Outdoor Power Equipment Spring Checklist

Apr 17, 2023


Your outdoor power equipment may need maintenance after sitting idle all winter. A quick inspection could add hours of life to your equipment and result in more efficient, reliable performance. The spring season is the perfect time for a tune-up and to make any necessary repairs before the grass and other vegetation overrun your lawn.
 
We’ve compiled a list of the most common maintenance tasks for riding mowers, push mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers to make your job even easier!
 
Riding Lawn Mowers
  1. Make sure the battery is fully charged.
  2. Check the electrical for loose or dirty connections.
  3. Clean debris from the spark plug and replace if needed.
  4. Fully inflate all tires.
  5. Check the oil, oil filter, and air filter.
  6. Inspect the blades.
  7. Brush off all grass clippings caught in your mower deck.
 
Push Lawn Mowers
  1. Siphon and dispose of stale fuel.
  2. Sharpen the blades.
  3. Clean old grass clippings from the cutting deck.
  4. Ensure pull cords are not frayed.
  5. Check the oil, spark plugs, and air filters.
  6. Oil the wheel axles and control pivot points.
 
Leaf Blowers/Vacuum
  1. Make sure the bottom inlet cover or vacuum tube is locked in place.
  2. Check that all straps, handles, nuts, and bolts are secure.
  3. Brush off any debris from the air vents, cooling fins, and flywheel blades.
  4. Clean or replace the air filter.
  5. Remove the spark plug, clean it, and reinstall if it does not need to be replaced.
  6. Change the oil if using a gas blower.
 
Trimmers
  1. Make sure the spool is full.
  2. Clear cutter head of dirt or cuttings.
  3. Tighten all fasteners.
  4. Check and replace the air filter.
  5. Clean or replace the spark plug.
  6. Adjust the idle speed.
  7. Check and add oil if needed.
 
Your local Co-op carries a variety of hardware and repair parts for your outdoor power equipment needs. Don’t hesitate to stop by the store or give us a call with any questions. Find the nearest location here.
 
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