubleshooting tips. Petrol-powered mowers have several parts which should be checked, including the carburettor, the air filter or spark plug. With electric mowers, check the power cable and fuse, as these are common causes of issues.
Often an old lawnmower can simply be repaired with replacement parts. This is particularly true for high-quality machines. For example, Briggs and Stratton parts are readily available, and you can click here for Briggs and Stratton parts online. You may be able to simply order the parts yourself to save your machine. For more complex issues, find a repair engineer to check the machine and rectify the issue.
If the part or the repair costs are more expensive than the machine, then clearly it may be a better option to purchase a new machine.